Phew! I have been busy! Aside from swinging full-time work and a full-time schedule of night classes, I was on host duty for visiting relatives. Isn’t being an adult fun?
That is exactly why the Gunslingers exist: to give fellow busy adults a gaming group that can fully appreciate your need to decompress at the end of a busy schedule and just have some simple fun. Trust me, you aren’t alone.
In just the first two weeks of April, the overall Gunslingers clan has welcomed 96 new members to its ranks. Nearly all of them have already posted an Introduction and/or shared a gaming contact with the rest of us. That is fantastic!
Membership is not a number game. We aren’t successful because we have a lot of members. We have a lot of members because we are successful at what we do. And, what we do is respect the fellow mature, casual gamer and their desire to avoid silly probation periods, regiment ranks, or overarching drama.
Grab your pick of poison. Grab a controller. Game with us. It is that easy. Anyone who tells you otherwise is just wasting your time.
The PC Clan for Adults.
The PS4 Clan for Adults.
The Wii U Clan for Adults.
The Xbox One Clan for Adults.
The Forza 5 Clan for Adults.
The Diablo 3 Clan for Adults.
The Titanfall Clan for Adults.
The Mario Kart 8 Clan for Adults.
The Battlefield 4 Clan for Adults.
The Gran Turismo IV Clan for Adults.
The Grand Theft Auto V Clan for Adults.
The Call of Duty: Ghosts Clan for Adults.
The Killzone: Shadow Fall Clan for Adults.
Gunslingers – Blazing Trails for Parents and Hard Working Adults.
Before getting my Xbox 360 three years ago, I was a PC gamer. In fact, the last console I owned was my Atari 2600 when I . . . well, it was a long time ago. I switched after getting frustrated with hackers and cheaters on PC. Going back proved tougher than I thought!
Cheating aside, two things pushed me to my console switch. Stories about “uncommon” cheating and hacking on consoles – compared to PC – was a big sell. Of course, now gamers deal with inventive cheaters like lag switchers more often than we’d like to admit, but that’s another story. Second, the 360 had been out awhile and early problems were fixed. I was confident I wouldn’t deal with any hardware failures out of the box.
Everything changed when next gen. consoles were announced (PS4 in February and Xbox One in May, 2013). I researched everything I could find on both consoles for a year. Literally, a year! (I bought a PS4 just last week.) I read every rumor leak and spec. sheet I could lay eyes on. I tallied several hours watching YouTube pre – launch demos, too. Each console looked excellent in its own right. I just couldn’t decide.
Despite my research, a single sentence repeated itself, “Your choice depends on the kind of gamer you are.” I thought, “How do I know what kind of gamer I am? I like what I like.” The more I thought about this, the more it seemed to be true. The answer I came up with was, “My Gamerscore.”
The days of checking your high score on the stand up video games at the local pizza place are long gone. No more handfuls of quarters for the table top Pac Man, defending your high score. You might remember when saying, “I’ve got the high score on NBA Jam at Pizza King” meant something. Today, Gamerscores have replaced those high scores. They say a lot more about the kind of gamer you are, too.
Your Gamerscore says something about you. Maybe you’re lone wolfing on multiplayer and have a good squad. You probably look at their “games played” list before thinking about sending a friend request.
For example. Xbox Halo players have a reputation for “jumping around all the time” – known as “Bumper Jump abuse”! Seeing Halo on their list might cause some gamers to give the friend request a pass. Similar examples abound, so I’ll spare further explanation.
Where does my next gen. story fit into the picture? High on the “pros” side of my “pros” and “cons” list was, “I’ll lose my Gamerscore if I switch.” Switching to PS4 meant losing my reputation in the gamer world. It’s my portfolio of sorts. Anyone can see the kind of gamer I am. It can all be a little “big brother” if you think about it too long!
Where does that leave us on the question of whether or not we are our Gamerscore, or, if we become our Gamerscore? Maybe our play style changes after playing a particular game for a while. That’s the game changing gamers. On the other hand, maybe other gamers see our unique play style, bend and shape it a bit, and fit it to their style of play. That’s gamers changing the game. Either way, it’s something to think about.
This week’s issue of the Gunslinger Gazette is a special one. The polls have closed. All the votes have been counted. It is time to reveal the winners of the best games of 2013 as regarded by Gunslinger Gaming members!
This year’s Awards voting procedure was a little different than previous years. With the exception of the Game of the Year category (which was a radio button style poll based on the most popular votes made in the other categories), all the votes were write-in votes. Just like the previous few years, however, the Best Game of [Place Platform Here] categories were geared towards titles exclusive to that company.
Let’s get to it! Here are the winners of the 2013 Gunslinger Games Awards!
——————————————- 2013 Game of the Year: GRAND THEFT AUTO V
Last Year’s Winner: Borderlands 2
Notes: To say that GTAV was a success would be an understatement. The game broke sales records (upwards of 32.5 million units sold) while offering enough guilty pleasures to satisfy any deviant’s sweet tooth. Whether it was street racing, shooting up strip joints, or any other crime you could think of, Grand Theft Auto V had you covered. Here at GS, it is still one of the top reasons gamers join our group, already pulling in over 500 new members. Wouldn’t that make us an organized crime front?
——————————————- Best Xbox360 Game of 2013: GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENT
Last Year’s Winner: Halo 4
Notes: Like last year, the pickings of games exclusively for the Xbox360 was pretty slim. Sure, there were some minor Kinect game releases and some digital downloads just for us Microsoft players, but Gears of War Judgment largely stood alone as a high-end 360-only release. That could be why it ran neck-to-neck with the multi-platform release, Grand Theft Auto V, in the votes. Regardless, GOW: Judgment is a great game, and the last installment to be released by Epic Games. Not to worry, however. Microsoft recently secured the exclusive rights to the franchise, so you can look forward to a Xbox One generation of running like a bull with a chainsaw.
——————————————- Best Playstation 3 Game of 2013: THE LAST OF US
Last Year’s Winner: Journey
Notes: The Last of Us won this category by a landslide, accumulating more votes than all other games combined. Is that surprising? It shouldn’t be. The game amassed an extraordinary amount of high marks by “professional” critics and fans. Besides, the game was developed by Sony’s number-one studio, Naughty Dog, who had its other titles (i.e.: Uncharted and Jak) make appearances in previous Gunslinger Games Awards. The idea of The Last of Us was inspired by the moody yet touching novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and the shared sensibilities come through. The brutal yet sensitive narrative of the game left many gamers rethinking just what sort of storytelling can we expect from the gaming medium.
——————————————- Best Wii U Game of 2013: SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD
Last Year’s Winner: New Super Mario Bros. U
Notes: The first year and two months of the Wii U was all about first party titles, so it only makes sense that Mario would come out on top. The game let players play as either Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Toad for the first time since Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES) as they go through the semi-3D yet retro landscape of the Mushroom Kingdom. The game got plenty of approving nods by reviewers for its attention to unique gamplay. Poor Luigi. 2013 was supposed to be the Year of Luigi, and he lost to a cat suit.
——————————————- Xbox One Game of 2013: FORZA 5
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: Sure, The Xbox One only had two months to offer a selection of games, but it managed to do so with some noteworthy titles such as Ryse and Dead Rising 3. Forza 5, however, was the strong favorite among the Xbox One Gunslingers. The gorgeous graphics, clear attention to detail, and the high speed racing are bound to get any red-blooded gamer excited. Best yet, you don’t actually need to call Aflac when you wreck your car. Stupid talking duck…
——————————————- Best Playstation 4 Game of 2013: KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: The PS4 sprung out of the next-gen gates swinging with Sony’s popular science fiction shooter, Killzone: Shadow Fall. Visually beautiful, the game doesn’t betray the franchise’s PS2 and PS3 roots. In fact, Killzone 3 won Best PS3 Game of 2011. Already, Gunslinger members are streaming live their online carnage in Shadow Fall, making the rest of us who are waiting for tax time to snag a PS4 incredibly jealous. With free DLC and an emerging in-game clan system, this game will be a PS4 favorite among GS for sometime.
——————————————- Best PC Game of 2013: DOTA 2
Last Year’s Winner: Guild Wars 2
Notes: DOTA 2, the stand alone sequel to the Valve game, Defense of the Ancients, narrowly beat out Day Z and Marvel Heroes online to win this category. One should never bet against Valve. Or a free-to-play online battle arena game. You are welcome to join the rest of our Gunslingers Steam front in hacking and slashing your way to victory!
——————————————- Best Nintendo 3DS Game of 2013: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK BETWEEN WORLDS
Last Year’s Winner: Kid Icarus: The Uprising
Notes: Link is second only to Mario when to comes to recitation in the Nintendo mascot family, and he certainly earned his keep on the 3DS front in 2013. A Link Between Worlds added modern flavor to the loveable puzzle-solving memories of past Zelda experiences, particularly A Link to the Past (SNES). Shifting perceptive and converting to a chalk outline, which is a little creepy when on thinks about it, to find a way through a dungeon added a whole new level to the experience, and fans showed their appreciation in the voting booth.
——————————————- Best Sony Vita Game of 2013: KILLZONE: MERCENARY
Last Year’s Winner: Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
Notes: The votes in this year’s Vita category was widely split between several titles. It shows that Gunslinger members were enjoying all sorts of gaming experiences on their Sony portable device. When the dust settled, however, Killzone: Mercenary nudged out Tearaway by a single vote. Vita hasn’t had a lot of luck with online shooters, so it is nice to see the developer Guerrilla Games step up and offer fans a good scratch for their FPS itch.
——————————————- Best Action/Adventure Game of 2013: THE LAST OF US
Last Year’s Winner: Assassin’s Creed III
Notes: This category had one of the more exciting races in votes this year. By a mere two votes, The Last of Us trumped a tied score between Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. This is the second award given to The Last of Us by the Gunslingers, and well deserved! Story is king. Gamers still want a gripping single player experience. DICE, please repeat that three times to yourself before going to bed tonight.
——————————————- Role-Playing/MMO Game of 2013: DIABLO III
Last Year’s Winner: Mass Effect 3
Notes: Thanks to a rather stable and excellent console port, Diablo III became eligible for 2013 polling. The Diablo franchise has never been on a console before unless you count the first one that was very briefly released on the Playstation One and was quickly recalled. Microsoft and Sony players finally got a chance to live the love of hacking-and-slashing our way to random loot drops. Blizzard didn’t disappoint. Say it with me, everyone, “Aw, sustenance!”
——————————————- Best Shooter of 2013: BATTLEFIELD 4
Last Year’s Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Notes: Would saying that this category was a real shoot-out be too terrible of a pun? Perhaps, but it doesn’t make it less true. Battlefield 4 conquered Killzone: Shadow Fall by gathering two more votes than the Sony exclusive, and performing a old fashioned head-shot to Call of Duty: Ghosts by getting three more votes than it. A honorable mention must also be given to Bioshock: Infinite for receiving the fourth highest amount of votes by Gunslingers. All these figures are relevant since this category received the highest level of voter turn out this year. Despite some serious patching that needs to take place in Battlefield 4, it remains a Gunslinger favorite. Battlefield 3 had won as Best Shooter of 2011, after all.
——————————————- Best Fighting Game of 2013: INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US
Last Year’s Winner: Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
Notes: The fighting genre didn’t have a whole lot of notable entries in 2013, but Injustice: Gods Among Us would have been a tough contender regardless of the competition. It had the development team responsible for Mortal Kombat (the winner of this category in 2011, by the way) and the dark incarnations of the iconic cast of DC Comics. Have you ever wanted to see Wonder Woman kick the living crap out of Superman? How about Batman delivering a much needed kick to the jaw of Green Lantern? The allure was too great and Injustice easily won as Best Fighting Game of 2013.
——————————————- Best Sports Game of 2013: NHL 14
Last Year’s Winner: FIFA 13
Notes: The sports category to the Awards has never NOT been a highly contested event. Carrying on the tradition of the winner winning by a single vote, NHL 14 beat out FIFA 14 this year. One vote. Perhaps that has something to do with the 2014 Winter Olympics. Either way, the Gunslingers have an active hockey club that everyone is welcome to join.
——————————————- Best Platformer of 2013: RAYMAN LEGENDS
Last Year’s Winner: New Super Mario Bros. U
Notes: It finally happened. A game has knocked the crown off of Mario’s head. This year marks the first time a Mario game has not won this category in the Gunslinger Games Awards. Rayman Legends offers gamers an engrossing art style and addicting gameplay that practically begs a player to chuck the controller across the room out of frustration, take a swig of soda, and pick the game right back up. That is the absolute definition of a great platformer experience, and Rayman Legends, which was available on all major gaming platforms (sorry, pun intended), did it better than any other game in 2013.
——————————————- Racing Game of 2013: GRAN TURISMO 6
Last Year’s Winner: Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Notes: It hard not to admire the staying power of this long term simulation racing franchise. Gran Turismo’s attention to physics and giving all us gearheads a chance to look under some virtual hoods keeps the franchise among fan favorites. Currently, there is a racing league being set up for our Grand Turismo faction, so check it out and start swapping that paint on the tracks!
——————————————- Best Horror/Survival Game of 2013: THE LAST OF US
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: The Horror/Survival genre debuted in this year’s Awards as a category, and the turn out didn’t disappoint. Many Gunslingers opted to cast a vote in this category for games ranging from Dead Space 3 to State of Decay. The gripping tale in The Last of Us held supreme, however. True, there are many touching moments in the game, but they only have such a resonating effect on players because of the brutality of the game’s world. Your pulse will quicken and you will jump out of your seat when being chased down by a clicker. The Last of Us is downright scary on several levels that go beyond the typical “gotcha!” gimmicks.
——————————————- Best Digital-Only Game of 2013: RESOGUN and STATE OF DECAY
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: After last year’s Best PS3 Game win by Journey, the writing was on the wall. Digital-only game releases are becoming more relevant every year. This year’s Awards is the first to have a Digital-Only category, and what an introduction it has made! All the votes were counted (twice), and we have a tie between Resogun and State of Decay. To add even more spice to the showdown between the two titles, Resogun is a PS4 digital release while State of Decay is a Xbox360 exclusive. Resogun is best described as a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up developed by the Finnish indie developer Housemarque. State of Decay is a third person open world stealth zombie-survival horror video game developed by Undead Labs. Later, Microsoft did publish State of Decay on Steam so all Microsoft players had an opportunity to play the game.
——————————————- Favorite GS Clan Front of 2013: GRAND THEFT AUTO V
Last Year’s Winner: Battlefield 3
Notes: This category is not restricted by publication date. As long as the game had a clan front featured by the Gunslingers in 2013, it was an eligible choice. There were some interesting trends this year. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gathered more votes than Call of Duty: Ghosts. Battlefield 3 nearly had more than Battlefield 4. Neither match up could contend with the immense popularity of our Game of the Year selection, Grand Theft Auto V. The amount of mayhem the Gunslingers can do when on the GTA V servers together is boundless. May bounties keep being placed on our heads throughout 2014!
——————————————- Favorite Game Released Prior 1995: MARIO KART (SNES), SUPER MARIO BROS. 3 (NES), and THE LEGEND OF ZELDA (NES)
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: Really, the winner here is Nintendo. This write-in vote category was purposely designed to be extremely open-ended. As one of the largest gaming groups specifically for older gamers, the temptation was just too great. What games shaped all our collective childhoods? Could a common thread of experience be found? Turns out, it could, and that common thread is Nintendo. Two of the winners (Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda) were originally published on the NES, while Mario Kart was released on the Super Nintendo. Nintendo may be struggling to find its niche with the current generation of gamers, but it seems we owe some great memories to the Big N.
——————————————- The Current/Next Gen Console Most Owned by Gunslingers: MICROSOFT XBOX360
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: When Gunslinger members were asked which consoles they owned during this generation of gaming, the Xbox360 was most frequently on the list. The Playstation 3 came in second with only three votes less, and the Nintendo Wii rounded out the top three selections. The Playstation 4 was listed 50% more than the XboxOne. The Nintendo 3DS tied with the PS4. The Sony Vita came in last place in regards to GSers mentioning it as part of their hardware library.
——————————————- Most Anticipated Game in 2014: DESTINY
Last Year’s Winner: N/A
Notes: What does Bungie have up its sleeve? That seems to be the most paramount question in 2014. The company has finally branched out beyond the Halo franchise to explore different science fiction realms. We will need to wait and see how the game turns out, but one thing is for sure. There will most certainly be a Gunslingers clan front for the game. Honorable mentions include Titanfall and Mario Kart 8. Both games were popular answers as well.
Thank you all for taking the time to vote on and read the results of the 2013 Gunslinger Games Awards. REPLY TO THIS TOPIC to add your comments!
Welcome to the fifth issue of the Gunslinger Gazette. In this issue, we are focusing on some of the updates and general announcements that have occurred during the second half of January 2014. Let’s get to it!
The Gunslingers Group is Over 8,000 Members Strong; Friend Usergroups to the Rescue!
Can you believe it? We are now well beyond the 8,000 member mark with no sign of slowing down in 2014. Thank you, everyone, for making Gunslingers such a success! It wouldn’t be such a success if it wasn’t for everyone’s willingness to send out invites and help new and returning members into the fold.
In the past, we have given public shout outs to all the new folks who join up with us. As awesome of a tradition that is, often, these new members are just added to a shout-out list, which can be impersonal and not as helpful in friend adding as one may assume. We want all our new members to have a fair shake at making the most out of the Gunslingers experience, so that is why an amended version of the GS Friends Usergroups have been put into action.
Now, any member who adds themselves to a PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox360, XboxOne, or PC Usergroup (see this post to see how) will be sent notifications every ten days that lists the name and game contact information of anyone who has added themselves to the Master Lists that fit within that Usergroup’s category. The next set of notifications will be sent out on January 31st, so get yourself added!
Gunslinger Games Awards Poll Close Soon; Game of the Year Category Added!
The Gunslingers community has been casting their votes in twenty-one different categories throughout all of January 2014 for their favorite 2013 titles. The polls close at the end of the month, so be sure to cast your vote before time runs out! Simply log into your GS account and view the Forum Index to see the red “Vote” icon displayed near the top of the page to start voting.
Since enough votes have already been gathered to see which titles are most often mentioned, a traditional-styled poll for 2013 Game of the Year has been published on the forum. You can view the nominations and cast your vote in this topic. Like with the rest of the ballot, this poll will close at the end of the month.
Gunslingers Voice Chat Server in Danger of Closing!
After several requests were made asking the Gunslingers to have a voice chat server to help communicate in games that didn’t have in-game voice chat support and who wished to avoid the sometimes resource-heavy Skype option, we added a Ventrilo server to the Gunslingers experience. It is one that I (McMurphy) pays to keep up. Unfortunately, our voice chat server is often empty. In case you don’t know about our Voice Chat server, you can read additional information about it by clicking HERE. Private message me if you are playing a game that you feel deserves its own channel on the server, and it will be added.
New Podcast Episode Published!
The Gunslinger Gaming Podcast returns with another episode last week. This episode, the ninth such episode entitled All Roads Lead to Call of Duty: Ghosts, features Filoofo, Dunkaroo, Freddy, Tick, and McMurphy. We discuss the Best Sellers of 2013, the revised sales forecast of the Wii U, the framerates for Tomb Raider, the single player DLC for the Last of Us, the free DLC for Killzone Shadow Fall, the continued PS4 error corrupting save files, Candy Crush developers trademarking the word Candy, Battlefield 4 patches issues, and, somehow, all discussions lead back to Call of Duty Ghosts Double XP weekend.
Take a listen for yourself right here in the Gazette:
As mentioned in a prior Gazette issue, the longevity of Gunslinger membership is marked with bullet holes icons under everyone’s avatar in the GS Forums. Every bullet hole signifies a year as a registered member. Let’s take a gander of which active Gunslinger members have earned shrapnel in January 2014!
It should be noted that bullet holes showcase membership on the GS Forums. Since the Gunslingers clan didn’t have their own registered version of a forum until January 30th, 2009, these members predate the existence of the GS Forums. There will be more examples of this during the February round-up and notations will be given then as well.
It has been awhile since our last Member Spotlight, so let’s change that with this edition of the Gunslinger Gazette! January 2014 is a great time to feature a Gunslinger member who has been here since 2008, which, actually, is prior to the days that we even had a registered domain for our group. I am taking about VykkDraygo! Back in July 2008, Vykk signed up on the freeware version of our community as a Mario Kart Wii player. In fact, he was the original leader for our Shellslingers front for the game. Most of you know him better now for his Grand Theft Auto V crime sprees on our Xbox360 front. Join us as we sit down and find out more about him and what has been keeping him busy the last few years.
GS: You are among the first on the Gunslinger Gaming Forums to be getting a fifth bullet hole, which represents the amount of years you have been registered here, on your profile. Seeing that you actually have been a GS member even longer than the registered site has existed, the group must seem quite different from 2008. What are your thoughts on the evolution of Gunslingers now that we are in 2014?
VykkDraygo: I was happy to see how many people have joined the ranks of GS! Surprised? Not at all! I’m glad to see that there are so many other people from all sorts of platforms who enjoy all sorts of games coming together to form a community!
Upon playing GTA V for the first time in the crew I felt like I hadn’t missed a beat! Everyone has been so nice, and very helpful!
GS: There was a quite of bit of time since your leadership days at GS and your (relatively) recent return as a Xbox360 member. What have you been up to for the last few years?
VykkDraygo: As you know I have a daughter (Abigale). She is 11 now, so as any father will attest to, I pretty much do whatever she wants! As far as gaming goes, I haven’t really been playing many online games (mostly because I was without an ISP), until I got GTA V and remembered how many immature players there are in the world.
GS: Being that you were once a Mario Kart Wii fanatic, what are your thoughts on the Wii U and the pending release of Mario Kart 8?
VykkDraygo: Honestly I have never played the Wii U. I’m sure Nintendo will do a great job job with it.
GS: You are quite active on the Grand Theft Auto V front. How are you liking the game? What are your impressions on how Rock Star has been handling such a daunting task as a massive multiplayer online experience?
VykkDraygo: I hear a lot of people complain about Rock Star putting out a game the “wasn’t ready” but in my opinion they did a great job. Never before have I seen a game where you can do so many different things with one title. If I feel like racing, I race, if I feel like fragging people I have many different options for that. My only complaint would be the recent influx of people glitching money and hacking the game, which Rock Star seems to have under control now…
GS: If memory serves me right, you are a Raiders fan. Being that the
Vykk with ex Raiders player, Roland Williams.
Raiders didn’t get to the Playoffs, who are you hoping will win the Super Bowl?
VykkDraygo: Your memory does serve you right! Being from Western NY I have a soft spot for the Buffalo Bills as well. Do you remember why the tuck rule was created? I’ll never forget! Therefore as long as Tom Brady and his Patriots don’t win another one I’ll be happy! Maybe if Denver wins Manning will retire…
GS: Are you still residing in New York? If so, how did the recent historic Arctic temperatures in your neck of the woods affect your daily activity?
VykkDraygo: Being from NY, and more accurately Western NY (about 2 miles from Lake Ontario, in Rochester) we are well prepared for snow! That being said, I have my daughter living with me now, and they cancelled school (for 1 day) so we had a day in!
GS: Back when you first signed up, we didn’t even have an area for folks to create Introduction topics. In some ways, you are re-introducing yourself to the community. How would your Introduction look if written today? What is something that your fellow GTA V players would be surprised to learn about you?
Did you know that “Vykk Draygo” is an alias of Hans Solo?
VykkDraygo: I think I would just put a Hello out there. I’m actually kind of shy but when it comes to playing online I don’t have any reservations because I can stay semi anonymous! Also Vykk Draygo comes from a Star Wars novel! It’s the name Han Solo used as his first ever alias, and in later books he refers to it as his favorite alias (though it the later books he it was spelled differently).
GS: Are you still a Star Wars fan? What do you think of the fact that, since Disney has acquired the franchise, there are three more films on the way?
VykkDraygo: I’m still a huge star wars fan! I’m an optimist (as far as that goes). I’m happy there are going to be more original works made. I’ve read most of the books, and I think some series would make great movies, but who wants to see them screw up my version of how I perceive it. Ask me again after the next movie comes out!
GS: Aside from Star Wars, what other films and television series have you gotten heavily into in recent years?
VykkDraygo: I love The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Game of Thrones and True Blood. The Marvel superhero movies (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man) have been great! On that note I’ve been watching and enjoying Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
GS: And, as our tradition demands, what is your favorite drink?
VykkDraygo: I prefer to smoke, but when I do drink it’s usually Captain and coke.
Thank you, Vykk, for returning to the Gunslingers to enjoy another generation of gaming fun and for taking the time to answer this interview. Readers, thank you for making it a point to learn more about a fellow member. You are welcome to leave comments about this interview HERE!
Happy New Year, Gunslingers! By this point, we have all had the chance to shake off the “effects” of our New Year celebrations and promptly return our noses to the grindstone. Hopefully, the holiday season resulted in you having a few more toys to play with in 2014. Remember, all work and no play makes Jack a homicidal innkeeper with a creepy son who screeches “Redrum” all the time. Maybe that isn’t how the saying really goes, but you get the point. Here is the latest news on the Gunslinger frontier!
New Year Site Images and What is With That Dinosaur?
As many of you may have noticed in the week leading up to the New Year, all our site images were converted to our “Happy New Year” set. Like with Christmas and Halloween, the decorations have been dusted off and put up every year for some time now. I imagine some of you saw the child drawn image of a dinosaur in the banner and thought, “What the Hell is that about?”
That is our “Rarr” meme that has existed since 2009. As legend has it, a GS member was doing an Google image search for some material to include in a Gunslinger member banner and stumbled across that dinosaur drawing. It struck him as hilarious (this was during Frosty Pints, after all), and a whole array of members joined in with Photoshopping the Rarr dinosaur into family photos, classic artwork, movie posters, and famous stock footage. The Gunslingers-made meme even got referenced in at least one meme database site! Anyway, it (in a strange way) only made sense that “Rarr” made his way into one of our holiday banners. You can view many, many examples of this meme and even post your own creations in The Rarr Meme thread.
The 2013 Gunslinger Games Awards!
It is time once again for the Gunslingers community to collective vote for our favorite games that were released during 2013. A lot of exciting things happened in the video game industry last year, so let’s see how we feel about them. This year’s edition of the Gunslinger Games Awards wielding twenty-one categories has more voting polls than ever before. The polls will be open until the end of January, so cast your votes! The results will be published in a Gazette edition in February. For more information and the link to the voting booth, view THIS THREAD.
More Gunslingers Add Themselves to GS Live Feeds Feature!
In the last couple weeks, Gunslinger members xXdrewbaccaXx, gspsychedelic, BobaFett86, Scars311, beefalot1975, Okattabukkyoto, and D-Majestic had added their Twitch accounts to the GS Live Feeds feature. From it, you can easily reference who is currently stream live gameplay, toggle between feeds, chat in the main GS text chat, and even send comments directly to the broadcaster all on one site page. Watch your fellow Gunslingers broadcast HERE. You can submit your own Twitch Feed to be included in this feature HERE.
Usergroups to Help with Friend Finding!
Starting in 2014, we are trying out a new forum feature in hopes to help out with finding fellow Gunslingers who are actively looking for more friend-adds on their console of choice. Now, all registered GS members can, via their User Control Panel, add themselves to a PS3, PS4, Xbox360, XboxOne, Wii U, and/or PC Friends usergroup if they wish to let others know that they are looking to add more Gunslinger friends. Click any of the usergroup links, which are showcased at the bottom of the forum index, to see who else has added themselves to your preferred platforms and send out invites! Every month, these usergroups will be cleared out and people will re-add themselves to the usergroups to keep the feature relevant to the most active people. Try it out!
New Year! New Members!
Maybe it is because Santa was particular good to some gamers, but the Gunslingers swelled in its membership over the holidays. Tip your hat to the following greenhorns who were are lucky to count among us:
Wow! Thank you all for joining and welcome to the Gunslingers! That is 137 new members since the last Gazette issue! For all the new members, be sure to check out our Master Lists and add yourself to them if you have already. Also, don’t be shy! Send out friend invites with a note attached such as “From GS” to other members on those Lists. It is why they are there! On the flip side, long time Gunslingers, by sure to revisit the Master Lists section of the GS Forums because the odds are there are plenty of new members to add to your friend roster for the games you are playing.
Join us for the next Gazette issue where, among other things, we congratulate the more active Gunslinger members who have earned another bullet hole on the profile.
Gunslinger Gazette, Issue #2, December 18th, 2013.
Fellow Gunslingers, we are getting ever closer to Christmas! Before we all get incredibly distracted by present wrapping, road trips, and that perpetually drunk, rude relative of yours (oh, we all have ‘em!), let’s take a moment to see what has been happening the virtually saloon we call Gunslinger Gaming.
In the premiere issue of the Gunslinger Gazette we discussed the Holiday-themed graphics that have been added throughout the GS site. One of our members, stickler4dakilz, has published a fun Christmas card in the form of a poem entitled, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – or Christmas Eve at the Gunslinger Ranch.” Here is an excerpt of his creativity:
‘Twas the night before Christmas, in a dusty saloon,
Three trail – weary ‘Slingers, knew St. Nick would show soon.
Their consoles – next gen – on shelves placed with care,
In hopes that Star Wars: Battlefront, soon would be there!
“McMurphy looks tired,” Filoofo said,
While visions of Mario, danced in Murph’s head.
Dunkaroo gasped, then jumped to his feet,
“It’s one a.m., Christmas! Let’s get to sleep!”
When just before dawn, they heard such a clatter,
They sprang from their beds, to see what was the matter.
First Filo, then Dunk, put ear to wood,
McMurphy just whispered, “Man, this can’t be good.”
You can read the entire work in the Creative Corner of the Gunslinger Gaming forum. Better yet, you can download the holiday card version of said poem directly from stickler4dakilz’s blog!
We have two raffles going on at the moment thanks to the generosity of your fellow GS members. First, stryk187 gave away a free digital copy of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia to our Wii U crowd. It is the complete, official history of everything Legend of Zelda, complete with illustrations, sources, and detailed articles. Congratulations to gspsychedelic for winning the raffle! Everyone can view the announcement of the winner in the raffle announcement.
On the Sony side of Gunslingers, Winged_Human has offered up a full, free digital version of the PS3 mega hit, The Last of Us. If you own a PS3 and haven’t played this game yet, you are missing out! Developed by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us takes the zombie genre to new heights. Simply reply to its own raffle announcement for a chance to win. You have Christmas to do so!
Gunslinger Gaming Podcast Episode #8 Published
It has been a while since the last installment of the official GS podcast, so we have returned to discuss our initial reactions to the epic releases of the PS4, XboxOne, Battlefield 4, and Call of Duty: Ghosts along with the current woes of the Wii U. This episode features Gunslinger members Filoofo, Fed Architect, Dunkaroo, and McMurphy. If you are interested in taking part in a future episode of the podcast, share your interest in our podcast topic.
You will also find all the download links to previous episodes as well. Here is an embedded version of the podcast:
New Forum Code Added
We are also expanding on what members can do while posting in the Gunslingers Forums. This time, the update comes in the form of a new BBCode folks can use in posts and signatures. By placing what you wish to say and what you would like to pop up when someone hovers over your text between the “[note][/note]” tags, you can add further thoughts on a specific segment of your post. If that was confusing, take a look of an example already made in its announcement post.
GS*Toledo to Marry on 12/27/13
Another member will be entering the married life at the end of this month. Toledo shared his marriage announcement in the Gunslingers Forums, so send congratulations (and, perhaps, sage marriage tips) his way in his “Getting Married…” topic!
Since the last installment of the Gunslinger Gazette, new members are still pouring into our game rosters. Let’s take a moment give a Gazette tip of the hat to all the greenhorns who have walked through our virtual saloon doors since December 9th:
Welcome to the Gunslingers and thank you all for joining! What is even more impressive than seeing fifty-nine fellow older gamers join up with us is that nearly all of them have posted Introduction topics and/or added themselves to a game Master List. So, in the Holiday Gunslinger spirit, check them out and get gaming with them!
New Bullet Holes Earned
Not only are their a lot of new faces among us, but we also have a lot of excellent, active gamers celebrating another year as a Gunslinger member. Remember, we award bullet holes to people’s profiles for every year they are a member. Of the most active members, GS*jayray810, and GS*Demon15 have gotten their fourth bullet hole, GS*Dclause1, GS*big rusty, and Battle Hamster have gotten their third bullet hole, GS*vhr2121 and GS*TatisNelson have gotten their second bullet hole, and GS*FriekNL, GS*a microorganism, GS*ramblingjordan, GS*RedMetalHunter, along with GS*TheGnomeRanger have received their first bullet hole this week! Thank you for your continued active membership! Stay tuned for the next Gazette edition as we celebrate member anniversaries taken place on December 19th and onward.
Grand Theft Auto V GS Club Color
There is an open poll for members to vote on the color of the Gunslinger Gaming in-game Clubs for GTA V. Whichever color gets the most votes will be the color of the Clubs in-game. Everyone has until December 23rd to cast his/her vote. Currently, pink is winning. Um, really? Are we trolling ourselves?
Call of Duty: Ghosts Oahu Clan War
Last week concluded the second official Clan War for the Call of Duty: Ghosts. Of the in-game clans, “Gunslingers” finished fourth in its division while “Gunslingers2” snatched first place; thus, bumping the group up to the silver division. Great job, everyone! Get information for the third Clan War by visiting our “Ghosts Clan Wars Operations!” topic.
Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s edition of the Gunslinger Gazette!
Welcome to first addition to the Gunslinger Gazette! Since all members now have their own blogs in the Gunslinger Gaming Forums, it seemed confusing to have two features with the same name. Likewise, changing the Gunslinger Gaming Blog to the Gunslinger Gazette is the perfect opportunity to include new articles and activity to our WordPress feature. With that in mind, let’s begin the first issue of the Gunslinger Gazette, where we share an overview of recent news within the Gunslingers community!
Christmas is coming!
Like so many people with home decor during this time of the year, the Gunslingers do the equivalent of blowing off the dust from the box wielding our seasonal decorations. We now have holiday themed graphics on all website pages, including the forum. Our facebook group even got into the Christmas spirit!
To reflect the joyous time of year, every new game installed in the Gunslingers Arcade will be holiday themed. The (snow)ball was put in motion just this Sunday with the game, “Holiday Wordscramble.” Re-order those letters to spell out holiday messages and try to get your name on the highscore list!
New Staff Members!
The winter season proves to be a busy time of the year for the Gunslingers, so we have added a few extra helping hands to Staff roster. These additions will help new and old members alike get in game and promote game contact swapping. Here are the new staff members and their associated roles:
You can view the entire Staff team information on our GS Staff page. You may also notice something a bit strange when it comes to Wikilectual’s listing. He has a picture of Rick Moranis representing him. As a tongue-in-cheek tradition, we randomly assign 1980s cinema stars as avatar pictures for Staff members who don’t wish to share their real pictures online. This tradition started back with 4thMason, who was represented as Kevin Bacon. It annoyed him so greatly that we can’t but help carry on the tradition!
Twitch/Live Feed Integration
The writing is on the wall. The next generation of gaming will be all about making giving the average gamer the ability to stream live game footage with a great amount of ease. That is why we now have the Live Feeds page. On it, members can view who is currently streaming live, select which stream they would like to watch from a drop-down menu, and even chat in both the GS Text Chat along with the Twitch message box all from a single Gunslinger Gaming page. If you would like to add your live stream account to the library, you can do so by replying to the “Post Your Twitch Account Here!” topic in the GS Forums.
The Next Generation of Consoles is NOW
As alluded to above, the next generation of consoles is now fully upon us. Finally! Nintendo has the Wii U. Sony has the Playstation 4. Microsoft has the Xbox One. These developments also ushers in a new era for the Gunslingers. For the first time in a long time, members now have the pleasure of amassing a new friend roster for a new console. If you haven’t done so already, add your gaming contact to the Xbox One Master List, the PS4 Master List, and/or the Wii U Master List. Also, keep checking back! To get the most out of the Gunslingers experience, you will want to send out invites to everyone else on those lists. Gunslingers is all about having a good time, and the party gets bigger the more people you invite.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Clan Wars
Congratulations to all the Gunslinger members taking part in the new in-game Clan War feature of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Despite the feature being barely operational as an application, we have already had both fun and success. Presently there are two GS in-game clans winning achievements and associated patch unlocks: Gunslingers and Gunslingers2.
Thank you, Gunslingers, for your patience and understanding as GS Leaders coordinate the operations despite severe function issues. This new Ghosts feature could be quite a unique experience if it ever works properly.
The Gunslingers in-game clan finished first in its Gold Division, while Gunslingers2 finished second in their Bronze division. That is fantastic! Enjoy the perks! If you would like to getting the latest news in regards to the second clan war (which is about to end in mere hours), check out the “Clan Wars Operations” topic in the Gunslinger Gaming Forums.
New Members Welcome
The first eight days of December has brought a lot of new internet travelers to our saloon doors. Let’s take a moment and welcome them aboard:
Welcome to the Gunslingers and thank you all for joining! With seventy-five new members in just a eight day period, there are plenty of folks look to get in game with the rest of us. Most of them have already posted Introduction topics, added themselves to a Master List, or both. All of them are just like you when you first joined the Gunslingers: looking to make some friends and game with some laid back gamers. Let’s make them feel truly welcome!
Thank you all for reading the first issue of the Gunslinger Gazette. Please return here to read a recap of all the latest news and activity taking place in the Gunslingers community.
Star Trek had Data. Mystery Science Theater 3000 has Tom Servo. Philip K. Dick had, well, he believed we were all androids. The point is the Gunslingers group is proud to count Gaz_Bot as a member. Let’s take a moment to learn more about our Canadian, science fiction loving friend in this edition of the Member Spotlight!
GS: The anniversary of your membership is quite easy to remember. You originally signed up with the Gunslingers on January 1st, 2012 for our PS3 faction of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. How did you ever find the Gunslingers? Who were some of the folks you first met up with in game after joining?
Gaz_Bot: It all started back with playing “Global Resistance” while I was waiting for Resistance 3 to come out. I was going through forums on the website and I saw the Gunslinger recruitment thread. I was intrigued with the aspect of a gaming clan for adults, especially with kids and jobs – you know, normal people, haha. I came back and joined, apparently on New Year’s Day at that, and off I went. MW3 one of the first games I bought with my PS3 so naturally I joined that group. Killzone 3 soon came out and that was definitely my calling and where I met most of the Gunslingers I still game with today: Dunkaroo, CWC Vader, House Lannister, SmokeYoAss, Scars, KingShafiq, Steak N Fries, WhiPWCC (Mimbres), FC Central, BigBangBear, and you Murphy. There’s been many more along the way and everyone has been great, this has to be one of the best gaming clans out there. Hands down.
GS: Let’s explore the past and future of Gaz_Bot. What was the first game you ever owned? With the next generation of consoles right around the corner, what console and games do you see yourself on?
Gaz_Bot: I can remember being a kid and renting NES and SNES for special occasions. Duck
B.O.B. – One of Gaz_Bot’s first SNES favorites.
Hunt and Mario was where it was at back then. The first system I ever owned was a Sega Genesis and my favourite game was B.O.B – a robot who crash landed his Dad’s space car on a hostile asteroid while en route to pick up his date. It was awesome.
I see myself picking up a PS4 a few months after release, you know, so they can work out all the kinks. The games I’m most looking forward to are Killzone: Shadow Fall, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Destiny, and Tom Clancy’s The Division.
GS: Your history of playing KillZone 3, Borderlands 2, and Resistance 3 suggests you are a science fiction fan. If true, what are among your favorite science fiction pieces in film and literature?
Gaz_Bot: Oh, you caught on to that, eh? I swear, I don’t like Sci-Fi at all… Seriously though, it all started with Star Wars (I have the tattoo to prove it!) and still is – ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ is the best of the series if you ask me. Some of my other favourite sci-fi movies, in no particular order, would be: The Back to the Future trilogy, V for Vendetta, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Prometheus, Alien, The Abyss, Children of Men, Logan’s Run, and I’m probably forgetting a few others… I also happen to enjoy vintage sci-fi movies as well, no favourites, just watching them is enough.
As for literature, I tend to go for the dystopian sci-fi: Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Time Machine, Brave New World, The Sleeper Wakes, Children of Men, Fahrenheit 451, We; and of course, Atlas Shrugged.
GS: You mention tattoos as one of your interests in your Gunslinger Gaming profile. What tattoos do you have? Tell us about the first time you got a tattoo.
Gaz_Bot: Currently I have five. The first is a Union Jack inside a cutout of a Maple Leaf, for my dual British/Canadian citizenship. The second is “Per Ardua ad Astra” (Through Adversity to the Stars) horizontally on the top of my left forearm, basically that one just means to overcome whatever gets in your way. The third is a griffin on my left shoulder. Fourth is “So it goes.” horizontally across the top of my right forearm, and that’s from one of my favourite books “Slaughterhouse-Five” but Kurt Vonnegut. The fifth is Boba Fett’s helmet entangled in the tentacles of the Sarlacc – I told you I liked Star Wars. When I got my first tattoo, I picked something simple and being of both Canadian and British background, I went with both flags in one. It was actually a rather funny experience as the artist dropped one of his machines and swore rather loudly, but since I was lying down I couldn’t see and I thought he messed up! Two other customers were in the studio at the same time, one getting a small tattoo on his arm and the other was getting a lip ring. Both passed out and it was nothing short of hilarious – the staff was trying hard not to laugh. I’ll be up to six in the next few months as I’m getting a vintage sci-fi movie style robot done on my forearm. I’ll post a photo in the tattoo thread when it’s healed!
GS: When GS*Dunkaroo69, a fellow Canadian, heard that you were going to be interviewed, he demanded that I ask you about hockey. What is your favorite team? Assuming that you like hockey, what other sports do you follow or participate in?
Gaz_Bot: Oh, Dunk. Why am I not surprised? I’ll admit that I’m not a very good Canadian and I don’t really watch hockey. I used to play when I was younger, but it became way too expensive so I stopped. I don’t really have a favourite team, though I suppose I have a soft spot for the Maple Leafs considering I’m so close to Toronto. When it comes time for the finals, I’m happy if any Canadian team is in the running.
I played soccer for most of my life, through no influence by my professional soccer coach father… none at all.
GS: Looking back at your posting history, there is a surprising detail considering how engaged and friendly you are towards your fellow GSers. You never wrote an Introduction post! Knowing what you know now about the community, how would you describe yourself in an introductory post if written today?
Gaz_Bot: Really? I didn’t write anything? Well, sounds like something I would do… So, here goes:
Hey everyone I’m Gaz_Bot, but most of you know me just as Gaz. I live just outside of Toronto, ON, Canada; with my common-law wife and two daughters – anyone who has played online with me has probably heard my youngest babbling or screaming right next to me. I work in customer service, so coming home to shoot up some online baddies is a great way to vent after a tough day. You will more than likely find me playing sci-fi shooters such as Killzone 3 or Borderlands 2, and tactical shooters like The Last of Us.
If you see me playing another game, feel free to send me a message and I’ll more than likely switch games and join, unless I’m really involved in my current game, haha.
GS: The game “The Last of Us” has caused a quite amount of discussion by gamers as a whole. Being a player of the game, what are your thoughts about it? How significant do you find it as a game?
Gaz_Bot: Between The Last of Us and Bioshock I feel as if I have played the best games of the current generation. The story, gameplay, sound, visuals, even the characters – they’re all amazing. While playing through the story in TLOU, I actually found myself caring about the characters. There were several moments in the game where I was incredibly worried about the fate of a character. From the very beginning – and what a beginning – to the end, I was pulled right in. The gameplay may not be entirely new but it works, it makes you stop and think. There is no run-n-gun with this game. As far as significance goes, this game as pushed narrative to a whole new level. It has proved to the world just what a game can do and definitely comes out as a work of art. There is no doubt in my mind that TLOU sits high on the list of my favourite games ever. I just hope to catch more Gunslingers online. You can’t go solo with this one!
GS: You also list craft beer as an interest of yours. If a fellow beer lover should travel to Canada, which breweries must we visit that you feel personifies the greatness of Canadian micro brews?
Steamwhistle Brewery – A top Canadian micro brewery recommended by Gaz_Bot.
Gaz_Bot: There are many beers that I could put out there for a visitor to try, but I’ll keep it restricted to my area. You should without a doubt go to Toronto and visit three of my favourites: Steamwhistle, Mill St. Brewery (the brewpub in the Distillery District), and Amsterdam (both their brewery and new brewpub right on the lake). Additionally, venture slightly north to Bracebridge, ON; and visit Muskoka Brewery – they make two of my favourite beers ever: Mad Tom double IPA and Winterbeard Chocolate Cranberry Stout. I highly recommend trying those if you ever see them!
GS: Finish this sentence: The craziest thing you have ever done, sober or otherwise, would be____________. By all means, feel free to change the names of anyone involved to protect the innocent.
Gaz_Bot: I haven’t done anything too crazy, but I guess I would have to say Skydiving. Now, I say that because I’m completely terrified of heights. So yeah, the guy who’s afraid of heights goes up to 10,000 feet and jumps out of an airplane. It was wild and totally worth it. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
GS: Finally, Gaz_Bot, what is your favorite drink?
Gaz_Bot: When I’m out somewhere, either a Whisky Sour or Black Russian. When I’m at home, a nice dark ale or porter.
Thank you for taking the time to sit down and answer our questions, Gaz_Bot. Also, dear readers, thank you for taking the time to learn more about your fellow Gunslinger! Maybe—just maybe—he will share a pic of his Maple Leaf-Union Jack tattoo…if you buy him a round of some micro brews first!
A father. A son of a NASA associate involved with the Apollo Missions. A rocker. A player of Pong. Our dear friend, Dick Lazer, is a strange, awesome brew of a person. If you have ever had the opportunity to game with him, I can personally promise you will have a good time. He has also been with the Gunslingers since the “early days,” so it is fitting to set aside some time to learn more about what makes him tick during the month of June: the Six Year Anniversary of the Gunslingers. Pick your poison, kick your boots up, and enjoy the following rather untamed interview!
GS: You have been a Gunslinger since July 2009. You have probably seen more changes around these parts than most people. Do you remember the first Gunslinger with whom you gamed? What is a favorite memory of yours?
Dick Lazer: Lets see, the first person I met here was Missie (Sissy) in the chat. She was so nice and inviting. I thought it was awesome she was from Denmark. Then, I met Murph, Korchie, and Freddy, but the first person/people after that I played with, I think, (LOL) were Miranda and you, Murph, on The Conduit.
After that, I found out this was mainly a MKW (Mario Kart Wii) clan, which I had, loved, and had more than a blast on many occasions. Back to the question. One of my fondest memories would have to be the Christmas video you made on Reflex, and I was playing under my doppelganger name of NoNeck (going back to my habit of calling people “no necked m’er f’ers”) and at the very end I’m t’baggin some poor soul. I remember it like it was yesterday. Loper walks up and says, “Oh, I don’t think I want any part of this,” and backed out of the scene. LMFAO.
[*The Video in Question:]
GS: Before we get too far, let’s talk about your username. Now, your real first name is Richard, but what is the story behind the use of “Dick Lazer.” If I recall correctly, there is an amusing story attached to the name being used in real life, yes?
Dick Lazer: Okay, there is no real big story behind my name. When I was a kid, my dad worked for NASA, the Apollo missions. Anyway, there was this guy who worked for my dad. He was real cool, and was in charge of some kind of lasers. His name was Dick Laser. My friends always thought it was funny to call me Dick, seeing that my name is Richard. (Kids are just great. I wont tell you my last name, just that kids also called me “rich turd hog barf”, @ssholes. LOL) So, as soon as you could put your whole name on your high score in the arcades, Dick Lazer I was.
My name Dick Lazer has passed into my real life. Hell, my plates on my truck read D LAZER. So, into a shortened version of said story: I was just leaving the liquor store, driving down the road, and there’s a bunch of people in the road, all drinking, talking shit. I’m just trying to get by, and this big ol’ dude, mad dogging me; talking shit, calls me out with a few “f yous” and “I’ll kick yer f’ing ass.” So, I throw it in park (Yeah, I might have had a drink or two, and might be pretty large myself—not as large as him—but stout) and step out of the truck, when a guy comes running out of the house saying, “Hey man, don’t f@!# with him. That’s Dick Lazer!!” The other dude says, “That’s Dick Lazer??” He says, “Yeah, look at his plate” (D LAZER). Anyway, he looked and smiled at me. Turns out these guys came to a lot of our shows and were big fans, and, honestly, I believe my name just might have saved my ass. I was alone. HAHA.
GS: In addition to being an ever active Gunslinger and once donning the GS Leader cap, you have been kind enough to include a few of your songs in the GS Jukebox. Do you still practice your craft? Which bands are among your all-time greatest influences?
Dick Lazer: Yes, I do. Can’t stop. I don’t really have a band as much these days, just a couple of friends I like to make noise with. Still recording as much as possible. I recently digitally remastered a few songs from a band I was in in the ’90s. I will get you some fresh tunes for the GS Jukebox. Hell, we have better versions of those songs now, I think. My major influences growing up were mostly Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, and Rush. Later, I moved more into Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, and Pantera. Page, Iommi, Lee, Lifeson, Rhoads (RIP), King, Hanneman (RIP), and Darrel (RIP) all speak to me.
[*Footage of Dick Lazer Playing COD back in 2009 cut to "I Wanna Scare People," a song performed by him and his band, So Below.]
GS: You first signed up with GS as a Wii owner. Then you moved to the PS3. Now, you representing on the Xbox360. What was the first game you ever owned? Looking down the barrel of the next generation of consoles, have you made up your mind on which one you may or may not be getting?
Dick Lazer: Nintendo forever. Anything else, never!! LOL. I still have the Wii, and the PS3 (stopped reading bluray ;( ), but, yes, the XBox is my new frontier. (Speaking of which, TripleF73 just signed on, LOL.) My first game? I was very lucky that my dad loved new things. I had Pong the first Christmas it was released, then Atari and Intellivision right there after. Both my parents loved video games. The
Lazer’s first game.
first Nintendo didn’t come out until after I moved out, but my mom still bought one, day one.
Next, Next Gen? The jury is out. I just don’t know yet. I wont know until next year. My wife wants to get an XBoxOne at Christmas, but I’m not so sure. I think I’ll wait for a couple of updates, and a price drop!!
GS: There is a term in gaming called “bromances.” There is none as legend at GS as the long time one between you and GS*Freddy. What games are you playing together now? How on earth can you two stand each other after all this time?
Dick Lazer: What can I say, Freddy (Jay ). I first met him during my first Frosty Pints on The Conduit, then next on MKW and COD: Reflex. I can happily say I haven’t gone a week (most of the time, a day) without talking to my bro. Nowadays, we are playing BO2, zombies and MP, and a little Forza 4. Mostly COD, though. It’s always been our thing. Playing Reflex is when we really got tight. “Stand each other?” HAHA, we are like brothers. We piss each other off to no end!! But, you know? I wouldn’t have it any other way. At the end of the day, we are still brothers. I think of his wife, Sammie, as a sister, and his son, Tbear, as my nephew. I love them all. Thanks again for making this site for me, BTW.
GS: As a husband and father in your family life, what is a day like in the Lazer household? How does the rest of the family regard gaming? Is there any advice you can give other parents who are seeing their children drawn into gaming habits as well?
Dick Lazer: My life is like most of yours: Get up, kids to school, us to work, blah blah, coffee coffee. We are a gaming family, though (go figure). Let’s see, living room, my area: 360, PS3, and Wii. My wife is a PC gamer, so it’s World of Warcraft for her on her Vaio. She is very high ranked in her guild. My oldest has a lappy for WOW, and a PS3, N64, and GameCube in her room, and my seven year old has a Wii and a Nexus tablet. She prefers her tablet. I believe you should just let the kids game from the get-go. Yes, stuff has to get done…chores, rooms clean, whatnot. But, if video games are “no big deal,” then that’s exactly what they are. No big deal. My kids have all sorts of shit to play with, but I’m always catching them with these things, maybe you heard of them. They call them books. They like boardgames, too. LOL,
GS: There is a rumor that you are no longer welcome at Disneyland. Is this true? Elaborate if so inclined.
Dick Lazer: Well, uh,….mmm, erm….Let’s just say I HAVE visited DisneyLand and World many times since said incident, which may or may not have happened, and may have happened like this…..
Yes, Disney Jail is a real thing. If only it looked like this…
It was late spring, nineteen-eighty-something. We may have been in a group of eight. One of which may have been my girlfriend/wife now, one might have been her father, and just maybe her little sister. We had five friends come along to help me move (moved to Cali from AZ) star tours was brand new, and after a couple hours we may have decided, the 6 of us (dad and lil’ sis were off doing their own thing) to head out to the parking lot for a lil’ 420 action before we got on Star Tours. (Hey, it was the ’80s.) Anyway, you would not believe how powerful binoculars are. Before the bowl even got around, we were surrounded by Mickey’s freakin’ SWAT team!! Well, four of us were 18+ (barely), and two were 17. 18+ in Cali, no biggee. Under 18? BIGGEE!!! So, the two underagers were taken to Mickey Mouse Jail (no shit, LOLl) until dad was found (yes, my girl might have been one of the underagers :O ), and we remaining four were threatened with Orange County jail. When they found her dad, he said, “Kick ‘em out. I’ll meet them at the car when the park closes.” He met us afterward and never said a word. So long story short, no real law was called. They just said we were 86′ed for life.
Three things to be learned here:
1.) Don’t smoke at Disneyland. You’ll get caught.
2.) If you do, don’t worry. They wont take your weed.
3.) 86′ed, schmay-ty 6′ed. We went back the next day. LOL.
GS: You seem to be a zombie game fan, particularly with the first Call of Duty: Black Ops feature. Does that stem from a more broad appreciation for horror films? If so, what films are among your favorites?
Dick Lazer: I just loves me some zombies!! Wanna play? LOL. Yes, I love zombie flicks. Anything
One of Lazer’s all-time zombie movies.
George Romero has done is golden for what it is, but my favorites would have to be, not in any order: Shawn of the Dead (“All we have to do is get back to the pub mate,” LOL), Zombie Land (“Rule #1: Cardio, the fattys were the first to go,” hehe), and 28 Days Later. 28 Days Later was real to me. If it’s going to go down, it’s going to go like that. I’m looking forward to World War Z. I read the book, and the movie doesn’t have anything to do with it but the name really, but it looks freakin’ crazy awesome. Tidal waves of crazed, flesh eating people? Really? Sweet.
GS: What was the oddest birthday gift you ever received?
Dick Lazer: I got this thing from my brother one year. It’s like a stamper, and you stamp a piece of bread, then toast it. After it’s toasted, the following appears: there’s a picture of a hand flipping the bird and says, “F#ck Y@u,“…but it has the ‘u’ and ‘o’. LOL.
So, I guess I got f#ck y@u toast, once.
GS: What is your favorite drink?
Dick Lazer: My drink is a Pile Driver (named it myself, *hic*). It’s one part vodka, one part OJ, and one part Mountain Dew: Code Red. Mix in a big ol’ tumbler. No ice. Put your vodka in the freezer, and it’s your ice now. Two of them, and you’ll understand the name.
Thank you for being a Gunslinger and a friend all these gaming years, Lazer. Also, thank you, readers, for taking the time to read this interview. If you would like to comment on it, you are welcome to do so AT THIS LINK.