Staff Bio: Week 3 – Charlie Marsh

Name: Charlie Marsh

Nicknames: I don’t really have any nicknames, so I’ll just go with…Snake

Location: Syracuse, NY/Orange, CT

3 Favorite Genres:

1) Platformers
2) Run & Gun
3) Adventure

3 Favorite Games:

1) Earthbound (SNES)
2) Chrono Trigger (SNES)
3) Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

Favorite Console: SNES

Bio: As the youngest writer on the site, someone like Charlie Marsh writing a column on retro games may not make much sense, however, as a poor college student, it’s most fitting. Combining his lack of funds with a preference towards classic games over current games, he writes a weekly-ish column, "Kickin’ it Old School", which reminds and in some cases introduces gamers to the best and worst games of yesteryear. When not playing games he is studying history and anthropology at Syracuse University, finding excuses not to study, or generally being awesome.

Q&A

1. ML Kennedy – Everybody knows that Lucard is really a vampire.
With a last name like Marsh, are we to assume that you are some sort of swamp creature?

Follow up: For your birthday, Nintendo lets you pick 3 games to be released on the Virtual Console. What are they?

I’ve had to endure such nicknames as “Swampthing” in my lifetime, so I guess that’s technically accurate. I’ve also been subject to “Charlie and the chocolate factory”, which I’d actually prefer, since I love chocolate. As for the follow-up:

1. Earthbound, since it’s my favorite game ever
2. Chrono Trigger, since it’s my second favorite
3. Goldeneye 007, since it’s my…well it’s not my third favorite, but it’s still awesome.

2. Bryan Berg – What’s your favorite knock-knock joke?

“Knock, knock”

“Who’s there?”

“Little old lady”

“Little old lady who?”

“I didn’t know you could yodel!”

HA! I’m priceless.

3. Aaron Sirois – So what makes Earthbound your favorite game?

It’s incredibly fun to play…got a great story, and a huge world full of people to interact with. The soundtrack is amazing, definitely my favorite of any game. And it has fart jokes…everyone loves fart jokes!

4. chuckjaywalk – If you could give one developer a license, who would it be and what would the license be?

I’d give Back to the Future to Traveller’s Tales so we could get a Lego Back to the Future game. I really don’t know why other than I think that would be cool.

5. Mark B. – What RPG (not series, just one specific one) do you like LEAST and why?

Though I like them to an extent, I’m actually not the biggest RPG fan (despite listing two as my two favorite games ever) but I’d have to say, and I’m probably opening up a whole can of worms here, Final Fantasy III, or VI depending on how you look at it. I just never got the hype over it or got into it at all. Maybe it’s because I’m not a serious RPG fan that I like Earthbound over that, since FF3 is way more serious than Earthbound.

6. Guy Desmarais – Let’s say that you found a magic lamp with a genie inside, and he gives you three wishes, under the condition that they all have to be video games related, what would they be?

1) An English version of Mother 3
2) I get to pick the soundtrack of the next Guitar Hero game
3) A Power Glove (it’s so bad…)

7. Misha – What’s your favourite video game weapon?

The cerebral bore from Turok 2. The thing eats out brains and then blows the guy’s head off. AWESOME.

8. Sara Graves – What is your worst gaming related habit?

As a college student, having a Wii, PSP and DS within arm’s reach makes it increasingly difficult to study.

9. Frederick Badlissi – All things equal, what animal do you believe would win in a street fight? A pigeon with everything to gain, or a raccoon with nothing to lose?

Also- name your best preference of a non-Nintendo original video game score.

The pigeon would crap in the racoon’s eyes then take him out when he’s blind, so I’m going with the pigeon. And, for a non-Nintendo game, I’m kinda partial to Sonic Adventure’s soundtrack…I get to play as Sonic in 3-D AND rock out!

10. Alex Lucard – Charlie, you tend to specialize in writing columns on retrogaming, even though you’re the youngest guy on staff. What is it about games of yesteryear that makes you want to write about them than this current generation of gaming?

As I said before, lack of funds is a part of it, as is being a college student, so there’s really only time for a quick and easy retro column, but also I just like older games better. I’d prefer a little blue robot destroying other robots over 30+ hours of gameplay, online multiplayer or realistic graphics any day. I guess I’m just more of a casual gamer.

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