The third episode of the “We are gamers” series is finally out, and I am proud to introduce today’s guest: not only is he a true hardcore gamer (and a dedicated YouTuber), but he is also one of the kindest, most supportive guys I have ever met online. So thanks for having me on board, Captain Kringel, let the voyage begin!
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1. Welcome Michael and and many thanks for accepting my interview for the blog. For a starter, please introduce yourself to RGL’s readers.
Hello Andrew and thank you for the interview. My name is Michael, I am 31 years old and live in Germany, where I work as an electrician. I live with my girlfriend, and in my spare time I play video games or bagpipes. This year we planted our first vegetables and fruit trees in our new glasshouse.
2. What was the first video game you ever played?
That is a really good question. In my childhood I was often at grandma’s house, where my uncle also lived, and he had a NES. I think it was Super Mario Bros. 3 or a Megaman game. I was around 4 years old.
3. What about the first gaming system you ever owned?
For my 6th birthday, I got an SNES with Mickey Mania and Super Mario world. In the same year, my grandma bought me a green Gameboy Classic with Terminator. I was too young to understand what to do, but I also got Kirby’s Block Ball. I really had a lot of fun with it.
4. Were you an arcade gamer? If you were, what about your favorite titles back in the 80s / 90s?
I do not really remember any arcades around here, but we had a lot of pinball machines, and I loved to play it. I still want a pinball machine!
5. I am going to name a few video game genres: please tell me your favorite retro title for each of them:
Hopefully it includes point and click adventures… 🙂 Maniac Mansion (NES)
Really hard, but I will pick Prince of Persia (PC)
C) Puzzle Games
Dr. Mario, the music was amazing! (NES)
D) Role-playing games
Mystic Quest Legend (SNES). I think it is a Final Fantasy game, actually. As far as I remember, it was only released in Germany with that title.
E) Racing Games
Nintendo World Cup (NES)
G) Sports Games
H) FPS Games?
Duke Nukem (PC)
I) Fighting Games?
Clayfighter 63 1/3. (N64)
6. While growing up, what gaming system did you have the most fun with? Are you still a regular gamer?
I think it was my Nintendo Gamecube and my Gameboy (advance). I played Pokémon nearly all day, back then. And I still love to play the likes of Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine and, of course, Super Smash Brothers Melee.
After playing Super Smash Bros. on the N64 together with my cousin, I could not wait to put my hands on SSBM! The new graphics were amazing and finally, Bowser – my favorite character – showed up.
I am still playing video games, but I do not have a lot of fun with new-generation consoles like the Nintendo Switch or the Xbox One. I still prefer my good old ones.
Whether it’s just my opinion, or I am playing the wrong titles, I find old games for NES or Sega Mega Drive/Genesis way more challenging.
There are also some games I have never beaten. One of the hardest that I remember is Fantasy Zone on the Sega Master System.
7. What is your relationship with the online gaming world? Do you play online with your friends/family members/random gamers?
Sometimes I play a round or two of Among us with random gamers or Lords Mobile on my Smartphone. I have tried to game with my girlfriend, but video games are completely new to her. Mario Party is the only game she enjoys.
8. What are your finest memories related to video games?
The best moment I remember when I finally got past the first winged Goomba when I was 4 years old. I really tried my best then. I remember I cried a lot, because my uncle was playing most of the time, and when it was my turn I died really fast.
Another great memory was when we created our gaming party with the german gaming-elite “G37”. We called it GeCon for gaming conventions.
Once a year we met up and played for one week. We would partake in a variety of tournaments with prizes and gifts up for grabs. Hard times with almost no sleep, lol.
A few other tournaments also showed up in germany, a Mario Kart Double Dash one called DSDSMKS, it is from a TV Show DSDS (Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar, like American Idol), so it was Deutschland Sucht Den Super Mario Kart Star (Germany is looking for the Super Mario Kart Star? I do not know how to translate or if it is necessary). I got first place twice!
Another one I can remember is the Olymptronica, but that was mostly about Pro Evolution Soccer and other games I do not play. Only good to get some merchandising.
After both events no longer took places the “Wii Meet” showed up once. It was fun, too. I played Golf and Tennis on the Nintendo Wii, there.
Last but not least: I finally beat Oddworld Abe’s Oddyssee and Abe’s Exoddus after 20 years. These 2 games have cost me a lot of nerves.
9. What prompted you to start a YouTube channel?
I have had this channel for about 16 years. Initially, I only uploaded proof videos on it (high-scores, gaming achievements and the like). Then, an old friend of mine and me started to do videos of Mario Kart, and somehow, we got to mariokart64.com and cyberscore.me.uk. We met some cool guys there, although, it was almost like a war. It was like: “Who is faster on this course?”, or “How I can beat their time?”, but it was a lot of fun.
I started to do videos of almost every game I got. It was almost like an addiction. Once I even did a speedrun of Mystical Ninja starring Goemon for the Nintendo 64… Anyway, after I started my training as an electrician and playing bagpipes, I cut down on gaming. Now, I am “just” a regular gamer.
But sometimes I think of the good old times. Playing the same course on Mario Kart for hours and hours, trying to beat the clock by 1 second or less.
10. What is the goal of Captain Kringel?
1. Hopefully to entertain people with my gaming videos and the sound of my bagpipes.
2. Becoming an even better musician. I have taken some really good lessons from pipers all around the world, but there is always room for improvement.
Maybe I can find some more good video game music to transpose. Really hard, because it only has 9 notes. We will see… Alternatively we will have some Scottish tradional tunes on there.
11. Last but not least: any future plans or secret wishes?
I want to visit the guys from This Round’s on Me 🙂 That would be really awesome! I really forgot how I met them… One day I opened Instagram, saw their picture and I immediately clicked with them. It is always fun to watch them playing, drinking beer and having fun. This must be the holy grail!
In two years or whenever this virus is finally gone, I will do my master training and with that knowledge, I would like to open a shop where people bring their retro stuff for repair.
Wish me luck!