Employee Profile: Gaald

Rob Borges is not like you and me. While we slave away at our day jobs working for The Man, Rob leads a quiet rebellion against societal mores. A script writer, stuntman, actor, audio producer living in Winnipeg? Almost the pure definition of insanity. Somehow he makes it all work in conjunction with his Minecraft addiction and occasional League of Legends binges.

Rob has been a big part of this community from its very inception and we couldn't be happier to have him. Just don't argue with him about movies. Really, he likes Swordfish. On with the questions!

1) Who the devil are you?

I am Rob Borges and I am a consistently unemployed actor.

2) What are you supposed to be doing when you're reading GWJ?

Working on my career, trying to get my own projects off the ground.

3) When you're not working or gaming, what do you do with your time?

I spend way too much time watching TV, my other great addiction. Seriously, it's absurd how much I watch, but I love it. Most recently I have added cheering on my hometown NHL hockey team the Jets! Go Jets Go!

4) When and/or how did you get into gaming?

I've always been a bit of a tech head. My first foray into gaming were the arcade machines at the corner store at the end of my block when I was a kid. Then we got a Vic 20, and shortly after that the Atari 2600. As I grew up, gaming became more of a social thing. I would hang out with my friends and play whatever games they had for the latest and greatest systems. It took me until I was about 20-21 to get into computer gaming however, and once I did I got hooked. Certis was the great enabler at that point, and I have been playing games pretty steadily since than.

5) Why do you play games? Why haven't you outgrown them?

I feel sorry for those who think games are for children. Games should always be an important part of someone's life (whatever form they take). They can help you socialize with others, or even let you lose yourself for a while if you're alone. If you lose the ability to play, you lose the best part of yourself. Cheesy I know, but it's true.

6) What is your favorite game over the last year or so? Why?

Simple. Minecraft! The best open-world game out there, bar none. You can create just about anything, and exploring the world can be tense. It can be especially tense when you are down in the caverns surrounded by enemies, low on food, health, and armor, and your weapon is about to break! The mods for the game are also pretty amazing and allow you to change the way the games works in just about every way you could possibly imagine.

7) What first brought you to GWJ? Why do you stay?

I've known Certis for years now and when he told me he had started a new site with Elysium I didn't hesitate to come on over. I stay because GWJ has the best forum community I have ever encountered on the net.

8) Is there a particular forum on GWJ that you frequent/favor? Why?

I probably visit the Everything Else forum more than the others. It's where all the TV threads are. The games forum is giving it a run for it's money now though; the Mulitplayer Minecraft thread resides there.

9) Do you have a notable rivalry and/or friendship with someone on GWJ?

I don't think I have a rivalry with anyone in particular, although I do like giving Certis the gears when I get an opportunity. I'd have to say Xeknos and I have become pretty good gaming friends. You can often find us building insanely large projects on the GWJ Minecraft server.

10) What is the story behind you tag (Khaaaaaaaan!)?

If you have ever played any competitive multiplayer game with or against me, you would understand.

11) Thanks for taking the time to answer our hard-hitting questions! Any last words?

Work to live, don't live to work.

Comments

I'm jealous of the Jets. The Nordiques can't come back fast enough!

You, sir, are a beautiful man.

interstate78 wrote:

I'm jealous of the Jets. The Nordiques can't come back fast enough!

They're making a great comeback! We're right in the race for a playoff spot! #ColoradoAvalanche

Coldstream wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
Coldstream wrote:

The Jets? Really? Having played with Rob a fair bit in SoaSE, I can attest to how much he likes losing. Why on earth would he be a Jets fan then? ;)

Probably better than being a Caps fan this season. Those guys are the kings of inconsistency right now.

True, and I was just yanking Gaald's chain. I'd be delighted if the Jets kept the Caps out of the playoffs. Not because I hate the team, but because I despise Ovechkin. I'm looking forward to wearing my Avs jersey at the Avs/Caps games in DC while I'm based there.

Now I will definitely wear my Ovechkin jersey every time we hang out when you come to DC.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:
Coldstream wrote:
AnimeJ wrote:
Coldstream wrote:

The Jets? Really? Having played with Rob a fair bit in SoaSE, I can attest to how much he likes losing. Why on earth would he be a Jets fan then? ;)

Probably better than being a Caps fan this season. Those guys are the kings of inconsistency right now.

True, and I was just yanking Gaald's chain. I'd be delighted if the Jets kept the Caps out of the playoffs. Not because I hate the team, but because I despise Ovechkin. I'm looking forward to wearing my Avs jersey at the Avs/Caps games in DC while I'm based there.

Now I will definitely wear my Ovechkin jersey every time we hang out when you come to DC. :D

I think that means he wants you to hit him, Cold.

Now that we have a picture, we see how misleading your avatar has been. Or is the other way around? Curse you actors!

If you lose the ability to play, you lose the best part of yourself.

Spoken like a true actor. Bravo sir.

I would say I look much more like my avatar these days, and am hoping I can once again recapture the much slimmer look of that photo in the near future.

It is true that it's surprising that Gaald is just now being profiled. Maybe they saved the best for last? My wife and I were fortunate to meet him several years ago at PAX, where he was running demos for Eye of Judgment (which I loved, but don't have a PS3 for). He was a super nice guy!

Congrats, Rob!

You could say that watching tv is 'research'... right?

'Population 436', sounds interesting

A census-taker (Sisto) is sent to investigate why a certain small town has had the same population -- 436 residents -- for the last 100 years.
Sparhawk wrote:

You could say that watching tv is 'research'... right?

'Population 436', sounds interesting

A census-taker (Sisto) is sent to investigate why a certain small town has had the same population -- 436 residents -- for the last 100 years.

RE TV: that's what I tell myself.

As for the movie. Not so much. HA!