Can't hear you over the sound of how awesome he is.
This week's Average Joe is interested in the past, participates in political exercises, and enjoys taking long walks on the beach. Okay, so maybe I made that last part up. If you want to get the real deal on what keeps one burritosenior involved in our online community, take a digital walk through the interview below.
Q. Who are you and what do you do?
A. I'm known as folp9 or, more commonly, burritosenior. Silly stalkers, you don't need my real name. I'm currently a high school student, however I am taking two college level classes (History being my specialty). Here's an artist rendition of what I look like:
I've always planned on joining the Air Force to get into college and then serving my country from the home front. The Air Force seems to be really underrated. They'll pay for college, food, board, and you get job security. It's a great deal, really.
Law is something that has always interested me, and I've done research on the topic. I hope that I can pursue a career in law for the Air Force. When a lot people think "military" I don't think lawyer is the job that comes to mind, but oh well. "Imitation is Suicide" after all. +5 cool points to anyone who can explain that quote and say who coined it without going to Google.
I do a number of activities, such as volunteering for the Salvation Army during the holidays. More commonly though I've been getting involved in politics. The school I attend is one of 100 in the U.S. that got invited to go to a conference in Beijing, China for Model U.N. in the summer (I’ll be gone a few weeks in August. No PAX for me, unfortunately).
Basically we emulate the United Nations. You get to go all over the country (and outside for this one) for these conferences. Shoot, another Bungie.net member and I even went to the same conference this year! It's a great way to be social and explore the world a bit (by explore the world I don't mean going to Africa to find out that aliens are excavating some ancient artifact).
Q. Hmm. None of that has anything to do with Mexican cuisine or being a respected elder. Where did your tag come from?
A. Ah, burritosenior doesn't really have all that pleasant of a history. A few years ago some friends of mine wanted to get me into this thing called AIM. It said I needed a user name. Hmm, but what to make it? I was using folp9 at the time, but I grew tired of having a name with numbers in it.
Well as luck would have it, I had burritos not ten minutes before that. I had a bit of gas. That got me thinking if refried beans give gas...burritos! However, that wasn't enough. "Burrito" would not make a good name. I had to expand on it. So, using my vast knowledge of the Spanish language, I came up with the word "Senior." Thus "burritosenior" was born. I would like to point out that it's pronounced burr-E-toe seen-your. Apparently some people think it's something else.
Q. That's a pretty strange little story. When you're not expanding on your expulsions, where do you set up shop online for non-gaseous discussions?
A. I'm pretty much the guy who roams the Halo 3 forum. This may sound weird to some people, but I find it entertaining and rewarding to answer questions people have. I was once asked why I do this and what effect it has on the outside world. My answer: probably nothing. The act in itself is enough for me. I always love it when I hear a "thank you" because what I said was helpful, though.
Really the forum there is the thing that attracts me the most. There are stereotypes that I'm well aware of regarding the Halo 3 forum. Children who can't type well and are incapable of reading the stickies go there. All I can say to that is: The Halo 3 forum has an issue of quantity, not quality - from what I can see of course. We have some very nice people in there, and I find it rude to generalize everyone. The problem is that the forum gets such high traffic, it looks like there's only spam. I've had some of the best and most intelligent conversations I've ever had on the internet in that forum.
While I make sure I never join a group if I get a group invite (unless I really know the person), I'm in a number of quality groups. I have responsibilities in those groups that keep me coming back. More importantly, I enjoy the company of people in those groups. I counted a few weeks ago and 87 people on my friends list were people from Bungie.net. Most of those people were from my groups, too.
Q. So, what aspects of gaming do you enjoy the most?
A. The storylines of games really interest me. Halo: CE was the first Sci-Fi item that I've ever experienced. It opened up a whole new world to me, such as the greatest book since the Bible: Ender's Game. I love a good read because I'm fascinated by the stories people come up with. So, I always pay close attention to the storylines. I'm always shocked when I hear someone say they don't care about the storyline of a game. Shoot, the main reason I bought Halo 3 was because I wanted to finish the God danged fight those jerks at Bungie halted!
Q. Speaking of jerks, are the other thirteen folks on your friends list traditional friends and family, or do you restrict your gameplay time to our digital denizens only?
Most of my online time is with friends I've met on Bungie.net. Before I latched onto Bungie.net, I had a fairly small friends list and played by myself often. Then I started coming here. For weeks after Halo 3 came out later, I constantly helped random people with Legendary Campaign. I met some cool people that way. We got into matchmaking and I remember thinking to myself in these exact words: "This game is a lot more fun with other people." It was always exciting to see an invite pop up then, haha. Now I love playing with Bungie.net people and I love getting in a party for some nice Objective Games.
Q. What was the original Bungie title you picked up and how did you get into it?
A. My first Bungie game was Halo: CE all back in early 2002. There was another game which I adored at the time. I'd have friends come over and we'd play. Then one day a friend said, "Halo is better." Well, I didn't like that one bit! So, I went out to Blockbuster and rented Halo: CE. I loved it. I beat it in two days or so and bought it a day after I returned the game.
The thing that really got me into the game has to be the fact that before that all I played was Mario, Duck Hunt, Centipede, and some game for the Xbox (a game I loved, but I can't seem to remember). After those games, Halo was a step into a new century. The controls seemed to work so well. I loved the story and the voice of the Master Chief really astounded me. I'd always have to make sure that there was no ambient noise when the Chief was talking. I had to hear him, haha. Besides, the scene where the Flood was introduced was the scariest and most thrilling scene I've ever seen at that point.
What really blew me away though is the music. I've been a fan of the music since I played Halo: CE. Billy Joel has been my idol for years (and still is), but Marty O' Donnell and Michael Salvatori simply blew me away. I'm a piano player myself and I have been for eight years. So I felt that I could really appreciate all the hard work that was put into it.
Before Halo 3 came out there was a video on the Marketplace, with a scene about the music. One employee said that Marty was pulling out E-Dorian then said, "Oops, I meant he's paying homage to other artists." Well for the next week I looked all over the internet for a bunch of pieces in E-Dorian. Heh, I was very excited for that little slip.
Q. So, at some point playing the game led you to look all over the internet and eventually find a bunch of people hanging out here. Now you're being interviewed because you've been pretty active and made a name for yourself on the site. Does that shock you a little bit?
A. Yes, actually. I've been posting for years now answering questions. It's become a routine for me. While I doubt that anybody outside of Bungie.net knows who I am, it's nice to see some people recognize me here. A thing that really stunned me was that when some people got the Mythic Map Pack Codes early (which I am very grateful for still - thank you Bungie and peterson4, who gave the code to me), I actually came across people in the playlist who knew me! If I'm making some positive impact on this part of the community, then I know that I have to keep doing it. I don't post for me. While I'm not even close to being completely altruistic, I think a good point is to help the other people out.
Q. Do you offer up altruistic assistance online at any other communities?
A. Not really, no. Although I did make an account on the Call of Duty website months ago. A few days after I made it I received an e-mail with a Call of Duty: World at War beta code for the Xbox 360! So that was pretty nice. The night after Gears of War 2 came out I went on their website for some things and I got to talk with someone from Epic Games (I believe it was, based on the title by their name at least). Still, those are one time things. Bungie is my favorite gaming company because I truly believe they care about their fans. Some people might call me a raving fan boy and whatnot. Well... so what? I believe Bungie is a great company, and for danged good reason.
To anybody who has a problem with that: I challenge you to fisticuffs.
Q. Wanna make some additions and some shout-outs?
A. I'd like to reiterate that I'm thankful to Bungie and all those who work for them for everything they've done. Bungie obviously cares for their fans and I can only hope this continues even after they're done with the Halo series.
Much love to one of my groups I'm a moderator in: Owners of the Katana
. That's the group I frequent most often and one of the main reasons I come to this site.
I would also like everybody to know that I am a BUNGLE Pro
I'll also just say that you're all welcome to message me if you have any other questions and all.
Much love to king nikki and the Owners of the Katana guys, jmh, killane and my other BUNGLE Pros, guys in ‘The Real Community’, new friends in ‘Spartan I Project’, PiercingTiger (see? Told you I’d mention you in my next news story), duardo, xianoa, qbix, guitarplyr123, odmichael, sonicjohn, everyone else on my Friends List ( see? None of you can say I didn’t mention you :P), Urk (who I promise not to send chain mail to since I have his E-mail now), and dazarobbo because I think of him as my partner in the Halo 3 forum. Also… Facility B5D. I’m not a member of that group but they put on that Hope Unto Dawn Charity (which I participated in) and I love that. I failed miserably but it was much fun and for a good cause- plus… I got to represent BUNGLE! And no type of gaming is better than BUNGLE now (SMG helping to replace the BR in Halo 3: ODST? Big step for BUNGLE!)
*mentions H3ITWP too because that will please Urk*
Oh, also be sure to tell my friend Lord Snakie hello if you see him, because he's cool too.
Cheers all! I prefer to read private messages with proper spelling, punctuation, and capitalization, my Bungie related goal is to get something signed by Marty O’Donnell, Halo related goal is to get Blood Gulch back (dang you, Lukems!!!) and don’t forget read the stickies before posting in the forums!
A thank you to burritosenior for helping us make this week's Average Joe interview awesome and for digging up the decent discussion in our Halo 3 forum on a regular basis. We'll sticky this in the Bungie Blog for a day or two, but otherwise our interview with burritosenior has come to a close. If you want to weigh in with your properly spelled comments, go ahead and hit the discussion link.