This thing is half full now. Any idea what’s going to happen when it breaks? I am guessing nothing good and might result in a time paradox that not only would make the collective DC and Marvel universes seem like a kid’s jigsaw puzzle in comparison, but shatter the current time continuum and form some kind of anti-continuum in its place. At least you’re not prego anymore. Thud! Doctor, nurse, someone, I think there is blood in my stool now. Why are you dressed like Wonder Woman anyways? And why am I Cyclopes? No one actually likes him. Find out true believers where the next adventure takes us in Episode 21: Riddle Me This. Why couldn’t I be Guardian or Captain Marvel, but Cyclopes? It could be worse, I could be independent.
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Occupation: Self employed
Country: United Kingdom
Lasombra: When did you start gaming?
Time: I started gaming at about the age of 10. I believe my first gaming experience was an Amiga Commodore A500. My dad brought it brand new and it had Batman included with it.
Lasombra: How did you choose your PSN name?
Time: Basically one of my favourite musicians is Michael Cretu who is the man behind the musical project know as Enigma. I used the name Enigma and added timeless to it because I find his music is something I can always listen to and enjoy anytime. If for any reason you would prefer a more elaborate reason for me choosing my PSN name, look no further. Basically my PSN name is about how I created the Enigma machine and code during World War I and II. Happy now?
Lasombra: What motivated you to become a trophy hunter? What was your initial spark?
Time: I didn’t start with any intention of becoming a trophy hunter. My initial spark was actually due to the fact that trophies were popping up on the screen after trophy support had been introduced. Curiosity just took over and the next thing I knew I was interested in trophies and started my trophy collection.
Lasombra: Are you a trophy hunter, platinum hunter, or a specific hunter? (Example: All GoW game hunter)
Time: I would definitely consider myself a trophy hunter now. I factor trophies into my decision to purchase a game. However I only play games I know I will enjoy. Also I don’t have a specific or set criteria for getting platinum trophies. I still play what I want to play and then I earn the plat for the game.
Lasombra: How many hours do you dedicate to trophy hunting?
Time: On average it could be between 2 - 8 hours a day. So quite a lot of time really. Some days I won’t play games at all because I have other things to do.
Lasombra: What motivates you to go for that next trophy? How do you stay motivated after a long gaming session, particularly with grinding trophies?
Time: My motivation for trophies is based on how much I enjoy gaming. Most of the time I don’t need too much motivation to earn trophies because 99% of the time I am enjoying the games I play.
Lasombra: Have you ever gone through any burnout from your sessions?
Time: I usually play in 2 - 3 hour sessions. I never really play longer than this unless a specific trophy requires a longer session.
Lasombra: What is your proudest platinum? Why? Was it your hardest?
Time: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is my proudest plat because it was damn hard to earn and I put a lot of time and effort into achieving it. It is a platinum trophy that sometimes I still cannot believe I have earned.
Lasombra: Do you have a trophy goal for the year? If so, how far are you along in it?
Time: Well I am aiming for 50 platinum trophies by the end of the year. So far I have earned 12 plats this year which is quite a lot considering most of the games I got the plats for are time consuming and quite tough plats. If I continue at this rate, I should easily hit 50 plats by 2013.
Lasombra: Do you believe gamers should be allowed to make trophy hunting teams? Why or why not?
Time: No because personally I think trophy hunting is a personal statement of a single gamer. The trophies I have earned give a good picture of the kind of gamer I am and what games I enjoy playing. If I let other gamers use my profile or I earn platinum trophies for other gamers, it becomes meaningless.
Lasombra: Do you think Sony should create a world database with every user’s PSN trophy info for all to see? Why or why not?
Time: Probably not after the last incident involving Sony and a large database. This site and plenty others offer this service, so why would Sony bother?
Lasombra: What tips do you have for someone trying to reach the next level and going after a difficult platinum?
Time: Always play games that you will enjoy. Never play games with a focus solely on earning a higher trophy level. If going for a difficult platinum trophy make sure you can actually achieve it. Check out the game before even attempting it by looking at the appropriate guide on PS3trophies.com.
Lasombra: Regardless of the system, what pre-trophy game would you auto-buy if it was released on the PS3 with trophy support?
Time: Assassin’s Creed, Heavenly Sword, The Elder Scrolls: IV Oblivion, Devil May Cry
4, Soul Calibur IV. From the xbox360 I would probably say Gears Of War and the Halo games.
Lasombra: Have you played any games you didn't think were fun, but kept grinding through it for the trophies anyways? If so what was your motivation to do it?
Time: All the games I play, I enjoy. There are times when earning the platinum trophy for a game can become a chore. For example, heavy rain is a great game but earning the platinum trophy for the game was painful. Some parts of the FFXIII platinum were a grind which tested even my patience. The Dead Rising 2 trophy which requires 72000 zombies kills in the 72 hour game limit was tedious and not only a grind but against the clock. I attempted that a few times before finally completing it. If I don't like the look of a game or it doesn't appeal to me then I will avoid it. My trophy list is a good reflection of the type of games I like and because I am in the PPS, I tend to be picky about what I play. (Editor’s Note: PPS=Perfect Platinum Streak club)
Lasombra: Do you find yourself playing more games in general and/or more different games you wouldn't have thought you'd have originally played because of the introduction of trophies?
Time: Trophies have opened me up to so many more games, it is unbelievable! Before trophy support I was extremely selective about what games I would purchase and I would mostly play RPG's. Through a combination of trophies and this site, I have been playing so many more different and varied games. Trophies give me a reason to play games that I wouldn't normally be bothered to purchase.
Lasombra: There are lots and lots of rumours about the Playstation 4. Would you want your current PSN trophy card to extend to the PS4, or would you rather have to start fresh and separate PS3 trophies from PS4 trophies?
Time: I want my current PSN profile to carry on over to the PS4. I don't see why my profile shouldn't carry on over? After all, it is only new hardware... games will always be games. I do want to see improvements for trophies on the PS4 in regards to syncing trophies and the speed at which trophies are viewable on PSN.
Lasombra: What are your most favourite and least favourite kind of trophies to collect? (Example: Collectibles, Kill X of something, Clear Stage X, etc)
Time: My favourite kinds of trophies are skill related trophies that require gaming skill, for example, the challenges trophy on Vanquish and the Team Mission trophies on Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. My least favourite trophies are killing x amount of enemies and online trophies that are incredibly difficult to earn without boosting.
Lasombra: Exhales deeply You are the 50th Brit to be interviewed on the site. Do you get a chance to hang out or game with any of the other British guys and girls on the site?
Time: Unfortunately I don't actually know anyone on this site in real life but I would like to think that most people on the forums don't mind me hanging around. I have gamed with a few members on this site, for either trophies or just for fun. I was playing with 'Triptent' a while ago playing UC3 online. I also played a lot of Dead Island with 'bnecker717' and we played the hell out of the co-op arena.
Lasombra: Do you think at the rate more and more Brits are coming to the site that the domain should change to .co.uk? Does the Queen have plans to colonize the site?
I am not too bothered with having the site as either .com or .co.uk. The main thing is that this site is up and running and there is always a future for it. I am not sure about the Queen trying to colonize the site? Next time I am gaming with her online, I will send her a message via PSN and try to find out.
Okay, so I think I finally know what is happening. Are you listening V? Good, okay, so this is some crazy Japanese RPG where we have to fulfill some bizarre requirement or else get stuck with some bad ending, but we have no clue what we are supposed to do. I’d rather not spend another 10 episodes redoing this, so let’s get the secret ending on the first try. It could be worse though, we could be in Skyrim. I’d rather be Cyclopes and shoot myself in the face than get stuck in that game...thank you time shifting hour glass for becoming all shiny the moment I say that. Will we figure out what the bizarre requirement is before time runs out? Stay tuned in Episode 22: Ostentatiously Outrageous. Please no Skyrim, please no Skyrim, please no...Looks up...V, I don’t think we are in Scandinavia anymore.
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