Something that Evil Avatar did back in the day that I really enjoyed was the interview with the readership of the site. The interviews allowed us to learn a little bit about our fellow readers and they were always fun. I'll kick this week off by interviewing myself. Next up....lets find out! Feel free to ask questions, that is half the fun:KnightshadeQ: Who are you?
A: I'm you, you idiot. Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: That isn't a question....what is wrong with you? *sigh*
So my real name is Ron Burke, I run Console Gold. I currently live in Phoenix, Arizona. I'm a full time Network Engineering student at DeVry and I work full time at an ISP called CableOne. I'm a gamer at heart and I love the industry. I get to work with a fantastic core of people both here at the site and also at companies like Eidos, Bethesda, Namco, Codemasters, Sammy, and more. It has been an interesting couple of years and it just keeps getting better. I graduate at the end of next year-ish and I fully intend to take the next step and get into the gaming industry on the IT and infrastructure side. (You hear that Blizzard? You NEED me for Worlds of Warcraft's infrastructure!)Q: What is wrong with me? Did you read your own response...man, you are all over the place.
A: Was that a question?Q: So how about your personal life? "Married with Children" or more like "The Bachelor"?
A: Ugh, reality TV. What vapid airheads on those shows...so very shallow. Oh, sorry, I digress. I'm married and have been since 1996. Her name is Laura and she works here at the site as the staff photographer. Anyone who has seen some of my camera work
can tell you why we need her on staff. *shudder* She is attending Le Cordon Bleu Academy of Restaurant Management and will graduate about the same time I do. The wife and I agreed very early on that we would not have kids until we graduate from college, so there are no Ron 2.0s running around or plans for that software revision any time in the immediate future. Instead we have two Dalmatians, one Jack Russell Terrier, and two ferrets. Q: So why Console Gold?
A: That's not an easy or quick answer, but here we go:
I was a Gone Gold reader when it first kicked off. I don't remember why I started reading but I think it had something to do with pancakes. Mmmm...pancakes. Well, I talked with Rich a few times on the phone and via email back then and we talked about his plans to open a console gaming site with Rob Smolka of PCGamer fame at the time. Well, it sat there for a good while with a coming soon
page and I decided to give it a shot. I didn't know the first thing about web design or the industry, so it was absolutely trial by fire. It is amazing I got this thing off the ground at all.
We went through several iterations of graphic design to get to the one you have now, but the vision has pretty much stayed the same. We want to bring our readers quality reviews, news that matters, and previews that aren't paid for by the highest bidder. Its a lot of fun and a lot of work. It is a ton of sleepless nights, but is also very rewarding. I've gotten to meet a lot of great people and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Q: What? Oh sorry, I drifted off. Can you use smaller words and speak less?
A: Uh....Napster Bad, Console Gold Good.Q: Anything other questions you wanted to ask?
A: Nope, that about covers it. Q: I wasn't talking to you, I was talking to the readers...