MSWS: When did you first begin playing the Battlefield series and what was it that caught your interest?
MADD MAXX: I've always loved the war themed games and first person shoot-em-ups for both arcade stand up and PC. I can remember dumping pocket loads of quarters into Sea Wolf and Battlezone at the arcade.
Eventually Call of Duty and Medal of Honor came out and I would take looooooong lunch breaks at the nearby Best Buy and play on their demo PCs.
A buddy of mine kept telling me about Battlefield 1942 and how it was way better than COD and MOH because you got to hop into vehicles and drive them all over the place. The WWII era weapons and vehicles of BF1942, the epic battle maps, and the experience of online multiplayer gaming is what got me hooked.
I used to get a kick out of seeing people type in team chat "who's the @$$#%!& who beached our air craft carrier!!!" 9 times out of 10, that @$$#%!& was me!
MSWS: What's the story behind the name you chose to use in game?
MADD MAXX: Max is my real name, and growing up I hated it cause it was different. When the Road Warrior came out in 1982, the toughest kid in high school started calling me "Mad Max". So that nickname stuck with me. The number 84 comes from my football jersey I wore and also the year I graduated high school. Add an extra X and D and that’s how I came up with my in game name MADDMAXX84.
MSWS: Which of the current Mofo Squad members, did you first go into battle with?
MADD MAXX: Back in the BF2 days, I would watch to see who would get the most kills in a round. I kept seeing Jim Reaper at the top of the list, so I would squad up with Jim and try to hit him in the back of the head with as many ammo packs and med kits that I could throw at him. I figured since I couldn’t get kills, I would play the support role. Shortly after that I met Stealth, Thrasher and Loken (aka Linnear at the time). I later met Don Mario in BFBC2.
MSWS: What is your favorite kit to play and why?
MADD MAXX: I'd have to say I have my better rounds when I'm using the assault kit. I usually pop a couple of 40MM grenades first then clean up with the M416 equipped with red dot sight and magnum rounds. I usually drop ammo boxes in doorways of buildings or high traffic areas to get a few supply points during the game.
M416 with 40MM grenade launcher
MSWS: Tell us about your all time favorite map in the Battlefield series and why you like it?
MADD MAXX: I'm sure not too many people remember the Invasion of the Philippians map from the BF1942 series, but I absolutely loved playing this map. It had all the look and feel of "Black Sheep Squadron" and more. The map was not part of the original BF1942 release, but was actually a freebie that was included with the 1.5 patch update.