As one of the most entertaining gaming communities out there, the talented and shenanigans-filled Battlefield community is one of our favorites.
From custom dogtags and cinematic tools, to storytelling screenshots and mouth-watering videos, Battlefield’s community has grown its own unique identity through creativity and passion, so we thought we’d interview and highlight a few of the intriguing individuals who contribute to the virtual world of creation.
Known to many as Berduu, he’s a Finnish Lad who is the voice inside your head that talks when you read stuff, and iconically takes gorgeous screenshots in Battlefield 4. In part one of our new series, Inside The Battlefield Community, we sat down with Petri in order to get to know him a little better.
MP1st: So, Petri, who are you? What drives you in life?
Petri: Just a guy from Finland. I do freelance stuff in various fields like writing, AdWords and SEO, graphic design. Recent work that I’m sort of proud of is the layout for the new Lagwagon album.
MP1st: You have been around for quite sometime, especially on YouTube, having your videos gain traction with Battlefield 3 but posting just gameplay (and NHL 99 highlights) years before. What kept you uploading videos? and why have you stopped?
Petri: I haven’t stopped. I don’t upload much, but I don’t upload a lot of crap either. I started doing gaming videos more seriously in late 2011, recording stuff from theatre mode in CoD Black Ops on PS3. My first montage was from GTA Vice City back in 2004. I think that video still looks quite good, considering.
MP1st: You’re iconic for your screenshots. They’ve been featured on official channels for Battlefield, in big YouTuber’s thumbnails, and even here on MP1st. How did you come about making screenshots of a game your signature in the Battlefield community?
Petri: I spent a lot of time playing and recording Battlefield, so it was only natural I started screenshotting it too. DICE did an amazing job with it – great visuals and textures, and every map is basically its own world – shooting it doesn’t get repetitive for me. Folks like jim2point0 over at deadendthrills.com were a huge help when I was starting to get more serious with this hobby.
MP1st: Your use of HattiWatti’s cinematic tools have been, to say the least, fantastic. Do you think your photos and cinematic videos would be possible if he had never released the tools?
Petri: No. Everybody who says otherwise is a god damn liar. I mean, we could still do this, but with far less stellar results. His tools in BF3/4 and Dragon Age Inquisition are gamechangers for people like me – helps us to make the games look truly amazing. EA marketing guys should hire Hattiwatti to just stand in the middle of their office with his hand in the air so everyone could high five him when they come to work.
MP1st: Has your work put your foot in the door to any places like DICE?
MP1st: What about Hardline? Are you planning to dive into the cops and criminals theme with your skills?
Petri: Yes. It’s a whole new dynamic, good guys versus bad guys. We recognise the familiar California setting from movies and TV. Should be a versatile platform for videos and screenshots. Location wise, it’s not as diverse as BF4 in its current state, but we’ll see where the Hardline DLC’s take us.
MP1st: Something out of the blue here, but your screenshots are often mistaken for official Battlefield screens. Why don’t you watermark them?
Petri: I feel watermarks ruin the pictures. I just have to deal with the consequences – whether it’s someone posting them as their own, or people thinking they’re not mine. In any case the truth is easy to find out as long as you’re capable of reading and comprehending dates from my original posts in social media. Despite proof, some people still call me liar. This mostly happens in Facebook, the place where the brain goes to die.
MP1st: Do you have any upcoming projects in the works?
Petri: I’m finishing the BF3 campaign screenshot tour, then maybe a cinematic style video from the same game. I have few BF4 videos completed in my head, I just need to record and edit them. Apart from Battlefield games, I want to screenshot Batman Arkham City and Max Payne 3 a bit more.
MP1st: Do you have a fascination with Walken? Or do you just love his face?
Petri: He’s eccentric and unique, truly one of a kind. He’s not wired like the rest of us. I can do a decent Walken as Santa Claus -impression. It’s perfect for annoying my girlfriend, she hates it.
MP1st: Lastly, before we go, what’s your favorite Battlefield game?
Petri: They’re all my children and I love them all equally. But when the others are out of the room, I can place my hand on BF4’s shoulder and tell him I love him the most, especially now that they’ve fixed him. BF4 for me is much more than just a game I play – it’s a platform where I can be creative and do the things I love.
We’d like to give a massive thanks to Petri, AKA Berduu, for sitting down with us through the interwebs. Be sure to check out his eccentric-self and his work with the provided links below!
For more Inside The Battlefield Community, stay tuned for our interview with the Cinematic Tool creator HattiWatti, coming soon to an MP1st near you.