GamingI am Achim Heidelauf, I was friends with rock god Lemmy, from Motörhead, and have spent the past three years working with the band on creating the video game, Victor Vran: Motörhead Through The Ages! Ask me anything!
Jul 20th 2017 by AchimHeidelauf • 8 Questions • 4242 Points
My short bio: Austin Songer is running for Congress because he believes in a new vision of representation for the 6th Congressional District of Illinois. He's running to give the people of the 6th District a real choice in 2018.
Why do you keep sending me inappropriate pictures at night?
Hey Anthony! I'm a big fan of your writing. The other night I noticed a girl on twitter giving you shit for calling Wakanda a fictional place. How often do you encounter these types of people? And do you usually try to respond and set them straight or just not engage with them? Basically, how do you deal with people who are unreasonably offended by something you wrote?
First, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for running. We need people on both sides of the aisle who are willing to reject corporate donations and do their best work for the American people. I'm a Democrat and while I may not agree with you on everything, I certainly respect you more than just about every corporate Democrat in office.
Environmental issues greatly affect people across the country, both in rural areas and urban ones. Having clean water and air are basic requirements for a safe and prosperous life. What is your view on climate change, and what do you believe needs to be done about it? Also, what would you do about corporations that pollute the environment and affect public safety?
Thanks for your time.
Did you ever get to go into the park after hours with friends or any benefits like that?
Hi Austin I am a resident in IL-6 and have seen your posts on some of the facebook groups. What do you have to offer for me for me to actually vote for you in March and what makes you the strongest candidate announced so far to beat Peter Roskam in 2018?
You mean the ones I beam into your mind? I just can't stop thinking about you, Lloyd, since we've been in jail together... <3 <3
Yeah, I still can't figure that one out! She seemed to think that I was denigrating Black Panther because I described it as "the fictional African nation of Wakanda."
Look -- I adore Black Panther, and I respect what he means to people. But LOL, "fictional" is not an insult. Come on, folks!
I responded to her because I genuinely wanted to know why she thought that was some kind of put-down. I was just curious. Otherwise, I'd just ignore something like that.
Look, when it comes to Asgard or Tatoonine, you don't have to say "Thor's fictional celestial homeland" or "Luke Skywalker's fictional desert planet." But with realistic-sounding countries like Wakanda or Sokovia, I don't think it's unreasonable to remind people that they're fictional -- especially since young kids often read these stories.
Ask Seth Grahame-Smith how many school kids now think Abe Lincoln killed vampires in his spare time! :)
Climate change is a reality that has clearly been impacted by human beings. I think we need to focus on investing in a green energy economy that will be good for the environment and the job market. We also need to make sure that while we're rolling back unnecessary and burdensome regulations on small businesses, we don't lose the needed protections we have in place for the environment.
For me, the environment is an issue that is deeply informed by my faith. In my faith tradition, the story begins with God placing people on this planet to enjoy and steward it, not to rape and pillage it or consume and destroy it. It bothers me that so many other Christians seem to forget this.
The benefits were pretty great, we got discounts on food and merchandise in the park and on citywalk. We also got a page (front and back) filled with discounts to many different places and things, ranging from buss passes, movie tickets, sixflags and disney tickets. We never got to go after hours to the park to enjoy rides, mainly because all the rides close at the same time so there isn't anyone to operate them. However, when we got closing shifts, all the employees would stay to clean the ride for about an hour after closing. So a lot of the time there would be a group of about 5-7 people walking through the empty ass park at midnight on our way to the changing room.
(1) First and foremost, I will advocate, represent, listen to the citizens of the 6th district.
(2) I'm pro-choice, I'm for single-payer healthcare system.
(3) I will serve the 6th district and I will not vote along party lines like Peter Roskam.
(4) I have the ability to motivate the millennials to come out and vote.
If we could summon Lemmy's spirit, this AmA would be fucking legendary.
Given Marvel is your beat, what was the most interesting thing about your Black Panther interviews / what are you most excited about with the film? The photos are awesome. Thanks!
Agreed! But Lemmy's spirit has a lot of better stuff to do, I am sure. And we don't wanna interrupt that!!! HAHA
Can I speak to Babs?
Probably Daisy Ridley. She's a blast.
I also really like Amandla Stenberg. You're going to be seeing a lot of her in the future.
I am a lifelong Republican who decided that I would stay in my party and fight for needed change. Joe Scarborough recently made news for leaving the GOP. I totally understand his decision. But I want to work for progress within a party that's been co-opted. There are more independent-minded Republicans than we all realize. We can make a difference.
I worked at the ride for a good while and I got to hear the audio so many times that I know it by heart. So to me, the ride is overrated, however, comparatively, I believe it's one of the best rides in the park. Your wait time depends on what time of year you went, and how well staffed they were. In the summer, the ride breaks down because of heat, or we have to shut it down to avoid overheating/fires. We drop one dome, and what was a loading capacity of roughly 360 people every 5 minutes drops by half.
Electoral College is a outdated system and should be replaced with the popular vote.
How did the story change in terms of Lemmy's passing? Was there another story before?
Perfect sense! I've been a big fan of your work in EW for years. You've done a great service bringing scoops to us fans for years. Thanks!
P.S. Next on my reading list: Brutal Youth!
here we go man. And thanks!
Probably the formatting will be killed... cant spend time on that now. But let's see:
MOTÖRHEAD THROUGH THE AGES
(draft SA/AH, June 3rd 2015)
EXT. UNKNOWN LOCATION – INTRO
CUTSCENE / STILL(S) VERSION A)
Victor is riding on a motorbike through the thick mist of white smoke.
LEMMY He rides a road that don’t have no end. An open highway without any bends.1
A rumble and a thunderous roar shakes the ground bringing Victor’s bike to a stop. The bike won’t budge, so Victor gets down to investigate.
(-> SWITCH TO GAMEPLAY) Snaggletooth (incarnation World War (World 2 boss fight)) appears. Parts of basic tutorial (movement, dodging, 2 weapon fight)
CUTSCENE / STILL(S) VERSION B)
Victor is shown asleep next to a campfire. (A horse lying by his side.)
LEMMY (Lyric/quote to be discovered)
A rumble and a thunderous roar shakes the ground, waking up Victor.
(-> SWITCH TO GAMEPLAY)
1 Iron Horse reference/quote After a designated number of hits, only a few minutes of fighting, Snaggletooth strikes a fatal blow to Victor. Exaggerated, nightmarish effects, clouds, colors appear on screen. Scene fades to darkness and we hear Victor release a soft gasp of air.
(-> CUTSCENE / STILL(S))
Darkness. We hear the close sound of a gentle stream.
Victor opens his eyes (first person point of view / fade to black in/our screens) and bursts out gasping for air.
He looks to his side to find that he is slightly submerged in a low-lying stream of water. Then he catches sight of a figure in the distance (transition blurred-to-normal cam).
Lemmy can be seen sitting on a throne2 on the stage (moderately elevated). He’s reading a (war-related) book.
Lemmy doesn’t acknowledge Victor till Victor says in a strained voice:
VICTOR Where- Where am I?
LEMMY (voice echoes) Victor, kid3, you’re here,
We see Lemmy getting up from his throne. Victor closes his eyes for a quick moment, trying to snap out of it. When he opens his eyes again, he’s surprised to see Lemmy’s feet already close to his face. Lemmy is standing above Victor4.
2 Ask Lemmy to skribble his preferred throne 3 Lemmy will change the way he addresses Victor over the course of the game (kid -> Victor -> Hunter) 4 this is to suggest the idea of Lemmy’s authority over Victor LEMMY (clear voice) You look like damaged goods, kid. I thought you’d appear stronger, after all I’ve heard (about you).
Victor sits up in the water and looks up at Lemmy.
VICTOR (strained) I’ve seen you, I’ve seen you before.
Lemmy smiles faintly.
VICTOR How did I get here?
LEMMY You floated in, on the Stream of Consciousness5.
Lemmy sniggers suggestively and offers Victor a hand to help him up. Victor takes it.
VICTOR That’s what this is?
LEMMY Well, you’re awake aren’t you, kid?
Lemmy turns around partially and then back with two glasses of red liquid. He offers Victor one of the glasses.
Victor takes the glass, while taking a good look at his surroundings in disbelief.
VICTOR I am not so sure.
5 a literary device, a narrative mode, that seeks "to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind – in this case, Victor’s. Another term for it is 'interior monologue'. Which is why it would work really well as an extended metaphor – the comparison here is between Victor’s consciousness and the events of the game all being part of a dream. That’s why Lemmy sniggers.. because HE knows all about it.
LEMMY Drink up. You’ll feel much better. It’s the stuff of life.
VICTOR (drinks, coughs) It is WINE!
LEMMY (knowing half laugh) What’d you think it was? Blood?!
Victor is done with the wine. Lemmy take his glass and Victor’s and seemingly crushes both glasses in both hands effortlessly. He opens his hands and blows metallic dust.
VICTOR (startled, then firmly) Why am I here?
LEMMY Music is suffering, Victor. And while Music suffers, the world suffers. Corruption, greed, and tyranny prevail. Evil bastards got nothing else to do. And because of these parasites, people have got no rights. In the meantime, the innocent are stuck in a kind of half-life of constant decay. All is broken. Mighty cities are laid to ruin, burning to the ground.6
VICTOR And what do I have to do with this?
LEMMY Everything. (pause) You have a greater purpose, yet you spend the rest of your days like you’ve been Buried Alive (and it’s doing you in), kid. (pause) I know of the burden you carry. The reason you live in isolation. 7
6 Brotherhood of Man lyrics (marked) 7 Buried Alive song and lyrics (marked) VICTOR (grunts, shameful) You do not understand, I-
LEMMY You’re a walking plague? I know. But there’s neither a trace of blackness nor the hardness of stone in your heart and soul. You know, your problems ain’t exactly new.8
VICTOR How do you know all of this?
LEMMY (waves a hand, dismissively) You are looking for some peace of mind, aren’t you? Someone to tell you what to do. (pause) Well, I’m telling you, We Are the Last, Victor. We must stand our ground and fight. I can show you how to turn your curse into a boon, but first you must embrace it. 9
VICTOR Embrace this curse? Never.
LEMMY (sadly) Everything comes with a great price. But your curse gives you an advantage that others don’t have – it gives you the power to perform the abilities and wield the weapons I’ll be giving you to conquer the blackness that stalks the night as well as the day. (pause) I’m gonna change your luck, kid.10
8 Blackheart & Heart of Stone references 9 Death Machine & Fight 10 intending to make Lemmy’s plan to remove Victor’s curse as subtle as possible, it should be a pleasant surprise to gamers and Victor in the end. Don’t give too much away so quickly, otherwise the game loses its element of suspense. Also we can keep all ways open, of how we gonna end this story. LEMMY You’ll see. Do you wish to be saved, Victor?
LEMMY (more firmly, louder/build-up) You don’t seem so confident, Victor. (short pause) DO YOU WISH TO BE SAVED?
LEMMY Then work for it. Here, you’re gonna need this.
Victor is taken by surprise as Lemmy passes Victor the “Sword of Glory”.
Lemmy soars up to the stage and takes his seat on his throne.11
LEMMY (into mic, loud) BEGIN!
(-> SWITCH TO GAMEPLAY)
TUTORIAL PART 2
Metalhead-Skeletons storming in from both stage doors, left and right. Arena fight, several waves.
Tutorial text on screen showing how to use the sword.
Tutorial text on screen showing how to use the new Motörpower (TBD).
Also reminds player not to forget to dodge when necessary.
11 This is why the stage is elevated. Lemmy can watch from his throne as though Victor is a gladiator in an arena. LEMMY (into mic, loud) Several comments, screaming, Laughing, etc
After successfully defeating all the enemies with the Sword of Glory, Lemmy claps his hands and gestures to Victor, saying:
LEMMY (into mic, loud) RRRISE!
Victor floats onto the stage before Lemmy.
LEMMY It’s time to send you off to see Wizard Lloyd of the Pub at the End of Time. He’ll bring you up to speed and prepare you for the times ahead.
A strong wind begins to brush against them. Victor’s eyes linger over to Snaggletooth hanging lifeless on the wall. He recognizes it to be the face of the creature he fought a short time earlier.
VICTOR (into mic, loud) Hey!! that’s-
Lemmy places his hands on Victor’s shoulders.
LEMMY The only proof of what you are is in the way you see the truth. Don’t be scared, Victor. Live to win. Stay clean.
Whoosh! Victor is teleported to the entrance of the Pub at the End of Time to meet Lloyd and travel to WÖRLD 1 – Wild West – from that place.
TO BE CONTINUED.
He's got Ready Player One coming up next March!
Right now, he's shooting a movie about the leak of The Pentagon Papers to the Washington Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. It's called The Papers and is supposed to be out in January.
That's a tight deadline, but he knows what he's doing.
Let's fix the healthcare crisis once and for all with Medicare For All.
Let's get money out of politics so that our elected officials will actually serve the people who elect them rather than the corporate donors and lobbyists who own them.
Let's make sure that all people, regardless of race, country of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, background, wealth, etc. has equal access to liberty and opportunity.
Hey, thanks for doing this.
My Question: How do you feel after the films release and how often do you think you predicted the success or failure?
I don't know if I ever predict a film's success or failure. I like when good things succeed, but I'm not really in the prediction game, per se.
For instance, I love Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. Weird name, but that movie is spectacular. Scary, sweet, funny. It was absolutely REJECTED by moviegoers.
Maybe parents thought it was too scary for kids? Maybe the goofy name alienated people? I don't know. It's a treasured movie in our house, though. And it's about something real -- kids lose pets, they lose older relatives, and sometimes, tragically, they lose parents or siblings. Death is a part of life. This movie was about a kid trying to deal with that -- and actually defying it.
But ... it was a total bomb. That bums me out because it makes it harder for another studio to take a risk on a movie like that. But at least it exists.
And I wrote one of my favorite stories because of it:
The Strange Story of Tim Burton's Normal Hometown http://ew.com/article/2012/10/05/tim-burton-frankenweenie-hometown/
What's it like being the father of a two year old, and a college student, and running for office -- all simultaneously?
So do you hear anything where Super Nintendo World is gonna be? How it it like working there though? With the Studio Tour and all, do you have access behind the actual soundstages and production with directors and actors and all? BTW, Why did Harry Potter closed at HHN?
Plus, I co-pastor our church and work a full-time job.
Honestly? I don't watch nearly as much Netflix as I used to. That, and I'm tired a lot. But I can't imagine doing anything else right now.
Some people say that it will be taking over the Mummy sound stage, some say that it will get it's own sound stage next to transformers, no one really knows. I worked as a ride op at the Simpsons so no, I did not get access to areas where things were being filmed. I never had any interactions with directors or actors while they were filming. The sound stages and production areas are really secluded to anyone who isn't supposed to be back there. However, during horror nights, I worked route 666, and to traverse that long stretch land quickly, without having to bump into guests, we would go behind and around sound stages. There's a fence that blocks the area where Exorcist was last year and where the sound stages are, I got to go back there and use it as a detour. WWoHP closes during HHN because HHN is a massive operation. The amount of people working the event is almost the same as during day ops, just more scare actors and less ride ops. WWoHP is also a very big place, it can hold up to 12k people (don't quote me on that) and there is a limit to how many people we are allowed to have in the park during HHN. The average night will have around 22-24k people max. Whereas day operations we can hit over 40k. Fire marshal will only approve in the area of 27 thousand people at MAX. So if WW stays open, then the small amount of people will be there instead of at the mazes. I know that last yea it was opened for an hour or two towards the end of the event's run. Short answer:safety concern/too many people to staff.
I liked working at Universal, but it got in the way of school so I quit in February but am working there again this HHN as a scare actor. Nice environment and really, really nice people.
What is your favorite Stephen King book? Also on a scale of one to jaw-dropping, how awesome/friendly/cool is Stephen King in person?
My favorite remains my first: Pet Sematary. I still have the beaten-to-shit old paperback my grandma bought me -- when I failed to persuade her to take 12-year-old me to the movie. I read that thing and it was SO scary, and SO sad, and SO intense. I immediately bought composition notebook and one of those pens with the soft, squishy thing to hold, and began writing scary stories. (The first was called "The Dare," about a kid who is dared by bullies to dig up a dead body and take its skull. He does -- and then SURPRISE the dead body comes to his house that night to take it back. But the kids at school were weirded out that he actually did it, so he threw the head away. The body ends up taking his instead. Ha ha, not bad for 12!)
Anyway, his work means a lot to me. But I've never met him in person. We've spoken on the phone several times and on email a little bit. I think he is genuinely a decent guy and has a great sense of humor, about himself and the larger, twisted world we inhabit.
I'm glad he exists. He is extremely generous and big-hearted. I always say that the scariest man in the world is also one of the nicest.
(If we ever do meet, I'm hoping he won't mind signing that battered paperback I told you about.)
What is your stance on abortion? Are you pro-life and antiabortion?
Is there any creepy story you saw in the park ?
I am prolife, but I think the best way to reduce the number of abortions is through access to healthcare and education. I think the focus of the prolife movement ought to be more focused on these things that have actually worked at reducing abortions rather than overturning Roe.
There's the story of Jennifer from the Simpson's ride. Worker died on the third floor of one of the domes and her spirit roams the halls. Other than that, no.
What was Lemmy´s relationships with videogames? I read he was a big fan of Star Fox, but did not read anything about modern games at all, besides his acting in Brütal Legend.
Star Wars Rebels has 1 more season. Any word on what disney will replace it with?
Oddly we haven't spoken much about "other" games. I don't think Lemmy was into "modern games" a lot. He loved his fair share of Star Wars games (Rogue Squadron I THINK was one he enjoyed lots).
He liked Victor's gameplay and feel a lot and I am sure we would have played quite a few rounds of that, seriously
I don't know! But I'm hoping we get another Star Wars series out of Dave Filoni.
I don't know. If I knew for sure, I would say. Four years ago, I broke the story that Lucasfilm was doing spin-offs focused on Han Solo and Boba Fett and the bounty hunters. Obviously, Solo is happening, and Josh Trank was doing Boba Fett before he was let go and the film went on the shelf. (I think it's still there, mint in the box.)
I've been on record before saying that I expect they'll revisit Obi-Wan Kenobi in those in-between years from Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. People keep asking Ewan McGregor if he's doing one, and he keeps saying "I don't know, maybe, I would love to."
I think audiences clearly want that. But I also think that won't happen until after the new saga sorts out what it wants to do with Obi-Wan's legacy. If he has ties to the new characters, they're going to want to establish that before connecting the dot back to that in-between era.
Quality, high-speed access to the internet is rapidly becoming, maybe already has become, a necessity to participate in both the national and global economies. If we want a country where everyone from any background has the opportunity to chase their dreams, develop their ideas, and compete with large corporations, we can’t allow those companies to control their access. A free and open internet is necessary if we want to keep speech free and promote innovation.
Technology has the potential to save rural America by providing greater and equal access to education, and allowing a large number of workers to choose to live in small towns without giving up their ability to work simply because they need a fast internet connection.
Aaah, why has Lloyd teleported behind me?! I am the superfan, no! AAAAAAH!
I am Achim's #1 superfan, yesss, your uncle Lloydie!
If Rey is Kenobi's granddaughter, maybe.
Although AR-3 had voted for Trump in a large out-turn, I'm not sure what it's primaries looked like. I was and still am a large fan of Marco Rubio, yet I'm not sure how he did outside of the more key states such as Florida, California, New York, Texas, etc. Did he do well in Arkansas? Who did you go for in the primaries?
1) I dont know really.. I saw him playing on the N64 and on his iPad. But he had various consoles.
2) I can't speak for Lemmy, of course, and can only give my impression from a few sentences we shared about this: he was definitely very proud about it. Never bragged (he never bragged about anything, ever!), but you could feel he was really honored by that. And he was always interested in listening to such bands.
3) see 1) ;)
4) The very short version: we liked our Victor Vran soundtrack in general, but I pushed a bit for trying out "live rock music" while playing it. Gave it a very different feel to the more atmospheric, calmer, moody tracks... so, I discussed it with Gabriel - the genius behind Haemimont Games and one of my very best friends out there - and he tried Motorhead (as he knew I lived and breathed Motorhead anyway and knew them a bit and all)... and he loved it. So he said "go, ask them if they'd give us a song or two."....
...and so I did. And the more I talked with Todd Singerman and the nice ppl at Global and the more the band got involved, the more our discussions went into a "hey -- why should we just give you a few songs? Why don't you create an entire game about the band?" (I think that was influenced by Lemmy behind the scenes, but what do I know)...
so, from there we went to a "okay, let's do a 1-2 hour game... tiny, fun, in your face action"... and the result is a 10-20 hour game that's NOT tiny, but VERY in your face action ;)
Hey Achim, We talked over facebook about the game. I'm here again to tell you: Thanks again for this wonderful project of yours. As soon as I heard about this game (I think it was in like 2014 I guess), I was so excited and the game did deliver!
What did Lemmy do for the game? Did he wanted you to put stuff. I can picture Lemmy sitting in a chair, drinking some Vodka telling you something like: "Hey man, put some demons in this. Hot ones at best". Was there things in the creative process that were forbidden by the motorhead reps?
How did you find these drawings made by lem? They're fucking fun man. You got more?
Is there a way to play with a motorhead costume? Can't find a way to get one!
Anyway, you're the freaking best man and again. Thanks. Seeing the man one last time was very emotional for me. That was something so bittersweet. Thank you.
What motivated you to go into politics?
Hey man!! This is so kind. Thank you for these words!!! :)
1) EXACTLY man, this is basically how it worked. Lemmy comfortable, a drink, and just chatting about. It had to have a sexy opponent - so we created the Succubi. And we went through these concepts quite a bit.
And Lemmy, as everybody knows, had huge interest in and knowledge of knives and swords and stuff, so he got very much involved in those. Telling us to "CUT THIS CRAP -- THIS IS SILLY!! THIS THING WOULD BREAK IN A SECOND MAN! MAKE IT THICK OR THROW IT IN THE BIN!" hahaha...
Lemmy also explained exactly what he wanted to be in the game (Victor's Mentor). And we talked about the big question "should players be able to play YOU as a character? Phil? Mikkey? The former members?" etc etc etc
Management and the creatives at Motorhead music and Global, our partner on this project were really cool to work with. There were rules and I got my ass kicked several times, but it had to be like that. The game dev world is not the same as the rock world and that had to be learned. And that was fun to learn man :)
In the days after the presidential election, I kept having the same conversation over and over again with friends of mind. People kept saying, "We've got to do something." Well, I'm the kind of person who thinks that if we need to do something, it might as well be something big.
When I learned about Brand New Congress, I almost immediately knew that this could be the something big I could do. In my district, there wasn't going to be a serious people-first alternative to our representative. I decided that it was worth it to jump into the race and give voters the choice they deserve.