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I am Asandir and you might have seen some of my posts, if you came here because I made you mad or sad, then I want to apologise to you, with that being said, just enjoy your time on Newgrounds!

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This week's interview features the user NewgroundsMike.

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When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username NewgroundsMike?

NewgroundsMike:

"I found Newgrounds in 2007 after seeing some games with an NG preloader on another website. One was a Mario spoof, the other was a tribute to Pico. I kind of liked them so I decided to go have a look. And I was impressed. It was the first completely community-driven site I came across, and I stuck to it and later registered an account hoping I might contribute here as well some day. Which, apart from a few forum discussions, I haven't, but let a boy dream.

I chose the name NewgroundsMike because I was 11 fucking years old and couldn't come up with anything cleverer. I don't want to bother Wade about a name change though. It's not that terrible, is it?"

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Do you think that you changed over the time you were here, as user, or also in real life?

NewgroundsMike:

"As a user, definitely. Originally I only came here for the games, but over time I grew more and more interested in the community around here, and by now I'm actually more on the forums than anywhere else. Also, I used to be a total dick in my early years, up to the point where I had several of my reviews deleted, so count yourselves lucky I didn't find the forums earlier. Well, to some degree, I'm still a dick at times, but aren't we all?

As for real life, I can't really tell. I try to keep my real life out of here as best as I can. But, yeah, it's been 7 years, of course I've grown older and stuff."

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Are there any other users that you like, and how do they affect you?

NewgroundsMike:

"I try to get along with everyone on here, although it doesn't always work out. I really like Tom Fulp, because he runs this site, even though he doesn't have to, nor does he get very much out of it financially; he just does it out of passion, and that's also the main reason why I prefer this site over others. Otherwise, I like everyone who's not a spambot or a total asshole.

How do they affect me? I'd say, not at all. I am who I am, and I don't need anyone to tell me who I'm supposed to be. If they try to, they fall under the above mentioned "total asshole" category."

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Are there any users that you would consider enemies or that you just don't like?

NewgroundsMike:

"I wouldn't really call them "enemies", but some people do manage to make my NG experience a pain in the ass. This includes anyone who feels it's necessary to spam the forums, or any of the portals, for that matter. I mean, I’m here to have fun, and I bet so are most people on here, but some guys apparently have no other goal but to ruin it for us. I don’t want to call any names here, but I guess most people reading this will understand me.

Another thing – if you find me caught up in a seemingly never-ending argument with someone, that doesn’t necessarily mean I hate the other guy. I might think they’re an idiot, but that’s something totally different. As I said, I try to get along with everyone."

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What is your opinion about the forums? Is there one forum that you prefer? And is there another forum user that you want to see getting interviewed by me?

NewgroundsMike:

"No matter how much people love to bitch about our forums, I actually don’t think they’re that bad. We do have our fair share of dicks, of course, but they seem to be relatively rare (also considering this site’s history with dicks) and overall the community is quite nice. We’re even capable of having serious discussions at times – although “serious” is relative, for nothing we do or say here really matters. And I kind of like the sick humour around here. And – people will hate me for this now – there’s also the lack of an edit button that people love to bitch about. In fact I think the forums are better this way because, well, somehow it’s part of what makes this site special, it drives people nuts (which can be funny to watch), and last but not least, it would be abused as hell if we had an edit button. Although a preview button would be nice.

One forum I prefer… I’d have to say General, but that’s mostly because I’m rather inactive on the rest of the site and don’t feel like I have much to say about it. In General I can post about whatever I want, so of course I post there most often. It’s also the forum with most activity, perhaps for that reason as well.

And I’ll leave it up to you to decide who you interview. If I have time, I’ll read anything."

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I guess that you have an opinion about the moderators of Newgrounds. Do you think that they do a great job or not?

NewgroundsMike:

"I think they do a great job. They manage to keep the forums clean while at the same time not acting like assholes towards everyone (most of the time, at least). It still feels like they’re part of the community, not detached from the rest of us or anything. And I appreciate the work they do. And I’m not only saying this because I might get banned otherwise."

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Would you like to become a moderator on Newgrounds? If so, what kind of moderator?

NewgroundsMike:

"Is this a trap? Because, well, on the wiki it says asking to be a mod is a safe way to never become one. So if I mean no, I should say yes or something? Ah, screw this. Whatever fate (read: staff) decides, so be it. Being a mod on here isn’t my ultimate life goal (I’m not that weird), but it would sure be nice to help make this site a better place. But if this ruined all my chances now, whatever.

If I had to be a moderator, and could choose what kind, I’d become a forum mod, because, well, that’s the part of the site I frequent most."

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The last redesign happened 2012. Tell me what you think about it. What do you like and what is not so good?

NewgroundsMike:

"What I like about the redesign is not so much the design itself (although it’s not bad either, it’s just different), but rather the new features that came with it (some of which were only implemented much later). I really like the new feeds system; it makes it a whole lot easier to keep track of my favourite artists, and my activity in the forums as well. I also like the new wiki more than the old FAQ, because you find stuff quicker now. And I like how user icons are now visible in the forums. If I were one of the more creative minds that drive this site, I think I’d also enjoy the project system, but I don’t have any experience with that one.

As for stuff that’s not so good, well, I don’t know if it’s just me, but it kinda took one hell of time until it worked fine. But still I prefer that over a site run by some big company where nobody actually knows who’s in charge. And then there’s the whistle option that I miss. I’d like to have that one back."

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Many of your posts are dedicated to the Corrupt a wish! and the Ask the person below a weird... thread. Do you think that more threads of that nature would be nice to boost forum activity?

NewgroundsMike:

"I like the idea behind those threads. They are the proof that forum games can actually work if the creators only want them to. And especially Corrupt a wish! seems to be going on forever. If there were more threads of that kind, I guess I’d post in all of them, because it’s fun. And yes, I do think that could create more forum activity. Just look at me, if it weren’t for corrupting wishes and asking weird questions I’d only have about 500 posts or something. Now excuse me, I need to corrupt some wishes. Be right back."

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You had fishes as pets in the past. What kind of fishes were they? Share some funny experiences you had with them.

NewgroundsMike:

"I still have fishes, actually. Or rather, I have fishes again, to be more precise. Originally, I started out with some goldfishes (must have been 10 years ago by now), and at some point I wanted to expand and got myself a bigger aquarium. This one ended up being way too much work, and to top it off, the filter in there was open and the fishes kept disappearing in it, never to be seen again. (I could have known as it was a gift from my aunt who had the exact same problems). When most of them were (presumed) dead, I decided to give up on fishes. The few surviving ones I put back into the smaller and easier-to-maintain aquarium to enjoy the rest of their lives, hoping it wouldn’t last all too long. Boy was I wrong. The toughest of those bastards lived on for five years, of which he spent four alone, two without light (because the lamp broke) and at least one with a nasty fungus growing on him. Now I know where PsychoGoldfish got his name from. Anyway, another few years and I kind of got sick of the sight of that empty aquarium in my room. Now I’ve got some guppies swimming in it, and even the lamp is working again, although no one knows why."

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Some years ago you visited Rome on a schooltrip. What impressed you the most about this city?

NewgroundsMike:

"What impressed me most was watching my teacher empty three bottles of wine on one evening, all by himself. But then they try to restrict our drinking, those hypocrites. Well, on that particular trip, they didn’t actually, we drank every day, and I even found some good beer so I didn’t have to drink the piss they call wine. As you can tell, it wasn’t just the average boring school trip where you’re up all day and visit one church after the other – we were in 11th grade after all, I guess they had some more trust in us. We had lots of time to ourselves (most of which we spent sunbathing on the roof), we drank wine with our teachers, and we still got to visit too many churches for my liking. Did you know it’s a really fucking long way to the top of St. Peter’s? I could have done without that, I’m more interested in ancient history anyway, but much of that isn’t left – we saw the Forum, and some villas, but apart from telling where they once stood, we couldn’t do shit. The Colosseum is still standing, but that one’s way too overcrowded. (Yes, I know I can say bad stuff about literally everything) But one more funny thing I’d like to share: The arch of Titus was put up in order to celebrate Emperor Titus’s victory over Palestine. To this day, Jews are not allowed to pass under it, or else they’ll bring shame on themselves. But neither is anyone else, because they put a fucking barrier around it fearing it might crumble."

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup recently started. Are you exited for it? If so, which teams are you rooting for and which match-ups are you looking forward to?

NewgroundsMike:

"Being German, of course I’m rooting for Germany. We’ve kicked things off well (pun intended) with 4-0 against Portugal, and I hope we can keep that up. As for other teams, well, Costa Rica have been doing a pretty impressive job so far, beating no less than three past world champions. And I’m glad that both Italy and Spain are out already, it’s about time for someone else to win. And of course we have to keep Brazil in the tournament as long as possible, because once they’re out we can all quit and go home, for there’ll be riots."

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Every person has secrets. Can you tell one of yours or something else that we didn't know about you yet?

NewgroundsMike:

"I kind of feel like I have already told you too much about myself. I’m not the kind of person to go and tell my life story to everyone desperate enough to listen (It’s for that reason I don’t have a facebook account, nor one on any other social network). Hardly anyone really knows me, and I’d like to keep it that way. You’ll never know my real name, for that matter, unless you happen to be my future employer or you manage to pull an NSA on me. If there’s anything you don’t know about me then perhaps you shouldn’t know. But one thing you should know is that you guys keep me alive. Basically, whenever I’m not on NG I’m working, and I need NG to get all that shit off my mind. If I couldn’t let out the dickhead inside of me on here, it would consume me. So, thanks, I guess."

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What can we expect from you in the future, NewgroundsMike?

NewgroundsMike:

"Honestly, I don’t know."

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about NewgroundsMike, dear reader.Feel free to leave a comment here, saying what you think about the interview, requesting users to get interviews is also appreciated. Tune in next week :3

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