Let's Talk With Dat Boi Treezy

By Marc Hollinshead, 3 years ago
Hello all and welcome back to another Community Interview! After the Christmas/New Year break, we are now back in session with some TA chatter. This week, we have a fellow Newshound of mine, Dat Boi Treezy, taking the spotlight. Let's give a big TA welcome to Dat Boi Treezy!

Marc: Gamertags almost always tell something about their owners. Tell us about yours.
Interview 1

DBT: When I used to work at KFC nearly seven years ago now, my colleagues used to call me Ashtray. I think it was partly because of how passionate and appreciative I was of smoke breaks. After a while, the nickname needed spicing up a bit. Using a bit of Snoop Dogg's lingo, you know, fa sheezy my neezy, this chicken's so greasy, I preferred AshTreezy over Ashtray. The various nicknames have stuck pretty well now. I'm either called, Ash, Ashtreezy, Ashtray, Tray, Treezy, Treez, and so on. I couldn't just have 'Treezy' as my gamertag unfortunately so I added 'Dat Boi' to the start as the build up to 'Treezy'. Americans make my tag sound great. I hate it when people call me "Trezy" though, or some will even say "Dat"?! What the hell!? warning

Marc: How long have you been gaming?

From around the age of 4-5 years old so around 21-22 years now! I started out with the Master System for what must have only been around a year or so, then spent many years with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Then I had a Playstation 1, PS2, and now an Xbox 360. On the side, I had a GameBoy, GB Colour, GB SP, and Nintendo DS. Although my playing time was understandably restricted when I was a youngster, I've been a passionate gamer from day one. Before I had kids, I gamed as much as I could whenever I could besides when I went out with friends and family. I don't game even half as much as I used to anymore as obviously I want to spend time with my family too. I also enjoy watching NBA games late at night so sometimes this replaces gaming.

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

My mum used to now and again and my brother games but no where near as much as I do, or as passionately. My mum used to enjoy the likes of Tetris, Pac Man, and Space Invaders. She would occasionally let me bring the SNES downstairs and we'd play Super Mario Bros. 3. It was great fun and one night we stayed up until around 23:30 and managed to complete it! Staying up this late in primary school was unheard of! laugh She doesn't really game anymore besides the odd Facebook game or app style games.

My brother and I used to play the likes of Super Mario Kart, Batman Forever and Battletoads together. He's not settled with a console at the minute as he's always moving from one house/flat/place to another. I think he has a PS3 at the minute. We did have quite a bit of fun playing Gears of War 2 and Battlefield 3 together. Levi, my son, doesn't show much interest in gaming and my girlfriend Kylie wouldn't look at my Xbox console twice. My dad had one go on Driver for the PS1 and I never saw him touch another controller again. laugh

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

Not much really. The only people who share as much passion as me when it comes to unlocking achievements, completing games and keeping up with the latest gaming news is you guys here on TA. I can have a decent gaming conversation with my good friend HALFLIFE1989 but he doesn't care half as much as he used to about achievements anymore. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I can't talk to other friends or colleagues about anything gaming-related. 99% of people I know in real-life are just either not interested or extremely casual gamers who might play the likes of FIFA or/and Call of Duty now and again. When people ask why I've not purchased an Xbox One yet and I try to tell them about the small backlog situation, being a completionist and what not... the conversation doesn't go very far at all. I just get looked at like I'm speaking another language. I'm not even going to get into the times I've unlocked tough achievements and have wanted to tell the world about it.

Marc: I hear you there! It's pretty easy to forget that we achievement junkies are a tiny minority in the wider community.

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

I'm a Deputy Manager at Aldi. I've been with the company for just under seven years now.

Marc: What other hobbies do you enjoy?

I love playing and/or watching basketball. I haven't played in a full game for around 4-5 years now but very occasionally I'll go for a shoot-around on an outdoor court if the weather is dry and it's not windy. I'm a solid supporter of the Boston Celtics and have been for over 10 years now. Back in the day when Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker used to play together! I felt like crying when they won the NBA title in 2008. It's going to be a long time before another championship comes to Boston, but I was so happy that Pierce and Kevin Garnett finally managed to bag themselves a championship ring. I also enjoy driving despite never really going anywhere spectacular. I love listening to music too. I'm mainly a hip hop guy and I can never, EVER, get enough of Wu-Tang and Outkast. I'm not ignorant to other genres though. I'll listen to anything and I'm polite enough to put the radio when I'm driving with passengers. Lastly, and most certainly not least, I enjoy typing up news here at TrueAchievements.

Marc: Tell us about your home life – parents, spouse, children, significant other, animal companions?
Interview 2

DBT: I live with my girlfriend Kylie who's 26 years old, our son Levi who's four, and our daughter Sydney-Rose who's five months old. I've been with Kylie for 10 and half years now! I met her when we both used to work at KFC together. I love my family to death and Kylie and I have a unique kind of relationship. She's the DIY guy of the house, I'm more of the tech guy. She's a great cook, and an even better bru-maker and always listens to the masses of rubbish I can talk. I look at her 10 years down the line and she still looks as gorgeous as she was when we first met. I work shifts that can vary from starting at 5am in the morning, to night shifts that may not finish till 5am in the morning. I've never had a routine in life and Kylie does a great job of keeping the house in order and the kids looked after while I either sleep or work. I'm always grateful and appreciative of everything my wonderful girlfriend does for me.

Kylie's friends come round near enough every day. I tend to see my friends on nights out or on the odd occasion when they pay me a visit or vice-versa. I'll take the kids to see my mum and dad nearly every week. I used to live with my main man HALFLIFE and his girlfriend Natalie who is also a good friend of the family. I'm a godfather to his youngest daughter, Olivia smile. I don't really speak to HALF as much as I used to as he works a lot and so do I. It also doesn't help that he's now into the next-gen of gaming so the regular party chats we used to have are no more.

Marc: Despite your work circumstances, that honestly sounds like a lovely little family you've got there! Having a fairly busy life is better than doing nothing, right?

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

My two children. Although I guess the unlocking of that achievement itself would have to go to Kylie. She did the nine months worth of work twice over. I probably did around nine minutes getting it started. laugh

I haven't really personally achieved anything jaw-dropping if I'm honest. The results of school and college were disappointing and I've done nothing but work since just before finishing school. However, I was so proud to become the owner of a Subaru Impreza WRX.
Interview 3

It's only the fourth car I've owned since I started driving 8-9 years ago. I've had a Renault Clio Mark 1, a Citreon Saxo Mark 1, and a Saxo Mark 2. I've always loved Impreza's and used to be in awe everytime I saw or even heard one go past me. The car always seemed like a dream I could never make real. I always thought I'd never be able to afford to buy or insure one until I was in my mid-30s. Then on my way to Bamber Bridge to get my cracked windscreen fixed on my Saxo, I saw a blue/black "Frog-Eyes" Impreza, sat ever so beautifully on white 18" O.Z Racing alloy wheels, parked up at a car-garage. I had to turn round and speak to someone, ANYONE, about the Impreza.

Long story short, about 2-3 weeks down the line, the Impreza was MINE!!! smile Although, when it came to finally taking it home, I couldn't drive it because my car insurance had closed half an hour earlier! I was still technically third-party on the Saxo so Kylie, who was fully-comp on her car, was the first to drive MY Scooby! I was devastated and with being a named driver on her Ford Focus, I had to follow her back home with a sulk on my face while pedestrians and other drivers' dropped their jaws as Kylie drove around. She looks so damn sexy in my car too. I paid £3000 for the car but have spent just under the same amount fixing the damn thing! Since it acquired its third engine (it was on its second when I purchased it), the car has been problem free! I love it so much and I feel so manly finally being able to compete against randoms in there powerful saloons. Something I just couldn't do in a Saxo.

Marc: So...you like cars then?

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

That's one hell of a tough question! After a lot of thought, I want to honourably mention:

Driver 2
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong Country 2
Final Fantasy XII
Mass Effect
Super Mario Kart (for SNES and DS)
DiRT 3
Battlefield: Bad Company
Battlefield 3
Max Payne
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Metal Gear Solid (PS1)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2

There's probably more I could add but to get to the answer, it would have to be Gears of War. This was one of the first games I purchased after buying an Xbox 360 so consequently it was my first taste of online multiplayer. It was the greatest multiplayer experience I've ever had in my life! I wasn't used to first-person shooters at the time so the likes of Halo 3's multiplayer (which was the first title I purchased for 360) really didn't appeal to me. Being a third-person shooter with all the plus-points that the game had anyway such as story, visuals, characters etc, I was sucked in. I'd never crapped myself before like I did when that goddamn Berserker came bursting through the wall!

HALFLIFE and I dove into the multiplayer side of things which was so brutal and competitive. Party chat was non-existent during these intense battles in GoW, so the ridiculous and sometimes harsh s**t-talk that comes in the multiplayer world of Xbox LIVE was really not for the sensitive types and added to the fun. HALF and I used to skip some major hours of sleep just battering the life out of the game. It was so addictive and we met some great guys along the way. We met SENSEI CHRONIC who actually referred me to TA, although he's not logged in for years. We also met Stu, Dazzla, Ste and Ned, some online buddies who we still talk to after all these years!

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

Sonic The Hedgehog on the SEGA Master System. I didn't really like Sonic that much if I'm being honest. Once my mum and dad bought me a SNES for what I think was my fifth or sixth birthday, I thought Mario was way more impressive than Sonic and he still is.

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

Grand Theft Auto V

I'd choose this because of the variety of things to do in the game. I don't have the title anymore but I used to really enjoy the racing, whether it be off-road, on water, in planes/helicopters, or on the streets. Players eventually were able to create their own races with custom rules, checkpoints, etc, which was brilliant. I could go from intense racing in slick, customized cars with dirty racers to relaxing and watching the funny tv clips that come on in the crib. GTA titles have always been thoroughly entertaining games even before the addition of online came along. I've already burnt plenty of hours with the different and classic titles from the GTA series. With the addition of Online Hiests coming to GTA V, it just makes my choice all that much sweeter!

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

I was born and bred in Preston, England and have always lived here. Unfortunately, I don't get out a whole lot. If you were to visit for a full day, I'd have to take you to the outdoor basketball courts I used to play at on Ashton Park. When I drive past them now, it's almost always empty cry. Me and my high-school friends brought major life to the courts back in the day. We'd have full 5-vs-5 games with spectators to boot! In my teenage years, running up and down a basketball court all day and everyday wasn't a tough task at all. It's never been re-painted since it was first built. Broken glass covers parts of the floor normally, maybe with the odd spot of sick and empty beer cans too, and the actual Basketball stands themselves are slanted from when people have managed to reach and hang off of the rims. The nets were burnt down within days of going up and were never replaced. It's not a pretty basketball court but it holds so many good memories. We'd definitely have to have a shoot around.

The Harris museum would be another spot to visit too for your Art Gallery needs. The Docks is another nice spot in Preston and we'd absolutely have to drive there while the Green Frog butty van is there. Bacon, Sausage and Egg Baton all the way! The parks are quite nice for walking too like Ashton, Haslem and Avenham park. Samlesbury Hall is a good location with a whole heap of history behind it. I'd also have to show you the uniqueness that is Preston Bus Station too. It's got a brilliant marmite factor to it. You'll either love it or hate it!

Once the night falls, we'd have to hit the town for a lengthy session. If work isn't on the cards the next day, we'd be out until the sunlight comes back up. That's the minimum requirement! The nightlife isn't as good as the likes of Manchester but it's still a good night out, so long as you steer clear of trouble. There's enough variety in the clubs and pubs that are available in Preston so whatever your taste is, there's the right place for all preferences. Perfect 10's is a spot-on Gentlemen's Club too and the private dances will leave you with a sore face after how hard the girl's will leave you smiling. Great times. We'd also have to visit where the 'Bounce by the Ounce' magic happened . It's not my kind of scene but Kylie's cousin helped put it together so I could probably get you free tickets. wink

I have friends, work colleagues, and family who went to this event. Despite the negativity the video received from a lot of people, the most important thing is that everyone was obviously having a good time!

Marc: Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?

Brain Challenge

We all see or have been victims of unexplainable glitched achievements. However, besides a few discontinued or unobtainable achievements, I'd never actually had the displeasure of running into a glitched achievement. That was until this game! I'd put so many hours double box boosting for the The One! achievement. At 100 wins, nothing popped. At around 250 wins, still nothing. I was so furious. There's nothing worse than burning hours into, well, what turned out to be absolutely nothing. I can hammer a difficult game all day long and walk away with nothing, and that's fine. I tried, the game beat me, try again another day. This achievement just really boiled my blood so bad when it didn't unlock. angry

Pinball FX

I don't like Pinball. Why I purchased this game? I really don't know. It makes it all the more worse that the achievements are not exactly easy. I don't have the patience for Pinball. Every time the ball drops through the gap, it's BS. Every time!

Happy Wars (Xbox 360)

Dazzla swayed me into downloading and playing this as there was a group of about 7-8 of us who all started it at the same time. It was fun for an hour or so on the first night but it's just not my kind of game at all. Being as passionate as I am about completions, I know there's some major playing time needed to fully complete the game.

2006 FIFA World Cup

This was a stupid mistake courtesy of a game-rental shop that was open for a brief while in St. Georges shopping centre. During my, play-anything-for-easy-Gamerscore phase, I wanted to play and complete FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup. I went to the shop, rented the game, and guess what disc was in the case? 2006 FIFA World Cup

Yep, you probably guessed correctly. Like a dumbass, I didn't notice until it was too late. Like a SUPER dumbass, I was partly using guides as well and still didn't notice it was the wrong game! I'm not a football/soccer gamer at all so when it came to unlocking the "Complete All Scenarios" achievement, it just wasn't going to happen. I gave it my best shot but I just got my ass handed to me every single time. It was so annoying.

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

The gamer pic my Xbox LIVE friends can see is of my avatar. He's rocking a black Adidas tracksuit top with gold stripes. His hand is raised in victory as achievements are unlocked, usually in the lateness of the night.

My gamer pic randoms can see is of Allen O'Neil from the Metal Slug series. He's a mean ass boss toting a beasty machine gun, and he happens to be pretty agile and hard to hit. Kind of like me in the online multiplayer world of many shooters. smile

Marc: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?

When trying to talk in a party, and my voice echoes through someone elses mic. Ugh. Breathing too. When someone has their mic right up to their mouth and you can here them breathing down it. Every breathe makes me cringe.

Marc: I've also had the displeasure of hearing my voice for about an hour straight being echoed. Hearing the sound of your own voice isn't as fun as you'd think, right!?

What upcoming game are you most looking forward to?

Tom Clancy's The Division

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

Mass Effect 3 - Absolutely fantastic! I love the entire series. I'm currently working on my second play through, insanity style!

Titanfall - Another brilliant multiplayer title. I'm currently working on Title Update 8's achievements one set of daily challenges at a time.

Gatling Gears - This is just the current title on my XBL to-do list. Enjoying it so far.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game - This is my "downstairs Xbox" XBLA title. It's quite a fun beat 'em up and I like the visual style of the game too.

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

Lost Planet 2

I liked what I saw of LP2 in terms of gameplay trailers and screens. It looked like a really interesting game. However, its reputation for how tough it was to complete really kept me on the fence when deciding to buy it. Eventually I did buy it and I was glad I did. It's a great and unique game. Obviously it took many hours to complete but the gameplay was enjoyable enough to just keep going. Now it sits very comfortably as my best completed game for ratio, most TA score in a game, and four of the games achievements are in my top 10 for highest ratio too.

Marc: Man, I WISH I had a game scoring even nearly that high. Maybe some day...

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

Metal Slug 3All Completed without ContinueThe All Completed without Continue achievement in Metal Slug 3 worth 234 pointsComplete all the missions without continue.

I fell in love with the Metal Slug series from the moment I played Metal Slug X in an arcade on holiday many years ago. I continued to play the different titles from the series on PS1, PS2 and then eventually Xbox 360. This particular achievement was hard as nails. There's no tricks, no easy way around nailing the requirement. It all came down to skill, patience, memory and persistence! I also recorded the entire run through as well and made several guides for the title. I was so happy to nail such a tough achievement from one of my all-time favourite games.

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

Battlefield: Bad CompanyBeans Bullets BandagesThe Beans Bullets Bandages achievement in Battlefield: Bad Company worth 222 points(Online) Get 10002 kills

Like you say, it was just a pleasure grinding away at this one. Bad Company is easily in my top three multiplayer games for the 360. I rolled with nobody but randoms during my time with the title but it was still such a blast chipping away at the achievement. The game was true to its name and the maps were brilliant. It was my first taste of the Battlefield experience that I really enjoyed. My 10,002nd kill was from a huge crane and was a well-placed one-shot headshot with a sniper on an enemy who was running forward and to the right of my position. It all happened so slowly. I placed my aim slightly in front of his head, pulled the trigger, watched the bullet fly slowly through his skull. His head popped and so did my achievement.

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

The Cole Train baby! WOOOOOOO! He's huge, fearless, loud, proud and not to be messed with! Plus his attitude towards life-threating and serious situations was always positive. Morale would be high, he'd know exactly what to say to keep you in the fight, he'd just be the best all-round guy to have my back.

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

A Leviathan from Mass Effect 3. The sheer size of it was scary as hell! Imagine being on its bad side! shock

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

Akuma in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. It was the first time I'd met Akuma, and the last. I was feeling so good about myself when I'd finally reached this battle and he just destroyed and demoralized the life out of me.

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

Nothing major really. I'm my own worst enemy sometimes. A good example would be during my competitive times playing NBA LIVE as the wind-down game before bed. I had to go to bed with a win. One night I lost something like five games in a row and didn't go to bed until I'd won more than I'd lost. I was working the next day at 7:30am and didn't go to bed until around 5:30! I had to get back up at 6:30. It would have been much less painful on my eyes to have just stayed awake all night.

Marc: As much as I love gaming, I just couldn't sacrifice precious sleep, even more so when having work early the next day!

Do you prefer single player or multi-player?

It depends on my mood and who's in the house. If I'm tired I like to play multi-player to keep me awake or if friends are playing a currently "hot" multi-player game then it's a key time to party up and have a good time. I like to indulge in a good single player game when the family are out or asleep.

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

Dazzla, Ned King, Steveo and HALFLIFE are my main men for partying up and playing games with. HALF I met working at KFC. Ned's from Ireland and Daz and Ste are from Sunderland. I've never met any of them in person but we all met online through our memorable times with Gears of War. Daz is an amazing multiplayer competitor and probably the best guy I know for thinking outside the box. His communication is always top notch as well and he's probably the funniest guy I have on my friends list. Ned and Ste are great guys too and excellent team mates to play with.

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

BillyTheKid - He's a very passionate Battlefield player but on the Playstation side of gaming. We speak to each other now and again via YouTube and Twitter. We got talking after checking out each others video content via YT when Battlefield 3 took over our worlds! He's made some great gameplay videos and I think the banter, teamwork, co-ordination and tactics in-game playing in a squad with Billy would be fantastic!

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

SNES - It's been more than two decades and my good old SNES still works! It's wrapped up and stashed with a very fine collection of games with it. My favourites are Donkey Kong Country 2, Yoshi's Island, Super Mario Kart and Mega Man X.
Interview 7

Nintendo DS Lite - I've only recently found this after Kylie had lost it! I've poured over 70 hours into Mega Man Battle Network 5 Double Team DS over the past two weeks alone. My favourites for the DS/GBA have to Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island, Super Mario Kart DS and Donkey Kong Country 2. Yes, I will happily mention the same games twice but on different platforms as they are just that good!
Interview 6

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

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - The disappointment was so severe because I bought into the hype. I never played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 but the amount of online friends I used to see playing the title and so frequently as well was something to be curious about. I never checked it out but thought that once the third releases, I can get in what seemed to be such a sweet addiction. I'd really enjoyed Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops so I had faith that the multiplayer for MW3 was going to be the one!

It was not that good. There was nothing that stood out and I really didn't like the multiplayer style at all. The campaign was good but the multiplayer just wasn't for me. I would happily have missed out on the midnight release and paid a much more realistic price for the game years down the line as it was nothing to rush out for.

Marc: Tell us about your gaming set-up.
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Interview 5

I used to have a bedroom to myself that I called the Gaming Cave. After Sydney came along, I gave up the bedroom and had to move my setup into the master bedroom. Now I rock the Gaming Corner. It comes fully equipped with my Xbox 360 slim, 32 inch HD TV, five 360 controllers (in which only two are fully operational), a battery pack charger, a venomz battery pack charger that is much better than Microsoft's effort, two wireless headsets so I'm never without communication should one headset die, my collection of disc-games, and my cool slightly reclining chair that Kylie gave me as a birthday gift about seven years ago.

There's nothing fancy going on in my setup. I was happily rocking a Standard Definition TV for years until Kylie rearranged my setup. This made me realise how small my TV was and it started annoying the life out of me when I couldn't get it aligned with my sitting position perfectly, so I eventually choice to finally go HD.

Downstairs I have a MW3 skinned Xbox 360 slim that I snagged off an old primary school friend of mine for a meer £100! It came with two MW3 controllers (battery packs included), MW3 itself, an intercooler that clipped on top of the console, a charging dock and all the necessary cables and what not. Besides the 360 itself, I only have one of the MW3 pads and the charging dock ready to rock downstairs. The 40 inch TV is Kylie's along with the Kinect she has for some strange reason and has never used. I'm not actually sure where that came from come to think of it? shock

Marc: Sounds like quite the set-up you've got there! You're definitely more equipped than me

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

Mainly reading and writing news, friends feed, statistics, boosting sessions and solutions.

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

It's turned me into much more of a completion type of gamer. I can't stand to leave games incomplete on my list. At the same time, with the amount of solutions and walkthroughs available on site, it's made me a much more successful completionist thanks to the solid solutions on site and the option to join or create boosting sessions.

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

Gamers having their own homepage, stats, statuses, blog section and trophy case is just unmatched by any other gaming site. Especially the presentation of your own homepage too. I dislike ads coming up when I'm not logged in but obviously I understand and can appreciate why they are there.

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

SENSEI CHRONIC introduced me many years ago. We were in a party together and I was struggling with an achievement. I don't remember what game I was playing but I remember saying to him "I wish there was a really good website with a great community and loads of info on achievements in one place". He replied with "you should check out TrueAchievements". I did, registered and I'm still here going on strong now. I've signed up a few friends but there's only HALFLIFE who still visits now and again.

Marc: Have you made friends here?

Yes! Plenty! I have loads of TA buddies. I've not made any real-life friends from TA although I had the honour of meeting the newshounds manager, punkyliar and her other half, AvidBoMerrion at the PlayBlackpool event earlier this year.

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

There's probably already something out there like this but I'd love some sort of travel simulator that packs some jaw-dropping graphics. If there's one thing I want to do in my life it would be to travel. I want to see loads of places in America, I'd love to go China, Japan and plenty of other locations. A game that allows me to do this and is realistic enough to feel a similar impact of seeing amazing sites in different cities would be great! I've drove to a fair amount of different cities in the UK, mainly for work-related stuff with working at different stores and what not. The furthest I've drove out of Preston is to Nottingham just for a lock-in at GAME when they were getting hands on with GRID 2. Wherever I go, I always enjoy the different sites places have to offer. I was in awe when I went on a night out in Manchester. This was the one and only time I've been out of Preston on a night out.

Marc: I'm surprised you said nothing about shooters! Then again, I'd benefit very much from a travel simulator like that as well.

Why do you choose TA over other gaming sites?

I've not used many other gaming sites. Before TA, I used to frequent GameFAQs when I was in high school. Achieve360points was another in my early 360 days but that site is no more. I was on XboxAchievements as well. None of them match TA's style and having my own gamerfeed and homepage is a massive plus over other sites. Commenting on friends milestones, achievement unlocks, completions and what not is just spot-on!

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

EASports used to put together a top 10 reel of community submitted videos from NBA LIVE 09. I was in 10 of them which you can check out right here. At the time, I was so chuffed to be part of the top 10 reel.

An old group of friends and I used to play for hours on end hording in Gears of War 2. We managed to hit the top of the worldwide leaderboards for several maps. We horded for hours on end on the toughest difficulty. It could take anything from around 8-14 hours just to go from start to 50 on the highest difficulty. Every move we made had to be sensible and thought out. Ammo had to be scavenged from dead locusts unless we kept our starting weapons. Enemies would eventually down any of us with one shot. It was ridiculously intense. One night I remember starting a horde game around 1-2am and it ended due to a poor effort and silly mistakes at around 3-ish. We decided to start of another game and we played through till around 2pm in the afternoon.

I've been in several top 10's on TA when it comes to unlocking achievements or/and completing games. I wish there was some kind of option to bring up a list of these top 10's but two I can think of off the top of my head would be the Annex: Now With Execution Rules in GoW2, in which I was 8th to unlock it on site before I even knew what TA was. I was also the first to unlock the Master Tactician achievement in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier .

My YouTube Channel currently has 660,666 video views which I'm really proud of. I've not put as much effort into my channel over the past year or so as I found myself to be spending much more time recording, editing, rendering and uploading videos than I was actually playing and enjoying games. I still love a good blast from the past and I'm extremely proud of some of my earlier BF3 highlights I put together. Ghost Recon Future Soldier really sent my YouTube flying as I received the game six days earlier than its original release date. This meant I could put together video guides before anyone else did! My Metal Gear Solid HD Collection guides were well received and a lot of viewers appreciated the commentary that came with the guides. Also, Capcom liked my YouTube intro!

The first TA App achievement was unlocked viewing my story by the boss man himself, TrueAchievement. Props to DaveKinetic for making me aware of it.

*Lightning Round*

Favorite 360 game?

Gears of War

Favorite non-360 game?

Super Mario Kart

Least favorite game?

Dark Void

Favorite game developer?


Favorite game weapon?


Most hated game enemy?

Any type of CoD Zombie. I hate zombies.

Favorite game character?

Augustus Cole

Favorite game sidekick?


Favorite game ending?

Mass Effect 2

Most hated game ending?

Battlefield 4

Favorite game environment?

Max Payne 3's various environments

Favorite game music?

Fever 105 in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Most emotional video game moment?

Making sweet love to Miranda Lawson in Mass Effect 2. My emotion became slightly uncontrollable.

Game that shouldn’t have had a sequel?

MW3 was a waste, so MW2 shouldn't of had one in my opinion

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

Some crazy grindy achievements in Super Mario Kart!

*End of Lightning Round*

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

I love King of the Hill, My Name is Earl, Star Wars, The Matrix, Fearless, and Hero. I used to rap (MC) with a few guys around 9-10 years ago. I thought myself to be quite lyrical but always tried to fit too many words into one line. I love curvaceous women. One of my ambitions in life is to have two weeks off at Christmas rather than 2-4 days. I'd like more followers on my blog! The "Ether" rap battle event that was on earlier this month with Cassidy and Dizaster as the headline was the most embarrassing cringe-worthy event I've ever seen in my life.

I couldn't normally give a **** what people think of me, especially in the real-world but I won't be able to help myself in seeing what my fellow gamers think after reading this interview. My initial thought was that I didn't have anything exciting enough to talk about in the CI but then I just thought screw it, be myself, type away and enjoy the questions. It's been great filling this out and I hope you guys have enjoyed the read and thanks for doing so. toast

Marc: Well, this is your time to shine after all. May as well make the most of it!

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

No. I think your questions have covered all areas!

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

You! I was really excited and a touch nervous when you PM'd me regarding this CI. You've done a great job with the interviews since taking over and it's an honour to be under the CI spotlight. Thank you.

Mr. Rich Stone for creating TA. I love you x

The newshound unit as a whole definitely need shouting out, especially PunkyLiar. The work she does is always on point and she works incredibly hard day in day out. I miss her when she's not available. cry

I have a ton of love for Matrarch, another outstanding boss-lady of the news team who always knows what to say and exactly how to say it whenever I've needed to get something off my chest. She's always supported me even when I've doubted myself.

DavieMarshall - I wont go into details but lets just say he kept me on the news team.

The Manic Moose and terrorfall were both so helpful with the EA Moderator related achievements from Need for Speed: ProStreet and Need for Speed: Carbon, respectively. I really appreciate the replies and help you gave me and a group of gamers all those years ago when unlocking these achievements were such a rare and tough thing to do. toast

I have some great and helpful friends here on TA, but I'd like to especially shout out to - adiash73, F4775, IanK1987, litepink, rocky1bomb and Will072 - I haven't spoke to you guys for a while and I hope you are all doing ok!?

There you have it, folks. Thank you very much to Dat Boi Treezy for sharing his own story with us. Join me next time when I'll be with my next guest, Barfo51.

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.