Let's Talk with TakeTheToast

By Marc Hollinshead, 2 years ago
Hello one and all, and welcome back to another dose of TA chatter. This week, our guest is TakeTheToast, a gamer who is part of quite a large family as well as having a soft spot for Kingdom Hearts. Let's give a big TA welcome to TakeTheToast!

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

Well my gamertag doesn't have some amazing meaning behind it, I just came up with it randomly one day. I started on Xbox Live with a very lame gamertag. I was in such a rush to play online with my friends that I just ran with something. I went with BeamerBoyBMW because a good bit of what I wanted was taken. I know, right? It was terrible. I felt I needed a change and I hate when numbers are in a gamertag so I needed something that was just better than what I had. I wanted to be somewhat funny and the first thing that came to mind was BetterButterBoy which then led to TakeTheToast.

Marc: What about your signature? (skip if you don’t have one)

I never really change my signature and it has been this for some time now. “Don't judge my hobby when you just did nothing but get on Facebook all day.” It speaks for itself really.

Marc: How long have you been gaming?

Man, for as long as I can remember. Born in the early 90’s I started from watching my dad play Pac-Man and Galaga. He was never into the more updated games at the time, although he did play Bomberman every once in a while. I have never stopped gaming since.

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

I have three brothers and a step-brother and we all play video games 24/7. We vary in our favorite genres but we always end up having something to play a good co-op game with. My dad is still into his classic games he played when he was a child and my mom fell out of them really early but she has always been into the old arcade shooters where you hold a gun at the screen.

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

My dad thinks we all spend too much time playing video games and he feels like we slack off because of them which is true to some degree. My mom on the other hand understands that it is our interest and she fully supports it. My beautiful girlfriend also fully supports my gaming and recently crossed over to Xbox. She’s always there to watch me play a single player game and right there next to me when I need a co-op partner.

Marc: It's rare to see the mother supporting a gamer more than the dad. Good on her!

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

I currently have two jobs at the moment and I go to the University of South Alabama. I work at GameStop and a supermarket called Rouse’s. I would love to give up my job at Rouse’s but the extra money is nice. Juggling the three can get a little hectic a times but I manage.

Marc: Wow, that's a fair bit you have going on there! Don't let it get in the way of your studies...

What other hobbies do you enjoy?

I wish I could say I have more hobbies but I pretty much fail at everything. All the good talent went to my brothers, lol. Other than playing video games I just chill with people when I can. Don’t get me wrong, though, I tried everything just to be sure I was garbage at it. I think my reasons behind it are why I failed. I only tried things like skateboarding and guitar to get women. ;)

Marc: Aww c'mon, there must be something! Everyone has at least one talent of some kind.

TTT: Well I have a heavy interest in music. If I could play an instrument I would probably try turning that into a career. I tried being a vocalist but it's not really my thing so I tend to just sit back and enjoy a good album. I am really into the hardcore styles of music, what some people would call heavy metal or screamo but please, don't call it that, lol. It's hard to set music in a certain genre nowadays because many bands use so many different elements that would typically change their genre. Overall, though, I think if games weren't around, music would take my full interest.

Marc: There you go! I'm sure with a little practice, you could be awesome at playing a guitar :-P

Tell us about your home life – parents, spouse, children, significant other, animal companions?
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(TTT is on the right)

TTT: Well I pretty much summed up my family in the previous questions so one thing that is different about my family is that we have lived in so many places. My dad was in the military for a good part of his life and that made our family move around quite a bit. We have been to countless states in the U.S and we were stationed in Okinawa, Japan and Keflavik, Iceland. I was actually able to take a trip to Germany when we lived in Iceland. So yeah, I think I have moved around enough for one person.

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

This might sound a tad weird but I guess it’s because I have already experienced so much but I would say working at GameStop. I feel lame saying that, haha. Like GameStop is sponsoring me or something. I wanted my job to be around video games ever since I was little. I wanted to work at an old video game store called Rhino’s before it became GameStop. Now that I am finally working there, it’s not completely sweet because at the end of the day it is still a job.

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

Without a doubt, Kingdom Hearts. The whole series is fantastic. I bought my consoles around these games and I was so glad to know that KINGDOM HEARTS III was coming to Xbox One. If it wasn't I would have to end up buying a PS4 and I am 100% an Xbox gamer. It just makes me think of some really good times in my childhood.

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

The first game I played was probably Pac-Man but even then my dad was right there taking the controller from me at times. >:(. The game I consider my first is Sonic the Hedgehog as it was the first game that was mine and that I played completely alone... good times. Still have never beat it though, lol.

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

Man, tough question. Thinking logically, not a ton of my favorite games would last that long before driving me insane with repetition. I would have to go with a Bethesda game; they pack so much content into those games. Uhhhh… I guess I would pick The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I actually haven’t even played it yet but that is only because I know it will suck my life away, I put a couple hundred hours into The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. I haven’t found the time to dedicate to the addiction just yet.

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

Of all the places my dad could pick to retire, he chose Alabama… Not that I hate on good ol’ Alabama but I don’t have a single ounce of Southern in me even though one side of my family is in fact southern. Football? I couldn't even tell you the rules. Hunting? I cry when I run over a frog. Cars? The only thing I could tell you is that you should probably fix the phalanges and the flux capacitor.

Marc: Phalanges...laugh Anyone who loves Friends will be right there with you!

Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?

YES. I know I can’t be alone in this but my BIGGEST regret goes to none other than Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. I love me some achievements but seriously? Why would you have a #1 on the leaderboard achievement, let alone 3 of them total. WHY!?!?!?

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

I am so done with changing my gamertag. BeamerBoyBMW was terrible. My next one was XtRaChE3zY, which spells Extra Cheesy right? Well the world thought it said Rachel that got old real fast. I’m fine with TakeTheToast. Sounds legit to me. It made a dude at Xbox Customer Support laugh a little and that’s a win for me. :)

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

I chose it because it is the angry face from Newgrounds. Dan Paladin is my artistic idol and it makes me think of his work even though I am not completely sure if he made it. Most people probably saw it as the boss icon in Castle Crashers.

Marc: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?

Kind of but they don’t exactly bother me enough to where I want to blow up on people. The people who complain about their ratio dropping and the people who get all upset over boosting get on my nerves at times. Like, I see their point but complaining never helps anything bruh.

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

Other than KHIII I really don’t have one. I am just trying to fully enjoy the last remaining years of the 360. I am trying to play all the hidden gems or “Easter Eggs” as you guys call them. Sunset Overdrive looks pretty sweet though.

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

Gears of War 2. That was the first game I played online with my own account and I never thought I would complete it thanks to that beautiful achievement, “Seriously 2.0.”

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

All of the achievements in my trophy case I am extremely proud of but I would honestly have to go with:
Halo 3: ODSTVidmaster Challenge: EndureThe Vidmaster Challenge: Endure achievement in Halo 3: ODST worth 64 pointsIn Firefight, on any mission, pass the 4th Set on 4-player Heroic LIVE co-op.

Connection issues dude, connection issues. There is nothing worse than being so close to getting a hard achievement only to have someone lag out and have to start over.

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

The Orange BoxLittle Rocket ManThe Little Rocket Man achievement in The Orange Box worth 91 pointsSend the garden gnome into space.

It was one of the funniest things for me. My little brother watched me do the whole thing and through the whole achievement we were just messing around with the gnome and talking to him. Kind of like what Let’s Players do nowadays. We named him Leroy at the time but it wasn't until Left 4 Dead 2 that we learned his named was Gnome Chompski. Eh, pretty close.

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

As much as I would like to pick a cool person to talk to, I would have to go with Master Chief from the Halo series. I am pretty sure I would be alive at least a little bit longer next to a dude with that kind of armor.

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

A grunt, without a doubt. That would probably be the funniest thing as long as he didn't try
to instantly kill me.

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

The council from Mass Effect , why did I even save you guys? All of the survivors in Dead Rising. If you played this game, you know.

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

If you have ever played online, you have had a bad experience. I never touch Call of Duty multiplayer for that reason.
There is one bad-ish situation where before TA I would boost by just asking random people and one time in Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) I got a group together and then after these two guys got their achievements they ended up bashing all of us and saying the basic “get a life” kind of stuff. We weren't really able to handle it because they just up and left but we eventually found some more people. It just amazed me that they bashed what they just did.

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

Single player all the way. I need a good story and I rarely ever play multiplayer. A great story is what will win me over. I do however tend to enjoy the multiplayer games that many people hate. I really loved BioShock 2 (Xbox 360) multiplayer but everyone I have ever met hated it. I was never able to understand it past the point of the copy and paste game modes, but even then most games have those.

Marc: "A great story is what will win me over." I couldn't agree more with those words.

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

Really I just play some couch co-op with my brothers or girlfriend. I usually fly solo unless it’s a game like Dead Space 3 where there are differences in the experience based on who you play as.

Marc: If you could have a multiplayer session with anyone in the world, whom would you choose? Why?

Probably the people at Rooster Teeth or the Game Grumps (even though they don’t typically play multiplayer games). I just think they are all so hilarious and I would love to just talk to any of them. I wouldn’t care much for a big time celebrity but I wouldn’t say no to an offer, lol.

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

I own an Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows Phone (Does that count?), PS2, PS3, DS, 3DS, PSP, Game Boy, and a Game Boy Advance. I based my console buying around the Kingdom Hearts games but sadly it has never been on Microsoft consoles… yet. I love my 360 to death, though. It’s where I do most of my gaming.

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

Friggin’ Too Human. I was into that game at first concept and then after taking FOREVER to come out, the game was crap. Although after playing it for a good amount of time I eventually became… okay with it. When I first played it, it was just too boring and confusing.

Marc: Tell us about your gaming set-up.
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Well right now I have a rather small TV in my room where I do all of my gaming with all of my games chilling right next to it. I have my PS3 and Xbox One on standby if I ever decide to play them. Working at GameStop has its perks and the amount of my games pretty much doubled in a year. I think I am somewhere around 200+ I think.

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

I use it for everything I can. I get on the site every day for news and I always have it up on my phone if I ever need to take a quick glance at a guide.

Marc: Do you ever contribute solutions?

I have but I doubt they are anything amazing. When TA had issues and a lot of files got deleted I took it upon myself to help build some solutions back up. I started with Bioshock 2, I believe. Then when everything luckily was fixed my dumb solutions stayed up there and everyone began to down vote them, lol.

Marc: Getting a negative vote on a solution is like an initiation. If you get one, you're in the big leagues! wink

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

I went from getting as many achievements as I could to only wanting to complete them. I am still trying to recover from stupid games I put on my account when I was younger. Not really big into gamerscore though, although it’s not like I hate that it’s there.

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

I love TA and I really don’t dislike anything about this site. It’s the little things that you have to love. If it wasn’t for the little section that said “30 Discontinued/Unobtainable Achievements” I would cry.

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

I think someone mentioned it in a forum a few years back and I just blindly jumped on the site and loved it. I got a few people to join the site, but not too many that actually referred me though. I can’t really seem cool when the majority are your brothers, lol.

Marc: Have you made friends here?

Not really but I have met a ton of cool people. We just don’t exactly keep up with each other.

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

I have yet to make my account pro but it would make more sense for me because I always try to scan every time I get on TA.

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

I really don’t think I would want a game handcrafted for me. I am the kind of person who has no idea what they want until its presented in front of them. As long as it doesn't revolve around sports or racing I am sure I would enjoy it. It takes a lot for me to hate something.

Marc: I hear you on the sports. Do something that fit and healthy people do? Don't be stupid!

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

I thought TA was perfect from when it started and you guys work hard to add new things and each one improves the site overall. I honestly have no idea what else you could add but I trust you guys will know what’s best.

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

I use TA for pretty much all it has to offer but the main things I go to are the news, sales, and the community solutions.

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

I honestly don’t know, but if you really wanted to know I would say ask one of my good friends. To me I would have to say that I don’t suck and that I am a pretty chill dude to talk to, lol. As long as you don’t shout your opinions at me I can make a good time out of nothing. :)

*Lightning Round*

Favorite 360 game?

Fallout 3

Favorite non-360 game?

The Last of Us.

Least favorite game?

Lost Planet. I just can’t get into it.

Favorite game developer?


Favorite game weapon?

Energy Sword, Halo Series.

Most hated game enemy?

The Tank, Left 4 Dead

Favorite game character?

Sora, Kingdom Hearts.

Favorite game sidekick?

Elizabeth, BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)

Favorite game ending?

Red Dead Redemption

Most hated game ending?

Army of TWO: The 40th Day

Favorite game environment?

Is it too soon to say Sunset Overdrive?

Favorite game music?

Kingdom Hearts.

Most emotional video game moment?

The Walking Dead ending

Game that shouldn’t have had a sequel?

Dragon Age: Origins

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

Kingdom Hearts.

*End of Lightning Round*

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

My name is Brenin and I am just an average 21 year old dude here, nothing special. Hit me up if you want to boost or play something.

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

Nah man, we covered more than I expected. I had a good time with this, thanks. :)

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

My love, PrincessHipster. My brothers http://www.trueachievements.com/The+Dakinator.htm, http://www.trueachievements.com/Crescent+Buns.htm , KornBeefBob, Synthetic Viper, my good friend Bandwagon Kids and all my other non-gamer peeps out there!

There you have it, folks. Let's give a huge thanks to TakeTheToast for sharing a portion of his life with us. Stay tuned for our next guest in two weeks time, xSRYANx.

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Marc Hollinshead
Written by Marc Hollinshead
To summarize Marc in two words, it would be "Christian Gamer." You will usually find him getting stuck into story heavy action-adventure games, RPG's and the odd quirky title when he isn't raving about Dark Souls and Mass Effect. Outside the world of gaming, Marc attends and helps out in his church on a regular basis and has a not-so thrilling job in a supermarket.