Community Spotlight: Aerosteam

Community Spotlight: Aerosteam

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Escapist? It's back.

Ever since The Escapist's Community Spotlight was under consideration to return from its rather abrupt hiatus, the one name that I knew I wanted to interview right off the bat was Aerosteam. I could think of no other candidate, given what this user had done for the community during its hiatus. In fact, it was partially because of Aerosteam that the Spotlight has returned at all. During the hiatus, Aerosteam began doing a similar project, on the forums, title "Creative Spotlight." In these Creative Spotlights, Aerosteam would interview members of the community in a Community Spotlight-esque style. His targets were those members of the community who were creatively inspired -- whether it be music, drawing, or anything else that's creative in some way or another.

It was these Creative Spotlights that proved how there was still interest in the Community Spotlight. That is the type of contribution to the site that earns its user a well-deserved interview.

That isn't the only thing that Aerosteam has contributed to The Escapist's community, however. He has also begun work on Super Smash Escapists, a blatant and joking riff on Super Smash Bros. It's a (currently theoretical) game whose characters, stages, and basically everything else has been thought up by members of The Escapist. You may have seen one of its two threads.

Here is the man behind these two projects.

How long have you been a member of The Escapist, and what about the site brought you here?

I've been visiting the site since late 2008. What brought me here was the animated series, Unforgotten Realms (which still holds up even though the plot never really went anywhere). UR's older series had like 5(?) episodes and then it just stopped, wondered why, went to UR's website, found out that it had been rebooted and was on episode 15, clicked play on the new first episode and got taken here.

See? Not everyone was drawn by Yahtzee and his stallion-like charisma. Eventually I created an account and posted a thread in the forums about crossover fighting games despite having no interest in them. Since then my sanity slowly slipped away.

What is your favorite current Escapist feature?

Probably the forums in general. I've seen a lot of other forums. Nothing is as clean, welcoming, well-moderated and tasty as the Escapist forums. Also the community here is faaantastic.

During the official Community Spotlight's hiatus, you started posting similar features on the forums called "Creative Spotlight." What gave you that idea?

I was afraid the Community Spotlight wasn't coming back, so I wanted to fill the void in my heart with something similar. It all started with only erttheking in mind, then, it progressed to me wanting to get to know more about other users here I've been acquainted to, mainly the people of The Escapist Creative Society. I didn't want it to be just the "Community Spotlight but not really" so I decided to focus on the creativity I've seen and introduced to here.

I'll start getting more Creative Spotlights out soon! No, really!

You have also taken to designing a community Super Smash Bros. clone, Super Smash Escapists. How did you come up with that idea? Are you actually going to try to make a real game out of the idea, or will it stay in the conceptual stages forever?

It was originally a simple thread asking people what characters they would like to be a fighter in the upcoming game, no matter how unlikely that will be. Then, I was going to surprise everyone with a modified image of the character selection screen from the new game which included all the weird characters I got. Yeah, people were happy (mostly Caramel Frappe) that it became what it will be now.

I'm going to be honest, I was originally going to take it as far as possible (this includes screenshots, trailers and stuff like Jim Sterling to do the announcer voice) without actually making the game. I wasn't expecting them (hell, I wasn't expecting nearly bloody a hundred character suggestions), but some people posted movesets with their character. Someone suggested assist trophies and bosses despite not even saying I'm making a thread for them. Someone else got confused as to if it was actually being made at first.

I was so humbled I made the decision of starting development of the game. (Still in the concept stages!) Get hyped for the adventure of the millenium! Prepare to meet the Sub-basement Emissary!

Do you feel like these types of projects have brought you closer to the members of The Escapist community?

Absolutely. Not just me, but other people also I feel. I think what a community, especially for ones based in forums, needs are occasional events (like the Community and Creative Spotlight as well as Super Smash Escapists) to remind them what makes it special. It is the The Escapist community.

What other creative projects do you have in the works?

There is the idea I have where users record themselves singing sections of a single song (for example, "Still Alive" from Portal) and then compile all the footage together in a video where the song is played while switching to different users and passing the mic. Yeah, that would be amazing.

Oh, and I didn't forget about the audiobook version of your Papers, Please fanfic, erttheking. So to OutworldSorc, your efforts on recording your reading of the story and also making a variation of the game's main theme won't go to waste! :)

What do you do in your spare time, apart from browsing The Escapist?

I play a little too much Pokemon in relation to other games. I'm currently trying to capture every Pokemon possible in the DS games (Platinum, SoulSilver, White and White 2), hopefully before the inevitable "Pokemon Z" is released, then transfer all of what I've caught to it. I've done that for White Version - took about a month. Yeah, not much else gaming-wise right now, that should change when I get a gaming PC and a proper Steam account. "Scandile! Aerosteam doesn't have Steam!"

I don't publish as much as I make, but I like to remix video game music from time to time. I upload some of them to my YouTube channel where the playlist is called "Audiospace" and I name all my songs after NASA missions. Music from Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda are probably the most fun to remix, they generally have simple melodies for easy de/reconstruction. I'm always open for suggestions on what video game soundtracks anyone wants me to remix.

Do you have a favorite game/movie/band/painting/etc. that you'd like more people to be aware of?

Yeah, shoutouts to Casual Shinji for his drawings, ScrabbitRabbit for his compositions, Joratron666 for his webcomic, GiantRaven for his chiptunes and Dragonbums for her freaking amazing art to name a few.

Seriously, you don't need to look very far for talent. :)

Also to Caramel Frappe for being the nicest guy ever.

In five years, where do you see yourself? Is there some goal you want to have accomplished by then?

By the time I'm 23, a bunch of stuff - visit Japan, finish university, have a girlfriend, get a job in the games industry in some form and still be kicking as an Escapist.

Also maybe release Super Smash Escapists.

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If you would like to nominate someone for an upcoming Community Spotlight, feel free to let me, Marter, know by PM. When nominating, please tell me why this user deserves to be in the next Community Spotlight, and provide links if possible.

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Hey, the comments have been fixed! All right! Thanks to whoever that was!

Nice one on bringing back the Community Spotlight and 'grats to Aerosteam! He's such a level-headed and mild-mannered young man! :D

The Escapist Super Smash Bros project is a heck of a thing, not to mention the handy code thread and release calendar. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Good stuff!

My god... It's glorious. Thanks to uh... Schuyler (Is that how you spell it?) for enabling comments!

Also thanks to Marter for choosing me to be in the first of the spotlight's return.

Edit: And apparently Nasrin helped with enabling comments, woo! Nice lady that Nasrin.

Marter:
Snippidge

Here's the replacement photo because the other one got moved.

Aerosteam:

Marter:
Snippidge

Here's the replacement photo because the other one got moved.

Unfortunately the two pages aren't linked so I can only fix the "comments" one.

Ah, good. I was hoping they'd let us comment. :)

Aerosteam is a cool guy. He's posts threads and doesn't afraid of anything.

Marter:
Unfortunately the two pages aren't linked so I can only fix the "comments" one.

It's fine, the thread page is more important I think.

Barbas:
The Escapist Super Smash Bros project is a heck of a thing, not to mention the handy code thread and release calendar.

Bwuh? Haven't seen someone bring up the release calendar in a while. >_>

Redlin5:
Ah, good. I was hoping they'd let us comment. :)

Aerosteam is a cool guy. He's posts threads and doesn't afraid of anything.

He also north and doesn't south, so extra points there! :D

Congratulations, Aero! I wasn't even aware that the community spotlight existed, and now I see one of my friends in it... *sniff* I'm so proud of you, Aerosteam.

Cool. The comments are now open. :)

:D Now we can all celebrate how awesome Aerosteam and the Escapist is!

Don't stop kicking until you hit the bucket! ;D

Woah, comments are open, time to start a shit storm that will make WGDF look like an argument at an old ladies' picnic!

Eh... I bite my thumb at you Aerosteam, Super Smash Escapists will cause the next great crash in gaming and it's going to be totally sexist! That should do it...

JoJo:
Super Smash Escapists will cause the next great crash in gaming and it's going to be totally sexist! That should do it...

But all the playable characters were chosen by the community. :3

Congrats Aerosteam!

I have been loving the Super Smash Escapists project, now you've hyped it up to the point where it MUST be made somehow. No excuses! :D

First of all... SUPER HAPPY about the comments being enabled. Thanks so much Nasrin for helping us out!!

Due to the article being out, but having no thread attached... I was sad in not being able to post about congratulating Aerosteam for his spotlight. But now that we've got this thread up-

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Congrats man!! You definitely earned your Community Spotlight for multiple reasons. Also you can bet your sweet backside (I don't cuss okay?!) that I was hyped for your Super Smash Escapists idea. Even today, it still holds up with many being happy with how far it's come. Not to mention I am always impressed with the amount of editing/altering you do.

Actually I have a confession. .. .. some of your designs or recent submissions have made me jealous. You really have been a great asset to this website as not just an Avatar Smith, but a truly wonderful member who's fun to chat with.

Oh .. and, I .. I am unsure how to respond with you telling everyone that i'm the nicest person you know XD haha.
Truth be told, I feel personally that some people here have outdone themselves in regards to kindness. It's the fact that i'm social and well known so being really nice gets me that spot. But I can tell you right now, I can name like 4 other people whom seem WAY nicer then me believe it or not. Still, hearing you compliment me on my personality is a huge gift of "feels good man". Thank you so much Aerosteam. Truly happy with this review and got to learn quite a lot about you ^_^.

P.S: Take pictures when you visit Japan please. Seriously, I want to go there someday too!! Arrrghhh can't wait for that day man.

Marter:
Snipper

Did... did you fix the typo on this page?

(Apparently I didn't forget about that...)

Hero of Lime:
I have been loving the Super Smash Escapists project, now you've hyped it up to the point where it MUST be made somehow. No excuses! :D

Yeah, no turning back now. >_>

Caramel Frappe:
I am unsure how to respond with you telling everyone that i'm the nicest person you know XD haha.

At least to me you are, whenever I see someone in tough times you would always suggest talking to them via PM and make them feel better. Whenever it looks like I'm going to be busy with a certain project you always want to help in someway. You did get the "Nicest Member Award" back in 2012.

I can think of 3 things from the top of my head where the site has screwed you over (to put it heavily), I'm obliged to help you out as much as I can.

Caramel Frappe:
Actually I have a confession. .. .. some of your designs or recent submissions have made me jealous.

Oh? To be honest I'm kinda jealous of you as well, especially when it comes to avatarsmithing. (You get requests in PMs, you're the veteran of the current artists, whenever The Avatar Store is brought up the first artist people think of it's you.)

Aerosteam:
At least to me you are, whenever I see someone in tough times you would always suggest talking to them via PM and make them feel better. Whenever it looks like I'm going to be busy with a certain project you always want to help in someway. You did get the "Nicest Member Award" back in 2012.

I can think of 3 things from the top of my head where the site has screwed you over (to put it heavily), I'm obliged to help you out as much as I can.

Meh, it's just trying to do the right thing. I loathe seeing people hurting and nothing's being done to help the person out. Sometimes I even flat out offer to talk to them through Skype, or through Steam (it depends on what they're comfortable with).

As for your project, they're really fun! Sure I want to help you because I like to help and you're a great friend... but, they're also very interesting too! Especially your secret project... hahaha I so look forward to helping out with that man :).

.. .. Yyeaaahhh ... I, well... i'm over it now. I won't lie in saying i've been royally blown over before on several occasions but then again, i'm a guy who comes back to games like Dark Souls or stick with people who take a long time in helping out even if they feel like a lost cause. So in other words, I can take it and forgive. It's in my nature (though I won't put up with it forever if I KNOW it'll keep happening.) I love the Escapist and the community with people like you in it... that's why I stick around ^_^.

Oh? To be honest I'm kinda jealous of you as well, especially when it comes to avatarsmithing. (You get requests in PMs, you're the veteran of the current artists, whenever The Avatar Store is brought up the first artist people think of it's you.)

As of lately after March Mayhem ... I haven't gotten much requests. Did a recent request or two- but then it stopped lol.
The only reason why people think of me for the Avatar Store is because of my reputation for smithing my own Avatars and adding a frappe to em. Seriously I don't see what other reason there is. You of all people are very talented along with everyone else in the Avatar Store. But, guess who's the Owner for a good reason? You are.

Who's the guy who devoted hours upon hours on the funnest thread I could think of? You did with the Super Smash Escapists.

Who's the talented bro that makes the SK game very interesting with displaying how he died, or who's still alive/dead? You do with those amazingly crafted charts/GIFs. I envy that, but it also inspires me to try and make my own stuff just for the sake of creating.

I'm fortunate to have you around here man, we need more people like you Aerosteam. Thanks for being the type of guy you are :)

Caramel Frappe:
You of all people are very talented along with everyone else in the Avatar Store. But, guess who's the Owner for a good reason? You are.

Who's the guy who devoted hours upon hours on the funnest thread I could think of? You did with the Super Smash Escapists.

Who's the talented bro that makes the SK game very interesting with displaying how he died, or who's still alive/dead? You do with those amazingly crafted charts/GIFs. I envy that, but it also inspires me to try and make my own stuff just for the sake of creating.

I'm fortunate to have you around here man, we need more people like you Aerosteam. Thanks for being the type of guy you are :)

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