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Community Interviews avatar 5:35 PM on 11.02.2010
C-Blog Interviews: I'm Back and as Hard as Manasteel88

How did you get into blogging, and why here?

I started out on Gametrailers posting videos since I liked their 200mb file size for vids and point reward system. So one day Ron Workman made a guest appearance on the Bonus Round and his candor convinced me to try this Destructoid thing. I lurked for a bit, posted some posts until I finally tried blogging out. I liked it. It feels good to get a blog out. And now I blog.


How did you get your name and avatar?

Back in the dark days of the internet, I made up a user name when I was signing up for my first email account that seemed unique and original. People would know me as Manasteel. Seriously, I was a kid, and that really did sound original. Apparently it wasnít that original and was taken by some jerkface that Iíve never met and would feel awful if they ever read that. So I thought Iíd choose Manasteel8 since 8ís my lucky number. No dice. Finding out how horribly unoriginal I truly am, I settled begrudgingly on manasteel88 and it has stuck with me for 13 or so years. God, I feel old.

As for the Avatar, I used to have Mega Man doing a facepalm (or at least what looked like a facepalm). Cause a superman avatar would be too on the nose. The 300x300 sizing however made it blurry death incarnate so now itís Fez. Iíve been amazed at the concept of the game since the GDC trailer and I had a jumping avatar on my old Gametrailers account so I went looking for photos. I probably went a bit overboard with the theme, but I like themes and this was fun. So it stays.


If you could call a country your home, what country would it be?

Texas. If you donít think Texas is a different country then youíve never been here.


Favorite game? I know you have one.

Final Fantasy Tactics. It represents the absolute perfection of the job system. This mechanic happens to be the single greatest addition to gaming.


Did you do anything for fun on Halloween?

I went to see Red, went trick or treating and then went to a party with my kid and found out she is more terrified of a Chihuahua than a 7 foot guy dressed as the king of demons. Maybe itís cruel to laugh at my childís irrational fears, but seeing her shake the hand of Satan and then running from a dog the size of my fist is funny. It made my holiday.


I'm not a huge fan or RPG's, SRPG's go down smoother, but there is something about them that I can never finish. Convert me. You have lots of ideas, such as multiplayer in SRPG's which is something I also put thought into.

Start off with portables. Grinding while sitting in the bathroom or on a bus (which are one in the same for some people) is a lot less tedious than sitting in front of the TV. The pick up and play nature makes it easier to get through a lot of the team building and battle structure.

Pick up some SRPGs that have a focused team like Valkyria Chronicles and Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. Disgaea Team for all that they add to the genre, are an unfocused mess. Forcing players to burn 100 hours is a bit grueling even if they are pretty fun games.

As a rule of thumb, just donít expect to finish every SRPG. Think of them like Monopoly games. You have a lot of fun playing them, but do you really ever finish a game? Once you do finish though, it feels like a worthy accomplishment.

As for multiplayer, I donít think a pure SRPG will be able to have a good multiplayer while maintaining the crazy variables theyíve built up. I wrote a short blog on how Disgaea 4ís going to do it, which leaves the merit on Disgaea Teamís AI instead of on the player. The Tactics Ogre Rehash is going to have you choose the AI patterns the ghost takes, but Iím still not sure how this isnít going to be exploited by crafty players. Honestly, the genre would have to absorb other genres (Valkyria Chronicles II) to get a decent experience out and I can only think of Disgaea 4ís concept as the way to do it. And thatís all hinged upon how Disgaea Team programs the way your team would battle.


What's your favorite ice cream flavor?

Vanilla. The flavor is fine, but you can practically add anything to it and itíll taste just as great.


Favorite Movie Line?

Man I suck at remembering specific lines from film. Since itís Halloween or because Zombies are totally in right now..."They're us. We're them and they're us." Ė Night of the Living Dead (1990)


If you could punch anyone here on dtoid who would it be and why?

Chad Concelmo. Not because I want to punch anyone, but if I was forced to, Iíd aim for the big dog. Prison rules, ya know?


If you could hug anyone on dtoid who would it be and why?

Chad Concelmo. Because I totally feel bad about punching him. I just hope heís amazingly forgiving. Plus, he looks like he gives a warm hug.


Occams and Stevil totally have a "thing", who else on dtoid do you suspect have "things".

Beyamor and Beyamors_Biggest_Fan. I donít really know why, but I think something is going on there.


When I grow up, I want to be....

Öa professional wrestler.


Now that I'm old I can finally...

Örealize that steroids are a serious problem in wrestlingÖand baseballÖand well steroids are just a big problem in sports today.

Snap into a Slim Jim!


Never too early to start thinking about Christmas, want anything?

A PSP. I donít have one yet and the PSP finally has a collection of games worth respecting. Heck, if youíll look at NISís 2010 lineup you can see where their focusing next.


If maybe I told you that you might just have one day left to live what would you do?


How many deadly sins are there? Well consider them conquered.


Do you have a Prized Possession? (Note: Family and Loved Ones Do Not Count)

How can a family member be a possession? What? Well my memory cards are my prized possessions. If I lost those I could see myself throwing a hissy fit.


So, you're on a sinking boat and there is one life boat left. There is a young woman, a child (gender neutral), and an Old Man...What do you do? (Note: Not who do you save...you could, just you know....what do you do?)

Stop talking and get on the damn boat! Weíre sinking! If there arenít enough seats the kid, young woman or the old man can sit on my lap, but stop lollygagging people! Weíre sinking!


I don't want to ask another question, you ask one...also answer it.

Question:

I think ďLeast Favorite Game?Ē is a natural progression to the ďFavorite Game?Ē segment of this interview. There is always a stinker.

Answer:

Unlimited Saga. WTF was going on with that game. It also probably didnít help that I started with the squirrel. The stupid, annoying squirrel.
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