Every Sunday we interview an Xbox gamer to find out what makes them tick in the diverse world of gaming. This week we chat to Scott aka Justin Bailey. Let’s start with a bit about you.
Scott: My name is Scott and I’m an old school gamer since the days of Atari and Intellivision. I work graveyard shift and live with my gamer girlfriend.
Cherry: Ooh working nights can’t be fun. Do you have any other passions besides gaming?
Scott: I like running and coin collecting.
Cherry: Why did you choose your gamertag?
Scott: I always thought that it was weird that someone’s name was the password to the final level in Metroid on NES. I wanted something game related that something old school gamers like me would recognize.
Cherry: What is your first gaming memory?
Scott: ET on Atari. Played it at a neighbor’s house and he had an Atari before I did. It was so hard, we would die over and over and then give up. The next day we would try again, we did that for months.
Cherry: You definitely have more patience than I do.What was the last game you stayed up all night to play?
Scott: I’d have to say it was Halo: Reach on launch day. My buddy and I started the game right after a midnight release and stayed up until the next day.
Cherry: I guess people like me would just think it’s your name 😛 What consoles do you currently own?
Scott: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS Vita.
Cherry: What is your favourite series/franchise?
Scott: Rock Band, I’ve played them all and enjoy every song.
Cherry: You Must be pretty good at them then, what instrument are you best at?
Scott: Guitar on expert
Cherry: Who is your favourite video game character?
Scott: Auron from FFX. You can relate with the character so much, his strong will and incredible story makes him the most memorable for me.
Cherry: Do achievements matter to you?
Scott: They used to when the 360 first game out, the first 4-5 years. It became obsessive to collect all of the achievements that I could. It wore off these past couple of years and I don’t stress about them anymore.
Cherry: I definitely wish I could say the same. If you were forced to play only one genre, what would you choose and why?
Scott: Role Playing Games, there is so much replayability. You can always start a new game and have it be completely different each time.
Cherry: Do you like to challenge yourself or do you prefer a more story-driven experience?
Scott:I like them both but if I had to choose I’d pick a story. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good challenge.
Cherry: Are you normally found hiding in darkness (or bushes) ready to stealth kill your enemy or do you prefer to go in all guns blazing?
Scott: Stealth, absolutely. I like a good stealth kill. Hiding is super fun, creeping up when people don’t see you. It’s fun to get stealth kills when you’re allowed to. Drives me crazy when the AI is programmed to always know where you are and you can’t sneak up on someone.
Cherry: Yep definitely more patient than me, my stealth experience lasts about 10 seconds..Do you prefer to get lost in a game and play single player or a more co-op/multiplayer experience?
Scott: That’s a tough one. A good co-op game is really fun to play but I also enjoy single player games. I wouldn’t want someone else in my Elder Scrolls game taking my loot and killing off townspeople. Shooters are really fun in co-op since your goal is to just shoot everything together.
Cherry: Kill stealing in shooters though lol . Are there any gamers you play with on a regular basis, when did you start and what do you play?
Scott: An old co-worker that I’ve known for over 10 years, we still co-op on a regular basis. I still play with people I met on the bungie forums back in the Halo 2 days.
Cherry:That’s awesome that you’ve played with someone that long. What are you currently playing and what are your thoughts on it?
Scott: I play Destiny on a regular basis. It’s fun with a group of friends doing raids and strikes, but I wouldn’t recommend playing it solo. I’m also playing Walking Dead: Season 2. I haven’t finished it yet but it doesn’t seem to live up to the original.
Cherry: The Walking Dead games are amazing. Any games you thought were going to be great but turned out to be a huge disappointment?
Scott: I’d have to say Final Fantasy XIII. I’ve been a huge Final Fantasy fan since back in the day of Final Fantasy 2 on NES and had played all of the American releases. XIII completely fails to live up to any of the expectations of the Final Fantasy series.
Cherry: Oh nooo, not another one lol 😛 .Any underrated games you would recommend?
Scott: Murdered: Soul Suspect fully delivered what I thought it would be, an epic story based adventure game. I read too many complaints about how short the game is and having too many collectibles.
Cherry: There was an awful lot, great game though. What games do you wish would release a sequel?
Scott: XIII from original Xbox/PS2, Timesplitters, Advent Rising and Knights of the Old Republic (a proper sequel)
Cherry: If you were in a Zombie Apocalypse, which three game characters would you want protecting you and why?
Scott: So I’d pick Ellis from Left 4 Dead 2 because he’s so funny and has survived zombies, John Marston from Red Dead Redemption for his arsenal of weapons, and Frank West from Dead Rising… because he’s covered wars.
Cherry: That is a pretty awesome team. Frank would be busy crafting weapons out of Parasols and Leaf Blowers though, that might get annoying lol Ever incited an opponent into pure rage after killing them and received any abuse online?
Scott: Yeah, never intentionally though. You end up killing someone a couple of times in multiplayer and they think you’re camping them or something. Gears of War 2 and Halo 3 were probably the worst.
Cherry: I found the Shotguns in Gears to be a nightmare, bump into someone and splat, you’re dead. What’s the longest amount of time you have put into a game and what was it?
Scott: I played Morrowind on Xbox over a span of 2-3 years, there wasn’t much else to play at the time.
Cherry: Never got a chance to play that which is a shame. What’s your Toughest gaming moment?
Scott: 100%ing Super Meat Boy. That required massive amounts of patience, precision, and practice to complete.
Cherry: Well we already discovered you’re a man with a lot of patience, well done! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us for this weeks Gamerview!