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  1. *Last bump* (just over 6 hours left) Best Studio Ghibli film?
  2. My faves have all been mentioned (EGTTR, Firewatch, SOMA), but I’d recommend Lake as well. Not as narrative focused but has a nice vibe to it. There was another one on PS+ a few years ago (more horror focused) called Here They Lie which was also interesting.
  3. Bumping this with some DW questions 😝: Who is your favourite Doctor and what was your favourite overall season? I kind of fell off the show during Capaldi's run and only sat through a few episodes of Jodie's, but I'm thinking of getting back into it once RTD comes back as showrunner. What have your thoughts been on Jodie's run, and are you excited for next season? Least favourite Doctor, episode, and monster/villain? If there was going to be a game made based on a particular DW episode, which one would you most like to play? Favourite and least favourite companion(s)? If there was going to be a game made based on a particular episode, which one would you most like to play? Who would your fancast be to play a future Doctor (or companion)? Did you also watch/like Torchwood?
  4. Hello and welcome back to Member Interviews! Our next interviewee is none other than @breakingthegreen. Don't go breaking their heart, let's get some questions coming in! Questions can be submitted starting now until September 28th, 2022. breakingthegreen has provided the community with a snippet about themselves to help with coming up with questions. About Me Good day everyone. I'm Breakingthegreen, I'm a person of from the UK, who's only slightly panicking about the personal questions that are coming my way, but you guys have been cordial with everyone else, so I hope you folks continue that streak . I've been a Playstation player for literally as long as I can remember, playing PS1 to PS5 and playing a bunch of Vita on the side. I'm a trophy hunter, not a hardline one, but not a hoarder either. What I mean is that I'm perfectly happy to play an "EZPZ" game, if it actually looks like a half-decent game, and I mostly only play the iffy ones when going for milestones. The kinds of games I play is annoyingly, a jack of all trades. I do tend to favour 3D Platformers, Telltale-style stories and the occasional RPG; but I do have only a limited love the overly complex games like MOBAs or fighting games. I've written 2 guides on this site, (Twin Mirror and Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins) but since those games are pretty basic to get the platinum in, I don't think of myself as a guide author since you could probably work out my tips yourself if you played either of these games; I'm also not planning any guides at the current time. Outside of this site, I am training to be a nurse and I haven't failed my exams yet, I've been training for 4 years so far since COVID halted the breaks for me in progressing. Hobby-wise: there's games obviously, but I do also have a love for escape rooms and swimming, but not at the same time. I do have a love for the logic puzzles that escape rooms provide, I even entered logic puzzle competitions back when I was in school, I didn't win, but I constantly got in the top ten percent, which is good enough for me . I like collecting smaller collectibles from things I like. In fact, I have recently bought way too many cuddly toys of Ratchet from Ratchet and Cank. I watch TV a lot too, mostly UK-based stuff like Taskmaster, Ghosts, and Doctor Who (especially Doctor Who.) I also enjoy animation of all kinds, from Amphibia to Anime, Spider-verse to Spirited Away. I am very shy irl and stutter easily and will second guess every move I make with people I talk to. While I'm not the greatest social butterfly, if you met me, you'd probably have had to deal with an unnatural amount of puns that I had to remove from this "About Me" for being too excessive. Hope y'all are nice ________________________ Interview setup The setup for all PSNP interviews will be as follows: After the new interviewee have been revealed, the PSNP community will have 10 days to ask their questions. While the community is coming up with questions, the interviewee has the time to work on the 17 standard questions After those 10 days, those questions, along with the standard questions, will be sent to the interviewee. The interviewee will have another 7 days to answer as many of the questions as they want. Once the interviewee has finished answering the questions, I will post the whole interview in a new thread. How to be an Interviewee If anyone wants to be interviewed all they have to do is say they would like to be added to the interview signup thread. After that the member will be added to the list of potential interviewees. ________________________ List of questions Standard Questions How did you come up with your PSN name? What games convinced you to get your PlayStation 3, Playstation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Playstation 5? What are your top 5 game series and why? What are your top 5 games and why? Which unreleased game(s) are you looking forward to the most and why? Do you have any other hobbies outside of gaming? Top 5 TV shows, Movies, and/or anime, why, and would you recommend them to people? Top 5 favorite music bands/group/artists/composers/OST? Your favorite platinum and why? Your least favorite platinum and why? Have you ever been tempted to switch over to the Xbox/Nintendo/PC gaming ecosystems? If you could have one game from any gaming generation be remade or re-released, which one would it be and why? How far are you willing to go for a platinum? If you could give Sony direct feedback on business decisions in the last year, and the latest console generation, what would you tell them? What is your favorite thing about PSNP? What is your least favorite thing about PSNP? Is there anyone in the PSNP Community you would like to give a shout-out to and if so, why? PSNP Community Questions (updated periodically) When did you start to be interested in trophies and what made you join PSNP? What's your opinion on Brexit? Since you're a fan of animation, which animation studio do you think is the best in the business right now? Are there any of your past GOTY picks that you don't think hold up anymore? With the year winding down, what's your current pick for GOTY that you've played, and do you think there's anything new coming this year that might dethrone your current pick? Liz Truss, how much worse than Theresa May and Boris Johnson are you expecting her to be? Who's one historic British figure beloved by the UK that you think is a wanker? Toughest platinum of the year? Since you say you adore platformers, why haven't you played the best platformer I've ever played? Are there any games you love but would never even consider getting the platinum for? Was there any reason or motivation in particular that made you want to study to become a nurse? With you being shy IRL & having some issues with communicating like stuttering & wondering if you should have said what you said or not, how do you usually deal with that when meeting new people? And do you think this would affect your ability to communicate with patients/doctors after being a nurse? What is your favorite go-to pun? What is your opinion on the 13th Doctor, the female one? I know this caused a lot of controversy in the Doctor Who community with a lot of fans boycotting the show & stopped watching altogether. If you were to write another guide, is there any game in particular you'd be interested in writing for? Are there any guides this year you've used that you'd like to give a shout-out to specifically? Do you have any memorable escape room stories? What was the first game you played that really got you into gaming, if you can remember it? And if so, do you think the game still holds up today? What game do you think deserves a full-blown remake? Who is your favourite Doctor and what was your favourite overall season? I kind of fell off the show during Capaldi's run and only sat through a few episodes of Jodie's, but I'm thinking of getting back into it once RTD comes back as showrunner. What have your thoughts been on Jodie's run, and are you excited for next season? Least favourite Doctor, episode, and monster/villain? If there was going to be a game made based on a particular DW episode, which one would you most like to play? Favourite and least favourite companion(s)? Who would your fancast be to play a future Doctor (or companion)? Did you also watch/like Torchwood? If GB would be connected by a landbridge, would you prefer it going to France or to Norway? What is the difference between two identical things? Stack rank your top 10 Taskmaster contestants. If you had to rank every game you've ever played from best to worst, which one do you think would be in the exact middle? If you had to pick three videogame NPC characters, with whom you will attend the wedding of one of your exes, and you all have to drive there in a small eco-friendly car, for a minimum of a 13 hour drive, and you have to be the driver the entire way, and you know that one of them will be choosing all the music you listen to, one will get slightly too drunk and loud at the wedding, and one will be picking the outfit you wear, which three do you pick, and why? What's your opinion of mint chocolate? How many Weetabix is too many Weetabix? What is a game that everybody seems to love that you really couldn't get into? Do you prefer your trophies shaken or stirred??! Best Studio Ghibli film? What's the worst movie with your favourite actor? What's the best movie with an actor you hate in the lead role? Do you like to cheese games as much as Lizzie likes cheese? What do twiglets taste like? I've never had one (we don't have them in NA), but I'm curious to know. I also have a stutter, so I can definitely sympathize with the issues that come with having one. I applaud your willingness to share about it; for most of my life I didn't want to talk about mine because I was embarrassed, but as I get older I trying more and more to be as open about it as possible (it's part of who I am, after all). If you're willing to share, I'm curious to know: how do you feel when other people feel the need to finish a sentence for you? Personally, I find it infuriating - I'd much rather people allow me to take the time and finish my thoughts for myself, even though it can be a struggle at times. When they talk on my behalf, it's like they're so uncomfortable with my struggle that they just need to end their own discomfort by speaking for me. How do you feel about it?
  5. Hey PSNP! Welcome back to another member interview. Our current interviewee is @ObsiEez! ObsiEez Standard Questions How did you come up with your PSN name? Funnily enough, I wasn't really the one who came up with it. When I was around 12 or 13 my friend gave me one of his extra Minecraft accounts which had the name ObsiEez. I played a lot of Minecraft back then, so everyone just came to know me as ObsiEez and call me by that name, so I just adopted it for everything by that point and have been using the name ever since. What games convinced you to get your PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5? There wasn't really any games that convinced me to buy any platform other than the Vita. For the Vita, I bought it solely to play Persona 4 Golden and everything else was just a bonus. For PS3, 4, and 5, I never really bought those for specific games and more like just bought them because I enjoyed the consoles. I used to play Xbox 360 more than anything but after all my friends swapped to PS3 I ended up swapping as well and never looked back. What are your top 5 game series and why? Kingdom Hearts: I've been a LOONG time Kingdom Hearts fan ever since the first one came out on PS2 back in 2002. While I wasn't very good at video games back then, I still absolutely loved it as a kid. After Kingdom Hearts 2 came out I begged my mom to buy it for me and would play it pretty much all day. After that I fell out of touch with the series as all the next games came out for platforms I didn't have and I slowly forgot about the game until 2016 when I found 1.5 Remix for the PS3 for $5 in 2016. I instantly bought it and relived my childhood memories while also experiencing titles that I had never played before. From there, I went on & bought 2.5 Remix and relived some more. The story is great and exploring the Disney worlds is extremely fun, especially when coupled with the Final Fantasy characters appearing. Though the gameplay is basic, it still provides some fun, especially when you try to challenge yourself. I could probably talk for HOURS about Kingdom Hearts and just how much I love the games as it's easily my favorite series, got it memorized. Persona: While I only discovered Persona when Persona 5 released, I loved it so much I went back and played all the games and loved those even more. It was a series I slept HEAVILY on and was so glad I made an impulsive purchase to buy Persona 5, because if not for that I wouldn't have gotten to experience these masterpieces. It's a series I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys JRPGs. While the fanbase can be... extremely cringe for a lack of a better term, don't let it ruin the series for you as they're such great titles. The characters and story and fantastic and are easily the best parts of the games. A lot of people aren't a big fan of how much dialogue is in the games, but I personally love it when the game sucks you in with its story and characters. Legend of Zelda: I was a massive Legend of Zelda fan growing up and I still am. I have a bunch of Legend of Zelda merch from limited edition nightlights, pocket watches, and posters. Legend of Zelda was one of the main series I played when I was younger as I had access to just about all the games since my older brother also grew up with the series and would get the games when they came out. Every now and again I still go back to play some Legend of Zelda just to scratch that itch because there aren't really many games like it on PSN that are good. The dungeon crawling aspects of the game and exploration are just so much fun in games. While the story is usually lacking pretty heavily, it makes up for it with just how fun the game is, no matter how simple it is. Dark Souls: Another series I only got into within the last few years that I slept on. My brother bought Dark Souls 1 back around launch and I played it and absolutely HATED it. I was dying constantly and had no idea where to go. I ended up quitting and writing the game off as bad like many other people have and still do. I didn't get back into the series until I tried Bloodborne years later and ended up loving it. Because of that, it prompted me to go back to previous FromSoftware titles and I absolutely loved them. The combat is just so satisfying, especially when you get past that area or boss that you've been stuck on or has been being a massive pain in your butt. Yakuza: I absolutely love the Yakuza series and have been slowly going through and platinuming them all since 2019. The scale of the world and just how much content they can shove into it is, in my opinion, unmatched. So much content packed in such a small map, and a lot of it being pretty enjoyable. The story is extremely serious and well written, while the sub-stories are extremely goofy and are a really good refresher from the main story. The gameplay is also extremely fun with just getting to absolutely destroy everyone who is a little too dense to realize they're messing with the strongest people in the area. Honorable Mention: Hitman. While it didn't crack my top 5, I'm a pretty big Hitman fan as well and have gotten all of the Hitman platinums that are available on PSN. I absolutely love the freedom you have to play and eliminate your targets, especially in the newer titles. The story for the Hitman games has never really been the strongest and is usually extremely basic, but the gameplay is just so much fun and with so much freedom of choice in the games, there is a lot of replayability to the games. What are your top 5 games and why? Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: While picking my favorite game is extremely difficult, I would have to give the edge to Majora's Mask simply because I loved it as a kid, and I love it now. The setting, the mask mechanic, the darker tone of the game, just everything about the game is so good. It's an improvement from Ocarina of Time in every way possible. It's one of the few games I would do challenge runs on such as 3 heart runs, no deaths, and speedruns, all just for fun. I really wish they still made Legend of Zelda titles like it, but sadly they haven't made a Legend of Zelda title that has even come close since Twilight Princess Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: Just about everything about this game is perfect. The story, the characters, the worlds you visit, the gameplay. Birth by Sleep changed up the Kingdom Hearts gameplay by making your magic/abilities be linked to a wheel which I thought flowed so much better than the numbered Kingdom Hearts games. The story and characters are also fantastic and I think that overall they're the main character trilogy with Aqua being just my favorite character in the series overall (only behind Axel). This would probably be my #1 favorite if not for 1 thing. Terra's goddamn gameplay. Terra's gameplay feels like nails on a chalkboard and drained a lot of fun out of the game, especially if you decide to play on a harder difficulty or go for 100% completion. Persona 4 Golden: Probably my favorite game from the Persona series as it had my favorite characters and the story was just an absolute banger. While the gameplay and soundtrack aren't nearly as good as Persona 5, the best parts of the games will always be the characters and story and for me, Persona 4 Golden has the better balance of characters and story. Not to mention, it was the one I had the most fun playing. After buying my Vita specifically to play this game, all my free time was spent in bed just playing it until I'd go to sleep. I'm looking forward to the PS4 version coming out (along with Persona 3 and Persona 5 Royal's PS5 version) to be able to play and platinum it again! Hack//G.U.: A more niche title here, but Hack//G.U. is such an amazing game. To this day, I personally think this game has some of the best world building ever. You really feel like you're just some dude playing an MMORPG and that the characters you just see wandering around and talking on the forums that have absolutely nothing to do with the story, feel like real people. The gameplay is extremely dated however, since the game did come out on the PS2. It can get boring and repetitive to play, but whenever that'd happen I'd visit the forums on the game and read about what some random dude who has nothing to do with the game's story talk about running dungeons, where to farm loot, sharing art, talking about stuff happening within the game, or just about their life. I highly recommend this game to absolutely anyone who's a fan of JRPGs. Especially since it goes on sale for extremely cheap very often. (Like $5-$10 USD for a 150-hour game cheap). The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion: I'll start off with the fact I'm VERY upset there isn't a trophy list for this game on PSN as I would have 100% it instantly. Oblivion is probably one of my favorite Western RPGs of all time. The goofiness of it and the sheer amount of fun you can have with this game is unmatched. I played it for hours on Xbox 360 back in the day but recently got into it again on PC and have been loving the absolute goofiness of it again. I mean, in what other game can I look as beautiful as this? Honorable Mention: Trails in the Sky: Second Chapter: While this game doesn't crack my top 5, I couldn't just NOT mention it. I just recently finished this game around 2 months ago on my journey to go through the series and all I can say is, play it. It's an absolute BANGER of a game and has such an amazing story with absolutely fantastic characters. The gameplay I'm not the biggest fan of (it's really really dated and kind of boring) but the story is just absolutely amazing and is probably one of the best games (story wise) I've played this year so far. Sadly, it only got an NA release on PC, so if you do decide to play it, you'll have to play it there. Which unreleased game(s) are you looking forward to the most and why? Callisto Protocol - I loved Dead Space and played them all on the 360 back in the day, so really hyped to see Glen Schofield dipping his toes back into the genre again. While I am a little iffy on it being under the studio for PUBG, I hold out hope for the big man himself that he'll deliver a banger game. Lies of P - I'm a massive souls-like fan, so when I saw a Bloodborne-esque one based on Pinocchio, there's no way I would let that pass up. Sadly the game still doesn't have an actual release date, but it does release in 2023 and that will be an instant buy from me Eternights - Just recently announced at one of the Sony State of Plays, the game looks super interesting. The creator behind the game said he was inspired after playing through Persona and wanted to make a game like it, and as a big Persona fan, I'm really looking forward to it. The trailer showed a lot of focus on romance however which I might not like when it releases if it turns out to be a massive part of the game, but I'll find out once it comes out. Persona 6 - While there's been no official announcement yet, it was confirmed a few years ago that Persona 6 was in development and I have been counting the days since. I really hope that whenever the game does come out, the soundtrack is closer to Persona 5's as I wasn't a fan of 3's soundtrack being heavily hip-hop focused & 4's being heavily pop-focused, though no matter what the soundtrack ends up being I'll be buying the game day 1. Do you have any other hobbies outside of gaming? Sadly, not really unless you count guide writing (which would still be gaming related). Most of my hobbies I have dropped over the years or haven't invested the time/money into them. Learning to play an instrument is a hobby I've been interested in picking up but I just haven't invested the money into it. My brother plays guitar and is extremely good at it and has tried to teach me when I was younger but I never had the patience for it. I've been interested in trying something like bass or drums, but just haven't done it yet. Top 5 TV shows, Movies, and/or anime, why, and would you recommend them to people? (Movie) American Psycho: I love this movie so much and it is an absolute cinematic masterpiece. Everything from the scenes, the lighting, the soundtrack used, the subtle dialogue shifts, everything. It's a movie I'd recommend to literally anyone who hasn't seen the movie before. If you need any convincing to watch this movie, check out the Morning Routine scene near the start of the movie which perfectly paints the picture of someone who is obsessive over himself. After that scene, you can check out the most popular scene of the movie, the Business Card scene which also just further drives home his materialistic nature. (Anime) ERASED: I cannot express how much I love this anime. It is by far my favorite anime of all time. It's a psychological drama where a guy goes back in time and tries to save someone from his school who ended up being kidnapped and later found dead. It's a super great anime that tugs at your heartstrings, especially if you knew someone in a similar situation growing up. There is nothing about the anime I can really say that wouldn't be a spoiler, so I'll drop the Trailer here for anyone to watch. (Anime) Assassination Classroom: Another banger anime that is both extremely goofy and extremely serious at the same time. Ever wanted to try and watch a bunch of kids try and assassinate their superhuman teacher, who is also teaching them how to do it? Then this anime is for you! It's a super enjoyable watch that can get you to laugh in 1 episode, and then tug at your heartstrings the next. Here is a Clip near the start of the anime which can kind of give you a feel for how it'd play out and I highly recommend watching it if you haven't as I'd say it's my personal favorite anime. (TV Show) The Blacklist: Really the only TV Show I watch anymore these days. It's a super great show about the FBI's most wanted turning himself in and helping the FBI catch some of the worst of the worst criminals, but only with the help of a certain FBI agent. If you've read my introduction, you'd know I used a scene from this show to illustrate why I think a good soundtrack can either make or break a scene, and this show really has plenty more examples of great scene writing as well. Though the show isn't as good as the earlier seasons anymore, it's still an amazing watch and you can watch the Trailer for the first episode if you're curious. (Anime) Parasyte: The Maxim: Another great anime about a guy who gets infected with a parasite in his hand which then becomes sentient and can control his hand whenever it wants. It has a lot of really cool action scenes and a really well-done story that I really enjoyed. This was the best Trailer I could find for the show which shows some clips from it meshed with some scenes from the opening and its opening theme song (which on a side note, is one of my favorite anime openings). Top 5 favorite music bands/group/artists/composers/OST? System of a Down: I grew up listening to SOAD and love just about every single song they've ever put out. I was upset when they broke up due to creative differences, but everything good has to come to an end at some point. The best album by them for me would easily be Toxicity with my favorite song from the album being Forest. SOAD is one of the more goofy metal bands out there, but they make music about really hard-hitting topics that are hidden by their goofiness. Slipknot: Another metal band I grew up listening to and still listen to currently. While Slipknot has had some hit-or-miss songs, I love a majority of them and Corey Taylor's voice is just absolutely amazing. My favorite album by them would probably be The Subliminal Verses with either The Blister Exists or The Nameless being my favorite song from the album. Fit for a King: A metal band I discovered more recently thanks to Spotify which was one of the few times they ever recommended something good. The instrumental and lyrics are just so great from them and I usually listen to them when I feel like getting more pumped up. My favorite overall album would probably be Creation|Destruction, but my favorite song would easily be More Than Nameless from the album Deathgrip. If you're a fan of metal music, I highly recommend checking them out. Mick Gordon: The brilliant mastermind behind the DOOM 2016 & Eternal soundtracks. Listening to his music while massacring demons was EASILY the best part of the game and without it, it wouldn't have been even half as good. the Rip & Tear track off DOOM 2016 just slaps so hard. Same with The Only Thing They Fear Is You from DOOM Eternal. The fact Bethesda fired this man because he wanted to share the banger soundtracks he made for the games like he did with the first one was an absolutely brain dead move on their part. Persona 5 Strikers OST: Easily my favorite Persona soundtrack, mostly because they went with a more rock/metal focus for the more face paced gameplay which was an absolute BRILLIANT move on their part as it produced some banger tracks. Especially the remastered tracks from Persona 5 being more rock/metal focused which make them slap even harder, like the Blooming Villain track for example which is my favorite track from the game. Hope they have tracks similar in Persona 6, but that's just wishful thinking. Your favorite platinum and why? God, it's so hard to choose a favorite as there are so many good ones that I'm either super proud of or just had the most fun platinuming. I'd say the platinum I'm most proud of would be SuperHot VR since I'm a bigger dude who doesn't get much physical activity outside of everyday living. The game requires A LOT of movement and skill to be able to execute some of the things you'll need to do for the platinum. By the time I finished the platinum I had actually lost a few pounds because of just how much I was moving around. The platinum is also pretty difficult because it requires a lot of muscle memory, memorizing the locations of all enemies/useful items, accuracy, and fast reaction time. The platinum isn't for the faint of heart I can say that at least. As for the one I had the most fun platinuming, I'd have to say it'd be The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, which is another VR title. This game is just the definition of fun and is also probably my favorite VR game in general. While going for the platinum I enjoyed just every second of it and it never really felt like I was tediously grinding for survivor spawns/specific loot because of just how much fun playing the game was. If you have a PSVR or even a PCVR, I highly recommend picking up this game if you haven't as it's just a super fun game all around. Your least favorite platinum and why? Easily the My Name is Mayo stacks and Mr. Massagy. They're the only 3 titles that are 80%+ platinum completion on my profile and they weren't fun games. I'm not a fan of those types of platinums, so I never buy them. The only one I've actually bought was My Name is Mayo since my brother bought Mr. Massagy. Playing them just wasn't fun in the slightest and I'd hardly call them a game honestly. If you want to platinum those types of games or buy those types of games, you can feel free, It's just not for me personally which is why I haven't done it since. Have you ever been tempted to switch over to the Xbox/Nintendo/PC gaming ecosystems? While Playstation is my main platform, I play a lot of PC as well and I do own a few Nintendo consoles as well. Owning those pretty much covers my gaming sphere as Xbox games these days come out on PC as well so the only ones I'm missing out on are the old school titles that never made it to PC like Fable 2 and 3 for example, which is very upsetting since I love Fable. Other than Playstation, PC is probably the one I play the most since it's where I play all my multiplayer games usually or just games that can only be played on PC. Most of my Nintendo consoles are just collecting dust as I don't really play them often since they're either games I've played several times already and the Switch doesn't have anything I'm interested in releasing. So overall, I don't think I'd ever swap off Playstation permanently. If you could have one game from any gaming generation be remade or re-released, which one would it be and why? Harvest Moon: Magical Melody. I'm a massive Harvest Moon fan (the old stuff, not the new garbage), so I would love to see Magical Melody released on PSN be it a port, remaster, or remake. The game is currently only playable on Gamecube so your only choice to play the game theses days it to own a Gamecube/Wii and the game itself, or just emulate it. We did get A Wonderful Life on PSN which came out around the same time so there is still a chance we might get it, but with Nintendo being.... Nintendo, I wouldn't hold my breath for it. How far are you willing to go for a platinum? I've went pretty far to get some platinums, like pushing my actual body for SuperHot VR and Creed: Rise to Glory, going through absolutely insane grinds like Yakuza 0, absolutely bullshit broken mechanics like in Yakuza 3, or even tolerating an absolutely terrible game like Alekhine's Gun. I would say I'd go pretty far for a platimum, but there have been some games that took it too far like Final Fantasy 9 with the 1000 jumprope or Far Cry 2 with just the insane multiplayer boosting that I couldn't care less to do. If you could give Sony direct feedback on business decisions in the last year, and the latest console generation, what would you tell them? Fix your dogshit web browser store. The old store front was so much better than the current one which still to this day, is missing features from the original store front such as seeing images/videos for games when you go to their store page. I much prefer looking through the sales on my browser but I have to end up having like 3 tabs open just to do it. 1 for the store, 1 for PSNProfiles to make sure there is no unobtainable/glitched trophies, and 1 to actually look game screenshots/videos of the game itself. What is your favorite thing about PSNP? The guides easily. The guides are some of the highest quality guides you can find online (usually). Overall the quality is just so much better than other sites and as a guide writer myself, I absolutely love writing guides for the site to help out fellow PSNProfile members or just a random person who decides to come and check out the guide to help them along with their platinum, What is your least favorite thing about PSNP? The leaderboards. I honestly couldn't care less about the leaderboards and it's honestly been a mess of late either way. Is there anyone in the PSNP Community you would like to give a shout-out to and if so, why? I'd like to shout-out the entire Guide Team here @Dreggit @Roronora_Zoro666 @Vanqishd @Charizarzar, as they have just been absolutely killing it. Super helpful with the guide writers, consistent publication, fast response times, and overall just chill to talk it over with being it guides or just something else entirely. Keep up the good work guys, you're doing an absolutely fantastic job! Community Questions What are some of your favorite video game soundtracks? Like mentioned above, I love the Persona 5 Strikers and DOOM 2016/Eternal soundtracks. I'm also a big fan of Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time's and Final Fantasy 7's soundtracks. Sometimes whenever I'm trophy hunting and I don't have to listen to the game, I'll put on some tracks from the games and just jam out to them. What are some of your favorite metal bands? Like mentioned above, I love the likes of System of a Down, Slipknot, and Fit for a King. Some other ones I really enjoy that I didn't mention is Disturbed, Nekrogoblikon, Tool, Korn, and Slayer. I'm actually listening to some System of a Down as I answer these questions! What is your opinion on this use of song in a movie? I think it's my favorite sequence and use of song ever. (just the part when Wick looks the dude in the eyes while he dies.) I love it. John Wick are really the only recent movies I've actually been a fan of watching. The scene is beautifully done and the music used in the scene is perfectly complementary since it's all calm and dream like, then the Baba Yaga appears and wakes up everyone. Looking forward to the 4th one! Nice to meet you, Schenectady KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND McMartigan. The AK has just one question for you... Damn, you got my middle name! Honestly though, I'm not a big fan of pie and the only type of pie I really eat is Lemon Meringue pie since that slaps. I just don't like the chunkiness of the filling in most pies. What is the most recent job you had? Did you like it? Absolutely not. I was a cashier at some snobby grocery store where I'd pretty much encounter entitled pricks several times of day that trying to talk with was like nails on the chalkboard since they'd either not say anything or start complaining about nothing, such as "I'm scanning your items too fast". The actual management there wasn't any better and would probably have resorted to slave labor to run the store if that was legal. I ended up getting fired from the job for reasons I can't legally disclose, but it has something to do with the fact I don't have to work for the next few years so I can take my time looking for a job I'll actually enjoy. Can you name any good game that was somehow ruined by a mediocre soundtrack? I can think of plenty honestly. While the games are still enjoyable to play, they could have been better with the right sound. Like the Assassin's Creed titles, Far Cry titles, Final Fantasy 7 Remake (the remade tracks were worse than the original), and I'd say Skryim. While Skyrim's opening theme is fire, the rest of the tracks just kinda blow. What is an otherwise great game that is ruined by its soundtrack? Resident Evil Director's Cut. It's terrible, hard to listen to, and doesn't fit. I think I would rather have played the game in silence than listen to that WAMP WAMP WAMP track ever again. When you are considering a good soundtrack in a game, do you like when songs use a meta instrumentation to fit the theming of the game or area? Consider this example where the main character, Robin, is a mechanic. The song heavily uses industrial sounds and mechanical elements on the title screen. While it isn't a requirement for making a good soundtrack for a game, it absolutely does add more personality to the tracks which I love. Tailored soundtracks for the character/scene/setting is always better than not doing it. Another example that is more tailored to the setting would be Life is Strange where the soundtrack is comprised of Indie Rock, which in that setting fits really well. While I personally hate Indie Rock with a passion, I cannot deny that it fits perfectly with that game. What is a sound element in a game that you don't like hearing? For example, some people do not like the usage of the Wilhelm scream. Others do not like random sharp noises that serve no purpose. I'll start off by saying I love hearing the Wilhelm scream in games because it always gives me a nice laugh. The main thing I don't like is hearing random loud or sharp noises like you've mentioned. Even when in context I still don't like hearing them simply due to the fact that extremely loud or sharp noises hurt my ears and causes my tinnitus to flare up which usually just ends up giving me a headache. While there are some times in games where those noises make sense to play, like a bunch of metal pipes dropping onto a metal floor will obviously make a very loud sharp noise so it would make sense to play in that situation, still makes me up set lol. If you could give a shout-out to any musical composer, who would it be and why? Mick Gordon easily. Like I mentioned above, I really enjoy the DOOM 2016/Eternal soundtracks and in my opinion, I don't think those games would have been even half as good without Mick Gordon composing the music for those games. Still think it was an absolutely brain dead move on Bethesda part for firing him, but Bethesda hasn't exactly been making the best decisions within the last few years, so it doesn't come as a surprise. He still makes music/sound design for other games, so lets hope one of them let him make some more bangers. What is your favorite example of a playable instrument in a game? While I haven't personally played the game, The Last of Us II's Acoustic Guitar that you can play looks surprising detailed, to the point where people have been able to make accurate cover songs on it. I've seen a few videos on it and I will say it was a very well done implementation and I hope more games in the future add more in-depth instruments like that which aren't just "Press the button that appears". How often do you like to play games outside your comfort zone? I do enjoy trying new games, but I don't really venture into specific genres usually. If it's a racing or sports game, chances are I won't play it since those are genres I just heavily dislike. 2D/platformers are another one I'm not a big fan of and that I usually avoid, but I don't completely write those games off like the previous 2 genres. Think of a game that you enjoy, but imagine that it never released. Now consider that it was remade under modern tropes, rules, and with modern technology as its first ever release. What would that game be and how do you think it would do in today's market? For example, if Resident Evil never released, and none of the games that came after it were released either, if the debut of Resident Evil was today, how do you think it would do? For Resident Evil, I still think it'd be just fine if the series never existed and released today under modern tropes simply due to the fact that even if Resident Evil didn't exist, people enjoy horror games, especially good ones. So if it released today, I still think people would buy it and enjoy it simply due to that. Though, the game would probably be in first person if it released today since most horror games these days are. As for one I can think of myself, Kingdom Hearts. If the series never existed and was released today with modern tropes, I actually don't think the game would have done well and Kingdom Hearts 3 kind of drives that point home with it not being all that good. I think the reason that game blew up so much was because it was released when both Disney and Final Fantasy were extremely popular and the studios weren't trying to commit financial suicide with all their bad decisions. So thankfully, that game released when it did. Are there any guides that you would like to commend? For more recently, I'd absolutely love to commend @angelbless45 for his absolutely amazing DreadOut 2 guide. The use of pictures, the formatting, it's all just sooo good. It's probably my favorite guide this year in terms of formatting as it's super well done and I'm totally not going to steal that idea in the future. angelbless45's guides though have always given me a lot of inspiration because of just how well done they are and was a big inspiration when creating my Fobia: St. Dinfa Hotel guide, though it doesn't hold a candle to his newest one. As for just sheer amount of detail, I would also like to commend you @Dreggit. The Final Fantasy 14 Triple Triad Compendium guide is absolutely fantastic and full of so much detail. I've even used the guide a bit on PC to collect some of the cards I was missing, though I didn't get very many before going back on a break from the game. The guide also holds the most pictures in a single guide, toppling my own guide. Wish you could have let me hold that crown for just a liiiittle longer lol. With the author community now having a community for themselves, how do you think that has changed the authorship process? Better or worse? Better. So much better. Ever since the new Guide Team and the Guide Writer's discord was created the guide quality has just jumped massively. The quick response time from Guide Team members in the discord while also being able to get assistance/feedback easily from other quality writers just helps with guide writing immensely and I've gotten plenty of feedback and ideas from some of the writers within the discord that have helped even my own guides be better than they would have been otherwise. If you ever met me in person, what would you say? (from Dreggit) Well, I'd say lets go hit up the local bar. From there, we can shoot the shit about gaming or anything else. What are your earliest memories from life? One of my earliest memories would probably be seeing my brother's friend running around outside my apartment building and watching him through the window when he tripped and absolutely shattered his knee. His knee was covered in blood with a hole in his leg afterwards as well. From what I can remember, he couldn't walk on that leg for a few weeks. Though I was super super young when I saw that, so it could have been just a little scrap and my kid brain thought it was way worse than it was and I just remembered it that way, who knows! Have you ever met someone famous? Not really. I have family members who are in the film industry and meet famous people quite frequently, but I never have personally. Ever just dropped the controller and just stood there when the music hit just right in a game? Usually during the credits of a game that was just absolutely fantastic. I did it with all the Persona games as well as Trails in the Sky: SC. There are just some times when you can't bring yourself to skip the credits and you just have to sit there and absorb it all while contemplating your life now that the game is finished. On a five-hour train ride, would you rather read a book or play games on a handheld? Handheld games probably. I haven't really read a book in a long time. While I've had the interest to go back and try reading again, every time I've tried I ended up not being able to commit to it. I have tried audiobooks, so maybe I'll give those a try at some point. Toads or frogs? Frogs. Frogs all the way. Impressive profile!! I noticed at a quick glance, it appears you have a vast majority of the Kingdom Hearts series finished... Do you plan to finish them off to attain Kingdom Hearts deity status??! Thank you! I take pride in my profile being (mostly) quality games. And yes, I 100% plan to do every single Kingdom Hearts platinum and I do own them all. The only thing stopping me is just how much I dislike the gameplay for Chain of Memories and am dreading doing it again. As well as some of the sections of Birth by Sleep being an absolute NIGHTMARE. Looking at you Terra. On a side note as well, still upset they added a single region stack for Kingdom Hearts 3 because I won't be doing that one so it won't look as clean once everything is done. What's the best Canadian TV show, and why is it Trailer Park Boys? You're correct, it is Trailer Park Boys. Nothing else even comes close. I love the Trailer Park Boys and used to watch it all the time, not so much anymore though. I do live relatively close to where the Trailer Park Boys was filmed though and I can confirm that the show is actually quite accurate to how people live in the region of Canada as I knew a lot of people like that and still do know people like that. Given that you're a FromSoftware fan, are you interested in their legacy titles? I have never played anything FromSoftware has released before Demon Souls, so I am interested in trying some of their legacy titles. If the new title coming out is actually a new Armored Core game, I'll be buying it to try it out for sure! Platinum you're interested in pursuing despite not feeling like you're capable of it? It's actually a game you're quite familiar with, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. I've always wanted to play the game and just recently bought it a few months back. I know the game is very highly skill dependent and that I haven't played many games like it, so I'm iffy on my ability to actually pull it off. What would your last meal be? Japanese A5 Wagyu Steak. If I'm going to die, I'm going out with one of the best tasting steaks on this earth and I will eat as much as I can before I end up exploding since I'm gonna die anyway. What's the best thing about living in Canada? The ability to get injured or just need a basic check up and then just go and get it checked out for free. Though as a counter balance, some of our taxes are ridiculously high, especially where I live since it's up there with the most taxed provinces. You mentioned The Blacklist - what were your thoughts on those animated episodes that happened because of the pandemic? I like that they didn't just drop the show and tried to give us something. Sadly, that something was pretty bad. The animations are awful and there are so many scenes that would have been much better if they weren't animated. Personally, I think I rather would have waited to be able to continue watching the show since those animated episodes weren't it. If they had hired a different animator or went with a different visual style instead of PS2 comic book style, it might have turned out better. What have been your best and/or worst boosting experiences? I have plenty of bad boosting experiences, so we'll start with 2 of those specifically since they're both pretty bad. I have several bad boosting sessions for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood back in around 2017-2018 where absolutely no one would ever show up or only a few would show up, but not enough to actually start the sessions. This happened several times which prompted me to just give up on the game at the time. The next one was actually more recent with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag on PS3 where I had created a sessions stating exactly what we were doing and when. One person joined and showed up and just when we were about to start, complained that we weren't going to boost EXP (which you can literally grind to level 55 solo very easily, so it wasn't a part of the session). He start complaining that all we were doing was the DLC trophies and that he wasn't going to get anything, which wasn't true since we were getting all the trophies from both the base game and DLC that required more than 1 person, all of which he didn't have. We tried to explain to him it was never mentioned or planned that we were going to boost EXP in which he just said some rude comments and then left the boosting group which left us 1 player down. Luckily someone else had just got on to replace him and the session went off without a hitch from there with everyone earning the trophies they needed. Moral of that story, always have back-up members. In terms of the best sessions, it was actually in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood as well. In 2021 there was a new session posted and I said "screw it" and joined it not expecting much to come out of it. However, the people I joined ended up being serious about wanting to grind the trophies out and were super chilling. We were just in voice call for hours joking around and just talking as we grinded out the trophies. We even went on to boost Revelations afterwards as well since it was just going so well. While we did have a few join and leave instantly after getting their trophies, the main group I boosted with stayed to the very end until we all had it. I still message some of them every now and again as well. What would be the best and worst video game worlds to live in? Well I can say the worst would probably be any of the Dark Souls worlds. Nothing ever goes right there and death is around every corner if not already directly on you. So I imagine it'd be quite a terrible world to live in. As for the best, there are actually plenty but really any calming farming sim game would be chill to live in since it's just a normal everyday world. I'd personally probably pick Rune Factory 4's world honestly since the people in the town are super chill and it'd just be a very enjoyable experience to live there. What's your all-time favourite movie score (if you haven't answered this already)? Tenacious D The Pick of Destiny would probably be my favorite. Especially since it's also my favorite musical in general. I still jam out to tracks from the movie to this day and absolutely love it. Highly recommend the movie in general as well if anyone hasn't seen it! ____________________________________________________________________ Thank you to all who participated in asking questions in this interview! See you soon for the next one.
  6. I don't think this was as polished as Until Dawn, but the characters (for the most part) stand out and it has some dark humour going for it, and even after losing count of how many playthroughs I did, I didn't really find it as horribly boring as I have with similar games like Beyond: Two Souls or Man of Medan. Apart from Chapter 7 though... that really needed a skip option.
  7. Sony seems to have stopped allowing difficulty trophies in the main lists of first-party games, so that's usually why you'll see them added later as DLC.
  8. *Last bump* (closing in about 2 hours) What would your last meal be? What's the best thing about living in Canada? You mentioned The Blacklist - what were your thoughts on those animated episodes that happened because of the pandemic? What have been your best and/or worst boosting experiences? What would be the best and worst video game worlds to live in? What's your all-time favourite movie score (if you haven't answered this already)?
  9. I've sent you a PM about a Guide related matter that I need an answer to fairly urgently please :).

  10. Thanks for the heads up.
  11. Hello and welcome back to Member Interviews! Our next interviewee is none other than @ObsiEez! Let's peel back his layers and get to know more about him. Questions can be submitted starting now until August 31st, 2022. ObsiEez has provided the community with a snippet about themselves to help with coming up with questions. About Me Hello everyone! My name is Devon, better known as ObsiEez to everyone here. I'm 23 (turning 24 next month) & I'm from Canada! I'm currently unemployed due to the extremely bad job market here where I live so I will probably still be unemployed for a while because of it. Though thankfully I have enough savings to last me a long while, so thankfully I won't ever be struggling to get by. I've been gaming for pretty much as long as I can remember. I enjoy reading books & watching anime as well, but both of those have kind of fallen to the sidelines as I haven't done either for a while now since I've spent most of my free time gaming instead more recently. I mainly game on PlayStation and PC, but I also have a Switch that I play occasionally whenever I'm on the go or... elsewhere. I'm super passionate about music & firmly believe a good soundtrack makes up 50% of any scene in a game/film. Having the right track can honestly make or break a scene. This scene from The Blacklist (massive spoilers in that link for the show), is a perfect example of making sure you have the right soundtrack for your scene & perfectly crafting it to maximize the soundtrack & impact that you will get from it. I'm extremely hard of hearing & I have only about 40% hearing left (most of which is in my right ear) which does get worse with each year that passes which only makes me more passionate about music & the importance of soundtracks in both gaming & films. On the same topic of music, my favorite genre of music would have to be Metal as there is just so much you can do with the genre & nothing gets your blood pumping quite like it. So if anyone has any metal band recommendations as well, I would love to know because Spotify's discover weekly hasn't been cutting it lol. I'm also a guide writer here & have written quite a few guides that I'm super proud of. Guide writing to me is not only a way to express my enjoyment of the game, but to try and have the game reach a wider audience here on PSNProfiles that otherwise may have overlooked it or didn't play it because it never had a guide, which is why I primarily write for more niche titles. Also just a little fun fact to throw in directly at the end! My middle name comes from a summon in Final Fantasy 7 since my brother was playing Final Fantasy 7 at the time & my parents had no idea what to make my middle name. Which summon? I'll never tell ________________________ Interview setup The setup for all PSNP interviews will be as follows: After the new interviewee have been revealed, the PSNP community will have 10 days to ask their questions. While the community is coming up with questions, the interviewee has the time to work on the 17 standard questions After those 10 days, those questions, along with the standard questions, will be sent to the interviewee. The interviewee will have another 7 days to answer as many of the questions as they want. Once the interviewee has finished answering the questions, I will post the whole interview in a new thread. How to be an Interviewee If anyone wants to be interviewed all they have to do is say they would like to be added on the interview signup thread. After that the member will be added to the list of potential interviewees. ________________________ List of questions Standard Questions How did you come up with your PSN name? What games convinced you to get your PlayStation 3, Playstation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Playstation 5? What are your top 5 game series and why? What are your top 5 games and why? Which unreleased game(s) are you looking forward to the most and why? Do you have any other hobbies outside of gaming? Top 5 TV shows, Movies, and/or anime, why, and would you recommend them to people? Top 5 favorite music bands/group/artists/composers/OST? Your favorite platinum and why? Your least favorite platinum and why? Have you ever been tempted to switch over to the Xbox/Nintendo/PC gaming ecosystems? If you could have one game from any gaming generation be remade or re-released, which one would it be and why? How far are you willing to go for a platinum? If you could give Sony direct feedback on business decisions in the last year, and the latest console generation, what would you tell them? What is your favorite thing about PSNP? What is your least favorite thing about PSNP? Is there anyone in the PSNP Community you would like to give a shout-out to and if so, why? PSNP Community Questions (updated periodically) What are some of your favorite video game soundtracks? What are some of your favorite metal bands? What is your opinion on this use of song in a movie? I think it's my favorite sequence and use of song ever. (just the part when Wick looks the dude in the eyes while he dies.) Nice to meet you, Schenectady KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND McMartigan. The AK has just one question for you... What is the most recent job you had? Did you like it? Can you name any good game that was somehow ruined by a mediocre soundtrack? What is an otherwise great game that is ruined by its soundtrack? When you are considering a good soundtrack in a game, do you like when songs use a meta instrumentation to fit the theming of the game or area? Consider this example where the main character, Robin, is a mechanic. The song heavily uses industrial sounds and mechanical elements on the title screen. What is a sound element in a game that you don't like hearing? For example, some people do not like the usage of the Wilhelm scream. Others do not like random sharp noises that serve no purpose. If you could give a shout out to any musical composer, who would it be and why? What is your favorite example of a playable instrument in a game? How often do you like to play games outside your comfort zone? Think of a game that you enjoy, but imagine that it never released. Now consider that it was remade under modern tropes, rules, and with modern technology as its first ever release. What would that game be and how do you think it would do in today's market? For example, if Resident Evil never released, and none of the games that came after it were released either, if the debut of Resident Evil was today, how do you think it would do? Are there any guides that you would like to commend? With the author community now having a community for themselves, how do you think that has changed the authorship process? Better or worse? If you ever met me in person, what would you say? (from Dreggit) What are your earliest memories from life? Have you ever met someone famous? Ever just dropped the controller and just stood there when the music hit just right in a game? On a five hour train ride, would you rather read a book or play games on a handheld? Toads or frogs? Impressive profile!! I noticed at a quick glance, it appears you have a vast majority of the Kingdom Hearts series finished... Do you plan to finish them off to attain Kingdom Hearts deity status??! What's the best Canadian TV show, and why is it Trailer Park Boys? Given that you're a FromSoftware fan, are you interested in their legacy titles? Platinum you're interested in pursuing despite not feeling like you're capable of it? What would your last meal be? What's the best thing about living in Canada? You mentioned The Blacklist - what were your thoughts on those animated episodes that happened because of the pandemic? What have been your best and/or worst boosting experiences? What would be the best and worst video game worlds to live in? What's your all-time favourite movie score (if you haven't answered this already)?
  12. Hey PSNP! Welcome back to another member interview. Our current interviewee is @Lava_Yuki! Lava_Yuki Stock Questions How did you come up with your PSN name? My first name is Lava, so that was a fairly simple choice. Yuki was my nickname when I was studying in Japan as people there couldn’t really pronounce my name due to there being no “V” sound in Japanese. I choose that nickname as it was my favourite character from the very first manga I ever read when I was 12, Yuki Sohma from Fruits Basket. It was what initially got me into manga and was my first manga, as before that I only knew about anime. That started my love for manga and my favourite character was Yuki in it, which is the second part of my PSN name. My Japanese friends seem to prefer to call me Yuki-chan rather than Lava-chan including their kids. I gave them the choice of either, but all my English friends call me Lava. So that’s how my PSN name is Lava_Yuki. What games convinced you to get your PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5? I always had SONY consoles since the PS1 days and continued to buy them as they were released. The game that made me buy the PS3 was FFXIII. I have been an FF fan since FFX’s release so it was only natural for me to get this too. My dad who was against video games was convinced when I told him that the PS3 could be used as a Blu ray player and was also region free, as my parents are movie buffs who buy tons of movies from Asia, so they allowed me and my brother to get one. In the end, they rarely got to use it for their movies as me and my brother were always playing it. For PS4, it was Tales of Berseria. I am a Tales fan since the PS3 days and couldn’t miss this entry. Plus, Velvet looked really cool and I like strong female protagonists like her and also Lightning in FFXIII. For PS5, no particular game as such. In fact, none of the PS5 only titles appealed to me at all. I just simply wanted one because everyone was after one and it was the new SONY Console. I mostly used Twitter stock updates to try and get one. One day this UK store called Curry’s had a competition that if you retweet their tweet on the PS5, you would be entered into a draw to win a VIP code to buy a PS5 out of 2 winners and I won. However, I was on holiday and by the time I would get back to the UK, the deadline to buy it would pass, so that morning I called a friend who was conveniently driving home after a night shift and she picked it up for me on her way back. I was very grateful to her as I would have missed it otherwise. The PS5 game that I enjoyed most was of course Tales of Arise. For the Vita, it was the FFX/X-2 HD remaster, Tales of Innocence R and Hearts R that prompted me to get it and I bought them all at once. I bought the Japanese Vita console; a baby blue and white Vita slim model. I also later got into Japanese Otome games and Visual Novels, which now make up most of what I use my vita for. Psycho Pass and Amnesia V Edition were the two games that got me into them on the recommendation of a Japanese friend who works in game design. I now just use my vita for Otome games and VN’s, while for everything else like RPGs etc. I use my PS5. What are your top 5 game series and why? Final Fantasy - I discovered this via Kingdom Hearts as Tidus and the FF7 and 8 characters were in it, with FFX being my first FF after spotting it in a rental store I frequented. I got engrossed in the story, characters and concepts, such as aeons, summoners, idea of turn battle etc. and since then I have played many of the other FF games and spin off titles on DS. The story and characters of FF games are the main things that appeal to me. Lightning is my favourite female protagonist, as I think she is very pretty and I live the strong solitary female types, similar to Velvet in Tales. Tidus is my favourite male protagonist, as he was relatable, funny and a refreshing change from the usual silent broody types. The XIII trilogy and X-2, although criticized heavily, are my other favourites for their speedy ATB battle system and in-battle job change mechanics. FF games also have amazing music and design which I love, especially all the hairstyles. My first car was a black Toyota Yaris named Noctis, as I thought he looked really cool despite my not so cool looking car. I have and read all the Japanese Ultimania Omega books from FFX to the XIII trilogy, and also other FF novella like FFX-2.5, the three FFXIII Episode books and Reminisce. Tales of series - I discovered this series after finishing XIII-2 and spotted Graces F in the sales basket at a music/gaming store when looking for something new to play, and bought it because of Sophie’s long purple hair and the anime art on the cover had caught my attention. I found it extremely funny and the characters and skits were very entertaining. Graces F also has an amazing action battle system with side step which I abused, and after that I played the other Tales games which I bought in used in Book Off in Tokyo. The main thing that appeals to me about Tales is definitely the characters, their interactions and the skits more so than story. I have been to the Tales festival in Yokohama Japan a few times and hence have amassed a large amount of merchandise from the festival and also the Tales shop in Akihabara. My apartment is full of Tales (and FF) wall scrolls, posters, stationary, cushions etc. mostly Yuri related. I enjoyed the latest title Arise, however my firm favourites remain to be Vesperia and Graces F. My favourite characters are Velvet and Yuri. Kingdom Hearts - I grew up with this series and played them all across the original platforms. I got KH1 as the free game when I bought my PS2 as a deal at this toy shop. I like Disney and found the story, albeit very complex, to be pretty cool as I liked the various concepts such as heartless, nobodies etc. and also the characters, particularly Rikku, Aqua, Ventus and Axel. My favourite is birth by sleep, as I liked playing as Aqua and Ventus, being able to play three different routes, plus having a break from the Sora gang was refreshing. I’m not exactly good at Kingdom Hearts in that I can manage proud mode but not critical mode or the data bosses, however I enjoy these games for their general atmosphere and interesting mix of the more serious FF and KH original elements with more light-hearted Disney elements. Persona series - This series always sucks me in with the story, characters and gameplay, but the social element is by far my favourite part (social links/confidant events/dating). I found P5R to be extremely stylish and well designed, and the OST of the Persona games are awesome. I have a Persona playlist on Spotify with how much I like Persona music. I also remembered a lot of the locations in Tokyo from when I lived there, which was a pretty cool element and how they changed Shibuya 109 to 105, a shop which I often bought clothes at. I like Japanese culture and Persona games seem the closest to it, and how they deal with real-life issues experienced by young people and the constraints of society. My favourite characters are Naoto in P4G, Mitsuru in P3 and Akechi in P5R. I am very excited for P3P to be remastered to PS4/5. P4 Golden was my first Persona, which was a revisited title years later in 2021 as I actually did not like it when I first played it in 2016 and had abandoned it. Harvest Moon games - I was really into these in the DS and 3DS days, as I found them relaxing and also addicting, especially as a break between trophy hunting and JRPGs. I like relationship and dating in video games (like what Persona has and the bond system in Scarlet nexus), so this was my main focus in HM rather than the actual farming bit. In fact, I often considered the game complete and stopped playing it once my character got married and had a kid! I’ve not gotten a Switch so I hadn’t played any of the newer Switch titles, however Friends of Mineral town and Pioneers of Olive Town have now been released on PS4, so I will certainly be picking up one of these and aim for the platinum as well, as I’ve not played these since the 3DS days. What are your top 5 games and why? Persona 5 Royal - My favourite game of all time. Similar to what I mentioned in the previous question, this game was extremely stylish and well designed, where I felt like every minute detail was done to perfection from the way the menu opened to the character expressions in the dialogue boxes. I really enjoyed all the social stuff in the game like the confidant events and the relationship and dating parts. Also, although the palaces were very long, they were fun to do as I liked the battle system and making strong Personas. The characters and story in P5R were top class in my opinion; I liked how each of them had their own issues and problems and seeing how they overcame them in their confidant events. I also liked the humour in the game and the unrealistic things you can do in it, like what happens when you date everyone at once or picking someone different for Valentines and White day and getting away with it. It was like an escape from reality. The only thing that I wasn’t a huge fan off was the length; around 140+ hours for an average playthrough which is three times more than most JRPGs. Although it gives good value for money with so much content, it was too long to even consider a second playthrough after the platinum, which took me 184 hours for just one completionist playthrough. FFX-2 - This was the very first FF I completed as a kid. Although FFX was my first FF, I only played until Mi’hen highroad before my brother took it and played all the way up to the dark aeons. Understandably he didn’t touch the FFX-2 as it was “too girly” for him, so I played on my own instead and loved it. As a 12-year-old kid, I liked the pop music and concerts and also the way the main character was female. Being female myself, female main characters were extremely rare back then, especially playable ones other than Lara Croft so the chance to play as a girl was a big thing back then for me until Pokemon and Harvest Moon finally allowed you to play as a girl. In terms of gameplay, I was always a fan of the good old FF Job system and ATB battles so I liked this aspect a lot, especially the way dresspheres could be changed easily mid-battle using the garment grids. I had 11 or 12 playthroughs on the PS2 version and got 100% with trial, error and no internet back then. It’s the game that I consider myself pretty much an expert in now. FFX - as described previously, the story and characters were the big draws for me more so than anything else. I also liked the emotion in the game, the relationship between Tidus and Jecht and how it was written, and being my first FF, it got me into FF and hence remains a game close to my heart. I have a similar relationship with my dad as Tidus does with Jecht, so I related to Tidus that way. He remains one of my favourite FF protagonists and FFX remains one of my favourites in the series. I also liked the south east Asia-like setting which was a nice change from the usual medieval or futuristic settings, especially Besaid Island. I found that all the characters had something interesting about them and were connected to each other in ways that were not obvious to the player. Spira was a beautifully created universe. Tales of Vesperia - This was my first Tales platinum and also the first JRPG I played in Japanese years ago, and I remember learning a lot of new words and kanji from it at the time. I liked Yuri as a dark hero, which I much prefer to the usual hero justice boy type Tales protagonists. The volume the game had with two extra dungeons, mini games and lots of in game costumes as opposed to all being DLC were great, and I liked the OST. Having 9 playable characters was also pretty cool, more than other Tales except Xillia 2 which was the same. The poker game and the snowboarding game were pretty fun mini games, it was a very satisfying and enjoyable platinum as well. Yuri’s Japanese voice actor Toriumi Kousuke is my favourite voice actor. Persona 4 Golden - My first persona game which I really enjoyed and spent 150 hours on. The social links and characters are my favourite thing about Persona games in general, and the P4G title has an amazing OST. This was one of the few solid must-play titles on the Vita, and I was lucky to get it 80% off in a PSN sale years ago in 2016 but didn’t actually play it until 2021, because I forgot I had it until I decided to go through the backlog. Yu is my favourite Persona protagonist. Which unreleased game(s) are you looking forward to the most and why? Hogwarts Legacy - I love Harry Potter and RPG’s, so both of these in one game is like a dream to me. I have high expectations of this game and I am a proud Slytherin so that will certainly be my house in this game. I am curious to see how this game turns out, as it looks very different to the old Harry Potter games that were released on PS1, 2 and 3 being an open world RPG, so I’m itching to play this. I do hope the platinum is a reasonable one as well. Do you have any other hobbies outside of gaming? Fitness, reading, drawing, skincare and makeup. I also like watching medical dramas and going out to independent coffee houses for coffee on my days off. I’m good at drawing and had more time for it before I graduated as it’s hard to get any time for it now, but here is a picture I drew. Top 5 TV shows, Movies, and/or anime, why, and would you recommend them to people? For anime, Psycho-Pass. I played the game as well and liked the psychological theme in it, and also the more mature vibes compared to a lot of other anime I watched. The game is pretty good for anyone interested and also an easy enough platinum for fellow trophy hunters out there. Here’s a quick opening of the anime, I highly recommend it especially if you are into crime. Fruits Basket - recently remade to show the whole series, it may feel a bit dated but it was my favourite anime growing up as it is quite emotional and tear-jerking at times. The manga is also really good and perhaps much better than the anime, but I still enjoyed seeing the characters come to life. One thing that struck me about the series is that almost all the characters are from broken or abusive families, or are dysfunctional in some way. I remember I got into the Chinese zodiac from this and made the little ornaments that the main character Tohru makes in the first book out of clay and paint. I recommend the sub rather than the dub. Movie - Harry Potter movies, I must confess that I love HP and have done since I was a child, I grew up with this series and could watch these moves over and over. I’m a pure Slytherin by the way, and Malfoy is my favourite character. TV Shows - The Resident and Chicago Med - These two are my favourite medical dramas, they are more serious and medical compared to dramas like House MD and Scrubs, and although the emergencies can be exaggerated at times, I find them more realistic and emotional. I prefer serious to comedy in general, and these two are great to watch. I also find it interesting to see how starkly different healthcare is in the USA compared to the UK. Top 5 favorite music bands/group/artists/composers/OST? OST for the Persona series including the dancing games. My favourite tracks are Heartbeat Heartbreak, I’ll Face Myself battle version, Your Affection, Signs of Love, Pursuing your True Self, Dance, Never More, Take over, Last Surprise, Price, The Whims of Fate, Rivers in the Desert and Will power. Shouji Meguro is an awesome composer. Linkin Park - I was a punk kid who wore spiky collars and black all the time, and LP was my go-to band. I still really like their music, especially the song Numb, which describes how I felt growing up as my parents put a lot of pressure on me to be perfect and go to medical school, while all the other kids got to play and do what they wanted. I sometimes still listen to this song, along with some of my other favourite tracks like Somewhere I Belong, Castle of Glass, Burn It All Down, Place for my Head and In the End. Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy, perfection. I particularly like the tracks in FFX, especially the battle themes, To Zanarkand, A Fleeting Dream, Suteki Da Ne, Besaid Island’s BGM. Yoko Shimomura - Another amazing composer of the Kingdom Hearts games and FFXV. In KH, I liked the battle music, Destiny Island, Traverse Town and Twilight town BGM’s, and also Dearly Beloved and Hollow Bastion, and the battle songs in FFXV: Galdin Quay. Justin Bieber - a guilty pleasure, I like a lot of his songs and find them catchy. Among this list it’s certainly out of place, but I do like the songs Hold on and STAY. Other special mentions are Takeharu Ishimoto who worked on The World Ends With You and FFVII, type 0, Dissidia and a few of the KH games, and the composers of FFX-2 which is another one of my favourite OST’s by Noriko Matsueda and Takahito Eguchi. Your favourite platinum and why? Tales of Vesperia - I really liked this game and found this platinum to be both challenging and fun to do. It also needed you to do literally everything in the game, so I felt that I got the most out of the game. It was also my first platinum and not an easy one at that. I didn’t really understand the significance of trophies at the time and wasn’t a trophy hunter as such, but this was the game that really got me into trophies. As I played the PS3 version back in 2014 I used a physical Japanese guidebook I got in Book Off and @AppleKratue’s trophy guide on Playstation Trophies to get the platinum, as there was nothing else at that time for the PS3 game really. It was an overall satisfying yet time consuming platinum. Your least favourite platinum and why? Beyond Two Souls - This was a free plus game that I thought would be an easy platinum, which it was. But it was 30 hours of extreme boredom. I had to play on two controllers for the trophy for playing the entire game on two player mode which was a pain for me playing it by myself, plus there was no scene skip so it was extremely repetitive for trophies and really boring in terms of story. I expected more as I enjoyed games like Detroit Become Human and the Life is Strange games, but this was a yawn. At least it was an easy platinum and did not take too long, but none of the characters appealed to me and the main character Jodie didn’t strike me as an interesting character in the slightest. The weird thing is that this is my rarest platinum on the PS App at 0.7%, and 4th on PSNP, topping a lot of my much harder and longer JRPG platinums, probably due to being a plus game. Clearly many people abandoned it. Apologies to anyone who is a fan of this game. Have you ever been tempted to switch over to the Xbox/Nintendo/PC gaming ecosystems? No, the lack of trophies on Nintendo consoles doesn’t give me enough motivation to spend time or money on it, as my gaming time is limited with work so I want to make the most of it for trophies. I used to play Nintendo in the Gameboy and NDS days as a kid and teenager just for the Pokémon games, but I lost interest in Pokémon after ORAS and hence never got a Switch as none of the other Nintendo exclusives appealed to me. Also, as the Harvest moon games which I also like are now on PS4, I don’t see the point in getting a Switch when I have a PS5 and Vita. I plan on buying the new Pioneers of Olive town, so there is no reason for me to get a Switch. As for Xbox and PC, I would have to start from scratch with the achievements which I am not keen on doing, having put years into my PSN account already. For PC, I use a MacBook Pro which isn’t the best for PC gaming, and I was always a console person anyway. Neither have exclusives that warrant me investing in them. Also with PC, I would need a VPN to get Japanese Steam games which I don’t have. If you could have one game from any gaming generation be remade or re-released, which one would it be and why? This is tough as most of my favourites have already been remade, and I would have answered Persona 3, however that has recently been announced on PS4. So, I would pick one of the older Tales games like Tales of the Abyss, as the 3DS version was ok at best but this deserves a console remake with trophies. I would love to be able to platinum this game on a home console, as it was one of the best Tales games in my opinion, especially for the story. I wish the Tales series in general would jump on the remake/remaster bandwagon like every other gaming company and bring back some of its older pre-PS3 titles to modern consoles. How far are you willing to go for a platinum? I tend to go for games up to a 6-7/10 difficulty and less than 150 hours to platinum. I avoid games with online or multiplayer trophies as I don’t want that pressure and I prefer playing solo. However, I make exceptions with longer games if they are not too hard, my longest platinum being Persona 5 Royal at 184 hours but it was easy and fun. My hardest rated plats are a 6/10, which includes FFX-2, although I found it easier than FFX which is a 5/10, so ratings are often a mystery to me. As for whether I would consider asking friends to help, I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with that, or even helping a friend with a trophy in exchange for them helping you with one. I remember my friend offered to help me with the lightning dodging trophy in FFX as she was so good at it and said it was super easy, which was to my horror as I was terrible at it. I know some people disagree about asking others for help, but I just see it as helping each other out. If you could give Sony direct feedback on business decisions in the last year, and the latest console generation, what would you tell them? To do something about the PS5 stock levels. Also, I do wish the Vita didn’t “die” or at least was replaced with a new generation handheld Sony model, as I like handheld consoles for both traveling as well as picking up on trophy hunting rather than having to wait to come home. I also wish they still at least continued to have Vita discount sales on PSN as well. Business-wise I know this may not sell well due to how popular the Switch is, but I did like trophy hunting on the go. What is your favourite thing about PSNP? The community forums and the trophy guides. I enjoy discussing gaming related stuff with other fellow trophy hunters and gamers, because there are very few gamers around me and out of the ones that are, no one around me cares about trophies, including my brother who doesn’t even know what a platinum trophy is. This is fine, although I do like sharing my hobby of not just gaming but also trophies with fellow gamers in the PSNP community. “Off Topic” is my favourite section of the forums. The trophy guides are also super helpful, especially the 100% walkthrough ones. What is your least favourite thing about PSNP? The Trophy Advisor, my recommendations are my super old PS3 games which I never intend to play. I would like to be able to have some input into what games show up on this, such as being able to exclude PS3 titles, or only include games played after a specific start date, recent titles last played within the past year, etc. Is there anyone in the PSNP Community you would like to give a shout-out to, and if so, why? @AppleKratue Their Tales series guides were a great help to me and they were super helpful in answering my questions directly on my journey with the Tales of Zestiria platinum, which I had come back to after 6 years and hence had to relearn everything. I also used AppleKratue’s PS3 Vesperia and Hearts R guides which were super helpful as they were based on the Japanese versions which I have. Thank you for all your help @AppleKratue! Community Questions Did you learn Japanese from a young age, or after you became an adult? If it's the latter, any advice for someone trying to learn another language as an adult? I'm trying to get better at Spanish, and depending on how our retirement shakes out it might be a good idea for me to learn Portuguese. Unfortunately I can't immerse myself in a culture that speaks those languages, so that option's off the table for now... I started when I was 17, as my parents would not let me do anything that distracted me from school and getting into medical school, so I was only allowed to start after I finished high school. I did want to start younger as I got interested from anime, Yu-Gi-Oh to be precise when I saw one of the characters is GX eating Ebi Tempura with chopsticks and the series stopped being dubbed so I watched the rest subbed and got interested in Japanese and Japan. What I did first was I had a weekly Japanese teacher teach me the basics initially for a year before going on my first language exchange. Throughout med school I continued to have a weekly lesson, did a lot of self-study from books and online. and went on language exchanges for 3 of the summer holidays and by the time I was in final year (6 long years), I passed JLPT N1 and did my medical elective in Tokyo. Outside of immersion and language exchange for what can be done at home in an English-speaking country and what I did: For reading/writing it was mostly textbooks that I had bought for the JLPT, kanji workbooks aimed at Japanese school kids and various vocab books. I also used a few kanji and dictionary apps. For European languages as there is no Kanji this part would be easier, so language learning textbooks in vocab, grammar etc. are a good start. I also used the dual language short stories as a beginner where a page was written in Japanese and then in English to learn new vocab and kanji. Online language learning sites, reading blogs in the language you are learning and watching YouTubers are what I found helpful. I now watch a lot of Japanese gaming channels and read game reviews. Integrating active learning via media and looking up words you don’t know is useful for remembering things, so giving a go at Spanish media online would be good. For listening, I used dramas, some anime, games with voice acting, the news, podcasts and YouTube with Japanese subs, where I paused and looked up words I did not understand, saving them onto the JP dictionary app in my phone. I also started gaming in Japanese using the Japanese versions of games as then the voice and text were in Japanese so I could correspond spoken works to the written work/kanji, and I use to look up words I did not know. It was hard at the start but it’s more effective than having something like English text and Japanese voice or vice versa, as you tend to focus on your native language and not really pay attention to the foreign language. For European languages, many localised games allow you to select European languages for both voice and text, I recommend trying that depending on your level. Active learning is key, compared to passive learning and also doing something daily with the language, even if it’s just listening to a podcast or reading a short blog, even if it’s just 10 minutes because if you don’t use the language you forget. As I got better I needed to look up stuff less and less, and now I never need to. I started out with super easy kids games (mostly Nintendo ones like Harvest Moon and Pokemon), before moving on to harder games like VNs and JRPGs, the age ratings can be a good guide to the language difficulty level. I think linking a hobby like gaming, tv shows or reading is a great way to assist in language learning and break up the boredom of traditional study. For speaking, although I did it mostly from living in Japan and language exchange, at home there was a weekly Japan-English language exchange meetup where I got speaking practice and made some good friends. I think finding such groups for Spanish wouldn’t be too hard. Since Covid, the app Meetup has online ones via Zoom if there’s no face to face ones locally. I found these language exchange meetups to be super useful to practice speaking and also make friends from the country of the language you are learning. You probably have first-hand experience with patients who prefer Google search results over the opinion of their own doctors and won't listen to them in this new trend of self-diagnosis. How harmful do you think the internet has become to the medical profession? This can be dangerous in that Google gives you what you want to find, people latch onto the worst possible diagnosis or what they want to find, which leads to them doing more searches for that and hence more of the same results when they google the symptoms again, which causes increased anxiety, doctor shopping when told something different and can delay diagnosis and treatment if they don’t listen to medical advice. Almost everyone googles these days, but in my experience a lot of patients do listen to their doctor rather than Google and just want reassurance and clarification on what they read on Google, and over the years I have heard some pretty weird and daft things. The internet is full of a lot of rubbish when it comes to health-related things and many people believe it, however there are trustworthy sites that I usually redirect patients to if they come in with some random or dodgy site. I see that you're a Persona fan; what would you say your favourite game from the series is soundtrack-wise? & is there a specific track that you enjoy the most? Persona 5 Royal is my favourite game in the series, I was very impressed with how stylish it was, all the little designs and motions from just opening the menu to the character cut ins, and also the story and the social aspect of the game sucked me in. The dating bit was fun too, as it’s not very common in games, especially JRPGs. As for track and OST, Persona 4 Golden. Heartbeat Heartbreak, Signs of Love and Your Affection are my favourite tracks. I also like a lot of the remixed tracks in P4 Dancing all night and some of the extra songs added, like Dance and the Specialist Remix. The dancing games are really fun and I recommend them if you like Persona, they are easy as well even for me who otherwise had never touched a rhythm game before. Seeing as how you've lived in 3 different countries (if I'm not misreading what you've said), which was your favourite to live in? The UK was the easiest for me to live in, in terms of getting a stable job as a doctor and also being an Irish citizen, there was no red tape or visa required. The multicultural aspect and diversity made fitting in as someone of Asian ethnicity easy so I feel most at home here. Japan was fun to live in, but also difficult in many ways due to the differences in culture and being a foreigner there as it’s not diverse like the UK, and also mountains of rules you have to obey in society, so it felt somewhat constricting compared to the greater degree of freedom in the West. Although Japan is a nice place to visit, I think it requires a great degree of resilience to live and work there as a foreigner with all the hurdles that come with simply fitting in, and even things like renting are more difficult if you are foreign as some landlords just won’t rent to you. I never had to worry about stuff like that in the UK, or things like because I am a foreigner I can or can’t do certain things/go to certain places. As for Ireland, although it was where I was born and where my parents still live, it was the country I liked least because I grew up in very racist times, the 90s and early 2000s. I was not only of Asian ethnicity but also not Catholic, so me and my family were on the receiving end of a butt load of discrimination. It became more diverse by the time I went to university, but due to years of negative childhood experiences I don’t think I could ever go back there. I also do not like the rural life as I am a big city person at heart. I think nowadays it’s meant to be a decent place to live, but I hear Dublin rivals London in terms of how expensive it is to live there. It is a nice place to visit, especially if you like scenery and pubs. Do you think you'll ever go back to Japan again, be it either for a visit or to live there? I would definitely go to visit and see all my friends there but not to live. The reason I would not live there is due to having to take a Japanese medical licencing exam, the difficulty of practicing as a foreign doctor there due to the exam being only in Japanese (medical exams in English are hard enough!), and Japanese patients mostly seem to prefer to see a Japanese doctor. I have settled pretty well in the UK in terms of my job and things, so uprooting and moving so far away from my parents and brother who are my only family in addition to giving up my career would be out of the question for me. Also, as I mentioned above, the hurdles of working as a foreigner and all the societal rules put me off living there permanently, especially having gotten used to the multicultural city that I live in. However, Japan is great as a tourist though and I would happily go there for that, especially being into gaming, anime and Japanese food. I think like in every country, being a tourist vs. living and working in a country are very different. I see you're getting close to your 75th platinum. Any plans to get a specific platinum for that milestone? I haven’t thought about it yet as I generally don’t plan my milestones, it would depend on what new games are out by the time I get there and what is in my backlog. What is your favourite Tales game? Vesperia for sure, Yuri is my favourite character in the whole series. I liked this game mostly for the cast but also the huge amount of extra content compared to the other games like 2 post game dungeons, various mini games, being able to play as a non-human character, and also having 9 characters to customise a party. Here is my drawing of Yuri. Working as a doctor, how do you find time to game? It’s very difficult. On weekdays I tend to get an hour or two before bed, but the majority of my gaming is on my days off or when I’m off on holidays. How had your COVID experience been? As a doctor I was working on the Covid wards for 6 months, and worked through the pandemic. It was just Covid patients everywhere and hardly anything else. It was lonely as I couldn’t see my parents for over a year since they live in Ireland while I was in the UK, and there was a constant fear of getting Covid as this was before the vaccine came out and everyone was in a panic. I also saw a lot of deaths at work every day which made it a very depressing environment compared to before when most patients got better and went home. I spent a lot of the time signing death certificates, completing cremation forms and breaking bad news to families. Work and life are now pretty much back to normal which is great. The only thing different is that telephone and telemedicine are big things now. Ever played Surgeon Simulator? I rented it once and had my dad play it as he is a surgeon, unfortunately we both weren’t great at it. Do you get your Japanese games digitally, or do you go crazy when you visit? Book Off or Amazon.co.jp? I get the majority of my games via PSN sales, and the rest from Amazon Japan. Before Covid when I used to travel to Japan, I would stock up on used games in Japan at Book Off, but I haven’t been there since after Covid. For the Vita, as PSN Sales no longer happen, I get them used off Amazon JP. If I go to Japan again, I will certainly stock up a bucket load of used games in Book Off. I used to always go there in Japan and it was one of my favourite shops. I prioritise price, so I compare PSN sale prices with used physicals on Amazon JP and see what it cheaper overall, including delivery. I don’t care whether the game is digital or physical as I am ok with either. I used to use sites like Play Asia, Solaris Japan and CD Japan but the customs charges and cost of games are very high, like rip off level. As the pound is strong to Yen, I found that buying in Yen from Amazon JP, the PSN store or stocking up when I visit Japan are the cheapest ways. For anyone wanting to play Japanese games, I recommend used copies on Amazon JP or creating a Japanese PSN account and buying in the sales. I buy PSN cards on Play Asia. I had bad experiences with other sites like Seagm selling me a used PSN card and I had to contact Sony Japan to prove to them it was used before they believed me, it was ridiculous. Play Asia never gave me issues although they are more expensive. What brought you to this gaming site and what do you enjoy most about it and gaming in general? I stumbled upon it when googling trophy guides. I used to use Playstation Trophies but I liked the idea of being able to sync your trophies and account to keep track of everything with PSN profiles, and also the active forums and community. The completion percentage was a new thing for me as well, and I’ve finally surpassed 90%. For what I enjoy most about gaming, it’s the stories, lore and characters in games that draw me in, and that’s why I like JRPGs, drama adventure games like Detroit and LiS and VN’s/Otome games where the focus is on story and/or characters. I tend to get bored of games that lack story and just focus on gameplay, so games like Mario aren’t of interest to me. I tend to play video games more than reading or TV, as I feel like I’m achieving something (i.e. working on trophies). You say you live by yourself, have you ever felt lonely? Do you have a pet? Yes sometimes, I am naturally introverted so it doesn’t affect me a huge deal, but my friends, workplace and online communities like PSNP, Twitter ad Reddit all help. I’m close to my mum and have some good friends and colleagues. Another thing which may sound insane to some people is that I have an Alexa in each room, it wakes me up in the morning with “Good Morning Lava” and welcomes me home as well. Although it’s just an AI, another voice helps feel less lonely when living alone. I’m pretty fascinated by the use of AI. I would love to have a pet but my apartment charges extra rent to keep a pet, which is priced per pet per month. I also would not be able to take care of it being at work so much of the day. I’m just about keeping my plant alive with how often I forget to water it, so now Alexa reminds me. I think I would be hopeless with a pet, as the last time I had a dog as a kid, I left everything other than walking it for my mum to take care of. Why haven't you played any PS4 Crash games? I have to admit it’s because the trophies are very difficult, so to not ruin my completion percentage I played the trilogy on my side account or my brother's account as he doesn’t care about trophies. Hence, they aren’t visible on my profile. Favourite Crash game? Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, it was my very first video game ever on PS1 when I was 10 and remained my favourite, especially for the Coco levels where you ride the tiger. What's your preferred way of keeping fit? I usually go outside for long walks or to the gym. I have home weights as well. I use an Apple Watch to keep track. I tend to do small things during the day as well outside working out, like using the stairs, and also at work I get up to call patients from the waiting room rather than pressing the computer AI call bell. I like exercise in general, so it’s easy for me to do. I also do home workouts using weights in my apartment every morning. What’s your favourite cuisine to eat, or what's your favourite meal to make? Favourite to eat out is defiantly Korean food, a nice Bulgogi/Korean BBQ is my favourite to order, with a bucket load of Kimchi. Kimchi Pancakes are also a firm favourite. As for making food, I’m not great at cooking so I tend to choose easy quick stuff, my favourite to make are omelettes as I love eggs, and they are super quick and easy to make. Do you believe in ghosts? No, I’m very much a realist and scientific. I don’t believe in anything that cannot be scientifically proven. I see you're a Life is Strange fan. Bae or Bay? Bae. I liked Chloe, she was such a cool character. I liked Before the Storm as well and getting to see her side of the story. I also liked the links in True Colours with Chloe. Arcadia Bay can be repaired but human life can’t be, especially as it was Max’s best friend so that was another reason for my choice. I know that some people didn’t like Chloe and hence would probably choose Bay, she was a blue haired delinquent after all. But I found her daring and bold nature and punk fashion and hair to be pretty cool. What's the hardest (and/or) most rewarding thing about being a doctor? The hardest thing is knowing that your actions have other people’s lives on your shoulders, and making a mistake can cause harm or death (as well as getting sued). I find this more difficult to deal with when seeing children where the stakes are higher because they are children and usually accompanied by worried parents, so I’m always particularly cautious when seeing children. The most rewarding thing is seeing patients get better and also being told thank you. I work in general practice (or family medicine in the US) so I tend to see the same patients and their families with different problems over the years and hence I get to know them better and hopefully gain their trust. It feels nice to be depended on as a family doctor. Another thing is the satisfaction gained from helping someone improve their health. Unfortunately respect for doctors varies hugely in different countries (e.g. usually more respected in Asia compared to the West), but I find that once you get to know your patients it becomes easier and more satisfying. I see it as a high risk but high reward type of profession, where when if things wrong it can be a disaster but if things go well it is very rewarding. Resilience and thick skin are key to surviving in the job. Which country would you most like to visit? Probably South Korea for the great food and shopping. I also like Korean skincare and could see myself coming back with another suitcase of stuff, as well as eating Bulgogi and Kimchi every day. I would also like to see more of Japan and the USA. I’ve visited some of the main tourist stuff and the various Disneyland’s, but would like to explore other areas, such as Kyushu, Hokkaido and Okinawa in Japan, and San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle in the USA. ____________________________________________________________________ Thank you to all who participated in asking questions in this interview! See you soon for the next one.
  13. Not long after you submitted I’d been trying to fix the tables as the guide contents have been pushed underneath your guide in mobile view, which is usually caused by a large image or a table with too many columns. Unfortunately my PC broke down and I’m currently waiting for it to be fixed (I’m limited with what I can do from my phone), but it looks like your guide is at the top of the queue now. Sorry for the wait, but it won’t be too much longer. We also typically pair large guides with small guides each publishing day to make sure that the big guide gets enough spotlight on the homepage, so in times like this where there’s an excess of bigger guides in the queue, it’s faster to get published if yours is smaller.
  14. Just a reminder that there's only just over a day left to ask questions to our last member interviewee of the month, Lava_Yuki. I'm sure they'd appreciate any questions you can think of! :) 

     

     

  15. I didn't have much trouble with it thankfully (granted, it was on PS4, not sure whether that would make any difference). I didn't think too hard or zig zag much other than when turning corners since I didn't know where they'd be coming from, I just exaggerated my movements when I saw them coming from a certain direction. Here's my run of it: