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C-Blog Interviews: Magnalon

Here is another interview for the week of November!

Community member discusses his love of games and his wife in today's C-Blog Interviews!!!

Also another hiatus yaaaaay....

• What made you start blogging and why Destructoid?

Honestly I don't even remember how I found Destructoid. I think I was searching for weaboo video game news and I happened upon a Jonathan Holmes post! I bookmarked the particular story and as fate would have it, I kept digging through the site and found some pieces by Jim Sterling. Due to this dynamic duo, I decided to stick around and make my first blog post about Lord of the Rings Conquest - I kept writing and about a month later I got a gig at a website that I am still writing for.

• Where did you get your username and avatar?

My username is "Magna", for Magna-Centipede of Mega Man X2 (one of my favorite robot masters), and "lon" (shortened "long") for "Shenlong", the mythological Chinese dragon/Gundam Suit. My avatar is Legato Bluesummers from Trigun - my favorite anime series.

• Your favorite game? Too simple? Your favorite scene from your favorite game.

Much to many's dismay, my favorite game is Resident Evil 5. Yep, among my other top five classy pics like Lunar and Skies of Arcadia, the steroid-heavy Resident Evil 5 is at the very top. Why? Because my wife and I had a blast playing coop, I beat it around 4 times the week of launch, it's absolutely packed with more content than any other action game I have, and I've played the extra "Mercenaries Mode" for a couple hundred hours.

So what's my favorite scene? Easily the boss showdown with Jill and Wesker - I'll make my wife go back and play that on a higher difficulty occasionally just because I love that encounter. Wesker is one of my favorite video game characters of all time, and the dynamic of one player fighting Jill, while the other handles/is stalked by Wesker is really unique.

• You recently completed every Zelda game this year. And act like that would probably open the gates to Nirvana...Did you go to Nirvana?

I actually am a Philosophy/Religion Major so...I hope! I believe in lots of meditation and I find games extremely therapeutic. There's an activity in many RPGs/MMOs called "grinding", that a lot of people either find tedious, or call out as a lazy mechanic. Personally, I think it's a really good way to unwind - I just put on some trance music (my favorite sub-genre of Electronica), chill out, and watch the numbers go up! I guess that's sort of like Nirvana 0_0

• If you could hug anyone on Dtoid who would it be?

That's a hard question! I've already hugged Jonathan Holmes and Jim (too easy!)...

It's probably a three way (tie) between MrAndyDixon, Arttemis, and garrison - I've known all of them on Dtoid a long time, and they've put up with me quite a bit. I'm extremely grateful for all the long term community members that keep in contact with me - ::sniff::

• If you could punch anyone on Dtoid who would it be?

He's not technically on the site anymore under this name, but, Hoborg. Anyone remember him? ::cue nightmares::

• When I grow up I want to be…

As Mia Sara once said in Ferris Bueller's Day Off - "I have no idea!"

I studied Philosophy and Law as an Undergrad - I thought that I was ready for a career path as a Paralegal, then Law School - an experience at a Property Law firm really turned me off, and now I'm pursuing my real passion - technology. If I had to pick one profession that I was pretty sure I'd enjoy for the rest of my life though, It would probably be a Network Admin gig at a corporation I liked.

• Now that I’ve grown I can…

Buy lots of games! Wait...I got a job at 15 just to feed my gaming and anime DVD addiction...

• You say that you have strong opinions on the financial decisions of some game companies. Care to name a few of these corporations and explain these opinions?

Haha yeah I did say that! Hmmm...

The point I was trying to make is that people sometimes see me get heated in the comments, but I never try to make it personal. I think it's much, much harder to call out these big companies than sit down and take it like a wet dog. I think a lot of consumers don't understand that even these "white knight" companies like Nintendo are still trying to make a buck - we're all dollar signs to them.

One particular corporation that I am constantly at odds with is Nintendo. As a Nintendo fan since 5, I have played just about every first party Nintendo game there is - including Epic Yarn and Donkey Kong Country Returns. I am still very much a Nintendo video game fan - I just haven't enjoyed any of their hardware since the Gamecube and their online support is a joke. Their reasoning behind the lack of online support for Starfox 64 was tenuous at best; and my eShop and WiiWare wallet has been pretty full lately.

Another contentious company is Sony - they make a lot of weird decisions that inversely effect my enjoyment of the PS3. People say Sony is a bastion for Indie games, but I just don't see it. The "Minis" program is absolutely abysmal, and Xbox Live has more indie games and shmups than I can shake a stick at. There are times where I'll literally buy 5-6 original Xbox Live games in a month, and even though I'll literally be begging for original PSN releases, I won't get them.

You asked for a rant, and you got one! <3

• What game this fall season are you most excited about?

It's a two way tie between Dark Souls and Zelda: Skyward Sword. Obviously since I've had my Zelda marathon this year I'm excited about a new proper Zelda release, but Dark Souls is the spiritual successor to one of my favorite games of all time - thank goodness their a month apart!

• If you could find an image online that describes you, what is this image?

(This isn't me, but I strive to have every system/handheld - I can't miss anything!)

• There is a woman who seems to be looking in your general direction with a peculiar look on her face. As she comes up to you, you quickly say….

"Before you ask: I'm married".

• Why do you believe you deserve to be Ms. America?

Because, I'll give you cats.

• If I were to tell you that you had one day left to live, you would?

Spend it with my wife.

• What is your most prized possession? (Family and Loved ones don’t count)

My PS2 collection - I have a ton of gems in there, and have bought 2 PS2 systems in addition to my backwards compatible PS3 just to preserve it.

• If you could ask the community a question it would be?

"Who's your favorite contributor that you wish was full-time staff?"
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