When it comes to listing the world's toughest jobs, fishing for Alaskan crab has to be right up there. Fans of Discovery's "Deadliest Catch" know full well what those fisherman have to put up with, year in and year out. The show will be entering its seventh season in 2011, and, with the recent release of "Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos," there are now two video games which allow you to experience lives of the ships' crew members.
Sig Hansen, who captains the Northwestern, is one of the most recognizable faces on the show and plays an important role in "Sea of Chaos." He took some time to discuss the finer points of the game, as well as the gaming habits of his crew while at sea...whether he likes it or not.
When it comes to giving insight to the developers how how a "Deadliest Catch" game should play, Hansen admits that he's a bit out of his league. "We give our own thoughts and then [the developers] go in and have to make it user friendly, which is where we're complete idiots," he explained with a chuckle. "We can't do that. There's a lot of stuff that I could imagine, but it's just not game friendly."
For example, Sig's idea of the perfect crab fishing game? "I'd stick you in a goddamn freezer and throw a fan on ya!"
Although current technology doesn't quite allow for forced hypothermia in games, at least Sig's recognizable personality was able to come through loud and clear when it came to providing the voice acting:
"We're not actors, but at the same time it's easy to imagine things of that nature. Something I like about the show is what you see is what you get. For us to sit in front of a mic and hype it up for a game, that's easy. Just be yourself. Most of the stuff in there was not in the script. I'd 'Sig-i-fy' it."
Sig went to explain that "Sea of Chaos" was designed to be less strategic than the previous "Deadliest Catch" game, "Alaskan Storm." The idea was to bring a larger audience to the game while still staying true to the series.
While Sig admits that he's not much of a gamer, he did mention that his crew has been known to play certain games, even when in the middle of some of the worst seas on the planet.
"I remember, when we first got our…I think it was an Xbox they brought on the boat a few years back. We were fishing and you may have a one hour run or a two hour run from one area to the next. If they guys didn't lay down and take a nap, they were playing games. It just blew my mind. I'm thinking, Why don't you guys go down and take a nap instead of playing these f**king video games?"
Fans of the series are undoubtedly looking forward to season 7, which is scheduled to air on Discovery in 2011. As for gamers looking to try their hands at crab fishing, Sig has some sound advice: "Stick to the game! It's warmer!"