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This week's interview features the user Vinnyy.
When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username VinnyXY?
"I discovered this site either in late '06 or early '07. I was searching up some Zombie games on Google (big fan of it back then) and one of the links that I clicked on took me to this site. As for my name, my name wasn't always VinnyXY. It used to be Vinny99 when I first signed up. I wanted to change my name, because I didn't like the numbers in it, but Vinny was already taken, so I decided to add something at the end."
Changed his name to Vinnyy shortly after the interview was made
Do you think that you changed over the time you were here, as user, or also in real life?
"I think I have changed in terms of the quality of my posts. Back then my posts used to be all short and simple replies, but now my posting skills have improved in that I try putting more effort into my posts now than I did back then. Even now when I browse through my post history and look back at my earliest posts I just want to slap myself."
Are there any other users that you like, and how do they affect you?
"There is one user on this site that I know. His username is ttaisawesome. I met him back in '08. He used to back me up whenever I got flamed by a troll. Yes, I dealt with quite a lot of trolls back then. As for how my relationship with him currently goes, I don't talk to him a lot anymore. My interactions with him declined even more when I took a break from Newgrounds from late 2011 to early 2013. However, I recently commented on his news page and he was startled to see me. He had a hard time believing that I still remember him after such a while."
Are there any users that you would consider enemies or that you just don't like?
"I guess the user that I like the least here would be Tribal. He used to be called Tribalfusion-X, but obviously he, like many other users including myself, decided to get a name change. I haven't had any interactions with him in a while. He might not even know/remember me, because when I met him it was when I still had my old name, so he might not even be aware that I'm Vinny99."
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?
"The forums are my favorite place on Newgrounds, particularly the general forum. There's a lot of helpful and smart (some of them) people there. It's the only thing I really do here. I sometimes get a good laugh when I read the replies from some of the people here, so I guess entertainment is one of the factors that keeps me coming here. I know a user named Slint that I see in the forums very often. I would like to see his thoughts and opinions."
I guess that you have an opinion about the moderators of Newgrounds. Do you think that they do a great job or not?
"I do respect some of the mods for their involvement in the Newgrounds community. Feeling safe and protected from any trolls, spammers, and other offenders who lurk around on this site is key in my mind.
In terms of how the mods regulate places such as the BBS, I would say they do a considerably good job at it. I mean, when I visit the BBS sometimes I come across certain threads that I wish would be locked or deleted and most of the time it does happen. The thread does get prevented from continuing on any further. These threads usually include spam, inappropriate content, or just needless bickering."
Would you like to become a moderator on Newgrounds? If so, what kind of moderator?
"Sure, I guess I would like getting modship a shot. I would love to be a forum mod and one of the reasons is because they're the only type of mods that people actually talk and care about. I rarely see people mention anything about review or icon mods, so yeah, forum mod would be my choice."
The redesign happened last year. Tell me what you think about it. What do you like and what is not so good?
I'm kinda indifferent about the change. I don't really have that much thought towards it. I was very used to the old design, but I guess things can't stay the same forever, so sooner or later it had to undergo some change."
Newgrounds is going through some changes lately, like the change of the UJ system and the future removal of the NG store. If you would have to predict the future, how do you think will Newgrounds look in 5 years from now?
"Well for one thing, I think the whole design of the site will change again like it did in the past. I also predict that in the future the politics forum will be merged together with the general forum in order to bring more activity into the general forum."
Halloween is coming up. Are you looking forward to it, also as Newgrounds special days? And what do you think about the Halloween Level icons?
"I don't really celebrate any NG holidays. Come to think of it, I never really paid much attention to holidays in general. I think the icons are very creative and do a nice job of invoking the Halloween spirit. Big thanks to the people responsible for the design."
You write a fair amount of reviews for Newgrounds submissions. Tell me what you like about the Newgrounds review system and what you you would change about it.
"I generally like how we each get to express our opinions and thoughts towards the submission. I think this is a excellent feature to start with.
If I could change anything regarding the review system, it would be to make it so that you can write an infinite number of reviews, because it bothers me how reviews are permanent and once you submit one you cannot take it back or submit another one. This is one of the reasons why people create a lot of alts, because they want to submit another review.
However, I would make it so that you may only give a rating in the first review that you write for the submission. You can't do it for any further reviews you submit afterwards, because it would greatly affect a submission if people could give it a rating unlimited times."
You mentioned that you have amazing memory skills. Do you think that this is purely a positive trait, or can it also be a burden when you are unable to forget unpleasent situations?
"This "talent" of mine, if I can even call it that, is both beneficial and bothersome to me, because there have been times in my life in which I was required to remember or memorize something. Like for example, having to memorize a huge list of vocab words for a quiz which I was forced to do once. These are the times that my memory skills has benefited me.
And then there are times when it has done nothing but discomfort me, because it has caused me to remember things that I wish I could forget. My memories of some of the failures, disasters, embarrassments, etc., that have happened to me in my life tends to stay with me and I can't get it out of my head. Just thinking about it does make me very uneasy. These are the times when my memory capabilities would almost seem like a curse for me."
RuneScape is an MMORPG that you play. Tell our readers what RuneScape is and what you like about this game. Additionally, talk about the first video game that you played.
"It's a multi-player online game that I used to play often. I discovered it back in 2005 and just recently I have stopped playing it. It's a massive adventure game created by a British company called Jagex. As for the actual goals of this game, I don't know where to start, because there's tons of stuff to do. You can fight monsters, train skills, chat with other players, complete quests, explore numerous places, and many more. Basically, it's just like other RPGs, such as World of Warcraft.
I will never forget the time when I first stumbled upon Runescape back in 2005. It was a memorable experience without a doubt. Now keep in mind, I was only 9 back then, so I wasn't exactly the best player, but as time passed I eventually mastered it all. I think it was the first RPG I ever played."
Every person has secrets. Can you tell one of yours or something else that we didn't know about you yet?
"I have acrophobia, which is the fear of heights. I actually mentioned this in a couple threads that asked for your worst fears."
What can we expect from you in the future, Vinnyy?
I'm sorry, but I'm not one of those people who plan to make a major impact on a community or society and be remembered for a long time to come. I tend to think of myself as just an ordinary person with nothing special.
In terms of what to expect from me on Newgrounds, other than seeing me post in the forums more in the future, nothing really."
Now you are filled with more knowledge about Vinnyy, 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