POZ GCW Perspective: FTSK And The Master Blaster
For the next four weeks, PropertyOfZack will be sharing insight from some of the artists who helped develop the first GameChanger World games that will be launching this spring and summer. To kick it off, we have a new POZ Perspective with Forever the Sickest Kids on their game, Master Blaster Runner 3000. We have both commentary from the band and images from their game for fans. Check out info on GameChanger World and Skate And Surf Festival and the full Perspective below!
Drummer Kyle Burns isn’t the biggest gamer in Forever the Sickest Kids. Nope, that title goes to bassist Austin Bello and guitar-wielder Caleb Turman. But while kicking out their Fearless Records debut in the studio, Burns and the band found the downtime to re-fuel some friendly rivalries.
“Instead of looking at a wall for hours and hours when one of us would be recording, we’d play iPhone games,” Burns says. “There was a time when we’d all play Temple Run and Angry Birds. I’d ask, ‘what game are you playing?’ and I’d load it and try to beat them at it. Caleb would play Sonic the Hedgehog…something. Austin would play some flick home run game.
So it didn’t take much for GameChanger World founder John D’Esposito to convince the band to collaborate on of GameChanger’s first games, now titled Forever the Sickest Kids’ Master Blaster Runner 3000 and slated for a June release. Though not on the festival lineup, Forever the Sickest Kids will be gaming at Skate and Surf Festival in May.
“Any time John D calls, I know it’s going to be a crazy idea,” Burns says, laughing. “But we were totally into it. We’ve seen clips and graphics, and it looks amazing. Caleb and Austin will freak out.”
Their love for Temple Run and Angry Birds in mind, Forever the Sickest Kids wanted a game that never really ended, but just stepped up the difficulty curve. Burns says the band hasn’t had the chance to play the game yet, but teamed up with developers to make the game look exactly how the band imagined their game.
“We’ve seen ourselves drawn up as cartoons before,” Burns says, “But seeing yourself as a video game character is so cool. He has my nose piercing and everything, all the rock and roll aspects that make me, me.”
If iPhone gaming matches between studio sessions felt like friendly competition, Master Blaster Runner 3000 will notch the rivalry up to a full-blown battle for bragging rights when it drops. “We won’t put down our phones when it comes out,” Burns laughs. “Bragging rights will keep band members up late thinking about it.”
Master Blaster 3000 is coming out amongst a tidal wave of big things for Forever the Sickest Kids, a time that feels like “starting a new school or a new job. We’re going at 100 million miles an hour,” Burns says. But between Warped Tour plans and putting together a new album, Burns says there was no stress in working on the band’s GameChanger game.
“There’s no stress when you’re having fun doing it. We never considered it work,” Burns says. “We have a lot of new things coming for our friends. It’s a very exciting time.”
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