Q1. Who the hell are you and what do you do?
My name’s Johnny Cullen. Previously the editor of GOONL!NE and a freelancer, I’m currently Associate UK Editor for VG247.
Q2. When did you first get into games? How old were you?
My brother and sister used to be hardcore SEGA nuts back in the day when I was 4. My cousin also used to have an NES, but I can’t remember what games he had. It also used to break down a lot, if memory serves me right.
Q3. Omit nothing, what is your gaming history? Where did it start and how did it progress?
When I was six, my mum bought me a GameBoy and the Olympics tie-in. For Christmas that year (1997), and a week before my 8th birthday, I got a PS1 with Crash Bandicoot and Porsche Challenge. A couple of years later, in January 2001, I got a PS2 for my 10th birthday with Ri(iiiiiiiiiiii)dge Racer 5 and Ready 2 Rumble 2. After wanting it with my PS2, I got SSX two months later (gimmie ‘ma new SSX, EA!). I got a GBA for Christmas that year with one game – the only game I’d get for it – Mario Kart GBA. Got a PSP at launch in 2005 with Need for Speed Underground. The following years for Christmas, I got a 360 with Gears of War and TDU1. I got a PS3 at launch as well with Resistance, Motorstorm and F1. I got a Wii the following year with Mario Galaxy and Guitar Hero III.
Q4. Why do you actually play games? Is it for fun? Or maybe something else?
For fun and to escape, really. I won’t get into it for personal reasons, but videogames have been the one thing I could rely on to calm me down (unless it was COD4 online)
Q5. If you could choose one game (just one) to give to other gamers, one that epitomises videogames for you, what would it be?
That’s a toughie. But I think it has to be Metal Gear Solid 3. It really is Kojima’s best work in terms of story. Amazing.
Q6. What was the last game you completed? Did you enjoy it?
I think it was Alan Wake. And yes, I enjoyed it. Gameplay was a bit off-key, but I loved the story and it’s soundtrack. Loved it, and I highly anticipate a sequel.
Q7. Now the tough stuff… Favourite gaming platform ever… and why?
As good as 360 is, and although PS3 is starting to come into it’s own, it has to be PlayStation 2. That defined my childhood, my gaming history and what has become my passion.
Plus, the games. MGS2, MGS3, GTAIII, San Andreas, Vice City, Zone of the Enders 2 and Burnout 3 just made it elite to me.
Q8. Favourite game or franchise?
Easy: Metal Gear Solid. As for favourite game, has to be MGS3. As much as I love MGS1, 2 and 4, 3 defined the series for me. Amazing.
Q9. How do you feel about online gaming?
I love it. Mostly. It just depends on the games, something Gears, Halo or CoD is good for me, but it’s Metal Gear Online that really made me love online. Let’s just say I’ve had some amazing online experiences with it.
Q10. And motion control?
I can’t really give an opinion as such. I’ve only tried Kinect once and PlayStation Move a couple of times, all of which at gamescom. But it’s obvious Wii has set the standard, so let’s see how both do against Wii first before giving a judgement.
Q11. How about 3D gaming?
I only played Motorstorm Apocalypse in 3D and a 3D tech demo of Final Fantasy XIV, so again, can’t give a real judgement. But it’s obvious we need a massive price-drop and be gone with the glasses before forking out on a 3DTV. That said, even though I haven’t seen it myself, I’m very interested on 3DS. I’ve heard people gush over it, so I’d like to see it’s potential.
Q12. Where do you want to see the industry in five years time?
Go ask Pachter. He’s more of a physic them me.
Q13. What does gaming mean to you?
This is going to sound silly, but in four words: it’s my life now. Without it, I wouldn’t have been into my job after all. And it also gives me a break from real-life whenever needed.