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This week's interview features the user Emlfuryoflion.
When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username Emlfuryoflion?
"Man it was a long time ago I can hardly even remember. If I can remember correctly I believe I found Newgrounds back in late 2006/early 2007 when a friend of mine on xfire showed me some cool animations from this site. Back in those early days I was mostly a lurker trying to find more interesting flash animations and games on this site and I decided to officially join in march 2007. My name Emlfuryoflion comes from multiple things, the most obvious thing with my name is the word lion. Back when I joined I thought lions were a cool animal so I tried to attach a defining word to it being fury which most lions would have. The EML part of my name goes back to an old star wars game I used to play on PC when I was younger. It stood for Elite Mercenary League. I thought it was kind of cool so even though I stopped playing that game and separated from that group I kept the name and use it on other sites as well that I joined around a similar time frame. I have since in recent years stopped using the name regularly for new sites though."
Do you think that you changed over the time you were here, as user, or also in real life?
"Well that's pretty easy to answer. Yeah I have changed a lot. I was only 14 when I joined this site and today I am 21 so just through getting older I have changed a lot. If you look through my posting history my posting style has changed a lot since back when I first joined. While I don't believe I am perfect today I used to make a lot of noticeable grammar and spelling mistakes that when I look back on it make me facepalm many times over. I am nowhere near as bad as I used to be. As for real life as you can imagine things have changed too. I still feel like I am the same type of person I was before but with more experience. I was only in my 1st year of high school when I joined this site. Today I am in my 4th year of college. As you can imagine I am thinking about a lot more things than I was thinking about back when I first joined the site."
Are there any other users that you like, and how do they affect you?
"It's hard to really say. I got a few users added on my friends list on Wii U, 3DS and Xbox 360 but I haven't really gotten to know any of them so I can't really say there is anyone in particular that I have come to like on Newgrounds."
Are there any users that you would consider enemies or that you just don't like?
"Not really anyone in particular as I said I haven't come to know many people here despite my lengthy time on Newgrounds. While there is no specific user I would dislike or consider an enemy it does bother me when users try to start arguments over nothing(such as saying lololol your console/handheld system sucks this one is wayyyyyy better lolololol)"
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?
"Definitely the video game forum. I like to talk about games currently out or games that are coming out soon all the time. Video games pretty much take up 90-95% of the free time I have every day. As for the forums in general I like it of course otherwise I probably wouldn't be posting. As for another user to interview I don't really have any in mind sorry about that."
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 they do a great job. They tend to keep threads from going off topic and lock the unnecessary extra topics if any pop up. It's one of those things that has to be done. It's either a you love them or you hate them sort of thing when it comes to mods and as long as you do what you are supposed to do and conduct yourself in a proper manner they won't trouble you."
Would you like to become a moderator on Newgrounds? If so, what kind of moderator?
"Not at all. That kind of work would be too time consuming for me. I respect what the current mods have to deal with and in no way would I want to take on any of their responsibilities... well okay maybe if I was paid for it I would but that's a topic for another day if you ask me lol."
The redesign happened last year. Tell me what you think about it. What do you like and what is not so good?
"I actually completely forgot about that. I'm so used to it right now I didn't even remember this was a recent thing. It's really hard for me to say what's good and what's not because I have sort of forgotten what the old design was like. The only thing I can recall for sure is the flash portal changed and I used to be a regular for blamming and protecting new submissions but I remember when the re-design hit I sort of just stopped completely because watching and voting on new submissions got slightly more complicated and less convenient for me."
Your user icon and favourite Nintendo character is Kratos Aurion. Tell our readers who he is and why you like this character the most.
"Well first of all a spoiler warning for anyone who hasn't played Tales of Symphonia and wants to play it(A HD remake is coming out in 2014 on the PS3 by the way) Second of all just to clarify he is a Namco character not a Nintendo character but he did star in a gamecube title. He's a bit of an interesting character with a lot of mystery surrounding him when you 1st meet him in the game. Just the way he comes in and saves your group at the beginning of the game sets himself up for being an awesome character. He has all sorts of moves ranging from close range sword techniques to mage level magic and even low to mid level healing abilities. He's your jack of all trades character and he can do pretty much everything and serve any purpose for your team. Also his voice actor is amazing and does the character a lot of justice. His english voice actor is probably my favorite out of any other character.
Story wise he is very involved in the games more interesting plot twists. The 1st one being right around the beginning of the game. You are led on to believe you are nearing the end of the game only to find out that Kratos was working for the bad guy the whole time after you beat the angel named remiel. You end up having to fight him right after the fight with remiel and chances are if you were like me you had a feeling of helplessness as he just completely dominated your team single handedly within seconds. Kratos revealed that he too was an angel and his shiny blue wings were quite the sight. Whether you got out of the fight with Kratos or not you find out he isn't the top guy in charge of it all and that even he was serving under someone else. The big boss of Cruxis himself Yggdrasill.
So yadda yadda they escape with their lives after some crazy stuff happens Kratos and Yggdrasill try to get Colette the chosen back to be Martel's vessel(Because that's what they were fighting over in the 1st place) Kratos and the rest of cruxis goes into a non agressive mode being all secretive of their plans and he ends up giving Lloyd advice and helps his group. Why? Because you find out later in the game... Kratos is Lloyd's father he ends up joining back with their group in the end and they go defeat the crazed Yggdrasill chracter.
Anyway without dragging on too much more Kratos Aurion has always been one of those awesome characters for me. It's hard to explain in just a couple paragraphs what makes him awesome without playing the game for yourself but there were many moments with in tales of symphonia that made me think Kratos Aurion was just the greatest character ever made which is why he is my icon not just here but on other sites I use as well."
You like the Legend of Zelda series. Tell me which game you played the first and which one your favourite is. Also, are you looking forward to The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds?
"It's been a long time really but I think my 1st game was probably either the original Zelda on NES or the 2nd game the adventure of link. I was a bit young so I didn't have the greatest of experiences with those games. It wasn't until just a couple years ago that I got to play them again and finally beat and enjoy the games. As for my favorite it's hard to say probably a tie between Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess since those were the games I played beginning to end the most."
Pokémon is another series that you like. Tell me your toughts about the upcoming titles Pokémon X and Pokémon Y and the new Mega Evolutions, also state which of the so far released Mega Evolutions you like the most.
"I'm looking forward to X and Y. I'm going to be getting X personally myself. As for the Mega Evolutions I thought it seemed like a silly idea at 1st but it's grown on me over time. I'm not too familiar with all the mega evolutions at this time as I am trying to save some of the surprise for when the game releases but out of what I have seen they all look rather interesting and I've liked all the ones I have seen thus far."
You own a fair amount of consoles. What is your favourite handheld console and what are your favourite games for it?
"The 3DS is definitely my favorite. The fact of the matter is it can play all the old gameboy games, the gameboy color games, GBA games(If Nintendo ever decides to release those on the eshop like they should), DS games through backwards compatibility(and maybe eshop in the future?) and of course the regular 3DS games. It pretty much plays anything from Nintendo's handhelds both past and present. As for 3DS games my favorites for it are Fire Emblem Awakening and Tales of the Abyss with Animal Crossing being 3rd on that list. All of them are great games."
Every person has secrets. Can you tell one of yours or something else that we didn't know about you yet?
"I do enjoy sports quite a bit. I'm probably not as big on it as I was a few years ago but I still really enjoy watching when I can. I am a pretty big supporter of my local teams in the dbacks, suns and cardinals with baseball being my favorite sport and the dbacks my favorite team. I do love baseball quite a lot I also play a baseball mmo in my spare time called brushbackbaseball. I have a referral link in my forum signature for anyone interested in trying it out it's quite fun really and I've been playing it for the last 3 years or so since the game has launched. In comparison to actual baseball it's a pretty realistic baseball simulation game and it's a free game so there is that too."
What can we expect from you in the future, Emlfuryoflion?
"More of the same. Me posting here and there mostly in the video game forum which is pretty much all I have been doing for the last couple years now. Either way I know I'll be here. I've been here too long now to just get up and leave so this site will be seeing regular visits from me still for the next few years even after I am done with college and moving on to the workforce."
Now you are filled with more knowledge about Emlfuryoflion, 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