This week, I’m happy to introduce one of our newest editors to the readers: Jasper Watkins! He’s our champion of video game news and really all video game content here.
1. What drew you to the Screen Invasion team, over other bigger and older entertainment websites?
I have been writing on about topics like film, TV and video games since August 2011 where I joined the team at Don’t Hate The Geek. However my strongest passion lies with video game journalism and Screen Invasion offered me the opportunity to write solely on the thing that I truly love.
2. Briefly describe what you write about for the site for our readers.
Like the world of TV and Film, the video game industry is always generating news, whether it is release dates, leaked screen shots, debut trailers and so on. Usually, I cover the major news in the industry. Occasionally, budget allowing, I review games but given the fact that a game costs significantly more than cinema ticket it is not as often as one might wish.
3. What’s one pop culture goal you want to accomplish before the world ends? (Mayan calendar predicts the apocalypse will be 12/21/2012)
Given that the world is due to end on 21st December this year it would be appropriate to conclude the year with a LOTR marathon, and then a viewing of The Hobbit to finish it off. While I am also a big LOTR fan, a Star Wars marathon would also be an equally satisfying way to see humanity off.
4. What’s your desert island movie and why?
As before mentioned I am a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, my desert island film would have to be a re watchable, timeless classic and I’m afraid neither LOTR or Star Wars would do it. While it would make sense to take something like Cast Away my go to film for rainy days or long journeys is always Scott Pilgrim vs The World. While hated by many, I absolutely adored this adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comics (of which I own all) and I’ve always believed that the casting for the film was perfect.
5. What’s your background in writing?
Starting off with Don’t Hate The Geek and I then joined Game Music Fans, a site that specialises in video game music, earlier in the year. Prior to joining Screen Invasion I was promoted to Editor on the DHTG staff.
6. What’s your guilty pleasure flick or TV show?
I got into Avatar: The Last Airbender in a big way after some friends recommended it to me. While cynical at first of this “children’s show” I quickly became hooked and watched all 60-odd episodes within about two weeks. It’s definitely a show I’d recommend to young and old alike, especially with the sequel series, The Legend of Korra, soon to return for a second series.
7. When you aren’t writing and playing video games – what do you do for fun?
When I’m not playing videogames or wiritng about them I usually spend a lot of time reading. I have a big interest in military history and poltics as well as 20th century fiction and plays/theatre. If it’s not books then it’s graphic novels with my collection including The Dark Knight Returns, Marvel Civil War and Arkham Asylum.
8. If you could have dinner with 3 fictional characters – who would it be and why? What would you want to talk about?
As I mentioned I do a lot of reading and so I spent a long time thinking of the best group of characters to have dinner with. Firstly I would have to go with Jay Gatsby from F.Scott Fitzgerald’s truly brilliant book The Great Gatsby. Gatsby is a very interesting fellow with an equally interesting past and hopefully he’ll be able to pick up the bill at the end of the meal. As for character number two I’d have to chose Hamlet from Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Hamlet has to be one of my favourite Shakespeare’s characters with his dry wit and charm, despite his insanity. And the third and final guest would be John the Savage from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World- with all three of these deep and thoughtful men in the same room I’m sure it would make for some rather lively discussion or at least and interesting meal.
Follow Jasper directly on Twitter @JCWaitWat