Interview with Jaap: the World’s Oldest Battlefield PlayerBy Sam van Zoest | June 23, 2011 | Interviews | 22 comments | Share
Remember Jaap, the 66 year old retired guy who claims to be the world’s oldest Battlefield player? He was featured on DeltaGamer a few days ago, after his squad buddies posted a hilarious video about Jaap on YouTube.
We got the chance to ask him some questions about him and his love for gaming.
Can you tell us something about yourself and the work you did before your retirement?
Before I retired, I was a host on TV and a radio DJ. I was lucky to have met a lot of interesting artists such as Stevie Wonder, Abba, Nina Hagen from Germany, Kylie Minogue, The Group Europe, Princess Stephanie from Monaco, Barry Gibb from The Beegees, Olivia Newton John, Boney M, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, Chubby Checker, Kim Wilde, etc. I realize that I am a lucky man and quite blessed.
Your video got very popular within a few days on YouTube (half a million views in the first week). What do you think about this publicity? Did you expect so much attention?
I never ever thought that so many people in the world would enjoy this video that much. It was a nice evening meeting with the squad and it was fun that they wanted to make this little video with me. I am absolutely flabbergasted and also quite humble.
You claim to be the oldest Battlefield player around. But how can you be sure? Have you done extensive research to figure it out?
My squad had teased me about being the oldest player, but I couldn’t have known for sure. It was just a running joke within our squad and ended up being the title of the video.
What does your family think about your love for games?
First, I would like to say for the record, that my wife whose photograph was shown in the video, is not dead and still thankfully with us. My wife is Nora and she sometimes thinks that I spend a little bit too much time playing. My two sons, on the other hand, are part of the squad and they are very proud of their Dad.
And what do your peers think about it?
They think it is simply fantastic and are contemplating purchasing the game to play too! So, watch out for us old-timers!
When was your first encounter with video games?
Well, I didn’t begin playing until after I retired and the first game I ever played was Call of Duty when I was 59 years old. One thing led to another and I ended up playing Battlefield on the Playstation.
And what about Battlefield?
I started playing Battlefield: Bad Company 1 because my sons and their friends invited me to join them on the PS3.
What do you think of Battlefield’s competitors, such as the Call of Duty franchise, and why do you prefer Battlefield?
I have played Call of Duty and initially enjoyed it, but I prefer Battlefield because it requires more strategy and team play.
Do you also play games other than Bad Company 2?
Every now and then I will hop back to 1943 or Vietnam, so I’m pretty much only currently playing Battlefield games, but if anyone has other game suggestions they would like to share with me, I’d be happy to try them!
How many hours a day do you game?
My normal, daily game play consists of 2-3 hours a day, but since the video I have been playing almost all day because of all of the kind, wonderful and supportive attention I have received.
Can you tell us something about the “ADHD Squad”?
The ADHD squad is a group of friends playing for fun. It isn’t highly competitive; just good old, gaming fun. The squad consists of myself, my two sons, and a handful of their close friends.
Michael Jackson was also known as ‘Wacko Jacko’ and I took this nickname to honor him.
Can you explain your nickname “Wacko Jacko”?
As a journalist, I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Jackson and several of his family members. Michael Jackson was also known as ‘Wacko Jacko’ and I took this nickname to honor him.
What is your favorite class and playing style?
*Not bunny hopping, haha!* I enjoyed medic a lot, but lately I’ve been trying my hand at the Engineer class which I’m also really enjoying at the moment. I am not a sniper. I like to attack!
What is, in your opinion, the key to success on the battlefield?
It is an absolute must to work together with your teammates and squad mates, but it is also extremely important to have fun and laugh while you are playing.
Why do you play on PlayStation 3 and not on PC or Xbox 360?
I play on the PS3 because that is where all of my friends play. If they would be on the Xbox, then I would also be on the Xbox.
What are your thoughts on Battlefield 3? Are you going to buy it, or are you going stick to Bad Company 2?
I received a preorder of Battlefield 3 as a Father’s Day present and am looking forward to it with great anticipation! From what I have seen I think it will be awesome! I want to be a General again!
What do you like to do besides gaming?
I love taking my boat to Amsterdam or Volendam to buy some smoked eel or herring. Look it up, it’s delicious!
Anything else you would like to add?
First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for their kind words, nice messages and support. If I could, I would be a Grandpa to every single one of you! I really mean that. Secondly, I want everyone to know that gaming is about fun and it doesn’t matter on which platform you play and enjoy the game. I’ll see you on the Battlefield! Wacko Jacko signing off.
I would like to thank Jaap for this interview and for sharing his thoughts with us. If you would like to play with Jaap, feel free to add him! His PSN is ADHD_WACKO_JACKO. I also want to thank Yoran ten Brinke, the guy who created the video and brought me into contact with Jaap.