Let's Talk with Joe Cares

By Cindy Minguez, 2 years ago
Hello, everyone! This week, our special guest is Joe Cares, an enthusiastic player, handyman extraordinaire, and all-around nice guy. Hi, Joe!

Joe: Hi, B1ue!

B1ue: Gamertags almost always tell something about their owners. Tell us about yours.

My Gamertag is Joe Cares and was meant to be sarcastic. When I first made it, I just didn't care what anyone thought online. A lot of Americans used to think it said "caress" though; sarcasm is lost on some people!

B1ue: How long have you been gaming?

I started on Mario on Nintendo and Sonic/Alex the Kid on the Sega Master system after watching my elder brother play. I must have been about six. I moved onto playing Everquest at nine though after moaning at my dad enough!

B1ue: Do others in your family game, or are you a first-generation gamer?

All my gaming started with my dad and elder brother. I saw my elder brother play consoles first, but it was my dad who hooked me on MMORPG's, beginning with Everquest.

B1ue: What do your parents/significant other/friends have to say about your gaming?

My dad loved that I gamed; we gamed together at times. When we played WoW together, however, I was good at Player vs. Player and he at instances and dungeons. I would take his advice, but he would never take mine! haha!

B1ue: That's so lovely. My dad just tells me I'm too old for this nonsense. ;-)

Assuming you’re not a professional gamer, what’s your day job?

At the moment, I am a full-time community support worker, caring for the mentally ill and physically disabled in their homes.

B1ue: I have a lot of experience with the disabled community; it takes a special person to do that job well. Good for you.

What other hobbies do you enjoy?

I go to the gym four times a week. I like to play football with the lads when the weather is nicer (England sucks right now for weather); I love a good game of tennis, too! Not sure if falls under hobbies, but I like to help out with my church community, too! ^^

B1ue: Tell us about your home life – parents, spouse, children, pets?

I live alone with my cat, Bandit. My dad passed away in 2009 from a heart attack unfortunately. My home life is hectic at the moment as I am currently doing a lot of work on my house! There is always something to do when I am in, but my work hours mean I'm out for around fourteen hours of the day!

B1ue: I'm so sorry about your father.

Of what real life achievement are you most proud? Would you give us some details?

This is a hard one. I suppose buying this house and refurbishing it would rank up there. Good feeling of self satisfaction when I've done a room and it's all my work.

B1ue: What’s your favorite game of all time on any console? What makes it special?

I have really fond memories of Timesplitters for Playstation 1. It's between that and Gears of War 2 as that was my first game on Xbox; most of my childhood consisted of PC gaming! I was amazed by it as I'd always been a PC gamer up to this point. It suckered me into the console world! I'd have a different answer if the question didn't have the word console in it! :D hah!

B1ue: So your favorite is a PC game? Tell us. :)

My favourite PC game has to be between Diablo 2, played so many hours with friends and my dad on that. The other option is Age Of Empires 2! I remember we drilled a hole through our ceiling to the flat above us and connected our routers, so we could play LAN games; that was so much fun!

B1ue: Do you remember the first game you played? What’s your fondest memory of it?

The first game I played was Mario on Nintendo. My fondest memory was the first time I picked up an invulnerability star. Never been as happy as I was the first time I picked it up.. The music going, killing all the bad guys.. Shame my elder brother told me that falling down holes wouldn't kill me. You'll believe anything when you are six. :(

B1ue: If some evil spell allowed you to own only a single game for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?

At the moment i am loving Diablo III, but the truth is that although I've not played an MMORPG in a couple of years now, I would have to pick one of them. My best friend nags me to come back to WoW. I always refuse, but with an evil curse such as this, I'd want that amount of gameplay!

B1ue: What part of the world do you live in? If I were to visit, what sights would I have to see?

I live just outside Blackpool in a place called Bispham in England. Don't really like the place but I think it's because I've grown up here! We have a few attractions including Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Towers, Blackpool Dungeons, and Madame Tussauds Waxworks, etc!

B1ue: Blackpool Dungeons?

Blackpool Dungeons is an attraction where you enter and people try to scare you whilst you walk through looking at the history of murderers, etc.

B1ue: Sounds like fun!

Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?

It's not so much regret, but sometimes I hear people saying "x game is so tough you'll never 1k it". I go all ego and try my hardest and 90% of the time complete them. However, Golden Axe: Beast Rider has been a royal pain in the behind!

B1ue: I have heard that one's tough to complete. What makes it such a pain?

What makes Golden Axe: Beast Rider so hard to complete is that you have to get A* rank & play through the levels with a sword, meaning that you kill everything in one hit but die in one hit, too! It's not easy, especially seeing as some of the levels are maybe 8-10 minutes long and you are surrounded by various different enemies and their attacks (melee, ranged, spells).

B1ue: If you were forced to change your gamertag, what would you change it to? What does the new tag reflect about you?

That would be evil! I'd probably change it to Tattooed Bible Basher... because I stared at this question for a good five minutes and couldn't think of a reasonable answer. Haha. That and because I'm tattooed... and a Bible basher!

B1ue: Is that the same as a Bible thumper?

I suppose a Bible basher and Bible thumper are alike. I am being sarcastic though. Sorry! haha. If people bring up Jesus, I love to talk about him, but otherwise I am quite laid back; after all, I wouldn't want people shoving food down my throat or anything else, so why should I do the same with my beliefs? :)

B1ue: Tell us about your gamer pic. Why did you choose that one?

It's that orange dude off of the Amazing World of Gumball. My favourite colour is orange, and the gamer pics were free for a day. Thought why not! The character is pulling a crazy face and looks cool! Bingo!

B1ue: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?

When you help someone out and they don't help you back. Not sure what happened to common gaming courtesy and good manners, but it seems to have died off, or maybe I am just old-fashioned!

B1ue: What upcoming game are you most looking forward to?

I really want to try an MMORPG again.. Everquest Next and Wildstar are looking good! I've been so busy with the house, I've not kept track of all the games coming out recently!

B1ue: What game are you most proud of completing? Why?

Conan is one of my proud ones as it took me so long and required so much dedication! My proudest however? Probably Splosion Man - it stressed me out so much but was SO much fun!! When I completed it, it had something crazy like a 3.8 TA ratio. haha

B1ue: If you found yourself dropped into a video game, which video game character would you most want to have your back?

Torn between Lilith for *ahem* how powerful she is.. obviously.. and Juliet from Lollipop Chainsaw for the fun! hahaha.

B1ue: In the same scenario, what character/creature would you most/least like to see headed your way?

I would love to see Claptrap heading my way. WHAT A GUY/ROBOT!!! The least? I'd say one of the big bosses like the Destroyer or Crawmerax from the Borderlands series. I'd be a noob if I got ported into a game, so I'd be scared seeing something so big coming my way! haha!

B1ue: Any characters you would like seen thrown into video game hell?

Nah! Every character, whether you love or hate them makes each part of the game. None deserve to go to VGH! HOWEVER, I hated those egg stealers in Spyro. UGHHHH.

B1ue: Ever had any bad experiences online? How did you handle it?

Oh, I've had plenty. Corpse campers on WoW were among the worst, but back when I played most, which would be nine years ag,o I did the same. World PvP was the only way for honour back then! Just got to either try to re-spawn in a bush or log an alt for thirty minutes till it calms down.. So stressful at times!

B1ue: Do you prefer single player or multi-player?

Multi-player for sure. I rarely watch TV because I'd rather socialise over my console or PC with my friends, bantering with each other, having a joke around, etc. That's made it easier on multi-player!

B1ue: Do you have a favourite group of friends you like to play with? If so, how did you meet?

I like to play most with my mates Jack & Chris. I've known Jack since high school, and Chris lived above me when I was younger. I have some other friends called Jelle & Niels who are a bit more hardcore gamers who I met via WoW. They have seen my competitive side!

B1ue: If you could have a multi-player session with anyone in the world, whom would you choose? Why?

An English-speaking Laintime. He is a Korean (if I remember correctly) who played as an undead warrior back when I PvP'd most on World of Warcraft. His skill made me want to be that good and to better myself. I'd like to think I got somewhere close to his skill level!

B1ue: What other consoles do you own? What are your favorites on those platforms?

I have a Nintendo 64 somewhere, and I'd be lying if I said I still didn't have a soft spot for Pokémon Stadium. :( haha. I mostly stick to the 360 and PC though.. Kind of regret getting rid of my Playstation 1.. I miss Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot! Stupidly took my PS1/2 to the tip. :(

B1ue: Sounds like a good job for eBay. wink

Have you ever had a game you really looked forward to that you were disappointed in when it finally arrived? Tell us about it.

Everquest 2 was absolute rubbish in comparison to the hype that had been thrown my way. :(

B1ue: Tell us about your gaming set-up.

Unfortunately, I am in the middle of turning my box bedroom into a study/office. So my gaming set up is rather embarrassing at the moment. Rather spend an hour here and there gaming from bed with my TV/Xbox on the floor than not at all though! Also, as you can see by my "gaming collection," that's just the few games that I'm playing at the moment; the rest are in storage!


B1ue: How do you use TA? Tracking, walkthroughs, solutions, sessions?

I use it for gaming sessions often and to help with harder achievements and to meet other people, of course!

B1ue: Do you ever contribute solutions?

Yeah, I've contributed quite a few solutions, maybe twenty or more, I reckon! I try to help others as others have helped me. ^^

B1ue: How has your gaming changed or evolved since coming to TA?

My completion percentage went up for all those pesky multi-player achievements I couldn't get because people stopped playing games online! I met some nice people as competitive as me. Unfortunately, I also try and play harder games because I'm a sucker for TA ratio!

B1ue: What do you like and dislike most about the site?

I like the community. I don't think I dislike anything, some of the bad trolls maybe; good trolls are a giggle!

B1ue: How did you learn about TA? Have you signed up any friends to the website?

My friend Danny told me about it. I've signed a few friends to the website. They've found it useful also.

B1ue: Have you made friends here?

A few, aye!

B1ue: If you have a pro account, what’s the most number of forced scans you’ve done in a day?

I think maybe ten scans when I participated and won the Gears of War 3 competition that was held around the time it was released.

B1ue: Wow! Congratulations!

If you could have a game handcrafted just for you, what would your perfect game be?

This question is so difficult. It would be the kind of game where it makes me feel part of it. I wear a suit or headset or something and I am submerged into the game. Would have to be an MMORPG, of course, too. Ganking other people and facing big bad creatures. Adrenaline rush and everything would be SO good.

B1ue: This must be a British word...ganking?

Ganking just means killing but in a more gruesome fashion, I guess. ^^ Haha.

B1ue: Is there anything you’d like to see added to TA’s functionality?

A mobile app would be cool. Unless I am being a douche and there already is one. >.<

B1ue: Why do you choose TA over other gaming sites?

The community, the easy layout, and because I've been here for a few years now. Loyalty!

B1ue: Do you have a “claim to fame” in gaming? If so, what is it?

I like to think me earning the Field Marshal rank on World of Warcraft with my gnome warrior Toecrusher is a claim to fame. It was in the summer holidays of my last year of high school. Played probably a bit too much! I asked my best friends at the time if it was okay to not see them for six weeks, so I could go for this rank. Weird priorities for a 16-year old! Even now on World of Warcraft though, people know who I am, and I don't regret going for it. Loved that summer!

*Lightning Round*

Favorite part of TA?

The people & help

Favorite 360 game?

Gears of War 2 as it suckered me into it all..

Favorite non-360 game?

Between Timesplitter & Age of Empires 2, was so boss!

Least favorite game?

Golden Axe Beast Rider!

Favorite game developer?

Gearbox right now.

Favorite game weapon?

Hammer of Dawn!

Most hated game enemy?

Egg stealers in Spyro or Fallen Maniacs in Diablo.

Favorite game character?

Lilith from Borderlands.

Favorite game sidekick?

Trip from Enslaved: Odyssey to the West! Loved it.

Favorite game ending?

Has to be Splosion Man, had me in stitches!

Most hated game ending?

Lollipop Chainsaw. I loved that game, but I expected the endings to be so much better. >< hahaha.

Favorite game music?

Fifa. :( Sorry alllll. I know it's such a bad answer, but it's so catchy!

*End of Lightning Round*

B1ue: Is there anything in particular you want the TA community to know about you?

My hair isn't permed...

B1ue: laugh

Is there anything I haven’t asked that you want to talk about?

Just want to say how good Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was for me personally, such an underrated game. Thanks for letting me do this community interview and hopefully it wasn't too boring!
God bless everyone. ;D

B1ue: Any shout-outs you want to make before we go?


Shtup is awesome.
Evilragd0ll has been moaning to me that he wants to do a community interview.
MAD SureShot is a slacker.

I think that's all really, and thanks to B1ueSeptember obviously also! :D

And that's it for this week. Thanks so much to Joe Cares for taking the time to tell us a little about his world. Come back in a couple of weeks for our next guest, bigeasy97.

Come back to see me, and...let's talk. wave
Cindy Minguez
Written by Cindy Minguez
Cindy has been writing for TA/TT for three years now and is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueTrophies. She's an English instructor at a small college and considered a remarkably cool teacher for knowing all about Mass Effect, Skyrim, and Diablo III.