Where'd 'LtEagleEye' Get his Name?
Many of our esteemed listeners and readers may be wondering where yours-truly gets his epically beautiful and awe-inspiring name, “LtEagleEye.” Well, come and sit ‘round the fire youngins as we enter the late 1990s and dive into the mind of a middle schooler.
The game: Unreal Tournament, which released in late 1999 for the PC. Quickly hailed by players and critics alike as a masterpiece, UT redefined the first-person genre entirely and impacted that genre permanently. The graphics for the time were revolutionary and the intense focus on a competitive multiplayer experience that was just plain fun could be easily identified as the precursor to modern-day esports.
I hadn’t started playing the game until a few years later when I was in middle school, but I remember my dad playing it with his coworkers, ala that episode of The Office where Jim gets wrecked in Call of Duty. The description of the game on Steam is worth a read too; “Unreal Tournament is the original King of the Hill in the frag-or-be-fragged multiplayer gaming world. As the undisputed 1999 Game of the Year, Unreal Tournament grabbed the first person shooter genre by the soiled seat of its pants and knocked it around the room with its never-before-seen graphics, brutal edge-of-your-seat gameplay and a massive and varied feature list that gave gamers more than they ever expected.” I mean, that’s just hilariously amazing.
Anyway, Unreal Tournament had some pretty rudimentary character customization options (male/female, some basic skins, and some face choices), and one of the choices of faces was a guy with a scar over his eye--yes, the oh, so cliche scar running diagonally across one eye--and that was always the character face choice I went with. In my puny, middle schooler brain, I couldn’t come up with a name better than “Eagle_Eye.” And so that’s what I used playing online against my dad’s friends or just randos. Unreal Tournament was fast-paced, the guns were varied, each with their pros/cons, and the maps were near perfection. “Facing Worlds” is often regarded (in many online arenas) as the best Capture the Flag type map ever made, period, and I tend to agree with that assessment. It of course is at least worthy of being considered among the best multiplayer maps ever made in a first-person-shooter, bumping shoulders with the likes of Blood Gulch, Nuketown, and de_dust2.
As my enjoyment of video games grew, and as games became more “online,” where you needed a unique ID to login to various accounts and systems, it became quite apparent that I would never own the “Eagle_Eye” name or any variation thereof. So, in my uniquely creative way, I made Mister Eagle Eye a Lieutenant in the military, because of course he is. And so, LtEagleEye was born. There have been some instances in which that has been taken too, which is ABSURD, but good thing there are many more ranks in the military to choose from, and I yearn for the day that my account name becomes RearAdmiralEagleEye.