Welcome back, everyone, to another conversation with one of our community members. This week, please join me in saying a big hello to a great fellow gamer http://www.trueachievements.com/RazorPriest.htm
.B1ue: Hi, Razor! Thanks for joining me!
You're welcome, B1ue.B1ue: I notice a lot of music games in your trophy case. Are they your favorite?
I probably wouldn’t say favorite, but they’re certainly up there somewhere as one of my top genres. A lot of the ones in my trophy case are just there for the ratios though; I don’t want anyone thinking I actually like Guitar Hero: Van HalenB1ue: Gamertags almost always tell something about their owners. Tell us about yours.
Actually there’s not much of a story behind it and no proper meaning to speak of either. If I remember right, it was just the result of me mishearing something a friend said once, and for some reason, I decided to change my gamertag to it as a kind of inside joke. The only meaning it really has is that if you capitalize certain letters in it, it forms a word that I most likely would not be allowed to have as a gamertag.B1ue: I love word games! Let me see... erm, I guess we shouldn't go there...
How long have you been gaming?
RP: I’m pretty sure I must have been around four years old or so when I first started fiddling with my dad’s computer, and I always used to play these edutainment games for kids, which is how I learned to read, among other things. Apart from a very well used Gameboy Color, I didn’t get my first proper console until I was eight. It was an original Xbox (now that we can’t call it Xbox 1 anymore), and that’s when my fascination with gaming really started to develop. After that, I’ve backtracked a lot and picked up a few older consoles to play a lot of games that I never had access to as a kid.B1ue: Do others in your family game, or are you a first-generation gamer?
Unfortunately I’m alone in that regard. My family has rarely ever showed any interest in what I do, so I’ve never bothered to really explain it to them. At this point, it would probably be pretty hard to do. I’d imagine I would sound pretty crazy trying to explain about achievements and ratios and why the little imaginary numbers are so important. *laugh*B1ue: What do your parents/significant other/friends have to say about your gaming?
Being a gamer, I’ve always naturally gravitated towards others with the same interests, so I honestly can’t remember ever having any non-gamer friends. When I was younger it was often a matter of making friends with the kids that had the most games or the most expensive consoles, but nowadays it’s more about just discussing the things I love with others. As for my girlfriend, she does enjoy a bit of gaming, but she doesn’t care for achievements at all. She has a huge Harvest Moon
collection and she plays a lot of Pokemon
and cutesy stuff like that, a lot more casual gaming, which I can’t say I really mind from time to time.B1ue: Assuming you’re not a professional gamer, what’s your day job?
I’m currently free from work, or unemployed if you will. Just doing a bit of studying to get my high school diploma (or my country’s equivalent of it anyway) since I dropped out of that nonsense a few years ago. B1ue: Good luck with completing your diploma.
What other hobbies do you enjoy?
I tend to kind of float from interest to interest a lot of the time, so it’s hard to really say I have any proper hobbies besides gaming. I’ve played the drums for quite some time, both real and “plastic”, but I don’t get many outlets for that these days unfortunately. Sometimes I compose music; sometimes I make pixel art; sometimes I write silly blog posts. I used to be hugely into origami, as well, and I still have quite a few pretty advanced models laying around, always great for impressing people. *laugh* Apart from that, I also love just listening to music, and I like to think have quite a substantial and good record collection for someone my age, despite being very picky with my taste. I’m twenty by the way, in case we hadn’t covered that. B1ue: Who are some of your favorite artists?
Oh my, where do I begin? It changes a lot from time to time, but the ones that always come to mind are ones like Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Between the Buried and Me and Tool when I'm in the mood for that. Oh, and The Grateful Dead, that always works.B1ue: Tell us about your home life – parents, spouse, children, significant other, animal companions?
Since I’m studying and the house market is as horrible as it is, I’m living with my (divorced) parents and my sister for now. It certainly has its ups and downs as I’m sure you can imagine, but at least I get left alone for the most part. As I mentioned before, I do have a girlfriend, although she lives in Florida, so there’s an odd 6000 miles or so between us. Definitely another thing with ups and downs right there. As for animals, I’ve always had a lot of those. My mom’s house is kind of a semi-farm if you will, so I’ve been around horses, chickens, cats, and dogs a lot growing up, and we still have all of those. Love ‘em all. Not even going to bring up the subject of my current gamerpic though, that’s an entirely different story.B1ue: Speaking of gamer pics...
RP: Oh here we go… I’ve been alternating between a few different My Little Pony pictures since they started releasing those packs, and why I’ve settled on this for now, I honestly don’t know. I like Twilight Sparkle, I guess? I mean, who doesn’t? Come on now. For any of my friends who think it’s some sort of joke, though, it certainly is not. I really do love the show. I even downloaded the themes just so I can be happy every time I turn on my Xbox.B1ue: Of what real life achievement are you most proud? Would you give us some details?
I wish I had something to put here, I really do. As terrible of an excuse as it is, I’ve always been more the kind of person to seek personal satisfaction rather than praise from others, so most of the things I’m personally proud of would probably not seem so impressive to anybody else. Finishing off a really difficult origami model after spending countless hours on it, for example, is an incredible feeling. Achievements are pretty similar, so I guess that’s why I like them so much.B1ue: I think it's admirable that you're satisfied with yourself without requiring outside approval, especially to be so young. That quality could save you a lot of grief in your lifetime. :)
What’s your favorite game of all time on any console? What makes it special?
I was hoping you would ask that, just so I could keep my tradition going of bringing this game into every single thing I ever do. Planescape: Torment
, that is. To be fair, I sometimes claim it’s a tie between that and Silent Hill 2
, but most of the time, I’ll just stick with the former. I’d wager most people don’t have a clue what it is, and even if you’ve heard of it, chances are you haven’t played it. Which is a damn shame, because as far as I’m concerned and aware, it has one of the best plots in any form of media, be it games, movies, literature, whatever. Say what you will about the combat (it’s not great to be honest), but everything else, from characters to pacing to setting to the ending(s) is pretty much perfect. It’s hard to describe it really, it has to be played to be understood. Does that sound pretentious?B1ue: No, I don't think so. I've never heard of this game. What's it about?
It's a somewhat old PC RPG in the same style as stuff as Baldur's Gate or Fallout (the first two, that is). The story is long and complex, but to sum it up in a somewhat unfair manner, it's about a man who wakes up with amnesia in a mortuary, and discovers that he is for some reason incapabale of dying. The amnesia setup is a bit of a cliché, but the way it's done here is so very good since it serves a point. The entire game is about you, not about saving the world or rescuing the princess or anything. Nah, you just want to die. Oh and your best friend is a flying, talking skull, so that's pretty cool too. I really don't want to say much more since it's one of those games where everything is a spoiler, so I rather recommend everyone just go play it for themselves. It's definitely worth it.
Do you remember the first game you played? What’s your fondest memory of it?
RP: Oh, I guess it must have been one those aforementioned edutainment games for kids. They all have Swedish titles of course, so I’d rather not name them here. *laugh* Strangely enough, though, I don’t have any memories of my first gaming experience. None at all, it’s like games have always just been there, and I’ve always known about them. Weird.B1ue: If some evil spell allowed you to own only a single game for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
I suppose it would have to be something with a ton of replayability, so maybe Spelunky
? Or Minesweeper
, my number one favorite addiction. Either one of those or Rock Band 3
, but only if I get to keep all my DLC!B1ue: What part of the world do you live in? If I were to visit, what sights would I have to see?
I live in Sweden, which is a. Not Switzerland and b. Not snowy all year round. We do have a lot of pretty girls though, and in fact we have very defined seasons as well. The current one is a horrible gray, rainy mess seemingly intent on killing anything that dares walk outside, but the other ones are pretty nice, don’t worry. We don’t really have a lot of sights to speak of. I mean, there are mountains and stuff, and more forests than you could ever ask for, but the entire country is kind of just a big pile of pretty nature, so nothing stands out all that much. A nice place to retire to, I suppose?B1ue: Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?
Hell, yes. I am currently looking for a skilled surgeon to amputate the giant cancerous bulb that goes by name of Quake 4
from my card, as it’s something I probably will never bother finishing. Oh, the blissful ignorance of early 360 gaming…B1ue: If you were forced to change your gamertag, what would you change it to? What would the new tag reflect about you?
That’s a tough one. It would probably be something a little punny, as I’m quite fond of things like that. I’m absolutely terrible with naming things though, so knowing me, I’m more inclined just to sit there for hours with that gamertag generating wheel thing until it spits out a random Adjective + Noun tag I find amusing enough.B1ue: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?
Of course. I’m the whiniest person I know, and I’m very likely to loudly complain about every little thing that bothers me about a game. Subtitles being off by default is a personal “favorite”. Bad camera controls probably take the cake though as far as annoyance factor goes. Seriously, if you’re gonna have the camera be completely uncontrollable, just make it fixed instead! It’s not that complicated.B1ue: What upcoming game are you most looking forward to?
RP: Dark Souls II
. I shouldn’t have to say much more than that; my entire body gets very moist just thinking about it. B1ue: What game are you most proud of completing? Why?
Definitely Angry Birds Trilogy
and all of its hell-spawned DLC. Looking at my trophy case, you may have thought something like Child of Eden
or Metal Slug 3
would top the list, but nope. Angry Birds
it is. I’m just gonna let my stats screen speak for itself, as I have many times before
I think we’re all very lucky this screen doesn’t show total game time. When I wrote the TA walkthrough for the game, I just put the completion time as 100-300 hours. Mine was probably closer to the second than the first. Honorable mention to http://www.trueachievements.com/BangaiO-HD/achievements.htm
though; that game was damn tough.B1ue: I've heard this one is definitely a toughie. Great, great work on what sounds like a maddening completion!
If you found yourself dropped into a video game, which video game character would you most want to have your back?
Knight Solaire of Astora. Who cares about his daddy issues? Praise the damn sun in jolly cooperation!B1ue: In the same scenario, what character/creature would you most/least like to see headed your way?
Probably Giygas from Earthbound/Mother II
for least. I’m not sure Giygas would even be capable of actually heading in any specific direction, but if it could, I certainly would not want to be anywhere near it. Wouldn’t mind a Mr. Saturn heading my way though; those guys are adorable in some strange messed up way.B1ue: Any characters you would like seen thrown into video game hell?
: Gary Oak, or whichever color-related name you prefer to give him. Just die.B1ue: Ever had any bad experiences online? How did you handle it?
I don’t play all that many games online, but running into hackers in Dark Souls
is always a delight. If you’re referring to things like getting death threats for killing someone in CoD or whatever, then no. I wouldn’t mind that though, sounds like it could be pretty funny.B1ue: Do you prefer single player or multi-player?
I prefer whatever the game I play is designed for. I very much enjoy Happy Wars
for example because it’s built entirely around multi-player, but I tend to not enjoy the MP when the SP is the focus. It’s really that simple; people make far too big a deal out of this.B1ue: Do you have a favorite group of friends you like to play with? If so, how did you meet?
Well, I have a lot of friends I talk to, while gaming or otherwise, but since I rarely play multi-player for fun, it’s usually boosting whenever I actually get together with any of them. Or co-op of course, I always love me some of that. Most people I more or less frequently play with, I’ve met through TA in one way or another.B1ue: If you could have a multi-player session with anyone in the world, whom would you choose? Why?
Conan O'Brien. Not only because I love him in general, but his Clueless Gamer reviews are absolutely fantastic as well.B1ue: What other consoles do you own? What are your favorites on those platforms?
I’ve bought and sold a few here and there in the past, but currently I’m only sitting on a 360, an original Xbox, a Gamecube, and a few Gameboy/DS versions. I’ve really got too many favorite games overall to list here, but the ones I mentioned before are obviously among them. I frequently replay the Fire Emblem
games for my handheld systems, as well. I don’t think I will ever get bored of those.B1ue: Have you ever had a game you really looked forward to that you were disappointed in when it finally arrived? Tell us about it.
The only one that really comes to mind would be BioShock 2 (Xbox 360)
. It’s not a bad game really, I just don’t feel like it has the same magic atmosphere of the first one. I actually did like the multi-player though.B1ue: Tell us about your gaming set-up.
Both of my setups are pretty basic, nothing overly fancy. TV, console, messy shelves, empty soda bottles strewn about everywhere. The Kinect can sometimes be spotted in whichever awkward location currently suits it best. I like them though; they’re both quite homely.****************
****************Favorite 360 game?Rock Band 3. Favorite non-360 game?Planescape: Torment.Least favorite game?League of Legends
, because the constant tournaments on Twitch makes the rest of the site, especially the chats, into a laggy mess. Favorite game developer?
In the past, Black Isle Studios. Now, BioWare, although they’re far from perfect.Favorite game weapon?
Wabbajack from the Elder Scrolls
series.Most hated game enemy?
Every single pig in Angry Birds
. Extra hate if they have any kind of protective headgear.Favorite game character?
Kirby. I don’t really know why. He’s just happy and pink, what more do you need?Favorite game sidekick?
Morte from Planescape
. There’s really not much competition here, I don’t feel like anyone else has even come close.Favorite game ending?To The Moon
. It had me crying for days. Most hated game ending?Shenmue 2
, because WHERE IS SHENMUE 3??? I NEED IT, COME ON.Favorite game music?
If I had to pick just one, it has to be Pokemon Crystal.**********************
*End of Lightning Round*
**********************B1ue: Is there anything in particular you want the TA community to know about you?
Well, I recently started streaming some games over at my Twitch channel, and I’m probably going to be doing that a lot more going forward. So you know, if anyone wants to check that out, that would be juuuuust great. B1ue: Is there anything I haven’t asked that you want to talk about?
Not really, although I’d like to take this moment to apologize on behalf of everyone in my country for unleashing Pewdiepie upon the world. I really am terribly sorry, I don’t know what we were thinking.B1ue: That so made me laugh. My daughter watches Pewdiepie all the time, which I don't really understand. He seems to just scream like a girl all the time. lol. Any shout-outs you want to make before we go?
RP: Oddworld X
, and everyone who has ever worn ArcCsc’s cat. You know who you are.
Well, guys and girls, that's all for today. Join me in thanking RazorPriest for taking the time to tell us a bit about himself. Thanks, Razor!
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