Feature MisterYoda, May 2013 Edition of the Member Spotlight does! Please excuse the awkward sentence structure for sake of a Star Wars reference. There is, however, plenty to GS*MisterYoda beyond that of being a Star Wars fan. He has been a Gunslinger member for over two years, and many of you have interacted with him on the GS Forums or on some game’s online servers. Let’s put down the controller for a moment to find out more about MisterYoda, the person. By all means, pick up your favorite beverage and enjoy the read!
GS: You have a habit of greeting new members via replies in the Introductions section of the GS Forums and have even taken the time and money to put together a Battlefield 3 Server for your fellow Gunslingers. What inspires you to continue to help out the Gunslinger group, and who made the first lasting impression on you when you signed up back in January, 2011?
MisterYoda: I believe there is a lot of things that make me want to help out the Gunslinger group. One being that we are a mature group of adults. Heck, we all like to sit back, drink a few beverages and goof off. I love the atmosphere that has been set since the beginning, where I can goof off, relax, and just laugh with people that are either equally as bad as me or better. I believe the first person that got me to sign up was Twin40, back when I played MAG. Asked me if I wanted to join GS after I started playing in Black Ops, then just went with it since. I have seen great members such as MargirataMama, leifvr, and shawn come through. Sheesh, good times.
GS: Are you still part of the United Air force? How long have you been serving and what drew you to the military experience in the first place?
MisterYoda: I am lucky still part of the United States Air Force. I been serving for 4 years now andwill continue for another 4 more years. I love doing my job there, which is Network Administration. Really blast of a job, because I get to work on servers all day. The thing that drew me to the military experience was two things: my dad who served 22 years and a bit of me wanting to get a Masters Degree. I always wanted to get one, because seriously, who has one theses days?
GS: From the very beginning of your GS membership, you have stated you play both PC and console games. If a crazy person held your PC and your PS3 over a cliff and made you pick only one to save, which one would it be? Why?
MisterYoda: Well, seeing as it is only those two, and I get to keep my Wii U and Xbox360, I would have to go with the PS3. The crowd on the PS3 is amazing, and I get to hang with crazy people who get to put up with me. I don’t get that same experience in a PC when I played through, which is why I went to playing consoles. I will always miss Zombies in Counter Strike Source, but heck, PS3 has some pretty cool Zombie type games or plug-ins, so I am okay with it.
GS: What was the very first game you remember playing?
MisterYoda: I have to say my first game that I ever got to play was….wait for it…Top Gun for Nintendo. Yes, my brother had it and I got addicted to playing that game. I never did get the landing portions down right, as it was pretty much luck anyways. From there, I went to the PC world for a LONG time before really coming back to consoles. I went from Starcraft, to Counter Strike which I played for many years to a game that many people did not know was online play, Halo. I played Halo for about 5 years, and know the ends and outs of that game very well.
[Here's MisterYoda during some Frosty Pints high jinx]
GS: Once upon a time in the GS Forums, you confessed a secret love for J-Pop. Please explain. What groups are among your all time favorites? Does this musical taste bleed over to an interest in anime as well? Which series are among your favorites?
MisterYoda: OH NOES! No one was suppose to know about that. Man, I got addicted to J-Pop from watching a large amount of anime. Listening to large amount of J-Pop will piss the Miss Yoda off, but hey, she doesn’t mind if she gets to watch her shows. I know very well it did bleed over from watching anime, because when you starting watching as much anime as I have, you start getting songs in your head, and then from there, a new world opens. As for anime, that is a different subject for a different day. I could give anyone reviews for almost every single anime out there, and if I don’t know it, I go watch it. As for some of my favorites, it would have to go with Gundam series (pick one), Fruits Basket, Hellsing, or Astro Boy (1980).
GS: I must ask. Why isn’t your name MasterYoda? In other words, what’s the story behind your name?
MisterYoda: Well, it started one night with a bottle of Jack Daniels. Nah, I seen too many Master Yoda’s, so I thought to bring out a gentlemen side to it, and then began MisterYoda. I been using this name since Ibeen gaming online, and people see it sometimes and know it from 10 years ago. Man, I never went outside as a kid, but I never wanted to annoy adults online, so I kept my mic off to make people think I was a gentlemen. As for the Yoda part, picked it up from watching the old school Star Wars and thought he was the best out of all the characters.
GS: E3 is right around the corner. What are your thoughts on the upcoming generation of consoles? What things are you excited to hear? What are elements that you aren’t?
MisterYoda: I believe the next generation console war is already deciding a few fates of companies (sorry Nintendo fans, reminds me of Sega). I think if Microsoft doesn’t pull something crazy like a cheap console, I know Sony is leaving them behind finally. I am really super excited about the idea of the share button. I like playing my games, but would love to show a few friends how my drunken play is at times, and you really can’t do that now. As for a few elements that aren’t, I think the Wii U would be one. I really thought they would go the route of Sony, and make that spare screen something that can be used on tablets and gaming on the go. Instead, they made a separate screen and kept a different handheld.
GS: Okay. Let’s pretend you have a plane with unlimited fuel. Hell, let’s even say the thing is invisible, but Wonder Woman is not included (sicko). Where in the world have you always wanted to go? Why? Now, let’s pretend you got over-excited after a viewing of Top Gun and you crashed the plane. What are some local flavors where you live that a traveler MUST go?MisterYoda: I always wanted to go to Ireland. I am half Irish, so going to Ireland only makes sense. I wanted to go to the churches there and check out the scenery. It is a place that people can enjoy the locals just cussing up a storm at you, and it’s okay. As per your second question, lets pretend that no person has to come here to Wichita Falls. Now back in Jacksonville, Florida, I would say go to St. Augustine. It is a place to enjoy the scenery.
GS: What is something about you that tends to surprise people when finding out? Now, you don’t have to tell us, but we will be forced to make something up, Mr. Slinky Champion of 1994.
MisterYoda: I would have to say how much of a sports fan I am. People are blown away on how much I watch sports. I watch anything from NBA to MLB to NFL. I have ESPN as much as possible, and tend to keep up with it more than the real news.
GS: Yarr! What is your favorite drink?
MisterYoda: I have two really: 18 Year old Jamison Whiskey straight up and Crown ‘n’ Coke.
Thank you for taking the time to sit down with us, MisterYoda, and thank you, dear readers, for taking the time to learn more about a fellow Gunslinger. If you would like to comment on this interview, feel free to do so in this forum topic!