SSG Speaks – SSG Mania

It’s an well established fact inside the walls of Camelot that there simply ain’t no party like a Mania party. Here to expand upon just why that is is the man himself, Mania. Fasten your seat belts ladies & gentlemen, and read on.




How did you find SSG?

Well 4 or 5 years ago I was a part of another GGN clan called Buddy System Gaming(BSG). Nice enough group of guys but I was young, things happened and I stopped playing video games for a while to focus on creating a good life. However during my stay at BSG, Jayman pitched his new clan he just opened up. Honestly I was tempted to move over to the group right then and then but didn’t. With the release of Halo 4 getting me back into gaming I was looking for a group of great ladies and gents to play with. Lo and Behold, SSG was still standing strong so I decided to try and join. Best. Decision. Ever.


What made you want to join SGG?
Playing with Jay when he would occasionally stop in at BSG for a bit. I don’t remember much from that long ago but the company he kept always impressed and was somewhere I wanted to be.


I am pretty impressive. Most of the other knights are pretty cool too. How has your gaming experience changed since joining?
It’s pretty liberating to play with a great group of people without Pants on……


In ten words or less, what does SSG mean to you?
Ten words? TEN WORDS?! How’s that possible? My love’s endless.


Well played, sir. How did your get into playing video games and what are some of your earliest and fondest memories of gaming?
Ahhh video games. I think the moment I decided to really start playing video games was when I was a child and was told that I couldn’t play video games. Thankfully my rebellious stage was when I couldn’t do too much damage. My earliest clear memory was sitting down and playing games like Final Fantasy 7, Metal Gear Solid, and Legend of the Dragoon, all on the Sony Playstation with my brother.


What gaming accomplishment are you most proud of?
Probably beating the “you know what” out of a retired MLG player who I went to school with. I don’t have a problem with competitive gaming and the people who enjoy it, however this guy was a real Bonerfart. The fact that my team and I beat him in every game of Halo 3(even if he still was MVP in some games) made me proud for the fact that it showed me not all “1337” are good. And SSG taught me not all are Bonerfarts either.


Ah, there’s nothing quite like putting a blowhard in their place. What is your favorite game of all time?
Dear god why would you ask this! Give me some time to mull it over with a coffee in my hand.
(sweet sweet coffee)
Okay. I’d have to say among the casual gaming experience. Metal Gear Solid series. Yes, it is starting to take a turn for the worse storyline wise. However the next installment looks awesome and I’m excited to play it.

Competitive wise… shit I don’t know. I was once praised for being good at Halo and Call of Duty (apparently that’s a rare feature) but that was a long time ago and I even play competitive games at a casual level now… Minus the few rage spits you may hear from me.


What are the most anticipated games for you that are coming out on the Xbox one?
Oh geez. Too many. MGS 5, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy 15, the new Halo, Titanfall most definitely, and…ya know.. I suppose Destiny too.


Should video games be considered an art form?
Yes and No. Video games CAN be an art form. And some games may hit the mark. I do feel that a lot of games on the Sony console, primarily back in the PS2 days, do better with their narrative and better with conveying emotion.
However this run and gun, in my opinion, is NOT art. Mindless time stamps of fun in our lives? Yes. Art? No.

Well said. Now tell the people, what is a Mania party like?
It’s like a Unicorn riding its flatulent produced rainbow. It’s all legends and myths until you see one. And when you look upon a Mania party, you don’t really know what you’re looking at, or maybe participating in. All you know, is that you’re in the right place at the right time.




What do you do when you’re not gaming?
I consider myself an amateur hobbyist. Meaning I at least try as much as I can to get experience in something I think is fun. I’ve gotten into Rubiks cubes, juggling, Dancing, DJing, Photoshop, Wall Climbing, Short Films on YouTube, Blogging, Martial Arts, and maybe a few others. My hobbies do calm down however when school starts as I can’t work as much so money is low and my time is taken up with homework.


You’re a man of many talents, then. Speaking of school, what is your major and what type of career field are you hoping to get into?
Business Administration with a specialty in Entrepreneurship. Jack of All Trades, Master of None sort of thing. Don’t know exactly what field but I know I want to have money, and to help people.


Good thing to aspire to. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully having/starting a family, while being able to support said family.


What is your dream job?
Professional Beach rater…. Or somewhere in the corporate world.


If you need a researcher for surf spots, look me up! Boxers or briefs?

I don’t know if you got the memo. I’m part of the pants-less club. But when I have to be socially acceptable, Boxers. There’s just something about the flow, man.


Celebrity crush?
Scar Jo. Definitely Scarlett Johansson…. You should be able to tell by now I have no clue what the story line to The Avengers is……


Cannot argue with that. Hubba hubba. What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
One year I was myself. But even more awesome. Hard to imagine I know… But I pulled it off.


Any favorite authors/books you’d care to share?

October Sky was a class book I had to read but enjoyed it thoroughly. I related to the main character so much I stopped the class reading and said I was proud of him for macking it out with his crush.


What kind of animal do you behave most like?
Ahhhh I remember my spirit animal adventure (nothing illegal, just more so asking myself what animal I would be). I got it narrowed to an Eagle or Bear. All my friends agreed that an Eagle of definitely me.


Superpower of choice? And the fatal weakness or character flaw that goes along with said superpower?
Is going Super Saiyan a power? WHERE’S MY KAMEHAMEHA? My weakness…. Uncontrollable belching.


If you could bring one real person back from the dead for one dinner conversation, who would it be? What would you ask him/her?
Ghandi. I love how he has influenced future generations and would enjoy being able to obtain some of his ideologies to help this generation as he did his.


If there were a Zombie Apocalypse Which SSG Knights would you chose to have your back and why?
Can I say all of them? Is that fair? Why u ask hard questions?


Good answer. Though that Wookiee guy seems like he’d be more of a liability… Anyways, thanks for taking the time to share a little of what makes you tick, Eric. Until next time, excelsior & all that.