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This week's interview features the user Protagonist.
When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username stick101 and changed it to Protagonist?
"I found NG in 06, back when I was 15. I think the game I played here was called four second something, after I played it I began trying out all of the games and really grew fond of the site. So I made an account the next day, using the username stick101. At the time, I hadn't really put any heart of effort into my username so it was just a generic thing I typed up real quick. Then I made my first post, yikes. Soon I somehow forgot the password to this account and started using another, but then about 3 years after my first post I just remembered it out of the blue. So returning to NG 3 years later, I realized my username was pretty bad. I PM'd Wade and asked him to change it to logic. Once again, no real heart, I just thought it sounded cool. I soon realized the username didn't match me much at all, because I don't really know how to explain logic, and never really tried to be so serious as to make my posts logical. So I had it changed to Protagonist. Protagonist is probably my username in everything now, the reason being I use it to represent my favorite characters. It's also how, I feel everyone sees themselves in life. To any person, they're the protagonist of their own life, and I felt like owning that name."
Do you think that you changed over the time you were here, as user, or also in real life?
"I've changed a lot as a user I think. I was relatively bad, but now I'd like to think I'm a bit better. I'm not trying to be modest, I just generally don't know what makes a good user a good user. I haven't contributed anything to the site, so that's out. But I have been on the forums a while, and I think that sometimes my post quality is pretty good when I don't mess it up for whatever reason. Still though, sometimes I cannot resist to post a cheesy one liner Or a captioned image. Old habits die hard I guess? As for real life, NG has seen me through a lot. I've become a man since I've joined NG, and gone through jobs and relationships. NG has sadly but fortunately, been a prominent part of my life. It's a pretty damn cool place, and there are lots of cool people here. I remember when my dog died, I made a thread about it. I got some pretty funny responses and some pretty empathetic ones. It was nice."
Are there any other users that you like, and how do they affect you?
"Kanon comes to mind, hes a pretty cool guy. We play together sometimes on the PS3, Or minecraft. He affects me cause the guy is nuts, but hes funny and cool. I remember once, me, Kanon and Dicktation ( also a cool guy ) stood up to about 4:00am talking on skype, and playing minecraft. We screwed around more than actual building, I remember we were just hanging out in this giant stone mansion we made. There is also Shade, another good pals of mine. He organized this whole Reservoir dogs thing we've all got going on. There others included are Natick, Boomstick and doberman7. Pretty cool guys, all we lack now is a Mr Blue. But then again who the hell wants to be Mr Blue?
There's also Skaren and Jester, they're pretty cool, even if their close friendship comes off as a bit weird from spectators such as myself. ( I'm kidding). They're both pretty funny, and I enjoy their posts."
Are there any users that you would consider enemies or that you just don't like?
"Enemies? Not really. As for users I don't like, It's pretty situational. Most of the times I don't like Xenomit, his posts come off as attention whorish, and ignorant. But sometimes he can be funny. Another hit and miss user when it comes to being funny (imo) is Mumbo. I feel like the guy spends a little too much time trying. But I don't hate these guys, nor consider them enemies. They're just the type of users who put me off from NG sometimes. But to each their own I suppose."
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?
"My opinion on the forums? Well I guess they're the same as they have always been. Of course, when we think back we feel like it was different, but it wasn't. The person behind the screen was different sure, and that's why forces us to think that way (IMO). Sometimes I feel like NG was better a couple of years back, but really it's me who's changed, and this probably goes for any other user too. That being said, I mostly post in general Or Video Games. I don't like to be resisted in what to talk about, hence why I stick around these forums most. I used to go to the writing forums a bit, they're nice, but my writing is a bit too risque for NG, even with things like "cock joke" being normal. Even so, the writing forums are mature, I'm not discrediting that forum. Just a bit dead, but still filled with some quality stuff. As for your last question, I suggest Klobb17. He seems like at some point he was really inactive, but hes making a comeback. Hes a pretty cool guy."
I guess that you have an opinion about the moderators of Newgrounds. Do you think that they do a great job or not?
"I think lately, they have been too busy to work as hard as they usually do. I try to never call someone lazy, Or a slacker. Because beyond their username I don't know them in real life. I think they're all doing a great job, and that they will do even better when they have the time to."
Would you like to become a moderator on Newgrounds? If so, what kind of moderator?
"I'm not cut out to be a moderator. One problem I'd have is I'd constantly ask one of the veteran moderators if " It's okay to ban this guy for X reason. " I'm way too hesitant, and If got impatient I might just start to ban like a madman. Besides, I prefer to just sit in the sidelines and relax. I feel like mods kind of lose some of the freedom of a regular user, and are forced to be a bit more strict towards their own posting habits, as to lead by example."
You were a member before the redesign 2007. Tell me how you experienced Newgrounds back then and what changes you liked about the redesign.
"I remember the icons being improved, and I was so pleased by just that. Everything was wider too, felt less cramped and easier to see. They also simplified it a bit, and made it more one color then the mini-stripes thing they had going on. It was pretty much a win, win for me."
The redesign is finally here. Tell me what you think about it. What do you like and what is not so good?
"I have to be honest, I despised this redesign when it first came out. But I've gotten used to it. It's a lot more lenient, which is good. They've allowed custom icons, and png support. Although the level icons, were given a back seat. NG always had some sort of RPG feel to it, and voting was not only helpful, but fun. Seeing that new icon was pretty cool, and it was very noticeable. Now that icons have been significantly shrunk, that small feeling of accomplishment is kind of gone. As for the good, other than the custom icons. The site seems more organized and accessible. I never even knew about the file dump until this redesign, ( It was in the previous version, right? ). Which is pretty cool, plus I like how each portal looks unique. My favorite in particular is how the audio portal looks, the green is very relaxing."
Which is your favourite retro and/or current console? Can you tell me which video game was the first you ever played.
"My favorite console is definitely SNES. It had a huge library, and at the time was like a 2nd baby sitter to me. I think the first video game I played was Final Fight 2. My cousin and I would play it all day, and when he left I would Super Mario World ( because I SUCKED alone atFinal Fght. ) My favorite current console is pretty much PC, but if you don't count that, then my answer is PS3. I feel like it's the better of the two current gen consoles, simply because It doubles as a blu-ray player. Not it's major selling point, but I do like convenience."
Video games have heavily evolved in terms of graphics in the last decade. How important are graphics for you in a game? Do you prefer realistic graphics or graphics that have more of an artistic value?
"Graphics don't matter much to me, unless they have no effort or artistic charm at all. I usually go for gameplay, but a game that looks bland and boring isn't going to hold my attention. That being said, Wind Waker is one of my favorite games, and the graphics are beautiful, but most people think it looks too kiddish."
2012 is halfway over. Do you have a favourite video game that was released in that year and is there a game that you are looking forward to?
"My favorite video game this year? Hard to choose, but I think I'll go with Max Payne 3. As usual with the Max Payne series, it was a wonderful narrative. It had amazing graphics, great gameplay and an awesome story to boot. But I wouldn't expect any less from Rockstar."
Every person has secrets. Can you tell one of yours or something else that we didn't know about you yet?
"When I was younger, I used hide behind the bed and play with my sister's barbies. I used to give them voices and make them fight in a manner similar to the way me and my sister did. Pretty weird."
What can we expect from you in the future, Protagonist?
"I don't know. More posts I guess. I don't think I'll actually contribute anything to NG in the form of flash/music/artwork. It's just not my thing, but I sure do love to enjoy the work of the people who do, do it for a living/hobby."
Now you are filled with more knowledge about Protagonist, 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