Ben Kuchera

Which youtubers or streamers do you like to watch?

Not many, honestly. It's just not my thing. Sometimes I'll see what's going on at Twitch when I'm in my Gear VR, but overall it's just not a scene I'm into.

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Do you listen to any particular podcasts at all?

Not really, I prefer reading stuff to listening to it. I do listen to This American Life, but that's mostly due to my wife being such a fan.

If not something already, what do you imagine will be the catalyst for video games as an entertainment medium to break away from the culture that founded it? I see so much good from video games, but following it as a medium is so disheartening due to what seems to be a continual infantile grasp.

I think it's already happened, as most people who enjoy video games don't really interact with the more unseemly parts of the culture. It's not like that many adults are sitting there arguing over review scores, most just read about games, buy them and enjoy them. I already think the vast majority of people who play games are pretty well adjusted, no matter what the vocal minority would have you believe.

As it's Halloween, do you have any horror games you are fond of? Or maybe even just Halloween related games? (For those of us who, like me, dislike horror)

If you want a scary game, the first two Fatal Frame releases are absolute classics. If you don't like horror, you're not going to like them, because they're tense as hell. Some of my favorites, though.

Do you watch most/all the trailers for a movie, or avoid at all cost and go in unspoiled?

I love trailers, and tend to watch them all. I love when one is edited very well. It's an art form.

How many full size candy bars did you get for tomorrow night? Will you run out before the night is out?

I actually haven't done this yet, but I'll get it sorted tomorrow. I usually only need like 20 or 30 to get the job done. It's going to be tricky dealing with leftover since I'm trying to eat better, though!

I'm usually someone who is a first adopter, but VR scares me. There are just so many devices out there. What should I be looking for to know when to jump in and to which device?

Michael Polich
Just give it time. The consumer version of the Oculus Rift is months off. We don't have a release date for the Vive yet. The Gear is a month off. If you're nervous I'd wait until everything is out, see which system has the most games you want to play, and then dive in. Wait for reviews and impressions. It's VERY early days in VR yet, and things are going to change rapidly.

What's your current go-to mobile timewaster, assuming you have one?

Prune. I find it really relaxing, and it's such a great concept for a game.

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