Today we feature another military man who found us while stationed in Iraq. After posting an ungodly amount in a short period of time he quickly became as essential to this community as milk, bread and a stick of butter are to your kitchen. I DO have a picture of Spynavy and it's totally badass but the gallery is giving us some troubles so it will have to wait for a bit.
Read on for the exciting profile and stay tuned for a new one next week!
Who the devil are you?
I am a 31 yr old Naval Intelligence Officer. I graduated from the Naval Academy in 1994 and am currently a Lieutenant Commander.
What are you supposed to be doing during the day when youÃ‚'re reading GWJ?
I first started reading GWJ while in Iraq as it was one of the few web sites I could actually gain access to. I am currently standing a rotational watch as the Senior Collections Officer in the Pentagon's National Military Joint Intelligence Center.
When youÃ‚'re not working or gaming, what do you do with your time?
When I am not working or gaming I am usually spending time with my family. This usually includes lots of "events" scheduled by Martha Stewart, er I mean my wife throughout the week and weekend. When not locked to the PC or Xbox I can normally be found tinkering around with house projects and maintenance, catching a movie and dinner with my wife, reading the occasional book or working out.
How about family? Do you have any kids?
Family - yep I have one. I am married and I have a 6 yr old son. My wife is a Foreign Affairs Officer working Terrorism Finance Issues at the State Department when she isnÃ‚'t trying to beat Martha Stewart at her own game. My son is a "Gamer in training" or little GIT. He is the apple of my eye and constantly referred to as mini-me by my family.
What was your favorite game over the last year or so? Why?
Favorite Game over the last year - thatÃ‚'s a tough one. I donÃ‚'t think I can pick just one. Among the faves have been City of Heroes, KOTOR, BF1942 and its numerous mods, Rise of Nations and a good game of Joint Ops with the GWJ crew. Each of these games possessed the "Wow thatÃ‚'s cool" factor in a number of ways and were able to keep my interest in playing them (regardless of how short that interest may have been).
Which game are you looking forward to most?
There are a number of games that I am most looking forward to, tough to pick one so I will just list a few. Guild Wars, EQ2, WoW, Half-Life 2 and Guild Wars are the top 5 on my list and I expect great things from each of them.
What is your fondest gaming memory?
My fondest gaming memory is probably the day my son who was less than 6 months old fell asleep in my lap while I was playing Madden. He hadnÃ‚'t been sleeping well and I found that he was engrossed by the screen and the action and he would fall asleep while nestled in my lap - oh happy days... The moment that is purely game related is when the first headcrab jumps out at you from the dark while crawling through the dark air duct in the original Half-Life. I did my famed "screech like a girl" and nearly fell back in my chair - a phenomenal gaming moment.
Finally, why do you play games at all? Why havenÃ‚'t you outgrown them?
I play games because I enjoy them. I find games to be more stimulating intellectually then any other form of electronic entertainment. They provide an "escape" and allow me to go places and do things that I would never be able to do in reality. I can conquer the world in Rise of Nations, be a gallant knight in WoW, silently stalk an opponent in Joint Ops, defend Earth from Hell in Doom and manage and play an NFL Football Team in ESPN NFL2K5. I havenÃ‚'t outgrown them because I will likely always possess an inquisitive nature, thrive on competition, and retain the gift of a child's imagination and curiosity (if not the indestructible thumbs and lightning fast reflexes). I pity those adults who have lost the ability to "play" and have forgotten the enjoyment and wonder of their imagination. I seriously doubt I will outgrow my gaming "habit".
Thanks for taking the time to answer our hard hitting questions! Any last words?
GWJ has been a great experience, it has become more than a website to me. It has become a group of friends.