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Meet the Reader: PoorPaddy89

Sorry, I don't have any spare change.

Lacking funds for his gaming addiction, a down-on-his-luck PoorPaddy say my ad in the paper for willing “interviewees”. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t realise that this isn’t a paid “interview”. Tough break!

Damn you for copying me, Samuel!!

As always, we’ll start off with: who are you, how old are you and where do you come from?

My name’s Patrick Shiel, I’m 22 and from Reading.

That being the case, I’m sure we can kind of figure out how you came up with your user IDs, but why don’t you make it completely obvious for us?

Well obviously my nickname is Paddy. I’m a big fan of Irish music though, and Poor Paddy is an awesome old Irish song. And ’89 is the year I got birthed.

Such a cliché! I think the next big craze for numbers added on the end will be the year that someone got conceived.

Eeew. The Beckhams are making that nonsense all the rage.

Nine times out of twelve it’d be different.


The Beckhams are a delightfully odd family.

I like Davey though. I have little interest in sports or indeed moving at all, but he seems a genuinely good guy and great role model.

There are very few footballers I like, but I think he’d be one of them. Him and Gary Lineker, who should get a knighthood for services to crisps.

If that’s not a great British public service, I don’t know what is.

Absolutely. Years of self-deprecation to keep the crisps industry going.

Exactly. Look at Mr Pringle now. He gave his life for us.

Legendary. Anyway, I’m sure people are far more interested in knowing how you first came across and got into gaming?

Oh yeah, games. My parents bought me and my brother a PS1 when I was about 8, and I was hooked on playing Croc. I think my mother wishes she could take it back, because gaming just took off for me from there. Got a PS2 soon after it came out and bought a PS3 on launch which was the first console I ever bought just for me. No sharing!

Sharing is for losers. I’m a very bad sharer of things. I think I had some particularly traumatic experiences with not getting things back. Even siblings, they just can’t be trusted.

Yeah, other people in general just suck. Put them all in cages.

Your siblings, or are we talking security cages for your stuff? Hire some particularly dim henchmen to guard stuff.

Hell, both! I’m not paranoid.

It’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you.

Too true! They’re always watching me…

You could always unplug the PS Eye and turn the PS3 off, you know…

Consoles have off buttons?

I believe so, yes. So you’ve always been a bit of a Sony boy, have you?

I wouldn’t like to say I’m a fanboy, but there is a noticable link between owning Sony products and being incredibly smart and attractive. I have really stuck with Sony, but mainly because of backwards compatibility and stuff.

I take it you’re the exception that proves the rule?


Have you never seen the exclusives on other platforms and thought you might want to try them?

I have seen a few, but I can’t afford a 360, more games and have enough food to eat. From what I understand, the 360 has vastly superior online gaming, but as I find online gaming distasteful I’m not bothered.

Really? What do you dislike about it?

I just don’t get it. The only games I have enjoyed online were co-op on Resistance 2 and Mass Effect 3. I just don’t understand why you’d want to play the same deathmatch or whatever, over and over again with people you can’t see. I love gaming with other people I know who are in the same room, but otherwise I play games for the story.

What about if you’ve got a buddy or two fighting alongside you in these competitive online games?

Well, that kind of returns to the ‘inferiority’ of playing the PS3 online, since I have very few mates who have a PS3! Even so, I’d rather play co-op than versus. Maybe it’s just because I’m a realy sore loser.

Haha, well that’s fair enough. You could always join TSA meets, but… but I guess we know when we’re not wanted or liked… *sniff*

I keep meaning to! But I have been playing a lot of single-player-only PC games recently, and now my Vita.

Yay! A Vita! How have you been enjoying it so far? What have you been playing?

It’s bloody gorgeous! I’ve been surprised about how well they’ve implemented the touchscreen and touchpad tech – far better than what they did with Sixaxis on PS3. Been playing a lot of Uncharted: [Miss] Golden Abyss, of course, which was excellent after the slight let-down that was UC3. Also played a lot of Plants vs Zombies which I also have on about three other platforms already, but it’s such an awesome game. Got Rayman Origins too, which is brilliant, as well as a few others.

Cool. What are you looking forward to with it? And, actually, since it’s a bit sparse a moment, lets include the rest of the games out this year?

Being a huge fan of Metal Gear, I’m very much looking forward to playing 2 and 3 on it. I already got them on PS3 but as I imported from the US, due to my impatience, my saves won’t be compatible. I’m not really sure what else is coming out – I haven’t picked up Escape Plan yet but it looks good, and after playing the Little Deviants demo I’m not entirely convinced on that one.

Oh yeah, Resistance: Burning Skies looks interesting, but I think we need to see more of that before I make a decision, and of course LBP.

You should get Resistance for the multiplay… oh…

I might surprise you and join a meet for it!

Excellent. More n00bs for the slaughter!

Yeah, my lack of online experience means when I do play, I’m cannon fodder.

You’ll get the hang of it, if you ever make a concerted effort with one game, I’m sure. Looks like you’ve got a decent length wishlist, but lets smear some butter over the lens and look back in time once more. What is your favourite game of all time?

Has to be Metal Gear Solid 3. I was late to the party and started with MGS4 and instantly fell in love. Picked up all the others and found MGS3 was the best – amazing characters, great locations, awesome gameplay, and a not too overly-intricate plotline.

A sound choice. I’ve yet to play it, personally. I do need ot pick up the collection at some point.

Do it, the PS3 HD collection is one of the best bargains out there!

  1. PoorPaddy89
    Since: Aug 2009

    I read this on my phone in bed, scoffed at the ‘obsessed with the boobs’ comment, then turned over to see my poster of Kelly Brook showing off her talents.


    Comment posted on 13/05/2012 at 15:13.
    • McProley
      Since: Aug 2011

      Boobs are one of natures finest creations, and I’d like to join you in the “Obsessed with Boobs Club” if i may?

      Comment posted on 13/05/2012 at 18:40.
      • PoorPaddy89
        Since: Aug 2009

        I’ll send you your membership card. It’s just a picture of Scarlett Johannson leaning forward a bit, but that’s all you need really.

        Comment posted on 13/05/2012 at 19:07.
      • McProley
        Since: Aug 2011

        That’ll do nicely ;)

        Comment posted on 13/05/2012 at 22:35.
  2. PoorPaddy89
    Since: Aug 2009

    Thanks for the comments, guys! It’s strange, cos I feel like I already know many of you :P

    Cheers to Tef for the interview too, and for letting my winge about my Vita/Vodafone problems :P

    Comment posted on 13/05/2012 at 15:19.
  3. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    Loved the use of ‘bazinga!’, you’re a geek ran too then? I wish I could live opposite Penny, she could put me down all day long.

    Comment posted on 13/05/2012 at 23:22.
  4. SpikeyMikey23
    Since: Jul 2009

    Howdy! Croc was awesome!

    Comment posted on 14/05/2012 at 08:52.

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