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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 NGPulp.

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

NGPulp:

"Well, I've been in and around the internet for quite sometime, I think I only ever went to Newgrounds a few times back in 2008-2010. A friend showed me one of those kill Osama Bin Laden games. We were a bunch of stupid kids at the time. Eventually, my interest for Newgrounds had sparked during 2011 or so when I watched one of ZackScottGames' Let's Plays of Super Meat Boy.

I went on Newgrounds and tried the flash version, I loved it. I played other games and watched some of the movies. It was a grand ol' time. I eventually thought that I should join Newgrounds and submit some games of my own. I found TGF2 and made a bunch of shitty games, my time here during 2011 is rather embarrassing. I was a dumb kid, posted some shitty posts and replied to the reviews like an asshole.

Around that time, I found the NG Archive and saw preserved pages of the old Newgrounds. I spent quite a lot of time there. I found the Wayback Machine, due to that, I spent hours looking at old versions of Newgrounds, playing the old flashes and reading Tom's old articles and write-ups about Newgrounds being controversial.

The fact that Newgrounds was started by a teenager and spiraled into such a huge thing really clicked with me. I think that's why I stayed.

The name NGPulp, though, was a stupid name making decision in my part.

The "pulp" part of the name was added because it sounded like "Fulp"; Tom has an uncle that created a comic series called "Fulp Fiction", named after "Pulp Fiction", a movie that I've been wanting to see for quite a while-- it has quite the strange origin that even I don't remember or quite fully know why I decided to register with the name of NGPulp instead of something better sounding. Must've been because I was a dumb kid strolling around the internet, yet again."

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

NGPulp:

"Oh yes, I definitely have changed.

I've gotten better with my writing and I'm less rude. Compare a post of mine from 2011 to something from late 2013. In all honesty I wasn't a shitposter or troll of sorts; I was truly a dumb kid at the time. Man, if only you could delete BBS Posts-- but that'd remove the fun of looking back and feeling ashamed of yourself.

I've changed definitely in real life. Matured a bit; as far as being mature with me goes."

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

NGPulp:

"I like lots of BBS users. I wouldn't list them, though. That might lead to some sticky situation.

They don't affect me that much in real life, since I've never met any of them face-to-face. But they've affected me as a person. They're the reason I've actually stayed longer than I originally planned when I came back.

I'd like to do some collaboration of sorts with them sometime."

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

NGPulp:

"Quite a lot of those, too.
The shitposters and forum spammers come to mind.

I've got no beef with those who disagree with opinions, though. I just let people do what they do and think what they want to think. I've gotten into a few arguments, but they don't drag on too long."

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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?

NGPulp:

"The NG BBS is a wonderful place, if you play your cards right. A place for casual talk, the occasional joke thread and intellectual discussion.

General is the forum I like the most-- it has everything; from threads about the news, to threads about feces jokes and threads about finding the right asian girl. Lots of the threads there are pure gold.

I enjoy the time I spend here.

As for another one of us getting interviewed, it might never happen, but Dovahkhiin1994 should really get a spot there. He caused a stir and he's shat out threads made of gold. But I doubt he'll come back. Vnzi, too; but she's gone as well."

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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?

NGPulp:

"Yeah, they do quite a nice job of deciding which threads stay alive and which get locked or blasted into space. They also give out nice advice at times.

They're quite nice to be around."

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

NGPulp:

"Yeah, I'd like to be a moderator of something for once. I don't think I'll have the time or inclination to actually do the job properly, though.

Oh lord imagine if I got a hold of the reins of the BBS."

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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?

NGPulp:

"I like the current redesign. It did a good job of splitting the sections into that handy navbar at the top. The industrial look of it all and the different thematic backgrounds and color schemes look aesthetically pleasing.

I don't like the fact they removed most of the old level-unlockable secrets and that the level icons aren't prominent. I also don't like how they've removed the old Lit section out of prominence.

The Feed comes in handy, though; lets me keep track of my posts and people's replies to 'em."

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One of the bands that you listen to is called The Eraserheads. When did you stumble upon their music and which of their songs do you like the most?

NGPulp:

"I stumbled upon the Eraserheads when I heard some of my friends singing their songs-- they recommended them to me so I looked 'em up. I found their music quite nice and I listened to more and more. I understand quite a lot of the Filipino language so I understand their lyrics. I read that they changed the music scene in the Philippines to quite a degree.

A favorite song of theirs? It's a bit hard to say which one I like the most. I'd narrow it down to "Magasin" ("Magazine"), "Ang Huling El Bimbo" ("The Last El Bimbo") and Waiting for the Bus."

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You are a scouted artist. When did you start drawing? Which artists inspire you to keep making art? It seems you like to draw cities - can we expect to see a Newgrounds themed city drawing in the future?

NGPulp:

"I started drawing when I was a kid, I drew a lot in my spare time, using old notebooks and pads. They were usually stickmen or oddly shaped people. I read the newspaper comics and watched cartoons-- those were my main influences.

Eventually I got a hold of the internet and freedom around it at age 9 or 10; the art style of some video games had interested me and I had started to draw concept sketches for a game I'd make. I eventually started thinking of more concepts and I'm still working on those concepts and refining them to make sure they don't look like ripoffs.

Some of my favorite artists are: Bill Watterson, Salvador Dali, Alex Hirsch, Pendleton Ward, Matt Groening, Maxwell Atoms and Guy J. Collins; some of the in-house artists are: Geno, Dan Paladin, Fungasm, Egoraptor and Edmund McMillen. Their works have inspired my style of drawing a bit. Album covers, Newspaper Comics and Cartoons inspire me to draw surreal art.

Indeed, I like drawing cities. I enjoy walking about the city I live in, observing the buildings, roads and angles of interest-- I've quite a few city-looking concepts in my head that I've been itching to draw. Yes, you may expect me to draw a city reminiscent of the dystopian-looking one in the old NG logo."

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Aside from drawing, you also write stuff. What are you thoughts about eventually implenting a Newgrounds Literature Portal, what features would you like to see there?

NGPulp:

"It should be done. It could be done in the vein of the Audio portal, since flash artists could adapt stories for their movies from writings in this portal and people should need to be scouted first before being put out there. It makes things a bit easier for animators and game devs who have a concept but lack a story-- also puts the "Writer" allegiance to good use.

Maybe Tom's old articles and those fan-submitted ones making a comeback. They're only accessible from here at the moment, hidden away from the rest of NG."

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You mentioned in the past how important the art style of a game is to you. Which game that you played had the most impressive art style?

NGPulp:

"It is rather important. The aesthetic qualities of a game adds to the overall (re)playability. It's now how many bits of depth you have to look out for, but rather, how good they manage to work with what they have at the moment. Doesn't matter if it's 8-bit or 64-bit; as long as the artist did a good job drawing those graphics and sprites.

The most impressive art styles, huh? Bioshock, Portal 2, Super Meat Boy, anything released by the Behemoth, Doom (1994), EarthBound, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Mother Fucker Galaxy, Mega Man Unlimited (Fan Game) and Cave Story come to mind."

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Calvin and Hobbes is one of your most favourite comics. What do you like about this classic? Does your viewpoint of distinctive art styles also apply to comics and other art in general?

NGPulp:

"Calvin and Hobbes is one of the best newspaper comics out there. The two things I like about it the most are the art style and the writing (go figure). It did good with the characters and with the imaginative scenarios. The style was distinct. It had mixed a blend of cartoon-like people and a dash of comic book-like detail with various objects.

Yes, there's always a distinctive style to each artist and his/her work. It may improve, and the artist may be capable of doing multiple styles of drawing; but he/she'll always leave their mark on their works."

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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?

NGPulp:

"I'd rather not.

It leaves a bit more to the imagination if I kept certain things to my privacy."

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

NGPulp:

"Quite a lot more art-- some colored pieces next time, maybe a few flash cartoons if I ever get a hold of a Wacom and a license to own Adobe Flash, a game even.

I've got lots of plans, but some of them could remain unrealized."

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about NGPulp, 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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