Are we just going to sit here and wait? This is the lamest ending for a game ever. No fade to black, no make-out scene, not even a ‘you and your friends are dead’, just sitting here watching the sand spill out of an hourglass, which has infinite sand, and next to the rotting and smelly corpse of a Fafnir. We really need to find a new spot. My lunch is not sitting right with that Fafnir, up next in Episode 24: Dead or Alive, You’re Coming with Me. Uh, hi, who are you? Snaps Fingers Wait, you’re that random NPC who gave us the hourglass to begin with. Yeah, it broke. Uh, V, why are emoticons replacing the text above his head? I didn’t think it was that important.
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Name: Johan (Gyrocop)
Occupation: Hopefully a biologist
Lasombra: When did you start gaming?
Gyrocop: I started when I was only 2 years old. Of course back then, it was really simple games on my parent’s stationary computer. After that I moved on to Disney/Kids games, usually platformers, but there was also some racing games too. I just kept evolving as a gamer and tried to broaden my taste of games to a variety of genres.
Lasombra: How did you choose your PSN name?
Gyrocop: There is this game called "Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves". In this game there is something called a gyrocopter. I just happened to really like the sound of that, but when I tried to use, that username on sites like Youtube and PSN, the username was always already taken. I hate to use a lot of random numbers on the back of the username so I shortened it, and have been using this username ever since.
Lasombra: What motivated you to become a trophy hunter? What was your initial spark?
Gyrocop: Believe or not, this site... kinda. After an update on the PS3 back in 2008, I saw the trophy icon on the XMB menu. I pressed and thought: "What the hell is this?” I searched on youtube, but got no answer. After some time has passed I tried googling it again, and found this site. in its early stage. The big breaking point was then I got close to the platinum in Burnout Paradise. I played the game for 2-3 days straight and when it popped up, I got hooked.
Lasombra: Are you a trophy hunter, platinum hunter, or a specific hunter? (Example: All GoW game hunter)
Gyrocop: I'm just a regular trophy hunter. I like getting platinums though and I try to get them, when I am able, but I'm quick to give up on them.
Lasombra: How many hours do you dedicate to trophy hunting?
Gyrocop: Too much. I play 5-6 hours a day. I do not really play, without at least vaguely going after a trophy.
What motivates you to go for that next trophy? How do you stay motivated after a long gaming session, particularly with grinding trophies?
Gyrocop: I often listen to music or watching youtube in grinding/really long sessions. It makes it easier. Also the "almost there" thoughts are also very helpful.
Lasombra: Have you ever gone through any burnout from your sessions?
Gyrocop: No... I've stayed on it. The only reason I sometimes takes breaks from trophy hunting is that something more important becomes apparent, like studying for finals and similar things.
Lasombra: What is your proudest platinum? Why? Was it your hardest?
Gyrocop: LittleBigPlanet 1. I'm proud of it because the time and effort I put into this to get it legit. No boosting or H4H, just plain practice and long nights to make my levels. I'll be getting the LBP 2 plat legit too, when I get to it.
Lasombra: Do you have a trophy goal for the year? If so, how far are you along in it?
Gyrocop: Well... I did have a goal of 40 plats, but since I completed that in the spring, I've just striving to have 100% on 40 PSN games, write a trophy guide for a Move only title, and plat a Move only title (which is hard since I only have one Move controller and most games need two).
Lasombra: Do you believe gamers should be allowed to make trophy hunting teams? Why or why not?
Gyrocop: I think trophy hunting was supposed to be a solo "sport". If there was a form of multiplayer trophy hunting, then I wouldn't have anything against it, but with the way it is now, it is kinda cheating.
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?
Gyrocop: Sure, why not? It's not like it's like Facebook, where personal details are displayed. Though it may get sites like this lesser publicity, which is bad.
Lasombra: What tips do you have for someone trying to reach the next level and going after a difficult platinum?
Gyrocop: Don't be afraid to lose the game. Don't be afraid to fail once or twice or seven hundred times. You'll get there eventually. You will not get there by giving up.
Lasombra: Regardless of the system, what pre-trophy game would you auto-buy if it was released on the PS3 with trophy support?
Gyrocop: Since Ratchet and Clank are coming soon, the next one on my list is Kingdom Hearts 2.
Lasombra: Can you please tell the viewers what the Danish gaming scene is like? Are there a lot of gamers, or is the market very small?
Gyrocop: I guess the market is like most European countries. There are no Ultra Mega Stores or something, but gaming isn't exactly obscure. I've met a good chunk of Danish gamers, as well as trophy hunters. We do, however, really only have GameStop and online stores to get disc-versions of games, but I usually download my games anyway, since I'm lazy.
Lasombra: Being from Denmark, it's a safe bet your multi-lingual. How many languages do you speak?
Gyrocop: I speak three languages, in which Danish and English being very fluent. There is of course the occasional hiccup, but I can be in an English environment without embarrassing myself. I do also speak German to some extent. I know the basics and a few more advanced words, but I'm not fluent.
Lasombra: Do the games in Denmark come in Danish or English? Do you have a language preference?
Gyrocop: Most of them are English, but there are some games, where Danish is an option like LittleBigPlanet, Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction, Sly (2nd and 3rd only) and Uncharted (text-only). Not that it really matters to me, since I usually turn on the English anyway, because I like the English voice actors better.
Lasombra: You mentioned you got your LBP1 platinum legit. Do you consider trophies achieved by use of boosting or a guide to be unlegit?
Gyrocop: Guides - of course not (I write 'em myself). They're good at having an overview of what to come, and how to find stuff and other useful things.
I'm a bit more torn on boosting. Boosting kills or wins in Shooters and Board Game Video Games is none of my concern since those are generally annoying and there is no harm in doing it, but in games like LBP where people have put TONS and TONS of effort, learning the ropes, figuring out the mechanisms, planning the level, decorating and a lot of other stuff, and it resulting in getting less fame, than an empty level with the "H4H" in it.
Lasombra: Your sig is one of the more unique ones on the sight. Are you a big Telltale fan, or do they just happen to makes games with those characters you like?
Gyrocop: Both actually. I really happen to like TellTale's point-and-click games, especially with the characters in my sig. Sam and Max is constantly funny dark humour, Guybrush Threepwood is always funny in the ridiculousness way, whereas Strong Bad (and Homsar) is just really bizarre. I'm not sure with all of these movie themed games, but I'll have a closer look at them.
Lasombra: Is there a big gaming rivalry between other Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Norway? Or is it non-existent?
Gyrocop: It's non-existent. Scandinavian countries are the best of pals. That's why we vote for each other, in Eurovision.
Lasombra: Any kind of favourite music you like to listen to during a long grinding session? A new Denmark pop or rock star that hasn't hit the mainstream yet?
Gyrocop: No. I like instrumental music for my gaming/grinding sessions. Lemon Jelly is an exceptionally good grinding music, together with a lot of indie game soundtracks, with artists like C418, SoulEye, Big Giant Circles, dB Soundworks, David Baranowsky,
Lasombra: What snacks and drinks get the Gyrocop Seal of Approval for your gaming sessions?
Gyrocop: I like eating cookies and winegum. I prefer to drink soda or juice. I like drinking Harboe sodas and Capri Sonne Juice.
You’re Russian, aren't you supposed to know like twenty different languages? Those are the Scandinavians? Remind me to keep a Scandinavian translator on the company payroll if we ever get back to our reality. Hey, he stopped emoticonning...I still don’t know what he is saying...something about a mirror and...sword hilt? That can’t be right. The truth will be revealed in Episode CLANK!
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