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C-Blog Interviews: Chilly Billy

Today was also going to be a day when my Commentoid would go up, but due to...distressing circumstances, especially after a day of celebration such as this, seems to have ruined my mood to search for "Wut?" comments as it would only probably make me even more upset.

To be honest, putting up this interview was something I was going to pass up altogether, but that would not only be unprofessional, but selfish as I know Chilly has wanted this interview up and perfect for awhile now.

I demand to see Life's manager so that I could burn his house down with combustible lemons. LEMONS THAT WILL BURN LIFE'S HOUSE DOWN!!!!

I also realize the irony of being professional enough to put up my own series, but not professional enough to put up Commentoid. My apologies to Capt. Bus, but you and I both know that Commentoid is a different beast altogether.

Venting is over, a great interview is up. In fact, ignore the negativity in the above and just head down to the interviews.

I am embarrassed.

What made you start blogging and why Destructoid?

I actually stumbled upon Destructoid while surfing GorrillaMask.net. I�m not exactly sure what the headline was, or why I was so interested in the story but after a short click I was, home. I lurked for the first year or so, I was never really part of an �online� community before and I honestly wasn�t sure that I wanted to be.

After a while I decided to make a username and start blogging. I have hidden my first few blogs because they are, in a word, terrible. They were nothing more than simple forum posts. See the thing is though, back then, when the site was new you didn�t have these long, well thought out blog posts. Sure there was the occasional meaningful blog but a lot of what people were posting was just simple, two or three line blogs about what they were playing, how they were feeling etc., so I just kinda followed suit.
Eventually as the site grew and so did the C-blogs. I actually started posting my gaming hauls and game setups because I saw other people doing it. I guess you could say that I wanted to be one of the cool kids.

Where did you get your username and avatar?

The name was actually given to me by a good friend. Since my name is Bill I am often referred to as Billy. My friend decided to take it to the next level and started calling me ChillyBilly or Chillz for short.

The name just sorta stuck and I�ve had it ever since.

Like this, only different. Oh and I�m not a penguin.
As for the avatar, I love the game Plants vs Zombies, like love it so much that I own every version of it (PC, DS, 360, PS3, iPad and the physical copy because the free zombie action figure was too awesome not to get). There is a special feature to the game where you can make your own �Zombatar basically a zombie avatar. After fooling around with the program for a bit I settled on what you see today.

My original avatar was something that I actually made myself; it was an animated .GIF of someone shooting someone else in the back of the head, then as their body was slumped over in a pool of blood the shooter spits on the dead guy, at the end the words �Chilly Billy Ghetto Elite� flashed for a second or so. It�s pretty graphic and really tasteless but I love it. Maybe I should go back to it.
Here�s a link to it, if you�re so inclined:

Your favorite game. Too simple? Your favorite scene from your favorite game.

Galaga. Without a doubt my favorite game of all time is the original Galaga. I could literally spend an entire 24 hour period playing the arcade version of Galaga and not once feel bad about doing it. I�ve made it to level 51 and one day hope to go higher.

Also, before I die I will own an original Galaga arcade cabinet.

What started off your huge collection?


Seriously, it was all about being jealous. See, my best friend of over 25 years has a huge game collection. Most of his stuff is vintage, old stuff like the original Atari, Coleco, Vectrex�shit like that. For years he has built up his collection to something amazing, seriously, this guy has so many vintage consoles and games IN THE ORGINAL BOXES mind you that it makes me weep when I look his collection over. Well I wanted to see if I could �beat� his collection, so I started collecting, like collecting

I believe that I have finally passed him up as far as games owned, although to be fair he has recently bought a house and started a family so his collecting has sorta taken a back seat to more important things.

I also have to give a ton of credit to my girlfriend. My collection would not be what it is today without her, I couldn�t tell you how many times she has wanted to go Goodwill hunting to find games, she literally has a list of games that I want burnt in to her memory so that whenever we are out and about and she sees something she will automatically get it and show it to me, to see if I still need it or want it.
Oh and I would be lying if I said that Funktastic wasn�t also a major part of me getting serious with my collecting.

What is your favorite collectable?

That�s a tough one. If I had to pick one, and only one I would have to say that my favorite is the 20th Anniversary Game Boy Micro that I recently picked up. I�ve wanted one of those forever and I finally snagged one, in the box and in absolute pristine condition.

Other than that some of my more favorite collectables would be (in no particular order) the bookends from the new Mortal Kombat game, all of my original Sega Genesis� in their original boxes and my Game Boy collection (currently at 25, which includes the DS series and 3DS).

Which collector item caused you the most grief?

The 20th Anniversary Game Boy Micro, ONLY because it took me forever to find, especially in the condition that I wanted it to be in. Now if you want to talk �grief� as in what was I most disappointed with I would have to go with the God of War III Collector�s Edition. Seriously, I was so disappointed when I opened everything up that I almost took it back to the store for a refund. Never have I been more regretful of paying full price for a collector�s edition of a game.

If you could hug anyone on Dtoid who would it be?

I don�t know. Funktastic, for being awesome and really helping me with my collection, Garethxxgod for introducing me to multiplayer on a console, Supermonk4ever and Lenigod for always being around to chat with on Live so that playing at night is never boring, to be totally honest with you if I were to ever attend PAX or something like that I would probably hug everyone I met, just so that no one ever felt left out.

If you could punch anyone on Dtoid who would it be?

A couple of months ago I would have said Dimmujed, but since he has sorta gone away I would have to now go with Epicsonson. I am almost 100% sure that we are all being trolled but I would still punch the shit out of him if given the chance.

While we�re at it I would also like to punch, in no particular order: MavericHunterZero, Biggsandwedge and Zeromotivator, VenusinFurs, Wolfey-Boey, Lord Death of Murder Mountain I am almost 100% positive that these are all the same people (at least two of them are the same person) or they are friends and think it�s funny to troll everyone.

Oh and Jim Sterling. A year ago he would have been number one on my list and he isn�t far from that spot right now but I�ve sorta just come to the conclusion that he is who he is because he can�t help himself; also he knows what he is doing. Jim knows that controversy sells, the more controversial he is the more comments he gets, the more comments he gets the more stable his job is. And even though I know this I would still punch him. It may not be the hardest punch in the world but it would make me feel better, even if just a little.

When I grow up I want to be�

I still don�t know. I�ll be 38 this year and I feel like I still have no idea what I want to do when I grow up. I know what I would like to do when I am old and gray but that�s for another time.

Now that I�ve grown I can�

Do whatever the hell I want. I can buy what I want; go where I want and say what I want to whomever I want to say it to. It�s amazing how much freedom is bestowed on someone when they move out and start living on their own. I miss being a kid but I wouldn�t trade my life now to go back, that�s for sure.

If your collection and Funktastic�s collection got into a fight, which collection would win?

Oh this one is easy. Funktastic�s collection would win for sure, I mean, he�s asian it�s quite obvious that his collection knows some form of kung-fu.
In all honesty Funk�s collection would win. He has me by over 400 games, unless my collection threw in a low blow or something it wouldn�t last past 5 rounds.

There is a woman who seems to be looking in your general direction with a peculiar look on her face. As she comes up to you, you quickly say�.

�It was my kid.�

Do people come over, see your stuff, and just go �Nerd.� ?

I�ll do ya one better. About a year ago I posted a picture of some gaming stuff on my Facebook page. Here is the actual response to the picture posted; �Oh my god, man. And yet you�ve known the touch of a woman. Amazing ;)�

My old boss actually just asked me the other day if all I do is sit around and play video games, he doesn�t get it, he�s one of those who thinks video games are strictly for kids. I�m pretty sure that he thinks that I�m a huge nerd.

If I were to tell you that you had one day left to live, you would?

Spend it with my family. Maybe make a video with my daughter so that she can watch it for years and years as something to remember me by. I wouldn�t do anything stupid, I wouldn�t rob a bank or anything I would just be with my family.

What is your most prized possession? (Family and Loved ones don�t count)

My game collection I guess. I�m not sure how much money I have sunk in to this damnable thing but it�s a lot. I would be devastated if something were to happen to it all.

If you could ask the community a question it would be?

Why do you put up with some much shit from all of these trolls and spammers? You know that your comments only feed them right? Other than that I think most of the good questions have already been asked.

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