Interview with Timmycakes

Category: interview Interview

Posted on: 15.01.2014 00:54


Interview by United States pLaguE for XJ Weekly Reloaded #5

United States pLaguE:
First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to the ones who don't know you.

United States Timmycakes:
Well, my name is Timmy, I'm 22 and live in Ohio (USA). I graduated college with a computer science degree and I've been hooked on video games since I got my first Atari and Asteroids was all the rage. I love sharing my maps with fellow cs-ers and hearing what they think of them; it helps me grow as a mapper.


United States pLaguE:
How long have you been mapping for?

United States Timmycakes:
I couldn't rightly say at the moment but 5 years sounds about right to me. I got into it when a cs community was offering free admin for maps so I figured I'd try my hand in designing. I've always loved the idea of being able to manipulate the world as one saw fit. Unfortunately I've been cursed with the "gifts" of realism and detail instead of true creativity and ideas so as a result I can recreate better than simply create.

United States pLaguE:
Why don't you tell us about the first kz map you ever made?

United States Timmycakes:
Well I actually just reposted a link to it on the map presentation forum, it was tc_duskblock. It was originally tc_shockablock, named for my friend Shocka J but upon rethinking the concept, I decided to make it a desert themed map. To be honest I think it turned out rather well, although the atmosphere was lacking and there were bugs here and there. Duskblock was pretty universally accepted by the players but it was sadly denied and I got discouraged and never bothered to fix it up (as per the old map check process) or resubmit. The rmf was lost unfortunately and I have no ambition to remake it.

United States pLaguE:
People have noticed some of your beautiful maps you have posted, is there any chance were gonna see some more official maps from you?

United States Timmycakes:
Hopefully brickfacility, emblem, and with a little luck, abstract_plane can be fine-tuned enough to be accepted as official. I worked hard on all of them and the community seems to like them a lot. There has been talk of the "Timmycakes Paradox", which is "superb map look, boring jumps" and I hope to dispatch this paradox with emblem and brickfacility. For those asking about stairblock, I don't think I will finish it; something about it I just do not like unfortunately. Maybe sometime in the distant future...

I've been working on a hard/extreme map lately and I have some nice screenshots (I think). It doesn't actually have a name yet, but that will be decided later on. It's still a work in progress, I'd say about 40% done.

-link- - Starting room
-link- - Another part of the starting room
-link- - First kz room
-link- - A simple hallway :)
-link- - A bhop section



United States pLaguE:
What do you think about the mapchecking system, and what do you think we can do to make it better?

United States Timmycakes:
Oh boy I knew this one was coming... Well I believe the idea of a new system with which to weed out lower-grade maps is a good thing. There will always be people submitting bad maps, though, and it is something the community has to deal with. I do not want to get much further into it and simply wish on the map checkers the gift of good judgement.

United States pLaguE:
What do you think is your best work on any type of map?

United States Timmycakes:
It's kind of funny because personally I think abstract_plane is my best work, but I've received the harshest criticisms on that map. I do not disagree with these criticisms (for the most part), but it is odd how my idea of a good map can differ so much from someone else's. Where as with emblem, a map that literally took me 2 days to complete, and was really a throw-away project, was hailed as being "...the future of KZ" (TheCracker). Another map I really like that I have made is actually a zombie map called zm_underground. Unfortunately it was a little TOO realistic for ordinary zombie mod so it sort of got lost in the wave of zombie maps.

United States pLaguE:
Before we go, are there any shout-outs you would like to make?

United States Timmycakes:
Even though she will never see it, I would like to shout out to my best friend Cathy for always putting up with my goofiness and constant movie references ;D To XJ as a whole, of course, for giving me a forum to share my ideas with literally the whole world. Also a shout out to my friend Suzi who is away at college (good luck!). Oh and Plague for picking me to interview heh.

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