The TT Community Interview: Nooby_Cake

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
The TrueTrophies community interviews are back! This week, we are talking to Nooby_Cake about their trophy haul, favourite games, and more!

If you are interested in being interviewed, shoot me a direct message on the site for further details.

Introduction

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PSN ID: Nooby_Cake

Hello everyone! I’m Nooby_Cake, but most of my friends call me Cakey. I do tend to babble a lot so please forgive me if this may end up being a lot to read. I am very passionate about gaming (perhaps a little too passionate), but as well as that, I enjoy baking, Perler beading, getting too attached to fictional characters, and I’m currently a mental health support worker!

With my job being as busy (and unpredictable) as it is, it’s a little difficult to find the time I used to have for trophy hunting; but I do try and maintain my one trophy a day goal. As well as working, I maintain a Twitch channel and try to stream when I can. I actually found out about TT through some streaming friends!

How did you start gaming and trophy hunting?

I don’t have many memories of my early childhood, due to trauma, but I do remember playing any Sims game that came out on the PS2, as well as Ratchet Gladiator. I know I had a PC that I used to play Neopets and RuneScape on back in the day, but as I said, it’s very much a blur.

In regards to trophy hunting, I got inspired by a Twitch streamer I met a few years back. I was always one for doing everything in a game, but never really aiming for platinums/100%’s. Back then, I had an Xbox One, but found out I couldn’t get Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone on my Xbox, and made the switch. Yep — that’s the sole reason I bought my PS4. I started really going for trophies in 2019, when I left my job in the gaming industry, right at the start of the pandemic. I had to get through being unemployed somehow between looking for jobs.

Which consoles do you predominantly play at the moment?

I primarily use my PS3, PS4, and Vita (for trophy hunting, of course), but when I’m at work, I tend to take my Nintendo Switch or laptop with me to help pass the night shifts away.

Darkest Dungeon

Give us a taste of your favourite games!

Oh gosh, where do I start? I have so many! Well, here’s a list of my top 20:

  • Brutal Legend
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Death Road to Canada
  • Dragon Age series
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
  • Hades
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Mass Effect series
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Rune Factory 3
  • Senran Kagura Bon Appetit
  • Silent Hill 2
  • Stardew Valley
  • The Sims 2: Castaway (for PS2)
  • Undertale
  • White Day: A Labyrinth Named School
That took me way too long to decide...

What is your favourite genre?

I love RPGs/JRPGs, rhythm, simulation, rogue-like and horror games. I also like games that require a lot of grinding, even if it’s mindless. I also have a weakness for the ‘trashy/janky’ games that people avoid like the plague. You know what they say; one person’s trash is another one’s treasure!

Where in the world are you and what is the gaming climate like there?

I’m in the UK (England specifically) and from what I have experienced, most people are PC gamers with the Xbox Game Pass, and they have a PS4/5 strictly for exclusives. I’ve just found that people are a mixed bag when it comes to gaming, where I’m from!

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Do you have any controversial hot takes related to gaming?

I’m not sure if they’re ‘hot takes’ but they do cause some friendly debates amongst the little community I’m in:

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda wasn’t that bad.
  • Sony exclusives focus only on the story and how pretty the game is, making the rest of the experience (especially with trophy hunting) terrible. I feel the gameplay is boring and the huge amounts of collectable trophies for the sake of them being there is just silly.
  • The only decent Sony exclusive is Bloodborne.
  • Games that don’t have platinum trophies are just as worthy of your time as those that have a platinum.
  • The amount of ‘EZ plats’ you have should not diminish your value as a trophy hunter.
  • Ratalaika Games & Eastasiasoft should be praised for the number of indie developers they help in bringing their games to multiple platforms, and not just deemed as ‘EZ plat devs’.
  • Trophy lists should not include multiplayer or difficulty trophies.

Do you have a love for a game that isn’t well-regarded by others?

Apart from Mass Effect: Andromeda that I mentioned already? Fallout 4.

What upcoming game are you most excited about?

It currently (at the time I’m writing this in October) has no release date, but I’m so looking forward to Dragon Age 4. Just the fact there’s concept art and a couple of trailers out there is enough to get me hyped up for it.

The Trophy Case

Dragon Age: Inquisition GOTY Screens 12

What is the hardest trophy you have earned?

‘Employee of the Year’ in Cook Serve Delicious 2. The trophy I needed for my 200th platinum, and by far the hardest one I’ve done to date. On paper, it looks easy, but actually doing it is a WHOLE different story.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!Employee of the YearThe Employee of the Year trophy in Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! worth 438 pointsGet golds on all shifts in fifteen different restaurants

What is the longest it took for you to earn a trophy?

‘Conqueror of the New World’ in Monster Hunter World. It took me 550 hours to get this platinum, and it was all due to one elder dragon not wanting to be a big boi. It took me around 100+ kills of them before I got the large crown I needed. After getting all the large crowns, I just needed to stalk a pig and capture a bird on it. Got it on the third try. I was frustrated, relieved and happy when that platinum popped. I didn’t know I could experience so many emotions at once.

Monster Hunter: WorldConqueror of the New WorldThe Conqueror of the New World trophy in Monster Hunter: World worth 1168 pointsUnlock all trophies for Monster Hunter: World.

What is the naughtiest way you have circumvented the hard work to grab a trophy?

‘Hell on Earth’ in Killing Floor 2. I remember this quite vividly, as I was streaming at the time. I had joined a match on the hardest difficulty and instantly died on the round before the boss. One of the other players wanted to kick me instantly, and the others ignored them. When I respawned for the boss round, I still had the ‘starter’ weapons, and got instantly one shot by the boss. My remaining teammates got the victory and I got the trophy!

Killing Floor 2Hell on EarthThe Hell on Earth trophy in Killing Floor 2 worth 212 pointsWin any match on Hell on Earth Difficulty

Lonesome Road 2

What is the easiest full list for the best game?

Oh heck, there’s so many I could suggest. But the one I have to go with would be Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age! There’s just the perfect balance of grind, story and misc trophies, and no difficulty or missable trophies.

What is the trophy you are most embarrassed to have?

‘Do ALL the Things!’ in Barbie and Her Sister’s Puppy Rescue. My Twitch community said I wouldn’t do it. I proved them wrong and suffered for it.

Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy RescueDo ALL the Things!The Do ALL the Things! trophy in Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy Rescue worth 407 pointsEarn all of the trophies in the game

What trophy are you embarrassed not to have?

‘Something More’ in The Witcher 3. I’ve put 200+ hours into the game over multiple playthroughs, and I’ve still not found Ciri.

The Witcher 3: Wild HuntHidden TrophyThe Hidden Trophy trophy in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt worth 20 pointsContinue playing to unlock this hidden trophy

Mass Effect: Andromeda Tempest

Which lists have you given up on?

I don’t tend to ‘give up’ on lists, but I have definitely given up on Elite Dangerous. I literally only jumped on it to test it out, got motion sick and ended up getting a trophy for creating my main character. So dumb...

Best non-trophy related gaming achievement?

I’m a bit of a collector of PS2 horror games, as that wasn’t a genre I was able to delve into when I was younger. But I’m a proud owner of ‘Rule of Rose’, which is one of the rarest PS2 games. The ‘last’ two I need for my collection to be complete would be ‘Kuon’ and ‘Michigan: Report From Hell’.

What was your favourite trophy list?


Dragon Age: Inquisition. Although I don’t tend to like difficulty trophies, this was the first platinum I had genuine joy from and loved every moment of it. I even added some difficulty multipliers to make it harder for me.

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When you first skim a trophy list, what do you look for?

I tend to check if they have difficulty trophies, as those usually put me off from one-hundred-percenting a game. Especially if I don’t end up enjoying or ‘getting good’ at the game. But any trophy list with a ‘pet the fluffy animal’ trophy is an instant win... or fishing. I hecking love fishing. I have bought many games purely because there are fishing minigames in them.

How should a list be constructed?

I think a trophy list should be constructed in a way that prevents people from not getting the 100% in the future. For example, online-only, multiplayer and games that rely on online servers should make sure to include ‘do x or y’ trophies. Similar to what the earlier Mass Effect games did — they provided the option to do online stuff OR single-player stuff for one trophy. I would also like if there were less ‘play on x difficulty’ if it doesn’t change the gameplay at all. Having difficulty trophies for the sake of it is just frustrating.

The Community

Death Road To Canada

Any TT community shout-outs?

I would love to say a huge thank you to the staff and community on TT for keeping this website alive and bustling! It’s my go-to for my trophy hunting needs and I love participating in the community events. I would also like to shoutout my Twitch community; the friends I have met there are invaluable and I wouldn’t be here without them. Also, shoutout to my partner who puts up with my trophy hunting and obsessive fangirling over fictional characters — thank you for being in my life.

We would like to thank Nooby_Cake for taking the time to talk to us! We can't believe how much variety there has been. If you have any other suggestions or would like to have a swing at answering some questions yourself, feel free to let us know in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.