Hello everyone and welcome back to another Community Interview! This week, my guest is DeathSeeker84, and don't let the name fool you. He's actually a huge fan of an extremely well known game series. Let's give a big TA welcome to DeathSeeker84!Marc: Gamertags almost always tell something about their owners. Tell us about yours.
Lack of creativity of a better name, haha. Mine started back with the original Fable
on Xbox. The first big hurdle, what to name your hero? After glancing at the artwork for the game I knew there had to be some death seeking thrills along the way, so DeathSeeker came to be. Unfortunately, Xbox Live didn’t have the name available at the time I first connected so the 84 got tacked on to seal the deal.Marc: How long have you been gaming?
Does stealing your little sister’s pacifier and hiding it at age 2 count as a game? Because I didn’t see video gaming in the question.
On point, though, at age 4 was when I’d say I was a gamer, amazed by Mario
and the god awful NES Trackpad. But those were my roots and I’ve stuck with it. Marc: Do others in your family game, or are you a first-generation gamer?
You know my family have their roots in gaming in some form or another but I’m not sure if I could call them gamers. My mother and aunts played a mean game of Tetris Attack
on the SNES (one, that just 2 years I can say I can compete with them), but that was the extent of it. My father was a big fan of (and still is) Madden
, starting with '95 I’d say, on the Sega Genesis. That eventually became Jungle Strike
and Desert Strike
, and then he migrated to Army Men
and all its iterations from 3DO on the PlayStation. It has all been Madden
from then on, but I made one stint to introduce Mafia II
on the PS3 but he shot me down colder than ice. I was devastated, and haven’t tried anything since, but Madden
lives on!Marc: What do your parents/significant other/friends have to say about your gaming?
As long as I prove to my father I have a social life I’m golden. I assure him every time though that I walk through the virtual snow, barefoot, for 5 miles, and that I loved it, just to compete with the “back in my day” card. Marc: Assuming you’re not a professional gamer, what’s your day job?
Student worker at my university, when I’m not being a student and the “IT” guy at our university/community college shared building. I handle classroom support for the university handling typically projectors and computers that are being unwieldy. As for being the “IT” guy, typically I help with student login issues and printer anomalies, but I’ve gotten my fair share of “where’s the pencil sharpener” and one “What’s the best place to eat around here?” I keep my restaurant brochure with just in case from now on. Marc: Have you ever used the classic "Have you tried turning it off and on?" response? DS:
More than I'd ever like to admit. But what takes the cake in my book is the login fiasco of having the teeny tiny white space in front of the username that drives many a students bonkers. What other hobbies do you enjoy?
Board games, Dungeon & Dragons, singing in choirs and watching professional wrestling with my father are my hobbies. Marc: I wouldn't have thought wrestling and choir singing went together, but here we are! Shame we aren't able to get a sample of that choir. :-PDS:
Well it isn't a choir but it is a clip of me in high school singing....about Snickers (long story short, my instructor loves Snickers, on an extremely high level.)
Marc: Gotta love that video quality! :-P And 2007...wow. Time flies!
Tell us about your home life – parents, spouse, children, significant other, animal companions?
My mother passed away tragically in 2007 from breast cancer, and my father through some health problems uses a wheelchair so I take care of him out of the kindness of my heart. Juggling my duties at home, school and gaming can be a bit tricky and there have been plenty of “but dad, there this achievement I’ve been working for that I know you don’t understand or care, and I’m online and…etc etc etc.” *with a laugh* It’s a blessing and a curse but we work it out just fine. Haven’t had the time to really put in the effort for a spouse or children. But hey, you never know, just takes that someone special to change that.Marc: I really am sorry to hear about your mother, but it's fantastic what you do for your father. I'm sure he really appreciates everything you do for him!
Of what real life achievement are you most proud? Would you give us some details?
Making the trip over last year to Sweden to see Muse Meril and Reckless Shaggy. It marked a lot of firsts. First time on a plane, leaving the country, having a delay, freaking out in a foreign country, meeting for the first time and Swedish chocolate. Damn fine chocolate. It was so nice I plan to do it twice this summer, and planning on moving to Sweden after getting my bachelor’s in computer science. Marc: What’s your favorite game of all time on any console? What makes it special?
DS: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
for the PS3. I could go for days about this one but to highlight it, the boss fights with B&B Corps, Psycho Mantis references, controlling Metal Gear Rex, and finishing (in my opinion) a fist fight that was started in MGS 1 (or possibly a standoff in 3 if you know your details about Liquid Ocelot), that would close the book on Solid Snake’s story. A damn fine game. Marc: Do you remember the first game you played? What’s your fondest memory of it?
DS: Mario Bros.
was my first game played but Jungle Strike
sticks out the most in my memory because it taught me a very good lesson of micro management. You flew in a helicopter and did various missions like destroy a target or protect and rescue, but there was catch to it. You had to maintain a fuel gauge, because failure to do that meant a short life span in the game, and nothing killed me more than competing all objectives only to crash a couple inches away from the helipad. So my fondest memory was destroying everything in sight to find fuel, because that’s what you did to survive back then. Marc: If some evil spell allowed you to own only a single game for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
DS: The Legend of Dragoon
for the PS1, it spanned 4 discs and was my FF7 back in the day. I’d spend hours trying to perfect the combat system and for its time it was pretty darn complex to the point that it could potentially discourage people. But if it was to be my only game, I would perfect the system and take on the last boss I never got to. Marc: What part of the world do you live in? If I were to visit, what sights would I have to see?
Southern Oregon is where I live, close to the border of California. What you will first see is retirement homes Marc, whether you want to see them or not, they are everywhere here. But some lovely attractions would be Wizard Island in Crater Lake (it's the source of our Oregonian magic), Mt. Ashland for some snowboarding when the snow is present and Lake of the woods for nice getaway. It's all pretty laid back, If we search enough, Bruce Campbell lives around the area too. Marc: Once again, another place that sounds a million times better than where I live. One of these days I'm just going to pack my bags and move far away. Marc: Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?
….. the game screams regret, with a smile, of course. Marc: Tell us about your gamer pic. Why did you choose that one?
Well that is Commander Shepard and this is his favorite gamertag on Xbox Live.
I like the character and he’s been with me since I got the collector’s edition of Mass Effect
. I use that gamer pic as a symbol of how I wish to act. Be it approaching a situation in a calm soothing manner or using ruthless aggression, but always in the interests of accomplishing a goal. Plus he’s got some killer dance moves right?......I should go.Marc: As a fellow Mass Effect lover, I most definitely approve!
Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?
Any kind of collectibles that have no reward or merit behind them. Even for an achievement it’s hard to justify collecting trivial items. Marc: What upcoming game are you most looking forward to?
DS: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
. I’m looking forward to what craziness Kojima has planned for this one, as I’ve been an avid fan for a long time. Marc: What game(s) are you currently playing? How are you finding it?
Really any game that has a high ratio to gear up for ratio bonus week in GTASC. State of Decay
has my attention right now and I love that “on edge” feeling of making a wrong move that could end in a swift death. Marc: What game are you most proud of completing? Why?
DS: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
. For a game light in content, it sure demanded a lot of effort to finish, especially within the VR Missions. I really enjoyed honing my reflexes on this game and it was one hell of a rush. Marc: What single Xbox achievement are you most proud of? Why?
Had some friends over, bought some pizza, loaded up on soda, and I played that sucker for about 7 hours then the game froze, depression sinks in. We sleep it off, set things back up, and I played it for 13 hours and 50 minutes fearing anytime I went outside (in game of course) and heard LifeSeeker’s “Gone guru” playing (but, but I’m a DeathSeeker), as you knew those convicts were around. Ten minutes was spent using the restroom in which paranoia set in that I could have just made a grievous error in handing the controller over. Luckily that wasn’t the case and the finishing moments were spend in the food court barricaded by as many chairs as I could find, as the other paranoia of the game freezing was always felt throughout. Marc: That's quite a journey for one achievement! I don't think I could handle almost 14 solid hours of gaming (as much as I love it)
In a slightly different vein, do you have a favorite achievement? One perhaps that you just really enjoyed attaining?
This takes the cake. Respecting spoilers, this was at the end of the game, against the final boss. My friend watched as I battled this foe and it came down to the wire as close as it can get. The rest of my team was wiped out, no apple gels, orange gels or revives to save me now. The boss is down to 30,000 hp, and all I have is Yuri Lowell. I couldn’t outlast him with normal attacks. I had to use the mystic arte as my last breath, or accept defeat. I knew the achievement involved using a mystic arte, but what I didn’t know was that for this specific scenario Yuri adds one little move to his mystic arte and it stunned my friend and I both. It was absolutely amazing. At the time it was like Yuri somehow knew we had to finish it, or lose it all so here’s this small miracle for you. That was one hell of a day. Marc: If you found yourself dropped into a video game, which video game character would you most want to have your back?
The Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3
. She knew loyalty to the mission above all else, even if it meant being hated by her own country, killing her own lover to protect their child and finally being taken down by her own disciple. That’s one tough woman if you ask me. Marc: In the same scenario, what character/creature would you most/least like to see headed your way?
Seymour Guado from Final Fantasy X
. He had a bad vibe from the very beginning, plus he had this arrogance about him that I both despised and at the same time was a bit afraid of. Marc: Any characters you would like seen thrown into video game hell?
Monsoon from Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
. Fought him way too many times for the S rank and way too many more times in his A.I form before Sundowner.Marc: Ever had any bad experiences online? How did you handle it?
The worst experience I had was hosting a Saints Row
session with 12 people for "Protect Tha Pimp" kills. I hosted one party, and my friend the other. The most difficult thing about this session is getting everyone on the same page. I unknowing split up friends that joined this session together. What happened as a consequence was that they had their way of boosting and didn’t like my friend’s leadership. Rather than make the effort to tell me, they told their friends in my session. This lead to a lot of backstabbing surprises. So it became this festering problem that just grew, eventually to the point where it put me at a crossroad. Choose to defend my friend, someone I knew very well, or the masses. The needs of the few vs the needs of the many. No one wants to be in this spot, and I get it, there is a better mouse trap, a more efficient way. Time is valuable. My friend thankfully didn’t mind leaving, it was enough for anybody to want to really. But if he didn’t I would handle it like this: respect your session leader and however that person wants to go about getting things done, or go make your own god damn session. Ego like that can be left at the door, it just slows down progress. Marc: People are just plain weird when it comes to online gaming. That's all I can say.
Do you prefer single player or multi-player?
I’ll take cooperative any day, but I’ll save the competitive multiplayer for someone more aggressive. Marc: Do you have a favorite group of friends you like to play with? If so, how did you meet?
You know the answer for this question changes quite frequently. But my mainstay now and forever is Muse Meril
and Reckless Shaggy
, my Swedish family. I met Muse Meril on chat forum called DTI Gaming, where we talked frequently. One fateful day I was boosting money in Dungeon and Dragons Daggerdale
, which involved signing in and out my profile, I didn’t appear offline so my name was everywhere and she asked what was going on. Little did we know that this was the start of us becoming best friends and I became best bros with her husband. It’s a bond that’s quite eternal. Marc: It never gets old hearing about people becoming really good friends through slightly unconventional means. Good for you!
If you could have a multiplayer session with anyone in the world, whom would you choose? Why?
A GoldenEye 007
multiplayer session (no Oddjob) with Micheal Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) and Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) in their Burn Notice personalities. They could teach me things to know as a spy, except maybe leave out how they can be “bitchy little girls.” Marc: What other consoles do you own? What are your favorites on those platforms?
Sega Genesis- Jurassic Park
SNES- Super Mario RPG
PS1- Legend of the Dragoon
PS2- Metal Gear Solid 2: Subsistence
Xbox- Cel Damage
Xbox 360- Mass Effect
PS3- Metal Gear solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 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.
, I didn’t even want to buy it, but my friends at that time would not shut up about the “great impressive story like competitive multiplayer!!!” Yeah well it was quite a disappointment in more ways than one. Bleh.Marc: I've heard so many people saying how bad this game is. Good thing I have no plan whatsoever to get it!
Tell us about your gaming set-up.
Keeping it simple really, just a 42 inch Seiki flatscreen and the bench it sits on. The bench is nice because I can keep my gaming systems and controllers separate so there is a bit more order to it. Marc: How do you use TA? Tracking, walkthroughs, solutions, sessions?
All of the above for me. Gaming sessions have slowed to a crawl as of late but I’m certainly active for everything else offered.Marc: How has your gaming changed or evolved since coming to TA?
TA has changed my gaming to include Deathsmiles
. Can’t say it has changed me too much to be honest, but I can say I’ve met some wonderful people here. Marc: What do you like and dislike most about the site?
I like how there is a wealth of information about games that can be accessed with just a few clicks, it certainly streamlines the road to game completion. This isn’t a dislike as much as a worry about how big TA is getting. I’m all for social media integration and Xbox one pp integration, don’t get me wrong, but I worry it starts to detract from the reason why we are here…Achievements.Marc: When TA starts detracting from achievements, then pigs will be flying!
How did you learn about TA? Have you signed up any friends to the website?
My co-worker and friend Impromptu DTour
showed me the site 3 years ago. I joined back then for a Condemned 2: Bloodshot
session that took 8 hours, and now here I have been ever since. I did show some of my own friends the site and while they did join it wasn’t there cup of tea.Marc: Have you made friends here?
I sure have! It would take me a while to name them all but they have all been a pleasure to game with. They might even end up in an interview too someday.Marc: If you could have a game handcrafted just for you, what would your perfect game be?
DS: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
with David Hayter voicing Big Boss!!! No offense to Kiefer Sutherland but he just doesn’t do the voice justice. However it would be unfair if I didn’t mention that Richard Doyle voiced Big Boss first in Metal Gear Solid 4
, and as such should also be considered. Marc: Why do you choose TA over other gaming sites?
Because everyone else under achieves. Zing!Marc: Do you have a “claim to fame” in gaming? If so, what is it?
Time to make some waves in the community with some Hydro Thunder. *puts on sunglasses* Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh. *ahem* Marc: ****************
****************Favorite 360 game?Syphon Filter
, wait, no, um that’s PS1. Dragon's Dogma
!Favorite non-360 game?Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the PatriotsLeast favorite game?
Um…….ChromehoundsFavorite game developer?
BioWareFavorite game weapon?
Mk. 22 Hush PuppyMost hated game enemy?
Eh………Those stone gargoyles in Fable II
(Marc, these rounds are too fast, we need a sunny day round or something ) (Marc: No we don't. Keep going!
)Favorite game character?
Commander ShepardFavorite game sidekick?
Garrus Vakarian Favorite game ending?Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake EaterMost hated game ending?Red Dead Redemption
(Your son is too whiny, John)Favorite game environment?Grand Theft Auto VFavorite game music?L.A. NoireMost emotional video game moment?BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)Game that shouldn’t have had a sequel?The GodfatherNon-Xbox game you’d love to have achievements in?Brave Frontier**********************
*End of Lightning Round*
**********************Marc: Is there anything in particular you want the TA community to know about you?
That I did indeed mention Hydro Thunder. I think that’s worth some brownie points. Marc: Is it?
Is there anything I haven’t asked that you want to talk about?
My least favorite achievement is Kingpin in Saints Row 2
. This was an absolute pain in the royal behind. It was me, Acepurvis (as he was known at the time), GrimReaper992 and what we all acknowledged as the rotating 4th. We could never get a solid fourth through the lord knows how many hours we spent. And the beautiful thing about it was that you get to experience all the different styles of gamers. People who go from point A to point B without hassle, people who kill you as they get to Point B when they shouldn't be, people who go from point A to C,D,E,Z,AA,BB, and finally B, people who idle boost, and of course people who have to get the smokescreen tag just to be that guy. We all got the achievement but I think it's safe to say no one felt like it was a win. Now with that out of the way....
What’s the deal with airline food Marc? I still don’t know.Marc: Any shout-outs you want to make before we go?
Shout outs to my main man GrimReaper992, TheDeathGame626
, Impromptu DTour, http://www.trueachievements.com/Lord+R1ku.htm
, my brother Adam and Jessie Lawson and their band Chapter Two and my Swedish family, Muse Meril and Reckless Shaggy, love you Swedies.
You stay classy San Diego.
Thank you, goodnight everyone!
There you have it, folks. Thanks again to DeathSeeker84 for taking the time to share his own story with us. Join me next time where I'll be with my next guest.
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