The featured gamer of the month for March may not be a household name here in the United States, but there's still plenty of time for that to change. Known to the world of Xbox Live as TwistedBloom, this Gamer of the Month is the second individual directly involved in the gaming industry, though his words may not guide you to in-game secrets like the last one did.
Steven Bourke is a proclaimed freelance game reviewer, with work found on www.ConsoleMonster.com and within the United Kingdom free publication, Spark Magazine. His plethora of reviews, though, can be found on his own personal Wordpress website.
Mr. Bourke took a few moments out of his time to sit down and fulfill his role as Gamer of the Month.
The Gamer's Ghost: What is your preferred system?
Steven: Xbox 360.
TGG: What would be your preferred video game genre?
TGG: What is your favorite game or games of the current generation?
S: The "Mass Effect" franchise.
TGG: What would rank as your least favorite?
S: "Resident Evil 6".
TGG: Do you have a preference for single or multiplayer gaming?
S: I prefer both.
TGG: What is your least favorite aspect of multiplayer gaming?
S: Camping and people who ruin the online experience?
TGG: What kind of gamer do you consider yourself?
S: I play for fun and enjoyment.
TGG: What game would you say started your gaming ways?
S: "Sonic the Hedgehog", "Streets of Rage", and "Super Mario World".
TGG: Would you consider yourself a "Superfan" of any specific game or series? IF yes, which one?
S: The "Fable" franchise.
TGG: What do you find to be more important in a game, story or gameplay?
S: They are equally as important.
TGG: Being a game reviewer, have you found that most games are being developed for a certain type of individual? For example, would you say you're finding games to be very linear and simplistic?
S: I have noticed games are becoming more subbed down for the casual gamer and not for the core gamers. This may bring in new fans to a franchise, but may also lose some.
TGG: What are your hopes for the next generation of gaming consoles?
S: Next Gen would have more realistic gameplay and also a better online network and community connection.
TGG: What advice do you want to give to up and coming gamers out there?
S: Have fun and enjoy the experience!
TGG: There are plenty of people out there looking to review games just like you. Do you have any advice as to where to get started, what habits to start forming, and how they should look at games as they play them?
S: Games reviewing can be hard at times. I started off writing reviews on a small blog then joined a small site and helped the community. When you write a review, you want to play the whole game through and also look closely at the graphics, story, gameplay, audio, and replay value of the game.