Gamer for life, with no real attachment to any particular gaming website before Giant Bomb came along. The original Deus Ex is my favorite game ever, Counter-Strike my most played.
I believe game creators need to learn to master the art of subtlety via quiet moments in between explosions. I believe breaking the fiction and reminding the player that they are playing a video game, and not immersed in a world, is a cardinal sin that should be avoided at all costs.
Let me know if you are an employee of a developer that sorely needs a creative director. Stop trying to copy yesterday's success, you won't make tomorrow's hit if you go that route. The road less traveled makes all the difference.