I know you are, but what am I?
Reading through Alex's interview below, you might be left with the impression that he's super cantankerous, seldom serious, and so totally into Pee Wee Herman. That's okay, we take all stripes in the Bungie Community. Read on to learn more about some guy you've never heard of!
Q. Who are you and what do you do?
A. Hi there, I’m Alex and I’m a student at the local junior college here in lovely Sonoma County, California. Aside from being a good student and doing all my homework (Ha! Yeah, right…), I also fly small airplanes, compose music, play video games, eat cake and sandwiches, drink Pepsi, wear pants (sometimes), and just sit around on my ass surfing the internet and doing nothing instead of doing more important things. I’m a world-class procrastinator.
Q. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. I just made that up. Clever, eh? Tell us how you made your user name up.
A. My name does, indeed, have a long history with it, but the full story is really just a bunch of tl;dr, so I’ll give you the short version; My uncle was the first (among other things, he had a Porsche 944 Turbo with “AN ELF” plates), and then my dad, being the unoriginal jerk that he is, used the name but added a 2. Then I, being the unoriginal bastard jerk that I am, added the 3 and capitalized the A, making it into a single gibberish word with no meaning. Thus, Anelf3 was born and the universe cringed a little bit.
Point is, I’m some jerk who’s neither average, nor named Joe. Good job in picking me.
Q. Actually, we just draw names randomly. Why are you here?
A. I’m a group guy. The main forums scare me too much to bother posting in most of the time, so I prefer the sexy, intimacy of groups. Of those, I’m a longtime member of The Marty Army, which was the sole reason I joined this site originally, so I could pester Marty with questions in his Q&A. Eventually I spread my wings a bit and joined some other groups, and I currently have a cozy nook in a few of my favorites. I even made my own crappy group (with the help of my good friend Index) designed for artists of all types to show off their work with the rest of the community! Hell, we even got Marty to join! Unfortunately, it’s pretty quiet in there… So quiet you can even hear the echo of my coughing.
Hmm, did you hear something?
Q. Nope, pretty sure you're just typing the word "cough." After you're done pretending to clear your throat, tell me why you game.
A. First of all, I hate the word “game” as a verb. So shut up.
Second of all, I play for fun. I’m very uncompetitive when playing (meaning, I am teh suck). I’m maybe just a tiiiny bit better than Marty.
Typically I buy games for the single player. The multiplayer to me is just a nifty extension that can be a fun change of pace for a bit, but I get sick of it quickly. I like being immersed in the game worlds which, to me, can only come when playing alone with little distraction. As fun and awesome as co-op with friends is, I need to play games alone first to get the full experience.
I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.
Q. What was the first Bungie title you played?
A. Well to tell this story, we’ll have to go back a few years to when I was in 2nd grade…
*cue dreamy transition and whole-tone glissando*
The year was 1995, and I had just switched to a new school and had a new best friend. Back then, the only computer I had was a low budget, crappy (though still awesome) Mac LC, while my friend had an IBM compatible PC with DOS and Windows 3.1! So one day when I was at his house, he introduced me to a little game called Doom, which I immediately fell in love with. Later, I told my dad about this game and asked him if he could get it for our Mac and eventually he came home from work with some disks of a game that his friend at work said was “like Doom.” Although I was disappointed, it was still better than nothing. So that game turned out to be Pathways Into Darkness (well, the demo anyway…), and it ran like ass on that computer, but I still played it a lot even though I never got very far because those damn skeleton things were too hard! Also, that game scared the -blam!- out of me a few times, like when you’re walking in a dark area and there’s no noise and all of a sudden you get hurt and turn around and BAM there’s a big weird scary fish thing looking at you and then kills you!
So it wasn’t much, but that was technically my first Bungie game. And later, we bought a Zip drive which came with the demo of Marathon which my dad said he heard of from someone at work who said it was really cool, but it required a 13” monitor with 256 colors which we just didn’t have... So I never actually played that, although I HAD it.
Granted, at the time I didn’t know Bungie made those games or even knew what Bungie was, but much later when my friend introduced me to Halo, I looked Bungie up and discovered that, indeed, they made those games I had and bricks were shat.
And that’s the story of April Fool’s Day!
Q. I don't think that's correct. Let's switch the subject. Are you surprised by your involvement with the Bungie community?
A. Well, I wouldn’t say I have that high of a level of involvement, since I’m just a group dweller… But yes, I think if you had told me when I first joined for The Marty Army that I’d still be around 5 years later, doing more things and making lots of friends, I’d be a little surprised.
Q. Do you dwell in any other communities?
A. Hmm, not really. I occasionally post in some game mod (the good PC kind) development related forums, but that probably doesn’t really count… Boring question, next please!
Q. Yeah, I almost fell asleep twice during this interview. We should pack it up. Anything you would wanna add before I get some shut eye?
A. I wanna give a big thanks to Bungie and the webteam for creating and maintaining this lovely site and making it a fun place to live. 5 years is a long time to stay someplace in internet time.
And, since you asked… Sure! I’d like to give a big shoutout to all the many friends I’ve made here over the last 5-1/2 years, starting with the old Marty Army gang: Marty (of course), M41 LAAG (Niatona), EvilEye, Halo Punk, WhiteRaven119, dont4get2flush, TheHappyPants, SteelAssassn, BlueElite171, Crazy Dino, Banshee 21, crescendo, mothergoat, Sasquach, Marit Lage, Carbon, my IRL friends Gorden and Teh Hippo (formerly CrankyHippo), my newer friends from other places here (in no particular order); dmg04, hawkeye543, MoonDawg, penguin, Brand220, Index, Qbix, Skibur, DieByMyHand, , Dark Assassn, Nos, CortanaV, SonicJohn, CAVX, Crow, HaloChick, and then all my friends in The 1337ists, Mythic Members, and You Are Not Welcome (<3). Phew. And if I forgot anybody (I’m sure I did), you can have my head. Er, how about my pants? Yeah, you can have my pants. These things are driving me nuts!
And remember kids, if you believe in yourself, drink your school, stay in drugs, and don't do milk - you can get work!
I don't think that's correct either, Alex. Anywho, thanks for lurking, thanks for playing, and thanks for assembling some letters into coherent sentences so we could publish this interview to our webspace! We'll erect a discussion thread in your honor!