It’s time for our monthly Survivor Spotlight! The Survivor Spotlight is a monthly blog post where we hand-pick a Survivor from the community – like you – and interview them.
Ahh, I love the start of a new month – it means I get to interview another awesome Survivor (or, Survivors) for our Survivor Spotlight! For our June’s selection, I interviewed the guys over at GamesUnhinged, Michael and Anthony. Read on to learn more about these Survivors, YouTubers, and just generally awesome dudes!
FEMME: So where are you guys from?
ANTHONY: We both live in different parts of Arizona, near Scottsdale. We live somewhat close to each other which is great when we need to talk about our channel. If you have never been to Arizona, let me tell you, it’s very hot here. Even though we have lived here our whole lives we still are not used to the heat.
FEMME: How did you two meet?
ANTHONY: Well I don’t know if you would consider it “meeting” since we have known each other our whole lives. We are cousins, so you could say we met at a very young age.
FEMME: How did you come up with the handle “GamesUnhinged”?
ANTHONY: Well, when we decided to create a YouTube channel, coming up with a name was first on our mind. We sat down and blurted out a ton of names, typed them into YouTube and slowly narrowed it down to Unhinged Gaming. This sounded perfect for us, but we realized it was taken. I simply switched the words around and came up with GamesUnhinged.
FEMME: Speaking of YouTube, I know you guys make a TON of videos. Can you tell me a little bit more about them and what series you have?
ANTHONY: In the beginning, we only made videos of us playing TDL. We started getting more comfortable with being recorded and we got more creative. That’s when we came up with The Real TDL, which is the first Machinima series of The Dead Linger. We were skeptical of releasing it thinking everyone would hate us, but it was just the opposite – people enjoyed the video and asked for more!
Then we came up with some filler series like Survivor vs. Survivor and TDL Team-Up while we filmed TRTDL. We are still going strong and now starting to talk about another Machinima series.
Once a week we sit down and talk about our next video. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas and other times it comes naturally. Releasing our video every weekend can sometimes be hard, so we work under a deadline.
FEMME: I know I’m not the only one who loves your videos. I know you guys stream as well. What games do you stream aside from The Dead Linger if any?
MICHAEL: Well you’re right, we do love to stream videos often. Since I had discovered the power of live streaming, I’ve become addicted to it. The main games other than TDL that we like to stream are PlanetSide 2, Minecraft, Project Zomboid, NeverWinter, TombRaider, and Dead Space 3. We will be live streaming other games down the road for sure, mainly because I’m definitely addicted to it!
FEMME: How did you hear about The Dead Linger?
MICHAEL: Well one day I was on YouTube looking up “zombie sandbox games” when I stumbled upon The Dead Linger Kickstarter video. I overheard Geoff saying, “The zombie genre has died. We’re bringing it back from the dead.” After hearing that I may have watched the video about twenty times then instantly called Anthony and bugged him about TDL for days. Anthony finally gave in and watched the video for himself and fell in love with the whole idea. That’s the reason why all of our videos are based on The Dead Linger.
FEMME: That’s so awesome to hear! Now, onto more TDL goodies: what is your favorite weapon and item in the game? Remember who you’re talking to.. (hint hint… Femme’s Cookies. Kidding!)
ANTHONY: Well my favorite weapon is the katana because of the damage it has on zombies. Plus, who doesn’t like to hold a four foot samurai sword! On the other hand, most people know I love red books! But in a fight with a zombie I’d rather have a weapon than a piece of literature.
MICHAEL: My favorite weapon in the game is the sledgehammer, mainly because it gets the job done with building a house and bashing some zombie heads together. But I have to say my favorite friend/item in the game is the pet rock, aka William!
FEMME: If you could implement any item into The Dead Linger, what would you choose?
MICHAEL: There are a lot of things that we would like to implement into the game, but the biggest one we would like is offline communication by using signs, books, or recordings to share with other Survivors.
A good example of this is if you have a friend that lives on the other side of the world IRL and you are not always on when he or she is, you can leave a note telling them to go collect some supplies. This idea could be very helpful for us Survivors to communicate.
FEMME: What has been your most memorable moment while playing The Dead Linger?
ANTHONY: Our most memorable moment was in Build 001. We both spawned into the world for the first time and had our first looks at this beautiful game! Sitting there in awe, a zombie came up from behind us and started to attack Michael.
While Michael fended for his life, I ran away screaming like a little girl. When I approached a nearby town, I could see Michael chasing after me. Looking in the distance, Michael had some followers.
We made our way into the garage of a house where we soon after realized zombies couldn’t get us from in there. Getting a better look at these ugly creatures, I came up with an idea to gather them up. Only able to collect about 10 (which was a lot for the time), we sat watching them trying to eat us. I blurt out, “This is zombie hoarding!” Since then, that’s what we call it!
FEMME: That sounds like it was fun! Do you guys have a “survival plan” for The Dead Linger? Do you guys stick together when you play or go your own separate ways?
ANTHONY: Sticking together is what Survivors are supposed to do. Keeping that in mind, we like to think of ourselves as leaders. This means we plan to travel together to find the best location to create our own community, where we can house lost and defenseless Survivors that need a home or a place to stay and protect them from other Survivors and, obviously, walkers.
FEMME: With that in mind, how do you feel about PvP in The Dead Linger? Have you come across it much and find other hostile Survivors? How do you deal with it when you do?
ANTHONY: Well right now PvP is pointless. Why kill someone when you get nothing out of it? Sometimes Michael and I mess around and kill each other, or I might troll him and repeatedly shoot him when he’s not looking, but that’s just because it’s fun.
In the future, PvP could be nice only because it adds to the realism of the game. At this stage of the game if someone continues to PvP us for no apparent reason then we will bust out in a hardcore gun fight!
FEMME: I’ll keep that in mind next time I try to kill you! Moving on to the Builds, what is your favorite update/improvement/fix/addition in Build 009?
ANTHONY: One of the additions that we liked very much was the barricading. It takes the game to a whole new level. Giving the player the option to take a piece of wood and a hammer and nail it onto the doors and windows of a house is amazing. It gives us a sense of safety and comfort.
One thing we talked about with Richard is the toggle hands command. We know he’s a fan of our Machinima series so when he told us he was thinking of adding a toggle hands command we were ecstatic! This helps us bring more realism to our series and we are extremely grateful!
FEMME: That’s great! Now, what are you guys most excited for in Build 010?
MICHAEL: We are most excited to be able to craft and hunt in Build 010! Having the opportunity to go out and hunt for food will be great! This will also open up more opportunities to create more videos!
FEMME: As you probably know, we are going through a Big Engine Change™ for The Dead Linger. Do you have any theories or suspicions on what that entails? What are your thoughts on it?
MICHAEL: Well saying that it is a big engine change, I think that may mean that TDL will have better graphics and will probably run better. It may also mean that there will be a lot of changes in game such as crafting and changing the way you would normally do something. For example, nailing boards to windows may be different, or the way biomes spawn. Now obviously these are only guesses.
FEMME: I know we’re excited to share the news with you when its time! Now onto some non-The Dead Linger related Q’s: When did you guys first get into gaming?
ANTHONY: Well since I was a baby my dad was always into gaming. He would sit me down on his lap and show me how the computer works. Since I liked it so much he would have me play educational games that taught me how to write or speak. Eventually, I grew as did my gaming experience. Educational games turned into first person shooters – big jump! Then there were obviously console games like Nintendo 64 and the GameCube, but I never really was interested in PC games until I started playing with Michael.
MICHAEL: I started gaming when I was really young. My first game and gaming system was the Gameboy and I played Pokemon Ruby. Very fun game!
FEMME: What genres do you guys like to play the most? And what are some of your favorite games?
MICHAEL: We used to play strategy games before we got into sandbox games.
Some of our favorite games are The Dead Linger, SimCity, Minecraft, Garry’s Mod, PlanetSide 2, NeverWinter, Dead Space 3, Arma 2, Arma 2 OA, all of the Tomb Raider games, WoW, Blocks that Matter, Battlefield 3, Among the Sleep, Left 4 Dead 1-2, Crysis 2-3, the Hidden, Starcraft 1-2, GTA 4, and last but not least Command & Conquer.
FEMME: Nice choices! What are some of your hobbies outside of gaming?
ANTHONY: Outside of gaming, it’s making videos and messing around with Photoshop CS6. I also like to draw and paint a lot! I’m actually doing a painting of TDL right now. I’m not sure when I will be done but when I am I’ll definitely share it with you guys! Then I love to play the guitar so I can serenade the ladies.
MICHAEL: Some of my hobbies are playing football, paintballing, and going to the gym. Some of my other hobbies are on the computer, such as editing videos and recording sound. My favorite out of all of these, though, is playing paintball because I feel like I can get ready for the zombie apocalypse.
FEMME: Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
MICHAEL: I am funny, tall, skinny, sexy, awesome, cool, friendly, chatterbox, zombie fanatic, dog lover, strong, athletic, love AC/DC, buff.
ANTHONY: I am tall, and as my mother would say “handsome” (sexy). I’m smooth with my words and cocky. I’m also very funny. You could say I’m perfect.
FEMME: Haha, that’s great! Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout out to?
ANTHONY: We would like to give a shout out to all of our TDL friends from the GU Community such as Howell, Philip, Grant, Ganz Oakwood, Mad Scientist, Gr4zhoper, and Alex.
Then we would like to give a special shout out to Richard Keene for supporting our channel and videos. He was the first to discover us from Sandswept and he got our channel rolling.
Then another special shout out goes to you, Dana, for doing amazing stuff like this and giving us these extraordinary opportunities to be a part of the TDL community!
FEMME: You guys are awesome! Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to talk with you guys more about The Dead Linger, your YouTube channel, and other goodies!
Linger on, Survivors.