Meet the Vultures: Rhys Johnson
Don't worry about the mask. Honestly.
Hey, Rhys! How are you? What was the last thing you ate and what would you rate it out of ten?
Jin Ramen (mild).
It’s just about the only brand of instant noodles here in Korea that isn’t spicy, so for that reason alone it gets at least a 7. Mild is pretty tasty and not bad for a hangover, so that jumps it up a mark.
Solid 8/10 noodles.
What’s your favourite video game?
Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar’s finest game, and I say this as a man who put pure man-hours into The Warriors and Bully.
Everything about this game is perfect. The landscape, the audio, the character development. When I played it I wanted to know just what John Marston is seeking redemption for. How bad were his crimes? Can he ever truly be redeemed?
I still can’t decide whether John is a good guy in a bad spot or a bad guy getting deservedly played by the system. Personally, I played to make John the good guy because as the journey went on and you see the things that John sees and travel the roads that John travels on, I wanted to see him ride off into the sunset.
Jack was a full on murderous on my game, by the way. It just felt like organic progression.
I was willing to ride horseback through the States and Mexico so John could enjoy his days on the farm with his family, and I love that his adventures become the stuff of legend throughout the game but the newspapers never mention him by name.
Don’t dismiss the game as “GTA on horseback”. GTA is awesome, but I never “felt” GTA like I felt Red Dead Redemption.
What drew you to CV?
A friend of mine, Liam Soutar, contributed an article to the website, I think it was something on Edward Snowden, so I took a look to see what this website was.
I’d written for football and movie websites before and wanted a change in scenery. I saw that CV welcomes all kinds of contributions, so I thought I’d give the website a try.
I don’t really like writing about the Premier League and the big name films because there will be thousands of other writers typing up the same thing. I write about world sports and world cinema because I want to stand out and feel interesting.
I had an idea for an article about AC Milan and I couldn’t find the right place to pitch the idea, so I tried with CV and it seemed to fit in with the kinds of content that the website likes.
Reviews are no longer my thing really, unless the movie or album is really fucking good, I enjoy researching and trying to tell a story a lot more and CV is the perfect platform for me in that regard.
The group have been really patient with me. too. Bouts of depression often kill my motivation to write anything for great lengths of time, and I’m a lot busier nowadays in Korea so I don’t have time to write as much as I’d like to, but my ideas seem to be welcome here.
Where else can we find you?
I can be found on Twitter but I have it set to private and I’d rather not share my handle. Yes, I do know that this defeats the purpose of “Meet the Vultures” but, y’know, internet.
I’ve written for other sites but those articles are fairly old now. I’m proud of that work and will find them if anyone is interested, but they’re cold tea.
Who would win in a fight: a kangaroo with one punching hand or a crocodile missing half of its teeth?
Kangaroo. All day son.