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This week's interview features the user LiquidFire.
When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username Tally1989 and why did you change it to LiquidFire?
"I originally discovered Newgrounds, when I was 11 or 12 I think, I'm 23 now. I used to go to this youth club that was also a kids circus, me and my friends would always spend a lot of time in front of the computers, playing flash games with each other, and one of our favorite sites to play on was of course Newgrounds. Although I signed up a lot later than that. The reason why I decided to create an account, was because I noticed that I could get higher voting power if I had one. I quickly signed up because I thought I could become some kind of "god of voting", but I was disappointed when I saw how long it took to get your voting power up. My first name on Newgrounds was Tally1989, Tally was a nickname I was given by a friend of mine who I called shorty. Tally is supposed to be a play on the word tall, just like Shorty is a play on the word short. Most people don't get that, and they end up pronouncing it tal-ly, whereas my friend pronounced it tall-ee.
I wanted to change my username to LiquidFire, since it's the alias I use on almost any other site, and I like consistency. I originally adopted the name when I went to something called efterskole, which is a type of school in Denmark that can be compared to a boarding school, where me and friends would sit in the computer area and play Soldat. I got inspired to come up with LiquidFire from Metal Gear Solid and the movie Hackers. Metal Gear Solid was one of my favorite games back then, still is though, and Liquid Snake was one of my favorite characters from that game. Hence why I used Liquid. In the movie Hackers, the characters hacker aliases would consist of 2 words. For example Phantom Phreak, Cereal Killer, Acid Burn, Crash Override and Zero Cool. Which is why I choose to use Fire in my nickname as well, instead of just Liquid."
Do you think that you changed over the time you were here, as user, or also in real life?
"I definitely changed since I joined, both as a user and in real life. I've changed school/work many times since I joined Newgrounds, which has definitively affected my personality as well. I'd like to think I changed into a better person, but I'm not so sure about that."
Are there any other users that you like, and how do they affect you?
"There are many users I like here on Newgrounds. But they don't really affect how I am. People rarely affect how I am as person. Often because I don't let them get close enough for that to happen. I can be a very shut in person."
Are there any users that you would consider enemies or that you just don't like?
"Well, there are definitely person I don't like on Newgrounds, but I wouldn't consider them my enemies. I'm quick to judge people, but I am also quick to forgive people as well. So if people for some reason piss me off, I'll quickly forget about. Although there are a few users who have been able to keep me annoyed at them for extended amounts of time."
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?
"I love the BBS. I feel like Newgrounds wouldn't be the same without it. It's also one of the only forums I post on, facepunch is the only other forum I regularly post on. I don't really prefer a specific part of the forums over another. But I tend to browse general more than the others, so I guess you could say general is my favorite. There's a few I'd like to see interviewed, like Gagsy, Fluffington, Dean, Murray, DrClay and Xaotik. Mostly Xaotik though."
I guess that you have an opinion about the moderators of Newgrounds. Do you think that they do a great job or not?
"Well, I don't really think they do a good job. I often see people getting away with stuff they wouldn't allow back in the old days. Like posting unrelated pictures, creating +1 topics/forum games, such as the Song titles plus "in my ass" thread, chat threads such as the Bat Crew or putting a signature on each post in the BBS. But if the mods feel comfortable to have those around now, then I guess I'm fine with it. I've just always seen Newgrounds as being a place where such threads was a nono. So it's kind of weird for me to see that they're suddenly allowed."
Would you like to become a moderator on Newgrounds? If so, what kind of moderator?
"Well, yes and no. It would be a nice gesture to be offered that. But I'm not sure I would accept. Mostly because it wouldn't feel the same to browse Newgrounds if I also had to moderate it. I would prefer if EyeLovePoozy came back instead of me getting modded. He was a great mod, a bit harsh sometimes but he was great overall."
You were a member before the redesign 2007. Tell me how you experienced Newgrounds back then and what changes you liked about the redesign.
"Newgrounds was my haven back then, it was a place for me to sit back and relax while watching movies, play games or listen to music. I don't see it as my haven anymore though, video games has taken that place. Newgrounds is now a place I visit if I want to kill some time."
The redesign happened last year. Tell me what you think about it. What do you like and what is not so good?
"I love it. I love that it feels so much more fresh than the previous one, it also brought a lot of new things with it, which is often great. The staff also seems to be pushing out more and more new stuff, which they never seemed to do before. Almost makes me wonder what the hell they where doing back then. I can't really put my finger on anything bad, except of course the bugs that came with the redesign."
In one your posts you showcased the wish to be able to freely choose a level icon that is lower than your current one. What other changes would you like to added for Newgrounds?
"Userpage banner would be nice to get back, it was nice to be able to customize your userpage more than what we currently can. Customizable background, animated user icons and forum titles could also make some nice additions. But I'm not so sure that animated icons and titles would be well received."
I have a feeling that you like the The Legend of Zelda series. Which game of the series is your favorite one and why?
"I love most of them, but I'd have to say Majoras Mask. I have many many fond memories of that game. I used to play it all the time when I was a kid."
You are a member of The Bat Crew. Tell our readers about that group. Why have you chosen to be Harley Quinn?
"I originally didn't like the concept about the Bat Crew, since It's basically a chat crew, which I still see as a nono on Newgrounds. So I decided I wouldn't join, Harley Quinn was also taken by another user at that time, and she was the only character I was interested in. But then Harley Quinn got open, and I decided I'd give it a try, and I was actually positively surprised. Most of the users in the Bat Crew where really friendly. But unfortunately, the crew seems to be getting slower and slower, probably due to people talking about kicking the DC characters with super powers (superman etc.) out of the group, because it often felt redundant or unfair to characters in the Batman universe which don't have super powers."
Every person has secrets. Can you tell one of yours or something else that we didn't know about you yet?
"That's a tough one, since I don't really have any interesting secrets or anything interesting to tell about myself."
What can we expect from you in the future, LiquidFire?
"Nothing exciting. Probably just forum browsing. I'm not the most creative person on the planet, so I doubt I'll be creating anything I can submit to Newgrounds."
Now you are filled with more knowledge about LiquidFire, 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