Tim Gruver @timgruver
Tim Gruver @timgruver
First star on your left
Writer of sorts, player of games. Former scribe at ‎@leviathyn, and editor at ‎@BagoGames. Words at ‎@Filmoria, ‎@Gameranx, & ‎@Gamesradar. @UW student. Observer of life & its oddities.
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What do you wish you'd had time to do this summer?
Get a hair cut.
When you think of natural disasters; earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires, severe weather, etc, what scenario is the most frightening to you? And would those fears have any effect on where you would be willing to live?  Martin J. Clemens
Earthquakes by far, if not only because I'd likely have no warning beforehand. I also happen to live in the Pacific Northwest relatively close to a major fault line. Given the vast improbability of it happening either within my lifetime or the time I'd live in this same spot, whatever misgivings I'd have of it occurring doesn't bother me much at all.
Q2 - What do you think of games like the Assassin's Creed series that include a lot of historical subtext into its plot? Are you a fan or do you prefer more fantasy-like settings?  leigh ☾
I like either when they're well implemented. Both tell truths about our world within different environments. The difference between history and myth is, after all, imagination, which both can wield with the right storyteller.
Assassin's Creed II's historical conspiracies were exactly what drew me into the franchise as a piece of pure entertainment, but I've since felt that the Ubisoft's self-parody via Abstergo Entertainment's drug it down the power of its present-day relevance since Black Flag. I do look forward to Syndicate though purely for riding about an open-world London and the Fry twins.
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Q1 - Do you play video games? If so, what's your favorite game/game series?  leigh ☾
Goodness, yes –and all too much. My tastes are rather broad and I'll play just about anything to an extent, though I have little patience for sucking at fighting games or slogging through most modern horror games.
I suppose Nintendo monopolizes a good chunk of my childhood by default, Mario, Pikmin, Professor Layton, and Zelda being chief among its games. I'm only moderately acquainted with RPGs, but you'd probably find any number of Final Fantasies among my favorites, specifically IV, VII, IX and X.
I still follow Assassin's Creed on an annual basis after all these years since its debut and I adore Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper. I also admire a lot about Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, and the Batman: Arkham series in addition to Telltale's various adaptations. Can't wait to play Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain by the way, once I gather up the funds.
Q4 - Is there a field of study or discipline you've always wanted to study intensively, but never had the chance to do so? What was it, and what stopped you from delving into its depths?  leigh ☾
There are an innumerable fields of study that I'd like to master for want of time and money, if not ability. I'd love being a coder so as to work on the next big video game franchise, be the next Miyamoto or Gabe Newell. I suppose if I had trudged through more math classes I'd have been closer to that aspiration, but I found I much more enjoy writing about and playing games than making them. But if I only had three wishes...
Q3 - Are there any conspiracy theories which you subscribe to? Conversely, which theories do you find particularly ridiculous?  leigh ☾
"The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory is that conspiracy theorists actually believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is chaotic. The truth is, that it is not the Jewish banking conspiracy or the grey aliens or the 12 foot reptiloids from another dimension that are in control. The truth is more frightening, nobody is in control. The world is rudderless." –Alan Moore
Q2 - In the show, the writers discussed a theory that they believed extraterrestrial life aided the ancient Egyptians in building the Great Pyramids, as it was practically impossible for them to accomplish that seemingly on their own in the time they were given. What do you think of this theory?  leigh ☾
Though I have yet to see any indisputable evidence that the earth was ever visited by ancient extraterrestrials, I would agree that much of the ancient world's accomplishments leaves little room to outright deny it. The desert glass shards, the hieroglyphic helicopters, the architectural designs we have yet to replicate – it all screams of something otherworldly, as the Pyramids were likely designed to do as part of their religious significance.
It's not impossible that we as a impressionable species would have worshipped and mimicked strange, powerful visitors should we have ever met them, but it always escapes me how or why aliens would have left earth should they have been stranded here or come by their own volition and left.
Did they simply lose interest in us? Did they fear our potential? Did they foresee the coming of Trump 2016?
I suspect that, in the absence of alien life, the peculiarities in ancient history have something to do with our civilization behind much older than it is and humanity having been much more advanced before reverting back to a Stone Age thanks to a natural cataclysm.
Perhaps the Pyramids were built in an environment far different than the impossibly hot desert they are now. I've even heard some theories pointing to the Pyramids' surfaces having been eroded by rain water rather than sand. All of these ancient artifacts could very well be of our own making and we've lost a history we once had, in no thanks to aliens.
Of course, I'd be foolish to underestimate a universe of possibilities. I do, in fact, want to believe.
Hey everyone! I've been watching a show called Ancient Aliens lately, which led me to these questions: Q1 - Do you believe in extraterrestrial life? Do you believe they have capabilities of being more technologically advanced than our species?  leigh ☾
I believe that the statistical probability is much too high in favor of intelligent extraterrestrial life to ignore. I concur with many experts on the matter that they would be vastly superior or vastly inferior to us technologically than anything in between. As a result, I would assume that any encounter we could have with them would likely be disastrous. We'd likely share little more than a thirst for dominance should one of us have the ambition and drive to travel the stars.
Is anger more useful than fear?
It's more assertive, that's for sure.
Is anger more useful than fear?
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Where do you envision yourself living in the future?
Sitting down to a nice, warm slice of pizza as it slowly enters my waiting mouth. What toppings are on it, I know not. Always in motion is the future.
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What is one thing that happened in your life that without it happening, you would never be where you are today?
The day that sperm cell shook hands with that egg cell and said, "How's it hang'in?," most likely.
What's the oddest thing you've observed recently?  Witty Rabbit
Pet snails. I find it incredulous that something so small and slimy could garner that much attention, but that's just me.
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Justin Bieber - #1Day - What Do You Mean? Post your pic or video!
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Justin Bieber - #1Day - What Do You Mean? Post your pic or video!
Today is Women's Equality Day! Who do you think is the greatest woman in history?
All of them.
What bad habit are you most proud of breaking? If you haven't done this recently, what is one habit you'd like to change in the future?  Witty Rabbit
I would certainly like to continue my habit of consuming more graphic novels as of late. I introduced myself to it rather late in education in geekdom and I can say I'm quite fond of it, though I'm beginning to see why the medium's dying or dead. There's a rich diversity to the medium I've grown to appreciate and I dare say filmmakers and novelists alike can learn from it.
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Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
More often the former.
What is the longest you've ever gone without any sleep?
No longer than 24 hrs. I think, and I can't say I was very wide awake even then. The very definition of unfun.
Are there any fashion fads that you followed in the past that you have fond memories of? I keep seeing jelly shoes in stores again and it's making me nostalgic enough to almost forget those blisters :)  Allison Campbell
I don't follow fashion with much diligence, but I recall all of those ridiculous "half-tucks" that went in and out of style around the Uncharted trilogy's time in the sun. Tucking is an all-in or all-out affair in my book.
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Is there a story behind your profile picture? What is it?
There's a snake on a plane –a plane Samuel L. Jackson ain't on.
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What was the worse spanking you ever got from your parents and what had you done and did you deserve it
You make a good deal of assumptions here, none of which seem to indicate your interest in a mature discussion of child-rearing nor my presumed sense of privacy regarding such matters. I'll leave it up to you to decide why you're so interested in such a blunt question because I don't have an answer.
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What is your favorite hobby?
Video Gamez.
What have you written lately that you're really proud of?  Witty Rabbit
This, I guess: http://bit.ly/1hy0ivs
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Hey! Red Dawn's an awesome movie...and I may or may not have watched it before bed last night.  Martin J. Clemens
Hmm...the original 80s' one or that dreadful 2000s one? Never did get into either, but I wouldn't be opposed to a rewatch. Maybe I simply missed something.
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If your country were invaded by a military force bent on occupation, what would be your response? Would you cooperate, perhaps in hope that you aren't harmed in return? Would you run, opting to stay hidden and un-captured? Or would you fight, joining or helping to form a local militia insurgency?  Martin J. Clemens
I would ask Hollywood why we're revisiting Red Dawn for a third time.
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Do you play any instruments?
I used to play one mean nose.