Let's Talk with ghostlymostly

By Marc Hollinshead, 2 years ago
Hello, everyone! Although B1ueSeptember has stepped down from her role as interviewer (and we thank you for all your hard work!), I, Marc Pilkington, will continue from where she left off as your new host. Don't worry, everything is still in its rightful place!

This week, our special guest is ghostlymostly, a long-time gamer who has a big family to support him in his passion. Let's all give a big TA welcome to ghostlymostly!

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

Ghostly: It's thanks to the internet which I've been using for a very long time. I think I came up with it back when there was this p2p chatroom called Hotline. The actual word ghost always appealed to me, but using only that would just be boring so I made it rhyme with mostly. I guess it didn't really have a real meaning, but looking back at the way I game, I guess I usually like to do things myself. Just let me go my own way, almost transparent (like a ghost), although playing multiplayer is cool too... mostly. So ghostlymostly :)

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Marc: How long have you been gaming?

Ghostly: Since the black and white tv :). There was this gaming console from Philips that saw the light even before the Atari and Commodore, which means I've been gaming somewhere around 30 years (35 years of age now).

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

Ghostly: I was the first in my family. I do have a son who games a lot, but isn't into earning achievements the way I am. My step son is finding his way, but needs a lot of work :)

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

Ghostly: They all say the same thing; keep it up, but don't forget us :). Keep it as a hobby.

Marc: Well, that's certainly better than them hating it all together!

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

Ghostly: Apart from gaming, I'm a graphic designer at Stork.

Marc: May I ask what Stork is? I don't think I've heard of it...

Ghostly: This is a piece I copied and pasted from the site www.stork.com:
Stork is dedicated to improving asset integrity for clients throughout the asset lifecycle. For clients operating in the Oil & Gas, Chemical & Process, and Power industries, we aim to be their ONE partner for life. We are ONE team delivering ONE level of service to our customers from concept through to execution. We offer a wide range of seamless solutions and specialist services across all areas of asset management and maintenance, while always seeking to reduce risk, assure safety and improve environmental performance.

Marc: That sounds too complicated for my tiny brain... It seems like a very reputable job, though :-)

What other hobbies do you enjoy?

Ghostly: I'm usually in fitness training for about 5 hours a week, playing with apps on my tablet, working around the house, playing with my kids, drinking, listening to a lot of music, basketball, making signatures for random users on game sites.

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

Ghostly: I'm living in between houses due to a difficult time in my recent life. I've still got 2 parents, 1 sister, my girlfriend Wendy, 2 kids of my own and 2 from my girlfriend. Last but not least there's Shaggy, my black cat that I've had for years. He's about 17 years old, he's got 1 tooth left and keeps sticking his tongue out. I think he's too lazy to keep it in :)

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Marc: I love a cat with a bit of attitude! He must be an awesome pet to have.

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

Ghostly: I'm proud of getting my act together after a very difficult divorce and the sale of my house. It wasn't easy but I got there, with the help of my closest friends and family. I've come out of it bigger, better and more badass :)

Marc: That must have been tough. I'm glad to hear that you've come out of it stronger :-). With your big family, it sounds like you're doing great.

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

Ghostly: Chrono Trigger on the SNES. I remember playing the game for days and days, getting all the endings over and over. It's was a great mix of good graphics (at the time), character and level design. The music was unique, the gameplay was awesome. Just... everything.

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

Ghostly: There were 2 cowboys (1 on the right and one on the left side of the black and white screen). In between them were pixelated mushrooms and the point was to shoot each other with the bullets bouncing off the mushroom. This is all I did that time; shoot cowboys with ricochet bullets.

Marc: That actually sounds really addictive! I may have to find out more about this game...

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

Ghostly: Minecraft. A game that will never get old :)

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

Ghostly:
The Netherlands/Holland. I'd show you the whole country in 3 days... It's not really that big so we'd be done by then (the red light district, coffee shops, Utrecht, Brabant etc)

Marc: I live in England which is also surprisingly small, so I'd probably be the same!

Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?

Ghostly:
Nope. I'll play anything there is :D

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

Ghostly:
Something like: stickypixel, gazemaze, teaflavours or kaleidoscope. I don't think any of them come close to liking it as much as ghostlymostly but stickypixel would be my favorite. Thoughts that stick in your mind that hopefully leave a good, lasting impression of me in people's heads. Pixel would be the gaming twist.

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

Ghostly:
I chose it it because it appealed to me directly. The colours, the skull kinda shape, the game (a side-scrolling shooter called Trouble Witches Neo) - I was hooked right off the bat.

Marc: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?

Ghostly:
Actually I have a lot, but here's a summary: invisible walls, poor aiming controls, sticks/stones/cardboard boxes/sidewalks that seem impossible to move over (ugh Medal of Honor: Warfighter )

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

Ghostly:
Evolve, Ori and the Blind Forest, Inside, Destiny and the Halo 4-in-1 edition. I'm also hoping for a new BioShock game.

Marc: Some good choices there! I'm intrigued by Ori and the Blind Forest and Destiny myself. Don't hold your breath for BioShock, though ;-)

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

Ghostly:
Completing LIMBO. Just the thought of getting through the game with only 5 deaths allowed gave this excellent game a new challenge. The times I've died a 5th time just at the end still haunts my nights...

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

Ghostly:
Finishing Afro Samurai on both difficulties, the game that cost me 1 controller. The end boss was such a frustration on the higher difficulty. The absolute joy of completing the game is unmatched until this day. Also...
Halo 3Steppin' RazorThe Steppin' Razor achievement in Halo 3 worth 10 pointsScore a Triple Kill with the sword in a ranked free for all playlist (Online).

...from Halo 3. Took me ages to get for some strange reason.

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

Ghostly:
All the Halo 3 achievements. The mix of being challenging and fun at the same time made all these achievements very fun to get (except Steppin' Razor....)

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

Ghostly:
Astaroth from SoulCalibur II. The dude's got badass written all over him.

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

Ghostly:
I’ve always hated Ashley Graham from Resident Evil. She was so freaking helpless.... The times I had to go back to get her or the times she died because she can’t do s**t are some black times indeed. Or the times I shot her in the face out of punishment... Sadly without result :(

Marc: The amount of game characters I'd love to give a bullet to the face to is too many to count... I feel your pain.

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

Ghostly:
The main character from Ride to Hell: Retribution. I forgot his name because I don’t wanna remember anything from this piece of s**t of a game. He can literally go to hell.

Marc: I've heard that game is meant to be pretty horrendous, so I'm not surprised.

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

Ghostly:
Bad experiences? Back when I used to actually play multi-player a lot I always used the mute option when someone was annoying and then I just went on gaming. As for messages, I got loads of crap.... The thing I did was: block, report, game, repeat >:).

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

Ghostly:
Single player with a landslide. Co-op games are a lot of fun (with 1 other player) which I don’t call multi-player.... co-op player? :). I’ll play multi-player if I get a new/second hand game but if the multi-player is dead or not that good then I’ll leave it and get on with another game. Something really has to get my attention to make me play multi-player games. The last multi-player game I enjoyed was Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare and I always seem to enjoy Halo and Call of Duty games for 2 months tops.

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

Ghostly:
I’ve got some regulars but my collection of games changes so rapidly that they can’t keep up most of the time. I met a lot of them in the Halo 3 period. We had epic chats but somehow that never came back, sadly. Their names are: Raven4life, Rockydhino, Ds SpeciiaL, blitzkriegking1, Richj90 and Strein.

Marc: I see that none of them are on TA. They're missing out!

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

Ghostly:
I’d love to play against my ex (we used to play with each other day in, day out). Then I’d love to shoot her to the other side of the earth..... again and again and again.
Ahem.... No, seriously, I’d like to play a NBA2K game with Jalen Rose. I used to be a big fan when he was still playin’ with the Fab-5. The time I got my hands on his Denver Nuggets shirt... Man, I felt awesome at the time. Or if he’s busy then Michael Jordan ;)

Marc: You played with your ex day in, day out... ok... Ahem. Moving on!

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

Ghostly:
At the moment I own a Xbox 360 slim (my 6th due to the red rings). I’ve got a PS2 somewhere because of Singstar :), SNES, N64, Nintento 8-bit and an original Xbox. I did own a Philips console and a Commodore 64, but they’re very broken. My favorites are: Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Street Fighter 2, Punch Out and Contra.

Marc: SIX Xbox 360's!? Have you ever wanted to just give up and move to something else for money's sake? I probably would have.

Ghostly: Five of them broke but I still had warranty so the repairs were free. The slim I bought myself was part of a really sweet deal. Moving onto something other than Xbox is a no-go for me because of my gamerscore.....I'm hooked :)..... It's just a matter of looking for the right deals to keep it affordable.

Marc: I'm with you there! Once the tantalising taste of GamerScore grabs you, it can be hard to let go...

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

Ghostly:
Beyond Good and Evil. I was so hyped about the game and I’d seen all trailers and images the game had. Then I played it and finished it like in a few hours. The game was so short in my view that I never played it again. What a disaster…. until it emerged on Xbox LIVE arcade :D

Marc: I played it for the first time last year and loved it! At least seeing it on Xbox LIVE reignited your liking of it a bit so I forgive you :-P

Tell us about your gaming set-up.

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Ghostly: Nothing special. It's a Samsung, about 110cm wide. Below you can see my second Xbox and I've got my slim somewhere else. I always keep my games with me in my CD soft case. Someday I'll make my game room but real life comes first ;)

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

Ghostly: I use TA to look for mine and other people's ranks, as well as activities/achievements/some boosting sessions. Some solutions I can't find for achievements. And the TA ratio given for achievements, it's just amazing the work you've done with TA.

Marc: Do you ever contribute solutions?

Ghostly:
Sometimes when I get the chance, but I'm so busy at the moment that I just can't find the time nowadays. I did write a Medal of Honor: Warfighter review….. How I hate that game.

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

Ghostly:
It accelerated it when I saw the ranking system. Seeing people have more achievements then me made me want to catch up to them. This changed again when I got to the 2nd place in Holland last year. Then I turned it down a notch when satisfaction got a hold on me.....and friends and family :). I could never get to the #1 spot with the life I had coming towards me. Now it's all fallen into place and I have found a great balance. So yes, changed for sure.

Marc: I couldn't agree more. Never let gaming take over the important things. Always game in moderation is what I say! Well, mostly...

What do you like and dislike most about the site?

Ghostly:
I like the whole personal page, news page.... Just as a whole TA looks great. Little things could be better like the logo (I am a designer, sorry :)). The menus used have way too much info to make it clear where to go right away. And the pop-up commercial at the bottom is REALLY annoying.

Marc: Something called TA Pro may be able to solve that pop-up problem... ;-)

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

Ghostly:
I learned about it via gametrailers, where I was admin at one point. There were some people talking about a site that's a got a large ranking system, then when my gamercard stopped I hopped over to TA with some friends, but i don't know if they're still using the site.

Marc: Have you made friends here?

Ghostly:
Sure, not that I speak to them a lot but I have met new people here.

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

Ghostly:
It would be a game like Wolfenstein with a large touch of Fallout. Let's say Wolfout. A first person shooter RPG with the color usage of Rayman set in Vietnam during the war. Call of Duty: World at War is still one of my classics. Level location: a dungeon, forest, snow cabin area, a large mall, western ghost town, a desert and a chemical lab..... Sounds like a success to me :D

Marc: That's quite the imagination you've got there! You can't beat a name like Wolfout.

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

Ghostly:
Nope, you've got it spot on ;)

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

Ghostly:
Your ranking system, large community and your own point system. Very short but very true.

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

Ghostly:
The way I see it, achievements are a very personal thing and besides people saying it's really cool what you've accomplished, for most of us it won't get any better. So my claim to fame would be having extras like this interview, getting known better by people, having more friends... that kinda stuff. And in the end, having a good laugh ;)

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*Lightning Round*
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Favorite 360 game?

BioShock (Xbox 360)

Favorite non-360 game?

God of War

Least favorite game?

Conflict: Denied Ops

Favorite game developer?

Valve

Favorite game weapon?

Minigun

Most hated game enemy?

Justice in Afro Samurai

Favorite game character?

Master Chief

Favorite game sidekick?

Knuckles

Favorite game ending?

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Most hated game ending?

Eternal Sonata (the outro took FOREVER)

Favorite game environment?

Just anything with snow

Favorite game music?

Hardcore rave & dance

Most emotional video game moment?

The time I saw...
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***
in Gears of War 3 :'(

Game that shouldn’t have had a sequel?

My Horse and Me (I haven't played both games yet btw thank you:))

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

Duck Hunt!

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

Ghostly:
Yes, never take life too seriously. You'll never make it out alive anyway.

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

Ghostly:
No, you are spot on ;)

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

Ghostly:
I'll shout-out to everyone who reads this. Keep on gamin' and send me a friend request if you want. Let's see how many I can decline :) …. Nah, okay I love you all bye bye!

And there you have it. Thanks a bunch to ghostlymostly for taking the time to share his own portion of the world with us. Come back in a couple of weeks to see another story unraveled with our next guest, CovetousCash64 .

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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.