Back in the mid-2000s, when he was just a young lad in middle school, one game would change his life forever. It was the acclaimed Banjo Kazooie, and it brought him in touch with an entirely new world of possibilities. A small town in West Virginia, called Jane Lew, is a world-renowned hotspot for Banjo Kazooie legends alike. That is where one Greg Nutmeg was raised, and that is where I am headed next to find out his true intentions.
I have contacted Mr. Nutmeg via email, but he has yet to reply. His small family’s location in Jane Lew remains a mystery to me for the time being. Still, hopefully, my upcoming visit will shed some light on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Greg started his Banjo Kazooie empire by gathering everyone in the tri-state area for a LAN party in a small village in the southern town. He would later create the “Banjo Kazooie Playhouse,” where everyone could share their favorite game memories.
He also started a group called “Legends of Banjo Kazooie” right at that time, where legend hunters could meet up and play games via Xbox Live. It was something new for gamers, by gamers. These were good times for Greg. His world was filled with possibilities, but his small dream seemed to fade away.
“Greg never wanted to work a real job,” said fellow Banjo Kazooie fanatic Jimmy “Super Star” Wilkins. They met up at one of Greg’s Playhouse events in 2007. “I used to hear his talks of taking the game to the stratosphere.”
That’s when the big boxes started showing up. Greg was well known for enjoying a good deal, but he didn’t expect much. His trusty eBay account provided him with everything his heart desired. He would sell even more Banjo Kazooie references in small books that no one quite understood the significance of.
“I do not know how he did it,” said his mother, “but here we are. A Banjo Kazooie empire in our very own family.” She handed me a small book with Greg’s signature on the cover.
I leafed through the pages rapidly and saw that all sorts of names mentioned Greg Nutmeg’s legend. I have interviewed many people in preparation for this story, and it is difficult to say who he was. “What was I supposed to do?” Greg would constantly ask his mother when she confronted him about his strange behavior. It seemed that no one truly knew the answer to that question.
In 2009, Greg’s brother claimed that he had a mental issue. “He had all the signs of someone who needed help,” he said, “but I also knew that Greg liked his games too much to let go. He would stay up all night talking about Banjo Kazooie with his friends.”
Greg’s mother eventually accepted that her son wasn’t coming back anytime soon. The game had taken its toll on him, but his empire created a world of possibilities. “The playhouse was his big dream,” she said with tears. “He wanted to host events like that for all of us.”
Not too long ago, Greg moved away from West Virginia in search of something new. While this may be the end of an era, many people are hoping that the legacy of Greg Nutmeg will live on.
Thank you for your time; I hope to hear from you soon!
Contact: Dean Harris ([email protected])… Did he reply yet? Mr. Nutmeg? Hello? I have been trying to contact Mr. Nutmeg via email, but he has not been replying. [ARTICLE END]
MESSAGE FROM GREG NUTMEG:
Hola Dean Harris, I have been busy at the Banjo Kazooie Playhouse. It is a pleasure to meet you via email, and I hope you come down with your crew for an interview. My brother was cold the