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Interview with BrenTheMan

Posted by TheInterviewer - October 9th, 2013


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Interview No. 125
Interview By:
J-Rex

Today I have with me the latest addition to the Newgrounds staff team. You may know him for his work with PsychoGoldFish on Mini-Putt Online. He is none other than BrenTheMan!

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Q: How did you find Newgrounds?

A: I worked with a guy who worked with PsychoGoldfish at one point. For some reason I can't remember (early 2000s), I added PG to AIM and I'm sure through him I learned of Newgrounds.
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Q: When you found Newgrounds what about it made you join?

A: Making the multi-player server that ran Mini-Putt Online with PG. I actually made like $100 or something so that was cool.
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Q: What was it like working with PsychoGoldFish on Mini-Putt Online?

A:Pretty cool. It's challenging stuff but we got it working. I'm still very proud of our work.
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Q: Why haven't you released anything since Mini-Putt Online?

A: I had a day job that wasn't NG and didn't really like to work nights/weekends and PG doesn't either.
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Q: Under your stats it says you have released 2 games but the public can only see Mini-Putt Online? Was there another project you removed? If so what was it?

A: Pico Roulette. It's broken and we never got around to fixing it
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Q: Why do you have the lollipop level icon and not a tank?

A: No clue.
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Q: How is it working for Newgrounds?

A: I get to work on cool stuff all day and don't have to deal with corporate BS. The older I get, the harder it is to drink the corporate kool-aid so to speak. It's nice to not have to deal with that any more.
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Q: Are you in Glenside or do you work from somewhere else?

A: I'm in the suburbs and come in to the office most days, and work from home a lot too.
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Q: How did you get a job at Newgrounds?

A: By knowing PG, it being good timing for everyone, and being a good fit technically and hopefully personality wise.
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Q: What do you think of Newgrounds now compared to when you signed up? Better or worse?

A: I respect the community but have never been apart of it so I can't really say (I am not really wired for such things). I am more behind the scenes - I make sure everything is up and running well and before that I didn't have much involvement in NG after we finished the multiplayer stuff.
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Q: Any upcoming features for the site you can tell us?

A: We're planning on doing a pretty extensive multiplayer system that will build upon our previous work. We have a few projects to tackle first though.
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Q: Any personal projects you working on you can share with us?

A: NG is my personal project. I watched a video the other day where someone said "I get paid to do my hobby." That's how it is for me.
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BrenTheMan is a great addition to the Newgrounds Staff and seems like an all around nice guy. I'm sure we are all awaiting the multiplayer system he mentioned. Until next time, keep on reading.
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Comments (6)

Good stuff, seems indeed to be a nice and humble person, thanks to both you and him for the interview :)

Great read! Multiplayer system!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep doing these more often. Once a week if that's not too hard.

The-Great-One has been having computer troubles so posting one a week is nearly impossible. I'd love to do it but it can't be done as of now.

He seems like a cool guy.

Short and concise answers, but still plenty of info. Seems like he's tuned into the community much more since this interview was done too, probably the most active staff member in general right now. Good read!