Meet Dave Gilmore, the mind (and thumbs) behind Game Cache. Dave has been infatuated with staring into glowing screens ever since he could pick up a "Duck Hunt" controller. At age 6, he entered his local video store's Nintendo fishing tournament on the game "The Black Bass." He came in second place and has been on a mission ever since to get as much out of every game he touches.
Dave lives in Baltimore with his wife, three cats and dog. You can follow him on Twitter @dave_gilmore or embarrass him on Xbox Live as 'dgilmorexu.' Of course, read him at baltimoresun.com/gamecache.
What's your first gaming memory?
My first gaming memory is playing "Duck Hunt" at my cousin's house on the NES. My jaw was on the floor. I couldn't believe that this was a thing that could be in a person's house. I remember looking at my cousin and thinking, "How do you not do this all day, every day?" My dad and I cracked up every single time the dog popped up. It never got old.
What are your favorite kinds of games?
If video games were a high school, I'd sit at the geek's table one day and the jock's the next. Actually, that's more or less what I did in high school. I've probably logged more cumulative hours on sports titles like the "NHL" series and "NCAA Football," just because I'm obsessive and don't believe in letting the computer simulate any games. On the other hand, I'm a huge RPG and strategy junkie. I've logged weeks, maybe months on the "Civilization" series, and my "Skyrim" obsession is well-documented.
Describe your personality as a gamer. Is it different than your personality IRL?
I'd say my gaming personality lines up with my real-life persona. I hate talking on the phone, just like I hate having a headset on for multiplayer. I think I used to be a lot more intense and competitive when I was younger, and that definitely translated to my gaming. Our college dorm was an elephant graveyard of cracked PlayStation 2 controllers. I've mellowed out a lot though, mostly because if I play online, I turn the other person on mute.
"Skyrim": Awesome or awesomer? Discuss.
I can't say enough good things about "Skyrim." I love that it was made right here in Maryland, my home state. I love that they didn't cave to adding anything to do with multiplayer on it. I love that it somehow is so rich and vast, and yet it fits on a single disc. The sandbox is where I'm most comfortable, and "Skyrim" is the most lavish sandbox you can imagine.
What's in the tray of your Xbox 360 right now?
"Mass Effect 3." The first serious contender to tear me away from "Skyrim" for an extended period of time.
What qualities make a game great?
I've always loved anything that allows a lot of freedom for the user to make meaningful decisions that a designer couldn't have anticipated. Something goes off in my brain when I see the words "create" or "edit" in an options menu. Weirdly, I don't care about story that much. I'm an English major, I write fiction, and I love movies, yet I don't appreciate any real storytelling elements in my games.
You're married. What games will (or won't) your wife play with you?
We used to play "Rock Band" together a good amount. She's an excellent drummer. I think we played "Halo" one night as a team. It's not really her thing, but she is very understanding about the time I spend with a controller in my hand. We sort of have an unspoken agreement at this point that she doesn't begrudge my evenings immersed in "Skyrim" and I don't complain when she walks in front of the television. Since "Game Cache" launched I've also had the opportunity to play the "it's for work" card.
Just how far have you gone for your love of games?
In college I think the UPS guy dropped off "NHL 2002" just as I was heading out the door to a Russian history class. Skipping class was kind of a big no-no at my school, but I remember actively deciding it was worth it. I also did the whole "midnight in-store release" thing for "Halo 2." I remember seeing people in line dressed as Master Chief and thinking, "I have class in seven hours, but I could be worse."
How would you be using your time better if you weren't gaming?
I think of myself as a writer above all. I think anyone of that mindset feels like they're wasting valuable time when they're doing anything but writing. "Game Cache" has softened the gaming guilt because I know when I'm playing a game I'll probably write about it eventually. I also feel guilty about not walking my dog until late at night if I'm trying to reach a good stopping point in a game. He can tell I'm not doing something that important to stop.
Who plays you in the movie version?
Damian Lewis from "Homeland" and "Band of Brothers." I know that seems like I a canned answer, because it is. Good-looking actors with red hair and blue eyes don't come along that often. Before "Homeland" I used to have to answer this question "the kid who played Ron Weasley in 'Harry Potter.'"Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times