TA Community Interview - amenazamenor JF

By Kevin Tavore, 2 months ago
Welcome back everyone to this week's community interview. In our last episode, Sam introduced us to ZNMS. This week, we're changing the tempo and bring on-stage a rockstar gardener from Spain named amenazamenor JF. And ladies, he's single. So without further ado...

Gamertags almost always tell something about their owners. Tell us about yours.
I started to use the internet when I was 16. That was, around year 2001. Yeah, I know... I live in a small, pretty isolated town north of Spain, and all that technology mumbo jumbo came here slower than to any other places.

One of the first things I did with the internet, besides watching porn and googling my own name, was downloading tons of music. Yeah, I know, I suck... but I was hungry for it. Before then, my only source of music was exchanging CD's or tapes with friends or school mates. So I started to explore the vast world of rock and punk music. Doing that, I came to listen Minor Threat. Their music had a effect on me, and I automatically loved the band. So, when I was registering for a music forum, I used “Amenaza Menor”, which is the Spanish translation for “Minor Threat”. As for the JF, those are my initials.

When I registered to Xbox Live for the first time, I screwed up (I do that a lot) and created a new account as “amenazamenor” which was the GT I wanted, but I had my X360 for two years before, and I had some unlocked achievements, which I didn't want to lose. So, I lost the tag I wanted because of my own stupidity, and had to use another. It was “amenazamenor 360”. After a few years, I thought the “360” sounded stupid, so I had to spend my hard earned money to change my GT into “amenazamenor JF”.

Here's a photo of me trying to look cool. I probably am playing Blitzkrieg Bop or something as basic:
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How long have you been gaming?
Since I was six, if I'm not mistaken. I believe that was the last year before my child innocence was smashed by the hammer of truth and discovered that the Three Wizard Kings didn't exist. But that last Christmas my brother and I received a Commodore 64. Yeah, a few years late too, around 1991. Our parents said that we should use it to write using the keyboard, but it came with three games: Donkey Kong, Robotron and Galaxian, so the poor text processor was left there to rot.

I am 31 now, and gaming has been and will be a big part of my life.
Do others in your family game, or are you a first-generation gamer?
I'm a first generation gamer. My brother and I, we both are. We play coop together a lot. Every Gears Of War game is a big thing for us. Our parents sometimes played with us when we were kids, after they bought us a Nintendo NES, but they hadn't played any games before.
What do your parents/significant other/friends have to say about your gaming?
My parents always were telling me that I gamed too much. My last girlfriend always said that I loved gaming more than I loved her (not true). Most of my friends enjoy gaming too. Only one of them is an avid gamer like me, but the rest of them like it, and every now and then we get together for gaming parties, playing Rock Band, Mortal Kombat, Mario Kart and other couch multiplayer games. God, I don't know how many hours we spent playing GoldenEye in my N64.
Assuming you’re not a professional gamer, what’s your day job?
I work in gardening and landscaping. It actually is a work that I love. Guaranteed, there are days that suck, when it rains or it's insanely hot, but mostly I like working with plants. It relaxes me a lot.

I actually went to college, started a degree on telecommunications, but after a few years my father got sick, and I had to leave college to aid in his care, and started to work in order to help the family. I started to work on farming and gardening, and I liked it. I am not a mega-social person, and I wasn't comfortable at the city where I studied, and when I came back to town I noticed that I wanted a simpler life. So, after a year, when my father passed away, I decided not to continue my degree, and I stayed here as a gardener. As I said, I love this job, and it is surprisingly well paid, so I'm rather happy with that decision.
What other hobbies do you enjoy?
I'm an avid reader. I love horror and post-apocaliptic novels, and I also read a lot of mystery and cop stories. Some years back I bought and traded lots of books. Now I have a Kindle, and it is one of the best purchases I have done in my entire life.

I also play rythm guitar in a punk band. We f***ing suck, but it is insanely fun. We play some punk covers, but we change the lyrics to talk about farming and rural stuff. For example, we cover Misfits' “Last Caress”, with lyrics talking about mistaking a cucumber for a penis. Yes, it is very stupid, but we love it.

The band thing started a few years ago in a stupid way. I was at a bar with other three friends, having a few drinks. One of them said “I always wanted to play drums”, and another answered “Buy them now”. We started to argue and things got heated (and we got a little drunk) so we ended ordering online a drum kit, guitar, keyboard and bass, then signed with the bar owner for a concert three months away from that day. Then, we went to another bar, and signed for another gig. And then on a third bar. Not one of us knew how to play a single note. So we spent the next three months trying to memorize as many easy songs as possible. Ramones, Misfits, Sex Pistols, The Stooges... basic punk stuff. I actually bought Rocksmith so I had a little help with the guitar. I still suck.

Obviously I also enjoy listening to music. I love punk, rock, grunge, metal... almost everything inside those genres. I love cooking and trying new recipes. I also enjoy going out with friends and have a laugh, a chat, a drink. I enjoy silence and relax too. In general, I enjoy little moments. The adrenaline while playing live with the band, the stupid laughter when joking around with friends, the calm when everything around is silent. Those type of things.
He says they've got no star power. That's obviously not true.He says they've got no star power. That's obviously not true.

That has gotta be the most amazing story for starting a band I've ever heard. So, obviously you're going to have to show us a video. Let's see it.
There are a few video and audio recordings around the internet, but all of them are live recordings with phones and such, so they don't show much quality. Not that there is much, to start with xD. So knowing the story, don't be too hard on us haha.

Here we are covering Iggy & The Stooges - "I wanna be your dog" with lyrics talking about farming machinery. Yeah.


As a nice example of how this band works, around 1:07 you can see my guitar and strap are held together by loads of masking tape. The strap bolt came off during the concert, and that was the only quick fix I could think of xD. Pure professionalism!
Tell us about your home life – parents, spouse, children, significant other, animal companions?
I live with my brother and our two cats (they were abandoned and we adopted them), Canelo and China, in a small house at the outskirts of our town.

It's a nice and quiet place, and we have our own little vegetable patch and chicken pen. So it's a pretty rural sight, but with a lot of consoles and electronic devices inside.
China, is the white female one, and Canelo is the half-breed siameseChina, is the white female one, and Canelo is the half-breed siamese

He grows vegetables!He grows vegetables!

What part of the world do you live in? If I were to visit, what sights would I have to see?
I live in a small town called Potes, that has a population of around 1500. It's located inside a pretty isolated valley in one of the northernmost regions in Spain. Despite being a difficult place to reach (the roads here suck) it actually is a well known turistic destination. There's a small monastery nearby that has a supposed splinter of Christ's cross, and that attracts an insane amount of people. So, if you are into religion, that's a must I guess.
This defense tower protects the town from invaders.This defense tower protects the town from invaders.

As for the town itself, it is built around a defense watchtower built on the fourteenth century, and there are some stone streets and a bridge dated from the same era, as the town is crossed by two rivers. The entire town was almost wiped out by an arson fire during the Spanish Civil War, but those structures remained almost intact. They are definitely a sight to remember.
This bridge allows them to cross a body of water without getting their feet wet.This bridge allows them to cross a body of water without getting their feet wet.

The town is located near a beautiful set of mountains named Picos De Europa, which contains a National Park with some protected animal species and it's full of beautiful routes for trekking lovers. It is is a great place for tourism, and even a better one for living.
An aerial view of his home town!An aerial view of his home town!

Of what real life achievement are you most proud? Would you give us some details?
When I was younger I was a little lost. As I said, I went to college and I felt out of place. I made some great friends, and I don't regret that, but I also made some stupid things in that era. When my father died I realized that I didn't want to live that life. I didn't want to spend my entire life inside an office, or hurrying around the city. I felt trapped there. I didn't want to waste my health and my sanity. I wanted something simpler. So, I decided to stay in my hometown, and know I'm happy. I found my place, and I suppose that's my achievement. 100% settlement happiness!!

Also, I recently crafted my own custom guitar. Obviously it isn't comparable, but I feel proud of it now!
I can see why he thinks the Ramones copied him.I can see why he thinks the Ramones copied him.

If you had to pick one spirit animal to describe you, what would it be?
I guess it would be the cat. I like to be independent, I am a patient and curious person, and I like to learn as much as possible about anything that interests me. I like loneliness at times, but I also can be a sweet guy with the ones I love.

And I like to play the Keyboard Cat tune in my guitar.
What’s your favorite game of all time on any console? What makes it special?
Sorry about not being very original, but that would be The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. I once read that Miyamoto created Legend Of Zelda based on his childhood “adventures”. You know, when you're a kid and your imagination turns you in the hero of a great story, when everything feels huge, when any place can be and adventure. When I first played Ocarina Of Time, that was exactly what I felt. I was 12 then, and I wasn't the kid that went to a field, picked up a stick and fought monsters anymore. But the game made me feel that again. It was intense, magical. No other game has made me feel that, so that makes Ocarina the greatest game in history, for me.
Do you remember the first game you played? What’s your fondest memory of it?
It was Donkey Kong on my Commodore 64. I could spend hours playing it. I loved the music, that's the thing I most remember. Nowadays, I still find myself humming the hammer tune every now and then.
If some evil spell allowed you to own only a single game for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
That's a hard question indeed. I wouldn't want it to be one of those memorable games like Ocarina Of Time, because if I only played one of those games, the repetition would finally destroy its magic. I guess I'd pick The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, because every playthrough is so different that I could play it for years without getting bored. Also, if I had an entire life to play it, maybe then I could complete that f***ing game. Lol.
Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?
Oh, a lot. When I was at college, I started to get into achievements. There was a video rental store in my building. They rented games, so I rented a lot of Xbox 360 crap in which I got a handful of achievements and promptly quit. I'm not a completionist, but sometimes I wished I hadn't started games that I don't intend to ever finish.
Tell us about your gamer pic. Why did you choose that one?
Not much to say. The cat in my X360 gamer pic resembles one of my cats, so I choose it for that reason.
Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?
I'm not much of an online gamer, so I actually tend to get my achievements playing in single player modes. So, what I hate is when a game that has only SP achievements gets a DLC that adds online play achievements. Yes, Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) and Rise of the Tomb Raider, I'm looking at you both.

Also, I hate achievements that make you play a stupid minigame for hours. Like...
The Witcher 2: Assassins of KingsPoker!The Poker! achievement in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings worth 85 pointsRoll five-of-a-kind at dice poker.

and

Fallout 4Eyes on the PrizeThe Eyes on the Prize achievement in Fallout 4 worth 76 pointsRedeem 100,000 tickets at the Nuka-Cade

I haven't completed Fallout 4 yet, although I love the game, because of that pointless achievement.
What upcoming game are you most looking forward to?
I'd say Dishonored 2, but maybe it is out already when this interview is published [Ed. Note: It's not out, but I'll leave the other option here!], so I will say South Park: The Fractured but Whole instead. Oh, and Yooka-Laylee! I kickstarted it and I'm dying to play a good old school 3D platformer.
What game(s) are you currently playing? How are you finding it?
I usually buy several games at the beginning of the month, when I get my paycheck. So now I'm playing my latest four aquisitions: Gears of War 4, Mafia III, Rock Band 4 and Bioshock: The Collection.

Rock Band 4 has dissappointed me a little, as, even after almost a year of updates it still feels very lacking in features compared with the previous ones. Also, I hadn't played music games for a while so I suck now. Gears looks great, but I'm playing it with my brother in short bursts so I haven't advanced much. Mafia is awesome, I don't get the negative criticism, I find it marvelous. And BioShock, oh shit, I hadn't played the first one since 2007. It still is a top game by today's standards. A true classic.
What game are you most proud of completing? Why?
I'm not much of a completionist, so if and achievement requires an insane amount of time or effort, I tend to ignore it unless I love the game and want to complete it. As a result, I don't have a lot of hard completions. I guess my proudest one would be Dark Souls. It's not that hard as one would think, but completing the overall challenge feels great.
What single Xbox achievement are you most proud of? Why?
Rayman LegendsTruly awesome!The Truly awesome! achievement in Rayman Legends worth 245 pointsReach the final level of Awesomeness.

Rayman Legends was one of those games I really loved and wanted to have completed. As some of you will know, this achievement requires you to play daily challenges for a few months minimum. I made calculations and unlocked the achievement in both versions the same day. It was satisfying.
In a slightly different vein, do you have a favorite achievement? One perhaps that you just really enjoyed attaining?
Gears of WarCommandoThe Commando achievement in Gears of War worth 56 pointsComplete all acts on Insane Difficulty

I did it with my brother, and we made a great team. We had a blast playing through the game together, and it made both of us love Gears of War.
If you found yourself dropped into a video game, which video game character would you most want to have your back?
Dom Santiago. A brother to the end.
In the same scenario, what character/creature would you most/least like to see headed your way?
I'd most like to see Triss from The Witcher heading my way. You know, for... reasons.

As for the least, any boss from the Dark Souls saga. If one of those things was headed my way, I'd know I was as good as dead.
Any characters you would like seen thrown into video game hell?
Apart from some frustrating enemies in several games, I don't think I hate any character. I like well built villains, and even the most annoying characters usually have a reason, if they're well written.

Except for Harper in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. I f***ing hated Michael Rooker's voicework, so cringey. It made me despise the character.
Ever had any bad experiences online? How did you handle it?
As I don't play online too much, I haven't had a lot of bad experiences apart from the usual “noob” and “you suck” messages. Block and carry on. There was a guy I used to play Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock with. We crossed a few messages and he seemed nice. One day, for some reason he sent me a photo of his penis. I told him “What the hell are you doing?” and he sent me another. So, again, block button, but it took a little longer to forget that... thing.
You think you know someone...

Do you prefer single player or multi-player?

When the choice refers to online multi, I prefer single player. I'm pretty old school, and I prefer the challenge of a well built AI than a few people yelling and bossing others around. But a split screen session with a great coop partner? Nothing can top that.
Do you have a favorite group of friends you like to play with? If so, how did you meet?
Yes, my childhood friends. We met at school, we formed a tight group, and we love to get together and play some couch multiplayer. I really love those encounters, they're so fun.
If you could have a multiplayer session with anyone in the world, whom would you choose? Why?
I'd love to play with Michael Emerson. Don't care about the game, just to be able to have a chat with him during the session. I truly admire the guy - he's an insanely talented actor, and seems like a really humble and nice guy.
What other consoles do you own? What are your favorites on those platforms?
Apart from all old Nintendo systems, now the consoles that I have connected to my TV are, besides X360 and One, a Wii U and a PS3. Also I have a 3DS.

My favourite game on Wii U is Mario Kart 8. It's pure fun when my friends and I get together.
As for PS3, I bought it recently so I could play the exclusives. I haven't tried many games, but my favorite for now is Heavy Rain. I am halfway through The Last Of Us. But for now I'm not liking it as much as I thought I would. We'll see.
Finally, in 3DS, I love The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. No contest there.
Have you ever had a game you really looked forward to that you were disappointed in when it finally arrived? Tell us about it.
Yes. That would be Gears Of War Judgment. As I said, I love to play these games with my brother. I don't usually play Gears online, so the coop campaign is all we play, usually several times. But this one was such a letdown that we didn't even finish it once.
Tell us about your gaming set-up.
I have my gaming setup in my bedroom. I have a 40” Full HD TV in a wall mount. Hooked to it are my Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS3. All of it is placed around a set of shelves that contain all my games for these systems. I also have a reclining armchair where I sit, say “see you later” to the world and fire up my games.

How do you use TA? Tracking, walkthroughs, solutions, sessions?
I mostly use the site for walkthroughs and solutions, for which I find it's the best site around. Also, the tracking utilities are awesome, and also the site is one of my sources of news and reviews, because I like the style in which those things are treated here. TA feels more honest than other sites.
Do you actively compete in any of the TA competitions? Which ones?
I usually sign up for the individual Gamerscore league, but I tend to be eliminated soon, because there are some work heavy weeks where I can't game as much as I want. I also took part in the first Leap Frog contest, and I ended around 50th position. It was fun, but I couldn't keep up the pace.
How has your gaming changed or evolved since coming to TA?
I don't believe that I haven't evolved much in that sense, but a thing that I now do is, before I start a game, I take a look to the achievement list, and even some solutions, in order to make a little planning of my playthrough. You know, what difficulty should I start with, missable stuff, etc.

Also, when I discover some way to obtain an achievement, I try to immediately make a solution to share it with everyone.
What is your favorite indie game?
Without a doubt, Dust: An Elysian Tail. That game is a living example of all that I love in gaming. A by-the-book Metroidvania that pays homage to some of the classics in the genre, with some nice RPG elements. But, more importantly, it is a game that shows constantly that it is made by someone who truly loves games. Beautiful story, brilliant design and and a wonderful world with memorable characters, all of it done by just one person (apart from the also excellent soundtrack). It is a little game that crushes most of the rest of indies and AAA games, in my opinion. I could talk about Dust for hours, but I'll just say that it is a piece of art, and a perfect example of why I love gaming.
And your favorite game of 2016?
DOOM. I bought it in August, so I guess I came late to the party and I haven't been able to play in multiplayer, which is a shame, because the quick and fun Doom style would be one of the few multiplayer modes I actually like. But the campaign, man, that was insane! I haven't had so much dumb, frantic fun in a while (maybe since Wolfenstein: The New Order). I love that it keeps the brutal spirit from the original games, but adding a few of modern touches. It is a incredibly satisfying orgy of destruction! I love Bethesda's trend of rehashing the old school FPS classics keeping their spirit. Wolfenstein and Doom have been awesome, and I just keep praying for the completion of the sacred trinity: Bethesda, time for a single player Quake!
What do you like and dislike most about the site?
What I most like is the huge cooperative effort that this is. It's great to see a huge community trying to help each other to achieve a goal.

What I dislike is that sometimes ads are very invasive and make the site browsing harder. I know I can use a blocker, but I don't want to, as I want to support the site a little.
How did you learn about TA? Have you signed up any friends to the website?
I learned about TA when a spanish videogame website, VidaExtra, made a informative post about the project. I first entered out of curiosity, because I wanted to see how many TA my achievements were worth. Slowly I came to use the site more and more.

I have talked a few friends about the site, and a couple of them signed up, yes.
Have you made friends here?
I wouldn't say friends, but I have known some interesting people here. There is a group of spanish gamers that get organized to play together, and there are some insanely great gamers and nice people in there.
If you could have a game handcrafted just for you, what would your perfect game be?
It would be a 3D metroidvania, like the Metroid Prime saga and Batman: Arkham Asylum. There aren't many games like those, sadly. It would take place in a small town, every building fully accessible once you have the means to do it, and it would have some survival and stealth elements. Probably a zombie game.
Why do you choose TA over other gaming sites?
The community feeling is stronger here. You can find great solutions for achievements, and even interesting methods on each solution's comments. Also, the tracking functionalities are great, and the bragging rights that TA score and leaderboards give are nice.
Do you have a “claim to fame” in gaming? If so, what is it?
No, I don't belive I have. I'm not that great of a gamer, I guess haha. I have had a few top 3 or top 5 completions in the site, which I believe it is nice, but there are people much better than me out there.

I maybe have a claim to fame in “owning” lol. Xbox Spain made a contest where you had to show your gaming set up, and you could win a nice price. I actually won, and I received Quantum Break, Tom Clancy's The Division, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege,Halo 5: Guardians (and Rise Of The Tomb Raider and GOW Ultimate, which I had already), a controller, a play & charge kit and 3 months of gold. It made me really happy.
I kinda wish I had won...I kinda wish I had won...

Gaming Lightning Round

Favorite 360 game?
Favorite Xbox One game?
Fallout 4
Favorite non-Xbox?
The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
Least favorite game?
Game you wish you'd never played?
Same as above.
Game you've always wanted to play but haven't?
The Uncharted saga. I actually have the PS3 games, but I haven't tried them yet.
Favorite game developer?
Nintendo.
Favorite game weapon?
Unreal Tournament's Flak Cannon.
Most hated game enemy?
The f***ing Fume Knight, from Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin.
Favorite game character?
Solid Snake.
Favorite game sidekick?
Barry, from Alan Wake.
Favorite game ending?
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Most hated game ending?
Half Life 2: Episode 2 (Until they continue it)
Um...I hate to break it to you...

Favorite game environment?

Hyrule.
Favorite game music?
Mafia 3. The track selection is brilliant.
Most emotional video game moment?
Game that shouldn’t have had a sequel?
Turok 3. I mean, the first three were brilliant, specially Seeds Of Evil. But Turok Evolution was abysmal, and it stained the license for ever.
Non-Xbox game you’d love to have achievements in?
Metroid Prime.
End of Gaming Lightning Round

Bonus! Off-topic Lighting Round

Favorite movie?
Shawshank Redemption
Favorite music genre?
The harder variant of punk rock.
Favorite band?
Can't choose between Social Distortion or Barricada, a now split up Spanish rock band.
Favorite book series?
Los Caminantes, by Carlos Sisí. It is a spanish book series about zombies.
Best place you've been?
Barcelona. I usually don't like cities, but this one is special. I go there once a year if possible.
Place you want to go most?
Iceland.
NICEST place you'd never want to go?
Anywhere tropical. I prefer cold weather.
Weirdest food you love?
Borono. It's a kind of blood sausage, typical from this area.
I found this on Google....I found this on Google....

Favorite car?
Subaru Impreza. I always pick it in driving games.
Favorite super hero?
Wolverine.
End of Bonus Lighting Round

Final Thoughts

Is there anything in particular you want the TA community to know about you?
No, I believe the questions have covered all the necessary points to know a good number of things about me. I'm an old school gamer that enjoys good old fun, but got hooked on achievements, and here I am today! What I want to say is, if you have read me to this point, thank you! And also, English isn't my native language, so please don't hurt me too much because of my grammar!
Is there anything I haven’t asked that you want to talk about?
I feel that I had to leave out a lot of games I love and I like to talk about, but I guess then this interview would have been infinite haha.
Any shout-outs you want to make before we go?
I want to give a shout-out to all the TA community and staff. As I said, I love seeing how greatly this cooperative effort is working in an era where gaming communities are plagued with stupid flame wars, infinite whinings and other embarrassing stuff. So, to everyone that, at least once, has contributed with a solution, a video, a news piece, a comment, a polite opinion or whatever, I say this to you: THANK YOU.
The TA Community Interview will be posted every two weeks if we have enough nominations! If you have a friend you'd like to nominate to be interviewed, or if you'd like to nominate yourself, please send a PM to kintaris. You’re more likely to be picked if you’re well-written, interesting, funny or took a drunken joke about forming a band and turned it into an amazing success.
Kevin Tavore
Written by Kevin Tavore
Purveyor of news articles and the occasional walkthrough or op-ed. The American equivalent of Aristotle. Likes almost all genres but has an unhealthy aversion to exploration and puzzles. Nicest place he'd never want to go? Japan.