The Potteries
We’re all puppets on a string.

How can I be in the Gamer Spotlight?

Xbox Community Ambassadors who hit Level 13 in the Ambassador program are guaranteed a Gamer Spotlight feature. If you're NOT an Ambassador, send us a nomination email (nominating yourself or someone else who loves Xbox) at with the subject "Gamer Spotlight." You don’t need to have a certain gamerscore and you don’t have to live in the United States. You DO need to be at least 13 years old. We get thousands of nominations every week, so make your email stand out: tell us about the cool or interesting things you do when you’re not gaming. Do you have a crazy job or unusual hobby? Let us know! We’ll get in touch with you if we think you would make a good interview subject. Good luck!

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What's the story behind your gamertag?
I derived my gamertag from the fact that we are all like puppets, having our strings pulled by some person or another throughout life. Puppet = ThingOnaString and there you have it.

Where do you live?
I'm from the Midlands in England. No doubt nobody will know where that is unless they're from the UK, it's where they used to make Wedgwood, Doulton, etc. The Potteries.

What do you do when you're not playing games?
I spend a large part of my spare time on the Ambassador chat to be honest; my other interests are playing my guitar and looking after my family.

What's the worst or weirdest job you've ever had?
Having worked for the same company for over 35 years that's a tough one. I did once work for an undertaker many moons ago, that was a dead end job (*rimshot*).

What drew you to the Xbox Community Ambassador Program?
I just wanted to give something back. I have met many people on Xbox LIVE and the forums who have helped me out in many ways. I figured it was time to try and give something back to the community as a whole.

What's your favorite song in a music game?
That has to be “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi in Rock Band. My wife tries her best to play the bass and that is our closing song every time we play Rock Band.

Who's your favorite superhero?
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can. You can't beat a bit of Spidey.

If you could be any video game character, whom would it be?
Dominic Santiago, there from the start and gave up his life to save his friends, a true gentleman.

What's the first video game you ever played?
That would be Pong. Yes, I'm THAT old.

What's the last book you read?
Peter Flannery’s First and Only. A nice little psychological thriller.

What is the Gamer Spotlight?

The Gamer Spotlight is a weekly feature here on and on Xbox LIVE where we interview someone from the Xbox LIVE community. We’ve interviewed contest winners, podcasters, grandmas, soldiers, teachers, lawyers, students, rappers, artists, moms, dads and teenagers. What they all have in common is they play games on Xbox LIVE! Meet new people every week in the Gamer Spotlight!