Two of my favorite things are gaming and football. Whenever August rolls around, that means I once again get to combine them like peanut butter and chocolate. The GWJFFL is the official fantasy football league of Gamers With Jobs, and since its inception nine years ago, no one has won more titles than Oldmanscene24, who currently sits as the reigning champion of the GWJFFL's top tier. Think you're able to knock him from his lofty perch? Then sign up for the GWJFFL and take aim.
I don't get a lot of opportunities to introduce my brother to things he might enjoy. He is, after all, older than me (plus four years), which means he's had that much more time to see and do and explore. More often than not, he's the one introducing me to things. He introduced me to chess (and beats me every time we play), comic books, Monty Python, and the joy of blowing sh*t up in the back yard, among many, many other things. In fact, the list of things my brother has shared with me extends beyond the length of my ability to remember. It's likely true that all and more of what I enjoy and do has come as a result of our association.
Yet I feel that the one time I have been able to return those favors may have paid for all. Several years ago, I introduced my brother to my favorite internet community: Gamers With Jobs.
In the years since, I've built a career from what I used to share with this community as a hobby, but my brother (as always) has somehow managed to get the better end of the bargain — he's landed a GWJ employee profile, something I was never able to do. It is therefore with great pleasure and no small amount of envy that I introduce this latest in a long line of excellent GWJ employee profiles, and one that will forever hold a special place on the dartboard I keep by my desk.
Damn you, bro. Damn you straight to hell.
“Wow!” That was what came out of my mouth when I read that I had been selected to be featured in Employee Profiles. Well, that and a few crumbs. You see, I was eating at the time. I hold GWJ in very high regard because it is a special place. For that reason, I am truly honored to share myself with the Goodjer Nation. But enough about you, let’s talk about me.
1) Who the devil are you?
Hello, my name is Randy Pitts and I’m a Goodjer. I am a mostly bald, 41-year-old kid. I was born in Texas and have lived most of my life in the great state. I spent a little time in New Mexico in my late teens and got back to Texas just as soon as I could. My turn-offs include smoking, political advertisements, and comments about giving 110%.
2) What are you supposed to be doing when you're reading GWJ?
Trying to take over the world. But since that’s not really going very well, I serve as the controller (chief bean counter) for a construction general contractor. It’s a great job with a wonderful company and I never would have been considered for the position if I hadn’t finished my bachelor’s degree last year. So you see kiddies, it’s never too late for education!
3) When you're not working or gaming, what do you do with your time?
I probably watch too much television. I’m trying hard to limit the amount of TV that I watch, though. It helps that none of the networks seem to have much to offer. My favorite shows at the moment are Sons of Anarchy, Fringe, The Walking Dead, and Justified. I also enjoy watching sports, particularly Green Bay Packers games. I am a fairly avid reader. I am currently in the middle of the final book in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. When I’m not doing those things I try to spend as much time as possible with my family.
4) How about family? Kids? Pets? Particularly meaningful inanimate objects?
I have been married to a beautiful wife for 19 years and together we have 4 wonderful children. I know it sounds like a cliché, but they are my world. They are the reasons I do most of what I do. Without them, I’d probably be some kind of slacker or politician.
5) When and/or how did you get into gaming?
I have been a gamer since I was about 7 or 8. The credit for getting me into gaming has to go to my late father. He used to take me and my brother to the bowling alley when we were kids. It was there that we beheld the glory of pinball and Space Invaders. Around that same time, my dad brought home our first home game system – the Fairchild Channel F. It was heaven in a box! I remember a racing game and a pong clone and playing the crap out of them. This was the beginning of a long path of consoles including ColecoVision, the original NES, Sega Genesis, PS2, and the Xbox 360.
6) Why do you play games? Why haven't you outgrown them?
Games are a way for me to escape the world for a little while and decompress. Sometimes I play games that allow me to release some frustration without being charged with a felony. Other games let me just melt into the environment and story so I can create a world of my own for a bit. (I’m looking at you, Skyrim!) I guess I’ve stuck with games because they have grown with me. Most of the games I play now are geared for a more mature audience. They tend to be more than simply, “Here gun. Go kill.” Sometimes I want a game like that, but if I’m going to plop $60 on a game, it needs to have some substance to it.
7) What is your favorite game that you’re playing right now? Why?
My gaming time is pretty limited these days, but most of it is spent in Just Cause 2. I’m a big fan of open-world games and blowing sh*t up, so this one is right in my wheelhouse. I love that I can jump into it for a half-hour or so, cause a little chaos, and get back to whatever life is currently throwing at me. It’s a nice release. Plus, slingshotting yourself into paragliding mode is always pretty cool. Don’t believe me, just ask Batman.
8) Which upcoming game are you looking forward to most? Why?
I’m going to have to go with Borderlands 2. Why? Two words: midget psychos. I got a huge kick out of the first game with its perfect mix of action and twisted humor. I bought it on a whim because I was just looking for something to play and it wound up being way too much fun. Plus, I get the added bonus of playing co-op with my sons this time around.
9) If you could live in a video game world, which would it be? Why?
Katamari because I’ve never taken acid before.
10) What first brought you to GWJ? What keeps you coming back?
I made my first foray into the land of the Goodjer at the recommendation of my brother. He was doing some writing for the site at the time and told me of this mythical place where more emotionally mature gamers congregated and conversed civilly about all manner of topics. So I decided to visit this land of unicorns, yetis, and leprechauns. Oh my glob, the legend is true! Yes Virginia, there really is a place where gamers communicate with each other using proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation! I keep coming back for just those reasons. Certis, Elysium, and the rest of GWJ Nation have created and sustained an oasis of intelligence and civility in a desert filled with people suffering from cranial-rectal disorder. Besides, where else am I going to get my fix of Dannon Light ‘n Fit Smoothie fanfic?
11) What is the story behind your handle?
Monty Python and the Holy Grail was my introduction to the wackiness of British comedy. It was presented to me by a very dear friend, so it holds a special place in my heart. Couple that with the recurrence of the number 24 in my life, and “the old man from scene 24” was conceived. However, space restrictions quickly elided him and he was replaced by the shorter, more sophisticated oldmanscene24.
12) What is the story behind your tag ("What Is Your Quest")?
If you don’t know the answer to that after reading about the story behind my handle, stop reading this and go watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Seriously, right now. You’ll thank me later.
13) Is there a particular forum on GWJ that you frequent/favor? Why?
I spend most of my time in Everything Else because it contains just the right mixture of information and entertainment to keep me coming back for more. However, as football season (and its twisted step-sister, fantasy football season) draws nearer, I will be spending more time in the Sports Discussion and Leagues forum.
14) What are your favorite things about the GWJFFL?
1) Winning, 2) being a three-time champion, and 3) winning. All kidding aside, it is the best run fantasy football league I have ever participated in. It is fair and fun. For the most part, the owners stay committed to running their teams for the entire season. This keeps the level of competition steady throughout the season. I also like the willingness to try different approaches that exists in the GWJFFL. Each year, we have a discussion about what worked and what needs improvement. It really fosters the sense of community that GWJ is known for.
15) What are you looking forward to in the GWJFFL this year?
Winning and being at least a four-time champion. This year for the first time, the GWJFFL will have a dynasty league and a money league. The dynasty league excites me because it would be uncharted waters for me. However, if my history involving sports and money holds true, I will probably finish dead last in the money league. As a second-year Keeper team owner, I look forward to working on a new strategy that will propel "Old Man’s Flaming Arthritis" to greatness!
16) Thanks for taking the time to answer our hard-hitting questions! Any last words?
I want to express my thanks again for being selected for this honor. I also want to thank Grumpicus for all of his efforts in running the GWJFFL. It takes a lot of dedication and patience. Thank you, sir.
Also, I know I mentioned it before, but I seriously want to thank Certis, Elysium, and the rest of the Goodjers for making GWJ such a fabulous online community. I can’t stress enough what a rare and wonderful thing this is. Thank you, folks.