Community Spotlight #8


The Gotham City Impostors Community Spotlight is a coveted corner of the Internet that's managed to adhere to a solid formula: We take you, and all your awesomeness, and put it on display in the coolest way we know how! But this time around we're doing things a little differently. This time around we're going to include a video, in lieu of any images, of our subject.

Why? Well, for starters, we're extremely excited to focus this spotlight on a handsome man that you've probably heard of, redhamuSLA! He is best known for his YouTube magnificence, but redhamuSLA is known to spend a fair amount of time on our forums, too. When he offered to field this interview in a video format, we couldn't say no!

So, without further delay, allow us to introduce you to redhamuSLA:

Disclaimer: redhamuSLA is known to use some language that might be considered NSFW. Don't say we didn't warn you! (Because we did. Just now. Remember?)

Well hello, redhamuSLA! Tell us a little bit about yourself, won't you?
Hello! I'm just your average a*****e/good guy. If it's offensive, inappropriate, and/or juvenile, I probably find it hilarious. Did I mention that I'm an American that lives and works in Japan? I also enjoy recording my gameplay, doing commentaries over it, and uploading it to YouTube. (^_-)d

And while you're at it, would you mind telling us the origin of your YouTube monicker? (Aside from when you picked it up at the Awesome Factory, of course.)
It's essentially a Japanese mish-mash of stuff. I think a lot of what the Japanese do is random and hilarious! They've definitely got their own way of thinking and it can be seen in the simplest of things, like a gamer ID. As such, I wanted to imitate that and with the help of my then girlfriend (now wife), I did! "red" is a random color, lower-case to exhibit a self-prescribed modesty. "hamu" is a Japanese version of hamster. "SLA" was my nickname way back when I used to play fighting games competitively. Put that all together and BAM! (^_-)d

You're something of a YouTube wizard, aren't you? Tell us a bit about your channel, and what type of stuff people can expect to see from you out there.
"You're a YouTube wizard, red!" "No, I'm just a small channel weirdo."
"You're a YouTube wizard, red!" "No, I'm just a small channel weirdo."
"You're a YouTube wizard, red!" "No, I'm just a small channel weirdo."

Ad nauseum! But seriously, from my perspective, I really am just a small channel weirdo. Thanks for the compliment, though! You sure do know how to make a man blush! (*^_^*)

My content mostly covers FPS's, with a focus on the "alternative" titles. I try to keep it fresh with the commentaries and do things like rants, tips, running commentaries, stories, Chewbacca sounds, accents, and personas - just to name a few!

People that come through will either laugh, get pissed off/offended, become annoyed, and/or want to love me (maybe even all in the same vid!). That's how I like it and intend to always keep it. None of this boring stuff! I truly have a good time doing my channel and putting out the content that I do. It is my sincerest hope that my friends, fans, and subscribers always feel this.

What are your favorite games of all-time? And what type of games do you tend to enjoy?
I've only ever finished a handful of single player games, those being: Metroid Prime, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, and Metal Gear Solid. Metroid Prime takes the cake for me. It had everything! It had atmosphere, identity, an exceptional score, ease of play, depth of story, and an amazing sense of adventure/exploration! I remember getting to the highest point of the snow map, Phendrana Drifts, and just geeking out for like 15 minutes taking it all in.

Multiplayer-wise, I'd have to say Resistance: Fall of Man. It was the shooter that really started it all for me and promoted the acquisition of skill from those that wanted to play it competitively, while still appeasing the average casual gamer.

Are you just a gamer, or do you have other nerdy tendencies as well? After all, living in Japan, there's no shortage of nerdy stuff to get your hands on.
Haha. One would think that nerdom and living in Japan might correlate with each other, wouldn't they? Sorry to disappoint here, but I don't really do anything especially nerdy except for gaming. About the only thing I can think of is my appreciation of the anime One Piece. This was a post-move development for me, though, as I had just started scratching the surface of anime before moving to Japan, and still keep my viewing to two or three of them.

What's your favorite part of Gotham City Impostors?
I suppose that would be its overall identity, creativity, and sense of humor that's all packaged in an extremely enjoyable multiplayer that has both noob-friendly and advanced tactics! I just wish there were an FFA mode. Let's get cracking on that, boys!

Alright, we're going to give you a chance to throw down a pro strat. What's your best loadout, and how do you recommend we play it?
Hmm... I'm not actually sure what my best loadout is! I try to adapt myself to what my opponents and teammates are presenting when I'm in "win-mode." No one's using the motion sensor? Tough with skates, Gatekeeper, and Partisan. Mosquitoes in the sky? Tough with the Airspace Denier, Rollerskates and Hard Headed. Neither of those work/Bear Traps out/no one's flanking? Speedy with Ninja Smoke Bomb, Motion Sensor, Gatekeeper, and Persuader.

I wouldn't say this one my "best" loadout, but it's definitely the loadout that I have the most fun with! Speedy with Gateeeper, Persuader, Motion Sensor, and Ninja Smoke Bomb. When I play this class in "win mode," I like to have two versions with only the Fun Facts being different. When the game starts my Fun Facts are Fleet-Footed or Regenerative, and Marksman. If I start getting Tagged or stuck in Bear Traps, I switch over to my other loadout with Wallflower and Wooden Legs. Being successful with it mostly centers around your ability to play to its strengths (flanking and hit and run), while avoiding its weaknesses (head-on engagements and dive bombs).

Guerrilla tactics and recon is the name of the game. Also, don't forget to put down a motion sensor when you've successfully flanked and before you engage the enemy. Lastly, when you do engage, do it intelligently! Don't be afraid to re-approach if things look unfavorable. You are the knife to the back, not the sword to the gut!

We're going to give you the last word! Is there anything that you'd like us to know about you that we haven't had a chance to learn yet? (Please, be as deeply intimate as possible.)
There's some surprise information I'll leave to the accompanying video only. Other than that, eff you. I love you. (*^3^*)-chu!

Japanese emoticon/smilie legend:
(^_-)d = A winky face with a "thumbs up"
(*^_^*) = Blushing
(*^3^*)-chu! = Blushing kiss face with "chu" being the sound the Japanese ascribe to kissing"

Thanks for including that legend for us, sir! And, of course, thank you tremendously for your time. The moments we spent together (over email) will stay with us forever, and ever, and… not much longer than that.

If you want to find out more about redhamuSLA check out his YouTube channel, or follow him on Twitter!

And, if you want to check out our previous Community Spotlightees read more about them at the following locations: