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Member Spotlight: Round 6

5 April 2008

We’ve finally hit Round 6 together and I thought I’d mark this great job of consistency by interviewing one of the craziest posters that PS3 Forums has to offer.  I sat down Miamiman like a Chris Hanson interview, “Just take a seat over there please, please take a seat,” and things went downhill from there.  This is by far the most light-hearted interview yet, but we’re still young in the process and I’m sure we’ll find another one down the road.  So without much else to say, bring on the crazy.

Dave Wales:  Miami, you seem to be all over the ban section like you own it, do you?

Miamiman:  Please David, call me Jed. We know each other well enough to go by our first names.

 I’d like to think so, but I have a ways to go before I can even break the top 5 in posts for that thread. People may look down upon it, thinking it as mindless banter and post count padding. It may be, but the ban thread has grown into something much more. It’s a mainstay to these forums. It’s our Alamo. When I’m old and gray and retired from the internets, I’ll always remember the Ban Thread; the people, the tears, the laughter, and the stupidity. It’s a community within the PS3Forums community (kind of like the subscriber thread *wink*).

We’re actually coming up on 100,000 posts in that thread. It’s probably not a big deal and it will most likely be very anti-climatic when the time comes, but hey, it’s something to look forward to and we’ll probably throw some SP into a pot and give it to whoever gets that post.

Dave Wales:  Please, call me Dave, don’t be so formal.  You seem to be a pretty well liked guy on the forums, what do you attribute to that?

Miamiman: I attribute it to being the exact opposite of you. Joke man…You know I love you. Anyway, I really can’t put my finger on it. I’ve heard that I’m pretty funny, but there are posters out there that are way funnier than me. Everybody knows Carsonal is just the epitome of witty and you sir, you’re pretty high up there when it comes to snide remarks. MiNiMaL sAnItY lives up to his namesake and WonsAuto is surprisingly funny in the Subscriber Section. You wouldn’t expect that from a QPI member, those squares…But I digress.

I think another reason I’m pretty “well liked” is because I’m willing to just talk to anybody about anything. I do it all the time at my job, trying to milk people for tips no matter how boring the conversation is. Yet, I think the main reason that people like me so much is because I give out SP. I don’t buy icons so I don’t really need the stuff and Chadwick gave me the custom user-title for being a sub, so I really have nothing to save for. I have given it away to people on the forums that I don’t know, but now that those threads pop-up asking for SP, I think I’m going to give that up. From now on, I’ll probably only shell out SP if I know you or if you’re a veteran poster. Yeah, you heard me noobs, no more freebies.

Dave Wales: Yeah, Carsonal is a solid poster; I enjoy a lot of his posts that I don’t think too many people get.  You're very active throughout the community, but aren't really a Quality Poster, do you feel that's true?

Miamiman: It depends on what your definition of a quality poster is. I seem to recall a member, kflashin saying my posts are made of win.

Seriously though, I know that I don’t post much in the main sections of the boards. The first 8 months that I was on these forums, I only had 6 posts, mostly in part because I was trying so hard to make these so called “quality posts.” You know, friendly debating, answering questions, the whole nine. Some fanboys even deterred me from returning to the site for a while, but when I came back I strolled down to find the General Chit Chat section and the Ban Thread and my PS3Forums life changed forever. I’ll still post in the main sections on occasion and the style of my posting there is nothing like that of my posting in the GCC section, so I really don’t see your point my good Sir.

Dave Wales: Well, I’m sure we could debate that point profusely and in the end your posts would be made of win, so we’ll just agree to disagree. Where does gaming fit into your life and how often do you get to enjoy it?

Miamiman: Gaming is now a very big part of my life. Actually, throughout all of high school, I took a hiatus from gaming to concentrate on my “studies”…Studying the ladies…. (Oh up high David, don’t leave me hanging here bro, slap me some skin). What were we talking about again? Oh yeah, so for four years I didn’t really game, and if I did, it was on one of my older systems, those being N64, PSone, and the SNES. Yep, I missed a whole generation of gaming, the PS2, Gamecube, Xbox and the Dreamcast era, but come summer 2006, I truly missed it, so I decided to do some research on this coming generation of consoles. I was originally going to get a Wii, because it was cheap, my friend was getting one, and I had always been a patron of Nintendo, but it wouldn’t maximize the capabilities of my HDTV. Then I started looking at Xbox360s and I almost bought one, but found out that if you buy a core system, you have to pay for a buttload of add-ons. Finally, I looked at the PS3. I would be able to bask in HD glory and everything was packaged in one box. I had the money, so I said “why not?” I bought a 60GB off of eBay and actually saved 2 dollars because had I bought it from the retailer, I would’ve had to pay tax and the listing included HDMI and DVI cables and I can honestly say I’m very happy with my purchase. I may get the other consoles later on, but right now, I am truly satisfied. I get to enjoy gaming every Tuesday since I don’t have class and Thursday since I only have one class and the Subscriber game nights are awesome thanks to TH3 GAM3, Daevv, Idenowhereiam, Leukoplast and sometimes WonsAuto. Why the Hell have you not played with us Wales??

Dave Wales: I’m pretty sure this interview speaks for why I haven’t.  You’re terrible Miami, just terrible.  That and Hot Shots Golf has taken over my entire life. What genre of gaming fits your needs best and what's your favorite game from that area?

Miamiman: Aww man, this is a tough one. I’m pretty open to all genres of gaming. I just got into shooters this year. I really like sports games, but I know I’ll get lynched by the community if I just talk about that. I like RPG’s a lot, but at times they move too slow for me. I would have to say a good adventure game can always satisfy the need. A great story is what I’m interested in and the storytelling of games has increased tenfold. As for my favorite game, that’s really tough. From that genre I’d have to say God of War, only because I played it recently. Hockeydude30 actually recommended it to me and now I see what I missed during the PS2 era.

Dave Wales: You missed God of War and about one hundred other amazing titles from that generation of gaming.  How has gaming inspired your life to work in a Thai restaurant?

Miamiman: Wow David. You’re going all out on these questions. I actually have to leave for work in 30 minutes which is why my replies to your questions are getting shorter. Hmm…how gaming inspired me to work in a Thai restaurant? You say that as if being a server was my main goal in life. I still have a ways to go my friend. This job is only supposed to pay my way through college, but I guess I’ll play along.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was at my local Gameworks (an arcade) playing House of the Dead 2 when I ran out of credits on the last boss of the game. At Gameworks we have cards that we swipe instead of using quarters. I swiped my card and lo and behold…no more credits. Oh cruel fates, the gods have abandoned me. Whatever shall I do? Do you want to continue?? 9…. 8…. 7…. I couldn’t believe this was happening again.... 6… 5… all of a sudden an angel came down from the heavens (the second floor) and yelled, “You shall not perish today.” She tossed her Gameworks card high into the air and my eyes held steadily upon it as it spun in the air…. 3…. 2…. I caught it just in time to continue my game but then I died again and that card had no more credits. Oh wells… I had to thank the dark-haired beauty who had saved me from my impending doom. I found her waiting tables in the upstairs room. I thanked her for her mercy and grace and from that point on, I knew I would dedicate my life to helping people and carry on her legacy by donning the apron and taking orders for the betterment of mankind.

Dave Wales: I don’t know why, but that story has to be factual information.  It only makes sense and we’re all glad you’ve found your calling in life, really, we are. Let some of our readers know something about you that doesn't come through in your posts, but be creative, you've bored us enough already.

Miamiman: Wow, another toughie. Bored you enough?? I gave you a story of epic proportions. I can’t be any more creative. I have to go to work in 15 minutes so I’m just going to give you a non-creative answer. Something that doesn’t show through my posts is my short temper. But this is the internet and it is not serious business like everyone thinks it is so I have way more fun with it. Rather than get into a stupid flame war on the internet, I laugh it off and brush it aside. However, in real life I’ll whine you into submission until you writhe on the floor in agony. Those who have opposed me in the past could testify to you that they have suffered internal bleeding from the raging words that come from my mouth. The way you make people cry on the internet, that’s what I do in real life my friend.

I’d like to thank you for “interviewing” me David. It was a blast and maybe we could do it again next time with completely different answers.

David: It has definitely been a pleasure, Jed.  You’ve been more than adequate throughout the night and I’m sure our readers will enjoy your light-hearted ways of Zen.  Thanks for taking the time before your dream job to speak with me and answer the questions with such seriousness.

This takes care of yet another Member Spotlight and I hope you guys really enjoyed it.  Hopefully the decision to bring in one of the crazier posters kept you guys reading.  If the feedback is great, I’ll look to get another psych-poster in here for the next one.  Just leave your feedback below guys and enjoy the weekend.


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