Ask @ZackScottGames:

What are your three favorite, and three least favorite music genres?

I'd say my top three are Rock, Pop, and Hip-Hop. Basically Rock and anything you'd hear in the Top 40. Lately, I prefer a dance emphasis on all three.
Least favorite? That's tough. In general, I avoid Country, Blues, and Easy Listening. Also anything non-English.

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how do you deal with haters??

There's a saying that goes something like: "You never know what someone else could be going through."
When I see what appears to be negativity, I try to figure out if it's coming from a critic, a troll, or a hater. Critics want to change things for the better. Trolls want to entertain by winding people up. Haters are entirely different. Haters insult, harass, demean, anger, and/or bully others. Often, both the haters and their targets are already experiencing a lot of difficulty in their lives.
When I'm a target of critics and trolls, knowing their motives helps me keep a level head. When I'm a target of genuine hate, sometimes I do get angry. As a coping mechanism, I try to turn that anger into amusement. After all, it's odd that just being me can attract such an exaggerated emotion such as hatred. There's definitely some irony to those situations.
But most importantly, I try take a step back and relax. My life is pretty good. I'm a fairly positive person. I'm not sure what someone would have to go through to become a hater. But I'm thankful I'm not in their shoes.
I'm also thankful that the majority of my viewers are genuinely good, positive people! Thank you guys! :)

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What is your sexuality? I mean no offence, I'm a fan :)

I am a heterosexual. I've known that as far back as I remember. I believe that is how I naturally am (as in I was born that way). I just took some online Kinsey-based tests (although there is no official Kinsey test), and they both said I'd score a 0 on the Kinsey scale. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_scale
This is a topic I've thought about a lot because gay rights and gay marriage were not talked about as much when I was a kid, but I've got to witness these issues grow more prevalent as I've gotten older. I can't relate when someone has negative feelings about someone else's sexuality. But I do know that if I were gay, there would be a certain percent of my viewers who would think less of me. That's sad, and I hope that our society can adapt to not judge people based on that. But who knows how long that will be. Sometimes just even talking about sex and sexuality makes people uncomfortable, even though most humans feel sexual desire. And yet, many forms of expressing that desire is frowned upon by many people.

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What is your favorite character in Garden warfare? Greetings from Mexico! :D

Marcelo Linares
Let's do this for real...
Here are my favorites of each class:
Peashooter: Berry Shooter
Chomper: Toxic Chomper
Sunflower: Metal Petal
Cactus: Citrus Cactus
Foot Soldier: Camo Ranger
Engineer: Plumber
Scientist: Chemist
All-Star: Baseball Star
Now we do this tournament style!
Berry Shooter vs. Toxic Chomper: Berry Shooter
Metal Petal vs. Citrus Cactus: Metal Petal
Camo Ranger vs Plumber: Plumber
Chemist vs. Baseball Star: Baseball Star
Berry Shooter vs Metal Petal: Berry Shooter
Plumber vs. Baseball Star: Baseball Star
Berry Shooter vs. Baseball Star: Baseball Star.
My top 3 are:
1. Baseball Star
2. Berry Shooter
3. Toxic Chomper

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how do you have really good grammar

I guess I just have a good mind for it. I did well in school with rule-based subjects such as math, grammar, and programming. I scored 5s on the AP Calculus and AP English tests prior to college. On the ACT, I scored in the 30s in English and Math, but only in the 20s in Science and Reading.

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if you could be any character from any game in real life who would you choose?

Allison Faith Compton
Well, I'd want to be as close to a real, complicated human as possible, so I'm going to skip any character from a kid-friendly franchise. Gordon Freeman is a good choice, and he has access to a lot of cool technology, but he never talks, and I love talking. The latest Lara Croft is very well developed, but I'd prefer to remain a man. I'm going to go with Nathan Drake. He's tough, smart, funny, and he gets ladies! And his life is full of adventure! What guy wouldn't want that?

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What makes a game "great"? Is it innovation or the simple ability to trigger emotion in a player?

Fairway Solitaire
I think it all boils down to the ability to trigger positive emotions. Innovation is often a great way to do that. Sometimes a game is just so innovative that I play it and feel a "wow" moment. But some innovations don't go over well, especially if they feel too foreign or contrived.

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why don't you ever add anyone on steam or xbox live???

Part of me feels bad about this, but there's a good reason. If I added everyone who requested (literally over 100 a month) to Steam, Xbox Live, Skype, etc, then those services would become unusable to me. I learned this because I used to do it. I'd get so many messages and invites from people that I'd have to remain offline while gaming. However, there are a wide variety of ways to get in touch with me (such as this site) that don't compromise any services that I use. I also have a Steam Group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/ZackScott

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Well, you have the Playstation4, Xbox One and Wii U. If you have to sell one of them, wich one will you sell?

Magikarp
I would sell the PS4, but buy a new one soon. The PS4 is great, but I'm not actively playing any games on it right now. Meanwhile, I'm playing Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on the Xbox One and Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U.

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Chocolate icecream or vanellia?

Vanilla because it's more versatile. There are a lot of treats that would be ruined if you used chocolate ice cream instead. The best chocolate shakes are made with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. But also, if I'm just comparing the two directly, I'd rather eat a pint of vanilla over a pint of chocolate. But if we start adding ingredients, then rocky road is one of my favorite pints.

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Say that if Otto and Egon were in a life or death situation and you could only save one, which one would you save?

That's such a hard choice to make. On one hand, there's Otto, the cat I love more than any other cat in the world. On the other hand, there's Egon, the cat I tie mops to and make do all of the household chores. I'd hate to lose either.

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Hey Zack, love your videos! I see that you're and electronics engineer, (that's why I'm studying right now), what advice can you give me to improve my programming? and what skills do you think are essential to be a good electronics engineer?

I really depends on what you want to do with your career. I got a computer engineering degree which was basically an electrical engineering degree with an emphasis on computer programming, but not as in depth to that practice as a computer science degree. I was then hired as an electronics engineer, but I mostly do programming these days.
It's easier for an engineer to transition to a programming career field than it is a computer scientist to transition into an engineering career field. The benefit of an electronics engineer degree is that you'll probably get a choice of which you want to do later. To answer your question, I would say if you want to write code in the future, then improve your programming skills. If you see yourself designing hardware systems or working closely with microprocessors, take more lab-based or robotics courses and try to regularly make components yourself.
Also, no matter which engineering path you pursue, documentation will be instrumental and maybe your least favorite part. About 20% of my job involves documentation of what I'm going to do, what I do, and how to test what I do. Get good at documenting things now to avoid many headaches in the future!

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What do you think about the DLCs?

Magikarp
DLCs are great as long as the model isn't abused by the developers or publishers. As a kid, I always wanted more of certain games, but I didn't want to wait for a full-blown sequel. The PC market was great for this because extra content was sold in the form of expansion packs. The same model is still around, except now expansions are even easier to buy because they take the form of DLCs. Also, they are no longer limited to the PC as all major consoles now support DLCs.

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What do you prefer, digital or physical games? What games do you have in digital and in physical?

Magikarp
I prefer physical, but digital is so convenient. The problem is that I have the tendencies of a collector, so I try to get physical copies of music, movies, and games. But I must admit that I only get digital of PC games. For consoles (something I see as having future value) I also get physical. I'm weird.

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Why don't you play minecraft as much as you used to?

I wish I could turn back time to once again experience the magic that Minecraft brought me. As a new player, the game created a true sense of wonder as I discovered new worlds, creatures, and items. Friends old and new joined me to create Scottland, a place we called home that was a platform to communicate and harness our creative endeavors.
Occasionally I return and have a glimpse into that world, and it fills me with joy. It's a feeling to savor, but one that wouldn't be there if I were bound to Minecraft in the way I once was.

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What youtuber encouraged you to start youtubing? If a youtuber didn't encourage you, what did?

Well, @petercoffin and @nalts did. Here's the long story:
I was a huge fan of Tom Green and his "do it yourself" take on creating content. In 2006, he launched his live show at TomGreen.com, and he encouraged his fans to post videos to his site. I already loved making videos, so I began posting vlogs and awkward skits there. Eventually, I became involved with members of his community, the most significant relationship being with Peter Coffin. He told me to upload videos to sites such as YouTube and Revver to get more exposure. I met Nalts via Revver, and he suggested to post to Metacafe.
Overall, Revver was fruitless, but Metacafe had a very lucrative Producer program. Plus, I met great people such as Daneboe and KipKay. At the time, YouTube was getting more popular, but I was worried my YouTube uploads would compete with my Metacafe uploads. So instead, I focused on creating an awkward news show called Zack Scott Reports, and I merely posted clips to YouTube as promotion. At the time, I hoped to have a show like RocketBoom or Ze Frank, but it ended up not being my style.
I eventually realized that Metacafe had a poor community, and there was no way to cultivate a regular audience. Knowing my creative desires, Nalts suggested I focus YouTube, so I took his advice. I was amazed as my viewer base started to grow. I could post a video to YouTube and get praise, constructive criticism, and creative dialog. The same video on Metacafe might not even gain traction. YouTube's future looked bright!
Everything changed when YouTube launched their Partner Program in December 2007. I signed up soon afterwards and was accepted in May of 2008, coinciding with the homepage feature of my Amazing Nintendo Facts video. Over time, my popularity grew with videos about cats, spiders, comedy, technology, and video games. Eventually, Metacafe ended their Producer Program, but my viewers and fans allowed me to replace that revenue streams with YouTube. Since then, I've kept it up!
And that's the story of how I became a YouTuber. Thanks for asking! :)

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