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Meet the Moderator - Jerion

Posted by Kyle Stallock

Name: John, Johnny, or you know, El-Johnerino if you're not into the whole brevity thing. Online, my handle is Jerion. I'm told I look a bit different in every shot and I don't tend to be terribly photogenic. Still though, what the hell. Have a picture. I'm on the left, with JJB.

Age: I'm a 20-something.

Where are you located?

I'm in the green mountains of Vermont, in the northeast corner of the United States. We get a bit cold in the winters, but I don't mind. It's always good.

What's your history with Deus Ex?

I was introduced to it as a kid, when my older brother let me at his copy (and the computer) for some time. It's been a long-standing favorite since, with at least annual replays through the intervening decade. I marvel at it's sheer flexibility, intelligence and charm; I've kept coming back, year after year, for another jump into that world. Except for it's prequel, I haven't encountered another game of comparable nature since. The Deus Ex soundtrack by Alexander Brandon got me into the electronic music genre as both a listener and a composer.

A favorite memory of the Deus Ex forums:

The caption thread was marvelous, some real gold (and black) in there. I'll never forget Pinky_Powers for all the slightly disturbed laughs.

What's it like as a moderator?

Years ago now, when René Valen approached me about this position, I don't think I could have guessed how it would change my outlook on the Deus Ex community. It's odd, being on this side of the proverbial table. As much as I'm a fan and a community member, I'm charged with being part of a team that keeps this particular cluster of fans in line (or at least a rag-tag jumble vaguely resembling a line). It sets one apart from the usual fray; While I'm with the members, as long as I wear this virtual badge I will never be completely accepted as "one of the guys".

All in all I suppose I've seen the best and the worst of the community because of this perspective. I say this with great affection: Some of our members are really tough to put up with after a while. Others deserve some kind of angelic behavior award. It's been a bit of a dysfunctional family dynamic over the last three years. For my part, I strive to maintain a positive and collaborative environment for the users. As a moderator I have to say it's been an interesting journey.

Define "Interesting".

in•ter•est•ing/ˈint(ə)ristiNG/

1. Adjective: Arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention: "an interesting debate".

2. oh God, oh God, We're all going to die.

If everyone did [blank], it would make your life as a moderator so much easier…

Don't be afraid to stand up and say what's really on your mind, even if what you have to say runs counter to the popular (or vocal) attitude. Just do it without resorting to disrespect.

Favorite movies and tv shows?

Movies? Blade Runner and Boondock Saints are solid favorites. It's always a good day for Casablanca. As a Browncoat I have to mention Firefly and Serenity. I always enjoy How I Met Your Mother and Doctor Who. Not so much the Russell T. Davies years of the new show, but those were decent enough. Steven Moffat's years so far and Matt Smith's Doctor have stolen the top spot for me, followed by Jon Pertwee's run. Tom Baker's years were really good too. Err…I'm getting off topic here. What was the next question?

Favorite bands and albums?

I do enjoy my own material, but there are a number of artists out there I listen to both past and present. Queen, Vangelis, Alexander Brandon, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, to name a few.

Favorite books?

Insert obligatory Hitchhiker's Guide listing here. I'm currently enjoying David Weber's Safehold series; I highly recommend Off Armageddon Reef.

Anything people might be surprised to know about you?

I'm a musician! My material tends to straddle the line between electronica and ambient. I do collaborations with fellow artists every now and then, and those are a lot of fun. I have been focusing in the electronic genre for a couple years now and within this genre am entirely self-taught.

Is "I never asked for this" the new "What a shame?"

Only if "Grab the Hackah, Blow the place!" is the new "A Bomb!"

I'm giving you the podium. Say what you want.

A big thank you to my friends at Eidos Montreal (and one fellow that hasn't been there for some time) for the company over these years. It's been a real treat. A sincere thank you to the entire DX:HR team and related personnel related for putting yourselves into such a tremendous game during the last four years. As to you, forumers, thanks for the years of laughter, thoughtfulness, wittiness, deep conversation, debate and companionship. I don't think I've seen anything else like it. I hope some folks stick around or at least stay in touch. To my colleagues: It's been a real treat, working with you men and women. I'm looking forward to the next few years even more than the last ones!

A toast: To Deus Ex, to the Fans, and to the studio full of fans who leapt for the opportunity to continue the series. Cheers, Internet.

Stay Classy.

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