Let's Talk with Manifest95

By Cindy Minguez, 2 years ago
Hello, everyone! This week, our special guest is Manifest95, a friendly family man who loves his games. Let's say hi to Manifest95!

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

I actually stole it from a high school friend. He was a great artist that wanted to start his own comic line and call it Manifest. I don’t know why, but I fell in love with the word and used it for my first username, which was my AOL tag. The 95 came from my grammar school graduation date after my birth year and HS graduation year were taken. And it stuck with me all these years.


B1ue: How long have you been gaming?

My mom has a picture of me playing a mini Pac-man arcade machine in my diapers. Gaming has always been a big part of my life, but luckily I never let it absorb me, and I actually made it outside to see the world. It was just my place to escape.

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

My father only played pinball, but my uncle is the one that really got me into it. We used to sit for HOURS having Mario Kart tournaments either alone or with my cousin and brother.

B1ue: What do your family and friends think of your gaming?

My wife hates it, which is why a lot of my 360 buddies see a lot less of me lately until late night hours. And although I have a lot of friends that are gamers, they all think I am sick in the head for loving achievements so much.

B1ue: Assuming you’re not a professional gamer, what’s your day job?

This interview came at a good time because my answer would have just been boring with me saying I’m in finance as a financial analyst. However, I just started a new job at the Proximo Spirits headquarters last week, who make Jose Cuervo, 1800, Three Olives Vodka, and a few other liquors. It is amazing to see what goes on in this industry. There are bottles of tequila all over, and I even got a bunch of free liquor my first day of work!

B1ue: Now, that sounds like fun! I think I'd get in trouble for having bottles of tequila at my job. ;-)

What other hobbies do you enjoy?

I love going out for some ghost hunting. Living in New Jersey, we have a bunch of urban legends to explore. I usually go out with my closest friend and cousin and film everything we do. We wanted to make a YouTube series with the footage, but after reviewing what we have, we found nothing but three guys acting like idiots in the woods or in front of historical landmarks. Besides that, I also do a lot of paintballing.

B1ue: Despite your failure to get good footage, have you actually found any ghosts?

We have never "seen" a ghost; however, I do have stories. One is that while we were investigating the outside of some mansion that was turned into a museum and is supposed to be haunted, I was filming and keeping a look out for any security (we were trespassing at this time). I just happened to scan past a window on the second floor and could have sworn I saw something moving. Right when I was telling everyone else, there was a loud BANG behind the door in front of us. We didn't care what it was, but we all ran back to the car. Some ghost hunters, huh?

B1ue: Tell us about your home life.

I’m married with two boys; one is 6 years old, and the other is 7 months old. Just like everyone says, my kids are my world. My oldest already plays on the 360 under my gamertag and has a 3DS that he takes everywhere. As much as I want to say the baby will join us, as well, I think back to my brother and how he is the complete opposite as me and doesn’t play games at all. I attached a picture of my oldest son geared up to play when he was younger (and, yes, that is a broken wired controller he has in his hands. It was a single player game). The other picture is of my youngest son.



B1ue: What beautiful boys...nothing begins to compare, does it?

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

I will have to say the birth of my kids, but for different reasons besides the whole mussy stuff. My wife once went to a psychic, and she told my wife that she will never have kids. I took all of that weight because when I was younger, I was in karate and got hit REALLY hard in the area that is making most guys cringe right now and had some serious problems for a while. But it turns out everything is still functional.

B1ue: Wow, that sounds painful on multiple levels. Glad everything worked out.

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

There are so many that are special to me, but I might have to go with Super Mario Bros. It is the only game that I remember my mother sitting down playing with me, and, surprisingly, it’s the only game my wife is willing to play. Gaming is my place to relax and get away from the craziness, so to see people I love join me when they don’t give a damn about it otherwise is a great feeling.

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

My first game I can remember is Pac-man for Atari. But the only thing I remember is that the music from the ghost use to scare the crap out of me, and I used to hide behind the TV until my parents stopped laughing and told me everything was ok.

B1ue: lol. That reminds me of when I was a kid, watching those cheesy horror movies on Saturday nights. But I always hid in the kitchen...

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

It might have to be Gears of War. Although I played games forever, that was my first true online experience, and I met so many great people while playing. We actually keep in touch on Facebook, and I got to see their families grow and other exciting things in their lives. So if there are still great people playing, I wouldn’t mind getting stuck with them for the rest of my life.

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

As mentioned earlier, I live in New Jersey (North Jersey to be exact). If you come by me, you’ll see trees and malls. But if you come with your significant other, then a half-hour away are the Poconos, where I can show you a hotel with rooms that each have a seven-foot champagne glass that is actually a hot tub on top. If you are single or have a family, then NYC is about 45 minutes in the other direction.

B1ue: Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?

None. I might have given you a huge list before, but I got to a point where I don’t care really. I hit a few milestones that I wanted already and afterwards felt “yup, that happened. Now what?” So if I can’t hit 100%, I don’t really mind because most of the games I have unobtainables on were fun to play, and I would have missed out.

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

I will never change it. It’s been with me for so long and attached to so many different accounts that I’ll miss it. I actually kept it when I got an Ouya and had the opportunity to pick anything since I was one of the first backers. However, I did drop the “95” and just go as Manifest on there.

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

I LOVE horror films. Before finance, I went to school to becoming a director because I used to write horror scripts. I don’t know what clicked in my head, but the kid that was once scared of Pac-man music cannot get enough gore and violence in his life, although I’m one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Which is why I keep it a secret since people will just think I’m one of those quiet psychopaths. I have a picture of my small Freddy Krueger collection that I love. It is the complete DVD collection, a copy of the script for the original Nightmare on Elm Street, and a real Freddy glove, complete with blades!


B1ue: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?

I hate getting random messages after an online match. Some games I get lucky and kick ass, then I’ll get a message how I cheat. Yet, I mostly suck, and then I get the messages like “dude, I pwned u!!!11!!” which is annoying as hell.

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

I am really looking forward to The Evil Within. Horror genre, published by Bethesda, and it’s actually being released on both consoles, which is great since I don’t have a One yet. I watched a 12-minute gameplay video, and it had me on the edge of my seat. Can’t even imagine what it’ll be like to play the game after a few beers.

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

Saints Row ! That game was hell for the multiplayer achievements. There were a few sessions that started at 10 pm and ended at 6am! However, the biggest heroes are MikeBebop and SinSTeRS DEVIL, who stayed in those sessions half awake since they are from the UK! Built like machines.

B1ue: What single Xbox achievement are you most proud of? Why?

I just remember being so happy and relieved after getting
Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareMile High ClubThe Mile High Club achievement in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare worth 41 pointsSky dive to safety on Veteran difficulty
I’ve gotten much harder achievements, but for some reason, I just hated doing that one-minute map over and over about a hundred times.

B1ue: In a slightly different vein, do you have a favorite achievement? One perhaps that you just really enjoyed attaining?

That has to be the
Need for Speed: CarbonModerator ChallengeThe Moderator Challenge achievement in Need for Speed: Carbon worth 156 pointsBeat an EA Moderator in an Online game
I got it before people on TA started handing it out, and the hunt for a moderator that actually still played was challenging and fun.

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

Earthworm Jim. He was badass and really funny. I wouldn’t mind hanging out with him while trying to survive.

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

Nemesis from Resident Evil 3. Every time I used to hear “S.T.A.R.S,” it sent chills down my back.

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

Sheva from Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360). Playing solo, she is the most annoying co-op partner ever. Why would you just charge toward the enemies!?

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

I’m sure we've all had our fair share of run-ins with annoying gamers, but, luckily, anytime I play online, it is with friends. So if some random starts to act like a fool, he usually immediately regrets it since he is bombarded by a bunch of loud idiots that are on my side.

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

I’m definitely a single player guy. Nothing beats sitting back and relaxing, pausing when you need to walk away for a bit, and turning off the 360 without having to hear “come on, one more game!”

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

There are two groups. First there is my Gears of War crew. However, since Gears of War: Judgment sucked, they all moved on to CoD, and I am one of those CoD haters (mainly because I suck and hate sitting around to respawn). Then there is the Platoon that I met here on TA. They are a bunch of guys and girls that all met here and became really close. I’m still pretty much an outsider to them since I don’t get online much, but they are all awesome when I play or see them on the feed.

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

Bill Gates. He is somewhat of the reason why the Xbox exists, so I would love to see how I compare against the creator.

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

I’ve had many consoles throughout the years, but right now I just have a 360, Wii, and Ouya. The Wii is mainly used to download Nintendo classics while my Ouya is an emulator for everything else.

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.

Oh yes! Ghostbusters: The Video Game is on top of my list though. I remember following it when they first announced it, then cancelled, then reannounced it, and put up a gameplay trailer. I was so excited that I preordered the game first chance I got. Then I got a call from Dan Aykroyd, telling me to pick up my game at the midnight launch at Gamestop (pre-recorded, but still awesome). While the single player was ok, I was majorly disappointed that a movie that revolved around teamwork had a game that did none of that.

B1ue: Tell us about your gaming set-up.

A 40-inch Sony Bravia, Bose 3-2-1 surround sound, a 360 to the left, a Wii to the right, and there’s even an Ouya on the first shelf underneath. Then you can see all the gaming accessories laying around the TV. The second picture is not of my gaming collection, but of my backlog collection, plus I have more on my hard drive. I really need to get on that.



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

All of that but tracking. I gave up on the numbers around gaming to focus more on the game itself. I love the walkthroughs on this site and then go to the solutions if I am looking for a little more detailed info.

B1ue: Do you ever contribute solutions?

I do have a few solutions up, but they are old and are for games like GRAW 2 and NBA 2K8. Trust me, no one wants me to guide them; I always end up doing stuff the hard way.

B1ue: Gosh, that sounds like me in real life! lol.

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

Before TA, I was a frequent on X360A to find tips and boosting buddies. But TA has pushed me to beyond control, making achievements an addiction. I wanted to complete everything and cared a lot about my ratio, completion percentage, etc. But now I have a huge backlog from being so focused, so I try to move on if there is too much of a grind now.

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

I love the feed. It is like a “gaming only” Facebook where friends can joke around and congratulate one another on their accomplishments and feel good. On the other hand, the thing I have been disliking lately about this site is the lack of community interaction. Let me explain: I see a lot of heat going on in the forums lately, and it just gets worse. Yet I think it’s because people may be taking the comments the wrong way. I have seen some of my own TA friends argue, and I try to let the other know that the one was just joking. I have had times myself where I have hated reading comments left by a particular person, and then have a session with him or her and find out that this isty the nicest person and just likes to joke too much. I think if TA brings back those community sessions, I think a lot more people will get to know each other and relieve some of the hate on this site.

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

After playing a few games and meeting new people, I noticed that quite a few had Trueachievements.com in their profile. So I checked it out finally and have been here since. I have convinced only a couple of random people I met to join, as well as one personal friend, HORROR RIDE.

B1ue: Have you made friends here?

Too many friends. As soon as I get around to cleaning up my Live friends list from people I don’t see around anymore, it fills right back up. Ye,t I love it, and I’m always looking for more friends.

B1ue: If you could have a game handcrafted just for you, what would your perfect game be?

It will have to be an open-world game like GTA, but with unlimited amount of customization, not only for yourself, but for your housing as well. And a never-ending list of challenges to do around the city.

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

It’s the easiest site to grab gamers and set up a specific time to knock out some achievements or to even set up a “Just for Fun” session. Mainly though, I try to come on everyday to check out my Friend Feed to see what’s new with everyone.

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

Not yet, but I do own every horror genre game and will love for one day to take the #1 spot in New Jersey for that leaderboard, or possibly #1 in the world. Right now, I’m #5 in Jersey, but the #1 spots are pretty much locked down by the current gamers.

*Lightning Round*

Favorite 360 game?

Gears of War

Favorite non-360 game?

Super Mario World

Least favorite game?


Favorite game developer?

Double Fine

Favorite game weapon?

Chainsaw Lancer

Most hated game enemy?

Hunters from Resident Evil series

Favorite game character?


Favorite game sidekick?


Favorite game ending?

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons

Most hated game ending?

Dragon's Lair (the whole game is a cartoon and there’s no cool ending?)

Favorite game environment?

Liberty City

Favorite game music?

Soundtrack for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

Most emotional video game moment?

Death of Kaim’s daughter in Lost Odyssey

Game that shouldn’t have had a sequel?

Red Dead Redemption

Non-Xbox game you’d love to have achievements in?

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

*End of Lightning Round*

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

New Jersey is an awesome place. It doesn’t smell here; we are not all super tanned or mobster Italians, and we don’t all talk with a funny accent. So, please, stop saying “Joisey” when people tell you they are from NJ. Thanks!

B1ue: Is there anything I haven’t asked that you want to talk about?

Well, there was once a man from Nantucket……

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

I wish I can shout out everyone, but I’ll keep it short. First, the Platoon (too many of you to list here, sorry), xDisturbedx666, CDJ 1000, Tatersoup19, JsNuke, Cleaner7x, Bucknut Kevin, and Curtieson. Sorry I missed a lot of you, but you are all great.

And there you have it, guys and girls. Thanks so much to Manifes95 for taking the time to share with us a little about his world. Come back in a couple of weeks for our next guest, ghostlymostly .

Just a brief note to let everyone know that I'm handing the reins for the community interviews over to my fellow newshound Marc Pilkington. Any future questions about CI's should be directed to him. It's been fun! ~Cindy (aka B1ueSeptember)
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.