New to Fing’rs & Thu’ums is The Hot Seat where Jim Cullinane and Mike Leigh can ask each other questions about their gaming experiences throughout the ages. Nothing can be kept secret and nothing is safe. Read below for our first array of questions that were selected for each other by our third-party interviewer.
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Jim enters the hot-seat
What is your earliest gaming memory? What console and game do you remember playing first?
My earliest memory is when my sister was able to borrow a Sega Master System from one of her friends.
It wasn’t the more widely known Sega Master System II, but I was able to play Sonic the Hedgehog and Alex the Kidd on it. This was both the first console I played on and also the earliest memory.
Is there a game you remember playing that you’ve never finished but would love to go back and complete?
Embarrassingly this list is probably endless! There are so many titles that I have invested up to hundreds of hours in and then become distracted with something new.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is one title that I played up until the last level and then some big release occurred and I never went back. I have always wanted to complete that, but as time goes on I worry I have forgotten the story and will need to start again!
What do you consider to be the hardest game you’ve ever played?
This is a tough question as difficult for me might not be difficult for you. Dark Souls was hard, but mostly due to the terrible controls and clunky gameplay. Smash T.V. – now that was a difficult game! I would have to put the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game from the NES very close to the top of my list!
What was the first game you played that established showcasing more adult and mature themes?
Playboy Mansion aside, which was utterly disappointing to a young man, it would have to be Grand Theft Auto.
I think that was the first 18-rated game I had ever played.
What has been the one game that everyone seems to love but you just cannot enjoy no matter how much you’d like?
There are loads! I am not a huge fan of the Resident Evil games, but I appreciate the concepts. I cannot stand the Halo franchise, I find it to be utterly terrible. Other big names like Watchdogs, The Witcher, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Mass Effect just never gripped me enough to enjoy them. Red Dead Redemption 2 lost me after 3 hours as I found it to be the slowest most boring game I had experienced in a few years.
What do you consider to be the best gaming adaption of a movie? (Lego games excluded)
I am glad you decided to exclude the Lego games as it is official – they are not movie tie-ins (inside joke). The best gaming adaptation for me is a cross between two rather differentiating titles.
X-Men Origins Wolverine I found to be fantastic, with amazing gameplay. I also really enjoyed Disney’s Car’s. There are not many games that I feel I need to complete 100%, finding every secret, but Car’s was one of them!
What was your most frustrating gaming moment that made you want to break your controller in a rage?
This is a sore subject for me. I cannot even remember what the game was, this is how frustrated I was. Basically it was a racing game on the Xbox 360, I want to say ” Race Driver: Grid. I was going for the achievement where you play the 24 hour race and come first without hitting walls, cars or coming off the track. I had left the console on and done this in several sessions and I was doing well.
I believe that you also had to race with no assists too, which made for a difficult and stressful time. However, I was in the last few minutes and I started to panic and I lost control of the car on the very last corner and ended up off the track and into the barriers. I was so annoyed with myself I turned the game off and I never went back.
To be this good takes AGES, to be this good takes…?
Three failed back-to-back consoles; and Nintendo.
Mike Leigh enters the hot-seat
What sets video games apart from other media types for you?
Probably the interactivity. When you watch a film or a TV show, you are part of that world as an observer.
Whereas when you play a game, you immerse yourself as part of that world, you become the character you portray, so you end up with more of an emotional attachment.
Out of your entire library, which game do you find yourself going back to the most and why?
In the past possibly the Mega Drive Sonic games had the most replayability to me.
But in more modern times it’s been the Naughty Dog games of the Uncharted and Last of Us series, mainly because of the immersion as stated in my previous answer.
What is your fondest gaming memory?
Completing Metal Gear Solid 3.
It had such an emotional satisfying ending after one of the most engrossing stories ever told in not just gaming, but storytelling in general.
What games have triggered the strongest emotions for you?
No spoilers to those who haven’t played yet, but the ending to the Last of Us part II nearly had me in tears.
Have you lusted over a video game character and who was he?
Haha, nice try. It’s difficult to say as it’s only in recent years that games have used actual models of people’s likenesses as in game identitie.
So without thinking too hard on this subject, the Jill Valentine model from Resident Evil 3 remake is very attractive. Moving on…
What is the most embarrassing level you have been stuck on and what took you so long?
Oh jeez! That bloody barrel puzzle from Sonic 3’s Carnival Night Zone. If you know, you know!
Suffice to say I didn’t have Google to help me in 1994. I’m getting angry just thinking of it. Again…moving on!
If you could add any one item to your gaming collection what would it be?
Either the Last of Us collectors editions or a NEO GEO MVS cabinet. Both out of reach…for now.
What is it exactly about Wario in Spandex that fires you up so much?
We’re done here.