Interview: Jason "Jace" Hall
PSXE: We know you’re only on the third episode, but what does the future hold in store for the Jace Hall Show? What are your plans looking down the road?
Hall: "There's a total of 13 episodes we’re definitely going to do. We're really focused on listening to what the audience thinks and reacting to it, and then shaping the show as we go. One of the big requests is to have more hot chicks, so we say, 'okay, so who’s really hot and how does the video game culture touch that person, if at all.' We see this show continuing to evolve and grow with the audience; it’s not trying to replace stuff like G4 and GTTTV because it’s unique and we really want the audience to feel as if their opinions and viewpoints matter.
We’ll respond to what the audience wants and we want to make it dynamic and interactive. If they want more beyond the 13 episodes, we’ll go and do it. It is only 5 minutes and you have to live within an Internet budget, but people seem to enjoy it and we’re doing the best we can. Crackle has been doing a great job of bringing people to the show and making it available to them."
PSXE: Who’s your favorite guest so far, and who would you like to get on the show going forward?
Hall: "They’re all so different but I will say that Zack Levi pissed me off the most. We have a bet here in Episode 3 and I don't want to give anything away, but he vanishes for a while and it gives me some stress. He really did take off; just know that when you watch the show. In the future, I’d like to have someone you absolutely wouldn’t expect to see, like Oprah Winfrey, then you’d be like, 'oh my God, the industry has come so far.'"
PSXE: What do you think of the PS3, and how difficult it can be for developers to get a handle on it?
Jace: "You’re going to see a dramatic increase in the quality of PS3 titles as time marches on. I know how difficult it was at first; it’s so different from traditional development. If you want to get the most out of it, you need to adjust your thinking. Monolith and all the developers; I know they want to deliver the best they can on the PS3 and now they’ve had more time to learn the intricacies of the PS3. So you should expect a better situation all around. I’m hoping to get my show up to Monolith and do a secret inside scoop on Project Origin."
PSXE: What types of games are you most interested in, and what are you playing right now?
Jace: "Generally, I focused a lot on FPSs, but when I moved into console gaming, my palette got much wider. I like the XBL arcade games for example, and actually, almost all my FPS shooting has been done on the PS3, particularly because of Unreal Tournament 3. The speed of that game just hones your skills. Most recently I’ve been playing GTAIV; that's the last game I put my hands on and messed around with, but I’ve been pretty busy to get this show complete. Oh, and I play a lot of Nintendo Wii tennis, too."
We certainly thank Jace Hall for his time and wish him the best of luck on his show. We've seen the first two episodes and the third just aired today. You should definitely take a look; the third episode features mixed martial arts champion Cung Le, plus the aforementioned bet between Jace and Zack. So go watch the show now and remember to tune in every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. ET to watch future episodes.
Lastly, Jace says he's working with Sony to bring his show to the PlayStation Network, so we can simply use our PS3s to check out the fun. We'll be looking for that!
6/19/2008 Ben Dutka