Let's Talk with Paul Doyle

By Cindy Minguez, 2 years ago
Hello, everyone! This week, our special guest is Paul Doyle, a shy, friendly Irishman who loves to game. Let's say hello. Hi, Paul Doyle! Welcome!


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

Paul:
My gamertag is just my full name. I set up my profile long before I had access to Xbox Live, so at the time, I thought it was asking for my name, ha ha. So I never bothered to change it as I got used to having it, plus I think it's rather rare to have your name as a gamertag. I've only ever seen two others who had their actual names as their gamertags.

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B1ue: How long have you been gaming?

Paul:
I have been gaming since 1985; my friend had a Commodore 64, and I was mesmerised by it. I joined the local youth club just so I could play on the computers they had. I spent most of my weekdays playing games like Dizzy, Rambo, and Operation Wolf. I didn't own a console until 1992 when my dad bought me a mega drive. I've never looked back since. I think without my gaming, I'd be lost. If I'm not sat on the Xbox, I'll be playing games on my iPad or Windows phone.

B1ue: Do others in your family game, or are you a first-generation gamer?

Paul:
I'm 36 years old, so I am a first-gen gamer in my family. If I ever have a son, I will name him Paul, so I can pass down my gamertag to him. Both my brothers game but nowhere near as much as I do. They are more causal gamers and play very rarely. One brother chose Playstation over Xbox. Bad decision!
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B1ue: What do your parents/significant other/friends have to say about your gaming?

Paul:
All my friends and family think I have a gaming addiction (they may be right). They don't understand how I can spend so much time sat on my backside staring at a screen! I get a lot of stick from them for being an addict, but it doesn't bother me. Even though my fiancée doesn't game, she supports it, probably as it keeps me out of the pub! My dad, however, regrets ever buying me that mega drive. Thanks, Dad!
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B1ue: Assuming you’re not a professional gamer, what’s your day job?

Paul:
I am a learning support assistant at the local college. I work with students that have learning disabilities and behaviour issues. So, basically, I encourage their learning while managing their behaviours. Can be a tiring job so I like to relax in the evening with some gaming. Before I worked at the college, I was in the police force for five years. I left the force because the risk was too high; after I broke my jaw in a brawl, I said it was time to find another career.

B1ue: What other hobbies do you enjoy?

Paul:
I am a huge Chelsea FC fan, so I watch a lot of footie. Been to watch them at Stamford Bridge a few times. I love watching movies (horrors/comedies/sci-fi) and go to the gym twice a week. I've also recently started to collect Warhammer 40k figures just because they look pretty!

B1ue: Tell us about your home life – parents, spouse, children, significant other, animal companions?

Paul:
I have two brothers and two sisters. My parents are separated. Dad lives in Ireland; the rest of us live in the UK. I live in a rather nice flat with my fiancée Gina and our cat Yoda. We have no kids, yet. Gina does all the cooking as I'm useless in the kitchen. However, I do all the housework (when I can fit it around my gaming). Gina's aunt is the local celebrity in the area. Ever heard of Grotbags? She was on TV with Rod Hull and Emu in the 80's. She played a green witch.

B1ue: Weren't you on television, as well? It seems like the person who nominated you mentioned that.

Paul: I wish! No, unfortunately not. I was only seven or eight when she was on TV.

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

Paul
: I'm originally from Dublin, Ireland. When I was twelve, I won a scholarship to get into Belvedere College, a very prestigious college in Dublin. I was quite proud of that and still am. It's where James Joyce and Sir Terry Wogan went.

B1ue: That's quite something to be proud of. Congratulations!

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

Paul:
This is tough! So many great games to choose from. It would have to be Final Fantasy VII. It was unlike anything I'd ever seen at the time. I spent so many hours on that game. I remember playing it while my brothers sat and watched as the story unfolded. The characters were fantastic, and I was completely gripped in the story. I don't think there has been a story to beat it since and the ending was epic. Aerith's death still haunts me now! Since that game I have played and loved all the other Final Fantasy games.

B1ue: I remember quite clearly the first time I played FF7. I just knew that Aerith would be back; that her death was a trick of some kind. I simply couldn't believe it when she didn't come back...

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

Paul:
I can't remember the first game I ever played as it was sooo long ago. But the first game I ever owned was Sonic the Hedgehog. I loved it and was glued to it as soon as I got home from school. I still remember my dad shouting at me at 1 o' clock in the morning to turn it off as I had school next day. I couldn't turn it off because I was on the last boss, and, as you know, there was no way to save my game. Then of course I had to watch the ending. Dad was not amused!

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

Paul:
My favourite genre is RPG's, and the two games I have spent most time on were The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. So it would have to be https://www.trueachievements.com/The-Elder-Scrolls-Onli....htm. That game is going to be so massive that I think it would keep me playing for years anyway. I can see so much replay value in that one. I would just have multiple characters builds.

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

Paul:
I live in a town called Bridgwater in Somerset. It's in the southwest of the UK and famous for it's cider and cheddar cheese. Where I live, we had the worst flooding ever seen in the UK. Luckily, our town was unaffected, but the surrounding villages had to be evacuated. There is not much to see in Somerset unless you like green fields. Local sights are Glastonbury Tor, Weston-Super-Mare, and Cheddar Gorge. Johnny Depp has a mansion not too far away also.

B1ue: Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?

Paul:
Yes. Quake 4, Blitz: The League, Virtua Fighter 5, Dead or Alive 4. They all have seriously affected my completion percentage.

B1ue: If you were forced to change your gamertag, what would you change it to?
What does the new tag reflect about you?

Paul:
Been thinking about what I would change my gamertag to for a while, probably won't do it though. I would change it to Son of Anarchy, love that show, and it would be quite fitting when I'm on a rampage on COD or Titanfall.

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

Paul:
My gamer pic is from the Axe series. I chose that particular one purely for a bit of eye candy, haha! Gents do prefer blondes!

B1ue: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?

Paul:
People who take time to send hate mail just because I beat them on a game. Campers and rage quitters wind me up, too. I have given up playing Fifa online because of the number of quitters- reasons why I don't play multi-player often.

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

Paul:
I can't wait for Watch_Dogs. It looks awesome. But I think Elder Scrolls Online will eat away at my life and my soul. Not really looking forward to the subscription fee though. I get six weeks off in the summer when my college shuts so will have plenty of time to play it! My fiancée won't be happy when it comes out!

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

Paul:
Dark Messiah: Might and Magic Elements as I was the 7th person on TA to complete it. It's not that it was hard; just not many people played it, so the multi-player achievements were a massive pain. Thanks to TA, I was able to meet people to help me out with it.

B1ue: Wow, #7?! That's fantastic! I've done all the multi-player for that game but never got back to the single player. You're not kidding that it's a pain the rear. I made some great friends playing that game though, so it was so worth it. smile

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

Paul:
HomefrontExpert Of WarThe Expert Of War achievement in Homefront worth 1108 pointsComplete all challenges for weapons, drones, vehicles, and modes in Xbox LIVE
Man that achievement took FOREVER! Trying to get so many kills with every weapon nearly drove me to insanity. Most of it I did legit, but some of the harder stuff I had to join sessions to get. I was so pleased when it popped. It remains the highest ratio achievement I've attained and probably will stay that way for some time to come.

B1ue: In a slightly different vein, do you have a favorite achievement? One perhaps that you just really enjoyed attaining?

Paul:
The Orange BoxLittle Rocket ManThe Little Rocket Man achievement in The Orange Box worth 92 pointsSend the garden gnome into space.
Loved that one so much, annoying as it was. It felt like an epic journey taking an inanimate object all the way through the game, looking after him like he was your best mate. I even named him Paddy. At one point, I completely forgot about him and had to backtrack. I laughed so hard when I put him in the hatch, albeit a little sad! Miss you, Paddy!

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

Paul:
Lara Croft. She can hold her own in a fight plus she has a massive pair of....ahem...guns!

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

Paul:
Any of the Necromorphs from the Dead Space games, especially the Brute. That game made me jump more than any other. I could not handle that kind of terror. I'm a right scaredy cat!

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

Paul:
Not really, I don't think any character would deserve that fate. I know there have been some annoying characters in the past, but I'd just avoid them. Rayman, I'm looking at you!

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

Paul:
Yes, I have. One guy really didn't like me owning him on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. He consistently sent me hate mail and invites to a party. I just replied to him 'lol', which seemed to annoy him more. In the end, I had to block him. I think he was the first person I ever blocked. I've had to block lots of others since.

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

Paul:
As much as I love multi-player, single player is a much more relaxing experience. I can pretty much take my time and pause for a break whenever I like. Also with single player, I can really get so immersed in whatever environment or world I'm playing in.

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

Paul:
I have many friends that own an Xbox but can't find the time to play due to work or children commitments. So most of the time I play solo, which I prefer anyway. I've tried to get my fiancée to become a gamer girl, but she's not buying it. We have played Kinect games and a bit of Tiger Woods together, but that's it. She prefers to spend her time on Candy Crush!

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

Paul:
The Prime Minister, David Cameron. I would then get the opportunity to tell him what a rubbish job he is doing running the country. Maybe give him some tips!

B1ue: Could you come over here and do that, too? ;-)

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

Paul:
We have a Wii and an Xbox One also. The Wii never gets used, just sits there gathering dust. I have about ten games for the One. Titanfall and Dead Rising 3 are my favourites so far. I mostly play on the 360 as I have a huge backlog of games to finish!

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.

Paul:
I was so hyped up for Two Worlds. The screenshots looked great, and what I read about it sounded good. I ranted on about it to my brothers, so they were hyped for it, too. When I actually got to play it, I could have cried. It was such a major letdown, plus I let down my bros by convincing them to buy it. My brothers instantly sold their copies; I played it anyway. So much potential wasted. Two Worlds II was only slightly better.

B1ue: Tell us about your gaming set-up.

Paul:
I have a 42" 3D HDTV, given to us by Grotbags. My Xbox One and 360 set up together. Behind the TV, we hooked up a Hi-Fi with two speakers for extra sound. My games are stored neatly in the cabinet and the rest on a bookshelf. The chair I sit in looks like the one from Mastermind.

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B1ue: How do you use TA? Tracking, walkthroughs, solutions, sessions?

Paul:
A mix of things really. I am mad on statistics, so I use the site to check different kinds of stats - sad, I know! I'm forever boring Gina about my achievement streaks or best days. I like the leaderboards also as I can see where I stand compared to my friends. I've used TA to join lots of sessions to get those tricky achievements, too.

B1ue: Do you ever contribute solutions?

Paul:
Only ever posted one solution. It was for Aliens: Colonial Marines (another letdown), the achievement for killing the Rhino with a pistol. Made me feel quite chuffed!

B1ue: How has your gaming changed or evolved since coming to TA?

Paul:
I now am very careful about what game I will play. Before TA, I would play any old rubbish game just for the points. Now I will only play games that I will enjoy or at least half enjoy! Plus I feel that I can attempt achievements that I previously would have avoided due to the solutions available or boosting sessions.

B1ue: What do you like and dislike most about the site?

Paul:
I like the way solutions are posted by gamers and the comments made by others that back up that solution. TA is my first port of call when I need help with an achievement. Can't think of anything I dislike about the site.

B1ue: How did you learn about TA? Have you signed up any friends to the website?

Paul:
I heard about the site from someone I played against years ago. I have signed up my nephew to the site, Lost Hero Doyle.

B1ue: Have you made friends here?

Paul:
I wouldn't say I've made friends with anyone but have met a lot of awesome and funny people. I'm too shy a person anyway so tend not to speak much when in sessions.

B1ue: If you have a pro account, what’s the most number of forced scans you’ve done in a day?

Paul:
I have a pro account but only ever forced scanned one or twice. Can't remember why though.

B1ue: If you could have a game handcrafted just for you, what would your perfect game be?

Paul:
GTA Dublin! To be able to drive around my hometown in a video game would be amazing. I'd buy it just to listen to the irish accents. So whenever I felt homesick, I could put it in my Xbox.

B1ue: Is there anything you’d like to see added to TA’s functionality?

Paul:
Yes, I would really like to see a separate county leaderboard for the UK just like the US has.

B1ue: Why do you choose TA over other gaming sites?

Paul:
No other site comes close; it's so easy to navigate, and it's got all I need.

B1ue: Do you have a “claim to fame” in gaming? If so, what is it?

Paul:
Yes. Way back when they did Game with Fame, I applied to game with The Scissor Sisters. I didn't think I would get chosen until I received a game invite from them. It was only then I realised I didn't own Fuzion Frenzy 2, so I rushed down to my local Blockbusters and rented it out. Of course, by the time I got back, the GWF session had finished. Was totally gutted! Then I had to 1000g Fusion Frenzy 2!

B1ue: Okay, I'll have to show my ignorance here. Who are the The Scissor Sisters?

You don't know who they are? They are an American pop group, I think they are from New York. They sang that song 'Don't Feel Like Dancing'.

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*Lightning Round*
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Favorite 360 game


Elder Scrolls Skyrim

Favorite non-360 game

Final Fantasy VII

Least favorite game

The Golden Compass

Favorite game developer

Bethesda

Favorite game weapon

Honey Badger - Call of Duty: Ghosts

Favorite game character

Lara Croft

Favorite game sidekick

Paddy, the Gnome (Half-life 2)

Favorite game ending

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Most hated game ending

Mass Effect 3

Favorite game environment

BioShock (Xbox 360)

Favorite game music

GTA Vice City
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*End of Lightning Round*
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B1ue: Is there anything in particular you want the TA community to know about you?

Paul:
I'm just a normal Irish guy who loves to game. I am currently in the Xbox Live Ambassador program, so I would like to encourage other gamers to message me for any issues they may have either on this site or over live. Also, feel free to follow me on Xbox One :)

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

Paul:
I think you covered everything.

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

Paul:
Yes, to everyone that has helped me in one way or another and to everyone involved in the running of TA. Keep up the good work!


And that's it for this week, folks. Thanks so much to Paul Doyle for taking the time to tell us a little about his world. Come back in a couple of weeks for our next guest, Unmasked Shyguy.

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Just a friendly reminder that I am currently not taking applications for the Community Interview because of the huge waiting list I already have. When I work down some of the back log, I'll let you know. ~B1ue
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.