This is the first in a series called, “Conversation With A Gamer”, where I have a discussion with gamers about not just video games, but themselves. This week, I spoke with Phillip Dudley.
Travis Blair: Where are you from? What got you into video games? What do you enjoy doing aside from gaming?
Phillip Dudley: My name is Phillip Dudley, my gamer tag on both Sony and Microsoft consoles is justmepd and I live in Helena, Mt. The NES is what really got me into gaming. I remember playing Mario at a friends house on new years eve in the mid 80’s. We had being playing it all night and finally made it to level 8. I remember while my friend and his family were counting down to the new years I was obsessing over beating the game. I beat the game right after the new year started. I felt like a had accomplish something my friend hadn’t, and beat the challenge of the game. I was hooked. When I’m not gaming I enjoy time with my family camping, snowboarding, hiking, playing disc golf, visiting micro brewery’s, attend music concerts, attend professional sports like Seahawks & Mariners.
Travis: You and I got into gaming with friends the same way. I had a fishing game on a Commodore system, but once my friend got a NES and Super Mario Bros, I was “hooked” on it. So what other systems have you owned? What are your highlights from those systems?
Phillip: To this day I still own atari 2600, slim atari 2600, NES, NES Top Loader, SNES, N64, GAMECUBE, WII, WII U, GAMEBOY, GAMEBOY POCKET, GAMEBOY COLOR, GAMEBOY ADVANCED, MICRO, DS, DS LITE, DSI, 2DS, 3DS, 3DS XL, DREAMCAST, GENESIS,32X, SEGA SATURN, SEGA NOMAD, NEO-GEO POCKET, PS1, PS1 SLIM WITH SCREEN, PS2, SLIM PS2, PS3 60GB, PS3 SLIM, PS3 SUPER SLIM, PS4, PSP-1000, PSP-2000, PSP-3000, PSP GO, VITA, XBOX, XBOX 360, XBOX 360 SLIM, XBOX1.
There are so many good memories but I’ll just have to name a few. The big moments would be resident evil on PS1 first time dog jumped threw the window scared poop out of me, I played that game for literally years. On the N64, Super Mario 64, the colors and free roam ability had it so I really enjoyed finding all 120 stars and even the roof glitch. Also on the N64 was 007, with 4-player death match and 007 difficulty. The Gamecube with Resident Evil 4, the graphics and audio were just mind blowing plus the multiple story lines were epic. The PS2 with the first Killzone, XBOX with Halo and of course the LAN party Friday, 4 systems 16 controllers, organized mayham. The XBOX 360 and the ROD, enough said there. XBOX One with Titanfall. Shenmue on the Dreamcast and also Sega bass fishing with fishing rod attachments. The 32X had Star wars. Gameboy with Mario, 6 golden coins and Tetris. The PS3 with Boarderlands 2, I have over 3 weeks game time logged. The PS4 brought me Killzone Shadowfall and even the SNES with Zombies ate my neighbors. There are so many great memories.
Travis: That’s an impressive list! So it’s a safe assumption to make that you’ve spent some time honing your skills. Do you have a reasonable gamer score score on the Xbox? What about PlayStation?
Phillip: I have a 53,000 gamerscore on Xbox, and 6,350 trophies on Playstation and just broke level 27!
Travis: Quite the record, especially for PlayStation. Do you consider yourself a completionist in other aspects of life? What are your most memorable completions for Xbox and PlayStation? What comes to mind for having the most fun achievements / trophies? What were some of the most challenging?
Phillip: Well working 15 hours a day is challenging in its own right. I won the Gamestop expo Madden 25 Tournament pretty tough to win 7 games in a row against complete strangers. Have a city championship in baseball and few 2nd places. I have hit four hole in one’s at different disc golf courses, won top sales, top inventory control, have 120 prosecuted theft case’s, 20 plus internal theft confessions, multiple employee of the month. When I figured out the whole achievements think have to say getting the “Catch the fever” in Shadownrun was pretty epic also playing Xbox vs Pc always wondered why we didn’t see more of that. Beating every call of duty on veteran, countless nights spent playing rock band, and guitar hero still try and play every few weeks lol, hexic was super fun, gears of war chainsaws online and head shots with the sniper rifle priceless. Trophy wise I really got into after Sony had the patch started buying all my games on Playstation except exclusives. Got tired of r.o.d, plus the trophies made more of a challenge to me. I could see how rare they were compared to other gamers. Getting gold for beating nightmare mode in rage was cool, getting the platinum on Aliens Colonial Marines! I really try to play as many games as possible I not picky. I have a theory that to play them all you must own them all. Yes I’ll buy a machine for one game look at Titanfall. I get tired of the Microsoft vs Sony vs Nintendo. I just think we should support gaming and be happy.
Travis: I agree with you about your thoughts on the gaming feuds. That being said, what changes would you like to see in regards to gaming accomplishments in 8th generation consoles, as well as PC gaming? Has one been doing anything better than another? Could they all benefit from something to enhance the reward aspect of their respective accomplishment systems?
Phillip: I’d really like to see Nintendo come out with a trophy system. Think Microsoft should add a rarity interface to the achievement like Sony did on the 4. I heard that steam has added a system as well. The last PC game I played was Half-Life. I just found it too expensive to upgrade for new games. Really like idea of the Steambox, I’m sure I’ll check it out – maybe for half-life 3! I would like companies to give beta’s, swag, and special icons out to those of us who have decade’s logged on time with their systems. I would love to know a day count of time spent gaming on servers or machines. Almost like they do with cell phones. I bet that I have some serious years logged, lol.
Travis: Those are valid suggestions. I would like to see Valve do even more good things, like the Steam Box. One last question: what’s been your favorite announcement from this year’s E3?
Phillip: Uncharted 4! Mario! Zelda!
Travis: Yes, those are some great announcements. Thanks for speaking with me!