Hello, everyone! This week, our special guest is EdibleMessiah
, a self-professed nerd, gamer, and college student. Welcome, Edible!B1ue: Gamertags almost always tell something about their owners. Tell us about yours.
I, like many of us, had a fixation with bacon for as long as I can remember, so I tried to come up with a myriad of bacon-related gamertags. After finding most of the ones that I wanted were taken, one of the randomly generated suggestions was “EdibleMessiah.” After reading it, I burst out laughing. I then made it my gamertag due to its hilarity as well as it being a hint to my eccentric, somewhat random nature.B1ue: What a great story. I love bacon...
How long have you been gaming?
I started gaming when I was about six years old. I got an SNES for Christmas that year with a copy of Donkey Kong Country
. I have been enamored with the craft ever since then!B1ue: Do others in your family game, or are you a first-generation gamer?
Like many families, I am the lone gamer of the family. I have gotten them all to game with me at one point or another but not within the past few years. My dad used to play Goldeneye
with me back when I had my N64; he’s also played some Wii Sports
and Guitar Hero
. My mom has done the least gaming; she played Wii Sports
with me once; that was about it. My sister has played Guitar Hero
as well as some Gears of War
.B1ue: What do your parents/significant other/friends have to say about your gaming?
They don’t really say much about it. I live with my mother at the moment, and the rest of my family either lives in another province or works away from home for months at a time. My dad generally chastises me if I end up gaming most of the day, which I generally don’t do anymore as I’m either working or out of the house.B1ue: Assuming you’re not a professional gamer, what’s your day job?
Right now, I do freelance graphic design work; it’s something I have been doing for a few years. It hasn’t really taken off, but I have made some great connections from it. I also work at a local retail store, as well, although that’s more so to pay the bills rather then it being something I’m passionate about.B1ue: What other hobbies do you enjoy?
Pretty much all the hallmarks of a socially awkward nerd. I enjoy reading, television, movies, and collecting action figurines. I do also enjoy hiking and biking as well though and the occasional bit of volunteer work.B1ue: Tell us about your home life.
Like I said earlier, I live with my mother at the moment. I moved out when I was about 19 and lived in Calgary for a year and moved back to go to college. I’ve been kind of stuck here ever since after finishing college due to a lack of jobs and, therefore, a lack of funds. Fortunately, my retail job pays fairly well, so I’m hoping to move out by the end of the year. Also, before anyone asks, I’m not a freeloader. I do pay rent and help with groceries and errands from time to time. :D As for other members of my family, my sister shares a house with some people in Calgary, and my dad works away from home, so I only see him a couple months of the year. We also own about half a dozen cats, two dogs, and three horses, so I usually don’t get lonely.B1ue: Of what real life achievement are you most proud? Would you give us some details?
This isn’t really the biggest accomplishment, but to someone like me who has always struggled with the most mundane things, it seems like one. It would be just simply going to college. I never did well in high school and often needed tutoring just to get a decent grade, which got me through but didn’t leave me with the best prospects. So I ended up taking some additional courses through a local college to get me high enough grades so that I could actually go to some decent colleges. In order to do this, I needed to move somewhere where there was actual work, hence the move to Calgary. After toughing it out there at a crummy job and next to no friends, I moved back here just under a year later and was able to go to college, where I enrolled in a Digital Arts and New Media program. It was a challenging experience but a worthwhile one as I made some great friends, some great connections, and learned a few things.B1ue: Way to go! As a teacher at one of those local colleges, I'm always happy when people go to school. Congrats!
What’s your favorite game of all time on any console? What makes it special?
I’d say Metroid Prime
for the Nintendo GameCube. It was a game that I didn’t really know anything about when I got it for Christmas when I was a teen, but after playing it, I was blown away by the graphics and everything else it brought to the table. I have loved the Prime series ever since then.B1ue: I thought the Gamecube was a great system. I still have mine. :)
Do you remember the first game you ever played? What’s your fondest memory of it?
Edible: Donkey Kong Country.
It was my first experience, and, honestly, at first I wasn’t sure I liked it. The Country
games have always been difficult platformers, and as a kid, I didn’t have a whole lot of patience. I stuck with it and ended up beating it a few weeks later, and ever since then, I was hooked.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’ve been playing a lot of Fire Emblem: Awakening
on my 3DS lately; it has an insane amount of replay value and content. So that one absolutely; it has great gameplay and is a must-have for anyone who has a 3DS or loves turn-based strategy games.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 the small town of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. In terms of sightseeing, it has quite a bit to offer with our local museum as well as some great hiking trails. It's more of an outdoorsy-type town rather than a more commercial one as we have avoided a lot of the trappings of other towns outside of a Wal-Mart (which is smaller then most) and a few fast food joints. Our marijuana is supposed to be quite excellent, as we are known by some as “Canada’s Pot Capital” although I wouldn’t know…*shifty eyes*B1ue: lol. You look perfectly innocent to me. ;-)
Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?
Edible: Hellboy: The Science of Evil
. Such a garbage game, only good thing was Ron Perlman doing the voice of Hellboy. Worst thing about it is it has unreleased DLC, making it impossible to complete.B1ue: If you were forced to change your gamertag, what would you change it to? What does the new tag reflect about you?
No idea, probably something absurd as that has worked for me well in the past. I used the username “Bananaoracle” on some other sites, so perhaps something like that.B1ue: Tell us about your gamer pic. Why did you choose that one?
I like to alternate every couple of months, as I generally get tired of what my pic is. My current picture is from Plants vs. Zombies
. I chose it as it is a fun, quirky game, which is just the type of game I prefer. Plus, its facial expression is timeless.B1ue: That really is a great game.
Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?
I suppose it’s the whininess of today’s gamer. Not to say most gamers are like that, as I’m well aware. It’s just the vocal minority. I tend to see the same people whine about the same things over and over again, and it’s annoying. If it’s an actual issue worth expressing disdain or concern about (like the Xbox One originally requiring an internet connection to work or Disc Locked Content), I agree with the fallout that generally comes with those.
I just feel like people whine about everything instead of actively trying to solve the problem. Sometimes expressing your disdain over the Internet isn’t enough.B1ue: What upcoming game are you most looking forward to?
I hate to sound like a Nintendo fanboy, but the new Smash Bros
and Mario Kart
look phenomenal. Sorry, fellow Xbox owners. I’d probably throw The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
up there as well.B1ue: What game are you most proud of completing? Why?
Edible: L.A. Noire
. Not the toughest completion, but I remember spending ages trying to get all the cars for that one achievement. Still a completion I am definitely proud of.B1ue: What single Xbox achievement are you most proud of? Why?
Seriously 1.0; spent months on and off grinding away on this one. I did the 10k one for the first Bad Company
as well.B1ue: In a slightly different vein, do you have a favorite achievement? One perhaps that you just really enjoyed attaining?
The first one that springs to mind is the Darwin’s Parachute achievement in Battlefield: Bad Company
. I was in a boosting session and wanted to make a grand entrance to where we were boosting, so I bailed from the helicopter in mid-air…
I spent the next few seconds frantically mashing buttons to bring up the parachute that I assumed was there. It never opened, and I died a horrible, hilarious death. At least, I got an achievement out of it.B1ue: If you found yourself dropped into a video game, which video game character would you most want to have your back?
Cortez from Timesplitters
. His brevity and wit would make killing the hordes of enemies fun.B1ue: In the same scenario, what character/creature would you most/least like to see headed your way?
That invincible scorpion from the hacked copy of Serious Sam 3: BFE
. No one wants an unkillable scorpion with a machine gun chasing you at warp speed…B1ue: Any characters you would like seen thrown into video game hell?
Any future characters in a War FPS, I’m so tired of the same bland characters in these games. The last memorable one I can think of is from Spec Ops: The Line
, and those characters were fine, but it was more so the story that was great in that one. If you don’t have a great story, you have nothing.B1ue: Ever had any bad experiences online? How did you handle it?
I had a Saints Row
boosting session last year. It was bad because the host went offline about 30 minutes before the end of the session and claimed to have connection problems. He popped back online about 10 minutes later and was on Netflix for the rest of the session. I confronted him with my feedback, but since he was a great host until that point, I left it neutral and mentioned if he had a good enough reason, I’d bump it up.
He then proceeded to attack me in a series of PM’s. After that, he banned me from any future sessions…B1ue: Wow, he sounds like a jerk. :(
Do you prefer single player or multi-player?
Single player. Multi-player has it moments, but you need a good group of players mostly, and they can be hard to find.B1ue: Do you have a favorite group of friends you like to play with? If so, how did you meet?
Not so much nowadays because most of my gamer friends like me don’t have a whole lot of time now for gaming, so meeting up at the same time is even harder.B1ue: If you could have a multi-player session with anyone in the world, whom would you choose? Why?
Dr. Steve Brule from Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule
. Hearing his mannerisms and name butchering would be a delight. Also accusing anyone he dislikes as a “Hunk” would confuse the randoms.B1ue: What other consoles do you own? What are your favorites on those platforms?
I had quite a few until a certain someone threw them away when I moved out initially… Right now, I own a 360, A Wii U, A Game Boy Advance, and a 3DS XL. I hope to get an Xbox One or a PS4 this year as well. My favorite on the 360 is Mass Effect
. Wii U is harder since I only have three games, but Scribblenauts Unlimited
is my favorite out of those. My favorite 3DS game is easily Fire Emblem: Awakening.
Finally, my favorite GBA game is the along the lines of my favorite 3DS game; it’s Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.B1ue: I've never played any of the Fire Emblem games. What are they like?
It's a series of fantasy turn-based strategy games. The big appeal of the game is that each character you control has his own dialog/backstory, and if they die, they are gone forever.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.
. I was hoping it would be the doorway to some more MMO’s on consoles. That might be the case, but the base game is boring.B1ue: Tell us about your gaming set-up.
My gaming set-up is not quite up to par with my fellow interviewees. I only have a standard def TV at the moment that I have my 360 and Wii U hooked up to. It has a built-in DVD player, which is nice, but outside of that, it pretty much is a 10+ year-old TV. It works fine, but I definitely want to pick up an HDTV soon, hopefully within the next month or so.B1ue: How do you use TA? Tracking, walkthroughs, solutions, sessions?
Pretty much all of the above. I use the walkthroughs when I’m playing a game with missable achievements, so I don’t miss any and the sessions for those long grinds.B1ue: Do you ever contribute solutions?
Sadly, no. I would love to, but most of what I know is pretty redundant at this point.B1ue: How has your gaming changed or evolved since coming to TA?
It’s made me a slave to achievements to an extent. I still prioritize enjoying the game over achievements, but being around my fellow achievo-maniacs has made that pretty difficult. I just try to complete what I can; when I get bored, I switch to something else.
No point in playing a game if you aren’t having fun. I’m pretty sure the whole point of a game is to have fun; if you aren’t doing that, you are simply doing it wrong.B1ue: What do you like and dislike most about the site?
What I like most is the number of users and all the stories on how we all found the site and what we bring to the site and the boosting sessions. I’ve met some fantastic people and a few great friends whom have made this whole experience so much fun.
In terms of what I dislike, I guess I dislike how slow the news comes in at times. You’ll see it on a major gaming site, and it can take a few days for it to show up on TA.B1ue: How did you learn about TA? Have you signed up any friends to the website?
I found TA when XboxAchievements wasn’t doing it for me in terms of finding people to boost games with. I’d write up on the boosting topics but didn’t hear back from many of them, and the people who did would generally do it with someone else or not message me back. As for friends on TA, none have signed up as of yet. A lot of us are in places in our lives where we can’t game a lot. A lot of my friends are unemployed at the moment, so I’m sure they have more important things to worry about.B1ue: Have you made friends here?
A handful. I’ve met some great guys and gals through the site.B1ue: If you have a pro account, what’s the most number of forced scans you’ve done in a day?
I used to have a pro account, but probably like 20 times in a day for each individual achievement. That was a fruitful day for achievements!B1ue: If you could have a game handcrafted just for you, what would your perfect game be?
A game that had the gameplay of Grand Theft Auto V
but with the morality system of Mass Effect
and also the amount of dialogue and world building in a Fallout/Elder Scrolls
game. Only issue would be having a life outside of it.B1ue: Is there anything you’d like to see added to TA’s functionality?
A real-time sales tracker on the side would be great -- have the games on sale listed with the percentage off and the sale price compared to the original price. Also the expiry date on the prices would be fantastic. Outside of that, TA is fairly perfect.B1ue: Why do you choose TA over other gaming sites?
Because of the community and the session calendars.B1ue: Do you have a “claim to fame” in gaming? If so, what is it?
The closest thing that even remotely touches fame was that I was on that old “Last Man Standing” game show Machinima used to do. I recall getting killed off pretty quick, also was super nervous, which did me in. If you want to watch it, just look up the episode on exclusives and street fighter maps.****************
****************Favorite 360 game?Mass EffectFavorite non-360 game?Metroid PrimeLeast favorite game?Hellboy: Science of EvilFavorite game developer?
BiowareFavorite game weapon?
The Cat Silencer from Postal 2Most hated game enemy?
Zubats in the early Pokemon
GamesFavorite game character?
Cortez from TimesplittersFavorite game sidekick?
LuigiFavorite game ending?Sonic Adventure 2Most hated game ending?The Walking Dead: Survival InstinctFavorite game environment?
Vice CityFavorite game music?GTA: Vice City**********************
*End of Lightning Round*
**********************B1ue: Is there anything in particular you want the TA community to know about you?
I think the rest of the interview speaks for itself. I hope that it has informed TA on a little of what I’m about, and I hope the comments aren’t filled with ridicule and loathing. I tried my best guys, okay!B1ue: Is there anything I haven’t asked that you want to talk about?
I didn’t mention it earlier, but feel like I should. I am also a freelance writer for a local newspaper once a week. I didn’t mention it, but I feel like I should here because it’s an important part of my weekly routine. Outside of that, I think we are okay.B1ue: Any shout-outs you want to make before we go?
Thanks to all of you for making TA the awesome place that it is, and to all the no-shows or the people who don’t give a crap, please leave.
And that's it for this week, folks. Thanks so much to EdibleMessiah for taking the time to tell us a little about his world. Come back in a couple of weeks for our next guest, Paul Doyle
Come back to see me, and...let's talk.
Just a friendly reminder that I am currently not taking applications for the Community Interview because of the huge waiting list I already have. When I work down some of the back log, I'll let you know. ~B1ue