TA Community Interview - mancide

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
Tomorrow’s my 30th birthday and as the icy cold grip of death strengthens its grasp on the remaining wisps of my youth, I took time to reflect, play Alan Wake and search for a good candidate for this week’s edition of The Gamish Inquistion.

While combing high and low for an interesting candidate for this week’s edition a small voice rose from amongst the staff forums. It was the voice of mancide , the Newshound who brings you the weekly US Deals story. Eons ago, he had submitted himself as a candidate for the CI and this week seemed like as good of a week as any to make that interview happen.

So sit back, relax, grab yourself your favorite, Sunday beverage and enjoy this week’s edition of The Gamish Inquisition.


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obj - There's a story behind every gamertag, what’s yours? I know that “cide“ has Latin roots meaning death and killing and “man”… well… just know I’m keeping an eye on you.

m- Yea, I think it was back in my high-school days I was sketching ideas for a comic character based loosely on Deadpool, and I was throwing names around by combining various violent words. Man slaughter, suicide, manicide... eventually I dropped the middle i and just started using 'mancide' as my gaming and IRC handle. I've probably been using this handle for over 15 years at this point. The most killing I have ever done has been a few deer, however I don't even go hunting these days.

obj - I suppose mancide does sound better than odocoileuscide… no matter how tasty free-range venison is.

Even though the Newshound salary has tripled in the past few weeks, what really pays the bills in the mancide household?

m- I've worked on or with computers professionally for over 14 years now. Right now I just recently got transitioned into a new role at the college I work at where I will be helping train faculty and supporting them with the on-line Learning Management System (Blackboard) they use to deliver on-line courses.

obj - Who else makes up the mancide household?

m- Right now it's just my wife and myself, however a young achievement whore in training will be making his world-wide debut sometime in the month of December.

obj - Aside from gaming and ‘hounding, what do you do for fun?

m- Wow, that's really a huge chunk of my time taken up right there. Lately I have had to give up quite a few minutes of my gaming time to getting the room ready for the little gamer's arrival. However, cooking, watching movies, and taking walks with my wife consume quite a bit of time as well. Also tasting the occasional craft beer (or three).

obj - Mmmm… craft beer… almost as good as Kraft Dinner. In fact, I just picked up a sixer of Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s Oktoberfest.

Where is home for you and, if I were to visit, what would I be legally required to do by your local tourist bureau before I left? Bonus points shall be awarded if your answer includes a Deer Festival, Beer Festival or a dawgie.

m- The western side of Kentucky is home for us, and I'm almost 100% positive there is some town or area that probably has a Deer festival. I know there are area Beer festivals (as I've attended one or two of them). We have a dog, and lots of people in this area do, so I'm sure there are probably some wild ones roaming about the countryside in Kentucky as well. We also have lots of horses (well, Kentucky in general), but personally we don't have any.

obj - I shall now deduct half a point for being from Kentucky and not mentioning bourbon… the wildcard answer for this CI.

Outside of gaming who is your favorite artist in any medium and why?

m- That's a tough question. I've had many throughout the years, but I'd have to say probably my favorite recording artist right now is Ryan Adams.

obj - Oh, Ryan Adams... good, but not as good as Bryan Adams.

Aside from gaming what other features do you utilize on your 360?

m- According to my Xbox Live Rewards usage report emails, Netflix takes up over at least 100 hours of usage time per month. With Hulu+ coming in second to that. In addition we also use it to watch DVDs and videos, (and some YouTube channels through TVersity), as well as liberal Last.fm usage. I'd say we probably use the device to it's fullest potential in my household.

obj - Before we start The Gamish Inquisition is there any question you would LIKE me to ask you that I have not. As always, an answer to this question would be helpful because I can’t seem to track down all of the manuscript pages of this interview.

m- I can't really think of a question you haven't asked, however I cheated and looked at the questions past this one. laugh

obj - CHEATER! I'm calling our Mod Squad.

To start off The Gamish Inquisition, let’s see a picture of your setup.

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obj - I only hope you’ve got the Yule Log DVD for the holiday season!

Let’s hop in a Klingon Bird-of-Prey and do a slingshot maneuver around the sun to go back in time so that I may ask, “What is your first gaming memory?”

m- Oh, wow. I guess my first gaming memory would be the Christmas I got my first console, which was the Nintendo Entertainment System. I remember knowing something was up as there was a small rectangular box under the tree that I couldn't open until Christmas morning, I later learned that was Excitebike. I remember playing lots and lots of Excitebike, RC Pro-Am, and Mario back in the day on that system.

obj - Let’s imagine that the first video game you ever played had achievements, what would the hardest achievement in that game been?

m- Oh, since we are on the subject of Excitebike, I'm sure that game would have been sadistic enough to have some achievement like beating an event without wrecking with AI players on. How I despised the AI in that game.

obj - Do you own any other gaming platforms aside from the 360 and, if so, which is your second-favorite (behind the 360, of course)?

m- We have a PC, a Macbook, an iPad, a couple of iPhones, a DS Lite, and a Wii. I'd definitely agree the 360 sees the majority of the usage in our house. I'd probably have to say the iOS platform is my second favorite platform, but that has more to do with it being always at hand when I'm in boring situations (like waiting for a table at a restaurant). However, I've been recently contemplating switching to Windows Phone 7 so that I can continue achievement hunting while on my mobile device, so that may become my second platform of choice soon.

obj - One of your primary “beats” here on TA is running our weekly US Deals piece. Have you managed to snag yourself any sweet deals lately?

m- I'd say the last deal I took part in upon writing that weekly article was the Best Buy deal where selected Kinect titles were buy one, get one free. I got http://www.trueachievements.com/Child-of-Eden-xbox-360.htm , http://www.trueachievements.com/Wipeout-In-The-Zone-xbo....htm and (not part of the deal mind you) http://www.trueachievements.com/Harry-Potter-DH-1-xbox-....htm . I scored all of these titles for about $64 bucks which I thought was a great deal. I've also started visiting K-mart more since doing this article, as they have had some amazing deals on recent releases lately. I think I scored http://www.trueachievements.com/Portal-2-xbox-360.htm from them for $40 one week as well.

obj - A few years ago, I picked up The Saboteur for less than $20 and had a great time with it. Have you ever purchased a game “on the cheap” that has over-delivered in terms of fun-for-the-dollar?

m- Speaking of The Saboteur, I still need to finish that game. Yea, I'd say the most fun I had from a cheap game would be http://www.trueachievements.com/YOU-DONT-KNOW-JACK-xbox....htm , but that game was priced extremely cheap from the get-go for what you got on that disc.

obj - Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend going back into The Saboteur, some of those achievements were a completely un-fun grind… and I want my ratios to stay up on them!

What are you favorite and least-favorite things about being a Newshound here on TA?

m- The least favorite would just be the time I dedicate to it that takes away from achievement hunting. However, the positive experiences and community here far outweigh that to me personally.

obj - If you could have a gaming session with one fictional character (from movies, games, TV, etc.) who would you want to game with and why?

m- Captain Malcom Reynolds from Firefly. Well, just maybe any of Nathan Fillion's characters. I don't know, he just seems like as big of a nerd as I am, and I'm sure we would have a blast.

obj - For some reason, I think the odds of that are better-than-average considering that Nathan Fillion is a gamer.

Let’s imagine, for a moment, that you can control the destinies every video game and could make any two games “cross-over” into each other’s worlds. What two gaming franchises would you like to blend together and why?

m- Honestly, I wish we could blend You Don't Know Jack and the Scene It? franchises. Mainly because the work You Don't Know Jack has put into the Cookie Masterson character, and the poor work Scene It? did with trying to copy that. I think a Cookie Masterson hosted Scene It? game would delight and entertain me for hours.

obj - I didn't think you'd go in such a niche direction, but, after some thought, I completely agree.

Continuing with the “imagination” theme here, let’s imagine that you’re abducted by benevolent aliens and are told to present them with one game that is the best pinnacle of games as an art form. What game do you show them?

m- http://www.trueachievements.com/LIMBO-xbox-360.htm

obj - What’s your favorite beverage (either alcoholic or non) that you enjoy consuming while playing?

m- Water or Sierra Mist Natural is what you would find me consuming during a week-night. During the weekend it could be any number of craft beer selections that rotate through my house, but more than likely would be something from Schlafly, Bell's or Sam Adams breweries.

obj - Mmmm… Bell’s Oberon is one of the finest summer brews out there.

Out of the almost 5,000 achievements that you’ve gained, which one is your favorite?

m- I don't know that I really have a favorite. I love them all the same equally. laugh This is one of those questions that is difficult to answer with a simple name. At different times in my achievement career different achievements have meant more to me, due to the time spent chasing them, or the nostalgic factor the name evokes, or just my general enjoyment of the game and the list they presented with the game. I guess though, if I had to name one, I would go with Turncoat in You Don't Know Jack. Not because it was particularly hard or anything like that, but because I allowed myself to wait until July 4th, and pop it online with a timestamp instead of tricking the system into giving it to me early.

obj - I actually did the same thing with that achievement. My wife looked at me like I was nuts when I told her what I was doing, though.

A few years ago, an episode of South Park featured a storyline where Cartman froze himself so he didn't have to wait for the Nintendo Wii. Since that episode, I've begun using Cartman as an expression for not wanting to wait for something. What is the one upcoming game that you want to "Cartman" yourself for?

m- I'm actually starting to be quite the opposite here. I very rarely buy a game on release day, and typically wait for deals or sales to pick up games. I've got a shelf full of older titles I'm currently playing right now. A few years ago, this answer might have been different, but I'm pretty content with playing whatever I can, whenever I can. However, The Gunstringer is something on the horizon I'm really interested by.

obj - If you could insert one achievement into your “Cartman Game”, what would it be?

m- Since I named The Gunstringer in the previous question, I think there should be a "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" achievement which would be a direct reference to the Clint Eastwood western of the same name.

obj - Ooooh! I know, it’s a secret achievement that you can only get by screaming, “BLONDIEEEEE!“ at your Kinect!

Moving on. You find yourself traipsing across a deserted beach, you stumble across a lamp, you rub it and a genie (taking the form of Cortana) pops out and grants you three, gaming-related wishes. What do you wish for?

m- 1. More time to play games
2. An unlimited supply of MSP.
3. For http://www.trueachievements.com/Dead-Rising-xbox-360.htm to stop making 50 20point achievements.

obj - And now, mancide, are you prepared to lick the 9-volt of the Lightning Round?

m- I'm not licking this battery, it smells funny.

obj - *fighting back the joke… fighting back the joke… fighting back the joke…*

Favorite 360 Game

m- http://www.trueachievements.com/skate-xbox-360.htm

obj - Least-Favorite 360 Game

m- http://www.trueachievements.com/WALLE-xbox-360.htm

obj - Favorite Protagonist

m- Marcus Fenix

obj - Favorite Villain

m- Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

obj - Favorite Development Studio


obj - Game that deserves a sequel but probably won’t get one

m- You Don't Know Jack

obj - Game that’s getting a sequel that doesn’t deserve one

m- http://www.trueachievements.com/Call-of-Duty-4-xbox-360.htm

obj - Game that deserves a GREAT movie adaptation

m- The Halo franchise. And I think this is why we haven't seen such a movie, is Microsoft realizes there is such huge potential here for a great franchise of movies, and they don't want it to be another Doom. Granted, I think Dwayne Johnson should be in a Halo movie if there ever is one I might add.

obj - Movie that deserves a GREAT game adaptation

m- Inception

obj - If you could have a drink with one “real life” person from the world of gaming, who would it be?

m- Cookie Masterson

obj - Any final thoughts, shout-outs or soap-box statements?

m- Thanks to everyone who has shown positive reactions to my articles and regular features, especially the Indie Games Spotlight. Shout-outs to all of those of you who have made it into one of the 100 slots on my Xbox Live friend's list, CliffyB for making Jazz Jackrabbit, and Stallion83 for improving the quality of Xbox Live communications.


My thanks goes out to mancide for taking the time to submit himself to The Gamish Inquisition.

As always:

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Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.