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Alex Navarro is a former GameSpot editor, former Visual Concepts/ 2K Sports tester, and former community moderator for Harmonix Music Systems. His personal blog used to live at www.theheadofalfredogarcia.com, but no longer exists.
As a GameSpot employee, Alex Navarro started a column called "Burning Questions" on March 4, 2005. This column was a reader mail section of GameSpot where people would write in and Alex would look into the question then give a detailed answer with his own thoughts or spin on the subject after laying out the facts which had come up in his investigation. There was also a section titled "Rant of the Week" — this was a section for people writing in and sounding off on a pressing issue in the gaming industry. These rants varied from prime examples of well thought-out arguments to prime targets for humiliation. This section ran for approximately 64 weeks almost consecutively until September 29, 2006 when the column was discontinued because Alex lost his mind trying to answer the incessant, repetitive questions week after week.
Alex's video reviews often had humorous comparisons and well timed edits. For example, his review of 24: The Game took place in a fictionalized situation where a terrorist had forced him to do the review by the time a timer on an explosive detonated. Similarly, the video review of the infamously terrible RoboCop game for the Xbox featured no gameplay footage of the game whatsoever, and instead consisted of Alex making suggestions on what to buy instead with the money it would cost to buy the game (His suggestions included the special edition of RoboCop the movie on DVD, a replica of RoboCop's signature pistol, and a sandwich).
He is the co-founder of the (formerly of) Whiskey Media movie and TV website, Screened.com.
Alex Navarro has recently taken up reviewing games again on Giant Bomb. His first review on the website was Backbreaker. After the breakup of Whiskey Media, Alex parted ways with Screened and is now working full-time at Giant Bomb.
Things Alex Hates
- Wrote 733 reviews at GameSpot.
- Has claimed that the review that got him the most hate mail was his 5.7/10 score for Advent Rising.
- Claims that he has broken seven controllers.
- Does not wear a toupee.
- Has experienced five console launches (seven if you want to count the Gizmondo and N-Gage).
- Has covered five E3s.
- Has spent two weekend birthdays in the GameSpot office because of the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 launch and also for the Rock Band launch.
- His biggest regret at GameSpot is not giving the Burning Questions feature a proper closure.
- Has a girlfriend.
- His favorite review he has written was of Super Mario Galaxy.
- Has never been to Tokyo Game Show.
- His first console he ever saved up for was an NES.
- Had worked at GameSpot for 5 years.
- He gained about 45 pounds when working at GameSpot.
- Claims to have lost 280 hours of sleep because of E3s.
- Has been an instrument salesman and claims that he hated that job.
- The highest score he ever gave was a perfect 10 to Rock Band 2. Though that was not in any official capacity, and probably not a trustworthy opinion given his employment at Harmonix.
- The highest score he ever gave in an official capacity was 9.5 to Super Mario Galaxy because that game is "totally tits."
- The lowest score he ever gave was a 1.0 to Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, which is the lowest possible score on GameSpot's scale. This review is infamous.
- Is a pretty big dirtbag.
- Likes to watch Japanese Wrestling tapes.
- His most guilty pleasure game is Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 for the Nintendo 64.
- As a child, has dressed as a Ghostbuster for Halloween four years in a row. He was Peter Venkman. As a result, Jeff Gerstmann believes that he is not very imaginative.
- Frequently uses the Game Genie cheat device.
- Is a fan of the New England Patriots.
- His first video review at GameSpot was of Def Jam Vendetta. He gave it an 8.4 out of 10.
- His full first name is Alexis, not Alexander. That's right; the girl's name!
- Has a cat named Thelma; Thelma is not a morning kitty.
- Moved to the east coast after he quit GameSpot.
- Moved back to the west coast after he quit Harmonix.
- Moved back to the east coast to become Whiskey Media's east coast correspondent and move in with his girlfriend.
- Is expected to move back to the west coast soon after that, continuing a back-and-forth that will go on for the rest of his life.
- Quit GameSpot largely because of "Gerstmanngate".
- Thinks "Gerstmanngate" is a pretty stupid and lazy nickname for a scandal. We politely disagree.
- Was a guest on episode 47 of the Trigames.net podcast and includes his thoughts on gaming journalism.
- According to Eidos, he works at Giant Bomb. Who knew? This is in fact now the case, and should have been considered a warning.
- Appeared on QVC, playing the drums and wearing short pants, to promote The Beatles: Rock Band.
- Is horribly allergic to bees.
- Is notoriously cheap; Lived in an apartment with very slanted floors for years solely because the rent was low. Although to be fair, it was a pretty sweet apartment.
- His grandfather was briefly Alfred Hitchcock's limo driver.
- Formerly practiced Kung-Fu.
- Once said on a Bombcast "Dedicating an entire game to one band is functionally retarded" and then became the Community Manager for The Beatles: Rock Band and subsequently Green Day: Rock Band.
- He's a drummer, and a damn good one at that. According to Jeff Gerstmann, Alex has the most consistent timing of any drummer he's ever worked with.
- He thinks Daniel Craig is an "ugly ass man."
- Does a pretty damn good Sylvester Stallone impression.
- He hates children, as their innocence is a burning reminder that he is unable to experience happiness or joy.
- The game, " The Gunstringer" features fake review quotes written by him. He was asked to contribute the quotes by Dan Teasdale, who he used to work at Harmonix with. Dan now works at Twisted Pixel.
- Has never owned a Sega Genesis
- Has stated on the Screened podcast that he hates living.
- His rap name is JPEG.
- Has taken it upon himself to review every Nicolas Cage movie. You can find his reviews at his Year of the Cage Tumblr blog.
- Successfully smuggled an Xbox 360 out of the Gamespot office for Jeff Gerstmann after Gerstmanngate.
- His parents made up the name Navarro. It was supposed to be "Ratcliffe."