Let's Talk with MC0REBE

By Marc Hollinshead, 1 year ago
Hello everyone and welcome back to another community interview! This week, my guest is MC0REBE, a well known member of staff on the site who is in fact the manager of the Walkthroughs team (if you hadn't guessed already from the strapline). Let's give a big TA welcome to MC0REBE (let's just say M for short)!

M: Hey Marc, thanks for having me. I just came back home from a day on Graspop and I'm very tired but I'll try my best to give you a decent interview.

Marc: Gamertags almost always tell something about their owners. Tell us about yours.
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(A bit outdated, but I don’t like cameras)

M: It’s been so long since everyone was calling me MCore (and that's em-core, not anything else laugh). I think it originated from my love for music. I was in a band at one point, playing drums and vocals and we had to come up with a nickname. One guitarist picked Star Scream, the bassist picked Night Crawler (his favourite character in the X-Men movies) and seeing as my first name is Michaël and I love metalcore/deathcore music, my nickname within that band was born. About 10 years later, my friends – even my mother - still call me that and it wasn’t hard to pick that as my gamertag. The BE is only a reference to Belgium, and some people still think I’m either American (Xbox Live parties or Skype) or from Germany.

Marc: It's pronounced "em-core"? Oh crap, I've been saying it wrong this whole time. laugh

How long have you been gaming?
M: I’ve been gaming ever since I can remember, but I do remember my first game was Super Mario on Nintendo 64. My grandmother bought me the console for my birthday and it didn’t take long to get me sucked in. A few years later, I got my first handheld console: the old fat Game Boy with Pokémon Blue and that’s where my love for video games originates from. I played over a thousand hours completing my Pokédex, even using a glitch to catch Mew. I can’t explain how happy I was when I finally caught all 151 Pokémon.

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

M: My father did play the occasional football game back in the day on PlayStation 2, and I actually bought him a PlayStation 3 with Rayman Origins 2 years ago. I can say he “outgrew” the gaming though; but maybe that’s because he couldn’t manage to win against me or my brother when we played This Is Football laugh. My mother still plays on her newly received Windows Phone I just bought her, and I do remember we played a whole lot of the original Rayman on the PSOne. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters remaining, and the girls are the easiest: Candy Crush.
My oldest brother (who is one year younger than me) is on PSN, playing Call of Duty Zombies and FIFA, while the youngest plays racing games and Pokémon. Other than that, I have a lovely fiancée who plays occasionally and a 4 year old daughter who’s discovering Pokémon as well seeing as we bought her a 2DS for her birthday with Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

Marc: Whenever I hear that someone plays Call of Duty and FIFA and not much else, it makes me shudder...

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

M: Seeing as they all had their experiences, they don’t day a lot. In fact, my mother is the first to support me in that choice as she can see how the “fire burns”. My daughter loves it when I dust off the old Game Boy and sit next to her to catch them all, and my girlfriend is always the first to ask for my help when she’s stuck, even if that involves a game I haven’t even played. Most of the people I call my friends are met on-site here, and there isn’t a day where we don’t talk. Mostly through Skype now, seeing as some don’t have an Xbox One yet, and sometimes the XBL parties just tend to mess up.

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

M: I’m currently unemployed since I was fired when the company I worked for had to reorganise their staff. Along with about 20 others, I was “lucky” enough to get a new chance. I started following some courses to extend my knowledge about web- & app design so I can start a career in that sector. Obviously it’s a long and hard road, but I tend to think I learn rather quickly so hopefully it will turn out to be one of the best things I’ve done in this short life.

Marc: That's really unfortunate about your job, but I'm very happy to hear that you're moving forward with you're doing now. You do so much here on TA so I can only imagine that you'll get a huge amount out of those courses. :-)

What other hobbies do you enjoy?

M: Well, I love to play drums. I played drums for about 3 years in a metalcore band and when we stopped working on that project, I was invited to go and do vocals in a band called Redeemer. Due to our band members having different sets of lives, we had to stop but there’s no denying that it was one of the best periods I have experienced thus far.
I’m also a sponsored skateboarder, but that’s mostly because I help a local skate shop advertise their stuff and I’ve also just been assigned to create a new website for them. I love that sport, but I do feel like I’m getting older every time I put a foot on it . Other than that, I play football (the real sport, not the American one ). Nothing special to say about the latter, everyone can kick (not an egg, Spiral! ) a ball around.

Marc: I feel like now would be a good time to link in videos showing your band and performances and skateboarding tricks...wink

M: I honestly didn't record that much when skateboarding, but along with XBOXNICKB we do have some picture material we used to promote our local skateshop. Those can be found here.

As for my music, we did record our live-set we played 4 years ago on my own birthday party. A lot of friends came over, and in the end about 8 bands played for all people and it was honestly the best party I could've had. If I need to link a song, I'd link the song Forever. I've spent about 4 months writing the lyrics and helped composing the drumming parts. The song basically tells people about how I felt when I lost my best friend, and a lot of people can relate to those specific feelings if they encountered the same.

Soon after writing that song the tattoos on my left arm were being worked on, and it shows just how much I loved that particular friend. Some parts of my sleeve are actually drawings he left behind on his final goodbye note, and the fact that none of those are "perfectly" drawn helps me remind about him; and how much he meant to me.

Marc: That's really awesome. It also shows how much people see tattoos as a bad thing. My sister has a fair few and I agree that they can be really artistic if done well!

Tell us about your home life – parents, spouse, children, significant other, animal companions?
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M: My home life is pretty simple to describe: a lovely daughter, a beautiful fiancée and a something annoying but mostly sweet cat. This is about to expand though: we’re currently expecting another child into the family and it’s going to be a brother for Hailey. Although the hormones do drive me crazy from time to time, we are having another great period. I love my family to bits, and I would do pretty much everything to keep them safe.

Marc: Having a loving family is often the most rewarding part of life I find people talking about in these interviews, and I don't blame them!

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

M: I might get a little dark here, but placing the loss of my best friend is probably the best I’ve done with my personal life. Obviously I’m proud of how my little girl is currently growing up, and I see so much of myself in her; but losing a friend that was almost your brother is one of the hardest things I’ve ever experienced. I’ll never forget the feelings I had and I would never wish it upon anybody else. I was afraid to get in contact with other people at that time and would always hide behind a mass of people. I still have some rough periods now, even though it’s been 8 years; but this website has helped me get over those fears and I now know a lot of wonderful people that I can consider some of my best friends. Obviously the birth of my daughter was a milestone in my life, but that was way easier to obtain than the things I just summarized.

Marc: I almost don't know what to say apart from just keep doing as you're doing. Love your family and love the friends you have now. It's great that you have people in your life like that.

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

M: My favourite game has to be Pokémon Yellow. I know it’s a rehashed version of Red/Blue but the fact there’s a Pikachu following you everywhere gave you the feeling like you were playing in the TV Show. As with Blue, I managed to get all 151 entries in the Pokédex and I still occasionally play it. I do have some fond memories of playing BioShock (Xbox 360), and I occasionally go back to play any game in the Skate franchise so I can just enjoy it. Most people know me from being that one helpful guy that can carry a full group through Easter Eggs on Call of Duty Zombies and that’s also one of my favourite add-ons.

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

M: Although Super Mario was the first game I’ve ever played, the game I played the most during that time has to be Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, closely followed by THPS 2. I played it so much along with my brother and it was that game that got me hooked on console gaming. Even 18 years later, with all the new (or rehashed for Xbox One or PS4) games coming out; this is the game I tend to replay when I’m over at my brother’s house. I brings back so many childhood memories and I can only hope these games will be re-released for the current-gen consoles.

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

M: I always find this a tough question to answer, seeing as there are so many games I thoroughly enjoyed. I would say any Pokémon game, provided I could catch every single creature on the list (all 762). It would keep me busy for at least a year, and when I’m done I can always restart .

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

M: I live in Belgium, and that’s probably where a lot of people mistaken me with someone from Germany (or even France roll). I live in the “coastal capital” of this small country, Ostend and there’s a few things you can do around here: there are some exhibitions about the World War, the Napoleon era, a Royal Family villa and so much more. For me it’s obviously not that interesting anymore since I see those “artifacts” multiple times each week, but tourists always seem to enjoy our city.

Marc: I guess it's that whole experiencing a different culture thing. I'd certainly enjoy it!

Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?

M: A very easy question for me: Disney The Little Mermaid: Undersea Treasures! (Win 8). Downloaded it for my daughter, and obviously I unlocked the 3 obtainable achievements. It was free, and I like to add more score to my card. But the publisher of this game thought differently by stopping with developing and leaving an unfinished game on the market. I was a bit upset at first, but it’s only a number anyway .

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

M: I actually just switched to the one I currently use. Most people on-site know me as the person who helps people complete the Easter Egg-achievements in Call of Duty: Black Ops (one and two) as I really enjoy playing that game-mode. The story behind it is so awesome, and every game is always different due to the different amount of people I play it with.

Marc: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?

M: I hate some people in FIFA when they don’t skip the cut-scenes or replays of a penalty they scored. Or I hate those that are winning with 1-0 or something and pass the ball around in defence. It slows down the game so much. Recently I became very annoyed with how EA is now trying to make even more profit by completely screwing over the FUT Market Place. I’m not going to go into any details here, I think my most recent blog explains everything smile. Obviously any bug or glitch in a game I something I hate as well, or when the achievement doesn't pop when you spend the last 4 hours doing something in a gamen but that's all the usual.

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

M: Without a doubt Guitar Hero Live, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, Quantum Break and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Marc: What game(s) are you currently playing? How are you finding it?

M: I recently purchased the season pass again for BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360) so I really want to play those new episodes. I have such a huge backlog for 360 I don’t even know what to play most of the time . Right now, I'm working on the latest DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and I am waiting for Dang3R Gaming to finish off Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360).

Marc: I hear you about the backlog. Mine seems to just get worse and worse these days and it's getting to the point where some of my games may never get opened.

What game are you most proud of completing? Why?

M: I’m proud of most of my completions, perhaps with the exception of the easy 1,000 GS games on my tag. If I had to pick one, I would pick THIEF (Xbox 360) just because I loved playing this one. It was a decent stealth game, the story was good and the custom/master difficulty playthrough was an actual challenge. I still need to go back to the Xbox One version actually!

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

Enemy FrontLeave No Stone UnturnedThe Leave No Stone Unturned achievement in Enemy Front worth 126 pointsCollect all secrets

Even though I thoroughly hated this game for how the developers advertised the single player campaign, I was the first one on TA to unlock this achievement. Along with my good friend http://www.trueachievements.com/v+EnforceR+x.htm, I’ve spent about 3 hours searching for that last one only to find out that we walked past it at least 100 times. It’s moments like these, where you are hunting for that last thing with a friend that makes gaming a unique experience.

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

THIEF (Xbox 360)Something to ProveThe Something to Prove achievement in THIEF (Xbox 360) worth 443 pointsFinish the game with a custom difficulty of 700 points or more

As noted before, this achievement is a real challenge but not that difficult to obtain. The difference with any other difficulty achievement (like completing World At War on Veteran) is that this game didn’t unleash a dictionary of curse words. There are so many ways to complete a mission on this game, and that’s without a doubt where its strength lies.

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

M: Lara Croft, but from the rebooted Tomb Raider game. She’s a complete badass, and easy on the eyes to say the least.

Marc: And she has a British accent which is even better for a British gamer like me. wink

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

M: Probably a Big Daddy from BioShock (Xbox 360). I don’t think I need to explain myself here !

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

M: Every AI in each Call of Duty game because they are useless. Although Woods (from COD: BLOPS) does have an awesome voice actor, he can stay on earth smile.

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

M: I’ve had a few, but the one that still stays with me to this day is how people reacted to my girlfriend while playing the Black Ops II multiplayer. You would think that people are a bit more open-minded in times like these but some people on that specific game have proven me completely wrong. The fact that someone’s gender is female doesn’t mean we have to exclude them from the video game industry.

Marc: That is bewildering to me as well. It's crazy how people still think that the gaming industry is only male oriented.

Do you prefer single player or multi-player?

M: Even though I love co-op, I would go with Single Player games. There’s was a period when multiplayer seemed a requirement for a lot of games, decreasing the quality and overall content of the single player campaigns. I realise there’s a market for online gaming, but it shouldn’t be shoved down our throats.

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

M: Personally, I always try to make the best of each session I have in co-op or multiplayer. As long as we can have a laugh but still focus on the objective, I tend not to have any problems with anybody but obviously there are some exceptions. I loved playing A World of Keflings with AFatalTouch and I always have a laugh when I’m trying to beat http://www.trueachievements.com/v+EnforceR+x.htm in FIFA. As with most people on my gaming list, we met on TA. Fatal in particular during zombies, and Dan (as mentioned before) while hunting that last damn collectible. I don’t have a “favourite” group of people, I just have friends with who I play a lot of games with.

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

M: Tough question. If anybody, I’d probably pick Jennifer Lawrence. I love her acting in The Hunger Games, and I believe she’s very good looking as well. I would prefer to have her sitting next to me though, party- or Skype chat wouldn’t be personal enough wink.

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

M: I have plenty of consoles, but some are broken probably due to their age. I still have the first even Game Boy, on which I enjoy replaying Pokémon games on. I also have the Game Boy Advance SP, which now mostly plays Pokémon Fire Red. I have a Nintendo DS that is getting some rest due to our 2DS where I play Pokémon Alpha Sapphire on. My PSOne is broken, but I’m buying a new one from AFatalTouch soon with the original Rayman as my personal favourite game. I still own a PS2, on which I occasionally play Tony Hawk’s Underground. And obviously there’s my two main consoles: Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I currently own 5 different 360’s (that I all use for boosting for games such as World at War) and only 1 Xbox One I currently use but that will expand soon. I also have a Nintendo 64, but that’s broken as well (which made me very sad). I also own a PS3 now, on which I plan to play all PSN exclusives and a PS4 is probably my next purchase.

Marc: FIVE 360s!? One is enough for me. :-P

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

M: Enemy Front. My friend Feend Returns recommended me that game because of 3 factors. The first one was the setting, a World War II game. That specific period in history is very interesting to me, and I think I know most of the actual facts. The second one was the fast-paced multiplayer. I love the multiplayer in http://www.trueachievements.com/Call-of-Duty-Black-Ops-....htm and a change of maps would’ve helped me to enjoy other games even more. The third factor was how the single player could be played. There should be an option to either stealth yourself through the missions, or to run and gun. Let me say that the multiplayer is very disappointing: a lot of lag, closed lobbies and there are even modded lobbies as well. I wouldn’t mind all of that if the single player was decent, but nope: it’s even worse than the multiplayer. Stealth wasn’t an option in most (if not all) missions and disappointed me in every possible way. The only good thing was the setting, but that’s probably the best choice the developers made during their brainstorm. To make matters worse: I’ve bought 3 copies on the day of release so I could play it with my girlfriend and my best friend. Worst mistake I ever made.

Marc: Tell us about your gaming set-up. (Get ready for pictures!)
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M: It’s actually very basic, I have a 17.3 inch screen on which my Xbox 360 and Xbox One are hooked up. Sometimes I add my PS3 to that set-up but seeing as we are currently going through a period of keeping everything in boxes so we can move out of this house that’s very limited. All the other consoles are currently in boxes as well because I only play on those on rare occasions. I don’t have a lot of physical copies for Xbox One games, because they are very expensive here in Belgium and I tend to buy all my games on sale for that specific console. I do have over 150 physical Xbox 360 games, and a lot of collector’s items.

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

M: I started using TA for solutions and sessions but that quickly changed when I was first recruited in the Walkthrough Team. I started writing myself, and I think my first ever published one was the Skate 3 Walkthrough. From that moment on, I never stopped writing, even though some tasks (due to my role now in the team) stop me from time to time.

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

M: I believe I joined TA in search of a boosting buddy for Band Hero. I initially was playing with someone I met on XBA, but he left the XBL party as soon as his achievement unlocked. From the moment I joined, I wanted to climb up the leaderboards so I immediately became hooked on getting more and more achievements.

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

M: What I like the most is pretty much the same as any other person: unique tracking, leaderboards and always evolving. But the thing that keeps me on TA are all the people I meet, whether or not in a staff function. What I dislike is that some stereotypes about gamers seem the return on here. One of the things I can’t get my head around is people trying to avoid gamers with limited tracking in their boosting sessions for example. Those people are already punished for what happened on their tag, and they shouldn’t be excluded in a gaming community like this one. I’ve experienced it first hand in some sessions I created, and I don’t understand the fuss around it. Another thing I dislike is that people tend to ignore session notes. I hate it when that happens .

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

M: I think I saw a link in a thread on XBA, signed up and enjoyed my stay enough to pay for a Pro Account and apply for a staff position. I have about 10 site referrals, where one is an account I used to record for YouTube and all the others are people that came here through my YouTube channel or are close friends.

Marc: Have you made friends here?

M: I’ve made a ton of friends, and most of them I even consider my family. From the people I work with on the Walkthrough Team to the occasional random that joins my Extra-Life sessions for Black Ops; I don’t think I have ever made one enemy in the 4 years I have been active on TA. Sure, there were some rough times but it wouldn’t be life if we didn’t experience those from time to time.

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

M: To be honest, I don’t have a clue. I’m very open minded when it comes to genres, although I have to say that I enjoy stealth and platforming games the most. I can’t deny my love for skateboarding or FIFA-games and my favourite franchise still is Assassin’s Creed. So if they could combine everything I just listed into one game, I think I would die of enthusiasm !
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Marc: I can definitely tell you like Assassin's Creed. :-P

Why do you choose TA over other gaming sites?

M: It’s always evolving while other sites tend to stay the same. As Walkthrough Manager, I try to contribute as much as possible to that one aspect to make sure the community experience is at its best. I know Rich probably doesn’t like all the spam, but I do realise that he knows it’s for a good cause. Trying to combine that with all my tasks I try to fulfil as head of a team is one hell of an experience I wouldn’t exchange for anything in the world.

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

M: I’m not really sure, but I’d like to hear about them if anybody knows anything .

*Lightning Round*

Favourite 360 game?

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360) or any game in the Skate franchise

Favourite non-360 game?

Pokémon Yellow

Least favourite game?


Favourite game developer?


Favourite game weapon?

Thundergun in Call of Duty: Zombies

Most hated game enemy?

I don’t really have any, but my most favourite antagonist is probably Vaas from Far Cry 3. I loved his voice acting and role in the game.

Favourite game character?

Deadpool, his one-liners are awesome!

Favourite game sidekick?

Pikachu off course!

Favourite game ending?

BioShock (The good ending)

Most hated game ending?

Assassin's Creed III, the end of an era

Favourite game environment?

Rome in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Xbox 360)

Favourite game music?

Brutal Legend, but anything that has some Metal music soundtracks

Most emotional video game moment?

I felt terrible when I found out what happened to Joel’s daughter in The Last of Us

Game that shouldn’t have had a sequel?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, I disliked MW3 and Ghosts so much

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

Any Pokémon game!

*End of Lightning Round*

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

M: Can I do self-plugs here? Awesome clap! I’d like to focus some attention on my Extra Life actions for this year. Last year I raised more money than I could’ve imaged and this year I won’t be happy with anything lower than $1,000. As a return, I’m preparing some give-aways as well as auctions; but I’m currently also helping people with achievements in any Call of Duty game that has a Zombies mode. I’m currently looking around for a season pass code for Advanced Warfare on 360 so I can help there as well, but if people could take a look at my blogs or the leaderboard I created here it would be greatly appreciated. Obviously more updates will be posted on my blog, leaderboard and on the website of my review project as I go along.

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

M: I think I just covered that in the section above, I just want to raise awareness for Extra-Life smile!

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

M: I’m very good at forgetting people but first I want to thank every single person I have been in contact with over the past 4 years. I have made some incredible friendships, and all of you know who you are. When it comes to naming people by gamertags, I’d like to thank all the previous WT Managers for all the chances they’ve given me as a member of the super awesome Walkthrough Team. I also like to thank this website as a whole for creating one of the best families I could ever imagine.
Finally I’d like to thank the people I work with on my side-project as well as every single individual that has been (or still is) part of the Walkthrough Team. All of these people help me to evolve into a better person. All of my close friends, you know who you are (and if you don’t, you’re not a close friend )!
And of course thank you for having me !

There you have it, folks. Another huge thank you to MC0REBE for sharing his story with us. To keep on track with scheduling, join me next week(!) with my next guest, blueriversbeast.

Come back to see me and, you guessed it... let's talk. wave

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
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.