How long have you been playing GR?
Since August of 2003
How much do you play on average?
I play as often as I can given that I try not to let it get in the way of work, family or other obligations. But I usually play 4 or 5 hours/week.
Do you play primarily single-player, multi-player (are there single- and multi-player options?), or online?
I only play single player.
Are you or do you know anyone who's in any sort of GR group (a clan for instance or a team), and if so, what do you/they do in it?
I don't know anyone outside of "knowing of" the people in this forum.
What do you like best about the GR games?
I like the immersion (including GRAW) and the challenge of figuring out what is essentially a giant puzzle. I also enjoy the occasional surprise both visual and audio.
Do you find yourself at all compelled by the narrative/fantasy element of the game (i.e.
pretending to be a Captain Mithcell)?
Going from mission to mission is only compelling if there is a plot or story line that weaves them all together. However that is provided is fine with me (pre-mission briefs in GR or audibly in GRAW)
To what degree is one able to customize in GR (weapons and characters and such) and how much do you care about this?
I think much of GRAW is still a work in progress, but taking a look at my hard drive I see there is a lot of space begin used by weapons/skins/vehicles, etc. for Ghost Recon. I love playing a mod or campaign using different weapon mods or skins.
What sorts of external participation do you engage in?
Do you read and/or post to forums (including this one) often, and if so, why?
I visit this forum pretty much every day. Mostly I am entertained by the postings. Sometimes I will add my two cents.
Have you created any sort of GR media -- wallpapers, fan-fics, video clips... etc.? If so, did you make them available online?
I ditched my "Start Windows" music in favor of a GR voice: "This could get ugly."
Have you ever created informational pages--walkthroughs or characters bios or the like?
Have you ever been to a GR lan party, tournament, or other event? And if the answer to any of the above participation questions was yes, do you know why you engage in this/these activity(-ies)? As in, do you know what you enjoy about them?
What other games do you like, and do you participate in those fan communities as well?
To what extent do you think your participation in the GR community derives from a desire for closer connection to people, as opposed to closer connection to the game?
I found this forum as a new player looking for hints/tips to improve my game play. I think there is something in me that enjoys the virtual company of like minded individuals (although we certainly don't all agree on everything - the understatement of 2006) and I enjoy reading threads that center around other players' in-game experiences: best kill, most embarassing self-kill, funniest moment....
Do you feel you've gotten to know people through either the game or the fan community?
Yes, in a virtual way.
Do you feel you've gotten close to anyone through the game or the fan community? If not, are these things you'd be interested in?
Well, I've given money to Rocky, so I feel a little closer to him And I've traded some PMs with a few members which seems to be one step closer than a forum.