Lasombra Files Episode 17: Fighting The Man

  • Posted February 4th, 2013 at 10:52 EDT by

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After the contact hangs up I immediately get a call from the Boss asking me to divert to a different location. He needs me to cover a bigger story as something big is going down at the helipad on top of the Centennial Tower. Something didn’t feel right from the info he gave me. Centennial Tower is the biggest, swankiest, snobbish sky scraper on the entire east coast, and we are not exactly the most posh reporters on the beat. Walking through the building and taking the elevator to the rooftop was like walking through an execution line. All the people in their fancy suits looked at us like a couple of rebellious teens going through some teenage angst mixed with an identity crisis in Episode 17: Fighting The Man. The elevator door slides open to reveal a group of men lined upon the helicopter pad, all in suits tailor made by Van Heusen, and limbering up like stuntmen in a Jackie Chan movie. “I take it we’re interviewing you on how you’ll kick our asses?”

Name: William Hilditch (Mankind)
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Occupation: Carer
Country: Northern Ireland

Disclaimer: This interview is reproduced as written by the interviewee. Pictures copyright of their artist/photographer/owner. All likenesses used are for parody and/or satirical purposes.


Lasombra: How long have you been gaming?

Mankind: I have been gaming since the age of 9.


Lasombra: How did you find PSU?

Mankind: My girlfriend had bought me a PS3 for Christmas in 2007. I typed Playstation 3 in Google to find out about the system and PSU was the first link.


Lasombra: Are you solely a Sony gamer this generation or do you split your time between multiple systems?

Mankind: I am solely a Sony gamer this generatio., I did buy an Xbox 360 but never liked it.


Lasombra: What do you like about the community at PSU that keeps bringing you back for more?

Mankind: The members. Most are very helpful and friendly.


Lasombra: In your opinion, what needs to be done to help the community to grow bigger and better?

Mankind: Faster news reports, exclusive news reports and the forum needs fixed.


Lasombra: Do you have any gaming goals for this year?

Mankind: I don't think so. I will just continue to play the games that interest me.


Lasombra: Are you a trophy hunter, and what do you think about trophies overall?

Mankind: I was a trophy hunter. I am stuck on 99 platinums and have been for months now. I have no interest in trophies now. I was playing kids games and really bad games to get the platinum, it just wasn't fun. I now play games for fun. I would like to get back to trophies at some stage.


Lasombra: The PS2 dominated a console war like no other system. What tricks does Sony need to pull out of their hat to create the same magic with the PS4?

Mankind: A decent price (£300-350), good launch games and they need to be first out.


Lasombra: Do you have a favourite era of gaming? The SNES/Genesis war? The reign of the Playstation Reich? Hail to the NES?

Mankind: The Playstation 2 era was and is my favorite era. I still remember my first game which was Final Fantasy 7.


Lasombra: Is there a lot of gaming culture in your area of the world? Unique stores, conventions, etc?

Mankind: Sadly no.


Lasombra: Have you ever been burnt out from a gaming session?

Mankind: Yes, I feel I have been burnt out by COD: Black Ops 2.


Lasombra: Being a vet of trophy hunting, what was it that had you hooked into playing kids games to get platinums?

Mankind: Getting an easy platinum, but I was quite shocked that I enjoyed playing some kids games.


Lasombra: What was it in Black Ops 2 that made you toss your controller aside?

Mankind: The amount of lag and the maps, I feel the maps are badly designed.


Lasombra: What are the types of games you enjoy playing? RPGs, shooters, strategy?

Mankind: I enjoy playing RPGs the most. This gen with the PS3 I have enjoyed FPS too.


Lasombra: Do you think Steam can be a viable competitor in the console market with their rumored console in the future?

Mankind: Yes, but I feel it will be aimed at an audience that likes to stream games.


Lasombra: Is your name 'Mankind' an homage to the WWE wrestler, and if so do you still follow the WWE to this day?

Mankind: Yes it was taken from the wrestler. I would watch WWE now and again, but don't follow it as much as I use to.


Lasombra: Being from the UK, did UK companies have a special place in your heart like Eidos or Bullfrog?

Mankind: No, I don't really think about the companies.


Lasombra: Why is there not a lot of gaming culture in your part of the world, especially since the UK had some big gaming companies and personalities?

Mankind: I am not sure.


12 vs. 2 would look like a mismatch on paper but we let them call in some reinforcements to make it an even fight. After the enhanced interrogation, aka torture, at the hands of my counterpart I was able to take a couple more hits than usual as we beat off the attackers. Funny thing about torture, when you’ve been beaten around like a ragdoll for a few hours a simple street fight feels like child’s play. 20 beaten and broken bodies lay strewn across the heliport as I try and catch my breath from fighting one of them, while V picks up the shattered remains of her video camera that turned one assailant into goo in Episode 18: Changing Channels. A mocking clap echoes in the skyline as the Boss walks out of the elevator. “I knew you hated us, but really, a rooftop showdown? I don’t know how you’re confusing me with the Dragon of Dojima when I’m dressed like a Fox Mulder rip-off. Did Sega pay you off to put a hit on us Yakuza style to promote the newest game?”


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