The Man with a Million Gamerscore “Stallion83”
On March 13, 2014, Raymond Cox — extra famously recognized by his Xbox Gamertag ‘Stallion83’ — achieved the seemingly unachievable: 1,000,000 Gamerscore. The primary participant in historical past to take action, and one of many first avid gamers in a few years to develop into well-known for reaching a numerical “rating” at a recreation of any type, Stallion83 has develop into a star in gaming circles for his dedication to the artwork of meta-gaming. We sat down with Stallion83 to search out out what it took to achieve this level.
Xbox Wire: For starters, inform us a bit of about your self and your background. The place are you from? The place’d you develop up? How’d you get into gaming?
Stallion83: I am from round Knoxville, Tennessee; I moved to Tennessee from Michigan once I was round 5 years outdated. I acquired into gaming in all probability due to my father. He left the Atari on the ground, and as a younger boy, I used to be crawling round like a rugrat and located my approach to the joysticks. I used to be in all probability two or three years outdated. “Boxing” was my favourite recreation — even then, I knew that “E.T.” was a pile of crap.
Xbox Wire: Oh, certainly. That recreation ended up buried within the desert! So, you began with an Atari, and finally moved as much as the Xbox 360. What acquired you began in your quest for 1,000,000 Gamerscore? How did you determine you needed to go for that quantity?
Stallion83: After being the primary to 100,000 Gamerscore, then to 200,000 Gamerscore, I believed to myself, “How far can I take this?” It was round 2008 once I mentioned: “I will attain for the sky and attempt to topple the unthinkable, ONE MILLION Gamerscore.” It turned my final gaming aim.
Xbox Wire: OK, so let’s step again, then. How’d you find yourself being the primary to 100,000? What made you go for that aim? How exhausting was that to realize, and the way did that examine with 1,000,000?
Stallion83: I assume it was round early 2006 once I actually fell for the achievement system. I acquired all the “Name of Responsibility 2” achievements, after which I used to be eternally hooked — so from there I simply began racking up the factors and making an attempt to get my Gamerscore as excessive as potential. First to 100,000 was an incredible feeling, however in comparison with 1,000,000, it was only a quantity alongside the best way. 1,000,000 is one thing I’ll always remember in my lifetime.
Xbox Wire: Superior. So, apart from the 1,000,000th achievement, which achievement are you most happy with? Which one was the toughest so that you can get? Is there any achievement that you simply look again on and say: “Man, why did I spend a lot time on that one, once I may have gotten one other a method simpler?”
Stallion83: I at all times return to the “Severely!?” achievement in “Gears of Struggle.” It requires 10,000 kills in ranked matches. I labored on that for a number of months straight, again when the sport launched — and I remorse nothing! I in all probability may have gotten extra Gamerscore taking part in different video games and dealing on different achievements, however I needed that achievement and the Gamer image that got here together with it. At the moment, it was a badge of honor.
Xbox Wire: So, was it about extra than simply Gamerscore for you, then? The photographs and the bragging rights that include proving that “Hey, I did this!” to different avid gamers had been a giant a part of it?
Stallion83: I would say it was extra simply desirous to hit my aim and show to myself it might be completed, and be the primary to do it. I am not the kind of man to enter GameStop and brag about my Gamerscore. I do know what I did.
Xbox Wire: Truthful sufficient. So, constructing on that: What do you suppose makes some gamers so considering getting achievements, or racking up Gamerscore? You clearly had a selected document in thoughts that you simply broke. You achieved your aim. What’s it, in your opinion, that drives the common gamer to unlock achievements?
Stallion83: Truthfully? I believe it is the little achievement popping noise. Or, for some, it might be simply racking up large quantities of Gamerscore. For others, like completionists, they similar to getting all of the achievements within the video games they play. I believe the milestones of 10,000, 100,000, and so forth are interesting. I like the thought of taking part in all of the video games and having these tied up and accomplished. I like it.
Xbox Wire: What’s it been like, interacting with folks as you’ve got come near and surpassed your 1,000,000 aim? Has the fan help been optimistic? Have there been haters? How has it been interacting through Twitch?
Stallion83: The interplay has been unimaginable! It is barely overwhelming at occasions, however I attempt to get again to everybody. I believe I shocked the general public which have been following me for years, as they weren’t anticipating me to rack up 17,000 Gamerscore over a single weekend. However the help through Xbox Dwell, Twitter, and Twitch has been wonderful. Nonetheless right now, a month after the actual fact, I get tons of congrats messages, and I nonetheless have folks asking me if I ever did hit one million Gamerscore. And certain, there was a good quantity of hate blended in as properly, however I’ve been receiving that for a few years.
Xbox Wire: Wow, 17,000 in a single weekend? What was that like? What video games did you play? What achievements did you get? What did you eat?
Stallion83: I had all of it lined as much as rating about 17,000+ in a single day and obtain 1,000,000 Gamerscore within the course of to finish with a bang. That took many, many months to arrange, since my rating is the place it is at. I used to be just a few weeks away from making that each one a actuality, however the “Titanfall” launch was looming, and that weekend turned the goal date. I performed a bit of of all the pieces that weekend, and unlocked tons of of achievements throughout greater than 50 video games. I performed and unlocked achievements on actually each Xbox One recreation on the time apart from “Thief,” a bunch of Xbox 360 video games, even some overseas video games. I barely slept, however I did eat properly, and drank loads of water!
Xbox Wire: Wonderful. Do you have got any ideas and methods to share with different avid gamers who would possibly wish to attempt to beat your rating? What are some good methods to get Gamerscore quick? What are the pitfalls to keep away from if you wish to be an achievement grasp?
Stallion83: For me, it is about mixing the video games up as a lot as potential. I like protecting it recent and going for the achievements in a recreation once I’m prepared, since going for some achievements will be fairly tedious. So taking part in one other recreation, then coming again to an achievement down the road is how I prefer to strategy it. It retains issues enjoyable and makes it much less of a grind.
Xbox Wire: So, now that you’ve got gotten to 1,000,000, what’s subsequent in your radar? What’s your subsequent achievement?
Stallion83: In 2008, I mentioned to myself, “after one million, I am completed.” Not completed with gaming, however completed chasing achievements and Gamerscore like I would like them to breathe. And right now I really feel like I am unable to accomplish the rest with Gamerscore. Two million? Ten million? I would be like 110 years outdated! However I am actually loving the Xbox One, so I do have one final super-ambitious aim. I wish to, in some unspecified time in the future, chase down each final Gamerscore level out there on the Xbox One. Even whether it is for in the future or 2 hours. That concentrate on is ever-moving and right now I am about 200 achievements away or roughly three- to four-thousand Gamerscore, proper now, as we’re speaking. Perhaps I can catch it in the summertime, or perhaps on the first of subsequent 12 months. Perhaps I will by no means catch it. It could by no means occur, however I will give it a shot. A factor that may maintain me going like this for longer is that if Xbox Dwell ever will get official Gamerscore leaderboards. Folks like leaderboards. Simply saying.
Xbox Wire: We’ll maintain that in thoughts! Final query, and this follows on what you simply talked about: Do you suppose the entire Gamerscore quest has modified your strategy to (or enjoyment of) video games in any respect? Do you continue to recreation in the identical approach you probably did while you first picked up that Atari again within the day?
Stallion83: I do not suppose it made me take pleasure in my video games any much less; I really discovered extra video games that I take pleasure in due to the search for Gamerscore. I do not suppose I ever would have performed the “LEGO” video games, for instance, if it wasn’t for my quest — and people video games are superior! So far as an inventory, most achievements are completed with regular development anyway. I similar to doing the additional stuff to get extra out of my video games. All of the video games.