We’ve a fabulous community at TSA, and although I’m sure that has been said plenty times over the months and years I think it’s about time that we go a prove it!
This new bi-weekly feature features me sitting down with one of TSA’s regular readers for a little natter about gaming, TSA and more. One of the slightly less crazy ideas that SolidSteven’s come up with. I took the nucleus and merged it with all the best bits of the Meet the Staff and old TSAtv interviews. We will be needing volunteers for future editions, so if you’re interested, please express your interest in this forum thread.
Without further ado, I present you SpikeyMikey23:
Right, well I guess we’d best start with the first question: Who are you, how old are you and where do you come from?
I’m Mike, I’m twenty… seven and I’m from glorious Swansea, Cilla.
Cilla? I imagine that’s a Welsh word?
Nope, I’m taking the mick because your first question is one Cilla Black would ask on Blind Date!
So, I can put a tick next to “obscure sense of humour” then! On to the potentially pretty obvious question about the origin of your PSN/TSA screen name?
When I first bought a PS3, I struggled to think of a User ID, full stop. I had a mohawk/fauxhawk back then, and my neice referred to me as Spikey Mikey, so I kept that and added 23 on the end to represent my age back then. So it was only appropriate that I use it for TSA so people can add me with ease (and without asking me for it!).
I’d never have guessed. So, obviously I’m talking to you because you play games. How did you first get into gaming?
I first got into gaming when my dad bought me an Atari 2600. I’d dabbled with those rubbish LCD games before, so the Atari was out of this world back then. I became quite the master on Asteroids before moving on to Pitfall and Crystal Castles. That would have been around 1989…
Did your dad and family like to play games with you? Do they give you a run for your money in Street Fighter?
The old man only ever played Asteroids when I had the Atari. When my mam would leave for work, I’d be stuck with cartoons on the TV, and he’d be hammering the levels in Asteroids. I think it was one of those games that never ended, because he was good but never finished the game. Apart from that, its pretty much just me at the moment. I do have two nieces that are ripe for corruption. Oh, and the Mrs loves her Xbox.
I think it’s obligatory for dads to like and be awesome at Asteroids, though! With 22 years of gaming to choose from, there’s got to be a few stand out games for you. What titles are really up there?
Theres a few, Pitfall on the Atari, A Boy and His Blob on the original NES, along with Caveman Ninja. Batman Returns and Mickey Mania on the Mega Drive. Fifa ’96 on the PlayStation 1 (I remember scoring a screamer with some dude from Lazio, and the graphics blew my mind away. I still have the replay on a memory card somewhere). Also loved the original F1 on the PS1. But my all time favourites are the usual suspects – Final Fantasy VII and Call of Duty 4. They are the two games that I have replayed over and over again and never get bored of.[drop]
Do you have a game you’re actually embarrassed to have played? Hannah Montana, perhaps? Maybe there’s a guilty pleasure?
Ha, I find the Lego games quite embarrassing in my game collection, especially as I only have the pap ones remaining on my shelf, Indiana Jones & Batman. But my guilty pleasure is/was Leisure Suit Larry. I still have the PS2 game today. I even rented Box Office Bust on the PS3! Especially as the innuendo and digital boobies were awesome, as well as the swimming fella at the bottom for conversation options! Ahh! I’m tempted to play it now, after the Grand Prix.
Speaking of the Grand Prix, you obviously like Formula 1 a little bit. What are your hobbies and interests outside of gaming? (We had the Monaco GP running in the background, non-fans will be glad I cut all the exclamations at the race)
“A little bit” is an understatement. I love F1. It’s fantastic. I’ve actually been to Monaco and had a picnic (I was young) just outside the tunnel, there was a car park in it (the tunnel, not sure it’s there any more). Great place! Anyway back to the question – my main interests are football and socialising.
My main team is Swansea City, and I also have a soft spot for the mighty Hammers. I’ll be at Wembley tomorrow, watching my team try to win the richest prize in football. So yeah, I like socialising too, I like to get drunk, be it with the Mrs or the boys.
Other interests include music. Last song I played on my iPod was The Naked and Famous – Young Blood. What a song! I’m also big on TV series. Been through quite a few in the last year. Got big love for Sons of Anarchy, so I recommend it to everyone. I’m currently starting season 4 of The Sopranos and I love it!
I love a good TV show myself, but hate it when something I’ve enjoyed watching ends up getting cancelled by the networks. Have you got any shows you wish had survived the end of year cull?
The main one that springs to mind is My Name is Earl. That program is fantastic and I can’t believe that no networks wanted it. Jason Lee (who plays Earl) is awesome, love him in the Kevin Smith films and Mallrats is one of my faves. I also quite enjoyed Reaper, it was a shame that got cancelled too.