Gearbox Community Badass is a new feature we’re trying out as a way to recognize members of the Gearbox Community for their creative efforts – be they cosplays, artwork, community events, guides, or any other means of letting their Gearbox flag fly! Each week, we’ll spotlight one of our awesome community members and the cool things they’re doing. Anyone is eligible to be a featured community badass, so being a member of the forums isn’t required (although it helps since this is where our badasses will be featured!) Additionally, every featured Badass will receive a “Legendary” forum badge, so it’ll be hard to enjoy your flair without a forum account, right?! Please note that while each week’s Community Badass will be selected by forum staff, nominations are welcome and will be taken into account. If you’d like to nominate someone to be a Gearbox Community Badass, just PM @JoeKGBX with your nomination!
This week’s edition of Gearbox Community Badass features everyone’s favorite friendly forum denizen, @nathanielmattock! Nathaniel has only been on the forums for a few months now, but he’s already become a shining example that even someone who’s new to the community can make a big impact! If there’s a thread out there that’s popping, you can bet Nathaniel will be there adding his signature brand of positivity and humor. We had a few questions about what makes him tick, and luckily, he had some time to answer them:
How long have you been playing Gearbox games like Homeworld?
Well, I started playing Homeworld about 6 years ago, when I bought a group of old games online and it was one of them. I then enjoyed it and bought Cataclysm and Homeworld 2 and played them for a while. Recently, I heard about the Remastered version by Gearbox and bought it. I then played it a bit and enjoyed it as well. Then I wanted to try out multiplayer and made a SHiFT account to do it, and that was also when I found these forums.
What is it about Homeworld that has you hooked and keeps you coming back for more?
The thing I liked most about it was the planning about it. You couldn’t just charge straight in, you have to plan it and once you do, you can watch the explosions that look really good in HD! Also, the multiplayer has some of the nicest players in the multiplayer games I play, and cheaters are not very common.
You’re one of our more active forums members. What’s your favorite thing about the forums?
Well, that is a hard question! But some of the reasons are that the forums are normally a nice place to go. Recently, I did a topic for appreciation to all of the moderators. Also, the Homeworld part of the forums of course! I quite like the off-topic category too, because there are some quite interesting things there.
You’ve told me that you haven’t played Borderlands yet, but are planning to soon. Any idea which character you’ll start out as?
Mordecai the Hunter sounds quite good. I don’t know much about it, as I stay normally in the Gearbox talk, General Discussion and Homeworld! But I probably will learn after I get it! And hopefully I will be good at it! Most categories on these forums are for borderlands, so I will have much more to do!
Do you do any Homeworld modding?
That I do! I started off as a very bad one that couldn’t even replace a weapon on a ship, and soon learnt more and at the moment, I am working on the Taiidan Republic by @Dom2 as a scripter doing written stuff than graphical stuff. Just I have not had much time to work on it at the minute, but I can get back to it and hopefully do what I need to by next week. And credit to @Dom2 of course for the mod as it is at the moment!
*What are you most looking forward to from Gearbox in the near future?*
Homeworld 3 if there will be one. And also looking forward to the release of Battleborn that I did some testing for, but I can't say anymore about! :) With Homeworld 3, I have ideas what it could be, but as it is Gearbox doing it I am sure it will be good!
*Have any social networks or anything you'd like to plug?*
I'm not really one for social networks, but I do have some of my games on Steam at http://steamcommunity.com/id/Nathanielmattock
And any Homeworld players wanting multiplayer matches, I will be there! Also, I will be on these forums at least once a day normally.