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Interview with EDM364

2015-12-22 03:21:30 by Asandir

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This interview features the user EDM364.

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When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username Andrea364 and why did you change it to EDM364?

EDM364:

"As far as I can remember, I started thinking about joining Newgrounds around '05, at about ten and a half. Of course, the required age to join was thirteen, and I know why now that I look back on my older posts. Alas, that's a story for another question. I joined NG that fateful September 3rd, 2006 because I wanted to leave a review on one of @Psybot's tracks. Simple as that. I'd been perusing the Audio Portal, astonished by the quality of the free music floating around. I was a kid in a candy store when it came to the AP. I suppose, since I was eleven, that's about half-literal. The other bells and whistles (pun) were a bonus until I figured out that experience and badge rank translated to higher voting power, which I very much liked the idea of.

As for why I chose the name Andrea364, I remember trying just Andrea, only to figure out that some inactive from 2002 already had the name. So, I used my favorite number, 364. Why 364? Don't ask. I'm full of arbitrary preferences. I suppose I just liked the look of it. However, as the years went by and I turned more to audio and less to being a spammy little shit -- after several years in the NGPD and EGB under @TailsPrower and @EagleRock respectively -- I decided I could use a more fitting name. I'd been playing around with several others since starting my producing, but EDM364 stuck, being a combination of my primary genre and my older alias. Most people I knew from way back didn't recognize me despite the similarity. I'm looking at you, @Ultramartyr. :P Maybe I should have chosen a name like @Coop, formerly Coop83."

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

EDM364:

"Without a doubt in my mind, yes. Newgrounds was a big part of my life when I began, so I rode the ups and downs as if I were experiencing them in person. It was my escape from the real world, one I'm happy my parents didn't know about other than the fact I frequented it daily and complained when the internet was down. Newgrounds introduced me to most of the other online communities I was part of, including Tribal Wars, which I played for years, and the place as a whole has been a blessing for my outlook on life. Arguably, NG and TW were the most influential to this date, if I look back at just how much I grew.

At first, I was a self-important brat with no clue of what netiquette was or proper grammar. I became somewhat of a troll until I stumbled on the EGB as it was in '06, the sprawling paragraphs and stat lists of a tidy lounge, reported flashes posted left and right, and officers on the patrol, blam rifles at the ready. At first I thought it was some sort of roleplay. My attempt at joining as an evil lollipop level one must have been laughable, but the polite no I received gave me the determination to get the rank, which lead me to the NGPD. Here I met @Dejanus and @TailsPrower, who encouraged me to take the fight to the portal. At the time, I didn't understand the motivations, but the cohesiveness of the group and outside support gave me the fuel I needed to peter through daily life, which then was going to school with a bunch of brats who had nothing better to do than pick on the quiet kid.

Ah, there's another habit NG helped me break -- silence (pun). Besides training me up into a proper internet citizen, my time in the PD and the Barracks helped me come out of my shell. I blame the long conversations we had, which, although they didn't feel public, I knew at any time that a mod could come swooping down and press the lock button on us if we didn't behave. I think that constant pressure, knowing my words could be used against me or the people I cared about, eventually helped me to perform under pressure. I learned that anyone will judge you at any time and for any reason, and that if you simply don't arse yourself to care about it, it can't hurt you. After I figured that out, I never had a problem with public speaking, that's for sure."

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

EDM364:

"Oh, many many. There's of course @TailsPrower, whom I'm sure I've mentioned a million times. After @Dejanus, he mentored me for the duration of my stay at the PD, which was lengthened by the '06 redesign when the B/P badge stats were redrawn. I'm not sure whether I was more relieved or upset. Anyway, he's a real stand-up guy, and he deserves the mention, not only for his service in the PD but also because he's still around. That's some dedication. Also, he's a "reputed horsefucker".

Then there's @SlashFirestorm, who frequented the EGB. We became fast friends, I suppose you could say. I'm pretty sure there's a flash on here he made what includes my user icon being sodomized by a cactus and @Coop as a cyborg with specialization in deepthroating. I haven't laughed that hard in a while.

@Byteslinger and I hardly talked, but I admire her for taking over NGlog and maintaining it. I still use the place, even if it doesn't keep up with art reviews and the like. She was another barracks reg.

Lastly, there's @EagleRock, who at the time of the redesign was writing "Barracks Under Fire", in addition to keeping up the roster. The story essentially encompassed the Barracks being put up against the mods in a tournament style game most similar to CounterStrike, set up by the admins. It was a great read. Sadly, I never saw it finished. I wish Eagle would pop in one of these days.

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

EDM364:

"Used to be, yes, but I don't even remember their usernames anymore, so I suppose it's not all that important. Most of the people I don't like, I simply don't talk to. The way I see it, that's easier for me and easier for them. The term "enemy" was mostly reserved for Tribal Wars on the .net servers, and I don't remember knowing anyone from NG on there except Telordeth, who most certainly wasn't an enemy. Sadly, he's deleted his account, I believe."

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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?

EDM364:

"Well, to be honest, General usually is a bunch of trash, but I get some laughs out of it. Most names I can think of off the top of my head for an interview are already moved on with life or newbies, and you've already interviewed @TailsPrower. However, a few good ones I could think of would be @KhanKhendo, a newer account I've seen around general -- pretty funny guy -- or if you haven't already, try some of the Audio forum regulars, like @Step, @Rahmemhotep, @Ultramartyr, or @Seprix. I may be forgetting a few, like @Sequenced.

My favorite forum has ping-ponged over the years between C&C and Audio. Audio, obviously, is more recent. Lately, I'm torn between the two, with some stopping by Wi/Ht and General. These are where most of my time on the forums has been spent in the past nine years on NG."

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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?

EDM364:

"I think things could be better, but as a whole, the site is functioning pretty well. Between you and @Exedor, that wily Flash Portal is staying relatively clean, and the forum mods, though they're often snarky little shits about it, are just doing their jobs. Can you imagine having to read the slag in General every day and sort out what to lock and what flame wars to break up? I just couldn't do it. Review mods are better than they used to be too, I will say. Overall, business is being taken care of. I just hope it stays that way. Some people hate the moderators with a passion, but when you see assholes like that serial abusive reviewer that kept hitting us on a proxy last week (and I haven't checked this week), it should be a no-brainer, we need these guys. If there were no mods, this place would be a trash heap."

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

EDM364:

"I used to say I wouldn't ask for the job, and from what I hear, you aren't supposed to anyway, but if I were offered a position, I'd take it, especially if it were as an audio moderator. This is where most of my experience would be useful. I used to worry I wouldn't have time for it, but I've come to the realization that, if you want to make time for something, you will. This would be one of those things I'd be willing to make time for."

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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?

EDM364:

"Really? I must not have been very active at the time. I hardly noticed. The last redesign I recall clearly was '06, although I probably was there for this one. I just don't remember it because it didn't affect me too much. I do remember the art portal being added, which I was happy about. I'm not sure if it was added during this redesign. I'm fairly neutral on the changes to the site. News pages still function, I can still submit my content to the AP, and the EGB still stands. I'm good on those fronts."

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You are a member of the Elite Guard Barracks. Tell me when and why you joined them. What do you think about the current state of the flash portal, and what kind of changes would you like to see?

EDM364:

"Hmm, it must have been in '06, because I recall rising through the ranks fairly quickly. The portal at the time was active enough to support this hypothesis, but I'll have to go back and look to really be sure. I do remember going back and forth between the PD and the Barracks after the redesign sat me back at Police Captain from Private.

I suppose I simply wanted to join at first for the prestige, but it later morphed into a sense of duty to the portal and to the people of Newgrounds. After all, if I enjoyed the content here, I might as well do my part to keep it enjoyable, so to speak. We all know those sites dedicated to shovelware for ad revenue. People get stuck on those and think that that's all that there is -- my mother does, at least. I wanted to help keep NG a prime example of a superior flash portal.

At the time, the whistling function on UJ flashes had just been removed, I think, or if it was still functioning, it was soon to be removed. After the redesign, I don't recall ever being able to whistle a flash again. Damn shame, because the whistle song that would play after was so catchy!

The flash portal as it is now is a far cry from how it used to be. I see more spam than I do anything, and I'm pretty sure flash is going out of style. Another damn shame. I remember when the Shockwave plugin was all the rage -- at like seven years old, lol. The Unity and WebGL support is a great feature now, but it can also get quite annoying for your common user to see something done in WebGL and know it could also be done in flash and load four times as fast. I hope we don't become a WebGL portal. Most modern notebooks barely run the stuff, and my computer struggles to keep Firefox open and a crappy fullscreen WebGL fps running at the same time.

Honestly, I'd like to see the FAQ revisited and more relevant information put in. The NG API doesn't yet have an implementation for Unity or WebGL, I don't think, and the sooner we get these, the sooner we have a leg up on the competition. Beyond that, we need clearer rules of what the admins do and don't want on this site. Granted, you'll still get these idiots submitting "stick figure fails" that look like a second grader's flip book renditions at 12 FPS either way.

Nine years ago, a speedpaint would have been an instant blam here, but now that's changed. I think overall that's a good thing. It was another leg up that YouTube had on us, but we'll catch up soon enough in that area. YT still pays better, honestly, but the labels haven't decided thus far to try and milk dollars out of user generated content here too much, thank God. This is one reason I don't mind NG's low revenue payouts versus YouTube, and that our tagging system's little failures are a blessing. The easier it is to search for what music is used in a flash, the more the labels will come down on us for an easy meal. Add in that NG has a portal of perfectly good, royalty free music, and it encourages submitters to tag music they've used from NG with a simple little attribution box, and we've got a pretty damn good thing going here so far."

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You mentioned in one of your newsposts that you like TES:Oblivion. Tell my readers what you like about this game.

EDM364:

"Oblivion was a momentary obsession for me, mostly because I stumbled upon Skyrim and loved it. I've played both extensively. Of the two, Skyrim is the pretty sister. Oblivion is the smart one. Wait, nevermind. Actually, if you look back even further, Morrowind was the even smarter, quirkier installment. The way the combat and items functioned, it was actually quite ingenious. On Morrowind's engine, you could create any number of routes around a problem, and combat itself was a mess of math to check hit chances, etc. that kept combat a frenetic battle against Murphy's Law. It functioned much like a tabletop RPG with a virtual reality simulator.

Oblivion, on the other hand -- my word was everyone hideous, even the supposed most beautiful people in the world, but it delivered a fantastic storyline to bandaid that. I won't give any spoilers, but it perhaps is one of the best RPGs I've played in a long time, even if sitting through those hideous characters sat me back in my chair thinking, "Geez, I left my N64 in the closet, right? ... Right?!" The context it gave for Skyrim was great, and the world itself felt much less empty than many other RPGs of the period. If you're going to play this game, I recommend playing on PC and modding the textures with Nexus Mod Manager. With mods, it gave a better experience than vanilla Skyrim for me, which I also recommend for PC with modding. Can you tell I love mods?"

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Atleast back in 2006, you were a big fan of several anime, one of them being Shaman King. What do you like about this anime?

EDM364:

"It's been a long time since I've seen or heard that one. I used to read it in Shonen Jump, alongside Naruto and others. In general, I think I mostly just liked the similarities between other anime and manga. The protagonist, Yoh Asakura, communicated with spirits, and like so many other anime protagonists wanted to be the strongest shaman. Does Pokemon's English themesong, "I wanna be the very best", sound familiar? I watched a lot of similar fighting-centric anime, so perhaps that's why I don't really remember this one as clearly as I'd like to. I do remember the soundtrack, however, which was quite nice. I think mostly this one was overshadowed by Bleach, Inuyasha, and Naruto as my favorites."

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In the same years you said that you skate. When did you start this hobby and is it still an activity that you like? How many Skateboards do you have and which one is your favourite?

EDM364:

"I don't have any skateboards, actually. I rollerskate! It's been an occasional hobby since I was about nine. Of course, I used to think I was hardcore and that rollerskating was for losers -- and rollerblading was naturally where it was at, because it was harder. Boy oh boy, wasn't that ironic? I was introduced to skating for the first time on a girl scout outing. My troupe took us to Skate Oddysey in my town and let us screw around for a few hours. I'm pretty sure it was the troupe leader's daughter's birthday. She was a couple years younger than me. She has a kid now.

Anyway, within a year and a half, I'd bought my pair of Carreras -- speed skates because I thought I was a little badass. They were on sale for Christmas, and I'd been begging forever. My mom got me a set of red wheels, which are rounded off from a decade of skating now. I still have these today. The axles are loose enough that if I'm not careful, I'll scrub the wheel on the shoe if I try and turn too hard, and the straps at the ankle are damn near torn off. One has a bent paperclip to slip the velcro through, and the velcro is half ripped off, to boot. I usually just try and tie them tight and go. I really should snag you a picture. They're still functional, I swear.

The skating rink has gone through about four remodeling sessions since I started going, if that tells you how often I've been -- enough to know the difference. I used to hang out with a bunch of goth girls there, around the time I joined NG. Some of them I managed to recruit, though they all seem to have gone their separate ways. Haven't seen any of the many friends I met there except the one I'm currently involved with. She frequents the place every now and then, NG that is. Between '03 and damn near '16, I nearly got myself thrown out of the place for being a little Casanova more times than I can count."

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"The Fault in Our Stars" is one movie that you apparently enjoyed. What did you like about this movie?

EDM364:

"Well, the protagonist is a snarky cancer patient played by the same girl cast as Triss from the Divergent series. You can guess why there. She definitely didn't botch the role. The movie deviates from the book a little bit, but it's a wonderfully tragic love story about terminal cancer that made me cry practically the whole way through. I wasn't sure which character I identified with more. All of them were well written and undeniably human in their portrayal."

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Looks like you are fairly good at drawing. When did you first start?

EDM364:

"My mom has been putting crayons and pencils in my hands since I was old enough to hold them, and even though my parents were split up, I still managed to cultivate the hobby as a toddler through two week visitations, whether it was painting detailed murals of the neighborhood on doors that Dad had to tearfully wash away before the apartment manager did inspections or scribbling my future stepdad tied up in a family portrait. I've never thought about it as a serious pastime, up to even now. It's a sporadic thing for me. The last time I did a portrait was over six months ago. If I can be arsed, I'm known to do one or two of them for people I really appreciate. It helps me take my mind off of anything that might be weighing me down.

Lately I've been experimenting with digital art, as you can see. I can't quite get the hang of it yet, but I'm getting there. I just need to learn to use those brushes more efficiently and get a tablet instead of a trackpad, so it won't be as much like finger painting, lol. I do enough of that already in my hallway, which mom grudgingly let me have for the purposes. I've since painted demons and eyeballs everywhere, with a little help from friends who come over. Mom thinks it's absolutely absurd and keeps asking, "Why demons? Why is there blood everywhere? Are you depressed?" Yes, mom, I am. That's not why I'm drawing demons being decapitated with glowy blue swords and flame atronachs and blood spatters all over my wall, though."

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According to your Soundcloud, you are a "College kid with a passion for producing #EDM #Dubstep #DnB and #Experimental" music. When did you start making music? Which artists do you like the most?

EDM364:

"Oh, you checked that thing I slapped together to give me a place to post the remixes I don't post on NG -- although I don't post much on there because SoundCloud doesn't compensate artists or have a good looping feature, even if its player is supported on Twitter. I started producing electronic music around '08, but it wasn't until recently I bothered to get decent at it, if that makes any sense. I keep my old catalog around mostly because I believe it's important to remember your mistakes, no matter how embarrassing.

Some of my favorite artists and major inspirations are, on NG @Psybot, @ParagonX9, @dj-ene, @CWN, @Bad-Man-Incorporated, and @dj-Nate. Speaking of dj-Nate, how dare he remove the original version of "Orchestral Angels". I still listen to that MP3. Off of NG, I do love me some DeadMau5, Korn, Blink-182, Zomby, T.I., The Cranberries, Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks, Five Finger Death Punch, Apocalyptica, Flyleaf (before Lacey left) and Jeffree Star. Just don't ask me to pick a favorite. I'll gape like a fish. In short, unapologetic, honest music appeals to me."

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Out of all Newgrounds musicians, who would you like to work with together the most and what kind of song would be the goal of that collab?

EDM364:

"Collabs aren't really my thing at the moment, I don't think, but I wouldn't mind working with @Ultramartyr. He passed me a demo to lay some synth work on earlier this year, which unfortunately wasn't quite as subtle and ominous as what he was looking for. I haven't ventured far into collabing, as a whole, so I don't have much to say about it other than I'm not sure what I would do in that capacity. Maybe I simply am not ready or mature enough to seriously work with another artist. It takes a lot of willingness to compromise and knowledge of each other's capabilities. Time will tell."

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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?

EDM364:

"Well, if I hadn't mentioned it to a few already, I'd say my multiple suicide attempts over the past 20 years of my existence, the most recent attempt nearly landing me squarely out of college and in the white coat facility, if you catch my drift. I tried to drown myself in the aftermath of an emotionally and sometimes physically abusive relationship in my dorm room bathtub. That's the short version. Pretty sure there's some cheating on top of that crap I put up with too. My dorm mother and security guard thankfully rescued me, and though I wished they hadn't then, I'm happy they did now. I'd hate to have something as pathetic as a temporary relationship kill me.

Now, you wouldn't know it from talking to me, but I suffer from acute major depression, severe to the point that I often feel little or no emotion in daily life, barring some unexpected occurrence. Nothing and no one has really been able to help me in this regard. I'm sure it has something to do with exposure to violence, drugs, and sexual abuse from early on (no, it wasn't my parents) and consistent bullying after Mom married my stepdad and I moved schools. I don't mind talking about it, or anything of the sort anymore. I'm probably about as open of a book as you'll find in that regard.

In short, I've been through a lot of shit, just like everyone else. I'm not sure if I'd qualify as normal in my emotional responses to said shit, which is essentially non-existent, but I'm happy that in some limited capacity, I'm able to feel at all. More importantly, I'm thankful that I am still able to love others at least, even if I experience little or no deviation emotionally from a flat "meh", most of the time, and if I do experience emotion, usually there's a cooldown period of numbness or depression.

Others, including some of my therapists over the years have used terms like "flat affect" and "apathetic". I'm not sure if I'd call it apathy. It isn't that I don't care about anything. I certainly do. If I didn't care, I'm sure I wouldn't have tried to kill myself after being yelled at for two hours and then dumped for some other troll-doll looking mother-clopper, though the yelling was pretty common. I was kind of used to it, honestly, after living with her for six months. After that near success at killing myself, however, and then the subsequent flip flop of my then ex of crying over me, then throwing my Valentine's day gifts in my face not two weeks later, well, I felt the first thing I had felt in a long time, anger and resolve. That resolve was to kill everything she'd ever loved about me, which I did, and then I became myself. Now, here we are. I'm confident, sure of myself, and I still don't feel much, but damn if I'll ever let anyone else determine my worth."

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What can we expect from you in the future, EDM364?

EDM364:

"The future is always a great unknown. I don't do too much planning, but I hope to keep coming back to NG as long as we're both still kicking and I'm able to contribute something worthwhile to the community. I aim to submit over 50 songs in the next year, focusing on better loops because I love the challenge. I got a late start this time around with a measly 65 total tracks and a few gaps. Bottom line, the more practice I get as a producer, the better I'll become, so that's the goal. Whether I'll meet it or not, we'll see. I also hope to be around the EGB and Audio Forum Lounge. I've met some great friends there.

I've got a pretty big to-do list I haven't touched much beyond that, including some reviews on YouTube for products like the Xbox One and several other things. I may also add more of my NG catalog to SoundCloud. I haven't touched that in a long time. I'll also be tweeting lots of content from NG over twitter and tacking onto those review requests. 10,000 audio reviews is the goal, but there really is no limit. Beyond that, I'm aiming to check the portal out daily and do enough to at least deposit with a few extra votes thrown in. Too few people voting means the portal is getting clogged with submissions from ten days ago and such. We really need to get on the ball with that, and the whole one-vote-per-lifetime of a flash is compounding a once hidden problem.

*wipes sweat from brow* I think that's about it. Whew, it's been one hell of an interview. Hope I didn't clog up the server with all those characters.

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about EDM364, 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 time :3

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Interview with Maltos

2014-12-28 16:02:38 by Asandir

Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the user Maltos.

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

Maltos:

"I found Newgrounds when I was just a youngster in grade school. I was sitting in computer class when the fellow next to me says to me "Hey check this out, it's called Newgrounds ". At the time I had never heard of NG but with all the art, games and movies I was hooked. It was also the power of voting on submitions that I respected. Tom Fulp created NG to be many different things but it's the freedom of speech and the community that I love the most.
As for why I chose the name Maltos, it is the name of a character in a series of novels I've been writing for well over 7 years. He is a complex character but I relate mostly to him because he always wanted to find what was real not just what he had been told. It's the reality around him that he can always see truth and he always makes the greater good choice even if the action is that of great darkness."

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

Maltos:

"Back in the early days when I discovered the forums I was awkward and I always said the wrong thing, needless to say I was not cool. Over time I matured so I guess I've grown up and crafted my charm but NG always keeps me on my feet. In real life however I'm the same person I am on here apart from all the obvious bisexuality. Only my wife and NG know about that and some day I hope I'll be able to tell everyone."

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

Maltos:

"As I stated above I love the NG community, I think everyone contributes in their own way. I think of you guys all the time and the sarcastic dry humor gets me through those crappy days. Just to name a few people, @ManDeep, @supergandhi64, @Monster-64, @Sekhem, @Tony-DarkGrave, @The-Great-One, @Thor and of course you Asandir. If I've forgotten to mention anyone then don't worry you know you're still my buddy. These guys affect me in different ways, some good and some in various odd manners. Such as @supergandhi64, most people didn't like her and she made a huge splash in this community and not many people can do that. @ManDeep was a real ass but there was something about him that I knew, he was a great big teddy bear so I sent him a message and a friend invite and he didn't expect that at all of course I was tickled pink. @Tony-DarkGrave was thought to be a great big troll but in fact he was simply one of us, I guess sometimes I go for the under dog, I see the best in people and I accept them for who they are."

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

Maltos:

"I wouldn't consider anyone an enemy at all though there are users that tend to annoy me from time to time. I can't stand users that make up pointless threads with nothing to discuss and they do it over and over. It just bothers me how they'll make a thread about nothing then they make threads complaining about being banned for it. I also hate backseat mods, the users that will play mod for whatever reason, just let the mods do their job that's why they are mods. In my opinion a little bit of backseat modding is fine as long as it is to a small degree. Being helpful so the mods wont ban a fellow nger is alright with me."

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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?

Maltos:

"The forums are great, I actually never cared for the NG chat, the forums were all I ever needed. It's fun being a forumer because it never gets old. You'll usually find me in general unless I'm feeling creative then I'll be in writing or the VA. I've labeled myself a writer but I don't write as much as I'd like to due to writers block. As for my opinion about the forums, I think its the best way to get to know the community so everyone should get in on it. I'm not sure who I'd like to see interviewed as you've done many but I would like to interview you someday."

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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?

Maltos:

"I think the mods do their job well and I really enjoy those witty thread lock comments, they almost always make me laugh. My favorite mods are @Zachary, @NekoMika, @stafffighter, @TurkeyOnAStick and @Timmy. These are my favorite mods due to their activity in the forums as well as how they've treated me. I've been banned a few times but they were just reasons each time. NekoMika is always kind, stafffighter seems a bit crazy but he cracks me up, TurkeyOnAStick always says something worth while and I just so happen to insult people by calling them a turkey so maybe I saw a connection there."

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

Maltos:

"If given the opportunity I would accept the title of mod because I like a clean house and I'm not afraid to take out the garbage. I would no doubt be a forum mod because the forums are my virtual home and when it's late at night it gets dirty when there aren't any mods around. No real point for a mod at night though, who cares about those awful threads made at 3 in the morning, who would see them anyways? If I were a mod I would do my best to make sure that everything is as it should be but I wouldn't ban the crap out of everything, just the things that are either against the rules or never should have been. If I were to lock a thread you can bet your ass there would always be a witty lock comment every time."

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You have made a couple of great interviews with Newgrounds users in the past. When did you get the idea to start doing interviews? Which users would you like to interview in the future?

Maltos:

"I got the idea to start doing interviews in the @supergandhi64 hay day. I was told that no one would interview her and so I took it upon myself to interview her myself. I really wanted to know who the person behind the user was and through that I wanted to know the person behind every user. Mn NG staff, mods, users and newcomers alike. It's a very large goal but I strive toward big goals they keep me busy. Also being an interviewer for me was furthured when I learned that The-Great-One was moving on toward different goals and would stop interviewing, so I figured that being an interviewer wouldn't be a position that was already too full. I'm working on an interview with @TomFulp and he's a busy fellow so it may take some time to get it out to you guys. Though I have no doubt that the community is aware how hard he works for us all and the new changes they are making to the site and they are good changes so I'm happy."

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You mentioned in the past that you are married and have a son. Tell my readers how becoming a parent has changed your life.

Maltos:

"I love my wife of 5 years, I've never had a better life to lead than this point in my life and my son is the best thing I could ever ask for. He is a blessing upon my life that made me see a side of myself that I never knew, I've become patient, careful, and a worry rock but when my son entered this world he taught me to love in such a way I never could have dreamed of. I will forever strive to be the father I never had and my son will have the life I did not and I feel privileged to give him the best life that I can. Being a parent has changed me forever, though I had a rough upbringing I am thankful for how my life turned out and I could not have asked god for a better life."

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You are a member of the Grunge Club. What do you like about this music genre? Which grunge bands and songs do you like the most?

Maltos:

"Grunge is pure and raw and without direction but it all flows together like a whirlwind of power chords that wrap around you soul and allow you to see the world through the words that make no sense. I write music and I sing all the time, some times when I reply over the forums I sing my response aloud. I've got two electric guitars and a fender amp but I haven't played in over a year due to work and taking care of my son. Life can be random but I am a control freak so I do my best to make my life into whatever I want it to be. It is a flaw of mine though it can be one of my best traits as it keeps me motivated to do what I want and that is important, you have to do things for yourself or else you will lose your sense of self. I listen to music all the time and here are a few songs from my favorite grunge bands. Blackhole sun by Soundgarden,  Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, The Pretender by the Foo Fighters, Been Caught Steeling by Jane's Addiction, Rusty Cage by Soundgarden, Lithium by Nirvana and many more."

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It seems like you have a few tattoos. When did you get your first tattoo? What meaning do they have for you?

Maltos:

"I've got three tattoos and the first one I got was a small tribal on my shoulder but then people made fun of me saying that it was such a tiny tattoo, so I got a larger tribal tattoo that covered alot of my arm. Then I wanted a tattoo with meaning and that had a hint of that grungy personality that I hold. So on my right fore arm I got a tattoo of a nuclear warhead with radiation and smoke as it's about to explode and it's got a banner across it that says Nuclear Family. What it means is a core family consisting of a husband, wife and their children. It is of my own design and I plan to get more tattoos in the future."

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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?

Maltos:

"Secrets? I do have a few secrets but here's one that I can tell all of you that will give you a good laugh at my expense, I actually have alot of fetishes. I won't go into what they are but none of them involve torture or whips and chains. They are just kinda out of the norm. They are very dirty but since there are users on here of young ages I wouldn't dare go into detail about them."

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

Maltos:

"In the future you can expect to see me in the forums as of right now I'm on my way to 1000 posts which I think kicks ass. You can also expect more interviews, art and hopefully a few games and some movies that I'm working on. I take forever to make anything or to even upload it to ng I'm a perfectionist. You can also expect that I'll uploading a few voice acting demos soon, so that's me in a nutshell I guess so here's to another year of Newgrounds."

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about Maltos, 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 time :3

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Interview with egg82

2014-12-21 14:03:31 by Asandir

Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the user egg82.

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When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username egg82?

egg82:

"I found NG around '06 I think. I'm not actually sure why I joined, I think it was because of the comment or rating system at which point game benefits to getting XP and levels in the form of hidden games and the like. Either way, I eventually left that altogether to help out in the forums, by which I mean I spout random crap in the Flash Reg Lounge and occasionally visit other threads in Flash or Programming to give some assistance.

egg82 came from ye olde Runescape days (I suppose Classic Runescape as it's called now) - it was my first online username and I was hungry. I chose "egg" which of course was taken, and was instead given the suggestion "egg82"
I figured I'd probably never use the name again, so why not?

Shows how much I know."

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

egg82:

"I'd hope so after more than 8 years have passed. Now I feel old.
As far as my life goes, I've gone from your average 13-year-old to having and holding a job, a house, a girlfriend, and a car. I think I'm doing alright.
In terms of programming, I've gone from a shitty AS2 timeline coder to knowing and simultaneously programming in multiple Object-Oriented languages, sometimes making them work together. I don't pretend to be the best, but my god I've grown from where I started at a single button that said "Hello!""

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

egg82:

"I'd say most of the Reg Lounge. Fun group to chill and talk with. We help eachother out and such.
I've bounced ideas back and forth between a lot of them and it's helped quite a lot with pushing the boundaries of some languages and discovering and implementing cool new ideas. Did you know you can make a self-installing white screen that you can't get out of without shutting your computer down using just Adobe AIR? Neither did I, but a couple of us managed it together."

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

egg82:

"Not really. A lot of people think MintPaw and I hate eachother, but really we just like to screw with eachother on the odd occasion. No ill-feelings there."

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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?

egg82:

"Three questions in one, I thought that was something people thought of to get around the "one wish" thing for genies?
I love the forums, I just would like to see them more active than they are. I like the little group I hang out with and all, but I feel like if there was more genuinely good programmers in the forums and less "What does this error code mean?" threads everything would be awesome. Seriously, people; google it.

I get way too frustrated at the lack of trying on the new threads. Probably the reason I don't do those any more. Everybody wants you to write their code for them all the time. Teach a man to fish, I can't catch the entire ocean for you."

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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?

egg82:

"They seem to do what they're supposed to. I've never been banned (I don't think) - but I've also (mostly) followed the rules here. Really not that hard; just don't be an ass and everything's fine."

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

egg82:

"I dunno, really. Being a mod would be cool and all, but the question really is what would I do with it? I suppose I wouldn't mind if I was offered a position, but at the same time I'm not about to go on a tantrum if I never become one.
As for what kind of moderator, it would probably for the best if I were a forum mod or a portal mod. Despite my level I do on occasion go and vote on portal submissions. I just do less than five per day so it never counts."

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You were a member before the redesign 2007. Tell me how you experienced Newgrounds back then and what changes you liked about the redesign.

egg82:

"I barely remember that re-design any more. It seems like each re-design makes things just a little better all-around. I don't agree with every little thing that's changed, but on the whole it looks and works a bit better. I do miss name changes, even though I never used that feature. I do remember the original NG layout and all the exploits I discovered it had. For example, being able to read submission comments before the submission was out of judgement was really helpful."

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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?

egg82:

"This was a bigger re-design than the first one from what I can remember. NG has changed, for sure. Something I didn't mention before was the API they released, which is pretty fantastic and useful."

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Back in 2008, you submitted your last flash vader funny to the Newgrounds portal. Have you tried animating since then? Since the end of the year is close, which Newgrounds animations of 2014 impressed you?

egg82:

"Oh, god, don't remind me. That was a complete half-assed failure I created with my friend in about an hours one day because we were bored kids. I would remove half the stuff I submitted, but I saw Tom's point of view when NG put the feature in and decided against it.
I'm an absolutely atrocious artist and animator; to answer the question, no I will not try animating ever again."

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Judging from your Youtube channel, it seems that you like to play Minecraft. Tell my readers when your first played Minecraft and which aspects of it you like the most.

egg82:

"MintPaw showed me Minecraft for the first time and I loved it for about a week before I figured out it was quite boring after you got diamond gear. He showed me modded Minecraft shortly after and I fell in love with the game since then. I can never go back to vanilla, but I keep finding new and interesting things every time I play modded which is absolutely fantastic.
I've tried my hand at creating a mod or two myself which have been mildly successful but never released.

That doesn't mean I don't enjoy other games, however. On the contrary, Minecraft counts for a very, very small portion of my time spent gaming. I like RPGs which can take weeks to complete. For example, I JUST completed Dragon Age:Inquisition about an hour ago and have put 57 hours into it since its release."

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I know it's a wild guess but I have a feeling that you are a huge fan of Super Mario. What was the first Mario game that you played? Which Mario games of the last 5 years are your favourites?

egg82:

"Not a huge fan, no. I loved Super Mario World and that's pretty much it. I occasionally go back and play it for an hour or two, but that's fairly rare. There's more modern games that require my attention any more. As for Mario games in the last 5 years, I don't really have any. Again, just liked the one game.
The reason for my profile image is because an egg would just be too much. Talking to Mario is way cooler anyway."

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It seems that you have a fair bit of knowledge about programming. Which programming languages did you learn and how would you rank them in difficulty? Looking back, what was the most difficult project that you successfully programmed?

egg82:

"Lowest to highest:
AS3
HTML (If you count that)
Java
Javascript
C#
PHP (proper OOP PHP using MVC)
CSS (I suck at design, did I mention that?)
C++
C

fuck C, man.
The most difficult thing I've accomplished so far has been a project I haven't fully completed. Kinda. I started it and re-started it and if I mashed all of those projects together I'd have a full game, but for now it's a bunch of pieces just laying around the floor like a puzzle. Like a massive 3D puzzle as large as the Empire State Building. I'm still working on putting it all together.
If you're curious, the project is a top-down multiplayer RPG with a graphic style similar to Secret of Mana in which the owner of the server creates the entire world. This is done in AIR. I'm aware it's very ambitious and may never see the light of day, but I've been going back to it every so often over the last year and have gotten a good portion of it done."

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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?

egg82:

"I shit my pants until I was like 13 because I was too lazy to go to the bathroom.
I have had problems saving money for the last four or so years (when I started making it) - I make plenty to live, but I can't save a penny.
I eat anything and everything and still manage to weigh 145 at 6'1" - I have no idea how
I used to have a lot of issues talking to girls and was the kid everyone picked on until near the end of high-scool.
My dad died when I was 18 and left me $1400, which at that point was more money than I'd ever seen. I spent it all the weekend following on hookah and weed.
Speaking of weed, I used to smoke but don't any more save for the rare occasion. Drinking as well.

I have loads of skeletons in my closet. Take your pick, really."

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What can we expect from you in the future, egg82?

egg82:

"Probably the same as it's been the last couple years. I have a life, but NG seems to be a small part of that life. I'm not sure how that happened, but here I am and here I'll stay for at least the foreseeable future.
Who knows, I might even release that game I've been working on and put a trimmed-down version on NG (since AIR apps need to install and can't be run on the web)

We'll see."

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about egg82, 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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Interview with Alexander

2014-12-14 12:16:24 by Asandir

Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the user Alexander.

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When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username ransha and why did you change it to Alexander?

Alexander:

"Oh boy, I never thought I'd see that name again. Well, back when I was a youngster I used to play games on a site called FlashPlayer, which sparked my initial interest in flash games and the sort. I eventually ended up doing a Google search for other sites like it, and that's how I stumbled upon Newgrounds!

As for the name 'Ransha', I believe I invented that name when I was eleven years old, drawing comics in school. He was the protagonist of the strip I was drawing.

I eventually outgrew the name, and changed it twice! It was first (I believe) "AlexOrSomthing" and then finally to Alexander. Since my name is Alex, I feel this makes sense. :P"

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

Alexander:

"Oh yeah, absolutely. Newgrounds has had a very large impact, especially on my formative years. Newgrounds was really kind of my 'introduction' to the internet, so that alone changed the person I am.

I'm not really sure I could tell you HOW I've changed, though. My grammar has gotten better, and my sense of humor has refined a bit, but at my core I like to think I'm still a the same."

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

Alexander:

"Sure, yeah, I'm pretty close with Jaltoid, and yurgenburgen is pretty badass! egg82 and I have talked pretty extensively; he's a rightly talented programmer.

Of course, I consider all the mods and staff friends, regardless if I talk to them or not. :)"

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

Alexander:

"Y'know, back in the day perhaps there were a few, but I can't remember their names. I prefer to keep things chill, so I make it a point not to argue with people whenever possible. This tends to keep the enemy count down."

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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?

Alexander:

"I love the forums, always have, always will. I think the concept of the forums 'dying' is ludicrous. If you hang around the forums enough, you can see it's an ever-evolving entity.

As for a preference, I hang out around General a lot, mostly due to the fact that there's never a lack of entertainment. I also lurk Wi/Ht? pretty frequently in case anyone needs help!

I'd like to see any of the people I listed above interviewed (Jaltoid, yurgenburgen, egg82), they're all cool cats!"

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You are both an icon moderator and a Game and Movie moderator. Tell my readers when you became a mod and what kind of stuff you do.

Alexander:

"Well, I started off as a Wiki mod, editing the Medals section of the Newgrounds Wiki. After the 2012 redesign launched, there was a bulk of movies and games that lacked icons, so I volunteered for that duty, as well as tagging and categorizing movies (that was, at the time, known as Genre modding). In August of 2012, those people that were Genre mods were made Game and Movie moderators!

Our main duties consist of making sure that nothing malicious stays on the portal. There is a wide range of ever-varying criteria for this, but the obvious ones deal with illegal content, overly-annoying spam, etc."

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You were a member before the redesign 2007. Tell me how you experienced Newgrounds back then and what changes you liked about the redesign.

Alexander:

"Let me tell you that my favorite version of the site was the 2006 version. Don't get me wrong, I think this version of the site is great, and the staff put SO much time and energy into it, but I will always remember the 2006 design with love.

However, with the new design comes great changes! I think the reformatting of the Portal is a great thing, and the site is crazy detailed now. I recall, as it got closer and closer to 2012, it became VERY hard to stare at the grey layout."

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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?

Alexander:

"I think the redesign was a well needed change, and I think most people that were around for it would agree with me. As I said, I have a lot of love for the old design, but after however many years it got hard to look at.

Well, like I said, I really like the reformatted portal, and I really appreciate they decided to leave an old-school portal up. I'm quite fond of the new "Feed" features, I think that's very neat. I wish chat was still around, but they're 'gonna come back stronger than ever on that front, I can taste it."

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You mentioned in one of your posts that you want to become a Web Application Developer. What aspects of this career option interest you the most?

Alexander:

"Ah, how times change. I actually became a Web Application Developer and HATED IT! :P I still enjoy doing independent developments and making sites, but I got quite sick of doing it for a profession. So I traded that job for some jumpers and became a firefighter! I'm very much in love with this job, and don't plan to quit any time soon."

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Some years ago you visited a concert of the band The Fray. Tell my readers when you became a fan of this band and what you liked about the show.

Alexander:

"Of course! I'd say I became a fan when I first heard some of their live stuff in 2008. I was kind of awestruck by how purely GOOD they were live. As it were, I've been two of their shows: One at the Hard Rock in Biloxi, and one at Tipitina's in New Orleans, both were fantastic shows. Unfortunately, I haven't really fallen for their latest album, "Helios". To me, it feel like producers got their hands wrapped around that album and ruined it, but that's just my opinion. :P"

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You like the video games Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Which aspects of Half-Life and Half-Life 2 do you like the most?

Alexander:

"I sincerely believe that Half-Life and Half-Life 2 are the greatest games of this generation. They brought cinema-like story telling to the table, which completely changed game design. Not to mention, I've always been a fan of the industrial art style."

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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?

Alexander:

"Oh, lord. Yeah, I can think of one or two. A lot of people might not know that I was slated to get married at one point, to a user on this site no less. I won't really say who it is, because the whole thing didn't really end well, but yeah. That happened once.

In fact, I did an interview for someone else at one point, and I talked about it extensively in that.

Oh, also, I'm actually Tom Fulp."

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

Alexander:

"Currently, I'm working on a pilot for an animated series that I hope to pitch around, and that will also make an appearance on Newgrounds! I'm expecting to release it sometime in the fourth-quarter of 2015, and I'm actually still looking for voice actors and artists to work on the project!"

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about Alexander, 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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Interview with TheGamechanger

2014-12-07 12:08:50 by Asandir
Updated

Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the user TheGamechanger.

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

TheGamechanger:

"I don't really remember when I first discovered Newgrounds but I have known about it for about 3 years or so and have frequently visited it from time to time. It wasn't until I finally made an account that I became a lot more active on the site. I decided to make a Newgrounds account because Newgrounds seemed like a fun place to be, and I wanted to be a part of that. (that's not my only reason for joining Newgrounds, but I'm keeping the other reason a secret for now because I don't plan on revealing it until a few years later)

As for my username, one of the reasons that I chose it is because one of my goals is to change the world by impacting it in a way that it leaves behind a lasting legacy that I can be proud of. The other reason is simply because it sounds awesome."

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

TheGamechanger:

"Well, I've been on Newgrounds before in the past but this is the first year in which I have a Newgrounds account, so I certainly changed activity-wise since I'm a lot more active on Newgrounds now than I was in the past.

In real life I've been exploring to things for me to try out and enjoy such as listening to bands that I never heard of or trying out new restaurants, and I have had quite the good experience from it. I've also been watching history and science shows and applying that knowledge to any situation in my life that requires it. Over the course of the year I've been feeling more relaxed and mellow than I was previously, although I'm still working on the mellow part."

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

TheGamechanger:

"I like any user that treats other users with respect and dignity, for that's how I know which users are sensible and ok users to hang out with and which ones are not. I also like any user who share the same interests as me, for that's when I know that I found a potential friend. I feel like the world is more interconnected with the powers of love, friendship, and kindness, so it feels great to have friends on Newgrounds."

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

TheGamechanger:

"I really hate any user who take stereotypes as facts and are too stubborn and corrupt to realize that they're in the wrong. I don't want to name them because I know that those users have their own fans and I don't want to upset those fans, especially since some of those fans are my own as well. To say it's a complicated relationship is a massive understatement. It's like a soap opera, only worse!"

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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?

TheGamechanger:

"The forums are a fun place to communicate and discuss topics of interest to me. I typically prefer the general forum, the video game forum, and the clubs & crew forum. I avoid the politics forum simply because I don't like politics. Politics nowadays is a little bit corrupt, and I want none of that.

As for users that should be interviewed I recommend Monster-64, fieldertiger, SentForMe, Cordyceps, DoctorStrongbad, Thor, & Loki. Any one of those users would make for a very interesting interview, for to me they are all intriguing characters in their own unique way. The same can be said of all the other users, so pretty much any other user who hasn't already gotten an interview deserves one."

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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?

TheGamechanger:

"I personally think that the moderators do indeed do a great job, but I must admit that some do better than others, as well as the fact that some are online much more often than the others, so I think that some of them need to retire to make room for trustworthy users who are online much more often to be promoted to moderator status."

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

TheGamechanger:

"I would be happy to accept an offer to become a moderator on Newgrounds. I would like to be a forum moderator, for I have a strong sense of justice and ethics that I would love to put to good use. One thing that I noticed on the forums is that some users still don't learn their lessons even when they do get banned, so in order to make sure that those troublesome users really do learn their lessons there needs to be an alternative method that guarantees that that they do learn their lesson that doesn't involve banning. Of course, that's just only a suggestion. I will be a rather mellow moderator, only acting when I sense a disturbance in the force."

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The 1st Annual Ng User Icon Battle is one of the highly successful threads that you created. When did you get the idea to create a user icon battle? Did you expect the thread to go that well and how do you generally feel about the reception that it received from other forum users?

TheGamechanger:

"It first started out as a random thought when I was feeling bored while I was on vacation to Mammoth Cave National Park. I was half-expecting a mediocre amount of users to participate, but it turned out much better than initially hoped. I personally felt proud of myself that the majority of the users that participated in the thread gave very positive feedback on it, for that really meant a lot to me. Since it got locked before a winner was decided due to an emotional hiccup, I had no choice but to conclusively end it myself via MS Paint:

The Finale of the 1st Annual NG User Icon Battle"

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Seems like you are a big fan of the Pokémon franchise. Tell my readers how you became a fan, which Pokémon you like the most and what your favourite Pokémon game is.

TheGamechanger:

"I forget when I first became involved with Pokémon but I know that it was before I was 10 years old. I didn't really get into Pokémon until 2009 when out of curiousity I decided to play a rented copy of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness. From that moment on, I was hooked. I've been collecting and playing Pokémon ever since. (I'm not into the card games, only the video games) I'm a major collector of Shiny Pokémon, and I'm always on the lookout for even more Shiny Pokémon to add to my collection. My favorite "cute" Pokémon are Meloetta and Diancie, and my favorite "badass" Pokémon is Shiny Rayquaza. My favorite Pokémon game is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky."

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Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is one game that you like a lot. Which aspects of this game do you like the most? Which other Mario games would you recommend?

TheGamechanger:

"I like Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door for the story, the memorable characters, the music, and the battle system. (I have yet to beat the Pit of 100 Trials)

As for a Mario game that I would recommend, the ones that immediately come to mind is the Mario Party series, the other 8 Mario RPGs (which are Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, the Paper Mario series, and the Mario & Luigi series), Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, and the Mario Kart series."

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Judging from your news posts and YouTube channel, I think that you like good video game music. How important is music in video games in your opinion? What are some of your most favourite video game music tracks of all time?

TheGamechanger:

"To me video game music is very important, for its trying to establish a tone within the story of a game, to make the player feel a certain way about something, such as a feeling of dread upon hearing the area music of a cemetery or a feeling of relaxation when hearing that area music of a tropical beach. But the most important type of video game music is final boss music. Final boss music means that you're at the end of your long journey, so of course it should be the most epic music in the entire game. Add that to the fact that during a final battle the fate of the world as you know it or even all of existence is depending on you, then the final boss music must really sound epic and end-of-the-worldish!

As for some of my favorite video game music tracks, here they are:
Dark Star Core / In the Final
Deoxys Battle (Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire)
Battle with Rayquaza
Adventure's End
The Ultimate Show
Open Your Heart
Live and Learn
What I'm Made Of
Bowser Jr.'s Mad!
Melty Monster Galaxy
Digga Leg Battle
Cipher Peon Battle"

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I heard that you like the movies Tron and Tron: Legacy. Tell my readers what both movies are about (short description of the plot/setting) and what you like about them.

TheGamechanger:

"Well I haven't memorised everything about both of those movies even though I saw them both. (I know that FinaLee was the one who brought up this Tron-related question, so I'm going to get back at FinaLee for that somehow)

What I like about Tron is of course the futuristic Tron lines and the techno music, and especially the music in Tron: Legacy since the music was made by Daft Punk."

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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?

TheGamechanger:

"I'm a stargazer. Every time it's a clear night and I'm out in the wilderness I go find a nice place to lie down and look at the beautiful starry sky, looking at the constellations and seeing the various nebula and galaxies. I've always been fascinated with outer space, for there's so much about space that humans have yet to explore and discover."

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

TheGamechanger:

"If I told you then it would spoil the surprise that I have planned in the future. As for when in the future, that's another surprise that I want to be kept secret. If I went and straight up told you what I was planning, then people would expect me to complete what I'm planning by a given date. By not telling others what I'm planning for the future, it gives me free rein to work as much as I want on what I'm planning for the future without having to worry about a deadline. And besides, it's fun to have people guess what I'm doing!

The only thing that I guarantee for the future is that I'll change the game!"

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about TheGamechanger, 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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Interview with Heinrich

2014-11-30 11:57:00 by Asandir

Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the user Heinrich.

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When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username The-Blaminater and why did you change it to Heinrich?

Heinrich:

"My first discovery of Newgrounds was back in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks when I was looking for Photoshopped pictures of Osama Bin Laden. It was brief, though, as I wasn’t looking for flash. I rediscovered it in 2005 after a friend told me about it and after some lurking I found that it was a very entertaining website.

I decided to join after finding out that you can collect experience points to add weight to your vote and decided to make a “Protector of Newgrounds” persona for myself. I was 13 at the time so I was idealistic and stupid. My name was originally going to be something like “The-Blammer” or “Blambo” but chose “The-Blaminater” after the terminator films. I changed it to Heinrich after getting too much unwanted attention, especially from Clocks.

My current name is a German name, an equivalent of Henry. I really like Germany, their names and language since I was born there on a Canadian military base where my parents lived for six years during the final years of the Cold War."

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

Heinrich:

"Yes, definitely!

On the internet, I am a lot more introverted and only post when I feel it’s something valuable to post.

Even more so in real life. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 14 and used to be socially incapable, very emotional and had anger issues, especially in a school setting. The internet was my way of escaping the real world. In the last four years since graduating I have mellowed out considerably. I am a lot calmer, I can interact a lot better and my autism is barely noticeable."

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

Heinrich:

"Users come and go but some that really stood out was @Imacow, @THEJamoke, @DarkDragonVX and @Kart-Man. Imacow was my first friend on Newgrounds after he made a topic called, “Kill the Pig”. That topic was some of my earliest Photoshop sprees when I only had MS Paint. He is now a flash artist. THEJamoke and Kart-Man are both excellent photoshoppers that I have collaborated with. We were trying to make a sequel to my bat temple story (that would inspire THEJamoke to make his Obama Porn Stash story) but we couldn’t make it happen due to some difficulties. DarkDragonVX was a very friendly person that made me feel good in my early years here. He left, though, as people on this site were very unfriendly to him."

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

Heinrich:

"There are a lot of users I don’t like as Newgrounders can be very vicious. On the forums, I don’t really have any enemies as they would insult me and then move on and I would like to keep it that way.

During my The-Blaminater years, however, I saw multiple spam crews as my enemy, the worst being the Barney Bunch. On a couple occasions I found their forums, spammed it with Lemon Party, Tubgirl and other gross pictures. One of their forums got deleted as a result. Like I said earlier, I have mellowed out and don’t really care about the portal anymore."

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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?

Heinrich:

"The forums were awesome during my teenage years when it was active and full of humor. It was the forum that inspired me to make Photoshops that gave me an artistic talent, a hobby and a possible career out of. Now the forums doesn’t appeal to me as much though I still like to make photoshops for it when I get the chance."

I prefer the General forum but if they were to make a Photoshop forum then I would be tickled pink.

Nowadays, I prefer to remain Incognito on the internet and rarely sign up on forums though I still lurk the Newgrounds forum from time to time.

I would like you to interview THEJamoke. He was very popular on Newgrounds and was a forum mod for a while and I would like to hear what he has to say."

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You are both an icon moderator and a Game and Movie moderator. Tell my readers when you became a mod and what kind of stuff you do.

Heinrich:

"Not much to say, really. I gained mod ship back in 2011/2012 to help Tom Fulp with Icons and Genre before the big redesign. I would also help track down flashes like Hentai quizzes, AMV’s and others and report them to Tom in order to clean up the site. After the redesign, I was a mod on and off to avoid my account being taken by a hacker and cause damage while I was away. Now when I have the time I make icons and genre for leftover flashes. Most of them right now are obscure or lower quality flashes but hey, someone has to do it."

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You were a member before the redesign 2007. Tell me how you experienced Newgrounds back then and what changes you liked about the redesign.

Heinrich:

"Newgrounds from 2005-2010 was indeed a magical experience, especially the forums. The 2007 redesign was simply beautiful and having my own page was nice. There were concerns that Newgrounds would turn into a Myspace but looking now, social media has became a staple on the internet and now people, even Newgrounders, welcome this aspect."

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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?

Heinrich:

"The 2012 redesign was nice but not to the same extent of the 2007 one. Weren’t a whole lot of new features, just made it a lot shinier. Though I feel good about the fact that I helped make thousands of icons for a popular website and I got to see the fruits of my labor."

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I think it goes without saying that you like to photoshop pictures. When did you start doing that and which are your favourite photoshop stories that you created?

Heinrich:

"My first taste of photoshop came shortly after the 9/11 attacks and Osama Bin Laden was identified as the mastermind. I would go onto Google and look up photoshops of him which made me laugh. I was 9 at the time and I wondered how they did it. I remember one with Osama and Saddam Hussein being a hot tub together and my father told me not to show that one to mom.

When I came to the forums in 2005 I noticed that people made photoshop topics and others would contribute. Those also made me laugh but my problem is that they didn’t make enough. I decided to give it a go to make others laugh. All I had was MS Paint so I would draw stuff into it like how people would draw dicks. I remember doing that at least twice before actually trying to do cut and paste. I managed to do it so well that some people thought I used an actual program. It went well for a couple years until someone told me to stop using MS Paint and gave me a link to GIMP.

I decided to try an actual program and so I used a pirated copy of Macromedia FireWorks. It was better than paint so I used it. I made “The Bat Temple” story using that program as a school project. My teacher loved it and gave me a 100% and a school award for it. Looking at it now, I can definitely do a lot better.

I bought a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended off eBay (Not knowing it was a bootleg) and made even more progress. A couple years later I got CS5 again off eBay and found out that they were both bootlegs. My current copy is Adobe CS5 Extended that I got from the Adobe website and since my mother works at a school, I got an 80% discount even though we had to jump through some hoops.

The Bat Temple is definitely my favorite. I had a friend take the pictures and she was wondering what the hell I was thinking when I was posing. After showing her the finished product, she was laughing herself silly. I also liked doing the Porkchop stories in Imacow’s thread but my sequel to The Bat Temple was a complete failure. That one was also for a school project and we couldn’t have any over the top content in it."

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You mentioned in one your posts that you played games on the Sega Genesis when you were younger. What was the first game that you played on that console? Which games for it did you like the most?

Heinrich:

"Good Lord that was a long time ago.

Sega Genesis was my first console. I wanted a SNES but I was still happy with the Genesis. My aunt gave it to me when I was over at her house in Ottawa. I played it with my cousin and I think I first played Mortal Kombat with her. I liked being Sub-Zero because I could freeze my opponents. At home I really enjoyed playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Dynamite Headdy, Aladdin and the Pagemaster. The Pagemaster was the only game I finished from start to finish. Video games from the 80’s and 90’s on paper sound like the easiest games but are really unforgiving."

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Sonata Arctica is one your favourite metal bands. When did you start listening to their music? Which of their songs and albums do you like the most?

Heinrich:

"Sonata Arctica is my second favorite band after Nightwish. I first heard “Shy” from a Silverwing AMV and did not think much of it. After seeing a fan flash of “Dream Thieves” by Osuka on Newgrounds, I started to listen to more of their songs and became my favorite band at the time. I have all of their albums on iTunes and is only one of two bands I have that achievement.

My favorite album would have to be “The Collection” where they have most of the best songs in one album. My favorite song is harder to choose but I would say “8th Commandment” as I would listen to that song over and over again."

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It seems like you are a fan of Disney. Which Disney movies and cartoon series are your favourites?

Heinrich:

"I grew up with Disney. As a kid I had many of the movies on VHS and watched them so often that my parents were concerned that I would break the VCR. Last year I managed to get many of them on DVD from a thrift store that I work at.

Though it’s been a while, I really like The Hunchback of Notre Dame for its dark and gritty theme. I think it’s a very underrated film and how it managed to secure a G rating, I will never know.

My favorite Disney villain in Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. A villain with that much confidence deserves a special place on my list. My second favorite would be Judge Claude Frollo since he is a very realistic villain that brings out the worst of my own religion. Way too many Christians use the Bible as an excuse to get on a high horse.

The TV shows I didn’t watch very often though I enjoyed Aladdin and Timon and Pumba."

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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?

Heinrich:

"I have a few.

I am a big believer in Bible Prophecy and have been so since I saw an episode of The Simpsons parodying the rapture when I was 13.

I am 22 and still living with my parents. Rent is insanely expensive in my town as we live in the most expensive province in Canada and we have oil fields that are jacking up the price of houses. Extended families are becoming a lot more common in town.

On the internet I am quite shy but in real life I can be quite talkative."

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

Heinrich:

"Not much. My golden age is over but I will still make photoshops from time to time. I may even remake my Bat Temple story.

I have two jobs from 9-5 and volunteer work for the rest of the day. I am trying to be more productive with my time."

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about Heinrich, 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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Interview with Valjylmyr

2014-11-23 11:45:14 by Asandir

Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the user Valjylmyr.

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

Valjylmyr:

"I've been browsing Newgrounds since around 2005, and I made an account in 2006 after I found the forums. I can't for the life of me remember the username or email for that account though, so I made this one about a year after that. I made the account mostly to post on the forums, and that's pretty much all I do here, but I'm not nearly as active as I used to be. I get on here a few times a day but mostly to lurk the VG forum.

As for my username, I honestly couldn't tell you why I picked it. It's been seven years since I made my account and the reason for the username is too far beyond my memory. But, it did get me my nickname Val amongst my online friends."

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

Valjylmyr:

"I've definitely matured a lot as a person. Like I said, I'm not nearly as active as I used to be, and that's largely due to no longer feeling the need to involve myself in every discussion I see. As a user I mostly only talk in the VG forum because that's what I'm interested in. As a person I've grown up a lot... I was twelve years old when I made my first account, and I'll be turning twenty-one at the end of this month. That's plenty of time for a person to develop like I have, I think. Honestly, I'm pretty embarrassed of the person I was the first few years when I was going here. I think I can attribute that to the type of people that go here. Not that I'm saying everyone here is a bad person, but there's definitely a certain mindset that most of Newgrounds's users carry, particularly the VG forum. I'm trying to involve myself in more feminist and MOGAI stuff (being part of the queer community myself) and I think a lot of people here try to avoid that out of a lack of understanding, so I'm pretty proud of how I've developed as a person considering my past here."

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

Valjylmyr:

"I'm not really friends with anyone here. Most of the reason for that is in my previous answer. I've grown out of this community and a lot of the people I've met here."

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

Valjylmyr:

"Again, nope, I've grown out of the people here."

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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?

Valjylmyr:

"The forums are the reason I go here. I mostly post in VG but sometimes I'll go to General too. I lurk in Wi/Ht a lot but I almost never post there. I don't go to any of the other forums."

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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?

Valjylmyr:

"The mods here are way better than they are on other websites. It seems Newgrounds mods have way more freedom to interpret the rules than other mods and I think that lets them moderate the site more effectively. Some can be a little harsh but again I think that just helps them control the site better."

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

Valjylmyr:

"I have no interest in being a mod. Too much responsibility for a community I'm not too involved in."

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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?

Valjylmyr:

"I honestly can't remember what the site looked like before the redesign, or the 2007 redesign. I do love the way the site looks, though. It's a nice layout."

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You have your own gaming review blog called Val Plays Games. When and for what reasons did you start writing well detailed reviews of games? Also, which game release of 2014 impressed you the most?

Valjylmyr:

"I just like writing about stuff, and video games are a huge part of my life, so I figured it would be fun to start a blog about it. As for the most impressive game this year, it's definitely going to be Dragon Age: Inquisition. I've been looking forward to this game since its announcement and I already have the deluxe edition paid off so I can pick it up on the 18th."

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Seems that you like the GTA series. Tell my readers which aspects of the GTA series you like in general and which GTA title your favourite is.

Valjylmyr:

"One of the best things about the GTA series is the immersion. The city always feels alive, and the people feel real and it actually feels like the player character is an actual part of the world, not just an avatar on a 3D backdrop. My favorite title by far is V. Strangely it was also the most disappointing. Rockstar built the game up so much and its features ended up being about half as impressive as they said. That being said, it was in fact the best. Voice acting was extremely professional, the map was incredible, the combat mechanics were the second best I've ever played in a third person shooter (second only to Mass Effect 3)."

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I think you are a big time fan of Homestuck. Tell my readers what Homestuck is about and why you like it.

Valjylmyr:

"Homestuck is a huge part of my life. A lot more than it should be. Homestuck is a webcomic written by Andrew Hussie located over here. If anyone wants to read it, keep in mind that it is VERY long. It's actually one of the longest works of fiction ever written. MSPA has three other comics that are also very good. I don't want to spoil anything about the story but I'll just say that it's a very complex and well-written comics.

Homestuck is important to me because it's how I met my girlfriend that I've been with for almost three years now. We both had Homestuck blogs on tumblr and we met each other through the tags, and now we're together. Sappy love story."

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You like the band White Wizzard. When did you discover them? Which of their song(s) and/or album(s) do you like the most and why?

Valjylmyr:

"White Wizzard isn't really a band. It's more like a scheme run by a very talented musician. They steal money from unwitting members and their label, and they've actually stolen the possessions of fans a few times. All that aside, they are a talented group. They have a very raw '80s classic metal sound that I love despite being a new band. I found them right before they released their first album Over the Top in 2010. I had spent a lot of time listening to their demo High Speed GTO.

My favorite album from them would definitely be Flying Tigers. It embodies what heavy metal should sound like. My favorite songs would have to be Megalodon and Fall of Atlantis."

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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?

Valjylmyr:

"I don't have many secrets, aside from the fact that I'm super pretty. But anyone who's seen a picture of me knows that."

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

Valjylmyr:

"Galactic dominion."

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about Valjylmyr, 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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Interview with Cronizone

2014-11-16 11:37:52 by Asandir
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Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the user Cronizone.

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

Cronizone:

"I found Newgrounds from a bunch of my friends at school. There was this guy named Egoraptor whom made this funny video about Solid Snake... so I decided to look it up. From there on, I looked at more videos the site had to offer and really enjoyed them. As a child back in 2009 it really made me laugh (stupid jokes & shit) so I kind of kept coming back on and seeing what new videos where on Newgrounds. It wasn't until 2012 I made my first account, but this year for returning I decided to just make Cronizone. The name Cronizone is just a cool word I made up for "club penguin" way back in 2008. And yes, I don't play that game anymore."

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

Cronizone:

"I don't think I myself personally changed over time from Newgrounds. A lot of stuff has changed, the way I approach people on the internet, the way I speak to people on the internet, so on and so forth. A lot is negative but there's a lot that's positive about Newgrounds. The only negatives are the people. There's a SHIT load of good fellas on here but then again it takes the assholes to ruin it. However, I digress."

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

Cronizone:

"There's a lot of people, but the ones I'd like to name are Jiggermoo and TheGhostofMarz. Ghost has really helped me on Newgrounds a lot, and just being there for me. Jiggermoo is also a really funny and nice guy that makes really good music. I hope you can check out both of them, they are generally nice people whom just like to have to a good time like me."

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

Cronizone:

"Theres a method to everyone's madness, and yes, I hate a good amount of users. However, stating their names doesn't do anyone justice. Calling out people for whatever they do is your own business, and if they like or hate you back, it's theirs. Nobody deserves to be an enemy, but if they are, make sure you keep that to yourself. The one thing I hate is drama."

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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?

Cronizone:

"My opinion about the forums is that it's a wildcard on there. There's a good chunk of people that have had nice remarks to say to me and there's a lot of people whom have had rude remarks towards me. In the long run we're all on Newgrounds to have a good time and just make cartoons or video games or reviews or forum posts or whatever the fuck you desire. I don't perfer any kind of "forum". I recommend anyone whom deserves an interview should HAVE an interview if they desire to."

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

Cronizone:

"My opinion towards moderators on Newgrounds is simple. With every job you need to take it seriously, even on Newgrounds, the place I'd least expect people to be mature. However, when it comes to business, even in an immature world there needs to be stability, like an anarchy if you will. Moderators themselves need to understand that. They do their job whether great or good. If I COULD become a Moderator on Newgrounds, it wouldn't change whom I am, I'd just have more responsibility, and if I became a moderator I'd think I'd be like everyone else still, just getting rid of the scum that like to share their opinions through hate or child-likeness. It's everyone's fault for what they do, so make that fault a good one, kids."

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Seems that you like the game Garry's Mod quite a lot. Tell my readers when you started playing it and what you like about this game.

Cronizone:

"Garry's Mod is a really nice, imaginative game. I myself am a writer, I love imagination and making stuff up and even adding a little reality into the mix. Garry's Mod allows me to put my imagination and other skills into a game that I am able to play with friends and even by myself. It's a great game. I started playing it about 2 years ago, and the thing I like the most is the DarkRP and SovietRP servers. (RP Stands for Roleplay)"

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You have your own Twitch channel where you stream games like Brink. When did you start streaming? Do you watch other gaming streams, if so which ones are your favourites? What games do you like to stream the most?

Cronizone:

"Brink was just a joke title, commonly used by "The Creatures" when they do podcasts, and me and TheGhostofMarz did a podcast that did moderately well for the state we're in. However, I do watch GoldGloveTV and a good amount of other streamers. I like to stream games I believe people would watch."

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You are currently working on two books, one of them with an interesting main character called Greg. Tell my readers what the story is roughly about and when you started writing in general.

Cronizone:

"The Land of Gregory is a book that is huge on imagination. Greg is also a writer, developing a book about a warrior, a lone soldier that is able to conquer all and defeat those that are of evil. Little does Greg know, he's sucked into a world that's just that, and has to defeat evil and solve his own lifes puzzle in order to get out. I started writing when I was about 12."

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Aside from writing books, you are also the writer for an on-going animation project called "Your... Solid Snake". When did the project start and which difficulties and successes have you faced in your work on it?

Cronizone:

"Your... Solid Snake" was just a basic idea of "Y'know how Solid Snake gets called by people during his missions? What if people just fucked with him and kept calling him when he was in the middle of a mission?" Then... TheGhostofMarz and I decided to act upon it. The project for this animation started roughly 2 months ago. Difficulties could include changes in production and style, but successes we have faced were different ways to approach animation and vocalizing parts."

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You mentioned in one your posts that Queen is one of your favourite bands. Which of their song(s) do you like the most and why?

Cronizone:

"There's really no favorite song for them. I generally like their music because of Freddy Mercury. He's a very talented singer, especially in the song Bohemian Rhapsody. Something about their style and way to represent their music just makes me state they're my all-time favorite."

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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?

Cronizone:

"When I was born, when my umbilical cord was cut, they noticed I only had half of it on. The doctors stated I was only born with half of my belly button. They stated I wouldn't be able to do a lot of physical activity and other things like that, but i've proved them wrong and am going strong to this day."

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

Cronizone:

"Lots and lots of animations and other projects. I want to be busy with what I do, so especially cartoons and other things I am working on will be great. Also, when The Land of Gregory is published, be sure to buy a copy! Also, please check out more of Asandir's interviews, he's very good at what he does, and it's an honor to be interviewed by him. Make sure to also check on TheGhostofMarz and Jiggermoo for more content"

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about Cronizone, 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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Interview wih Heretic-Anchorite

2014-11-09 11:16:56 by Asandir
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Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the user Heretic-Anchorite.

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When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join?

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I found Newgrounds back in 2003-2004, I was about 11 at that time. One friend had shown me a bunch of submissions like Kermit Kombat and Bob the Ball. I really enjoyed those animations, between the comedy and the unnecessary exaggerated violence, it was gold to my 11 year old self. After he had shown me these, later at home I decided to check this place out for myself, I watched many sprite movies, Mario, and Zelda related stuff (like this), I played a bunch of games (like this), and I eventually found the adult section and played games and things like this. I really enjoyed the adult section along with everything else, so I decided to make an account here."

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

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I would say that I have changed a lot in real life, and that changed me here as a user. Obviously since I joined this site as a young, immature 12 year old, I'm going to change naturally due to age. Personally whenever I see my old posts, I have a hard time believing how utterly retarded I was. I take some solace in the fact that those posts were worse than anything I did in real life, but I still dread my early posts. In real life I was never that stupid, or annoying. I was pretty quiet and independent. I would always feel guilty if I ever put any sort of burden on anyone, especially my parents. I would do my best to help my parents, but on Newgrounds I was sort of free from all that. In those early posts I really just blindly shared, and as a dumb 12 year old, what I shared was either stupid or misinformed. I have changed a lot since then, but I also have changed a lot in the past few years due to a particular event. I feel all these have shown in my posts here."

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

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I wouldn't say many users on here affect me a lot, mostly because I really don't know anyone on here, but there are a few users who I enjoy seeing around and I like reading their post. @FinaLee is one, I really enjoy his sense of optimism, and he seems like a pretty cool person. I also share his interest in fitness. Another would be @yurgenburgen, he really knows how to construct, and deconstruct arguments, he is a pretty smart person, and I tend to agree with him. Also, since I was strongly influenced by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, I love seeing him quote and reference him every once and a while. There are many other users on here that are cool and interesting in some way, but those are two I can name right off the bat."

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

Heretic-Anchorite:

"Not at all really. I know that sometimes there is a lot of drama here of the forums, but personally I think if something gets to that point, you are getting too involved and maybe should take a step back. This is less about Newgrounds, and more the internet in general. I've always tried to participate in discussions while not getting swept up in the moment, or posting in ways that I will regret. This sort of reflects me in real life, Although there are things I dislike and things I hate, I would rather keep it to myself and act with reason, I am rarely impulsive and almost always calm."

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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?

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I absolutely love the BBS. It was always a relatively unique place on the web, this can stem from it being a creative media/art type of place and the fact that it is owned and ran my people like Tom and the staff rather than some massive, soulless conglomerate. Although the BBS has gone very quiet and died down a lot in recent times, I can't help but always come back here, or wonder what is going on here. I'll never leave this place. As far as specific Forums I prefer, I mainly post in General, a few clubs in C&C, and sometimes the Video Game Forum. I lurk Politics once and a while, but I'd rather stay out of what takes place there. I really don't know of any user I would recommend interviewing, I really don’t know much users."

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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?

Heretic-Anchorite:

"They all suck! jk, I never really had a problem with the mods. I haven't been banned in a while, and every time I was banned, I deserved it. I don't really talk to any of the mods, but they seem alright. They can be much worse and be outright authoritative dicks who just not give a shit like I've seen on other sites, but other than that I don't really have much of an opinion on them."

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

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I wouldn't mind it. I couldn't see myself doing anything beyond a BBS mod though, since I am mostly active on the forum. I would try to be laid back and not use my powers unless I need to. I would rather avoid the drama and just watch over things, help people out, and work unseen. I would feel honored that the staff entrusted me with power and I would try to use it as responsibly as possible."

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You were a member before the redesign 2007. Tell me how you experienced Newgrounds back then and what changes you liked about the redesign.

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I always saw Newgrounds as an interesting, and unique place, this can be reflected by its design. Most sites on the web just use a forum code generator of some sort, and although these scripts are functional, they are almost always bland, and tasteless. Newgrounds uses its own design, giving off a sense of character; that this is a place you want to be a part of. Newgrounds also uses a portal with a voting, review, and blam and protect system, these all give a vibe of a certain commitment to your work, unlike certain places where people mostly say and do anything without even caring or thinking about it."

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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?

Heretic-Anchorite:

"The last one really changed Newgrounds. I'm really no expert in web design of any sort, but I do feel the changes have generally added more features, improved existing features, and made the site more functional. I do miss the old black and gold color scheme, but the current one, even without the winter background just feels too cold. The black and gold are somewhat iconic of Newgrounds, but overall I'm sure Tom knows what he is doing."

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? is one of your favorite TV series. Tell my readers what the show is about and what you like about it.

Heretic-Anchorite:

"Whose Line Is It Anyway? Is a show based around bringing improv comedy to TV. the Shows format consists of "games" where four participants, which are of a small group of experienced comedians have to use their skills to play some role, character, or situation that the audience suggests either on the spot or just before filming. The participants are not told, or given any forewarning about any of the roles, and have to perform on the spot in from of a live audience and cameras.

I absolutely love Whose Line. The cast is talented, funny and are always able to give a good performance. I always used to watch Whose Line late at night in my room during the summer. My father always used to tell me how he can hear me laughing so hard, despite how my room was on the second floor and he was on the first. The Show has been cancelled for a long time, and revived, but I haven't really been watching it. I prefer the old one. Also, the points don't matter."

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You seem to be a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Can you tell my readers how you became a fan and what you like about the show?

Heretic-Anchorite:

"It’s just a show I enjoy. A long while back there was the big hype both for and against it, and since I have always been somewhat of a fan of animations and cartoons in particular, I decided to just check it out. It was alright, not some perfect “way of life” as some fans see it, and also not some “evil abomination” as others see it, it was just an enjoyable cartoon. As for why I like it, there no one big reason, but there are a good number of smaller ones. The writing is decent, I like the art style, the animation is smooth, and the humor can be pretty good. There are also many SFM and G-mod videos which involve both MLP and TF2, and depending on the video and author, they can be outright hilarious."

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You are a fan of the Fallout franchise. Which one of the serious is your favorite? What would you like to see in the upcoming Fallout 4?

Heretic-Anchorite:

"My favorite has to be New Vegas, but they are all pretty good. Before Fallout I got into The Elder Scrolls, and since I was familiar with Bethesda and love their RPGs, I decided to check out NV. I like how it’s laid back enough to allow a player to kick back, explore, and enjoy themselves, yet it has enough of a story to drawn you in and to peak your interest. I also enjoy its use of classic Sci-Fi and general satire. It can be a really nice break from games like TF2."

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You are a member of the Team Fortress 2 Crew. When did you start playing this game and which aspects of it do you like the most?

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I started playing TF2 almost 3 years ago. There are many reasons I like TF2, between its carefully developed structure (although it’s not perfect), its well thought out classes, its sense of humor and it's almost exclusive online playing. It's a game that you have to really know, be used to, and have hours of experience in to be good at it, and you want to be good at it because of the ability of other players, the humor, and also the alluring characters the classes have.

The class that got me into TF2 is the spy. When I first of into it, I sucked, but after many hours of playing combined with studying good spies, good competitive spy gameplay, the other classes, and the game itself, I got much, much better. Now I am usually in the top 3 in valve servers, and even on people's personal servers I get complements from people who have 2000+ hours and highlander experience in, and I am also decent at the other classes.

Another thing I like about TF2 is its f2p model. Unlike some companies who use bullshit in game currencies, allow you to buy direct upgrades, and only really care about getting your money, TF2 gives you the full game, has a drop system that will give you different weapons, and the in game purchases are mainly for things that are purely cosmetic."

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Back in 2010 you mentioned that you have an Akita. When did you get her? Share some of your favorite moments that you had with your dog.

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I got her back in 2007, and I've had a few great moments with her. There was one at night, when I was about to go to sleep and she started to bark like crazy. I knew something was up because she never randomly barks much, so I get up, and turn my a few lights on to see what is happening and as soon as I turned it on I hear someone on my apartment's deck running away. I made sure to give her a good reward for that. There was another time when I was headed to my bedroom at night, and unknown to me at the time she was laying down in my room. When I turned my light on, she surprised the hell out of me.

Overall, she is a great dog, and she has a very upbeat personality. Here's a picture:

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Back in 2011 you mentioned that you would like to become a psychologist. What inspires you about this occupation?

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I used to want that. Even as a child I always enjoyed observing people, how they think, what assumptions they make, and asking myself questions about them. I would always question my answers as well, and I would look for a more objective assessment of things. This lured me into psychology because it is the application of science onto human behavior. Eventually I got a distaste for the field and I have since chose a different path.

I got into it because it applied science, which is a method, to behavior. There was logic, observation, experimentation at its foundation, but what I saw later was that many people in the field just get some type of therapy degree and act like they are Dr. Phil or Oprah, rather than scientist. It seems to have become a toy for housewives rather an application of the scientific process. Now I'm seeking an Electrical Engineering degree. I always loved pure math and sciences, and I have a talent for it to."

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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?

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I tend to be a very secretive person, I’ve already shared a few secrets of mine here, but I suppose a one more won’t hurt. I have always had an interest in things like espionage, assassination, and secretive cults like the Hashshashin. It’s one reason I have Altair as my icon."

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What can we expect from you in the future, Heretic-Anchorite?

Heretic-Anchorite:

"I'm really not that sure. In short, something significant happened to me in 2011. I am a very different person because of it, and that time feels like it was a lifetime ago. I am mainly on my own now, and although I have some plans and thing I am preparing for, I am mainly working things from the seat of my pants. I do plan to get a masters in a hard science/engineering degree, and a few other things which I won't share at this time. I always loved science and math. I'll keep in touch and share when the time is right.   "

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about Heretic-Anchorite, 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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Interview with RB

2014-11-02 10:47:44 by Asandir
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Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the user RB.

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

RB:

"I found Newgrounds and the end of 2013. I found out about it by watching Jazza's tutorials.
When I first visited Newgrounds, I was amazed by the layout. It didn't have that gradient-only look that most websites have, it was unique.

I watched a lot of animations but I didn't make an account until March. Newgrounds was a website that I only visited when I wanted to watch animations. I didn't know how fun it was. Later, I discovered the NG BBS. I posted on the Animation Forum and acted like a pro, until I found out about the General Forum.

The thing about Newgrounds that made me stay, because I was inactive at first, were the users.
I started making threads, like "How did you find NG". That thread made me my first friend, Wavepad.
My name ComicD comes from a superhero that I created. It is a shortening of "ComicDude". I like it as a name, but people used to make fun of me because of my username. They don't do it anymore."

Changed his name to NGComicd and then to RB

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

RB:

"I have changed as a user, but not in real life. The thing is that I treat Newgrounds as a community of friends, so it doesn't affect me in real life. I'm immature in real life, even though I'm 13, which in my country you are not considered that much of a kid. And I like to give short answers on the forums, which is what I usually do in real life. NG is something that doesn't make me waste my time, when I have free time.
Some friends of mine have heard me bang on about Newgrounds and they have joined, so I call that @dariokoroli @rockthelife @Bromer."

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

RB:

"I like @WahyaRanger and @larrynachos. As you might know, I'm making a Forum Battle game.
Wahya and larry helped me a lot with it, and they are good friends.
I also like @NGPulp, his sense of humor is very cool, and he teached me how to deal with arguments.
Someone that should also be mentioned is @Wavepad. That guy helped me with his opinions."

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

RB:

"No one. I love all the users of NG."

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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?

RB:

"My opinion about the forums is that they are a pretty great way to get connected with users and have fun. I like them because you can talk, chit-chat and you can also gain reputation.
I also like the fact that stupid, pointless threads can get deleted or locked.

The forum that I like the most is the General. The thing about it that made me like it so much, is because you can talk about whatever you want. There is not a limit, you can go as far as you want without breaking the rules. And the fact that people post a lot more on it than they do in a forum like the Animation Forum. I also like the way that some people post. The way they use sarcasm and that humor is so great! I would like to see PsychoGoldfish get interviewed."

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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?

RB:

"I have an opinion. I think that the mods do a great job, but they can get cocky some times. Y' know, they are like the police. Although I love what they do and they keep Newgrounds clean of bullshit.

I've never seen a portal mod doing his job, so I can only talk about the Forum moderators.
They keep the forum out of stupid threads. They ban stupid people. It's something you should thank them for, because they're doing a second job. Out of the mods, I like NekoMika, she's very active. I also like you for making interviews."

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

RB:

"I am too young to judge, maybe in the future, but I'd like to.
I would like to be a forum moderator, because I know the forums well and I am very active."

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You are an animator and so far have submitted 2 animations to Newgrounds. When did you start animating and what tools and programs do you use? Can you give my readers an insight on what animation projects you are currently working?

RB:

"I use a Wacom Intuos for my animations. Actually, both the animations were done using a mouse, because I got it recently. I use Adobe Flash CS6 for my animations. I am curently working on two projects, the first one is called "Dop and Trop". It's about a talking dog and his 20 year old owner. The other one is called "iShit", which is a parody of Apple's crap being similar to everything."

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You recently created your own Patreon profile. What are your general thoughts on things like Kickstarter and Patreon? Do you think that they help independent and new talented creators to make interesting projects like more unique games a reality that couldn't be realized otherwise?

RB:

"My general thoughts on websites like KickStarter and Patreon is that they are a great place for independent artists.
Yeah. They help artists make want thy want to, but to me it's not for every artists.
Websites like that are for veterans, pros, experienced artists.
Young artist don't need that kind of support. What young artists need is support by websites like Youtube and Newgrounds, to get better and then turn it into something that can make you have a living out of it.

I don't know why I launched mine."

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You live in Albania. If you would have to recommend tourists some places that they should visit, which ones would you recommend?

RB:

"Yes, I live in Albania and I'm Albanian. For tourists, I would recommend visiting Gjirokastra and Butrint for the South part. Gjirokastra is a city build all out of stones, and has beautiful mountains.
Butrint is a historical place, which has very beautiful artifacts and forests. It's definitely a place you should visit.
On the North, there are beautiful places like Valbona, which I recommend visiting. Valbona has a beautiful river and very beautiful mountains."

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Seems that you like the Anime One Piece. Tell my readers what you like about this Anime and which character you like the most.

RB:

"Well, I see you really read a lot of my posts.
I's true, I am a fan of One Piece, it's a great anime.
What I like about One Piece is that the story is so great. The thing that it is so full of adventures, and it has that sort of goofy nature to it, while still managing to have an action packed anime. And the animation is way better than what I've seen from other animes.
Plus, it is full of hot chicks.
If you don't know what it is about, here is some explanation:
Once upon a time, there was a great pirate called Gold Roger. He was the king of all pirates. Before he died, he hid his treasure on a place called "The New World".
Luffy, a new pirate, gets a crew consisting of people he met and starts searching for the treasure and blah blah blah.
I like Sanji, he's cool and he's a perv. Just how an anime character should be."

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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?

RB:

"Hmm. Nope. Secrets should remain secrets.
But I'm gonna tell you one:
I'm in middle school."

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

RB:

"From me you can expect more animations, the Forum Battle game and more and more posting.
Also, I'm making a comic book called "Dop and Trop", with 50 episodes."

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about RB, 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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