Hello everyone, and welcome back to my parlour! This is a strange last interview for a strange year, so it’s all normal! Since the beginning of the year, with every interview, there’s always been someone who asked me to be a guest. I’ve always said no, but the people from my discord server insisted a lot and I can’t say no to them. They deal with my madness every day, I owe them this one. So here it is, the interview with me, Kylara aka Elena as a guest! I would like to thank all the people in my discord server for the questions and Unidess for…well asking me said questions and for all the work he always does for each interview. So let’s get right to business!
As for everyone else, let’s start from the very beginning. How did you find your way into gaming, and especially mmos?
Well in both it wasn’t something I chose to do! xD I got into gaming basically when I was born. My dad needed a player 2, so he made one. I don’t even know how young I was when I tried playing for the first time. I don’t have memories of a period of my life without video games in it. Dad got a second hand Atari 2600 from a friend and we used to play a lot. My cousins had one too, we’ve spent too much time playing Duck Hunt together. I’ve learned a lot of “interesting new words” because of that dog. xD
As for mmos, it’s all Unidess’s fault. I was a single player kind of gamer. I hated online games because I didn’t think it was something for me. But in 2013 our relationship was a long distance one, we were always trying to find new ways to feel closer since we were able to see each other about once every 2 months. He was playing ESO at the time, it was basically just released but my pc was a potato one, so I could not play it. At that point he thought that World of Warcraft was a better idea and he convinced me to make a trial account. Less than two hours later I had bought the game. xD It was something important and really cute, being able to stay together even though many many kilometers apart.
We need the nerdy couple love story. (As a lot of them have said)
Well the fun fact is that nerd culture, or to be fair geek culture is what brought us together. Back in 2012 I joined a Resident Evil re-enacting group as a zombie, and Unidess was already a member. It was a big challenge for me, since I don’t feel comfortable in huge crowds, but being among geeks helped a lot. Also being dressed as a zombie and having a full zombie makeup helped me keep people away from me. xD Anyhow, me and Unidess started to talk in the skype group chat, we even had a special chat with only some other people of the group where we talked about geek stuff and guns. XD I was sure he was interested in one of my friends there, but he wasn’t. One really boring school day we started chatting, I was sure he was flirting, he was sure I was doing it, neither of us was but we ended up flirting anyway. From there things got more and more serious, we became an official couple some months later, moved together in the summer of 2014 and we’re still going strong. As I said he made me get into mmos, we have so many geeky interests in common. We love the same movies, we watch a lot of tv series together, we’re big fans of the Star Wars universe, we’ve seen Lord of the Rings so many times we know every line. Geek is what we are, and we’re proud of it.
What was the first game you ever fell in love with?
First one was definitely Tekken 3. I’ve spent so many hours on that game, either playing against my brother or my dad or by myself trying to unlock all the special videos (which I did). There were other games before that, like Transport Tycoon, on which I’ve spent so much time, even waking up during the night and playing it (I had one hour a day at the pc, wasn’t allowed to do that), but Tekken definitely will always have a really special place in my heart.
What are your all time favorite games?
The first Mass Effect. It completely changed my gaming experience. It was something so different from anything I ever played before. I still get massive goosebumps when I hear the soundtrack. Other favorites would be Final Fantasy XIV and Star Wars the Old Republic. WoW still has a little space in my heart even if my interest for it is really low right now, but I do appreciate it.
Tell us some of your best moments in your gaming journey.
First time playing WoW with Unidess. It was something totally different, a new gigantic world there for me where I could spend my time with the person I love. It was magical. Still to this day, after 7 years, playing together is my favorite thing to do.
As for any other guest, how did you end up on IG and in the IG gaming community?
I ended up here by pure mistake! XD I’ve posted some WoW screens on my rl account and a bunch of gaming accounts liked them. Some time later I’ve decided to create my own gaming account, basically only to have a place where to drop some of the millions of screenshots I take in every single game I play. Ended up finding much more than a place where to post screens. I’ve found wonderful friends, people who share my passions and interests. People who I cherish and I will forever keep in my life.
What do you enjoy the most about the gaming community?
The fact that we’re able to connect with people from around the world who have different cultural backgrounds, different faiths, ideas, lives and still we are all connected because of our interests. Special people who share their journeys with us, who make our days more interesting. And most of all, some can become really important for us. Some will stay in our lives forever and that’s amazing.
How did you have the idea of Gamersations? What did you want to do by creating it?
Gamersations was something that I had in mind for a long time, since the first “main vs. rl” challenges. It was so wonderful to see the beautiful people behind the characters and I got curious. I’m a fan of Hot Ones, for me Sean Evans is the best at interviews, he has such a unique style, I will never get at his level but let’s say I got the idea from there. I’ve started easy with Unidess since I know him so well but in my mind I was going to get to a point where I would have as my guests a lot of the “most beloved/interesting” people from the community. My idea was to give the community the opportunity to get to know the person behind the gamer with all my guests. I wanted to get to know them better myself and in doing so, let the others do it too. It was a fun year, 24 amazing guests, lots of interesting things, I’m glad I did it and I hope I managed to fulfill my purpose.
Who is Kylara outside of gaming?
I’m a total mess. xD I’m a clumsy archeology student, struggling with basically everything. I can somehow cook without poisoning others (kind of), I kill a lot of plants, I try my best to get better at everything every day. I have many health issues, I’ve started my journey to figure out why my body is wasted just at the beginning of 2020, still a long way to go but I’m sure one day I will have my answers and I will stop feeling the way I do now. Besides that, I love books and music, I could watch tv series all day every day, and I love to make doughs. I have a beautiful 5 years old kitty that you all know and love and a 10 year old puppy that lives with my parents. Oh and I also love photography even if I suck at it.
What made you want to be an archeologist?
It’s in some way been in the back of my mind for all my life. I was the one getting behind the group in the museum as a kid because I was staring at paintings or objects. During the last year of highschool they gave us many infos about “what you could do once it’s over”. Universities were sending many depliants and one of those that caught my attention was the “history and archeology” one, but I wasn’t sure it was the right choice because I was just thinking about the fact that I had no chance of getting a good job after university. Unidess made me realize that nowadays there aren’t many universities that allow you to have a job as soon as finishing it, so it was better to do something that I was really interested in and let the job aspect out. And that’s what I did, and I’m happy with my choice. I love history and archeology, I will vomit historical facts at any time. xD At this point I’m one year and a half away from my master degree. I don’t know what life will bring me. I would like to win a doctorate and maybe work as a substitute teacher in schools while studying. We’ll see.
How does gaming help you relax with the real life stress and does gaming hinder you with your real life’s more important stuff?
I wouldn’t use the word “relax” xD I get a little too much into the game, I shout a lot and get angry A LOT. But it’s my way to unplug my brain for a little. My thoughts and worries are there but they aren’t my main concern for a little. Gaming and streaming has helped me a lot in real life. I have many health problems, both mentally and physically. I’m really shy in real life and I have agoraphobia so people in general scare me. Getting into online gaming, being able to interact with so many people can be overwhelming sometimes but most of the time it helps me get over my fears.
And lastly, a very special one. What drives you to be supportive of others?
Oh, the emotional question. Well it’s mostly because I know how it feels to be alone. I know how it feels to think of not being appropriate and the void that this feeling can create. I’ve always had my mom on my side, she’s always been my biggest fan and greatest friend, but I grew up without her for many years and that has left some scars. I’ve always been the loner, the one who doesn’t have many friends, I’ve always been the strange one. When I’ve met Unidess my life changed. He showed me what it means to be loved, cared for, to have someone who is there for you and helps you. I want to give something back to the world. I want everyone to feel what I’ve been feeling for the past 8 years. Having someone who listens to us, who truly cares, who supports us can be our salvation. That’s why I try my best to give something back. I’ve received so much from the community in the past two years, I wanted to make people feel special and instead I’m the one who is made to feel special and loved, and for this I thank you all.
As said in the intro, thank you to the crazy people in my discord for the questions, thank you to Unidess for his hard work and support, and thank you all for sticking with us for this entire year. It’s been a long, strange and hard year. I know that things won’t get magically better starting with the new year but still, I hope that things will get better for all of us. We’ll see you all next year! Love you all! Take care!