UHH2 Runner-up Interview - DanielJJ14

By Kevin Tavore, 1 year ago
UHH2 is finally over and the winner has finally been crowned after 12 long weeks of battle. This season's runner-up is no other than last season's runner-up, DANIELJJ14. That's right, he barely missed first two seasons in a row, and that certainly deserves an interview. So let's get to know him a little better as he reveals what makes DanielJJ14 tick...

The Interview

Gamertags almost always tell something about their owners. Tell us about yours.
My Gamertag is blander than an old rice cake that's been left out on the side gathering dust. It's just my first name, middle and surname initial and 14 was the day I was born. I do share the same name as a doctor from the Stargate series and was born on international Pi day, if that helps to jazz it up.
Daniel also goes by The JjudgeDaniel also goes by "The Jjudge"

How long have you been gaming?
I can vaguely remember playing a few games on the PS1 before the PS2 came out so my best guess would be around 17 years.
Do others in your family game, or are you a first-generation gamer?
It's just me and my older brother that game in my family. Him being two years older than me, we were brought up on the same games and it wasn't until a couple of years after the release of the Xbox 360 when we actually got our own consoles.

My mum does play a bit of Candy Crush from time to time, but nobody likes a filthy casual gamer. ;)
What do your parents/significant other/friends have to say about your gaming?
My parents would definitely say I spend too much time gaming, they're not wrong, but I always stand by the fact that gaming is my main entertainment medium, how is it any different to someone who watches TV all day on a Sunday.

However a lot of my friends are gamers or have at the very least gamed a bit, so they know the feeling of a long weekend session desperately making the most of double XP.
Assuming you’re not a professional gamer, what’s your day job?
So after graduating university in 2015 with a degree in Maths, I went back to my old high school. I worked there for the year as an "instructor of Maths" basically a mixture of being a teacher and being a Teaching Assistant. I had a fantastic year, working with some great people. Christ knows how I reached the finals of UHH1 during that time?

Then at the start of this school year I jumped into a teacher training work placement in another school. I found being a teacher full time so stressful and I couldn't get over the barrier of the amount of paperwork involved with the job and the additional paperwork for the training course. So I dropped out. I have the utmost respect for anyone in the profession it is not an easy one.

With UHH2 being well under way, and another month and a bit to go until Christmas I figured I'd have a break and start looking for my next career opportunity after the holidays.
What other hobbies do you enjoy?
I love a good game of ten pin bowling, and on occasions still play a little bit of golf. I also go to Magic the Gathering pre-release events, when Wizards of the Coast releases the new card sets, there is a great nearby store that has a fun, competitive setup where more wins equals more boosters!
Tell us about your home life – parents, spouse, children, significant other, animal companions?
You might be surprised to find out that I'm single, and still living at home. Who can blame a guy in the current housing market? So since my brother moved out about a year ago, that just leaves me, my mum and dad and my 11 year old golden retriever Sam.
OMG this dog is so amaazing. And you can tell he's proud of Daniel.OMG this dog is so amaazing. And you can tell he's proud of Daniel.

What part of the world do you live in? If I were to visit, what sights would I have to see?
I live in Ipswich, UK. It's probably a very British thing to talk shite about your own hometown, but to be perfectly honest there isn't that much here.

A few things of note is Christchurch Mansion, an old Tudor mansion that serves as an art gallery and museum. This is located in Christchurch Park, which is around 70 acres of land with a mixture of lawns and woodland and is very close to the town centre.

Then there's Portman Road the home of of Ipswich Town Football Club, soccer for all of you Americans on the site ;) Just outside the stadium are statues of Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey, two former Ipswich town and England managers.
Sir Alf Ramsey being the manager of England when we won the 1966 World Cup.

There's also the Ipswich transport museum which I found on Google :D

If you want to do some proper sight seeing just hop on a train for about an hour and a half and you'll be in London.
Of what real life achievement are you most proud? Would you give us some details?
I think my Maths degree is the main thing that stands out for me, but I'd have to say receiving a few thank you cards from some students in year 11 whom I worked with during my time as an instructor was a really nice moment, just knowing you are appreciated was one of the most positive things about teaching.
If you had to pick one spirit animal to describe you, what would it be?
A wolf, I'm happy to be on my own sometimes, and am comfortable as part of a group, I can get pretty vicious at times, and I won't go down without fighting. I also tend to bark quite loudly, crap I'm running out of wolf based metaphors...

Competing in UHH2

When you first began UHH2, where did you see yourself finishing? Did you believe you could make it as far as you did?
With Cakau out of the picture I knew I was the shit hot favourite going into the contest, and was on a mission. There was only one way to improve on my previous performance and that was taking home the gold.

Then you came along with your prediction that no one from the previous top 4 would get that far again, so my biggest motivator was reaching the semifinals again just so I could slap that down. :)

Then sure enough as more weeks went by I started to gain momentum, and knocking out MasterJoaoFelip was probably the point where I thought I should be able to hit the semis again, as long as I dodged JamP0und32 or MattiasAnderson. It gave me a major confidence boost, not to mention all that juicy preloading time ;)
How long did you normally spend gaming per day prior to UHH2? How did this change throughout UHH, especially in the final weeks?
Every waking minute of every hour!

Nah, more like 4-5 hours on weekdays and 7-8 hours on weekends. Then bump an extra hour or two onto those figures during UHH, only if I still hadn't finished the list or had reached a point what I considered a guaranteed win position.

I can't say I spent loads of time preloading in the final weeks apart from the obvious Blue Dragon and Eternal Sonata, I probably spent more time sabotaging my possible matchup with Jampound just so I was forced into a match with SnakefanSolid1. He was pretty screwed in terms of progress in a lot of games anyway without me going and doing extra.
Did you spend much time outside of gaming preparing for the contest each week?
I spent many hours meditating so that I would not become mentally defeated.
Did you suffer burn out at any point during the competition and, if so, what kept you going?

On the whole my lists were a lot kinder than they were in the first UHH, but that's clearly because I removed a few select games out of my collection. I'm so glad I did because I enjoyed what I got so much more than UHH1.

These two back to back matchups from UHH1, UHH 1 match up: Kez001 vs DANIELJJ14 followed by, UHH 1 match up: Triple Triad777 vs DANIELJJ14 was one of the main reasons I removed some stuff with heavy multiplayer focus, because trying to setup boosting sessions on certain games was a pain in the arse.

However there were several individual achievements that almost put me to sleep during UHH2, they required so much grinding it was painful.
Just Cause 2PerfectionistThe Perfectionist achievement in Just Cause 2 worth 96 pointsReach 75% completion in the normal mode or mercenary mode.

Dead Rising 2 (Xbox 360)Zombie Genocide MasterThe Zombie Genocide Master achievement in Dead Rising 2 (Xbox 360) worth 83 pointsKill 72,000 zombies.

Burnout ParadiseCriterion EliteThe Criterion Elite achievement in Burnout Paradise worth 87 pointsGet your Elite License, win every event, find all discoverables and beat every Road Rule
Did you get any games in your list you didn't enjoy and end up liking them more? What about games you used to like but no longer do thanks to the UHH achievement?
I had a blast with Devil May Cry 4 during UHH, I used to be pretty crap at the game but then I read a tip somewhere in a solution about changing the control scheme so that you can always charge your pistol while attacking with the sword, and it made the game a blast. Plus rushing through Heaven and Hell mode killing everything in one hit was super fun.

I now despiseJust Cause 2, that game has aged very badly, and having played Just Cause 3 it is staggeringly inferior. I'll get the last achievement on that at some point Just Cause I never want 2 touch it again.
With the competition now over, are you missing the weekly challenge and do you think that your gaming habits will change in the immediate future?
Absolutely not, don't get me wrong I do love it but being dictated to play specific games for twelve weeks gets bloody annoying. I will enjoy having the freedom to play what I want, when I want especially over the Christmas period.
What sacrifices did you have to make and do you feel it was worth it now that the competition is over?
My sanity! The further you slip into madness, the harder it becomes to tell if anything is worth doing. But that might be 12 weeks of no sleep talking.
What is your favorite part about UHH?
The desperation of trying to stay in longer than anyone in your friends list and the feeling you get when you pull out some completely BS achievement you never thought you'd get or had given up on previously.
If you could choose the rules for UHH3, what would they be?
Pretty much the same as they are now, maybe include something as stupid as having 5 unstarted games in your owned collection. Just to shake things up.

I'd personally tweak the algorithm a bit as well to avoid picking games with a percentage completion difference of 50% and over, where possible of course. Having to do about three and a half playthroughs of Asura's Wrath wasn't one of my favourite moments, still it was far better than Just Cause 2 :D
Do you see yourself competing in another UHH or any other TA competition at this level?
I'll do the usual thing of saying, if I enter the next one I'll play it casually, then as soon as week one hits. LET'S DO THIS!!!
Besides now I've got a legacy to maintain, RunnerUp4Life!

First time entering GTASC as well, so we'll see how that one pans out.

Gaming in General

What’s your favorite game of all time on any console? What makes it special?
For me it's the original Mirror's Edge.

When it first came out it had a very original and simple concept, the graphics and colour palette are very clean and crisp, which made the environments very distinctive. The gameplay was straightforward move around, jump, slide, punch and kick which generally flowed nicely.

It had a short but solid storyline with memorable characters, the background music is sublime and the speed runs/time trials offered a real challenge of mastering certain techniques. It is one of the most unique experiences of its time. And with the exception of Mirror's Edge Catalyst, you could probably argue that it still is a completely unique experience on the console.

What makes this game truly great for me is that it stands the test of time. You can go back to this game and thanks to those stylistic choices, it looks just as good as it did years ago. Not only that the gameplay still holds up well. And it has been an inspiration to other games the most notable being Dying Light.

Mirror's Edge is probably the first game that compelled me to try and complete something as quickly as possible, since then I've enjoyed the similar challenges from other games such as the Trials series, Doritos Crash Course, Action Henk - hell I even remember trying to set the world record time in the GTAV triathlons.
Do you remember the first game you played? What’s your fondest memory of it?
The twenty first night of September! Oops Helps to read the whole question.

I think this would be the Microsoft Entertainment Pack: The Puzzle Collection.
It had several addictive little puzzle games, but the one I remember by far the most is Jewel Chase, probably because finishing all 100 levels took me ages as a kid with its multicoloured madness.
If some evil spell allowed you to own only a single game for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, since that way I'd be forced to go and spend hours and hours finding every little side quest, and eventually go on and complete the game, plus you'd get to play some Gwent on the side.
Any games you regret putting on your gamertag?
I don't have many, which is quite surprising considering some of the garbage I have played.

Driver: San Francisco is my biggest regret. I bought it dirt cheap in a sale, played it for about half an hour watched some terrible cutscenes, and saw the most horrendous gameplay where your character's spirit floats around in the sky and you can jump into random cars.

Overwatch: Origins Edition is another. I thought it was okay, I guess? The achievements are pretty annoying and the time based dlc they've brought out in the meantime sounds frustrating as you might not be able to unlock them again depending on what Blizzard decides to do.

Finally, Lies of Astaroth. It's truly a messy pile of crap of a game, the developers have been incompetent since launch even employing tactics of bribery to improve its rating on the Xbox store.
Just pick any one of the many forum posts for that game and you're bound to find someone raging about it.
However it is helping me climb the https://www.trueachievements.com/siteleaderboardgamers.aspx?.... So, Silver Linings?
Tell us about your gamer pic. Why did you choose that one?
It's my avatar, yes I know what your thinking. What's up with the long, curly, white hair. That's all based around my gaming persona "The Judge".

It dates back many years while playing my favourite CoD, the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. JimbotUK and I were High Roller Kings, and during one of my famous renditions of the hit song "I think you better Leave right now, before you lose all your CoD points!" in the style of Will Young, an American gentleman angrily proclaimed "DanielJJ14! Stop Singing!" However he sounded the J's together, as opposed to pronouncing them individually, something which I had never heard anyone do before and I couldn't stop laughing. Then he was booted after the game because he had lost all his CoD points. And the JJudge has stuck ever since.
An incredible story. The highs as you sung the song as a king of high rollers contrast so well with abject disappoint at being assaulted by an American gentleman who can't pronounce "Jay Jay." And the swelling pride I felt when you gained a new nickname out of the whole ordeal...

Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?

I can find so many things in games annoying that the average gamer wouldn't care less about, for example The Witcher 3 annoyed me because you can't bring up your map with a single press of the back button.

But to keep this short, I'll narrow it down to obscure controller layouts, enemy attacks that shift to the exact point where you dodge roll into, and worst of all controller vibration.

If you placed the Xbox one controller on the floor while playing some games you would think there was going to be a bloody earthquake. Not only does it break imersion but some games have so much of it, it disgusts me. Just this final week BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition has been a major offender for this, but I think the worst game for vibration was Action Henk. I wanted to try for all rainbow medals but the constant vibration that occurs while butt sliding started to cause pain in my hands.

I might end up buying a Scuf controller just to remove it entirely.
What upcoming game are you most looking forward to?
Yooka-Laylee and South Park: The Fractured but Whole, speaking of which I need to go back and finish South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360) Achievements. It's best to keep them separate though, could be quite painful otherwise.
What game(s) are you currently playing? How are you finding it?
Thanks to the antics of UHH, what haven't I been playing would probably be quicker to answer. So I'll swerve the question slightly and mention ReCore and Forza Horizon 3, the last two games I started pre-UHH.

The latter is absolutely fantastic, the absolute pinnacle of the racing genre, superb graphics, the driving feels outstanding especially on the different types of terrain, and the in game content has tons of variety, with no more stupid road trips!

The former is a good game with nice combat, and I enjoy the way Joule moves around. The dungeons are a fun challenge but the main world is rather barren and filled with an obscene amount of collectible cubes which makes for a pretty annoying completion.

It should be nice to go back to leisurely playing games again now the contest is over.
What game are you most proud of completing? Why?
It's a completion from this year in fact, and it involves more spinning around than a duet between Kylie Minogue and Pete Burns. The game in question: Roundabout. 100% completing the main game is tricky enough with numerous challenges for every limo fare, several collectibles scattered across the city and the speed runs of the entire game.

But if any of that didn't sound bad enough, the most ludicrous achievement of all just to put the icing on the pudding.

RoundaboutSmoke & MirrorsThe Smoke & Mirrors achievement in Roundabout worth 608 pointsDrive the entire "classic" length of Desert Limo without crashing

This requires you to keep your limo going driving down a highway for EIGHT HOURS STRAIGHT! No pausing allowed!
It does however have some of the funniest comments on a solution I think I've ever seen.

Apart from that one achievement it is a thoroughly enjoyable game, but I think I found the live action cutscenes far funnier than any normal person would.
Obviously I missed a game in my Top 5 about absurd achievements...wow.

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

It came during this UHH in fact, and I think I've earned the right to call myself a Master Spelunker.

SpelunkySeen It AllThe Seen It All achievement in Spelunky worth 172 pointsComplete 100% of the journal.

I'll be honest when this came up against LordMakanaki, amongst other things, I thought if I can pull this off then I'll probably win this week. Having already completed the game going through hell once before (around 3 years ago) I knew it wasn't impossible, but getting to hell in the first place is a royal pain in the ass.

You are required to perform a sequence of events throughout the game, and when you get to the main boss Olmec, you must make sure to defeat him by making him plunge into the lava directly beneath wherever the door to hell has spawned in, so that you can jump on his head and proceed through the door.

Once I finally reached hell again I was so nervous since I had to find 4 more items/enemies to complete my journal, one of the very few times I've actually been shaking long after getting the achievement down to pure adrenaline.
In a slightly different vein, do you have a favorite achievement? One perhaps that you just really enjoyed attaining?
I don't think anything will ever top the amount of fun getting this one, it was a truly legendary experience, one that required an iron will, and most importantly it had to be done in ghosts.I am of course talking about...

Halo 3Vidmaster Challenge: AnnualThe Vidmaster Challenge: Annual achievement in Halo 3 worth 0 pointsAfter 9/25/08, complete Halo on 4-player Legendary LIVE co-op, with Iron, and everyone in Ghosts.

.There's nothing quite like it, once you've beaten the first half of the final campaign level and get in those ghosts to make your daring escape nothing can stop you!

Welllll? Nothing apart from dodgy physics, grenades, elites, the floor falling out from underneath you, getting rammed off the edge by a friend, not making a jump, more grenades, getting rammed off the edge by the enemies. All that craziness happening while one of the best scores to ever be paired with a standout video game sequence is blaring! in the background.

Definitely best achieved when playing with good friends, or the magic and a lot of taking the piss out of whoever dies each time is lost.
If you found yourself dropped into a video game, which video game character would you most want to have your back?
Ratchet & Clank, who could be better than the inter galactic saviours themselves. Not only are they great in a fire fight, they'd have plenty of cool weapons and gadgets to share, and there would be loads of witty banter.
In the same scenario, what character/creature would you most/least like to see headed your way?
A swarm of poo snakes from Blue Dragon. They may look cutesy with their many different colours, but they would stink something awful. Then you're really in trouble when the King Poo Snake shows up.

Thank god smell o'vision doesn't exist!
Any characters you would like seen thrown into video game hell?
That nob head who runs the Forza Horizon 2 festival, he never shuts up about going on a bloody road trip. He always makes pointless comments at the end of every single race, and is so smug because he's the boss. Put him on the Highway to Hell and make him drive that damn road trip! For all eternity.

I very much prefer the Irish lady in Horizon 3.
Ever had any bad experiences online? How did you handle it?
I'm the sort of person who doesn't give the slightest toss about anything that's said in a multiplayer lobby, just know if you're going to talk crap, don't expect to not get any back.
Do you prefer single player or multi-player?
If you asked me five or six years ago I may have said multiplayer, back when I was playing Call of Duty competitively, but the franchise has gone downhill massively in recently years. Rocket League is still flying the flag for a great multiplayer experiences.

Nowadays I'm definitely more interested in single player, there is so much more a developer can do with a single player game.
Do you have a favorite group of friends you like to play with? If so, how did you meet?
I've got my old high school and sixth form friends, who I still play with quite often, then there's the old Call of Duty teammates who I met after being roped into the MLG game battles website, who are still a good laugh.

The only two people who I know personally that are registered on the site is JimbotUK and Twilizahn, who unfortunately lost his old major 360 account in the bowels of Microsoft security. RIP Tristar2002 and the 76k gamerscore associated with it.
If you could have a multiplayer session with anyone in the world, whom would you choose? Why?
Ben Brode. HA HA HA, HA HA HA! [Ed. Note: He's the game director for Hearthstone]
What other consoles do you own? What are your favorites on those platforms?
I still have my old PlayStation 3, and have several of the Ratchet & Clank games which is my favourite game series of all time. Heavy Rain is a pretty decent game. Little Big Planet and a couple of the Motorstorm games.

I occasionally dabble in a bit of Hearthstone on my tablet but that can be a frustrating game to play, RNG gets annoying after a while.
Have you ever had a game you really looked forward to that you were disappointed in when it finally arrived? Tell us about it.
Black Ops 3. I had faith that Treyarch wasn't going to continue running the franchise into the ground, considering the success of the previous two entries. If they spent less time trying to knock off Titanfall style gameplay with all the jet booster nonsense and just played to their strengths then it could have been something special.

Instead it's only marginally better than Brink. Come to think of it I probably enjoyed playing Brink more at the time of its launch than I did with BO3's launch.
Tell us about your gaming set-up.
My bedroom is pretty small but I make the best use of the space I've got, with a wall mounted TV, storage space both behind and above the headboard. Everything is permanently connected to the tv and internet for ease of use, being able to run the 360 and the One simultaneously during UHH definitely came in handy a few times.

I've also got my 4TB hard drive sat on the top shelf, it feels bad when it's nearly 80% full, from the sheer amount of digital garbage that's available.

How do you use TA? Tracking, walkthroughs, solutions, sessions?
I get good use out of most of the site, I especially like looking at some of the stats. Obviously the solutions and walkthroughs are helpful 99% of the time. I don't use the boosting sessions much at all, I guess that's because I get bored of online boosting. You know an achievement is rubbish and poorly thought out when the best or sometimes only solution is to boost for it.
Do you actively compete in any of the TA competitions? Which ones?
I haven't been on TA long but I've done both UHHs, I entered the 2016 Leapfrog but chose to drop out since UHH1 was still running.

I did the crazy bean dive dropping my completion percentage by 10%, but thanks to the most recent UHH I've recovered a good 3% so far, and I plan at making a good run in the 2017 GTASC.
How has your gaming changed or evolved since coming to TA?
I'm definitely far more efficient when it comes to sweeping through a game for achievements than I used to be, and I'll always check the achievement list when I start playing something, if I can stack difficulty then I most certainly will.
What do you like and dislike most about the site?
Being able to setup gamer goals is a great feature, I don't like when a game comes out and people put up slapdash solutions just to get on there first. When an achievement ends up having 5 or more solutions it's probably getting a bit overkill.
How did you learn about TA? Have you signed up any friends to the website?
I just came across it on a regular basis when I used to go for achievements willy nilly. I liked the way the site tries to make the arbitrary gamerscore something a bit more relevant. Obviously TA score can still be limited by the gamerscore e.g.

Bullet WitchSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Bullet Witch worth 3 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement

But the system in place is still an improvement over just gamerscore.

My only two sign ups are the two aforementioned friends, definitely the one badge on the site I couldn't care less about.
Have you made friends here?
I've had some great group chats with a few users I've met on the site while trying to get a few achievements. They seem to be good people. I've certainly made a lot of new gaming associates as well, like minded people trying to achieve the same goal in some boosting sessions.
If you could have a game handcrafted just for you, what would your perfect game be?
It needs to have a great story and music to go with it, something that involves a speed running element. It's hard to say really, I've enjoyed many a game where the general consensus is that it's a load of garbage and vice versa.
Why do you choose TA over other gaming sites?
Back when I was slightly into getting achievements I would either use X360A, or TA it just depended on which site had the better solution. I hadn't signed up to either of them I was just in my own little gamerscore world. Eventually I started to notice a steep decline in X360A, fewer new games were getting the roadmaps, and so the rise of TA begun. Once I started using TA more often I noticed all the stat tracking capabilities.

I was using something called Raptr at the time, slightly similar to TA but it just tracked the percentage of players having an achievement and gave you a breakdown of how many achievements you had in certain percentage brackets. It was a bit buggy and couldn't handle offline achievements properly.

TA had it all in one place, stats, guides, walkthroughs and all the other news stuff. So I finally signed up.
Do you have a “claim to fame” in gaming? If so, what is it?
I am the most consistent UHH player on the site, the exact same finishing place both times. #RunnerUp4Life. Other than that I'm just a regular Joe.

Gaming Lightning Round

Favorite 360 game?
Mirror's Edge
Favorite Xbox One game?
After playing it so much this past week, Dark Souls III. Absolutely top tier.
Favorite non-Xbox?
Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
Least favorite game?
A toss up between, The Darkness and Metro 2033. I personally hated them both.
Game you wish you'd never played?
Lies of Astaroth
Game you've always wanted to play but haven't?
Favorite game developer?
EA when they were still willing to take risks, but now they're crap so I'll have to give it to Insomniac Games.
Favorite game weapon?
The "RYNO" short for Rip you a new one. (Ratchet & Clank)
Most hated game enemy?
That one normal zombie in a Left 4 Dead game that gets a lucky hit in, and you are completely stopped in your tracks. Get out of the f**king way!!!
Favorite game character?
Captain Quark
Favorite game sidekick?
GLaDOS in potato form
Favorite game ending?
Saints Row: The Third holding out for a hero!
Most hated game ending?
Favorite game environment?
The Dark Souls universe.
Favorite game music?
Mirror's Edge, specifically Lisa Miskovsky's "Still Alive"

An honourable mention for Saints Row 2's 80's radio station.
Most emotional video game moment?
JASON! JASON! Press X for JASON! Okay Trolling Heavy Rain aside, I'll go with hitting a top quality shot in Rocket League that's heading in the goal after the clock has stopped and it bounces on the line and doesn't count, then losing in overtime.

Many tears have been cried in such situations. laugh
Game that shouldn’t have had a sequel?
Darksiders, I really enjoyed the first but nothing clicked with me in the second. Plus the loot system annoyed me.
Non-Xbox game you’d love to have achievements in?
The entire Ratchet & Clank collection. If it was remastered and brought to Xbox I'd easily pay in excess of £200 for the lot.
End of Gaming Lightning Round

Bonus! Off-topic Lighting Round

Favorite movie?
Blazing Saddles or the first half of Full Metal Jacket with R. Lee Emery. An honourable mention for Leslie Nielsen in Airplane! and The Naked Gun movies.
Favorite music genre?
80's Pop/Rock. Any sandbox game with a good 80's radio station is an instant winner in my books.
Favorite band?
Simple Minds. Alive and Kicking constantly motivates me during UHH.
Favorite book series?
I'm not a fan of books, Sorry!
Best place you've been?
Orlando, Florida. Visited Universal Studios and Disneyworld on a family holiday many years ago.
Place you want to go most?
China, I'd like to visit the Great Wall amongst other things.
NICEST place you'd never want to go?
Australia, too many things that can kill you there. I'll keep my relative safety in the UK thanks.
Weirdest food you love?
Turkey Twizzlers, when they were still in production, Damn You Jamie Oliver!!!
Favorite car?
Aston Martin DB5, an absolute classic.
Favorite super hero?
Spider-Man, mainly because it contains a few of my favourite Super villains as well.
End of Bonus Lighting Round

Final Thoughts

Is there anything I haven’t asked that you want to talk about?
I've already banged on far too much about other things so I'll spare everyone having to read much more.
Any shout-outs you want to make before we go?
Thanks to everyone who has supported me during the UHH. Top honours goes to my good friend JimbotUK, The Yiddler for his help during UHH1, Mr Granstaff and Triple Triad777 for their moral support as I ran around in circles for an hour, my co-conspirator JamP0und32 rigging those semi-finals (RIP Beijing showdown), and numerous other people for one or two miscellaneous achievements here, there and everywhere.

Finally my good old friend and newcomer to the site Twilizahn co-oping Dark Souls 3 this past week was good fun.
And that's it! It's been a long interview, but well-deserved for Daniel who spent 12 weeks dominating the competition and finishing second two UHH's in a row. But where there's a second, there's a first. Tomorrow we're going to hear from the man of the hour himself, MattiasAnderson. Stay tuned, and thank you to Daniel for the lovely interview.

These special edition TA Community Interviews will be posted every time a contest concludes! For normal site interviews, 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, or are named after a Stargate character! Or you could just place high in UHH3.
Kevin Tavore
Written by Kevin Tavore
Kevin is a lover of all types of media, especially any type of long form story. The American equivalent of Aristotle, he'll write about anything and everything and you'll usually see him as the purveyor of news, reviews and the occasional op-ed. He's happy with any game that's not point and click or puzzling, but would always rather be outdoors in nature.