nani17:Hello Boss how are you? Adam: Fine thanks, busy with work stuff, but nothing too epic.
nani17: I'm good, glad to have you on the show lol.
The usual comes first name, age and location? Adam: Adam, 27, Manchester. And if you're trying to chat me up, I like to be taken to Nando's as a first date.
nani17:lol nando's, danny is going to be so disappointed if i go he's been staking you for awhile now so no but give danny a shot.
I know you work for ubisoft can you go into detail as to what you do at Ubisoft oh and where you responsible for James Cameron's 40 plus minutes speech about a game we never got to see? Adam: LOL that chat was awesome, hey?! Although I loved it when Pele came out, was a great moment.
My job is towards marketing, but the less chat about Ubisoft the better. Very technical matter, and wouldn't want to compromise anything to do with work. But to answer, no, not my responsibility! LOL
nani17: That's fine i understand
I understand your a newly-wed so congrats on that it's a sort of achievement really like an xbox one you know when it was over the achievement sign popped up lol you completed it.
One question on the wedding and the wife, how nervous where you and does the wife play pes? Adam:LOL, I wish I got some sort of achievement 'ping' sound, just for effect
Yeah super nervous at the start, but after nearly a year of being married it's been ace. The only game my missus plays is Mario, and the DS version is her fave. When she saw the new one coming out on Wii she was ecstatic! But no footy fan I'm afraid.
nani17: Not a footy fan sorry to hear mate lol i hope you and the wife have a good life together.
I never asked this question before do you drive if so what are you driving? Adam:Yeah I drive, very important part of my job. I have a VW Golf, around 18months old. Nice motor, although I hope to upgrade to a Scirocco in the future!
nani17: Not a bad car adam not bad at all, i don't drive myself not really into it don't know why.
With all the work and stuff do you get out much on the weekends? Adam: Yes and no. Being married it tends to consist of going to the in-laws, although my evening are certainly focused on going shesha with the lads. I don;t smoke cigarettes, but for some reason am addicted to smoking shisha!
nani17: Yes the shisha also known as a hookah a water pipe used for smoking tobacco or other stuff we'll just call it the green herb lol. My friend brought one back from Egypt it came with flavoured tobacco which was ok but the green herb was better in it, it's pretty big in size.
So instead of cigarettes do you carry around a hookah in the back of the VW? lol i can just picture people smoking outside a place everyone with cigarettes and these you with the hokah lol. Adam: LOL I wish they made a pocket size shesha, but i guess I prefer going to the cafes and socializing with the guys. Not like when we were younger, had all the time in the world and no responsibilities.
I'm sounding old now aren't I?
nani17: No your not sounding like an old man at all, just remember those links i gave you for your birthday you should check them out. Socializing is always good plus keeping active which leads me to my next question, what's up with this Dance Dance Revolution machine i hear you have at home, Suff told me you play it more then pes. Adam: LOL yeh why not? Every time someone says DDR I always think of the comedian Russell Peters doing his impression of a DDR 'enthusiast' LOL
I actually have a treadmill at home, exercise every day. I play games all day for work, so need to keep active!
nani17: Russell peters is brilliant i have his dvds outsourced and red white and brown I haven't watched them in a while i might end out watching one tonight. The treadmill is your why of keeping fit no DDR then lol.
Music what genre do you like? Adam: Yeh, treadmill is the only way of beating the habit . I'm into rnb primarily, a bit of Ne-Yo, Usher for eg is what I'm into. Right now I have Jagged Edge's album in my car system
nani17: i phone owner someone's rich, are you going to upgrade to the 3gs? Adam: No chance, because they don't do it in white
I love the iPhone, especially the free apps, but wont be upgrading as I don't use it that much apart from the basics. To be hoenst I'm not much of a handheld gamer. Like the DS and Mario, but apart from that I only hold one for work.
nani17: Same here mate not a handheld gamer either never owned one, my mum got me one of those cheap ones that looked like a identical to a gameboy but has only one bulid in game
The surname mate seems fancy do you know about it? Adam: Bhatti is actual originates from India, although I'm not Indian. To be honest my family has roots everywhere, from Pakistan to Italy to England, 'We gets around!' LOL
I actually carry the surname Alexander, you might have seen that attached to my face now and again. My father gave me an English surname because of racism he faced when he came over here.
nani17: You have multiple names like a spy lol, racism pisses me off alot i can't understand why you hate someone because of the background/colour but we're not here to about that, that's another debate.
Now on to the big leagues the WENB site how did it all begin? Adam: It was a beautiful moment, I can assure you LOL
I met Suff in a thread on Evo-web discussing mock covers, and he made a few. After some conversations and pms he asked me to join him and start a blog focused on news. I had the idea of podcasting, mainly as I was a huge fans of the 1up.com ones, and thought it would add something different.
I wish more sites (pesgaming/pesfan) would do podcasts, I'd certainly listen to them.
Adeel, who still has some interest in the site, funded the whole thing to get it off the ground, and because of that Konami took notice very quickly. From that moment the rest is history.
nani17: Adeel yes i have seen him in your old WENB tv bloopers on you tube along with a video of you dancing to the bee gees lol (That video will top a million views after posting the interview)
Did you met suff before the site in person or after? Adam: Well I hope the interview never gets posted! LOL people shouldn't be subjected to that sort of movement from myself.
I met Suff a few months after, when we went to Leipzig. I met him, adeel and tarek all at the same time. All amazing guys, made me feel comfortable, even though they coils of battered me and taken all my cash - 3 v 1 isn't a fair fight LOL
nani17: You got bullied poor Adam sniff sad story revenge is a must.
When the site started how did you get your name out their? Adam: A lot of spamming LOL
We had a thread in Evo-web that the mods were happy to keep there, and we also had a facebook group that helped us to get in touch with communities.
And lets not forget the fans. I remember scouring forums all over the internet and finding fans of the site posting our news in dedicated threads about PES, as well as letting people know when our podcast was out.
Certainly a joint effort!
nani17: I can't believe you done spammed the forums sniff it's heart breaking to hear but then again i wouldn't be here lol
Where you guys nervous to see how it would turn out or confident you had something from the start? Adam: Well it was never supposed to be a huge success, just another website that helps the fans get news. People like Kai and ThomasGOAL were a big inspiration, the amount of times we would wait for those guys to come out with news was untrue! WENB started with the idea of being focused on news, as there was no site dedicating their efforts to that. Everyone was starting out as forums, and with the likes of PESGaming and Evo-web providing a place to chat, there was need for us to do that.
After the first few months we knew we had something special, and with us going to Leipzig it showed the community we were serious. After that games show the site become well known worldwide, that certainly made us.
nani17:How do you feel about the site now and it's growing success in short a short time? Adam: I think we've reached the point where we are more than honoured to see what WENB has achieved. To this day we've never made a penny from the site, and after some hefty offers in our first to buy us out, we're more than happy with our decision. It's always been about getting the news to the fans, and we've never changed our mentality.
the relationship with Konami is the icing on the cake, the fact that WENB has become an official partner in a way is incredible.
nani17: Let me guess Real Madrid made an offer lol, glad to see you didn't except it. Sorry to steer away from the happiness here but i think we need to know how you and the team personally felt about the day the site went down, how you felt that someone attacked the site which we then entered the dark ages or what i also like to call the Temps(Temopry forums for you that don't know). Adam: Awful time, but it made me and Suff so much stronger.
I mean we could of called it a day, but one idiot just made us realise how much the site mean to a lot of folks. The temp forums were a sign of that, and it just made us want to get everything set up asap.
It also made us see that no matter how hard you try, you can't please everyone. Certainly dark times, but we got through it and came out much stronger.
nani17: Yes they truly were dark times for a lot of the people involved in the site.
How did konami react to it or did they react at all. Adam: Konami were concerned at first, but because the hack was dealt with fairly quickly, it was a never an issue.
They were more concerned when the site was taken offline repeatedly towards the end of last year and the start of this, as it ate into information time. Luckily we got back up a few weeks before the Wii version of PES 2009 hit and started from there. Since the launch of the new site that Luc created, Konami have been more and more impressed by the way it looks and performs.
nani17: Yes Luc has created a great site and i and the community thank him for that.
Where do you imagine the site would be in another two years? Adam:Hopefully where its at, if I'm honest. The hardest thing now is to maintain this level, rather than grow anymore. we've done well, thanks to Konami and the fans.
nani17: Now onto the game that brought us and so many others here, can you remember the first day you experienced the game and what you thought about it? Adam: ISS Pro on the PSone was probably the first game I played in terms of the KCET team, so the very first one really. It was the passing that got me, and the was you were forced to pass. Up until then it was about running through teams and scoring scorchers, ISS made you play like real football. It was a culture shock, and I loved it!
nani17: Do you think it revolutionized the football games market? Adam: In a way, it made everyone think differently about what they wanted from a footy game. Don't forget the title was very niche when it first started, but slowly collected a following.
nani17: How did you feel about it's first appearance on the PS2? Adam: WE5 was imported by myself as soon as I saw the picture on the internet. Something that Konami did that was key, was to use the same gameplay elements and build upon it. Something they failed to do in the leap to nextgen.
nani17: Yeah the next gen versions lacked a bit but i still think those who can should buy the PC version it seems to be far better in all aspects of the game.
Which of them is your favourite and why? Adam: It has to WE10. For me it had all the freedom of play of PES6, but the more simulation/tackling aspects of PES5. It's certainly more quicker than PES5, but it had the same features as the game will new licences and addictive dribbling system.
I still play it today, and would play it a lot more if the keepers weren't so eager to run out of the box when dribbling near the goal!
nani17: Wait so WE10 is different from Pes 6 I thought it was just a name change i think pes 6 is the best and your saying WE10 is better sounds like i have to investigate this.
I find the podcast one think i and many others to look forward to during my week why do you think it's become so popular to many on the site? Adam: Yeh you should definitely try WE10!
The podcast has become absolutely huge, and again something me and Suff have been taken back by.
I think it comes down to the fact we were first to do one regarding PES, and it gave folks another way to get news. We always hint much more in the podcasts too, so you always get better insight that way.
It's been huge since it's launch, and now had thousands and thousands of listeners every week - another humbling experience.
nani17:Yeah some just listen to the podcast and then join the forums it attracts many people, if you still have the first one you should post it up.
Well i believe it's quick question time
What's your favourite colour? Adam: Baby blue.
nani17: What's your favourite food? Adam: Chicken wings
nani17: Least favourite word? Adam: I hate the saying 'That's boss!', a common scouse term
nani17: The sound of that just pisses me off. Are you really suffs main man? Adam: I hope so, he says it enough!
nani17: lol yeah he does, Cameron Diaz or Jessica Alba? Adam: Jessica Alba, only coz she looks like my wife.
nani17 No comment lol. If you where stuck on an Island what three items would you bring? Adam: My iPhone, TV and PS3
nani17: Worst moive you seen in the cinema? Adam: Butterfly Effect 2
nani17 I never knew that went to the cinema. If you could meet two famous people in the world who would they be? Adam: Paolo Maldini and Seabass
nani17: Most annoying thing about WENB? Adam: The ads on the site
nani17: One country you would love to visit? Adam: Barbados
nani17: Will you buy air conditioning like Senior. Suff? Adam: Yes, I need one!
nani17: Favourite drink ? Adam: Cafe Latte from Starbuks
nani17: Best thing about WENB? Adam: The community
nani17: sniff you love us i feel special
Well now i looked at the site and there's news about a new thread known as Official Konami PES Feedback Zone interesting and very very exciting to see. Am i right in saying this is a first for konami never been done before, how do you feel about all of this mate. Adam: Yeh its the first time Konami have done this, and for sure it feels great to have this on WENB.
It an honour to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of PESFan and PESGaming, 2 sites that have been around for a lot longer than us. What WENB has done in the past two years is clear for all to see, and for that the fans deserve the credit.
We knew about this for about a month, and couldn't wait to get it underway!
nani17: so you knew and never told me very disappointed in you very.
What do you think of the new video? Adam: As you know from the podcasts, I thought it was OK, and served it's purpose. Still, I do wish Konami produced something better than that.
nani17: Ok mate i think that's about it thanks very much for taking time out of your busy schedule hope you enjoyed it i bet the community will, any shout outs to anyone?
Adam: Yeah was fun!
Just a shout out to the staff for their hard work, Konami for the official support, and the fans for their commitment - without them we wouldn't have achieved anything!
nani17: Thank you and thanks to those you are reading this sorry danny for telling you i was interviewing seabass
Thanks guys for the nice comments yes I'm afraid I'm going on a break for about two weeks I'll soon pick it back up after my birthday i already know who it will be i shall inform a few days before i start it again.
nani17 wrote:Thanks guys for the nice comments yes I'm afraid I'm going on a break for about two weeks I'll soon pick it back up after my birthday i already know who it will be i shall inform a few days before i start it again.