Interview with Bass Commando

Me: Tell us a little about yourself.

Me: Well, I was born in Southern Indiana in 1979. I am the oldest of 2 children. I have been playing video games for as long as I can remember.

Me: Tell us a little more about your history as a gamer.

Me: Well, as I said I started out at a young age playing video and computer games. When I was around 5 years old, I started playing Pac-Man and then Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Mr. Do's Castle, Centipede, Super Mario Bros., and several others.  Over time, with the advent of home computing (and subsequently home gaming) I started playing more and more games at home. I eventually had an Atari 400, Atari 2600, Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64, Texas Instruments TI994-A, and eventually moved up to the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Cube, Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket,  Game Boy Advance, Sega Genesis, Game Gear, Dreamcast, and even a bit on the PC.

Me: Fascinating. You certainly seem to have a lot of Nintendo systems. Is there a reason for that?

Me: Well, yes there is, actually. About the time the NES was pretty popular, I couldn't afford to buy my own games, and I had to pick one system (my parents weren't going to buy me both of them). My friend had a Genesis, so I picked the NES. After a while, the games I liked kept coming out for Nintendo made systems, and before long I was exclusively buying Nintendo systems because that platform had the games I really wanted to play. But, as you can see, I do have a Genesis and a Dreamcast because each has games that I want to play. To put it simply, if a platform has games for it that I want to play (and if it's in my budget) I'll get it.

Me: I see. What are your favorite kinds of games?

Me: I like a broad variety of games. I like Puzzle Games, Role Playing Games, Action/Adventure Games, Simulation Games (I suck at them, though), and 2D Fighting Games.

Me: Yes, you do have some varied tastes. One thing that I need to ask is what do you think of 'fanfics' that are becoming so popular?

Me: Well, my thoughts on 'Fan Fiction' are this: I don't like them. Don't get me wrong, I know that a lot of people put a lot of work into some of those things, but I believe that they should spend that time and energy creating their own universes and characters to go into them, rather than glomming onto some other established universe or character. With too much fan fiction, the line can become blurred between what the actual story in a game series is, and what the fan fiction writers say it is. If I had one message to give to all the fan fiction writers, it would be this: Don't write fan fiction. Use that creative energy to create your own stories, characters, universes, and maybe even games. The community will be enriched by your contribution.

Me: Intriguing. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Me: I think that about covers it. If anyone out there wants to ask me a question that I didn't answer here, feel free to email me at, and I'll answer it to the best of my ability.

Me: Fantastic. Thank you for your time.

Me: You're very welcome! Always a pleasure!

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