H2O Mystakin: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Grizz H2O: I am 32 and live in the Canton/Akron area of Ohio. I have degrees in Psychology and Sociology and have worked in research for the better part of the last 13 years. Currently, I am the Division Leader for the Gotham City Impostors division and a Practice Captain for the Battlefield 360 division. I also write news for another gaming website, gamentrain.com.
H2O Mystakin: Awesome! Nice to see another Communications graduate.
Grizz H2O: Liberal Arts for the win!
H2O Mystakin: What's it like being division leader for Gotham City Imposters?
Grizz H2O: It's great. It has been a lot of work, but it is extremely rewarding! I am always busy.
H2O Mystakin:: What makes Gotham City Imposters so much fun, in your opinion?
Grizz H2O: A lot of things. At first glance, it is a typical class-based shooter, but it has a surprising amount of depth to it. There are dozens of weapons, gadgets, and accessories that keep you from getting bored with it. It also has a great sense of humor. It has the best of both worlds in terms of being fun and competitive. You get a lot for a $15 arcade game!
H2O Mystakin: What brought you to PMS|H2O initially?
Grizz H2O: I used to play Halo Reach with a group of guys from the forums at gaygamer.net. I ended up becoming good friends with the leader of that group, H2O HugsNKisses -- although he had a different name at the time. He invited me to join the Halo Reach Division because I had been talking about wanting to improve my game and become a more competitive gamer. Now I am 2 days away from my 1 year clanniversary!
H2O Mystakin: Haha, awesome! What moved you from Reach to Gotham City?
Grizz H2O: Actually, I moved from Reach to Battlefield 3. The short answer is, I am terrible at Halo! There were a lot of great people at Halo that had helped me to improve, but it was getting too frustrating for me. I was green to shooters at the time and way out of my league. I was kinda that quiet, awkward guy. So, I went casual for a few weeks and in that time picked up Battlefield 3 and was really enjoying it. I figured I'd give the Battlefield Division a try and it just felt like home.
After a few weeks I signed up to be a Practice Captain, and a shortly after that I became the Recruitment Manager for BF3. When Gotham City Imposters came out, I had a lot of friends playing that game. We had lobbies full just about every night, so we decided to see if we could get a division started. I started up a list and it took off from there.
H2O Mystakin: What are some of your favorite non-shooter games?
Grizz H2O: I love a lot of games! I play a lot of RPGs. Final Fantasy VI, VII, IX, X, Chrono Trigger, and Fallout 3 are some of my favorites. I also love fighting games. Super Street Fighter II Turbo is my all time fav, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is up there too. Besides those, Ms. Pac Man is a personal favorite as well!
H2O Mystakin: What originally got you into gaming?
Grizz H2O: I have been a gamer for as long as I can remember! I grew up in bowling alley arcades. I still have my Intellivision from when I was four years old and vividly remember playing it.
H2O Mystakin: How did you come up with your handle, Grizz H2O?
Grizz H2O: My best friend growing up gave me the nickname Grizzly, and I've used it for all my internet/gaming needs ever since. I had to cut it down to Grizz H2O, though, because Grizzly was too close to someone else's name. Grizzly also comes from a rather obscure X-Men character.
H2O Mystakin: Do you have any shoutouts? And could you give us 5 fun-facts about you that might surprise people?
Grizz H2O: Yes, I have so many great people to give shoutouts to. My real life brother, H2O Mr Manager; my big, H2O HugsNKisses; and my littles, H2O Steve and H2O Buzzz. Also Pony PMS, PMS Bluejay, PMS Aperture, and PMS Druid. They are like the sisters I never had and I love them all so much!
H2O Mystakin: Could you give us 5 fun-facts about you that might surprise people?
1. I was a state champion in policy debate on my High School Speech and Debate team.
2. One of my first jobs was working at a coroner's office where I helped perform autopsies -- yes, I did everything.
3. I have several publications in some of the top academic journals of psycho-oncology about research that I worked on regarding long-term cancer survivorship.
4. I used to be an avid follower of the band 311 and have seen them over 20 times live, but now I can't stand them so it's kinda embarrassing.
5. The only radio station I ever listen to is NPR.
Written by Erich "H2O mystakin" Sherman. Erich is the PMS|H2O Editorial Director. Keep track of him and his shenanigans on Twitter!