Aaron “SimplyImplicit” Smith
Personal Blog: http://simplyimplicit.wordpress.com/
A few days ago, I posted my first update to my blog; I mentioned that I stole the idea from a very special person in my life, and after some convincing, I got him to do a short interview with me. I’d like to take this time to introduce, Aaron “SimplyImplicit” Smith to everyone who does not already have the pleasure of knowing him.
I recently met Aaron, through some mutual friends and eventually, talking about the gaming community; among the other common ground that we held together. I was lurking on his twitter one day, when I noticed that he had been posting links to a site talking of a blog. So of course, me being me I clicked on it and went to it. After scrolling through for a while and checking out the content that he had, I had this idea pop up and decided to go for it. So, here we are sitting on my first interview that I had the chance to initiate and post up for everyone to see.
So, without further-a-due, I’d like for everyone to sit back and enjoy this one-on-one with Aaron Smith.
Me: Hey Aaron, what’s going on? How are you today?
Aaron: Not much, not much at all. Just taking this time to handle some business and talk to you today.
Me: Haha. Well, I’d like to take this time to say thank you for taking this time to sit down and talk with me.
Aaron: No, thank you for doing something different; even though you took my idea for the blog; joking!
Me: Alright, well let’s get this started. First up, everyone has to wonder; with your position that you hold doing so much for so many organizations, how did you get into the gaming and what is your greatest accomplishment so far?
Aaron: I started gaming when I was a little kid. I was playing Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt on the Nintendo. I was lucky because, my mom loved Mario as much as I did, so we had every console Nintendo made. For a brief time, I had a Playstation 2 and I played nothing but SSX: Tricky! and when the original Xbox came out, my cousin was the first one to get it in our family. We would spend hours play Halo CE and Fusion Frenzy. I finally got my own Xbox and by that time I was playing Halo 2. When the Halo 3 Beta went live, I would speed home from school; even though it was a five minute drive, so that I could jump on and play. Now I play Halo Reach, CoD(sometimes), BF3, Slender and SC2.
As far as accomplishments, I would say working PAX East with Astro Gaming was the best thing to happen for me. It was a great learning experience and it was an amazing event! I’m very blessed and thankful for every opportunity I’m given.
Me: Nice, I feel like the gamers that were all born in the late 80’s to early 90’s all had their experience with Duck Hunt and Mario on Nintendo and the fact that you are at your age and working your way up is incredible; to me it’s a demonstration of how dedicated we all should be. Well, now for the next question; how did you get put so far into the MLG scene?
Aaron: My first time playing at a MLG event was Dallas 07. It was my first time playing on the MLG settings ever! I was terrible to say the lease but I had a great time. When I wasn’t watching matches on main stage I was talking to different people about getting better. Two years later, I was playing on the 1v1 ladder for Gamebattles (GB) and a referee came in and started helping me with a no show. We spoke for about 20 minutes about applying and working for GB. A few hours later applied and a few months later I started volunteering for GB. While volunteering, I was offered a chance to apply for a volunteer position for the Pro Circuit, as was everyone else. Luckily, I was chosen as a Halo 3 Referee for the Dallas 09 event; this jumpstarted my obsession with the events, working, meeting new people, and my love for gaming. I volunteered seven events in a row and was hired on as event staff at the end of the 2010 season; I have loved every moment sense then. Most people ask me how I did it and I tell them just to get your name out there; Basically, start volunteering for the events, for GB, or even just network. I’m very lucky to have the position I do today and I remind myself of that on a daily basis. It’s a goal of mine to meet at least 5-10 new people at every event I attend. I don’t care what game you play, I support eSports as a entirety.
Me: See, that right there is how you get started. You wanted something, and you went after it. There are not a lot of people who are willing to do that in today’s society because, the payoff is not always there; so, they are afraid of failing. So, what do you have planned for yourself in the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What about 10 years?
Aaron: My vision of the future is always evolving because; gaming is evolving and expanding daily. If you take Black Ops 2 for instance, look at the changes they have made for competitive gaming. Improvements like these are amazing. I’m not a huge CoD player but I enjoy watching it. Blizzard has their amazing game, StarCraft 2. If you look at the number of tournaments, streams, and players alone, it’s amazing how much gaming as a whole has grown and continues to grow.
Five years from now, I want to either be working for a gaming company or going to school for a gaming related field.
Ten years from now, I would like to be working as a event manager or community manager for a gaming company and traveling the world.
Me: So, it’s safe to say that you are extremely dedicated to the gaming community. It’s nice to see people out there, that are in it for the betterment of the community, rather than just for themselves. So with that said, what has been your greatest accomplishment thus far?
Aaron: This might sound a bit cheesy buy really just making all the great friends I have now. The feeling you get when you connect a face to a gamertag is indescribable. You instantly have a closer friendship with that person because of it.
Me: I can agree to that statement. I’ve met a handful of players to connect faces with, but hopefully in November, I have the chance to meet more. I’m not sure if everyone saw the tweet that I retweeted from Aaron, but it was a retweet from @MLGShibby, stating that after MLG Raleigh, there will be some big news for Console gamers for MLG Dallas. I honestly, cannot wait to hear what is going to come in November.
Alright, back on track; you are a cross-platform player; what is your favorite game of all time?
Aaron: My favorite game of all time? Well, I have played everything from Mario to Space Invaders, Crazy Taxi, Sonic, Pokemon(I chose Squirtle), and even Halo 2 PC. I would have to say Halo 2 (and hopefully, soon to be Halo 4) as my favorite game of all time. I do have to say that, BattleField 3 on the PC is amazing and I’ve spent a lot of time playing it recently.
Me: Haha. So, you’ve migrated from a console player to a PC player; nicely done. I would LOVE to play PC games, I just do not have the money right now to afford a PC. As we begin to move through the last set of questions; what is the best advice you’ve been given? and what is the best advice you would give to someone else?
Aaron: I have been given so much great advice, it’s unreal. I would however, have to say that the best advice I have ever been given is; “Work hard and give them a reason to being you back.”
Now, the best advice that I would give is, take a chance and see what happens; if you want something badly enough, you should do whatever it takes to earn it. Take the dirty or hard job that others don’t want. Be yourself and stay humble.
Me: Nicely spoken and put. It makes you open your eyes and realize, you should do whatever you can to reach the level of success on your own, without depending on others. Alright, last question, you do a lot for MLG, have you ever seen yourself trying to change sides towards the gaming side?
Aaron: Ha ha. I think about it at least a few times a week or so. I daydream all the time about being a pro. It’s funny, but I have pre-planned celebrations of how I would jump up clenching my fits screaming “Yeahhh!” and if I could form a dream team, it would be Walshy, StrongSide, Shibby(secretly a pro), and I. That’s the dream team for me.
Me: Haha. Nice Nice Nice. It’s awesome to see all that you have done for yourself, the community and what you have planned for both as well. I would like to thank you again for taking the time to sit down and talk with me today. It means so much to me, and I feel that it will give those who do not know you or have the chance to know you, the ability to learn a little more about you.
Aaron: It’s my pleasure, thank you.
So, for those of you who do not know Aaron, I’d like to formally introduce you to him on a level that not very many people have had the chance to do. He is one of a kind and has worked hard to get just to where he is today in the MLG community and in his personal life.
I chose him as the first to post up because, he brings back up the idea of self dependence and working alone to reach the top and go for what you want. So many people out there are accused of using others and actually do, so when you have someone who is willing to talk about taking a chance on his own to reach a level of success without standing on someone else’s shoulders, he gives the idea of what everyone should be believing. I honestly took what he has said and used it myself, making these blogs and coming in contact with people that I never thought I’d have the chance to talk to.
So, to wrap this up, I’d like to personally think Aaron for taking the time to talk to me and share some of his life and what he has done to become successful, with the public eye. Everyone should take a page from his book and do what you can for yourself to succeed. NEVER depend on someone else to reach success.
Thank you to everyone who read this through its entirety. I know that I am new to the blog thing so if you have any comments or suggestions please leave them. I was thinking about doing recorded interviews and uploading them, how would people like that? What about doing dual-commentaries over people’s game plays to post up on the blog site? I don’t know just trying to think of something that people would like to see. But, thanks again.
One last thing, be on the lookout for interviews from, Team DeathwisH; Burns, Revan and James, Squidgrip, Hastro, EmmaleighKate, Schooly, Phizzurp, iOvaryact and many more others. If you could, follow my blog, tweet it out, or just leave a message about what you would like to see. You can also leave suggestions to who or what you would like to see in the future. Thanks for checking in.