All knowing and riding a roo.
This week's Average Joe is a fan of the ellipses, wasn't a fan of Halo: CE, and wants way more Reach. Can you sympathize? Read on to get more familiar with this "Jerk" from down under.
Q. Who are you and what do you do?
A. Hey, I'm Josh, folks 'round these parts know me as Omnicent, Omni, Omni-Tool, Tool, or Jerk. I live in Adelaide, South Australia and yes, I do ride a kangaroo to school everyday, I put beer on my cereal and that is seriously not a knife... *cough* ...moving on.
I'm a student at the minute, doing my final year of high school. I get to study a lot of fun things like Specialist Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry because I was too much of a smart ass to take the easy road. Currently I'm in-between jobs, just like I have been for the last 18-odd years and I have this sneaky suspicion that isn't going to change soon, but I don't mind...much. I'm an avid gamer (hur-dur?) but I really only got into the online scene about two years ago and MAN! I've loved it from day one, but aside from gaming I'm an ungodly reader, I have a bad habit of buying a book in the morning and having read it cover to cover by dinner. I'm a big fan of Eddings, Tolkien, Salvatore and countless others, also I love the Halo books. A great read.
Aside from the stuff I do sitting on my butt, I also play Basketball in Division 2...I said I played, not that I was any good, keep that in mind. In fact I just played what I think will be my last game. Ever...probably.
Q. So, what does "Omnicent" mean?
A. Well, it's simple. I wanted something that was quirky, easy to say and memorable. I failed miserably. The name however is derived from the word omniscient, which means to be all knowing. Yeah, I know, little bit self absorbed but I like it and I doubt I'll ever change it, it's grown to be not only my name, but my identity. Strange how these things grow on us, isn't it?
Q. Yup, sure is. Which forums have grown on you (and sprouted hairs)?
A. Well, I spread myself around fairly evenly. I do a lot of my posting in private groups such as KOTOR [/sneakyadvertisement], but when I lurk the public forums I post in The Flood and The Septagon, I take a peak at the Halo 3, Reach and ODST forums to make sure they're there every so often and the good, young, Universe forum; for when I feel like getting into an argument about the mating habits of fictional creatures. (lolno)
I've been know to get into a little bit of fan-fiction, wrote a bit myself (see Snakie for the details, he's good at those), but generally I only like the real stuff.
I'm going to be honest here, I'm not a huge fan of montages. I'm impressed by 3 Killionaires in one life as much as the next guy, but 20 minutes of single no-scopes and triple kills gets a little stale, no matter how many video filters you whack on there.
Q. Oh, man. Good thing I wasn't compelled to highlight four montages this morning! Uh...what compels you to game?
A. Compels me, eh? Well that's a long story that begins way, way back when Duck Hunt and SMB's were the big craze. I sucked at those games. Still do. But being told I can't do something has a habit of making me do it, I'm still no MLG pro by any stretch, but I can pull my weight.
My folks long ago swore off facing me down in any game, be it chess, AoE, Halo or even rock, paper, scissors. I think it was about the time I whooped my dad, sister and a insane AI in AoE3 by myself, 3v1. At that time my accounts were all called Anubis, my strategies of rolling death seemed to demand a god-like name, but when I got XBL that was already taken. Go figure. So I had to come up with something else, see above.
Since my family doesn't even let me play Cluedo with them anymore, I have to play with friends in order to get bragging rights, so I play with some of the guys from school. I'm a lazy kind of guy so we just play online, LAN parties, although fun, are a pain to set up and a blackout ruins the whole night.
All in all I'm a pretty laid back guy when it comes to games, oh don't get me wrong, I like winning, but I'm not going to have a giant cry about a loss. I play to have fun, I play with friends to have fun and I play with people I don't know or like to have fun, and for me that's a good thing, I'm...mediocre in skill so if I played to win I'd end up angry all the time. If I played to annoy people I'd get banned and there's no fun in that. So I play to have fun. It works for me.
Q. What was the first Bungie title you had some fun with?
A. Halo: CE (Deja Vu? No?). I heard about this crazy new game that was taking the world by storm so, naturally, I had to try it.
I'm going to be honest here. Don't hate me for it folks, I was young. I thought it was "meh."
Same thing with Halo 2, hype, hype, hype, "yeah, not bad."
Halo 3 comes around and BAM! "yeah, pretty good."
So I kick it around a bit, and I think to myself, "what's this XBL thing anyway?" So I sign up and ho baby, THIS is what I've been missing all my life! Once I got into the Halo online scene I started to have some realizations about what I was missing out on all those years, THIS is where the fun was at, meeting people, kick their asses, the lag, the thrills, the multi-kills! Talking about other peoples' views on the campaign really changed my opinions, I realized the genius of the story, music. . . I'm having a bit of a ramble, I know, but yes.
In short, it was the people that really sucked me into the world of Halo and ultimately Bungie, got me interested, gave me a real connection to it.
Q. Does the fact that you've been sucked in surprise you somewhat?
A. Yeah, it's a bit of a lark sometimes when I think back on it. If four years ago you told me I'd have good friends I'd never even met, I'd tell you to seek professional advice. Seriously though, sometimes I'm surprised to look at my title bar and see Legendary Member there, that means Iggy's server's down and the coup's not loading. (har-har-har) Lame jokes aside I like this place, I like the people and I love the work they do. Sometimes I can't help but jump on in and be a part of it, it's exhilarating to see a project you had a hand in come to life, at the minute I'm busy with my studies but I lend a hand in the coup group and pump out some custom avatars and title bars once in a while for people who say please.
Q. Do you get involved with any other groups?
A. I'll occasionally lurk the Halo Wars forums, but I'm pretty much a Bungie.net man. You guys must put something in the water...
Aside from that I'm the head of moderation over at the7thwonder.org
, I'm probably not the best qualified person in the world to be a moderator, let alone top dog, but I do what I can and I use my best judgment. That's all you can do, right?
Q. Yup. Anything you wanna add?
A. Yeah, MoAr ReeeEeEeEEeeEACH!!! Seriously, you're taunting me here! I'm almost willing to spend a few thousand bucks to get to you guys and risk a medical bill three miles long trying to past security and get out with the alpha. But I'm not going to. Flat broke you see.
Any-who, on to the shout-outs.
The guys who're going to beat me up after this gets published and I don't mention them: Fatal Tempest - he gets tired a lot so I have to carry him, but he returns the favor sometimes. I Fatoosh I - Jumpy little bugger, but cunning. v GuMBy - Only rage quits sometimes. Samwize1409 & SurgicalShoe - Guys I know, but you guys don't. Crazy how that works, huh?
The guys who'll act all butt-hurt if they don't get a shout-out: Lord Snakie - like the giant, suit wearing twin of Russian decent I never had. x Lord Revan x - Used to think he was an ass, still do, but now he's my kind of ass. Noge - Heh, you'd have to be in the msn party to get it. . . and a whole bunch of others I love but can't mention for lack of witty remarks. Just know that if you're on my friends list you're alright in my book.
ALSO: Very important last point, I would like to give a big shout out to every Australian gamer out there, we get the rough end of the stick when it comes to games being banned, lag and a whole plethora of problems, so to those who stick with it, I salute you.
Thanks for reading this far, or for those who skipped to the end, I don't blame you. Omni out.
Nobody skips to the end of these, dude. They're gold. Gold, I tell you! Thanks for dropping some words, Omni, and as always, there's a discussion thread attached. Drop in to sound off.