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What famous person would you most like to have coffee with and what would you ask him?

Trever Bierschbach

Probably Amy Hennig, Richard Garriot, or Swery65. They all would have some interesting perspectives on the industry, Id wager.

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What Valve allows onto their service or does not allow is a choice they are free to make as an online merchant, however it would be wise of them to take heed when there is large customer demand.

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Would you consider (pure) visual novels to be video games, or another form of interactive media?

Chris Charabaruk

Are they on a video game console or PC? If yes, then there you go, you answered your own question. Now are they GOOD video games? That depends on the visual novel in question. If you hang your game hat on the narrative hook, your writing better be the toppest of notches.

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Will indie game developers ever be free of gatekeepers trying to censor their games?

Chris Charabaruk

No, because critics will always exist and have their respective opinions, but that doesn't entail censorship, just gatekeepers, and the industry needs gatekeepers, but not censors. The jump to censorship comes with critics that feel their opinion is the only valid one, and that is where the problem lies: ego.

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Other than journalism ethics, what's #1 on your list of things that need to change in gaming?

Chris Charabaruk

Treating your audience with respect need to be the #1 priority of anyone in entertainment. The lack of ethics is simply symptomatic of that lack of respect.

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How many hours do you sleep at night?

Something like -5 on average.

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So how about dat @Gamasutra promoting Carmack's gamer-first philosophy after publishing the #1 "gamers are dead" article? [hypocrisy intensifies] amirite

Chris Charabaruk

Was anyone surprised that Gamasutra is trying to play nice after their site visits started plummeting?

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Which is cutest: two characters who are [in a relationship], [where one has a crush on the other], or [where they have unrequited love for each other]?

Ask yourself: why not zoidberg?

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Who would be in your ideal harem?

All of my female vampire characters ever, really. I have a thing for vamps.

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Is "death of the author" a stupid idea, or what?

Chris Charabaruk

Both how something is intended, and how it is received, are important to consider, but they are not equally important. Context is key. We cannot simply declare something is X because we feel it is X, especially if there is no evidence the author intended it to be X.

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Which is better? Going on a journey, or listening to Journey?

Why not Zoidberg?

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Burgers or burritos?

Why not Zoidberg?

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What one video game has had the most impact on your life?

Chris Charabaruk

Definitely Ultima IV, for reasons gone over in my Smoke Signals article.

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What are you watching this season? What's on your list for next season?

No point watching TV these days and paying 60$ to be advertised to.

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Do you worship any of the daedra lords? If so, who?

Molag Bal. Obviously.

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Word association time! What's the first thing that pops into your head when you hear "Cliff Racer"?

You n'wah.

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How do you score on the political compass?(http://www.politicalcompass.org/test/en) Yes I know it isn't perfect but it's decent enough. Here's my results:pic.twitter.com/mwxCObRbM6

I already know the answer to this, for the education system tells me I am a purple penguin.

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It’s your birthday. Someone gives you a calfskin wallet. How do you react?

That's some master-grade origami.

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What are your plans for the weekend?

Sleep. Also finishing that review.

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What is this science you speak of?

Science is the universal language of any technologically-advanced civilisation, ours and others.

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Do you like gummy bears?

I would like a jelly baby, yes.

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You could live in any fictional world you wanted. However you would forever be an ordinary person. In that world. For eg a squib in Harry Potter A non trainer in pokemon. You would never be able to change from being ordinary

bend

What's the question? If I'd want to be in a fantastic world if I was just the NPC? With my chronic illness, it really wouldn't be any different from my place in this one, really.

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Do you like board games? If so, what's one of your favorite board games?

I tend to play more deck-building games, Dominion is love. Shadows over Camelot is probably my favourite board game.

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How are you doing? I actually mean that. I'd like to know if you want to tell me.

At any given time I'm probably not well. I've lived with chronic illness since I was 11 that is both painful and draining. You get used to it after a while, though. At this moment, I'm just happy to have found a bunch of people who have similar experiences with gaming to overcome those kind of things. It helps more than I could put to words.

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If you could have 1 million dollars or half life 3 tomorrow which would you pick.

bend

Probably 1 million dollars. I've had enough of see-saw physics puzzles.

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