I had what you might call a “virtual interview” on Skype late last night. It was with the good folks at UberStrike — creators of my most favorite new pastime shoot-em-up 3D computer game; the same company that’s been sitting for months in my “blogroll” to the right, and the same one I wrote about here many weeks ago; the same UberStrike game that’s got me hooked for life and fascinated by the inner workings of their well-managed public forum board, on which I have become active these past months.
UberStrike is owned by a parent company named “CMUNE”.
Turns out UberStrike is looking for new, game-hardened writers to become CMUNE-sanctioned reporters in what they call the “Cmunity Newspaper”. (Very prestigious stuff if you are an UberStrike gamer like I am.) In other words, UberStrike was looking for Simply Tim and just didn’t know it yet.
So, there I sat in front of my monitor last night well after midnight, jacked into an international Skype chat session with about a dozen UberStrike moderators, getting ready to tell them why they needed ME on the team. Right off the bat — the very first question — I was asked where I lived (UberStrike has players worldwide, where timezones are important) and to tell them a little bit about myself.
Very carefully, I steered my geezer fingers to begin typing: “I’m in USA — North Carolina. I’m retired with lots of time on my hands. And I am wild about UberStrine.”
I pressed the SEND key and there it was, a typo bigger than hell, irrevocable and plain for everyone to see: I had misspelled the company’s name who was interviewing me for a WRITER’S position!
“UberSTRINE” ? I was absolutely mortified.
Time passed. I recalled that great death scene in the animated X-rated adult movie, “Fritz the Cat“ from 1972, the scene where — one by one — billiard balls dropped into a pocket, clearing the table, each ball-drop signifying being one step closer to death — my future with UberStrike, like those balls, dropping from sight.
Time passed. I heard Jeopardy music and billiard balls falling one by one. “I’m in USA — North Carolina. I’m retired with lots of time on my hands. And I am wild about UberStrine.” was still sitting on the screen.
Then my fingers began to move. I had no idea where they were heading.
“I even like UberSTRIKE!” I added, pressing the send button once again. HAHAHAs lit up the Skype screen like a Christmas tree. And just like that, I was one of them. I got the job, which, by the way, is non-paying, gratis.
I think I’m gonna have fun. I’ll keep you posted.