Hello everyone and welcome back to my comfy parlour! Today I have with me a very special guest that many of you know and that you’ve been waiting for a long time! I’m talking about Carmine aka Silver.eagle! Thank you for accepting my invitation!
The first question is the most obvious one, how did you end up in the videogame world?
First off, thank you for inviting me to your parlour. My relationship with videogames began with Warcraft, more precisely with Warcraft 3. It was the first videogame I ever played. Back then I didn’t have a console like my friends had, but just a pc my father used. It was him who brought me into this magic world that subsequently evolved into a MMORPG.
What of the game pulled you in?
Speaking of Warcraft 3, the main aspect that attracted me was the story. Each time I began a new campaign I was falling in love with the characters and I couldn’t wait to discover their adventures. The story I enjoyed the most was the Night Elf one, meaning the story of Malfurion, Illidan, Tyrande and Maiev. If we’re talking about World of Warcraft, the concept is simpler: for the first time I could be part of their story, creating an alter-ego that would fight alongside them.
How did you get to WoW?
I got to WoW thanks to my father. One day he came home with an original WoW box and told me a friend of his asked him to play it together, and since I had the occasion to, I tried it as well. At the beginning we used his friend’s account, but my father created an account of his own soon after and that’s when my adventure began. Just to give an idea of how far back we’re talking, the Warcraft box my father brought home was a Vanilla one, back in 2005, a year after the game launched.
What kept you so in love with the game to be still playing it so many years later?
That’s a really good question. I honestly don’t know if I can explain it, but I’ll try. One of the main reasons it’s the game story. Expansion after expansion, more pieces have been added to that story I fell in love with, which pulled me back every time. Another factor is the characters I created: I have a bond with them I can’t break and I love to keep fighting alongside them. Even if at times (like in this period) I don’t feel like playing and I’m without subscription, after a month or two I always return for a long period, especially if there’s a new expansion behind the corner.
Since you mentioned them, we all know there’s some special characters you created, and that many love! Tell us about them!
I created a lot of characters and I love writing stories about them because I feel them alive within me, but there’s one character in particular I have a really strong bond with: Pugnoferreo (Ironfist in english). She wasn’t my first character, I actually created her during Mists of Pandaria and she originally was a Pandaren Monk, because the expansion had just launched. After a while I realized I should have created her as a Night Elf (my favourite race in Warcraft). From her I came up with ideas to create my other characters she has a link to, whether by friendship or family.
For those who don’t know Pugnoferreo, what could you tell them about her?
Pugnoferreo is a Night Elf Monk. She’s always ready to help others and never ponders about it, she just does it. She’s fearless and confident, and prefers to spend her days training and traveling the world. She loves discovering new places and is always ready to live new adventures. Unfortunately her childhood was ruined by a traumatic event, but she grew into what she is now thanks to that: a Grandmaster of the Monks Order. She’s reunited with her family again at this point, and she’s made new friends and even apprentices that want to become strong and brave like her.
What are your favourite activities in the game?
My main activity in the game is PvE, but I enjoy doing PvP as well. In my spare time I hunt mounts and I do all I can to complete the harder achievements. I enjoy guild raids and I’m always happy to make new friends and play together with them, but the person I love playing together with the most is my girlfriend.
Other than WoW, what are some of your favourite games?
Aside from WoW I play different genres, but my favourites are: Assassin’s Creed, Kingdom Hearts, The Legend of Zelda, God of War.
Aside from videogames, what else you like doing?
One of my main passions is martial arts, but I also love traveling (even if I’ve never done it yet XD). I really love watching TV shows, anime and going to the movies.
We met thanks to the IG gaming community! How did you end up in that place full of crazies?
My girlfriend brought me to Instagram. One day she told me she wanted to try that social and see if there were communities where to share videogaming experiences. We made an account, published our first shots, and got immediately thrown into this wonderful community. I’m really happy to be a part of it.
What made you stay?
Mainly the people. This community is made up of wonderful people, you support each other, you exchange opinions and it’s my small space where to express myself without being judged. I write my stories in this community because I know they’re appreciated, and I know people understand the emotions I pour into my stories. I’ve met incredible people who are my friends now (included you, Elena) and I’m always happy to get to know more.
Do you have a message for the community?
Continue being yourselves, support each other and stay united. Everyone has their own good and bad, but we’re all a big family here, and we can do and say what we feel like without being judged. We’re the best Warcraft community and I’m really happy to be a part of such a close-knit group of people as we are.
Your IG screens are easily identifiable thanks to your very personal style! What’s your inspiration?
When I create my screens I identify with my characters and I try to create a picture that reflects their feelings and their energy, so I can create a unique atmosphere. That means my inspiration varies from character to character.
We talked about videogames and passions, but who is the person behind the gamer? Who is Carmine?
I’m a 22 years old guy. I’m italian and was born in Apulia (region in the south of Italy) and I live in a small town in the province of Bari. I’m studying at the university to become a psychologist, because one of the things I can do better is helping others to solve their problems and I feel good doing it. Just like Pugnoferreo, I’ve had a few not-so-happy moments in my childhood, but those events shaped me into what I am now and am happy about what I’ve become (now you know from where the inspiration for Pugnoferreo’s story is drawn). I never posted a personal picture, in part because I’m also shy, but I’ve decided I’m going to do it sometime soon, maybe to celebrate 1000 followers, and am going to do it in a special way, you’ll see!
What are your plans and hopes for the future?
My plan for the future is to become a psychologist and open my own study, so I can begin helping those people who might have need of me, and I hope I can earn enough to afford my own house where I can live together with my girlfriend and our gaming stations. XD
What about videogames? What are your hopes for WoW’s future, especially regarding the new expansion!
I can’t wait to play Shadowlands. I’m really really liking what’s being shown from the Alpha and I already know I’m going to spend the whole pre-patch modifying all my characters with the new customizations. I hope Blizzard will continue on this track and will make us experience a great story in Shadowlands.
Are there other games you would like to try/play in the future?
Aside from Shadowlands, I’m waiting the new Assassin’s Creed and Zelda titles. I can’t wait to get my hands on those!
And as always the last and most difficult question of them all, who are three members of the gaming community you would like to see as my guests?
Obviously my girlfriend Nihilora_ , a really dear friend of mine I met through the community: Unholycious, and my stories’ number 1 fan: Iv_yoru.
Thank you for your time and for sharing a bit of your life with us all! It was a great pleasure getting to know you better! And thank you for the amazing edit for the interview’s cover!
The pleasure was all mine!
And as always, a big thank you to all of you who joined us for yet another interview!! And a special thank you to Unidess for the translation of this interview and for editing all my previous ones! See you all later this month with another wonderful guest!