Member of the Month June 2016 (IrishWarrior022)

Community Interviews

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What is sonic the hedgehog’s favourite season? Spring! lol.. And you know what Spring is famous for? St. Patricks Day! Why am I talking about this past holiday? Well it's an an Irish thing and our next gamer up for close inspection is just just that...a (sorry could't resist that one) I guess the luck 'o' the Irish is any month really, any day.. but I don't think this gamer needs much luck because he has definitely proven how much of a warrior he really is.. weather your playing with him or against you can feel his rage...(just keep up with me here it will all make sense) so with out any more really bad puns and cryptic messages I give you our very next Member of the Month:

My name is James Cairns but in the gaming community I am known as IrishWarrior022 or just simply "Irish"

Where do you live?
I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

What do you do for a living?
I have spent 12 years of my life working a factory job from a very young age, but I am also a professional Ball Hockey player, I play for the The Rage and would love to do Twitch Streaming full time.

Tell me about your Gamertag?
Well I am an Irish-Canadian, hence the reason for "Irish" lol, but Warrior is pretty much a reflection of my personality while gaming and the many competitions I take part in as well as my personal life. I have a no quit attitude and a fierce appetite for success in anything I do . 022...22 is my number in sports since I was young and on a superstitious level has always brought me luck.

When did you start playing?
I have been playing since at least 3-4 years old and have entered gaming competitions when I was around 9 years old. At 9 it was mainly local contests in the Toronto area but I won many of them in which prizes usually consisted of consoles, games, and cash. I owned a 360 in late 2007 and spent time gaming on the original xbox and 360 for many years but never had an online profile until March of 2013. "IrishWarrior022" was born and over the last 3 years I have been gaming hard as quite a few may already know.

What's your play style? Ex: booster? Completionist? How often and long do you play?
My play style is play hard and play everything! I will usually only boost with some of my great friends that I have met, but occasionally I will join a boosting session if I really need too. As far as a completionist...I would love to complete as many games as I can because I really do like the feeling of closure. As a streamer though, I always have to be involved with the new hotness, so it becomes tough to focus on longer titles to complete, as time always becomes a huge factor. I have been known to play over 50 hours straight with very little rest to eat etc... as I will address in a later question, but I would have to say I have never monitored time and game when I can which actually becomes very challenging at times with my full life!

What’s your current gaming setup like?
I have a dedicated room in my house that I call, "The Achievement Factory" I have a main 50" Monitor that I play my Xbox One and stream from, a 42" monitor that I play one of my 6 Xbox 360's on, and a 3rd 32" monitor I use for PC and PC games. I also have a windows phone for mobile gaming as well.

Tell me a good gaming story or experience? ex: Epic win/fail, marathon, accomplishment, a time you visited a game convention or met someone...or anything.
One of my early, fondest memories was as a young competitor in the 1996 Block Buster Gaming World Championships where I was a finalist in Canada representing Ontario. Recent and definitely the most challenging accomplishment I have done in years was being the winner of the Leap Frog Contest Interview In the latter stages of this event I ways gaming 40, 50-60 hrs at a time. Sleep could mean a loss and in the month of July 2015 I posted 44, 488 gamerscore to finally capture first prize. I am currently #1 in Canada for Xbox One gamerscore. In 2015 I set the World Record for most gamerscore earned in a year with 247,122G. I was also one of the featured gamers this year on a podcast with two legends in gaming, SMRNOV and good friend Rand al Thor 19. *See attached video below. I currently have 449,745G in 3 years of XBL and currently striving to be the fastest gamer to hit the 1 Million mark.

Do you have a special shout out to anyone in particular in the gaming community?
There are just so many that I would love to shout out. Although not directly in the gaming community my wife and children who support me and love me while I'm entrenched in gaming. My long time friend and co-op partner Bupinder enough can not be said about him, Nikibaby219 who I am always in party chat and is one of the boys even though she is female, lol. My awesome friend Rand al Thor 19 who is currently on his quest for 1 Million GS and has been very inspirational, causing me to strive for gamerscore and gaming community success. My Done! Unlocking... podcast crew Omega Deez, DOA hed, MrBlackMagik, and Paintballgirl. I love them all. Last but definitely not least everyone who has been supporting me in the gaming community and on my Twitch channel Irishwarrior022. You guys are all amazing and thank you so much!

What's your favorite game genre?
I have always favored sports titles, fighting games, and racing games. I really have been enjoying the recent wave of old school platformers that have been popping up for the XB1 mainly through the [email protected] program.

What’s your favorite game on 360? ONE? Of all time (any system)
My favorite game growing up has always been Sonic the Hedgehog but out of more recent titles...I absolutely love the Bioshock series and Borderland series.

What is your worst game and Why?
Many people that follow me would be able to answer this for me, but hands down it is Pimp My Ride...what a hot, pile of steaming s**t. Lol, I am a very positive person, always laughing and joking around, but this game is the one game I can not stand. This imo is truly a game that was saved by the achievement system because there is no way in hell anyone would play this for any other reason. Gameplay, graphics, mechanics, are all so terrible...smh.

If you were a Video Game or game character who and why?
Either, Sonic the Hedgehog or Geralt from The Witcher. Sonic is a little badass and super fast, I could use his speed in the ball hockey arena. He/Sonnic is an iconic character in gaming, something I am striving to be in the gaming community. Geralt well, he is Geralt and for those of you that have played the Witcher games you know exactly why! (cue the porn music). Not to mention he is just an awesome character!

Are you looking forward to any new releases?
I am really looking forward to Gears of War 4, Scalebound, and Mafia III those are all day one buys for me with GOW4 already pre-ordered!

Do you collect or not so much?
I am a huge collector. As far as games it has to be collector's editions or steel book games. I also have been collecting Movies, sports cards, GI Joes, Transformers, and Marvel figures. I have a massive collection that few would believe...yes I am a nerd that way! But a 6'1 beast of a nerd! lol

What else do you do besides gaming?
Well I am a husband and father of 5 children, 3 boys, 2 girls. Definitely my biggest achievements in life! I am a professional Ball Hockey player James Cairns playing the highest level in the sport as well I represented Great Britain on the international stage and winning a bronze medal in the Ball Hockey World Championships. I am an artist who studied animation and worked on a couple of animated features. Model and Actor doing international shows and being on some TV shows, music videos, and movies. I am now focused primarily on my Twitch channel Irishwarrior022 and Podcast Done Unlocking

What's your favorite feature on GTN?
My original favorite feature on GTN was that it was a new site derived from an established group, if that makes sense? Although it is relatively new. The individuals involved are established, experienced people who have done an amazing job launching the site and continuing to improve it. I also think spotlighting gamers is awesome and one of my favorite features as it gives you a look at the person behind the gamer tag.

What would you tell people about GTN if you were trying to get them to join?
I have already recommended quite a few to the site but I would definitely mention the great community of individuals on the site and the work and effort that is made by everyone involved to maintain a site of this magnitude. It must take a lot of commitment and I am very appreciative of that!

Is there anything you would like added to the site?
Well being a competitor I would love to see some sort of competition that you could only get at GTN. A gamerscore league, gamerscore olympics, or just competitions in general for prizes etc...

Life goal own all retail X-Box games. My collection: X-Box: 512, X-Box 360: 1189, One: 126
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What a great interview and congrats! I like the idea of some sort of competition for prizes, maybe if GTN could team up with someone like 360v did with Old Spice.

I agree Pimp My Ride was bad. I expected more based on TV shows. Wasn't it like a no-fills Need For Speed? haha
A true beast and nice guy of the community. Had the pleasure of competing against you that leapfrog and never known a champion to be so humble. Looking forward to competing against you more and more and maybe one day even teaming up for something. His twitch streams are great too I recommend everyone check them out. Congrats on the interview Irish.
A true beast and nice guy of the community. Had the pleasure of competing against you that leapfrog and never known a champion to be so humble. Looking forward to competing against you more and more and maybe one day even teaming up for something. His twitch streams are great too I recommend everyone check them out. Congrats on the interview Irish.
Originally Posted by Mephisto4thewin
Thank you so much Mephisto as I recall you and Emerald definitely pushed me! your interview for April's spotlight was an awesome read too! I would love to team up with you on something, anytime, anywhere!
Great interview, and it comes with a Podcast!
Good read, congrats!
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Congrats Irish!
You lack a vital quality found in all Sith. Sith have no fear, and I sense much fear in you."
Thanks for the read! Congrats.
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Love reading these. Irish is a great guy and like meph said his streams are great. If I'm ever uplate or should I say early for me I'm always lurking in them. Looks like you both got your wish in teaming up ;×]
Not bad for a dirty little bean diver, wat wat wat

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