Welcome to the Lasombra Files, PSU’s weekly hit program. Follow the story of Lasombra and V as they try to stay alive in Shadow City, unraveling its secrets, while at the same time shining the spotlight on trophy hunters around the world and in our community.
The glaring sun shines down into our sleep deprived eyes as we exit the plane in Santiago, Chile. “Hola, uh...hi, where is the Santiago capital building?” The limo drivers look at us as if we were dropped out of the plane on our heads, not holding back smiles that cracked their tanned faces. “Peru, seriously? We’re in Lima, Peru? The boss is really going to kill us this time. We flew to the wrong country.” One of the drivers hands me a note, eliciting only a face palm as V, for once in her existence, pays attention to my monologues. “The boss hates us. He sent us to the wrong country on purpose. That does not even make any sense.” I crumple the paper and throw it away, as if I were some 80s cartoon caricature. No sooner did we leave a jail, did we get a ticket for littering in Episode 6: Chile Cook-Off. “At least whoever was trying to shoot at us back in the city won’t find us here.” CLICK! “I hope that was the sound of your high-heels, V.”
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Occupation: I’m a systems engineer but I have my own business. (Let us say I kill multiple cows for meat produce XD)
Lasombra: When did you start gaming?
Jeankarlo: My first console was an Atari, when I was like 5 years old, but my brother was the one that really played it a lot since I wasn’t too good at that age
Lasombra: How did you choose your PSN name?
Jeankarlo: I’m not very creative so my PSN name is my real name, I know it is lame.
Lasombra: What motivated you to become a trophy hunter? What was your initial spark?
Jeankarlo: I always like to unlock everything in my games, since my first serious console was a SNES. Also I always like to have perfect stats, for example in the GTA series if I get busted or died I reloaded an early game save until I passed it perfectly.
Lasombra: Are you a trophy hunter, platinum hunter, or a specific hunter? (Example: All GoW game hunter)
Jeankarlo: I think I’m a platinum hunter. I like to unlock the platinum in all my games, plus getting 100% in my PSN games (since we don’t have platinums for those), but I really don’t care about DLC. If I have a chance to do it then I go for it.
Lasombra: How many hours do you dedicate to trophy hunting?
Jeankarlo: I play a lot usually after work and if I don’t go out, usually 5 hours a day.
Lasombra: What motivates you to go for that next trophy? How do you stay motivated after a long gaming session, particularly with grinding trophies?
Jeankarlo: What motivates me to the next trophy is the platinum, and after the platinum is the next game etc, etc, etc. After a long grinding game, what I do is play 2 or 3 quick games, as the "ding" sound motivates me.
Lasombra: Have you ever gone through any burnout from your sessions?
Jeankarlo: A couple of times, one was the SF4 trials, specifically those Jump into Ultra cancels, but I just kept trying till I finished them. The other was NGS2, since nobody beat UN1 and UN2, I was kind of worried, and when some players finally beat it, it was so hard but I got a couple of good partners that helped me finish that game.
Lasombra: What is your proudest platinum? Why? Was it your hardest?
Jeankarlo: Warhawk is my proudest platinum, and the reason that I joined a trophy hunting site. I found a very good organized boosting group for this. Some just give up; others like me get their platinum. With the mods around I just boost kills. The points (which is the long part) I just got it by playing and learning the game. You need be good in Warhawk to get a good amount of points otherwise you can spend 3 full years playing to reach the general rank.
Lasombra: Do you have a trophy goal for the year? If so, how far are you along in it?
Jeankarlo: Not really a goal but would be nice to hit 200 platinums this year, maybe with the upcoming collections it is possible.
Lasombra: Do you believe gamers should be allowed to make trophy hunting teams? Why or why not?
Jeankarlo: I really, really, hate teams and hackers, as the PSN accounts are for just one person and not a team. Maybe if Sony implemented a team option where you can make teams with others players, and we can know how many trophies each member earned, but sharing the same account with others is so unfair, that way one account can play 24/7 and have access to more games.
Lasombra: Do you think Sony should create a world database with every user’s PSN trophy info for all to see? Why or why not?
Jeankarlo: That would be nice but I doubt it is going to happen. There is so much information involved plus so many dummy accounts that are going to mess up the stats.
Lasombra: What tips do you have for someone trying to reach the next level and going after a difficult platinum?
Jeankarlo: If someone can get that platinum, why can’t you? You have 2 hands, 10 fingers like him/her, you just need practice.
Lasombra: Regardless of the system, what pre-trophy game would you auto-buy if it was released on the PS3 with trophy support?
Jeankarlo: I would like a Zelda: Ocarina of Time Trophy set, and it would have tons of collectibles, plus side missions. I spent so much time with that game, that I really liked it.
Lasombra: You have one of the most impressive trophy lists in the Files. Is there a game you won't play? I did not see Hannah Montana on your list.
Jeankarlo: I try to play games that I like, and avoid Disney games. I just hate them, I don’t care if the game is easy or hard as long as I want play it, and if I played it and I like it I’ll plat it.
Lasombra: Is there a huge gaming scene in Peru? Please explain the Peruvian gaming scene to the viewers. Are there a lot of stores? Are games expensive?
Jeankarlo: Here in Peru (and I think in all South America) there is a lot of piracy, and the majority of people buy it that way. The reason for this is the lack of video game stores. The only stores that sell PS3 games are retail stores (like Sears) and the price is around $80 each game plus there are only a few games available (usually old top sales), but there are stores that sell smuggled games with a price around $60. Old games (and I mean old ones) are selling around $40, so yeah we don’t have too much access to games thanks to piracy (aka Xbox360) and big prices.
Lasombra: Spanish is your native language, not English. How do you handle playing games not in your native language? Do they have an option to be in Spanish or do you prefer them in English?
Jeankarlo: Personally I prefer my games in their original audio (English), and if they have subtitles or not I don’t care, but if the game has a Latin Spanish dub I prefer that (I don’t like Spain Spanish).
Lasombra: For the up and coming trophy hunters, can you describe how you recovered from your burnouts from Street Fighter and Ninja Gaiden? Was there something specific you did to get your mind back in the game?
Jeankarlo: I just keep playing till I understand the game. For SF4 I kept trying different timings and work in my combos move by move one at a time, and for Ninja Gaiden I was lucky having excellent partners.
Lasombra: Having played so many games that requires playing with people online. What was your best and worst online experience with other gamers when trying to boost a trophy?
Jeankarlo: If you want to boost games that need a lot of people like Uncharted 2 DLC it is hard to get that amount of players at the same time. The best way is set times to meet, create a chat, invite everyone that sign-in to boost, and once you get enough people you can start. It is also important to explain how to boost to everyone before starting.
My worst experience was Warhawk. You need at least 8 regular players if you want that plat, since it is a very long game to boost.
The best online experience was coop in any game. I think that is the plus in the last generation of videogames, and is something that is going to be present in the future generations as well.
Lasombra: How is the cow killing business in Peru?
Jeankarlo: It is not the best business here but yeah it is kind of good, but in the last year this business has gone down a little. I just hope we have better times.
Lasombra: You have the platinums for Demon's Souls and Last Rebellion, which are two popular games that hunters get the platinum for from multiple regions. You have not done that. What is your opinion of getting the platinum for the same game from multiple regions?
Jeankarlo: I have this idea "if you played that game why play it again?" I don’t like having double games in my list, as it is kind of the same as people that just play easy games to gain a plat/PSN level count. I’m ok with players that play easy games as long as they wanted to play that game and not because it is an easy game.
Lasombra: You are a member of the illustrious Perfect Platinum Streak group. Some of it's member have 30, 40, maybe 50 platinums. You have 166/166 (at the time of the interview). Every game you played is platted. Is an online server being closed or a trophy being perma-glitched your biggest nightmare?
Jeankarlo: Thankfully I don’t have any unplated game due to a closed server or glitch. The only stuff I missed was the MUA2 DLC, but I had perma-glitched trophies before, thankfully they were all patched, like Ghostbusters and NG3.
The sound of the gun cocking, the movement of the limo drivers, the sweat running down my cheek from the blistering Peruvian sun, all slowing down as if this were the last moment of my life, or at least the start of an action sequence in The Matrix. The sound of a gunshot deafens me as I feel something pop inside my head. I can only scream as whoever missed the target, assuming it was me, only killed my eardrum...and one of the drivers. The next scream is not from us, but instead the gunman. Don’t people know V enjoys snapping bones? Find out how long till he talks in Episode 7: From Greek with Love. Are finger joints supposed to be bent in that direction? If my ear wasn’t bleeding like Niagara Falls, I’d be worried V would take it too far. But the snap of another bone and the blood running down my neck remind me I could have had my brains trimming the window of the limo, like I was expendable zombie #5 in any Resident Evil game, being asked by the director to show him what I’d do if I ever were asked to be casted in one of the non-CG movies.
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