Now, unless you’ve been firmly placed under a rock for the last couple years, you’ve probably not escaped the fact that games like World of Tanks, World of Warships and Gaijin’s War Thunder have had a somewhat meteoric rise in popularity and player-base; for example, World of Tanks now has a World Championship in a league with that of League of Legends, and even Counterstrike.
Naturally, with such a resurgence of these games, which straddle arcade action with the more die-hard world of sim games, there has also been a cataclysmic rise in popularity for the champions of these genres.
Much like his videos, this is a long-winded way of saying that Youtube Paul Charlton, better known as The Mighty Jingles, has really reaped the rewards of a tireless work schedule, and his own initiative in immersing himself in the community of these games. In between plotting world domination, seasoning his chips with the salt of his 500,000 plus subscribers and general horse-thiefery, I was lucky enough to be able to ask him a couple of questions…
‘Fess up. Which parent named you Jingles?
It was my mother; Gnomes have very large families and not a lot of imagination. My first nine brothers and sisters were called Aingles, Bingles, Cingles, Eingles, Fingles, Gingles, Hingles and Iingles.
Right…and where on earth did you get the idea for the salt mines?
I saw a gap in the evil overlord market and went for it. That stuff doesn’t mine itself!
Shall we actually try and answer some worthwhile questions? So after boycotting Gaijin’s War Thunder, what do you think is next for the development of the game?
Author’s Note: For those unaware, Gaijin Entertainment, the brains behind the popular World War II Sim, War Thunder, has been under much scrutiny lately after several high-profile allegations of censorship against criticisms of their game; these included articles, videos, and posts on their forums being removed.
To be brutally honest, I really couldn’t care less. Until they start treating the people who promote their game with significantly less contempt, Gaijin can take a long jump off a very short pier as far as I’m concerned. They way they handled the fiasco with PhlyDaly was the last in a very long series of straws for me.
It got to the stage where it just wasn’t worth the risk to cover their game and remain honest about it. It’s disappointing because I think War Thunder can easily be a triple-A title, and I’m sure that the naval portion of their game could be a real winner, but I’m equally sure that somehow Gaijin will find a way to alienate their audience once again and continue playing catch-up to other developers when they could easily be in the lead.
Would anything make you reconsider returning to War Thunder in the future, beside Gaijin not being dicks on their forums? Perhaps the addition of naval combat?
Unlikely, not as long as their senior management continue to treat the community with the contempt they have been for the last few years.
So, you gave up live streaming a year ago, mainly down to the various online trolls and tiresome screen-peaking of those watching. Would anything make you return to regular live streaming?
No way. A gnome’s gotta know his limitations. I don’t have the stamina or mental fortitude to continue persevering cheerfully in the face of terrible teams and RNG that professional streamers do. If I’m not having fun, I stop and do something else, and if you’re streaming a game that’s just not an option. Of course, people would tune in just to see me cursing and losing my temper but I wouldn’t enjoy it and that’s what’s important.
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Have you watched any of your really early videos recently? Whats it like realising that its been FOUR years since you started?
I have and it’s been a real eye opener, not just at how much a game like World of Tanks has changed out of all recognition over the course of four years, but it’s also embarrassing to see how little of a clue I had back in those days. I don’t just mean the video quality, although that has improved, but I look at some of the decisions I made in battles and how I got mad and started throwing blame around and it makes me cringe now. Still, no sense in trying to hide it, the videos stay up because it’s who I was back then.
Speaking of change, if you could change three things about World of Tanks and put them into the Sandbox sever, what would they be, and why?
1. Get rid of gold ammo completely. “Oh no, then my medium tanks won’t be able to faceroll opposing heavy tanks from the front!” Tough. You’re in a medium by choice, play it like one.
2. Change artillery to be more like Armored Warfare. Faster fire rate, better accuracy and WAY less alpha damage. Give them smoke and illumination shells so they can conceal friendly forces and spot enemy forces and force them to move after firing or punish them heavily for it by making counter-battery artillery fire a thing.
3. Put some gold ammo back in the game, but only for Gnomes. Because Gnomes.
When did you first realise that you, as a Youtube celebrity, had the power to influence people’s decisions? Does it worry you that you have that power?
I think the first time I realised that people took what I said seriously was when I began my love affair with the TOG II in World of Tanks. I love the TOG, not because it’s any good (it isn’t, at least not alone) but because it’s got character; it’s fun to platoon with. Shortly afterwards it filtered back to me that the people at the WOT Labs forums were enraged with me because (and I quote loosely) “braindead shitters were screwing up their matches playing TOGs badly because Jingles said it’s a good tank.”
I must hasten to add here that I do have a good relationship with the folks over at WOT Labs and highly recommend them to anyone who’s interested in getting better at World of Tanks, but at the time it surprised me that anyone would take what I said quite so literally. Since then I’ve become very aware that people do take my word as gospel and even the most casual off-hand remarks can have consequences, so I’ve really had to start being careful about what I say and how I say it.
I get stuff wrong, and when half a million people are listening to you get stuff wrong… well, you can imagine. Unimportant stuff like calling a Type T-34 a T-34 by mistake I don’t really care about too much, but when you’re talking about things that involve real people it’s important you either get your facts straight or apologise and offer a correction when you don’t.
Why the love for the mighty landboat, TOG?
If you have to ask, you just wouldn’t understand. You either get the majesty that is the TOG or you don’t.
So you have a figure of Stalin…when do WE get a statue of Jingles?
I love that figure, purely for the fact that I couldn’t believe anyone would even make one! Let’s be absolutely clear, while we can debate the neccessity of the steps he took to ensure victory in World War II, Stalin was a mass-murdering psychopath who deserves to burn for eternity in the flames of damnation. Owning a Stalin action figure does not mean I think he was a top bloke and want to go for long, hot showers with him, but as a Western European I didn’t really understand the depth of hatred that Eastern Europeans, even today, hold for him. I wouldn’t even dream of owning a Hitler action figure, for example, and would consider that to be in extremely bad taste, but that’s exactly how Eastern Europeans feel about Stalin, so a lot of them were very offended by it. Another example of how I really should think these things through.
As the ever-benevolent overlord, you’re really keen to help out new channels; why is this more so than other celebrities? Is it maybe because you were in their shoes not so long ago?
It doesn’t hurt me in the slightest to help other YouTube channels out, I can do it, so why not do it? It’s not like the livestream market where there are only so many viewers to go around and anyone watching my stream can’t be watching another at the same time. Anyone can watch any video they want on YouTube, whenever they want. I’m in a position to help promote other channels at no cost to myself, which isn’t something you can say about streamers, so I do it because I can.
As a more mature gamer, have you faced any discrimination in the gaming biz? Or on the contrary, do people tend to respect you more for it?
Not really, no. You get the occasional “Why is this old fool playing kids’ games?” comment, but you can’t take that seriously. I think I get more respect than I deserve because of my military service, but there’s nothing I can do about that other than to stop saying “When I was in the Navy…” People do love hearing the war stories, though, so I’m unlikely to stop that anytime soon. I can’t say I’ve ever noticed the opposite either, however. Then again, how would I know? Wargaming have never said “We want you to come and do this because you’re old.” I have been approached by several game developers because they thought I presented a more mature and thoughtful opinion, but anyone can have a more mature and thoughtful opinion, you don’t have to be 46, you just have to think.
Right, so as well as a massive online following, you frequent as many events as you can, whether they be run by Wargaming or otherwise. Do you think a film could be made about the 12 hours you spent meeting people at Bovington last year? Like ’27 hours,’ maybe?
It would be a horror movie! That was scary. I wasn’t prepared for that, the tank museum wasn’t prepared for that, no-one was prepared for that! But I said I’d meet and greet as many people as possible so I did. It’s funny how quickly your hand starts to hurt when you’ve shaken hands with 5000 people! We were all a lot better prepared for it this year, things went a lot more smoothly thanks to both Wargaming and the Tank Museum helping to organise things.
Around two years ago, I believe that you were contacted about a project run solely off of donations to restore a found FV304 on the Isle of Wight? How is that coming along?
I don’t know. I’ve distanced myself from it. I was only ever involved in raising awareness and funds, and when we had the unfortunate incident with funds being raised and my being unable to find anyone willing to accept the cash raised, while it was all sorted out without any problems in the end (and with no fault on the part of the museum I must hasten to add!) it’s made me wary of getting too involved in projects like this in future. If I find a cause I deem worthy I’m always entirely happy to raise awareness (like the fundraising for a new roof for the AAF Tank Museum in Virginia) but it’s safer if I stay away from anything directly involving money. Too many things can go wrong.
I’m really missing the Airsoft videos; the In Country games were amongst my favourite of your series. When did you get into the sport? More importantly, when will you return to the field?!
Tough one. I’d like to but my legs are shot to pieces. I actually served in a reduced medical category for my last four years in the Navy because of them and wasn’t able to serve in certain areas. Running around the woods hurts. However, I’ve gotten Rita interested and have a couple of Go-Pros that I can remote control and she’s definitely up for getting shot at for my amusement, so watch this space…
Quickybaby or Ike?
Ike. He’s the King of Norway so he can pull rank.
Is Russian bias Billy’s fault?
Everything is Billys’ fault.
‘He kemp bush.’ Discuss.
If a bush falls in the forest and no-one’s around to kemp it, am I still a gold-spamming noob?
Who first coined the phrase: ‘old and crap?’
I’m pretty sure it was me, but I can’t be sure. My memory’s not what it was on account of my being so old and crap.
I get to appear in a Mingles With Jingles now, right?
Totally. For the usual fee, in used five pound notes.
Truly, how many cups of coffee does it really take before you get moving in the morning?
Seriously? One before I’m capable of intelligent speech and two before I can move around without breaking things.
If you could create a mixtape of three songs to play along to World of Warships with, what would those songs be?
“Heart of Oak” by Her Majestys’ Band of the Royal Marines.
“Eternal Father” by the Choir of the US Navy Band.
“That’s The Way I Wanna Rock And Roll” by AC/DC. Because AC/DC.
Your glorious but incompetent camera minion, Eddy? You two are basically like the stars of a Stoner movie; how’d you two meet?
Eddie worked for the NAAFI as a shop assistant (and later manager) on HMS Newcastle, the absolute best ship in the world, ever. That’s where I first met him and started our Bromance. It was a match made in heaven, I’m old and crap, he’s young and equally crap, so I cheerfully lump the blame for everything on him. Not that everything that goes wrong is his fault, but he gets blamed. He’s like the Billy I never had, until I had Billy. Eddie’s getting quite jealous of Billy lately so I occasionally cock something up and blame him, just to make him feel wanted.
A day in the life of Jingles and Rita. Any tidbits or behind-the-scenes details we’re not normally privy to?
I can reveal that Rita very recently had her very first chicken tandoori madras curry, and in the words of Illidan Stormrage I can confirm that she really was not prepared. Let me just say that you definitely didn’t want to follow her into the bathroom for the next three days.
Do you realise that I went through GCSE and A Level revision with your old videos on – they’re the perfect accompaniment! I take it the Jingles’ Education Bureau is to be founded soon? What would a days timetable look like at this fine learning institution?
No morning lectures because who can do anything in the morning? Afternoon lectures on Mass Murder and World Domination through the cunning use of Salt Mines and TOGs. Then back to the Salt Mines you lazy scum because there’s only one overlord in this business and you’re not it!
Now, I had intended to ask RitaGamer, Jingles’ partner-in-crime, but well…she’s not the most…punctual person…? Here’s one that could get me shot, regardless! Both of you, what is the worst quality of living with the other person?
Jingles: Is there any chance she’s going to read this? There is? She’s a wonderful person and I wouldn’t change a single thing about her.
Finally, has there ever been a near disaster with a video that we were just never even aware was happening? For example, you cut some commentary together because your house was invaded by Map Spamming players, yet we were none the wiser?
There have been plenty, sadly people are all too aware of them. I put a War Thunder video up once that ended with two minutes of blank screen followed by ten minutes of raw gameplay with no commentary because I’d failed to notice that there was a video clip I’d forgotten to erase well after the end of the timeline in my editing suite. The amusing part was how many people sat through that two minutes of blank screen just to see what was coming next.
And on that note, Jingles, I will let you get back to ruling salt mines and calling people ‘crap.’ May you create videos ad infinitum, and may your laugh continue to attract some incredible comments from new subscribers. Thanks, man!
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