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"Deadliest Catch" Captain Sig Hansen Talks About His New Game

There’s Chaos at Sea, but the new season of the hit Discovery Channel show hasn’t even started filming. Come October 15th, when the new season of crab fishing begins, the seventh season of the TV series will be without Captains Sig Hansen and Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand and their boats, the Northwestern and the Time Bandit. All three of those captains and their boats will be in the new Deadliest Catch: Chaos at Sea Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii game shipping this November.

Discovery Channel sued the Hillstrands for $3 million last month for not completing work on a spin-off show, “Hillstranded.” The spin-off show was partially filmed, but required voiceovers and additional interviews. That lawsuit led to the departure of three of the captains, including fan favorite Sig Hansen.

“Deadliest Catch” was enjoying its best ratings in history thanks to the overwhelming support from fans, and the media, surrounding the death of beloved Captain Phil Harris last season. Gamers will still be able to compete against the departed captains in the new videogame, which blends simulation and action for a unique experience. Before the controversy erupted, Captain Sig sat down and talked about the new game in this exclusive interview.

How involved were the captains in this new game?

Well, a lot of the guys, the captains, were a part of the game, so that's what made it kind of fun, 'cause everyone gets to participate. We get to put our thoughts into what we think will be fun and mix it up a little. So, it's good.

Did you ever think as a captain that you'd actually be able to participate in the gaming world?

No, I did not. I didn't think I'd be at a big convention center doing this, but I mean it's fun! We got one life to live, and we're living it.

Tell us what's going on with the realism of the game and how you feel it portrays what goes on in your life as a sea captain.

Well, it's all about strategy. So for me as a captain, it's all strategy. I'll lie, cheat, steal, whatever I have to do to make money. That's my job. And so anybody that watches the show that can appreciate that will appreciate the game, and then you can lie, cheat, steal and be a bad boy too. Or girl.

The game allows you to pick your crew and offers stats on each crew member. Is that what it’s like for you as a captain deciding who will sail with you?

You've done your homework, haven't you? Yeah, in real life, your crew is everything. Without a good crew, you're done. Just takes one bad apple, and you are done. So, it's important, and you bring that in the game, great. You bring strategy to the game, great. Add a couple of waves and wind and see if you can find the crab, and the fact that people appreciate the show for what it is and our work ethic behind it, it says volumes. And so now a guy can actually do this on his couch--not freezing!

In the game you talk about superstitions. Where does that come from?

Oh, man, that goes back for generations. Hundreds of years. It's always been there. Even me as a kid, growing up, my grandfather, he's from Norway, and he was always telling me weird superstitious things like that, and it gets embedded in your mind. And then you get to Dutch Harbor, and that whole thing is there. It's all part of fishing. I don't care what port you're from, there is something about it. It's like sports—hockey guys are really into superstition. Most sports people are, for some reason. But we take it to another level, you know. We do.

It's just in your blood then.

Yeah, but God help you if you do something that we we don't agree with as far as that superstition goes. You're off the boat.

But men can fall overboard on this game.

Yeah, just no death. We want to keep it for everybody and...look, we're trying to keep it as real as we can without getting too real on it. I mean I like the visual effects they have, I like the competition, there's a lot of new games they put in there to make it fun and energize it, so I think it's a game for everybody. It's not the hard-core gamer. This is for someone that's a fan of the show or appreciates the show, and kinda wants to simulate that.

Do you play any other games besides having to figuring out how this one works?

I mean, we'll do the apps and all that, and my kids have all the games in the world, so we've done the Wii and all that. And I try to do it with the kids, I really do. It's just that I get irritated because I like to win.

How good are your kids at gaming?

They're little girls, so we have our dilemmas at home when it comes to the videogame thing. I have to learn how to back off, and it's hard to do.