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This week's interview features the user POTaTOS.
When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username SSPBourne and why did you change it to POTaTOS?
"Well, I found Newgrounds around 2007, and I made an account too. I only played games and watched movies, though. I didn't come back until 2011. By then I had forgotten my password, and I honestly didn't want to bother getting it back. I preferred the concept of a fresh start. So I made an account and started posting on the BBS instead of playing games. I really liked being on forums at the time.
And to answer your second question, which I knew you were gonna ask... well, I really liked Portal 2 at the time and I thought it was a cool name. I thought wrong of course, because it was one of the worst name changes of all time. To this day I wish I could change it back, but someone already took it. They don't use their account anymore so I could probably get it back... and I've even asked people on my profile for other good names. I didn't get any good names, of course."
Do you think that you changed over the time you were here, as user, or also in real life?
"As a user, I have changed quite a bit. For the first couple months or so, I was decent. But when I felt I had established myself as a user, I became a total a-hole and I thought I was all that. It was awful, and I hate looking back at that. However, I did eventually mature and I feel like I'm at least maybe respectable now. I'm a lot more humble now, that's for sure.... my god I sucked two years ago. And of course, I post less. I think I posted around 40 times a day with a record of over 60 posts in one day in 2011 and early 2012. For a while in late 2012 I posted once every couple weeks. I was less active because I got a job and stuff. I thought I had quit the BBS for good, but I'm posting a few times each day now. I mainly hang around the video game forum.
Yeah, I've changed in real life too. As I realized what a jerkoff I was on the BBS, I felt like that reflected off of my real life self, as well. So I made some changes to my personality. I feel like I've been a lot more successful in life, thanks to that. So for once, the internet may have done something good for me."
Are there any other users that you like, and how do they affect you?
"The longer I know a user, the more I grow to be fond of them, or even like them. If you want some names, then some of them would be Travis, Yert, FBIPolux, RacistBassist, as well as Rummy0 and Protagonist, who changed their names. But I forgot who they are now. And they did affect my posting style in a sense. I used to hate a few of these guys because they seemed like assholes. But I came to realize that it was just the norm on the BBS, and I've become much more senile and sarcastic since I first joined. Such is the curse of posting on the BBS. There are other users I like, but I don't want to remember and list all of them."
Are there any users that you would consider enemies or that you just don't like?
"I don't have anyone I consider an enemy. Having an online nemesis is just pointless. And I only hate one user, and that's Superghandi64, who is just a troll. So... yeah."
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?
"These forums are a dark, dark place. But I feel like Tom's new rule about being nice to new users has improved the forums a bit. I don't really mind the behavior of most of the people here, because plenty of the users here are smart and reasonable people. They're just really cranky. There are other forums I go on, but I prefer this one because it has a surprisingly low amount of trolls and little kids."
I guess that you have an opinion about the moderators of Newgrounds. Do you think that they do a great job or not?
"Like I said, not a lot of trolls and little kids. So yeah, I think they do good work. And I haven't been banned for over a year, I think. So that's good. I use to get banned at least once every month, sometimes more than once in the span of a couple of weeks. That was MOSTLY my fault, though. But sometimes I felt that I got banned unfairly because I was 'posting in a spam thread.' Even though the thread didn't seem like a spam thread at all to me. But I'm actually thinking before I post now, which might be why I'm not gaining posts as fast. But I feel like posting a lot in 2011 is what got me noticed. Ah well, I don't crave the attention. But in real life, I am a complete attention whore. But in a 'class clown' sense."
Would you like to become a moderator on Newgrounds? If so, what kind of moderator?
"I'm not good with handling power. I'm not saying it would corrupt me, though. It's just that I would be afraid of failure. If I banned a user unfairly, or locked a thread that didn't need to be locked, I would feel like crap. I would probably look for guidance all the time or just not do anything for fear of messing up. But hey, this is something that can be fixed through real life experiences. So maybe one day I'll be a little more comfortable with being in a postion of power. And maybe one day I can be a mod. However, I doubt I'll even be posting on here long enough for that to happen."
The redesign happened last year. Tell me what you think about it. What do you like and what is not so good?
"I don't complain much, so I actually like the redesign. The site looks better in my opinion, but the interface itself can be troublesome at times. This isn't really a problem for me because I only post on the BBS. But sometimes navigating my profile feels tedious, not to mention all of the greasemonkey scripts I had were made useless. And I feel like some things were just not nessessary to add or remove. My main example being that the reply button is now only at the top (and I think the bottom) of each thread, as opposed to being shown on each reply. That's just a nitpick, tough. And I REALLY don't like the new level icons. Those made me angry. I haven't ever bothered getting points since the very day of the redesign, so I'll just stick with my machete. Of course, it's mainly about the user icons now. So that takes attention off of the level icons."
Since your name is similiar to GLaDOS, I guess that you like the Portal games. For someone that never played them, what is the best thing about this series?
"Well, the first game was all about gameplay. So that's an obvious answer. But there are a lot of great things about the second once. The dialogue was improved, and a lot more puzzle elements were added. But I felt that the second one was too easy, so I think that dialogue is the best part about Portal 2. Pretty unusual for a puzzle game. Can't forget the atmosphere. Most of the time, both games fill you with an eerie feeling that you just can't shake off. And the hidden areas of that game are really creepy."
You are a gamer. What game releases are you looking forward to? What is your favourite game that has been released this year, and which one your most favourite game of all time?
"As you can tell, my favorite game this year is The Last of Us. One of the best games I've ever played. I could go on about that game, but I'll try to make it brief. The writing, pacing, and character development of that game is unmatched my any other game, in my opinion. And if you really analyze it, you'll notice a lot of incredibly subtle details. There is a lot of interperetation in that game, and a lot of things said in the game can have many potential meanings. I can't explain it, but I put a link below, which leads to a video of four guys talking about it for an hour. And they point out almost all of the clever things that were implemented into the game through dialogue, pacing, character behavior, etc. It's mind blowing. But there will be major spoilers, so I don't reccomend watching it unless you're someone who has beaten the game.
I'm looking forward to Beyond: Two Souls, Watch Dogs, and inFAMOUS: Second Son. Speaking of inFAMOUS, my favorite game of all time is inFAMOUS 2. I was actually playing inFAMOUS 1 when you sent me this message. The reason I like that series so much is because it's extremely fun. The story is also really good, but riddled with plotholes, all because time travel was introdouced into the plotline. That just made everything convoluted. Not to mention a lot of loose ends in the series. But I don't mind, because I still have lots of fun with that series. I'm also a big fan of the Ratchet and Clank series, as they were some of the first games I played. I feel like that series is what really got me into gaming, and I have a lot of great memories from those games."
The dust from the E3 has settled and both Microsoft and Sony have presented their consoles, the Xbox One and the Playsation 4. Which one find do you more appealing and why?
"Playstation 4. Not because it's cheaper, not because it's more powerful, or anything like that. I only care about the exclusives. Playstations exclusive games such as inFAMOUS, Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, The Last of Us, and many more are the reason I've always stuck with playstation. I'm not trying to be a fanboy, it's just that the Xbox doesn't have anything that interests me. I almost bought one to get the original Mass Effect, but then it came out on the Playstation 3 last year for $15."
In 2011, you were nominated as rookie of the mid-year and won the second place, only losing to a user called Asandir. How did you feel getting nominated and almost winning?
"I remember that. I just didn't remember who I lost too and who I tied with. Well, congrats on the award. I'm just amazed that people actually nominated me considering my behavior that year. It was definately a few strokes for my ego. I don't mind losing. I didn't really do anything noticable other than getting about 5,000 posts in one year. The nomination was enough of an honor. I wonder if I got nominated for anything else... I don't remember."
Every person has secrets. Can you tell one of yours or something else that we didn't know about you yet?
"I took up smoking at the age of 12. That's messed up, I know. And It's been getting worse ever since. But at one point in my life I used to do more than just smoke. Don't think I need to explain what I mean by that... but I at least quit the other drugs and I'm back to just smoking... Also I'm adopted."
What can we expect from you in the future, POTaTOS?
"I don't really expect my posting style or frequency to change for a while. I have no idea how long I'll be here. I'll probably start leaving once some of the older users whom I've grown fond of start leaving. Of maybe I'll BE one of those older users whom the new people think are assholes but eventually grow fond of once they start becoming cranky. It's the circle of life."
Now you are filled with more knowledge about POTaTOS, 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