Let's Talk with jukemate

By Cindy Minguez, 4 years ago
Hi, everyone. In this week's interview, our special guest is jukemate, an awesome guy who enjoys being awesome. Let's all give him a big welcome!

B1ue: Hi, jukemate! Welcome!

Hi, B1ue!


B1ue: Gamertags almost always tell something about their owners. Tell us about yours.

Well, I was going to play ToonTown (some disney MMO), and it was the first thing I ever needed a username for. So, I was going to put “jukemaster” in because I had a Verizon phone called the Juke and I thought master sounded cool. I put it in and forgot the “s,” and it became “jukemater” for awhile, and I kept that because it had juke and Mater from Cars. Finally, I was about to play World of Warcraft and needed another username. I put “jukemater” in again and this time forgot the “r,” and it ended up staying “jukemate” and always has been.

B1ue: How long have you been gaming?

I’ve been gaming since I was only four years old. Got a nice Playstation 1 and spent my toddler days getting my fill of Spyro the Dragon and Grand Theft Auto 1. Thanks, mom.

B1ue: GTA at four? That doesn't sound healthy...

It was the little stick-person GTA game and I didn’t pay much attention to the story. I think I turned out alright though. XD

B1ue: Do others in your family game?

My dad tries to play games on our PS3 (because I hog the Xbox), but he is really terrible. My sister usually just plays Nintendo stuff like her Wii and 3DS. The only other hardcore gamer, like me, in my family is my uncle. He would play World of Warcraft til the wee hours in the morning or play some Call of Duty game all day long; he has kind of retired from gaming though and doesn’t play as much because he works a lot now. Other than that, the only game anyone in my family plays are those dumb Facebook games.

B1ue: What do your parents/significant other/friends have to say about your gaming?

My parents (surprisingly) put up with my gaming until I’m screaming loudly at my Xbox at 2 am. They sometimes think that I am wasting my life playing in front of the TV all day, but I say whatever because it’s fun and I live for fun. As for my friends, they all game like me, but out of all of them, I game the most; sometimes they are impressed, or sometimes they think I’m a bum.

B1ue: Assuming you’re not a professional gamer, what’s your day job?

Right now, I’m about to graduate high school, and I’m going to be going to college. I don’t know what I want to do yet, but I like going with the flow and not having a plan. I’m kind of strapped for cash now because I don’t even have a part-time job, but if there is a sweet game coming out, I’ll find a way to buy it (even if it requires a lot of begging).

B1ue: What other hobbies do you enjoy?

Honestly, other than gaming, I guess I like to nap a lot. Napping is pretty pimp. Also, I like to watch awesome anime series on the internet because who doesn’t like awesome action scenes and hot anime babes?

B1ue: Tell us about your home life.

I live with my parents because I’m only 17 right now (not a legal adult.) They’re nice people, but sometimes I just want to beat them up. I also, have my little sister that I protect and will do anything for unless she annoys me too much. I have two dogs, both Jack Russells, and they are loyal as can be until something challenges them; then they hide behind me for protection. I also have my cat, Jack, and I love him because he is as lazy as I am and just thinks of himself as high and mighty with loads of swagger.

B1ue: Of what real life achievement are you most proud? Would you give us some details?

I hope this doesn’t sound egotistical or anything but probably being born. If it weren’t for that achievement, I wouldn’t be here kicking butt and takin’ names. Also, this achievement should be worth 1000 gamerscore including all the dlcs.

B1ue: I'm not sure that counts as an achievement since you didn't actually do anything. I think those props would have to go to your mom... ;-)

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

It’s a tie between Jak 2 and Sly 2: Band of Thieves. There was a time in my childhood when I and my friend down the road both had PS2's and the only games we had were Jak 2 and Sly 2: Band of Thieves. Everyday after school and weekends, we would play both games all day long, and we probably know those games forwards and backwards. I honestly believe they are both classics that are in everyone’s nostalgia heaven.

B1ue: Do you remember the first game you played? What’s your fondest memory of it?

The first game I played was Hey You, Pikachu for my first console every, the Nintendo 64. I was so excited to just see this awesome-looking piece of technology that looked like Pikachu along with a headset to use to talk to my very own Pokemon. I still remember the times I would scream into the mic and Pikachu would either get happy or mad at me and I would continue to laugh. Unfortunately, that awesome Pikachu Nintendo 64 is gone now because my mom gave it away, and all I have is some ugly gray one.

B1ue: If some evil spell allowed you to own only a single game for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?

It would beFallout: New Vegas (with dlcs) because not only would I play the campaign so much I could speed run it in two hours; I would probably go crazy and mute all the people’s voices and make up my own adventure and dialogue for the characters, so the game would never get stale.

B1ue: What part of the world do you live in? If I were to visit, what sights would I have to see?

I live in the beautiful town of Willard in northern Ohio. It may not be the greatest place on the planet, but it’s home to me, and I could never get tired of this place. As for sights, I guess there is a cow down the street, and we could tip it over. If you do ever visit around here, we can chill and play some video games while listening to some classic rock and drinking some nice root beer.

B1ue: Mmmm, I like root beer. toast

Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?

That stupid Game Room thing. I thought it was a bunch of free old arcade games, and I was thinking awesome. So, I get one easy achievement on there that doesn’t require you to buy anything, and that’s when I realize you have TO BUY THE GAMES. Still regret it to this day.

B1ue: That one wasn't one of my favorites either.

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

I would never change my gamertag in a million years because I believe your gamertag is like your name; if you change your gamertag, it’s like changing your reputation on Xbox Live or on the internet. But if I had to change it because my friends were being held hostage or something, I would change it to 0 (if I could) or probably just use my first name, HarLee.

B1ue: I've never seen HarLee spelled like that before. Is that a family name or something?

I actually get this a lot when I tell people how to spell my name. My mom wanted it be to be special or something, so she put two capital letters on my birth certificate, and 10% of the time when I have to put my name on something, people think that I spelled it wrong or it’s my nickname. I’m not complaining or anything because I love my name, and I want people to remember it, HarLee Holbrook. Stay cool, kids.

B1ue: Tell us about your gamer pic. Why did you choose that one?

It’s Tony Montana from Scarface. I respect Tony Montana because he reminds me of me. We are both psychotic and want to win no matter what even if we know we aren’t going to. Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy.

B1ue: Things didn't turn out so well for his sister...

That’s true but I believe I have a little more heart and ambition that my buddy, Tony Montana, no disrespect of course to the guy.

B1ue: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?

I don’t really have any, I guess I would say people with awful headsets from Goodwill that make weird noises like they are eating the headset ticks me off. Also, collectibles in games are always annoying, but we all do them.

B1ue: What upcoming game are you most looking forward to?

Either Watch_Dogs, because that looks AMAZING, or Fallout 4 because I love the Fallout games, and when it comes out, I’ll be a hermit in my room for about three weeks, but it still isn’t confirmed yet. *wink* *wink*

B1ue: What game are you most proud of completing? Why?

Red Dead Redemption because I have so many memories and had so much fun from it while getting all the achievements. I just had many experiences and met so many people while going for the achievements all the way from the single player to the hours of grinding in multi-player.

B1ue: If you found yourself dropped into a video game, which video game character would you most want to have your back?

Jimmy Hopkins from Bully: Scholarship Edition. He and I think alike. He wants to do the right thing, and sometimes you have to beat some people up to get a solution. Just me and him beating the stuffing out of all the evil people that would oppose us. AWESOME.

B1ue: In the same scenario, what character would you least like to see headed your way?

Any sports character from any sports game. They are all just mindless clones of the NFL army trying to take control of gaming, and they will not be VICTORIOUS. Sports games, don’t like them.

B1ue: Any characters you would like seen thrown into video game hell?

Rayman, but from Rayman Origins and not his old school games. I don’t know how many times I yelled at him trying to perfect the levels in Rayman Origins for the achievements, and after hours of playing, I wanted to vomit every time I saw his face, AND HE WAS THE MAIN CHARACTER.

B1ue: Ever had any bad experiences online? How did you handle it?

I really haven’t had any bad experiences. When it comes to online, I’m usually being more annoying and obnoxious than the jerks giving the bad experiences, and that will usually make them run away from me.

B1ue: Do you prefer single player or multi-player?

I like both really. I like a great story and awesome gaming mechanics in single player, but sometimes I need my adrenaline rush from multi-player and pwning some noobs. Also, I can always go for a fun co-op game with my Xbox buddies.

B1ue: Do you have a favorite group of friends you like to play with? If so, how did you meet?

The only guy I play a lot of games with while going for achievements is my buddy, S ProtoType. We actually met on TrueAchievements while trying to find a guy to play Far Cry 3 co-op mode with. After that game, we have played so much stuff together, and after a lot of fights and great times, there wouldn’t be any other guy I would want to help me take on the world.

B1ue: If you could have a multi-player session with anyone in the world, whom would you choose? Why?

Probably Jason Statham; he kicks butt on the movies, and I wonder how good he would be on Xbox.

B1ue: What other consoles do you own? What are your favorites on those platforms?

I own an Atari 2600, Atari 5200, NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 (of course), and a Sega Genesis. It just stinks because all the systems are either in my room, my sister’s room, or my grandma’s basement and can make me feel iffy about it. My favorite platform is either Playstation or Xbox except when someone asks me to choose between the two; then I say I love the Wii U the best.

B1ue: 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’ll probably get a lot of hate for this, but Grand Theft Auto V. There was just so much hype, and I watched the commercials on Youtube over and over again. Finally, when I beat it and looked back, I just didn’t think it was as great as I thought it was going to be. It could have been so much better than it was, and that’s how I thought it was going to be when it was released. Don't get me wrong; I still had fun with it, and it is worth the sixty bucks, but in the end, I just hope Grand Theft Auto 6 will be way more action-packed and realistic.

B1ue: Tell us about your gaming set-up.

Well, I have probably the tiniest room in the world and with enough cords on the floor to start an electrical fire. I have my sweet computer on the left side to look up guides for achievements really quick or watch some Youtube. My TV is in the corner to watch shows while doing the more tedious objectives in games. My “giant” plasma screen is in the middle of my room with the “greatest” surround-sound system ever for the greatest gaming experience. On the right side of the room, I have my collection of games, kind of, neatly organized and categorized. On the floor are the many random things for my enjoyment along with my gaming systems. And last and certainly least is my bed that takes up a third of the room that I got at a flea-market for twenty-fives bucks and will probably cause a lot of pain in my back when I am in my late thirties. Also, please enjoy the sick posters on the walls and the rootbeer and Sprite cans that give the room a nice intoxicating bouquet to smell when I game.




B1ue: Soooooo, where, um, do you sleep exactly?

There is a giant bed that takes up the other half of my room on the opposite side of the TVs. Like I said, it’s the smallest room you will ever find, but it’s home and I love it no matter how nasty or dirty it may look. It’s actually not that bad.

*Lightning Round*

Favorite 360 game?

Bully: Scholarship Edition

Favorite non-360 game?

Sly 2: Band of Thieves or Jak 2

Least favorite game?

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

Favorite game developer?

Bethesda or Rockstar

Favorite game weapon?

The awesome shotguns that are in the Fallout: New Vegas dlc, "The Lonesome Road" (I know it’s specific, but those shotguns are brutal).

Most hated game enemy?

Those grenade throwers in Call of Duty: World at War.

Favorite game character?

Jak or Sly Cooper

Favorite game sidekick?

Daxter (I see him as an equal though)

Favorite game ending?

Red Dead Redemption

Most hated game ending?

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days (I didn’t even beat the game and see the ending, but I know it’s awful.)

Favorite game music?

Brutal Legend

*End of Lightning Round*

B1ue: Is there anything in particular you want the TA community to know about you?

I’m Awesome. You’re Awesome. We all Awesome. And I live my life for my family, video games, and the ladies.

B1ue: Is there anything I haven’t asked that you want to talk about?

Nope, I’m cool.

B1ue: Any shout-outs you want to make before we go?

Just to my buddy S Prototype again and all the people I have met so far on TrueAchievements and will continue to meet in the years to come. Thank you to the big kahunas that make this site run and function so smoothly like butter. Also, thank you B1ueSeptember for interviewing me and putting up with me. And one big thank you to all the people reading this and just to everyone awesome. JUST AWESOME.

And there you have it. Thanks so much to jukemate for taking the time to tell us a little about himself. Come back in a couple of weeks for our next guest, Bowmanx4587 .

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Cindy Minguez
Written by Cindy Minguez
Cindy has been writing for TA/TT for three years now and is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueTrophies. She's an English instructor at a small college and considered a remarkably cool teacher for knowing all about Mass Effect, Skyrim, and Diablo III.