#TwitLight: Who are you, @thewilleffect?

TwitLight is a Twitter Spotlight posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Also have a look at all the previous TwitLights and you are more than welcome to take part, too!

It’s the middle of the working week for most which means it’s about time to break up the boring routine and read the latest TwitLight!

I would like you to meet @thewilleffect. I first came across him all the way back in 2006, even though he doesn’t know about that! His site The Xbox Domain used to be hosted on wordpress.com, just like my blog is. As part of the community, the wordpress.com dashboard displays the most popular blogs and latest posts. For as long as I can remember, the The Xbox Domain was featured there and I stopped by every now and then. I don’t remember when I first saw him on Twitter and followed him, though.

He is an avid Twitterer [which, admittedly, describes everyone taking part in TwitLight!] and is best summed up with some of his more random tweets:

In the words of Charles Barkeley: I feel “Turrible”. #

@X3R0_9 I sense some hostility in the force. Other then that I don’t know what to tell you. #

The list of unwritten features I have is getting to embarrassing lengths at this point. Argh! #

Which came first? The games(the chicken), or the writer/gamer(the egg). That’s when the I should stop playing games to write about happens. #

OMG, now I have the hiccups. What next? I can’t catch a break. I’ve got to get something done today though, even if my fingers fall off. #

Do follow him to find out more about him and, of course, read this TwitLight!

Beat the Wednesday blues with @thewilleffect!!

1. Where are you from?
I’m from Michigan, otherwise known as the one of the most boring places in the world to most, but that’s why I’m here. I live in a suburb on the outskirts of Detroit.

2. How old are you?
I’m 26, although I rarely think about how old I am as to why I have to think about it when I’m asked sometimes.



3. What do you do for a living?
Borrowing from CheapyD of CheapassGamer, I’m an Internet Space Pimp. By day I’m the Co-Editor -in-Chief of The Xbox Domain. By night, I’m a merchandiser (driving a fork lift is apart of it) for a large retailer that anyone can guess the name of. My bills are mostly paid at night, but my true love is writing during the day. Sleep happens somewhere in there.

At some point I hope to make that my full time job negating the need for another job.

4. What does your alias/nickname mean and how did you come up with it?
The name most people know me by most other than my actual name is thewilleffect. It’s something I came up with years ago when I was writing an editorial piece about what eventually turned into the Wii. I wanted to explain the reasoning behind Nintendo’s message of family gaming in relation to what I felt was nothing more than a PR stunt (that ultimately worked I mind you). The idea was to write editorial pieces that gave incite into gaming that had a real impact and “effect” after they were read, hence thewill”effect”.

Although my gamertag isn’t of the same name. It’s Sacredleader, because that’s what I came up with on the spot the day I jumped on Xbox Live for the first time. When I’m at the top of a leaderboard it makes so much sense.

The question is just, how often are you on the top of a leaderboard?! ;) – Cat

5. What do you want to be when you grow up and has that changed at all since you were little?
I want to be Kenny G when I grow up. Well, I once did want to be Kenny G.

I played clarinet and then Tenor Saxophone in school for over 8 years with the hopes of being a full time musician until my love for tech and writing eclipsed that of music. I was good enough to make it for sure, but it wasn’t meant to be after school.

My love for videogames attached to my love for writing quickly became all I could think about. Self teaching myself how to build computers and troubleshoot for years helped facilitate my interest in writing about videogames with this whole internet deal. Who knew? Some people actually use this thing.

6. What song are you thinking about right now?
It would have to be the theme for Street Fighter IV eternally since that was released, but at the moment it would be Rage Against the Machine’s “Wake up”.

7. Do you have a Last.fm profile?
I do not. One more account would break my fine tuned (not really) balancing act.

8. What are you reading at the moment? [Book, magazine, website, Wikipedia article..]
I’m currently reading 25 Reasons You Might Be A Hardcore Graphic/Web Designer again. It occurred to me that this article is dead on in so many ways the first time I read it. This time around it’s scary how accurate it is.

9. Which video game are you playing these days and is it as good as you thought it would be? [provided you play video games that is!]
At the moment I’m playing The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai. I love it with all of it’s rediculuously hard blood lust glory.

10. What is the weather like at the moment?
It’s nice and sunny. The way I like it, except for the part where it makes it extremely hard to get some sleep since I have to sleep during the day.

11. What are your plans for the rest of the day?
I plan to get some more writing in and hopefully some sleep as that’s what often ends up taking a back seat.

12. If you could replace anyone in any TV show, who would you pick?
I’d like to replace Matthew Fox. If you watch Lost, then you know why.

13. If you had the chance to work on the Enterprise [Star Trek ship!], what job would you have?
Any job that would give me the most time with Deanna Troi. What? I’m a guy.

14. Seeing that I’m a grumpy person in the morning I’ve realised I can’t live with people that are overly happy as soon as they wake up. Would you be a good flatmate?
Yes. I’m known to not want to get up at all if I don’t have to. If you rush over hoping to get up right away you and I are immediately enemies.

15. What is the best website you’ve come across recently?
I’d have to say Pandora.com. I’ve known about it for a long time, but have just recently returned to it and rediscovered it.It’s still as great as it was the first time I used it. If you at the very least have any interest in finding new music Pandora is a must.

16. How long have you been on Twitter for and when did you realise you were sucked in by it?
I’m not exactly sure. I’d guess it’s been well over a year now. I figure I knew I was sucked in when I realized it was hampering with my actual writing.

17. Settle this question for me: PC or Mac?
I want choice. As an analog to The Matrix, everything is about choice. Mac takes that away so to speak. Who’s side are you on? Neo, or Agent Smith?

18. And another one: ice cream or cake?
Ice Cream all the way. I’ve never really liked Cake all that much. If I’m going to get a bunch of icing why not eat “Ice” Cream instead.

19. Fill this out however you want: “Today I am ____ and I ____, but ____, because ____.”

Today I am tired and I love it in some weird way, but that’s what reminds me of what I need to do to get what I really want, because in the end I know I’ll get there.

20. What do you want everyone to know about you, who are you, what makes you tick? [aka describe yourself]
Some people see me as a videogame evangelist by fault because I’m always championing the videogame medium not because I’m on a high horse, but because I find it ridiculous that so many people over look videogames because they have it in their head from society that games are for only for kids. Given that, lots of people either know me as that person who won’t shut up about videogames or they have no idea who I am at all depending on who I decide to let in on “the secret”.

On top of all of that I’m an avid sports junky (basketball above all else) at random times now. I used to be a sports nut maybe more than I’m in love with videogames and tech at one point. Also, I’m a pretty decent artist. All in all.

21. What is the last thing that you’ve felt proud about?
Referring back to a previous question, I’d have to say the day I wrote a 3 page poem (I never liked poetry) about an ex-girlfriend on our last day of school. I didn’t intend on her ever reading it, but somehow she got her hands on it anyway. She quickly found me to say that she and I wouldn’t of broken up if she had known what I wrote in that poem. At that moment I was proud of the fact hat she finally knew who I was and I was okay with that.

22. If I wanted to stalk you on the internet where would I have to go?

Of course, Twitter, on Xbox Live Gamertag: Sacredleader, The Xbox Domain, The PSN: ID Sacredleader and thewilleffect.com (I swear I’ll return there soon).

There are more, but that should do it.

23. Any more comments?
Be sure to checkout The Xbox Domain and our forums. It me up for some Street Fighter on Live. It doesn’t matter which game. I have them all.

And of course I’d like to give a gigantic hug to Cat for providing this forum for myself and all of those before and after me. You rock!

Why thank you! And thanks to you for taking part, you’re all awesome!

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6 Comments

  1. Posted April 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    “I find it ridiculous that so many people over look videogames because they have it in their head from society that games are for only for kids”

    Agreed. Completely. The funniest thing people don’t realise is that the average video gamer age is well over 30. NOT below 25 like everyone seems to think.

  2. Posted April 27, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Agreed, but I think it’ll still remain like this for years to come, at least until we’re all older and the people in charge.

    Politics is the way to go I think.

  3. Posted April 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Agreed. Politicians are assholes usually. Uninformed assholes.

  4. Posted April 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    It should all be better in some years when we’re in charge. Mwhahahaha!

  5. Posted April 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    That’ll be a quarter century from now!

  6. Posted April 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Yep! Barely anything!


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