Hello everyone and welcome back to another community interview! This week's guest is http://www.trueachievements.com/spaceSuicide.htm
, a huge film and TV nerd, but someone who also has a very special kind of relationship. Let's give a great TA welcome to spaceSuicide!Marc: Gamertags almost always tell something about their owners. Tell us about yours.
...where to begin? I suppose it started out as a joke between me and a friend on a forum elsewhere. We got talking about Dead Space
and he said something along the lines of not wanting to fight necromorphs and I said what would you do on the Ishimura then? He said commit "Space Suicide!" It stuck and I asked him if it was ok to use it as my handle on some things. He said sure and here we are three years later. Marc: How long have you been gaming?
I originally started playing video games when my maternal grandparents gave me the original Playstation on my 7th birthday, in 1997. I got Jurassic Park: The Lost World
(the Greatest Hits version that worked) and Tomb Raider
from my other grandmother. Playing Tomb Raider
at age 7 was funny for the fact it was the hardest game ever and well might be questionable to younger people but my family is cool like that. I never did beat it. A friend down the road has SNES and Sega Genesis and I played those quite a bit too whenever I visited him. I had a PS2 and Gamecube and stopped gaming in about 2005 when Xbox 360 and Wii hit. I got back into this habit in late 2010 due to a friend. I'm more into it now than I ever was.Marc: That's quite a big break from gaming! I came to the Xbox 360 pretty late as well but made many great gaming memories regardless.
Do others in your family game, or are you a first-generation gamer?
Eh, I wouldn't call my family members gamers but my mom did own Atari 2600 when she was a girl and had quite an extensive game library for it. My dad used to play arcade games like Galaga
when he was younger. That's about the extent of it. Then again when I owned N64 in about 2000 my grandmother would play Mario Party 2
with me a lot. Needless to say, no one in my family shuns this hobby at all!Marc: What do your parents/significant other/friends have to say about your gaming?
Nothing too negative thankfully. My father makes mention I play a lot sometimes but compared to when I first got my 360 I play like 1/8th of the time like I used to so I don't honestly know what he goes on about with it.Marc: Assuming you’re not a professional gamer, what’s your day job?
Currently I have a seasonal third shift overnight job stocking shelves at a retail store part time. It's nothing great but it gives me money. I'm saving most of it, honestly, for bigger and brighter things outside of buying a few things here and there with it. I do/did occasional freelance work in graphic designing, since I have an Associate's Degree in the field since 2013.Marc: Have you had any thoughts on what you might do long-term?
Long term I'd love to have a successful career in graphic designing. Self owned (hard to accomplish in this field) or part of an awesome company doesn't matter. I love to tinker in photoshop and illustrator. Doing it for pay and utilizing skills I learned would be all the better. I love to do logo work, illustrations and renditions. If anyone needs anything done here, don't hesitate for a message! :P
Kidding.Marc: What other hobbies do you enjoy?
I love music! Some of my favorite bands are Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Queens of the Stone Age, David Bowie, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, KMFDM, Skinny Puppy and Ministry. I think I named too many....
I also enjoy drawing, paint and digitally mess around in photoshop and illustrator. I don't do it nearly as much as I used to due to lack of time and enthusiasm.
I'm also a rekindled comic nerd and a tv show/film collector. I have been bulding an extensive blu-ray tv show and movie library since the past year. I was a DVD user before then. *shudders*Marc: Tell us about your home life – parents, spouse, children, significant other, animal companions?
It's about as boring and ordinary as you'd expect. I just wish that I had someplace to go sometimes since my town lacks any real thngs to do or places to shop.
My best friend of 12 years got me to join this site and is also a member. We're inseparable. I'd love to give csg91
a shoutout for it! I've known him since I was 12 years old, I'm 24 now...so half of my life. Jeez.
I'm in a relationship that's hard to peg...I mean it's an LDR (long distance) BUT we're doing things at our own pace and have called a small break for the time being till we figure stuff out but I can honestly say that she makes me happy and when I visited her earlier this year it was the single best two weeks of my life. I've known her for over two years and been in these certain emotional entanglements since February 2013. She's a true highlight of my young life and I miss her all the time. It just sucks we're so far apart that even being with her romantically is realistically not easy at all. I know that LDRs aren't feasible for a lot and are hard and I'll be stereotypical to say I might not be part of the failed statistic. I have faith though. I hope for the best for our future. I really do. We're perfect together. She's so cute too. *Turns off cavity creator machine*
Marc: Great to hear that you're making it work. Many people say long distance relationships don't work but it looks like you're proof that it's not always the case!
Of what real life achievement are you most proud? Would you give us some details?
Graduating college easily. It was the single most important achievement I've ever accomplished in my life so far and a true reward to my labors. I just wish I could find a job in my field to be a huge success. Where I live it's not so easy to find a job in my expertise, but I have been looking!Marc: What’s your favorite game of all time on any console? What makes it special?
TOO HARD! I'd have to say any of the original Naughty Dog Crash Bandicoot
games on the original Playstation. I could play any one of them every day of every week for every year for the rest of my life and never get bored or tired of it. Crash was the first gaming mascot I truly loved and found fun playing. It has some of my best memories as a gamer in my youth.Marc: Do you remember the first game you played? What’s your fondest memory of it?
I mentioned earlier that it was EA's (boo, hiss!) game adaptation of Jurassic Park: The Lost World
on PSX. I don't have fond memories of it as I found it exceedingly hard and touchy with the controls. I never really surpassed the first area of the game due to the difficulty of it for a 7 year old. However I'm sure I could do some damage on it now if I bothered to touch it again. I havent in over 10 years. I still own it and most of my PSX games on disc so yeah...I just might some day.Marc: Well, now is as good a time as any. Why don't you show those dinosaurs whose boss?
If some evil spell allowed you to own only a single game for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
It's a toss up of either Gears of War
or Gears of War 3
. It has depth in single player and amazingly fun multiplayer. I won't brag but I'm really a force to be reckoned with in the multiplayer of these games. Even 3 years later I still play and touch multiplayer on Gears of War 3
. It never gets old, server issues BS and all. I'd be happy with it actually, no evil here.Marc: What part of the world do you live in? If I were to visit, what sights would I have to see?
I live in North Carolina in the United States. You wouldn't see anything you couldn't see elsewhere, honestly. Though seeing Charlotte at night along with some of the Appalachian Mountains would be worth seeing once for sure. I haven't spent much time in the mountains here but they're great to visit when you do, especially around the Boone area. I live smack dab right in the middle of the state so it's about fair game in all directions for what you want to do or where you want to go. I'm an hour south from Virginia, an hour north of South Carolina, about three hours east of Tennessee and about four hours west of the coast.Marc: Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?
Hmmm...a lot. TimeShift
, NBA 2K12
(Ugh!) and most recently Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut
.Marc: Tell us about your gamer pic. Why did you choose that one?
I love Dexter Morgan of the series Dexter
. Self explanatory. :PMarc: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?
People in multiplayer or in-game chat who have mics plugged in AND DON'T SPEAK OR USE THEM and have nothing but loud blaring music, people talking in the background and loud noises happening over the feed. What's the point in that?Marc: One of the many reasons I'm not a fan of multiplayer, personally.
What upcoming game are you most looking forward to?
for sure. Bring it on Kojima!Marc: What game are you most proud of completing? Why?
I'm awful at completing games. I get most achievements, collectables or things done but most games I have there's one or two achievements I have no interest in getting or don't have the ability to get no matter how hard I practice or try. It's disheartening...really, it is. I suffer from being average to great at all games and genres but lack finesse to excel at one genre or game to the point I own everyone, everything and have done it all. It's a bad curse really. I think I've completed like 3 games and they were all arcade ones. *Hangs head in shame*Marc: No need to be ashamed of that! Everyone has their strengths. You already said you're a beast in Gears of War, and I'm definitely useless in multiplayer. :-P
What single Xbox achievement are you most proud of? Why?
Deathstroke is such an asshole on there and it really, really gave me issues. I did it, though. Once I learned you do nothing but counter him and let him lead the fight, it's easy.
Another I'm proud of is:
...for being a God at shooting asteroids. Nothing great but it's hard and I know it has a semi-notorious requirement people struggle with.Marc: I remember having to do that Dead Space one as well. Can't say I had fun with it either!
In a slightly different vein, do you have a favorite achievement? One perhaps that you just really enjoyed attaining?
I'd have to say:
My clan and I at the time, Sycnhronicity, did the campaign in four-player co-op and just had the best time of our lives with it. That Gunker in Act 1 after ziplining was NOT an enjoyable part on that Insane playthrough. Marc: If you found yourself dropped into a video game, which video game character would you most want to have your back?
Any form of Snake (Naked, Solid or Old) from Metal Gear Solid
. He's an excellent soldier and a survivalist. My ass wouldn't die, that's for sure!Marc: In the same scenario, what character/creature would you most/least like to see headed your way?
Most likely that nuclear bomb part in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
. Maybe a Brumak from Gears of War
. Maybe the first since it's a realistic event and threat, not that there is any in the world right now...I hope/think.Marc: Any characters you would like seen thrown into video game hell?
Jacob Danik from Dead Space 3
. I HATED that guy.Marc: Ever had any bad experiences online? How did you handle it?
Let's see: been called a fag, a horrible excuse for a gamer, a loser, a disgrace to the PSN community since I own an Xbox console and an awful human being. I ignore all of it since it's all digitally said and doesn't mean a thing to me. Plus it'd help if it wasn't all vanilla. I never take offense to anything but if you're going to insult me, make it unique please.Marc: Do you prefer single player or multi-player?
Multiplayer. I spend more time with it and enjoy playing with other people to pass the time.Marc: Do you have a favorite group of friends you like to play with? If so, how did you meet?
Two of my friends (Krayzee I and Indistiinct) I met and formed a clan with on Gears of War 3
way back in 2011. I still play with both and really have gotten to know everything about them and vice versa. We have inside jokes and bullshit back and forth all the time. They're awesome guys. So if I ever went to England, I'd definitely know someone to visit haha. Marc: If you could have a multiplayer session with anyone in the world, whom would you choose? Why?
Cliffy B, since I don't like him and I want to kill him at his own creation on the piece of crap known as Gears of War 2
multiplayer with host advantage.Marc: What other consoles do you own? What are your favorites on those platforms?
Xbox 360 - Gears of War
series, Resident Evil
Xbox One - Battlefield 4
, The Evil Within
Playstation 3 - Uncharted
series, God of War
series, Crash Bandicoot
PS Vita 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.
SS: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
for the Xbox One. I bought the first on sale and was really surprised and enjoyed how fun and well made the game was. When I heard they were making a second one for the One I was stoked. Stealth gameplay footage made it that much more awesome. I pre-ordered it immediately. Then the reviews came...and I watched early gameplay footage. I changed my mind, seen how awful it was and transferred the money to buy South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360)
instead.Marc: Tell us about your gaming set-up.
Two televisions in two rooms. My Xbox consoles are on my Samsung 55" plasma 3-D HDTV in the guest room and it rules. My PS3 is in my room and on the Samsung 43" plasma HDTV. It's all very neat and the wires and cords are neatly dealt with. I hate knotted cords.
(My xbox consoles and 55" tv setup)
(Only my Xbox One games, I didn't take photos of my 360 ones)Marc: As many gamers do at this time of year, will you be getting any new additions to your collection for Christmas? If not, what else will you be getting?
I have been spoiling myself and have pretty much bought every game I've wanted as it came out. If someone does decide to gift me WWE 2K15
, then that'd be awesome. I'm probably just going to get more stuff related to my blu-ray collection otherwise. Seasons of Star Trek: Next Generation
and a DVD set of The Shield
are on the good old Christmas list.Marc: Never anything wrong with spoiling yourself once in a while!How do you use TA? Tracking, walkthroughs, solutions, sessions?
Meeting people, news and solutions mostly.Marc: How has your gaming changed or evolved since coming to TA?
I care more about achievements than I should since they mean nothing but I enjoy getting gamerscore regardless.Marc: I definitely don't think you're alone on that one
What do you like and dislike most about the site?
I love the design and the ease of how to do many of the things on here. I have no real issues or complaints with how things are run or handled here, honestly.Marc: How did you learn about TA? Have you signed up any friends to the website?
My friend csg91, whom I talked of earlier, is the reason I'm here. He made me my account too.Marc: Have you made friends here?
A few I've added and played with. None match the caliber of some of my friends I made on forums elsewhere but I love having diverse friends on my list.Marc: If you could have a game handcrafted just for you, what would your perfect game be?
A third person shooter with jetpacks, monsters and tons of replayability. I know, so boring right?Marc: Why do you choose TA over other gaming sites?
It's more of a community rather than a staff only type deal. Marc: Do you have a “claim to fame” in gaming? If so, what is it?
I've been on my friend's YouTube channel once? :P****************
****************Favorite 360 game? Gears of WarFavorite non-360 game?Uncharted: Drake's FortuneLeast favorite game?
Never played it but Turning Point: Fall of Liberty
since it could have been so much more.Favorite game developer?
Capcom (Puts on flame retardant suit)Favorite game weapon?
Gnasher ShotgunMost hated game enemy?
Executioner Majini in Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)Favorite game character?
Albert WeskerFavorite game sidekick?
Dominic SantiagoFavorite game ending?BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)Most hated game ending?Asura's Wrath
(though I did buy the DLC to fix it)Favorite game environment?
ColumbiaFavorite game music?
Clint Mansell's work on Mass Effect 3Most emotional video game moment?
in Gears of War 3Game that shouldn’t have had a sequel?Modern Warfare
series (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
was not needed)Non-Xbox game you’d love to have achievements in?Twisted Metal
(game's trophy system is hard!)**********************
*End of Lightning Round*
**********************Marc: Is there anything in particular you want the TA community to know about you?
I'm a really approachable and cool guy up for talk and gaming with anyone. Add my gamertag if interested. I love to play with people!Marc: Is there anything I haven’t asked that you want to talk about?
If you want to talk about television, film, music, history or art I'm your go to guy, almost always. I really am a nerd to be invested in things that matter to no one else. :PMarc: Any shout-outs you want to make before we go?
csg91 for a third time!
There you have it, folks. Many thanks to spaceSuicide for sharing a portion of his life with us. Join me next time where I'll be with my next guest, Dat Boi Treezy
Come back to see me and, you guessed it... let's talk.
I'd like to remind everyone that because of the huge waiting list for candidates, I am currently not taking any applications for the Community Interview. When some of the backlog has been worked through, I'll let you know. ~ Marc