Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows: Video Games Helped Me Cope With The Rev’s Death
The video begins with Shadows showing off his old-school Mortal Kombat arcade cabinets, including the first and second installments in the series. When the interviewer asks who in his world is the best at Mortal Kombat, Shadows smirks, saying, "I'm the best at Mortal Kombat, no one comes here and beats me, it's not even close." As the video progresses, Shadows talks about his recent run on tour with Metallica, and how he has a full video game rig set up in case he gets bored at some point during the day, or anxious and needs to unwind.
He later discusses his earliest memories with games, and how at a very young age at the turning point when video games were becoming introduced to homes everywhere, he was right there just as excited. Games that stood out to him early on included much of what Nintendo was producing, especially franchises like The Legend of Zelda and the like, and how cool it is to see his kid getting into them.
Shadows also reveals that playing games after Avenged Sevenfold drummer The Rev died allowed him to work through his pain and process some of the more difficult emotions he was facing. "Games helped me a lot when The Rev died. It was something I able to go do and stay in the house and not have to be outside and deal with people. But I also found a community online that I was able to escape the feeling I was having of losing a best friend."
In addition, Shadows speaks about Avenged Sevenfold's relationship with the Call of Duty Franchise, and about their appearance in the 2012 edition of the game, Black Ops II. Beyond the band themselves appearing in the video game, their music was also featured in its following DLC pack, and they would later go onto score all of Black Ops III's multiplayer sounds.
Check out M. Shadows talking about video games above!
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