This week for the 22 questions I have a chat with Midnight. Although Midnight may not have known of me, I have been keeping up with his writings on his blog, The Midnight Hour, ever since I interviewed the maker of said blog, Rapture. Previously titled “Midnight in Iraq”, he used his blog to talk about Iraq (where he was stationed), gaming, and sometimes a little mix of the two. I found it all quite interesting and have followed along for a while. Without further delay of game, here are his answers to the questions.
- Gamertag: THX Midnight
- Pet Peeve: The screaming, spoiled, immature, and naive pre-pubescant idiots that comprise 80% of XBL.
- Your Best Moment of Triumph: Knocking on a terrorist’s door at 2 AM and telling him “Hello, we’re here to take you to prison. But you’re not going to white-collar resort prison. No, no, no. You’re going to Iraqi federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison.”
- Game That Was the Biggest Let Down: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Sega CD. With the advent of the internet, I don’t usually buy games unless I know they’re good. The last game I (and at that age by “I,” I mean “my dad”) bought that turned out to be a real stinker was this gem for Sega CD.
- Closest You Have Come to Death: While on a patrol in Iraq my HMMWV got hit by an IED. It got some shrapnel into the cab, but I only took a small piece to the wrist. We also had a couple engagements where we took RPG and machinegun fire, but the IED was probably the closest call.
- What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know: Dividing a mass of 30+ people into teams for a Halo LAN and making them keep still until the game starts.
- Little Known Fact: My first concert was MC Hammer.
- Ideal Business: A gunsmithing business in the back of my LAN center.
- First Game That Had You Hooked: Wow, the very first? I suppose that would be River City Ransom for NES. Yeah, I played Atari 2600 games and the original Mario Brothers as much as anyone my age (25), but I was really enthused with River City Ransom, and I still don’t know why.
- Mac or PC: Are Mac’s still around? I thought Apple just made iPods now?
- Song You Are Currently Listening to: I’m not listening to anything “right now,” but the last song to play on my iPod at the gym this morning was “Pushing me Away” by Linkin Park.
- Game/System You Are Looking Forward to the Most: Halo 3. Finish the fight, baby!
- Supernatural Power of Choice: Super-human healing. If one had super-human healing then he could have metal fused to his skeleton and become almost invincible. I’ve often said that would make a good topic for a comic book superhero, but nobody listens to me.
- Most Expensive Thing You Ever Stole: A flower, from the ground, in front of Winn Dixie. I was too cheap to buy my girlfriend (now wife) flowers, so before a date one evening I grabbed a plastic cup from home, pulled over to the flower bed in front of my local grocery store (where I was also employed), dug a single Pansy out of the ground with my bare hand, and plopped it into the cup. She was overwhelmed, as usual.
- Favorite Arcade Game: Missile Command. How can one rolling sphere and one button be so much fun?
- Last Gadget Purchased: Xbox Live Vision Camera.
- Favorite Holiday: MLK’s Birthday. I get a 4-day weekend off work, plus I don’t have to go to any parties, help the wife prepare a big meal, put up a tree, watch a parade, or buy anything. I can just sit on my butt and do whatever I want…and that is truly glorious.
- Current Trend You Least Understand: Women’s fashion. Huge, “Mr. Ed” sunglasses. Purses the size of a small African country. Capri pants. WTF?
- Simon or Garfunkel: Garfunkel, only because the actor who spoofed Sean Connery on SNL’s Celebrity Jeopardy quoted his name in one episode, telling Alex Trebek “I Garfunkeled your mother!”
- Historical Figure You Would Reanimate: Thomas Jefferson, my political hero. People would listen to him too, because he’s on the nickel.
- Dogs, Cats, Birds or Wombats: Dogs. Loyal, trainable, practical…what’s not to love? Birds are tasty, though.
- Movie Quote: “We were out at the Olive Garden for dinner—which was lovely—and I happen to look over at a certain point during the meal and see a waitress taking an order, and I found myself wondering what color her underpants might be. Her panties. Odds are they are probably basic white, cotton, underpants. But I sort of think, well, maybe they’re silk panties? Maybe it’s a thong? Maybe it’s something really cool that I don’t even know about. You know, and I started feeling… what? I thought we were in the trust tree—in the nest, were we not?” – Frank Ricard, Old School
- Dolbex asks- Who do you look up to in the gaming world: My original Halo teammate and co-founder of The Hushed Casket: FoulBreed. Sure, I could have said HP Darkman or some MLG star, but who knows, they could be assholes, and I’ve never played against them. Of all the people I’ve played against in tournaments and online, I get the best feeling on those rare occasions during a team game that I meet up with FoulBreed 1v1 and come out the winner. I know then that I have really accomplished something.
Those have to be some of the better responses I have read in some time. Nice improv on the planted flower to the girlfriend. Your secret is safe here. Readers, be sure to drop by The Midnight Hour and read his latests entries, and I would recommend delving back into some previous ones if you have the time. Thanks for the interview Midnight, keep up the great work.