Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! Today I have a very special guest! It’s a really dear friend of mine, an absolute sweetheart and talented bean and I’m really happy to get to know her better and to let you all know her!! Today with me I have Renxian aka Irene! Thank you for agreeing to this torture!!
Hahahah I’m going to be the torture! I’m super happy you invited me!
First things first, let’s talk about your first approach to the gaming world! How it all began?
Oh gosh, it all began thanks to my cousin. He often came to visit, at the time I was 7 and him 17, and being a single child I think he might have had this idea of turning me into a little version of himself. He started with TRYING to teach me basket, failing miserably. One day he brought his playstation 1 and Final Fantasy VII and forced me to sit beside him to watch him play. I immediately fell in love. I wanted to try and little by little he taught me, that was my first experience with a videogame and from the moment my cousin put a controller in my hand, I never dropped it since. As a matter of fact, I made my father buy me a playstation all for myself a few days later.
So you’ve started really early in your life!! That’s awesome! Besides Final Fantasy VII what other games have left a mark in your memory?
After FFVII, the game that had the biggest impact on me is definitely The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I played it years after its release but it’s the game that transformed me into a true gamer, and it’s also the game I spent the most time on because being it in english and without having my cousin there to do real-time translation like for FFVII, it took me a year to finish it without understanding a single thing about the plot nor anything else, but I got so enraptured by the music and scenery. It all seemed really marvelous back then. Sometimes I miss the music of Ocarina of Time, the sword sounds and those damn chickens! (Who has never been killed by an angry mob of chickens, after hitting them several times with your sword? No?)
What are the games you are playing at the moment?
Recently, aside from WoW, I finished Final Fantasy VII Remake, which I adored, and I just restarted playing the Mass Effect trilogy, another of my favourite series, that I recommend to anyone who hasn’t played it yet and loves the sci-fi genre.
So you are both a single player and an mmo player too! Which one do you prefer?
Hah, what a difficult question. I love MMOs for the possibility to interact with other people, I built beautiful friendships over the years thanks to online games, although sadly the online community often becomes toxic, with too much competitive people doing everything they can to make you feel inferior. When I start feeling too much that pressure, single player games are a sort of peaceful oasis, where I can just concentrate on the story and relax without worrying about performing to meta standards to avoid insults from the next moron in line.
I just realized I haven’t answered the question, which I prefer? Both. Depends on the moment. xD
We’ve met thanks to the IG gaming community, how did you end up joining it?
I began using IG in 2016 thanks to WoW, I wanted a place where to DROP my several millions of screenshots, I saw a lot of people publish beautiful pics of their WoW characters and scenery, and I thought, why not? Initially my profile was dedicated to simple RL photography, I deleted all the pictures and restarted from scratch publishing only gaming shots.
What made you remain a part of the community?
Surely all the creativity that many accounts share and inspires me everyday to bring better content. Secondly, but not less important, the people. Having the chance to gradually know who’s behind each post is a wonderful thing. Lastly, also my passion for photography and editing, that managed to influence the gaming world as well.
Besides the community, what other things inspire you? Because let me tell you, you have one of the most beautiful accounts in the community!!
Don’t say such things, I’ll get emotional and forget how to write! It’s difficult enough as it is. xD As I said, surely my passion for photography helped me a lot. When I have to take a screenshot I always look for the perfect lighting and angle. I surely need to thank my dad, who passed this passion onto me.
You’ve talked about WoW! How did you get to play it?
I knew about World of Warcraft by name since it was released, but I never got to play it because of the subscription, back then I didn’t have the courage to ask my parents for money for a monthly sub. xD We then get to the now faaaar away 2009, me and my best friend were playing Metin2 together (no idea if anyone heard of it, but apparently it was trending at the time, lol). I remember that one day after school he gets online and tells me he found a free private server of WoW: TBC. I immediately fell completely in love. I fully immersed myself into that world, so much that it was my first thought after getting home from school, almost forgetting about eating. With a single click all the daily crap disappeared and I could detach myself from reality. I played on that private server 4 years, until in 2012 I decided it was right to pay for something that could make me feel like that. So, with the release of Mists of Pandaria I subbed to the retail servers for the first time.
How did the experience change over the years?
I definitely saw a great change in regards to the social aspect of the game. I joined retail too late maybe, but I perceived less wanting for socialization and help each other out from people, turning into a game aimed towards progress where people are in a hurry to complete dungeons and not having time to stop a moment, even to say “Hi”. I’m really sorry the social aspect of WoW declined so much over the years.
How about FFXIV? How did it all start?
THANKS TO YOU! Really, hahaha thanks to you and to most of the community, that I slowly saw starting to try this MMO. BFA is known, hasn’t been the best expansion Blizzard released, and let’s say it bored me almost immediately. So with a drive for something new and having each day beautiful FFXIV screens slapped to my face, I thought WHY NOT?
Are there any games that you would like to play in the future?
I have a lot of games that I would like to try, in my backlog. xD First thing, I’d like to get out of my comfort zone and try games like Dark Souls or metroidvania genre. A recent title coming to mind is Hollow Knight, that I never managed to finish due to its difficulty.
Now let’s talk about you! Who is the person behind the gamer?
I’m a really simple person, born and raised in Italy, who sells flowers in a small shop in the province for a living, but with a dream to be able to travel the world over. My biggest dream is earning a living through photography and travel, get to know new cultures and people. I always wanted to combine these two passions, I’m quite not there yet, but a small step after the other I’m not losing faith. One of my life philosophies is I’d rather look back on my life and say “I can’t believe I did that” than “I wish I did that”.
And we really wish you the best!! What are other hopes and dreams for the future?
Mmmmh plans for the future? Definitely taking more trips among nature after this crazy period is over. This quarantine made me realize we should be more grateful for the small things we daily take for granted. One thing I dearly miss are the weekends spent with my father, taking the motorbike out and travel to one of the closer mountain woods and spend the day walking among nature. While one of my dreams closer to be realized (coronavirus permitting…eh.) is a trip to the north of Scandinavia to see the aurora borealis, I think it’s an experience outside of time.
Do you have a message for the community?
Always be yourselves, publish what you feel yours and not what you think people might like. Be positive. And if you see a player struggling take a moment to help them and be kind, it doesn’t cost a thing. Other than that, I would only say a huge THANK YOU to all of you, for the support, for sharing your creativity, for being a big inspiration to me and for having me open IG daily, curious about what new beautiful thing you posted.
How would you describe the community to a gamer who doesn’t know it yet?
Speaking about my specific personal experience with WoW’s IG community, as a BIG HUGE family that has always room for you. No matter how late you join, you’ll always feel at home.
And lastly as for everyone of my guests, who are three members of the gaming community that you would like to see as my guests?
Ha! I’d be curious to read about nihilora_ , silver.eaglex and iv_yoru!!
Thank you very much for your time and for your patience! It was such a pleasure getting to know you better and spending the evening together!!
It’s been a real pleasure to be part of this project of yours! The daily effort you put out for the community is really incredible! So a huge THANKS to you!
And thanks to all of you who are still sticking with me for all these months! Thank you for the support, love and interest in this crazy project! Special thank you to Unidess for his help, all this would not be so amazing without his help! See you all later this month with a new and special guest!!