Let's Talk With OfficerBarbrady

By Marc Hollinshead, 1 year ago
Hello all and welcome back to another Community Interview! This week, our guest is OfficerBarbrady, and while South Park fans may be intrigued, we'll soon find out that there's a lot more to this guy than being a fan of the mountain town. Let's give a big TA welcome to OfficerBarbrady!

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

OB:
I'm a huge South Park fan, and when I noticed that OfficerBarbrady without any alternate spellings or numbers was available, I absolutely had to have it.

Marc: That's extremely lucky! Also, I wonder how many smiles that picture will get...laugh

How long have you been gaming?

OB:
Back when the Nintendo 64 was around, my parents got the family the Donkey Kong 64 bundle for Christmas. I can't quite remember if that was the first console I got, or if it was a Gameboy. I remember getting both of those for Christmas, but can't remember which one I got first. I'd say about 15 years now.

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

OB:
At first, my mom was actually the biggest gamer. Back when we first got our Nintendo 64, she was the one who played it the most. We had Donkey Kong 64, Super Mario 64, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Banjo Kazooie, and her save files were always the ones that made it furthest into the game. We still have the N64 set up in the living room and she still plays it from time to time. She never got into the newer consoles, though.

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

OB:
My parents don't mind as long as I keep other things like work and school as the top priority, which I do. Every girlfriend I've had was into gaming too, some of them were even better than me at some games. As far as friends go, pretty much all of my friends game too. I have a group of about 10 really close friends and we always go to midnight launches together and have Smash Bros. parties and whatnot. I guess I'm pretty lucky that I've been able to meet so many people who share the same interests as me, and I'm very thankful for that.

Marc: You are definitely lucky indeed. Only one of my friends share the passion as much as I do.

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

OB:
I'm a university student and I also work as a delivery driver for a greek restaurant in my town. It's not going to make me a millionare, but it pays for stuff like rent, gas, insurance and whatnot while still leaving me with enough spending money to buy things every now and then, so it's good enough for now.

Marc: What other hobbies do you enjoy?

OB:
Playing music is probably my favourite thing to do other than play video games. I've played guitar for about 8 years now, and I've also learned some bass, drums, piano, and trumpet. Right now I'm in a heavy metal band and we're currently working on writing our debut. We have about 5 songs written, but unfortunately we don't have any professional recordings to share right now. Our name is Psychrusade and we have all of those fancy social media accounts set up so if you want to follow our journey from the start, feel free to follow us! I've also golfed for about 10 years now. It's one of my favourite sports to play because I can play it with virtually anyone, even my grandparents. My parents are both golfers so it's great to have an activity that everyone in the family enjoys.

Marc: Wow, you sure sound busy! It seems like you have a knack for talent!

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

OB:
I currently live with my mom and grandparents. My mom and dad split up about 15 years ago, but they don't have any bad blood or anything between them so he still comes to all the family functions and whatnot, and I spend every second weekend over at his house. I'm only 19 years old, so no spouse or children yet laugh. I've had a few girlfriends over the years, but none right now. When I was born, my parents also got a dog. He was there for the entire 14 first years of my life, and when he passed away it was probably the worst moment in my life up to that point. I absolutely love dogs, but the anguish of when they pass away is just a little too much for me to want to have one of my own ever again.

Marc: I'm happy to hear that your family are still strong despite what you've had to go through.

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

OB:
A few years ago, I won some golf tournaments which consisted of all ages. They were just for fun tournaments so there was no real prize, but I'm still proud that I was able to win against mostly adults when I was only 15.

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

OB:
I'd say it's a tie between Donkey Kong 64 and NIER. DK64 was the first game I ever played, and I still love playing it to this day even though I've done absolutely everything in the game multiple times. NieR was the first game I played that actually emotionally affected me. The story in that game is absolutely beautiful and incredibly depressing. Kudos to the writers. It's a shame the game didn't get the attention it deserved. I loved it so much that I bought it for both my 360 and PS3. The OST is also probably the greatest I've ever heard in a game. I loved it so much that it's the only OST that I actually ordered a physical copy of. I didn't even care that I had to order it from Japan for $50+, it was just something so special that I needed to have it.

Marc: I hear you there. Sentimentality beats cash value any day of the week!

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

OB:
As I've mentioned, Donkey Kong 64. I think my fondest memory would have to be the final level, Hidout Helm. To this day, I don't think I've experienced a more intense and stressful final level. You only have a certain amount of time to beat it, and that time is dependent on how many blueprints you collected during the game. Now when I play through it I get every blueprint so the time is maxed, but back when I first played through it, I only had about half of them. Combine that with the fact that the background music was constantly playing even when you were in barrel minigames and whatnot, and it's guaranteed to get your heart pounding. Well, at least as a kid laugh

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

OB:
Rock Band 3. With the sheer amount of songs available, it never gets old playing it. That, and playing the drums is a good way to work up a sweat. I lost 10 pounds in a few weeks one time from just playing the drums a bunch.

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

OB:
I live in a small town south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. There's not much to see in my town unless you like looking at construction sites, but if you go further into the interior of British Columbia, you'll see some of the most beautiful mountains and forests in the world. If you're not into nature stuff, go visit the Science World building. You won't regret it.

Marc: Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?

OB:
Pretty much any sports game other than the wrestling ones. Those are games that friends brought over and we played on my Xbox, but I don't like playing those games unless it's with friends and I really wish I could just remove the achievements from them.

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

OB:
I chose it because if I was gonna spend $3 on a sword for my avatar, it better damn well be in my profile picture since it serves no purpose otherwise.

Marc: Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?

OB:
Those PC horror games that are completely built around jump scares. They were clearly just made in the hopes that popular YouTube commentators would play them. Five Nights at Freddy's comes to mind. Why is there already a 3rd instalment being released?

Marc: If you look hard enough, you'll actually be able to find a very disturbing story in Five Nights at Freddy's. I understand where you're coming from, though.

What upcoming game are you most looking forward to?

OB:
I've been trying to focus mostly on games I already have but haven't played/beaten yet than to look forward to new games. Although, Xenoblade Chronicles X is something I've been stoked for, and will probably be the reason I get a Wii U.

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

OB:
Right now I'm mostly playing Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars on my 3DS. It doesn't take itself seriously, and it's hilarious.

On Xbox, I've mostly been playing WWE 2K15. A lot of people seemed to be disappointed with the lack of content and I'm disappointed a little too, but I understand why the content was lacking. They completely overhauled the graphics engine and whatnot, so I'm not surprised that some modes are a bit lacking. For a game with a 1 year development cycle, I'm happy with it. Hopefully in 2016 they'll be able to make the game that fulfills the needs of all wrestling game fans.

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

OB:
Probably Bandfuse: Rock Legends because not only is it a gaming accomplishment, it's also a guitar accomplishment. That and I managed to snag the first completion spot on the site for it.

Marc: And there's only two of you who have done it! That's pretty amazing.

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

OB:
Dead or Alive: Xtreme 2Secret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Dead or Alive: Xtreme 2 worth 366 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement

Probably just for the sheer dedication it took. It took about 700 hours, but I told myself I'd do it. Up until that point, some people saw me as the guy who never finishes any games, so I felt I had a responsibility in finishing a game that most people wouldn't even dare to start.

As far as achievements that require skill, the "5 Star every song on Expert" achievements in the Guitar Hero games would be the ones I'm most proud of.

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

OB:
Brutal LegendBoar BatherThe Boar Bather achievement in Brutal Legend worth 105 pointsRide a Razorfire Boar into the Sea of Black Tears and live to tell the tale.

I didn't use the Call of the Wild exploit, so it was incredibly frustrating but oddly it was insanely fun at the same time. I recommend everyone else to avoid using the Call of the Wild exploit. It makes it that much more fun.

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

OB:
Asura from Asura's Wrath. Who wouldn't want probably the strongest Demigod ever having their back?

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

OB:
I wouldn't mind seeing the puppies from Nintendogs coming towards me because I love dogs. The Raincoat Killer from Deadly Premonition would be the worst, though. That screeching music that plays whenever he shows up still haunts me.

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

OB:
I can't really think of any characters I absolutely hate to the point of wishing they were in hell. James Heller from Prototype 2 comes to mind for being one of the blandest characters I've ever seen which really makes me sad because Prototype was one of my favourite games, and I was super excited for Prototype 2.

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

OB:
I honestly don't play online multiplayer unless it's with friends, so my negative experiences are minimal. However, I tried facing randoms online in WWE games and they're always exploiting something. Any lobby that isn't for a 1 on 1 match is pretty much guaranteed to be a bunch of friends who will just team up on you once the match starts. There's really not much you can do about it except just leave.

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

OB:
Depends on the game. Most of the time I prefer single player, but for games like Super Smash Bros. or racing games, I prefer playing with a bunch of friends.

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

OB:
They're all guys I went to high school with. There's also one guy who played games with us who we met over Xbox Live who happened to live near us, and now we hang out with him a bunch and he's even the drummer for my band!

Marc: It really is a small world. That's awesome!

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

OB:
Jontron or the Achievement Hunter guys. They just seem like the coolest people to hang out with. It would be so much fun.

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

OB:
All right. list time:

Nintendo 64: Donkey Kong 64, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Excitebike 64, Pokemon Stadium 1 & 2

Gameboy Advance: Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Sacred Cards, Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku

Nintendo DS: Every Pokemon game released for it, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Nintendo 3DS: Pokemon, Super Smash Bros, Conception II, Code of Princess, Tales of the Abyss

Playstation 3: Drakengard 3, God of War series, Folklore

Wii: Mario, Super Sluggers, Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora's Tower, Okami, The Last Story

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.

OB:
Prototype 2. As I've said before, they replaced the evil but oddly loveable protagonist with some bland guy. The ending had to be the most lackluster thing I've seen in a hyped game.

Marc: Tell us about your gaming set-up. (Plenty of game collection pictures coming up)

OB:
Most of my consoles stay in the living room. There's nowhere to put them except on the floor, unfortunately. I use this broken table piece that I grabbed from a wrestling event I went to years ago as a platform for whatever console I'm playing on at the time so the carpet doesn't heat it up. Sometimes I move one of them into the exercise room and play it while I use the exercise bike I have, but most of the time I just use my 3DS on there.
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Marc: How do you use TA? Tracking, walkthroughs, solutions, sessions?

OB:
Tracking and news, mostly. I've submitted a few reviews and solutions as well, but writing isn't my strong suit so I tend to avoid those unless there's something that compels me to write one.

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

OB:
I never really cared about completion percentage before coming here. I'm not really too anal about having a high percentage as you can tell, but I like working towards increasing it. I'm also trying to get a 2.0 ratio, and I'm almost there!

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

OB:
There's not much to complain about except for some of the people in the community, but that's not really the fault of the site.

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

OB:
I remember I was looking up achievement guides for Shaun White Skateboarding on Google when one of the top links was for TA. I've gotten a few friends to sign up, but unfortunately none of them ever got into the community that much.

Marc: Have you made friends here?

OB:
A whole lot! Although I don't really talk to any of them anymore, I did have a bunch of fun having gaming sessions with them over the years.

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

OB:
Basically a Super Smash Bros clone featuring characters on Multiplatform games.

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

OB:
I don't really know for certain, actually. It's the first one that I ever really got involved in the community for and I never really felt the need to be involved in any others.

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

OB:
Being the first on the site to complete Bandfuse: Rock Legends would probably be the biggest "claim to fame" I have.

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*Lightning Round*
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Favorite 360 game?

Nier

Favorite non-360 game?

Pokemon

Least favorite game?

MorphX

Favorite game developer?

Grasshopper Manufacture Inc, Neversoft, Nintendo, Harmonix, or Rare. Don't make me choose one cry

Favorite game weapon?

Pretty much every weapon introduced in Saints Row: The Third

Most hated game enemy?

Those wall crawler things from Deadly Premonition.

Favorite game character?

The Father from Nier

Favorite game sidekick?

Kaine from Nier

Favorite game ending?

The Delta Episode from Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire or Ending D from Nier

Most hated game ending?

Prototype 2

Favorite game environment?

Brutal Legend

Favorite game music?

Nier

Most emotional video game moment?

from Nier or a certain death scene from Lost Odyssey. Not naming who to avoid spoilers, but those who've played it know who I'm talking about.

Game that shouldn’t have had a sequel?

Five Nights at Freddy's, let alone 2 sequels

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

Pokemon

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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?

OB:
I've recently gotten into collecting video game/anime figurines including the Nintendo Amiibos. I have them displayed over my desk, but I don't have all of them yet. Other than that, I can't think of much else.
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Marc: Still in their original packaging as well! You really are a collector. :-P

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

OB:
Nope, that about covers it.

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

OB:
Shout out to my bandmates Adam, Trevor, Reid, and Dandy Andy!

There you have it, folks. Thanks again to OfficerBarbrady for sharing a portion of his life with us. Join me next time where I'll be with my next guest, Maka91.

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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.