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Interview with Lionelion

2012-08-06 05:49:14 by Asandir
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Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

This week's interview features the user Lionelion. He is Newground's resident Kirby fan #1 and will talk about Nintendo.

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

Lionelion:

"Well, it had to be about 8 years ago or so, back when I was in middle school. I had just started using the internet, and had been overjoyed to find out that I could play free games online. I spent a lot of my time at a site called addicitinggames, where they had plenty of games to choose from. One day, I was watching my friend play a game called Defend your Castle. I thought it was pretty cool, so I asked him where I could play the game. He said on a site called Newgrounds.com. Well needless to say, I got right on that and started playing the game on Newgrounds. The place seemed pretty interesting, so I came back from time to time. After awhile, I noticed I could make an account here, so I decided, why not? I went to sign up, but then something caught my eye: It said signing up was a grounds gold account. That stopped me in my tracks. I thought that meant I had to pay to make an account(At the time, I was playing a game called Runescape, and you had to pay to be able to access the good stuff, so I really couldnt be spending much else). Needless to say, I didnt make an account then. However, that didnt stop me from still visiting the website. After a few years of visiting the site and coming in to more money, I decided that I could finally make an account. Imagine my surprise(and relief!)when I found out that I didnt have to pay a cent! Needless to say, I was quite happy. Ever since I've been an avid user. As for how I got the name Lionelion, well I dont know if youve seen me around the forums before, but I wasnt always Lionelion, I used to be Lionel738 for the longest time. I was actually totally OK with that name for awhile, till I came across a thread that asked about usernames and what people thought of them. One particular user, I cant remember his name, said that he didnt take users with numbers in their names as seriously. At the time it didnt bother me much, but it kept gnawing at me in the back of my mind. I eventually decided to PM Wade about it and ask for a change. He didnt reply, so I then asked Tom. He didnt reply either, so I gave up. However, a few months ago, I came across another thread about a user who had changed their username about 3 times or so within the past 2 weeks. This got me thinking, perhaps if I ask again now, Wade will do it! So I did, and a few days later, I got the name change! Got rid of the numbers at the end and became Lionelion. I will say that the 738 did have some significance, but nothing to do with Newgrounds, so I wont bother mentioning it."

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

Lionelion: "I have definitely changed as a user. I used to be pretty timid, I never went on the forums, mainly because I dont think I knew they existed. I would only watch flashes or play games, and only review them if I feel like my review would be helpful. Nowadays, Im on the forums all the time, im still an avid flash watcher and game player, and I have a better idea about reviews now and whatnot. As for real life, I guess I changed somewhat, though perhaps for the worse. I feel like I spend more time on the internet now than I used to, and Im not entirely sure that is a good thing. Recently though ive been getting out of the house more and doing more outside activities."

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

Lionelion:

"BobbyBroccoli is one of my favorite users here, we are both avid Nintendo fanboys, and agree on just about everything. I would like to say Revo357912 and I have bonded over the text-based games he sets up in the forums. I recently bonded with Razz when we both spent time in the NG mumu chat.Nentindo is also a pretty cool guy, and I also get along with beardkiller. Also a shout-out to Sevkat for being the first one to show me recognition on the forums. Imatouko-chan is also really nice, we bonded over flagging reviews."

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

Lionelion:

"Ehh, not entirely I suppose, I usually try to keep a nice demeanor. I dont really like hateyou1 though, or golfinho, just because of his shitty flashes."

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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?

Lionelion:

"I like the forums, gives the users a place to talk to each other about different topics. I usually just visit the General forum and the VG forum, and occasionally visit the Clubs & Crews forum, as well as the Where is/How to forum. As for other users, I'd love to see you do one on Imatouko-chan. I suppose it'd be pretty cool if you did one on Revo357912."

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

Lionelion:

"For the most part, I think they do a pretty good job. Occasionally one or two of them can be dicks sometimes, but im pretty sure they take their moderation powers seriously and dont abuse them. Currently, my favorite mod is Back-From-Purgatory"

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

Lionelion:

"You know, if you had asked me that a few months after signing up, I wouldve said hell yes, particularly a forum mod. I wanted to be one so bad, for awhile, my posts consisted of pretty much being a backseat mod, informing others of the rules even if I thought the slightest thing was wrong. Nowadays though, I dont know if i'd do such a good job at being a moderator, and not just a forum mod, any mod. I just feel like even though I'd try my best, I wouldnt be able to fulfill the requirements(or something like that)"

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The redesign is finally here. Tell me what you think about it. What do you like and what is not so good?

Lionelion:

"Honestly, I love it, but I miss the 2007 redesign sometimes. Im still just waiting for the admins to fix all the bugs so the site can be viewed at its best. I do like all the different backgrounds for the different parts of the site though, thats pretty cool. I also like how Tom made it so you can rearrange the front page to your liking, when that happened, I was all like 'wtf? I can change the site layout???', it was pretty cool."

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Isee that you have chosen Kirby as your usericon. Why do you like Kirby and what makes him stand out from other Nintendo characters?

Lionelion:

"Well, I think the thing that really makes Kirby stand out is his copy ability. I mean, there's no one else that can do that! He doesnt need to worry about his enemies, he can just simply eat them and gain their abilities! Seriously, tell me you wouldnt want to have that power, right? But apart from that, he's just this cute little pink puffball! I mean, you wouldnt think something like that would have such a fearsome power as being able to eat his enemies, right? His demeanor just makes it all the better, he's always about fun, and eating, and never gets serious unless he's battling something. I just think its so awesome that something so pure and full of fun and laughter could also be so powerful and fearsome. If I had to pick one power to have, it would be Kirby's power. In fact, last year, I had a writing assignment for college where I had to create a superhero and his back story, and I gave him that exact power, except without the eating part."

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Can you tell me which was your first video game that featured Kirby? What do you like about the Kirby games and can you tell our readers a bit how you experienced the evolution of the Kirby games throughout different consoles?

Lionelion:

"Well, my very first Kirby game was Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. That was the game where you could combine two different abilities to obtain an even stronger ability. There was something about that game, it was just so much fun. I kept playing it over and over again, I could never get enough of it. That game was what started my love for Kirby, and I'd like to say what really began my love for gaming overall. I never actually bought the game, whenever I played it, it was a rental from my local video store, and Ive always regretted not buying the game. Later on, when I got a DS, the first game I got for it was Kirby's Canvas Curse. It was a little different from the mainstream Kirby games, but it was still quite fun. It wasnt until sometime after that that I had come across emulators and found out that there were Kirby games that had come out on the NES and the SNES. Boy, did that make me sad that I hadnt found out about Kirby earlier. Still though, through emulation, I was able to play the games. Better late than never, right? So I continued on, buying up every Kirby game that came out, such as Kirby Squeak Squad, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby Mass Attack, and most recently, Kirby's Return to Dreamland. I still have all these games, and play them all frequently, most notably Kirby Air Ride because of the soundtrack, even though Ive beaten them all multiple times. They are just that much fun to me. This year also marks Kirby's 20th anniversary! Nintendo is releasing a box set of 6 different past Kirby games, kinda like how they did for Mario in Mario All Stars. With it also is a music disc with many different Kirby songs on it. I am really looking forward to this release!"

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You are a fan of Nintendo. Which was your first Nintendo console?

Lionelion:

"The SNES, aka the Super Nintendo. It actually wasnt mine though, my eldest sister had bought it, I just ended up playing it the most."

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With the release of the Nintendo 3DS, the time of Nintendo DS game release will come to an end and close a nice chapter of video gaming history. Please tell my readers about some games that fascinated you the most.

Lionelion:

"Well what can I say other than the Kirby series! I do believe my first DS game was Kirby: Canvas Curse. Since then, I've obtained all the Kirby games that came out for the DS. I won't list them all, but one of the best was Kirby Super Star Ultra. It took all the elements from the original game, and improved upon them tenfold. It was just simply amazing. Other than Kirby though, Ive also been playing the Pokemon series. I will say I was a bit lenient on getting the most recent games, Black and White, and even more lenient on getting the sequel, but its still an amazing series over all. Ive also been trying to get into the Phoenix Wright series, but so far I've only got the first game. Lastly, the Mario games. Don't think I need to say much about that."

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You own a 3DS. I want to know 2 things: Do you like the 3DS and the current games for it and do you think that it is innovative enough? What are your thoughts about the accouncement of the release of the Nintendo 3DS XL?

Lionelion:

"Personally, I think the 3DS is amazing. The way they incorporated the 3D element was simply fantastic. So far, I'd say it has a pretty stable library of games, and it's only going to get better. Its definitely innovative enough too. Makes me wonder how they are gonna top it in 4-5 years from now. As for the 3DS XL, ehhh....I mean, if you dont already have a 3DS, sure, go ahead and get the XL, but if you already have one, don't bother going for an upgrade, its the exact same thing, only bigger. Honestly I think its just a way for Nintendo to make more money. I didnt see the point for the DSi XL, and I dont see the point for a 3DS XL."

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Nintendo has announced their next big project, the Wii U, and it will be released in the near future. Are you looking forward to the Wii U? What are you expectations about it?

Lionelion:

"Oh, I am DEFINITELY looking forward to it. I can't wait to get my hands on one of the new controllers with a screen on it! What amazed me the most was the announcement of Miiverse. Nintendo is finally creating an online networking for their fans. I mean, its a little late, Microsoft and Sony had already done the same for their earlier consoles, but better late than never, right? Im really looking forward to seeing how the new controller is going to affect gameplay though. The fact that you can take whatever youre playing on the TV and transfer it to the screen on the controller to play elsewhere just looked amazing."

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Pokemon. A huge franchise, that managed to withstand through the centuries. Tell me what you think about the main games of this series and what you think about the different generations of Pokemon.

Lionelion:

"Well now, let's see. I did play the original Red and Blue, but I kinda skipped over Gold and Silver, though I did get a taste of it after playing Crystal for a bit. After that, I actually stopped playing Pokemon, and wasnt going to get back into the series. It wasnt till LeafGreen and FireRed came out that I got back into it. After playing FireRed, I went back and got Emerald to check out the 3rd gen. Once again though, after that, I had decided to stop playing pokemon again. It wasnt until I got Pokemon Diamond on a whim that I got back into the series. And then later, after debating over it, I decided to get Black as well. I also bought Heartgold before Black, but it accidentally broke, so I dont have it any more. Sorry, didnt really answer the question there, did I? What do I think about the games? Well I definitely think its one of the most creative games ever. I think my favorite gen is 3rd gen, that was the one that I really played the most. In fact, I still have my 3rd gen team on my pokemon Black game. 1st gen will always be the best in my mind though. About the generations though, I think 5th gen is where its started to go downhill. I mean dont get me wrong, it still looks good, but I feel like pokemon is starting to tire out. I'll still keep buying the games till it does though."

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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?

Lionelion:

"I'm gay. No, totally kidding. Secrets? Hmm, well if I told you, it wouldnt be a secret anymore, would it? Heheh, well I suppose I could tell you one or two things ... erm....well....honestly I can't think of much, but I can tell you a few things I havent told anyone on here yet, though they arent really secrets. Im a huge fan of the Marx Brothers. They were an old team that made comedy movies, and they were funny as HELL. Also, I wanted to be a stand-up comic at one point, as well as an adventurer."

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

Lionelion:

"In the future, you can definitely expect more lurking and posting in the forums, and perhaps if I get around to it, a flash! Me and Wavepad are doing something, but we havent really done much of anything yet."

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Now you are filled with more knowledge about Lionelion, 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 Lionelion


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TruBluFoxxTruBluFoxx

2012-08-07 22:45:30

Like his siggie.

Asandir responds:

Me too *_*


HomicidialFrogHomicidialFrog

2012-08-07 21:41:31

(Just to explain, that last comment is a response to your response for my request to interview yourself. I have an awful memory.)

Asandir responds:

Yes :)


HomicidialFrogHomicidialFrog

2012-08-07 21:40:06

You know what's funny? I commented on that interview a few times. O_o

Asandir responds:

: D


BobbybroccoliBobbybroccoli

2012-08-07 21:07:58

He got interviewed! I got mentioned! Asandir had some toast (or at least he should, I'm hearing good things about that stuff).

Asandir responds:

Yes, I got some toast indeed :D


AmaranthusAmaranthus

2012-08-07 15:25:14

Good interview.

Asandir responds:

Thanks ^^


doodle-bread14doodle-bread14

2012-08-06 15:25:07

just wondering who will Asandir interview next...
and Wavepad, this is not the first interview with your name on it. check out Asandir's interview with Amaranthus.

Asandir responds:

Indeed :)


WavepadWavepad

2012-08-06 13:02:00

Yay! First single interview with my name on it!
Also,good idea Asandir with all the nintendo questions!

Asandir responds:

You were mentioned in the interview wizh Amaranthus :)
Thanks :D


JBKJBK

2012-08-06 07:55:58

Revo and Wavepad. Nice name drops.

Asandir responds:

Yes :)


LionelionLionelion

2012-08-06 06:57:29

Thanks again for the interview, it was tons of fun answering all those questions!

Asandir responds:

Thank you for answering the questions so well :)


ChrausnerChrausner

2012-08-06 05:59:48

Great interview, I always wanted to know about this Lionelion dude.

Asandir responds:

Thanks :3