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  1. What's your go-to pizza topping? Is there a lesser-known Mexican dish you'd recommend? What's your favourite movie from the year you were born? Do you have a special game in mind for your 50th platinum milestone? What are the best and worst things about being a teacher?
  2. Added you both! GarciaFever once did an interesting video interview, but yeah they're usually text based.
  3. Hello and welcome back to Member Interviews! Our second interviewee of the month is none other than the Mexcellent @Xenoblast91! They've been waiting a long time for their turn in front of the class, so please send those questions in! You may be asking, who is this person? Well, let's find out. Questions can be submitted starting now until May 21st, 2022. Xenoblast91 has provided the community with a snippet about themselves to help with coming up with questions. About Me Hello there, everybody! Xenoblast91 here. Some of you might already know me by several topics or even games along all these years. I consider myself a normal, not-hardcore gamer, who just loves to complete each adventure I embark on, and this extends into my trophy hunting history. As you can check in my profile (which could be a good indicator of my gaming resume, ), I try to complete all the games I touch, with just a few exceptions that were beyond my hands; anyway, I love to give my best and beat every possible pixel for any challenge that stands in front of me. Started this side experience around early 2019, as I got in touch with this very site, because I was just a lurker and noticed the beautiful and unbelievable profiles that show here and there; I questioned myself, and thanks to my kind of control and order addiction, determined to sink all the way down and try to finish all the game I want to, since this comes from a topic I’ll discuss here later on, LOL. I would like to mention that for several reasons, as work, personal and other type of hobbies have kept me off from playing as much I’d desire. As for the matter, I’m a middle school full-time biology teacher, as I have a degree on Biotech and Bioprocesses. I love science and am very curious about everything; tend to ponder many things and like to discover issues and solutions in real-life situations too, from any degree or field, to talk about. I’m also a semi-professional (more casual in fact) CrossFit athlete, as this could be my biggest second hobby aside from gaming; had been on the competitive scene recently and been met many people who have given me a tragicomedy experience around it. These two daily-life issues, coupled together, have dragged all my leftover time to even consider beginning a new game and focus on it consciously. I really hope this ends soon and can join you again in this wonderful gaming journey! So well, go ahead and AMA (ask me anything)! ________________________ 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 question, 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 (this is a replacement of the old 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) I see that on your profile you also list your Xbox Gamertag. Between Xbox & Playstation, what would you say is your preferred platform & is there any specific reason why? Have you/do you want to publish a research paper into any biotech-related stuff? Do you have any major ideas or themes for your game that you know would be a part of it? What are your favourite animal(s)? ‘Interests: Philosophy (especially theological implications in daily life)’ - Could you expand upon this and maybe provide some examples? Are there any particular philosophical readings that you would recommend, and have they affected the way you live your life? Have you played any games in which biology is a prominent feature? For instance, the marine life in Subnautica is incredibly alluring. Do you think there’s anything unique about the way of life in Mexico that other countries would do well to replicate? Have you ever talked with your students about video games, or maybe even about trophy hunting? Any upcoming games that you’re looking forward to? (this is the same as #5 in the standard questions list) Dogs or cats? Waffles or pancakes? Any regrets on your profile? What’s your favorite book? When did you first start gaming? Any pets? Any sports you like watching? What's your favorite part of the Krebs Cycle? Are you thinking of buying a Playstation 5 in the future? What is the most memorable gaming experience you had when gaming with someone else? What is the most memorable gaming session you had with other trophy hunter? Is there any aspect of trophy hunting that should be improved by Sony? Which game in your opinion has the best video game story? What's your go-to pizza topping? Is there a lesser-known Mexican dish you'd recommend? What's your favourite movie from the year you were born? Do you have a special game in mind for your 50th platinum milestone? What are the best and worst things about being a teacher?
  4. Hey PSNP! Welcome back to another (long-awaited) member interview. Our current interviewee is @temp-910724! temp-910724 As a reminder: Stock Questions How did you come up with your PSN name? My original name got banned, so this is the result. The original name of midgetstrawdog was my childhood nickname of Midget mixed with my Dad’s childhood nickname of Strawdog. What games convinced you to get your PlayStation 3, Playstation Vita, PlayStation 4 and Playstation 5? No specific games convinced me to buy any of them. My dad got the PS3 mostly for Ratchet and Clank but we were already in the PlayStation family of consoles with the PS1, PSP and PS2 and have never had an Xbox so that was the most logical progression to the PS3. Then trophies hooked me so I was never going to leave after that. What are your top 5 game series and why? Not really ordered since I love all of these series equally: Little Big Planet: Really solid platforming games, you really only need the first one, but playing mobile on Vita is really nice. There is a bit of everything to do in these games, super hard levels that the community has made, make your character pretty close to whatever you want and creative mode to make your own levels. I spent so many hours messing around in creative mode with friends. Call of Duty: I know it’s cool to hate CoD, but the earlier games in the series were really solid online experiences. They don’t feel realistic at all but that’s what makes them fun in my opinion. The Modern Warfare series really was the peak of the series and I dropped 500 hours into the Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer alone. The zombies mode in World at War and Blacks Ops games is a must-play for those that love co-op. Infamous: Superpowers but done right. No overly complex system that makes super abilities feel like a chore, even some of the basic moves feel great to use. The first one is a must-play with all its grit and its amazing abilities. Ratchet and Clank: Honestly there isn’t a great deal to say about Ratchet and Clank, it doesn’t really do anything spectacularly they are just very solid games. I think nostalgia plays a huge part in my love for the series but they are still very very fun. Pokemon: A completionist's wet dream, an ever expanding collection of monsters to collect with your collection being able to transfer to each game (at least it was). Extremely rare variants to farm for and battle stats to breed for, extremely difficult end game sections and a very active competitive mode makes this series one of my favourites. What are your top 5 game series and why? Also not ordered and to keep things interesting not going to include anything from my favourite series: Rocket League: Car football with an absolutely insane skill ceiling. Pulling off crazy passing plays or aerials is the most fun I have playing a game ever. Beating a team that’s full try harding when you’re full try harding is so indescribably satisfying. There really isn’t many games that give you this much control and also make it competitive. Mario Kart DS: The only karting game I really truly learned. There isn’t much to say about this game because it’s really just a karting game with really good controls and pacing. Mirror's Edge: Exploits. This game would not be fun without exploits. It's really hard to explain the brilliance of this game because when I first played it I hated playing it and basically forced myself through the campaign. Then I tried the time trials and… I fell in love. The level of speed you can get through the use of well placed jumps and exploits is really unrivalled. The campaign is like this too if you know the paths and where to go, it's just a slog doing your first run where you’re finding the paths to go. LIMBO: A puzzle platformer that’s only black and white. All of the enemies in this game are really well designed and the game is just beautiful to me. Most of my love for this game does come from its aesthetic, the way the spider moves at the start of the game is just so well done. The puzzles are mostly fair and fun too. Your character controls nicely too. Trials Fusion: Simple mechanics that anyone can learn but somehow the most extreme skill ceiling in a single player game I have played. The limits people have taken this game to is pretty insane for something that is basically r2 for forward, l2 for back and left stick to rock back and forth. Which unreleased game(s) are you looking forward to the most and why? I don’t play games on release so can’t say anything unreleased I would be looking forward to, but I do really want to play the new Ratchet and Clank once I get a PS5. Do you have any other hobbies outside of gaming? No, all of my time goes here. Top 5 TV shows, Movies, and/or anime, why, and would you recommend them to people? I don’t watch many movies or TV shows so they aren’t as developed as my anime list and I can’t even think of a TV show I really liked. Anime: Code Geass - yes From the New World - yes Attack on Titan – yes Phantom: Requiem for a Phantom - yes Ping Pong the Animation - yes Movies: Old Boy - yes The Matrix - yes Gone Girl - yes Toy Story 2 – no Green Street Elite - no Top 5 favorite music bands/group/artists/composers/ost? I don’t listen to music much so my list here isn’t very developed either. Marina and the Diamonds Takayan S3RL Cascada Lollia Your favorite platinum and why? I really like my platinum for The Culling Two, servers are closed and the game was only open for a few weeks. So the list of people that platinumed it is tiny. Your least favorite platinum and why? I don’t really have one, I have loads of trash on my list that I can't really single one out as least favourite. Have you ever been tempted to switch over to the Xbox/Nintendo/PC gaming ecosystems? Yes, to all of them. In secondary most of my friends played Xbox and I wanted to play with them but never bought one. If the Switch had achievements and a leaderboard I might have made the (switch) to Nintendo to compete at the top of the leaderboard, they didn’t so I didn’t. I want to switch to PC already and will if I ever fully retire from trophies. If you could have one game from any gaming generation be remade or re-released, which one would it be and why? It would have been pokemon diamond but that’s being worked on already, even if it looks awful. Other than that Simpsons hit and run. How far are you willing to go for a platinum? I would say anything, but I want the elemental online card game platinum but I'm not willing to drop the insane amounts of money it needs to be done. So anything that isn’t excessive amounts of money. And if the servers live on maybe one day I’ll have the money to afford this platinum. If you could give Sony direct feedback of business decisions in the last year, and the latest console generation, what would you tell them? I haven’t really been keeping up with Sony’s business decisions, but I would be against their censorship practices. From both a moral and business lens, I don’t see how they make more money by censoring companies. What is your favorite thing about PSNP? The leaderboards and its speed. Updating my profile here is much faster than anywhere else on top of nicely displayed stats. What is your least favorite thing about PSNP? I think the CRT needs a switch up, getting more people more in to actually shift through all of the reports. The recent drama that is coming from the lack of moderation there is just evidence. The repeat incidents of loads of flags just being accepted and then people having to come and dispute just painfully wrong flags needs to stop. I think the general thoughts is that if it's wrong then someone can just dispute it. With how long trophy hunting has gone on though this will eventually hit someone that has passed away and they will forever be labelled a cheater. Community Questions How does it feel to have 1000 plats? It doesn’t really feel any different than having 100. No matter how many I have there will always be people with more. I am happy with what I achieved but I think success is only relative to other people. 1000 plats now could be achieved never playing a game above like 5 hours, whereas when I started trophy hunting a 5 hour platinum every trophy hunter above like 50 platinum would have. The leaderboard positions are much meaningful to me than a static platinum count. 10k member Discord server? What could it be? It's nothing special, but it’s something I do so I included it in my about me. As someone who was in the top 50 in the world, what are your thoughts on the current meta in trophy hunting and how would you want to improve it? I have hated the trophy hunting meta for a while, I just went with it mostly because of the sunk costs fallacy and a hope that Sony would go ahead and catch on and fix it eventually if too many companies hopped on the wagon of abusing easy platinums. They removed 5 star top rated so it wasn’t an impossibility but it's pretty clear with the state that the meta is now that they won't ever do something and even if they do unless it's something drastic like removing trophies it's already too far gone. I don’t think the meta of playing easy games is bad or the meta of playing bad games is bad. But to me there’s a difference between playing Hannah Montana bad/easy and some janky asset flip that’s not even really a game. The trophy lists that release where you get the platinum before even beating the game are terrible. I think the thing that made me stop most of all and which ties into the meta now is the fact that now you could play easy games all day and still not got them all done. In PS3 days and early PS4 you had time to do both all of the easy games and the good. Then as the meta evolved my time to play good games shrunk and shrunk before I went enough is enough. Also region stacks are a mistake, I don’t mind console stacks, there is meaningful differences between those but 6 rata stacks without meaningful differences… no thank you. I couldn’t improve it, it's too far gone. I think Sony would have to delete the trophies of like 90% of games released with a plat under an hour, but do that then the top may just quit and you’ve kinda just ruined trophy hunting. It punishes those playing the meta too much. We could have seen some sort of reset for the PS5 but we did not. To truly fix it, I would delete all the trash currently on PS5 and then promote the PS5 only leaderboard. What Nintendo IP would you like to see on PSN if any? Pokemon, I bought a 3DS XL just to play Pokemon X. Are there any tiny gems in your collection that you'd recommend to others? I forget most of the games I play so I’m sure there’s more than this but this is what I remember as of now: Just yesterday I played Unearthing Mars 2 and I'm really enjoying it. It has a lot of problems, but the models are really well done. Jumping around on giant robots in VR is a lot of fun. Memories Retold 11-11 is a really nice WW1 explore game thingie. I remember really enjoying Hell Yeah! but I haven’t played it in a very long time so I don’t know if it holds up as well. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring one item (not people or pets) from your room with you, what would you pick and why? I have a solar powered chess game, I would take that to keep both my brain sort of in shape and something to do when bored because most everything survival based could be made on the island. With such an impressive resume, does it bother you to have incomplete games on your profile? No not at all, I would be miserable running a 100% only profile. I think a lot of those running those perfect profiles are miserable too, I notice those with 100% profiles seem to retire from trophy hunting more than those that don’t. Having games I can't complete because of closures annoys me, but the rest does not. When you look for new games to play, what genre do you always check out first? I don’t really, if something looks fun to me I’ll play it. I suppose platformers and shooters are my most go-to genres though. What was it about your old username that was inappropriate for Sony? I don’t know, I never contacted Sony about it so I can only theorise, but the current theories are either midget has become an offensive word, though I suppose it's always been somewhat offensive just with the world becoming more “politically correct” its deemed totally unacceptable or that having “rawdog” is enough to get it banned. Are there any games you found to be impossible? I’m a fairly strong believer that if you have the right mindset then most humans are capable of doing and people that use “impossible” to describe games that have already been completed by others to have a pretty horrible mindset (save for people with pretty severe disabilities, but even then with the right mindset you’d be surprised with what can be overcome). A few years ago people would say the rata games were impossible and that mindset made the games made it much harder for them to do, I think considering the more difficult games impossible is the same idea. So I don’t have any of these GaME is IMPOSSIBRU games but I have some interesting games that may count. Dungeon Defenders: I have had this game at 98% for years and years. For my last trophy you have to survive to wave 20. Looking at the platinum percentage you might think this would be easy, and it actually is. It’s a long slog, which takes about 5-8 hours to complete. That’s all fine, but the problem that has made it impossible for me is that at around wave 18 due to the large amount of enemies on screen and it calculating and adding all of your kills the game loves to freeze. I have tried this on three different PS3s, tried leaving the game after every round to wait for the kill counter to go to 0, tried swapping characters after each round to remove the kill feed and have tried both offline and online and have frozen on every single attempt so for me, this trophy has been impossible. What do you enjoy doing outside of the trophy hobby? Well I don’t do a lot outside of trophy hunting hence why I have so many. I watch a tonne of Youtube, I think I would be top 100 or so if there was a leaderboard for watch time. I am currently trying to learn Chess (I'm at around 800/900 ELO). I play Rocket League a lot and have been getting back into shiny hunting in the pokemon games too. I also play discord bots like pokecord and now poketwo. Is there anywhere that you would like to travel to? Why or why not? I plan to travel to Japan in a year or so. I have wanted to go for years mostly to go shopping and other weeb reasons. It just seems like a very cool place to go to for electronics and video game-related stuff. Is there anything you don’t understand that you wish you could? Fighting games. They just don’t make sense to me, I never know when I'm actually supposed to block. I think eventually I will spend the effort to properly learn them, I have tried a lot but I always end up giving up. What life advice would you give to others? To have full belief in yourself and don’t believe what others tell you without fully checking. To create your own morals and not to be told what is right and what is wrong. Do you have any pets? Who’s your favourite? I only have one; a Jack Russell named Oreo. What’s your favourite season and why? Winter because Christmas and birthday and I quite like how it gets dark really early, it feels quite comfy. If you’re lucky you can also have snow to play in. Do you believe in any superstitions? No, I think there’s logic to all weird occurrences that happen, maybe one day I will experience something that I won’t be able to explain but until then the answer is no. In twenty years, what do you think the world might look like? I think a world war with China is entirely possible so within 20 years we could be experiencing the aftermath of that. So either a world where everyone is recovering and rebuilding from all the destruction or we all have to bow to our new Chinese overlords. Is there anything that scares you? Death and just about everything that can kill me. I suppose I also fear not doing something exceptional with my life. ____________________________________________________________________ Thank you to all who participated in asking questions in this interview! See you soon for the next one (Please use this new thread if you want to sign up).
  5. Hey everyone! After a bit of a hiatus, the Member Interview signups are back. As our usual host Dreggit is busy, I'll be taking over the old thread and the handling of everything. For those that don't know me, I've been on the Guide Team since the start of last year and spend most of my time looking at guides or hanging out on the Guidewriters Headquarters. Here's the list of interview candidates as it currently stands (including those who'd signed up to the old thread). It's been a while, so if you no longer want to be involved please let me know! Interview Candidates Alpha Group (23) Beta Group (12) Current Interviewee temp-910724 Please also ask our next interviewee, Xenoblast91, some questions in this thread! What are Member Interviews? The Member Interviews is an ongoing community project in which a random member of the participating community is selected to be interviewed once every month. The interview process is quite simple. First we select a member randomly from the list of candidates above, then we allow the community to ask that member questions for one week. After that week, the chosen candidate will have two-three weeks to answer a set of stock questions and any additional questions asked by the community. Once answered, the interview is posted up for the community to read, on the first Friday/Saturday of the month. We will then take a one-week break before then starting anew. Format Updates Please note that due to issues in the past that caused long waiting times for people, if you don't get back within 3 days of me reaching out to you to confirm that you're still interested, we'll move on to the next person and you'll need to sign back up again. In addition, you'll need to be an active community member to be eligible for the waiting list. What this means is that your forum account needs to be at least a year old, and you'll need to have made at least 50 posts. This doesn't apply to those already on the waiting list, though you will still need to respond within 3 days once you're selected.
  6. I just tested it again on PS4 (wanted to do this version legitimately). Can confirm keeping the game paused and your controller off works Changing the in-game time to something random doesn't affect it (I didn't suspect it did, but wanted to check anyway) Also got the trophy an hour earlier than expected. There should be no reason for that as I hadn't spent any time in game on PS4 on a Tuesday (real or fake) so I think this trophy is just kind of buggy
  7. Now that is some interesting news, Deus Ex has been left to rot in a corner for too long while they've focused on Marvel games. Hope to see Adam have a comeback rather than it being rebooted again though. Also excited to see where this takes TR.
  8. I actually wish the art ending trophy (i.e. playing the save the baby game for 4 hours) was still in it. Not sure if there could’ve been a workaround for that on PS.
  9. Looks like my cup of tea (it also won the Narrative award at the BAFTAS recently). Shame the playtime looks kind of short though.
  10. I have a few upcoming (potential) projects: Road 96 (this is just a maybe, seeing if I can squeeze this in before the end of the month) PS5 Status: Published Not looking for but accepting help The Stanley Parable (guide + walkthrough) PS5 Status: Published Edit: Because the list is a bit… basic again, I might make the walkthrough a long-term project for all the different story endings rather than being trophy-oriented. Don’t think many would be interested, but could be a fun project. Stray PS5 Waiting for release (TBA, but sometime in the Summer) Not looking for but accepting help The Quarry (Likely a walkthrough or a combination) PS5 Waiting for release (10th June) Not looking for but accepting help Beyond a Steel Sky PS5 In Progress Not looking for help
  11. Good to know you enjoyed it, I've had my eye on this one. 👍
  12. Hi there, I am trying to create a trophy guide for West of Dead. However, when I click on the Create a Trophy or Gameplay Guide, I am only given the option of creating a DLC guide or a Gameplay Guide. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Charizarzar


      Hey, I’ll look into that and get back to you as soon as I know more. Guessing it might be a bug? :S 

    2. danteff7


      Thanks. I can't even create a dlc guide now as it gives me an error messager.

    3. Charizarzar


      Could you maybe share a screenshot of what you're seeing? If you have Discord you could send it to me there (Charizarzar#2038).


      We're just trying to work out if it's a bug or if you're maybe just accidentally missing the option (because this does seem pretty unusual). When you click on the 'create a trophy or gameplay guide' button it should already have "trophy guide" selected, so you should then be able to just click on 'create guide' and start the trophy guide from there. Let me know what you're seeing when you can. :) 

  13. I've had my eye on this game ever since it was announced for Xbox. Definitely get some Firewatch vibes from it, though not expecting it to be as good.
  14. I wonder if Camilla will return? I remember her implying Shadow would be her last. I'm pretty hyped for another revamp though if that's the case!
  15. It's also an expanded version (the script for the new content is longer than even the original game's).