“Glory, battle, great moments, are where we give to the world. But we cannot give without receiving. We cannot share what we do not have inside. It is this quiet, the pause between breaths, that makes us what we truly are. Gives us strength for all our journeys.” ― Christie Golden, Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
I’ve been a part of the Instagram gaming community for almost two years. When I first created my account I wasn’t prepared for what was coming. I found a family. A kind, loving, supporting, wierd family that has members all around the globe. I created this blog to thank some of them…hope all of them someday. All the people who make my life better each day with a comment, a like or a dm.
I will post here two interviews per month where I talk to some of the members of the Instragram community so me and you all will get to know them a little better, in order to make everyone know how wonderful and great a community can be and how much a simple account can change our lives forever.
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!
Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! It’s always such a pleasure to have you here with me and today we will get to know one of the most requested guests ever! You know and love her all, I’m talking about the wonderful Serah aka KheshireKat! Thank you very much for joining me in this little virtual parlour!
Not at all, thank you for having me!
You are a gamer, an artist, a dog mom! You’re the full deal! But first things first, let’s talk about gaming in this gamersation, shall we? How did your passion for video games begin?
That all goes to my older brothers who were very heavily into gaming/nerd/geek culture and decided to get me into it when I was a baby. So naturally growing up I would always watch them play games, anything from table-top games, card games like Magic the Gathering, to all kinds of video games and have no idea what was going on. I was the typical annoying little sister asking about who that character was, what card is that…you know, the typical “what does that do?”. I would always sneak into my brothers’ LAN parties, and watch them play games like Warcraft 3, Final Fantasy 7, and many, many FPS games I can’t even name. But among all of those influences what really sparked my interest for gaming was actually the Legend of Zelda franchise, more specifically Ocarina of Time. I think something with those games just clicked and I’ve been obsessed since.
What made you stay passionate about games?
I stayed passionate about it mostly because it was something my brothers and I shared. We were so different in every other aspect of life but the one thing we had common ground with was gaming. Even if I’m not a big gamer like they were, it was something we could either play together, or separate and later spend hours talking about. Besides that core aspect for me, the story telling, the lore, game play and overall immersion into the different worlds is what kind of sparks my passion for certain games. I find myself starting to care, love and bond with the characters, whether it’s NPCs like Link and Roxas, or my own like Mia.
What are your all time favorite games?
Without questions, The Legend of Zelda franchise! But also Dungeons and Dragons. I would sacrifice you all to the volcano gods for those games.
We’ve met thanks to the IG gaming community and especially because of your wonderful WoW screens! How did you end up playing WoW?
First of all, thank you, and second of all that’s a funny story. So, one of my best friends had been telling me to join and play WoW for 3 years prior to when I actually joined. I kept laughing it off because I was dedicated to finishing school before putting money into anything else. Granted, I did want to join back when Pandaria launched but, you know, school first and all that jazz. So after I graduated I finally told my friend I would try the game; however, my friend and my brother ended up buying me the game, and the equipment to play with them. It really all happened super fast, as in the time span of an evening…. annnnd here we are many moons later!
What made you fall in love with the game?
Ahahaha! As I said we’ve met through the IG gaming community, how did you end up in this crazy place?
Honestly I don’t like talking about this much, but I created this account shortly after my break-up with my ex, who I had met in WoW when I first joined the game. He was a large part of my life and my experience with the game, so creating this account was a way for me to distract myself and move on without hating the game by association, if that makes sense? I never thought about there being any kind of a community, I didn’t think it would catch anyone’s attention, I just posted what I wanted because it was my visual memory book.
What made you stay in the community?
After a while I started changing the content I was posting, you know…putting more effort into each post, editing, or writing snippets. When I started to gain followers and interacting with people I started receiving these heartfelt messages about how I inspired them or just really positive messages about what I had created with my account. I even started to get requests to reading, critiquing, and help other creatives in the community. It meant the world to me that my words, and my character meant something to others, so much so that they trusted my opinions and advice. I made it my goal that in some way, that I wanted to continue to inspire people, I wanted to make a difference here and be a positive influence on anyone who visited my page, interacted with me, or read the stories I wrote, even if it’s just one person. Annnd of course the love and investment so many have for Mia and her story inspire me and remind me everyday why I’m here.
Do you have a message for the community?
Oh gosh… there are so many things I want to say to sound profound! But I think the only thing I feel confident that will resonate with everyone is; don’t judge people based on others opinions… and embrace your individuality! Stop letting others paint pictures of people you’ve never met before. Be confident and build your own opinions about everything first and foremost!
Going back to your OC for a second, since you have talked about her, many known Mia and love her but tell us more about her for the ones that may not know her!
So first things first and to make everything more confusing…. Mia is my original character that I created back in 2004 after my brother had passed away, she and her story were a creative outlet and my way of dealing with grief. She is completely separate from WoW. The Mia everyone knows is my hunter I main in game who is always been dressed in the same blue transmog. I’ll call her my WoW-OC, who only shares a similar name and appearance to my OC. Her lore however is a bit out of the box than what you might expect from WoW-OCs or RP characters… Her full name is Mia Sunseer, she is a very young and short hybrid elf with unknown origins, who at the beginning of BFA, survived the Lightforged ritual. Despite her young age, she has faced her share of sorrow and demons which allowed her to pass the trials. She’s very curious, adores books, and has this strange way of working her way into the hearts of those she meets along her journey. Her key features are her bi-coloured eyes, ombré hair, and the Lightforged runes and tattoo decorating her body.
You are also a FFXIV player and there’s a little Mia one too! How did you end up playing FFXIV?
There is! I don’t have any lore backing that version of her. In FFXIV she’s called Mia Moonstrider, she’s a Viera bard and dancer. The game looked really pretty and I loved the idea of the Dancer class and Viera is my favourite race. So I thought I’d give it a chance, however I’m not a big fan of the MSQ being locked behind the dungeons… soooo I’ve stopped playing for now.
As I said at the beginning of the interview, you’re also an artist! What is your main inspiration for your art?
This might actually be cliché to say but, it’s music. Naturally like most artists I pull inspiration from everything around me but I find it’s always music that inspires me to create my best pieces.
What are your other passions other than gaming and art?
I guess this is where everyone finds out how boring I really am… I’d probably have to say I’m most passionate about books and everything involving them like reading and storytelling. You know the new book smell? That’s probably one of my favourite things. Haha. I think if I could live in a library or just own a bookstore I wouldn’t need anything else in life. Almost everyone who knows me knows I’ve been working on writing and creating my own book.
Tell us more about this project!!
For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved storytelling, and it’s become a large part of who I am now. Back in 2004 or roughly around that time, possibly earlier, I started this project called “Project Echo”. In the very, very early days it was planned to actually be a comic or manga series created between 2 of my friends and myself. Unfortunately that dream sort of fell apart after the loss of my brother. However, I didn’t give up on this project, it just became a larger part of my life and my vision for it has changed. It became my thesis project when I graduated; it’s a young adult fantasy novel, accompanied with its own separate artbook, featuring Mia (completely irrelevant and unrelated to WoW) in a world that is forgetting magic and embracing technological advancements. So! Without further ado, Echo is about: A promise to protect the world. A prince in search for redemption. A beauty with the heart to challenge destiny. A truth locked in hidden memories.
I really can’t wait to read it and I wish you the best of luck with this amazing project! We’ve talked about your interests and passions but who is Serah in real life?
Thank you! I’m excited for it to finally be published! Well outside of gaming and social media… I’m a pixie sized brown girl from Canada. That’s about it. Haha, okay but seriously I’m a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and creative director who writes as a hobby. I’ve won 2 awards so far for my designs as well as been a part of the design teams for large brands like Coke-Cola and the GRT. I’m a dog mom and I’ve grown up with dogs my whole life, I can’t imagine living without a dog. I have a severe allergy to sunscreen and cats. I speak 3 languages, Hindi, French, and English. I have this weird mix of needing to be organized, needing to be spontaneous, and needing creative chaos. I absolutely love the Goth subculture and I used to be a part of that until recently. I love horseback riding/ competing/ showing, swimming, hiking, plush thing, unicorns and traveling. I’d live by the ocean if I could. I have a huge Zelda merch collection. My favourite animal is a fox, second favourite would probably be a snow leopard. I’m probably a princess, I’m definitely a hopeless romantic through and through…. but I pretend to be edgy so no one has to deal with all the mushy crap I like. Hahaha. I like to think I’m funny and a positive vibe to keep around. I have been told that I’m really easy to talk to and I tend to get along with almost everyone, which I think it’s pretty cool. Since elementary school I was dead set on becoming a wedding dress designer specifically; and in high school I designed the dresses for all my friends and my cousins, haha, even though I changed my career path to becoming a concept artist.
Since I’ve mentioned it too, we cannot go on without talking about the real heartbreaker, the most famous and loveable puppy of them all!! We need to know everything about Genn!!
Of course, of course! He’s really the star of the show! Baby Genn, aka Merlin the White is a Miniature American Eskimo, and he was born June 6th. So he’s juuuuuust over a year now! He’s extremely intelligent and this breed specifically was actually used in circuses because of how easy they are to train, do tricks, and how well they can balance and walk on the hind legs. Baby Genn always starts his mornings with zoomies and is eternally playing chase with you. He’s a bit possessive of his toys and food even if he’s not playing with them or eating at the moment… you’re not allowed to touch them! He loves cuddles and I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s a real king! He doesn’t like to eat his food unless you serve it on a plate, he’ll sleep in your bed with his head on your pillow and will only sit on the sofa or his fluffy blanket.
And he’s so cute he has all the rights to be the king! What are your plans and hopes for your account and for your future in general outside the gaming universe?
Haha thank you! I love him to bits! And as far as my account… goodness, this has been something I’ve been mulling over for a while. I want to keep being a positive influence for storytellers and creatives, but I also want to keep creating and sharing Mia’s story and hopefully she will become a memorable and loved WoW-OC. As for the future outside of gaming… I believe it’s full of endless possibilities! Our lives are eternally a work in progress and there are so many things I want to do or want to improve. And so many more things I’m scared to try but still want to. There’s a group of my friends within the IG community that have hinted at meeting up IRL and that’s something I really want to make happen, I think it would be something amazing when we can finally organize that!
And I wish you the best of luck with everything! As for the gaming universe, are there any future objectives in the games you’re playing and are there any other games you want to play in the future?
That’s very kind of you! Thank you! In the gaming universe, specifically WoW, I’d like to keep pushing myself to progress in the different areas of the game that I’ve only just been introduced to, like raiding, Mythic+, rated pvp; the more competitive aspect I suppose. As of right now I’m mostly interested in playing Dungeons and Dragons again, and finally trying out LARP. The other games I’ve played and beaten, so there aren’t really any goals there to achieve, I just replay them for enjoyment now.
And lastly, as for everyone of my guests, who are three members of the gaming community you would like to see as my guests?
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy I’m going to break the rules here and pick 4! @orgrimmar_ , @lorepheus, @mich_royal, @jenesiswow
Thank you very much for your time and for being such a wonderful person! It’s been a great pleasure to get to know you better!! Wish you the best of luck, especially with your book!!
Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this and Gamersations! You do such an amazing job here and offer so much to the community, so really, thank you!!!
And as always thank you all for sticking with me for yet another interview with another lovely guest! See you all next month with two new guests!!
Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! Take a sit, relax and let’s have a little chat with an amazing person! She’s an absolute sweetheart, a great member of the IG gaming community, our sweet tooth fairy princess, Liz aka Gohma! Thank you for agreeing to be my guest today!
Thank you for inviting me. I feel so honored, so many awesome people been here for an interview and now I am here too.
As for every one of my guests we must start from the very beginning! When did your passion for gaming begin?
It all began when I was a sweet little girl XD, my parents were really young so they always invited their friends to our home and my father and his friends played games on the SNES. I loved to watch them gaming and when they allowed me to play by myself, my first game was The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past on SNES. It was awesome, I fell in love! Later we got the N64 and of course I couldn’t stop gaming. When I was young I didn’t have much friends, I’ve always been an outsider, so my parents offered me my first PC when I was 11 and I started playing games like Unreal Tournament, GTA, Quake and many more, so it began.
What is the game you have the best memories about?
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This game changed my life and i still love it like the first day, because it was a young boy who felt like he didn’t fit in his home, but he was chosen to be a real hero! He had to grow, get over his fears and kill the Evil that wanted to destroy his world. When I was young I realized that even when I don’t fit in with others there will always be my own way to grow up.
What does gaming mean to you?
Gaming means to me to be free, to be a character you want to be in a beautiful different world. To let my imagination spread, create many different characters and their own story. When I´m gaming I just enjoy the feeling, no matter if it’s an mmorpg, a first person shooter or a retro game. Mostly I like the stories that are hidden in the games. It’s like an endless adventure of joy.
What are your all time favorite games?
Of course The Legend of Zelda (Ocarina of time and Majora’s Mask), Unreal Tournament and World of Warcraft. These are games I still love to play and remind me of really good memories.
Speaking of World of Warcraft, how did you end up playing it?
I started playing World of Warcraft in 2015, one day I was hanging around with friends and one of them said, “We are always hanging around so why don’t we all hang around in Azeroth”, the next day we all started to play World of Warcraft, it was awesome! We created our own guild, created stories and characters. We all fell in love, but sadly all of them stopped gaming the same year. I also took a break from gaming, but in 2018 I came back to World of Warcraft.
What made you want to come back and stay?
I’ll have to tell you why I stopped gaming to understand why I came back. In 2015 I had a lot going on in my life, everything went wrong. So I moved far away from my hometown and started a new life in Berlin. But I never felt like home in Berlin. It was a nice city and a great experience to start a new life but I missed home. Some years later I moved back in my hometown and met all my friends again. I remembered how much I missed gaming with friends. So I started again, I love WoW so much that I don’t want to leave it anymore, thanks to this game I found this awesome community.
How did you end up joining the community?
I had my personal IG account and I started to share gaming stuff on my stories. Someday a friend said I should stop to only spam gaming stuff and create a dedicated account for that. So I created a gaming account, just for fun to share my gaming stuff. I realised how many people do the same, to share what they love. Because I didn’t get the support from family and friends, I felt a little alone ‘till I found all the other gamers, so I thought I wanted to support all the awesome gamers out there so they know they are not alone. I never expected to be a part of this awesome community.
What made you stay in the community?
Awesome people like you!! At the beginning I was a little scared to share my stuff, but I got such nice feedback. I met such great personalities in this community! It’s not about to have the best gear or the rarest mounts, it’s about supporting each other, to share the things you love no matter what game you play. I really care about these people and they help me when I feel bad, it’s like a second family for me and I don’t want to leave this Family.
Do you have a message for them?
Never give up on what you love! You don’t have to change because others said so! Many people have problems, or fears, or are searching for friends, you’re not alone! Gamers always support each other and it doesn’t matter how you look like, where you’re from or in what you believe. Just love yourself for who you are and stay strong, there’s always hope and love in this world.
Your account is so unique and you can always recognized one of yours from the others! What is your inspiration for your screens and for your edits?
Thanks! I think the most inspiration is from the landscape, sometimes I just fly around in Azeroth because there are so many beautiful places. Sometimes it’s the transmog, when I get a new piece which I love I have to share it in the best way. I love to edit pictures, many years ago I had my own homepage for templates and picture edits but I deleted it, so editing my gaming pictures makes me happy.
What are your plans and hopes for the future of your account?
I hope to meet more nice people, maybe play together, chat together or help each other. My plans are to share all I want to share, maybe inspire someone to play other games or to get their own gaming account and I really want to support all the awesome artists out there! I really hope this community stays together and grows bigger.
You also play Overwatch! How did that start?
I always played Blizzard games (WoW, Diablo, Hearthstone. Heroes of the Storm), when I saw the preview of Overwatch I was really interested because of all the awesome characters and their abilities. When it was released I started playing it and loved it. It’s always fun to join a random group or play with friends.
Something that we all know is that you have a passion for tattoos! Tell us more about it and about your tattoos!
I loooooove tattoos! It’s like an addiction, I always want more. XD I stopped counting my tattoos but I still got enough space for more. Every tattoo stands for something, good or bad memories, passion or for something to identify with. Most of them are from games, I love all of them. My first tattoo was my Buddha on my lower back I got in Thailand because I’m a Buddhist. The most important tattoo is Majora’s Mask on my chest, it’s an evil Mask, created by Warlocks, a Mask to control people. When I was young I felt like being controlled, to grow up to a person I don’t want to be, but like in the game you can defeat the Mask and put the evil out of it. All games/movies/animes which means a lot to me are on my body: Half-Life, Portal, Pokemon, Sailor Moon, The Legend of Zelda, The Lord of the Rings, Super Mario, World of Warcraft, Space Invader zim. I love to talk about tattoos and could talk about it the whole day but I try to keep it short :P. But I have to say that I got a tooth as a tattoo and the words “La fatina dei Denti”, which means tooth fairy XD.
And that’s why I call you tooth fairy princess!! We’ve talked about games and tattoos but you are so much more than this. Tell us more about you, who is Liz?
In real life I’m normally a really quiet person, I don’t like to talk to people I don’t know and It’s hard for me to meet new people. I was bullied a lot when I was young and my parents don’t care much about me, they had to work a lot. My childhood was not the most beautiful, things happened that shouldn’t have happened but I don’t complain about that, there are people who had it much harder than me. When I got older I was aggressive and when people tried to bully me I punched them. It took a long time to find out who I really am. I had close friends which supported me but stabbed me in the back and my family is small and most of them hate each other. I find it difficult to trust people. That is the main reason why I love gaming, you can be in a world where we are the same and support each other, of course in game there are always some idiots but that’s okay. In school I was always a nerd, when I started working as a Tooth Fairy I finally found out that it’s a wonderful feeling to help people, to make them smile. That all made me the person I am today, I love myself with all my scars in the inside and all my craziness. Now I am a really positive person, I love to go out with friends, I go to the gym and stay active, I love doing my job and I love to travel. I try to fly away every year to see all the beautiful places around the world and I try to spread some love.
And we are grateful to have you in our community because you are truly one of a kind, and we’re lucky to know you! What are your plans for the future?
Thank you, I am really grateful to be a part of this community! I don’t plan too much in the future, some of my family and friends died young so I try to enjoy my life in the moment! I really want to travel a lot, there are soooo many places in the world I would like to see, I want to spend a lot of time with friends and I want to play many more awesome games! Also I would like to start streaming one day, but I’m still too shy. XD
Wish you the best of luck with everything!! Are there any new games you want to play in the near future?
I always wanted to play Final Fantasy XIV Online and I haven’t started to play Borderlands 3, also I am very excited about Overwatch 2 and I’m still waiting for Half-Life 3.
And lastly the hardest question of all! Who are three members of the gaming community you would like to see as my guests?
There are so many wonderful and interesting members out there but I have only three to choose. At first it would be you @Kylara_gaming! I know you´re doing this whole thing but I think it would be interesting to find out more about you, also I would like to read more about @iv_yoru and @mirialani.
Thank you so much for being such a wonderful person and such an important member of the IG gaming community! It was a pleasure and an honor to get to know you better! Thank you for agreeing and for all that you do for the community! And for spending some time with me in game doing screenshots!
It’s been a pleasure, thank you for inviting me and thank you for doing so much for this community! You are incredible and I am very happy to have met such a wonderful person like you! Send you love and hugs!
And as always thank you all for stopping by my parlour and spending some time with us! I am really grateful for these first 6 months of the Gamersations and I really can’t wait to go on and on making you know many other wonderful people from the marvelous IG gaming community! And as always thank you to Unidess for being my right and left arms, helping me out every time with all the interviews!
Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! I’m very happy to welcome here today a very special guest and a really dear friend of mine. You all know her and love her, I’ve asked multiple times to know more about her so here we go. Today with me I have the wonderful Huntress Avicennia, aka Gauri! Thank you for accepting my invitation!
I love reading all the interviews you take of the people from our community so it’s an honour to be here! I am so excited for this. XD Thank you for having me here today!
You are a gamer, a photographer, an artist, a university student…what other words would you use to describe yourself?
Hahaha that’s a lot. XD I’m just a simple individual who likes to do stuff, lol. I’m not that great when it comes to describing myself XD. The people I came across in my school, college and so on inspired me to develop and keep following my hobbies, so whenever I get time, I put my time into it.
Let’s start talking about gaming, how did you start playing video games and which was the first one that made you fall in love?
I love talking about this memory! I was just a child and my uncle (mom’s brother) used to play Warcraft III back then. So whenever I went to my grandparents’ place, I would sit besides him and watch him play. I didn’t really understand what he was doing or the lore but the music, scenes and stuff attracted me, lol. He didn’t let me play because I was too young and didn’t understand anything at that time. So after a few years, he gave me the game and I started playing it with cheats because I didn’t understand the complicated stuff XD, then I started looking into the story more and more and totally fell in love with the lore! Then I came across the fact that there were expansions to it called World of Warcraft but I didn’t know how to play that. So I just used to read the lore of characters I liked or the books. I also came across other games like Mario, Donkey Kong, Need for Speed, Midtown Madness and so on. But at the end of the day, Warcraft III takes the cake. XD
What made you stay a loyal Blizzard fan through the years?
The lore definitely! Arthas, Jaina and Tyrande were my favorite characters that time (and still are) and I used to love reading everything about them. And few years ago, I think I was in my first year of university that I came across WoW’s free trial that actually got me into playing WoW. After that, I even came across a TBC private server and I was sucked in totally. XD The zones, stories, classes, everything kept me a loyal fan.
What is your favorite in game activity?
I’m not a hard core person but I love to do everything! Exploring places and taking screenshots for Avi’s story, running mythic keys, raiding if my time zone permits XD and of course bgs too. Sheeping people in a bg is my passion lol. And transmog farming! I love to mog my girls in pretty stuff. XD
We’ve met thanks to the IG gaming community and thanks to WoW, how did you end up joining the community?
Totally out of curiosity. XD When I had started WoW, I was also new to Instagram. So I was wondering if people post about warcraft on social media or not so I just searched about it and it lead me to @kheshirekat’s account. I was very excited when I saw her screenshots and stories. But I didn’t make a WoW account till a year later actually. I used to follow all of you from my photography account. Then one day, I was just doing a dungeon run in Scarlet Monastery where I stopped to take some screenshots which came out great. My irl friends told me to post them so I brought up some guts and texted Kheshi and she encouraged me. I just used to think of my WoW account as a creative outlet but I’m totally overwhelmed by the response I got from everyone!
What made you stay?
Originally when I started my account, I didn’t care if I anyone liked the pictures or not. But then slowly, day by day, I got to know people from the community and some of them actually became such good friends! You are one of them haha! It’s mainly the relations that I formed with others that make me stay :D. And also the heaps of creativity that everyone has! I always get to see something interesting everyday.
What’s your inspiration for your screens?
The zones are so pretty that my brain starts thinking on how to apply the skills I learnt in photography while taking screenshots. And I always want to try out different things. The game gives me a lot of freedom to get creative which I can’t do irl. My inspiration for taking screenshots is same as taking photographs – to get creative and make a memory out of it. Something I can look back on and feel happy.
Tell us more about your passion for photography!
Of course! It all began when I was in 8th grade of school. My school had taken us to Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve where I got to see free wildlife for the first time in my life. My father had gotten me a small digital camera back then which I didn’t know how to use properly. But the biggest achievement that time was when we saw a tigress at a distance of 3-4 ft and stayed with us for full 45 mins. Her eyes kind of stared deep into my soul and that time I knew, my heart belonged to the wildlife. That got me into photography. In my junior college, I used to run behind butterflies to click them on my phone camera and it was a huge struggle but totally worth it because I learnt a lot from that. I even set up a small photography exhibition during the college fest. When I got into degree college, I did a course on basic photography skills and got my DSLR and had been taking photos of nature and even people! Birds and butterflies are my most favorite subjects to click and at the same time the toughest but I love the challenge. XD Nothing beats the excitement of getting that perfect shot at the end of all that hard work and patience, lol.
You are really involved into environment preservation and nature. Tell us more about this really important part of your life!
It would be a pleasure! I always want people to see the beauty in nature and fall in love with it. Logic is simple – you preserve something that you love! I always go on nature trails and love telling about my experiences to others! I have worked with WWF (World wide fund for nature and natural resources) for 2 years on an environment education program where we used to teach school kids about the environment every week through games and activities. I was a part of bird survey in our local national park. And currently I’m involved with NaturalisT Foundation, an environment awareness NGO. We take nature trails and currently we have launched a new project which is a podcast and I’m a part of it too! We will be speaking about different news regarding the environment and wildlife every week in it.
What other passions do you have?
I love to draw! I used to do a lot of artwork and crafts in school and then I trained a bit for some government exams as well. Then life happened and I got no time for it until now! I also love research which can be painful sometimes but that’s alright. XD I had learnt an Indian classical dance called Bharatnatyam for 6 years and I even trained in karate for 2 years (had to leave because my schedule didn’t let me continue), I also love reading a lot but never thought I will start writing one day as well! People from the community inspired me to start writing and since then, it has become one of my hobbies as well!
Are there any games you would like to play?
One day I would love to try FFXIV! Especially after seeing you play and post screens of it. XD But I know I have no time for more than one game so maybe someday in the future
What other plans do you have for the future?
Probably a PhD. I’m currently pursuing my masters in plant physiology and biochemistry and I need to give some entrances for it. So I will be preparing for them as well. I will just go with the flow for now because research is something that you can decide once you experience things in it and I have just started. XD It’s a long road ahead!
Do you have a message for the community?
A big THANK YOU to EVERYONE! I can’t really thank enough actually. XD I never expected so much support from people from other corners of the world! I learned so many new things being a part of it, got confidence for my own skills and it was all because of the encouragement everyone gave me! There might be some disagreements between people but we are a society of humans after all! It’s okay. Just be kind as you all are, always. 🙂
We can not conclude this interview without talking about a very special someone in your life. The queen of your house, the most feared and revered bird of all, your little parrot! Tell us more about her!
HAHAHAHAHA YES! Her name is Cheeku and she’s a 19 years old female Alexandrine Parakeet. I was just 3 when my parents got her as a companion for me so we basically grew up together! I learned a very important aspect about animals from it – they have their own opinions! Cheeku is very bossy, mischievous and has broken and shredded several things she shouldn’t have even when she has chewing blocks for it. XD Birds just get a lot of satisfaction when they see you annoyed and it’s a drama for them. XD She always wants to eat what we are having (not all human foods can be allowed so we have to be careful). She’s like a forever 2 year old kid in the house. But at the end of the day, she’s my best buddy! People quite often get birds at home as pets but they need to know how much emotional and intelligent they are so those who would want one in their life should do lots and lots of research! They are difficult to maintain because they need lots of attention or else they go into depression and self mutilate! They also live for 40-80 years depending on the species so they are a lifetime commitment! Also, Cheeku hates phones or getting herself clicked. XD
And as for every single one of my guests, the last question! Tell us three people who you would like to see as my guests!
There are so many wonderful people that I can’t really choose just 3. XD But since I can only pick 3 for now, it would be @kheshirekat @shyofmaldraxxus and @the_guardian_bear !
Thank you very much for being such a wonderful person and for letting us know more about you! It was a real pleasure to chat with you this afternoon! I wish you the best of luck with your future projects!And lastly thank you very much for the beautiful picture you did for us two for this interview!
Thank you so much! Lots of love to you for all the things that you do for the community.
And as always thank you all for reading another interview and being so involved in my project! You all are the reason why I’m doing this! A big thank you to Unidess for always helping me out, all this would not be possible without him! See you all soon with another wonderful guest! Have a wonderful time and please be kind with the world we live in and with yourselves.
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!! With love,
Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! Today I have a very special and highly requested guest!! I’m talking about the most famous beard in the gaming community aka @touchpadwarrior aka Justus!! Thank you for accepting my invitation!
Of course! I’m honored to be your guest.
You are a real legend in the gaming community! How did it all start? What was your first approach to the video game world?
I had been playing WoW since late classic, I was a VERY noob player at the start. I had intellect plate gear, rolled need on cloth in RFC, and was even specced prot until level 50 until I went to a buddy’s house who also played and wondered why Concussion Blow was on my bars and I was using a 2hander. My IRL friends that introduced me into the game quit well before even Burning Crusade came out, but I still had a burning passion for the game and continued to do so, It wasn’t until late MoP that I made an instagram account for my character Justus and that name was obviously taken, so I went a very transparent route and went with “Touchpadwarrior” since I play a warrior in game, and I play on a touchpad keyboard. The next morning after taking a very lame picture of my character with my phone, not even a screenshot, I saw the comments below of “Omg I love WoW! What server do you play on?” “I like your gear! Taurens are awesome!” and I realized I wasn’t alone in my passion for the game like I thought I had been for years. So I kept posting and making great new friends who shared my same passion!
What was the first game you ever played?
First game I EVER played? Mario Kart 64. Mostly stuck with mario kart, smash bros, and pokemon growing up.
And the first one that you fell in love with?
I would say they are the same, due to the fact that my older sister got me into video games and that’s who I would play with when I was younger.
The gaming experience change for all of us during the years, we grow, we change but we still play. Tell us more about your gaming experience! When did you realize that you were a gamer and that it will always be a passion in your life?
I really didn’t consider myself a gamer until I started more hardcore progression in burning crusade with Justus. Taking the time to analyze, study, and hours of research to adapt and get better at what I was doing, 12hr days playing the game when I didn’t have a lot going on in my life I caught myself really pushing to work harder and perform better each day. With that in mind, I almost don’t consider myself a gamer after more heavily looking at what I do, I only really play WoW, but… “Warcraft’er” sounds funky so it’s easier to tell people that I am a gamer
Warcraft changes so much, with each expansion the game evolves, how did your experience with the game change?
Initially it was an immense world to explore, being a novice has its perks of discovery which is always a fun time. But as you get used to things, you still become eager to discover more about your surroundings. I would say that It started off with absorbing the environment around me, then as I got older my quest to discover new things were more so in how they worked, how to use the fields I’ve been exploring to my advantage and become a master of whatever it was that I was tackling at the time, as simple as the fastest archaeology / mining routes to rotations for certain boss fights or talents for VS. specific classes.
What is your favorite thing to do in game now?
The easy answer to that is Arena, it’s been 10 years since I’ve done as much pvp as I have been recently. It was as of this content patch, I decided to halt progression raiding after 12 years. This season is easily one of the most chaotic ones I have seen with corruption into play, but I still enjoy it. But to be honest, one of my favorite things to do in game is to fish. It seems silly, but I enjoy taking a break from all the fights and just fishing up materials while listening to soothing music. Its something I almost miss doing. Despite what it may look like, I don’t play WoW nearly as much as I used to. I play for about 3hrs a day and since I stream it, I don’t spend that time fishing since I know for most folks it’s not that entertaining.
And this brings me right to my next question!! You are a successful streamer, you currently have 3.7k followers!! What made you decide to start streaming?
I decided that I wanted to start streaming because I wanted to share my passion with people and be helpful / knowledgeable for newcomers into the game. What it evolved into was something a little different, sometimes people would come into my chat and I’d ask how their day was and they would say not well, I’d ask why and a lot of people, much like myself struggle with depression, anxiety or just a general tough time in their life. They would pop in and be able to talk to someone who would listen. I didn’t consider this to happen but I was just being myself and trying to be there for someone in need. I kept streaming for this reason. I am grateful to be someone’s source of entertainment in the day to help have a laugh, learn something new or just have a space to be able to talk and get through the rough days together.
And that’s absolutely awesome and beautiful and we are grateful for what you do! Is there a game you would like to play and maybe stream too?
To be 100% honest.. no? I love playing WoW and sticking to this game the only… “secret” game I really play other than WoW is Pokemon Go and that’s a little difficult to stream lol. I keep WoW as my streaming stuff, and try to reset myself by enjoying other games off camera with friends and loved ones.
Tell us more about you, who is the person behind the WoW player and the streamer?
Well, I’m 28 years old. I love pottery though I’m not able to practice it anymore without a workshop. I am a chef with a culinary arts degree, I worked at the Playboy Mansion as an event chef for 4 years. Though at the moment currently working as a barista / supervisor. I have 2 dogs, Charlie and Thor. I live with my girlfriend of five years Melissa, and my father in Southern California. I REALLY enjoy my whiskey and dark ales, and I enjoy the occasional game of billiards.
That’s so interesting!! I bet you have the chef title in game! XD
Of course I do! lol I got that way before I ended up in the industry too! I found my passion for cooking in middle school, took 3 years between middle and high school, and perused it in college to get the degree
Oh I can totally understand! One of the first titles I really worked for was Archaeologist and I’m at one year of university from becoming one irl!! Anyway you’ve told us about how you joined the IG gaming community but what made you want to stay?
As my community grew, I’ve seen… a lot of things happen over the years. Whether they be good or bad. But what has kept me personally going is the fact people still comment or dm me asking questions about the game and I am glad I can be there to answer those questions. I also know the satisfyingly feeling getting a new rare mount of achieving hard goals in game and I love to see people complete them.
Speaking of community and WoW, you’ve created an amazing guild! What made you want to make it?
With my leave of hardcore raiding I wanted to make a space in game that people could make new friends and grow together like we have on Instagram and be able to play with folks more often from the community!
What are your hopes and goals for it?
Very easy, what it’s already doing. My hope is that people in the guild find new friends like I have and help spread positivity in game and the community. Hopefully get some community event nights in the future with transmog competitions and achievement runs.
Do you have a message for the community?
My message to the community is please, spread love more than hate. It’s entirely ok to express discomfort or struggles with things but do so in a constructive manner. The reason I love Instagram for the WoW community was the “toxicity” of other social media platforms made it unbearable for me to enjoy it. Stay positive, spread love and cheer. If you have complaints be sure to share them in a constructive manner. Be kind to one another, say gratz, ask how someone’s day is going, compliment a transmog. The real world, and the world of Warcraft have a lot of darkness in them, It’s up to us to shed the light upon the community and give hope.
Totally agree with all this, thank you so much for spreading such a positive message! Getting back to WoW what is something that you wish Blizzard will bring back to the game?
Silly, but Gladiator Stance for Warriors, lol!
What are your thoughts and hopes for Shadowlands?
I think it’s very exciting to see the things at play beyond our realm in game. My hope is to unveil more deeper lore of the game and of course, to see awesome new mounts and armor to collect!
If someone who is reading us doesn’t play WoW, what would you say to convince them to try it?
If you love exploration, raiding dungeons or pvp give Warcraft a shot, the game might seem intimidating at first, but if you remind yourself to take your time and really absorb your surroundings you’ll fall in love.
And to a fellow gamer who isn’t part of the Ig gaming community?
Take a look at what the community has to offer as a whole. Check out the hashtag #BlizzIGFamily and see what people are doing, sharing and enjoying from sharing their adventures with fellow players! You may make a few new friends to travel through Azeroth.. or the Shadowlands together.
We can’t end the interview without talking about your merch! What’s your inspiration for it?
Honestly that’s the creative freedom and design from the love of my life @monsterfex (Melissa) she asks roughly what I like then creates dreams into reality.
And the results are absolutely amazing! And the last question, as for everyone of my guests! Who are three members of the gaming community who you would like to see as my guests?
I’d like to see @Broximar, @Proxyttv, & @ragingbeardedscot.
Thank you so much for agreeing to be my guest and for giving me and us the chance to know you better! It was a pleasure and an honor! I wish you all the best in the future! And thank you for for the time here and in game!
Of course! The honor was all mine, I had a blast. I look forward to seeing who you have on next!
And thank you all for joining me for another interview with yet another awesome guest!! I’m always so happy to get to know better this community and the beautiful people that makes it special! See you soon for another interview and another special guest!
Hello and welcome back to my parlour! Today I have a very special guest and I am so happy to have the famous, incredible king of burgers, aka Somanyalts aka Jay here with me! Thank you for accepting my invitation!
We are all gamers here so shall we start from the very beginning? How did your passion for video games begin?
Gosh now that does go a long way back in time! I was in high school when the first computer came out in schools. It was an Apple IIe and had ping pong on it. But the first real game I played and loved was a weird thing called Joust. Can’t remember what machine it was on but it was 8 colour, loaded from a cassette tape and 2 player. You had to try knock the other person off the very pixelated ostrich things. I was always into electronics however. Dad used to curse me for always taking everything apart to see how it worked. My passion for MMO followed on from a passion for Dungeons and Dragons, when they made that into a computer game. From there I started trying out all sorts of games. Fable was one of my favourites purely because the character look changed due the decisions you made in game.
So you are not only the king of burgers but you are also the king of nerds! You are only my second guest who played/plays D&D! Tell us more about your experience in this area of the nerd universe!
The D&D universe! I would still play it IF I had enough nerd friends around to play. I started playing D&D back in the early 80s. A few boys from our street used to play every weekend, all weekend. Ravenloft would have been our biggest campaign we ever did. I can’t remember an awful lot from it, other than it took ages, and more than one effort to complete the campaign successfully. In my late teens I started playing Star Wars RPG which I played for years with flatmates and my brother. We used to order pizzas and coke from Dominoes around the corner. It was what we did most nights actually, until becoming of an age that being an adult was a real pressure. I’ve still got all my dice somewhere. Funny the things we keep.
What are the video games that have left a mark in your life and heart?
Fable for sure. Civilisation was one I fondly remember. I used to go in to Dad’s work and play it on the office lady’s computer, until Dad bought me my own copy. Ghostbusters on the Commodore 64, Spyro on the original playstation, and of course Warcraft II. I also got into the emulation world and loved Pokémon Red. Final Fantasy VII I loved. Fighting those Aeons… ahhh. Final Fantasy X and X-2 were also favourite. I loved unlocking costumes..and the moodiness of it all. Oh, there was also Soul Calibur. The fights in that were awesome to watch let alone be part of. Today, all I play is World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV.
Let’s talk about World of Warcraft! How did it all start?
That started much later than I would have personally liked. I didn’t start playing that until the beginning of 2007, just at the launch of the battle chest. My life was not in a good place at that time, and leading into the darkest times of my life in all honesty. I was living in New Zealand and coming out of a very toxic relationship. I hadn’t played Warcraft since the ex decided the playstation was not suitable for me to have anymore shall we say. After we finally parted ways the first thing I did was go out and buy the best PC I could at the time, and Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Battle Chest. I started off by playing on The Underbog, a PVP realm of all places. I started with a blood elf rogue. Still got him actually. The last time I played him he was in Squall on Illidan. Not sure if he is still there. Haven’t played on the US account for quite some time now. Warcraft is how I filled my days after losing my job. I’d play all day everyday because it was my escape from the issues in my own life. It’s seen me through many dark times, probably caused some of the dark times too in fairness.
How did the experience change over the years?
It went from an escape to an addiction before I left New Zealand for the UK back in October of 2008. I came here with two bags of belongings, about £1000, no job or prospects of one, but fortunately had an uncle I could live with until I found my feet. By May of 2009 I had found myself a job in an English boarding school and a flat. A few months later I had saved up enough to buy a PC and was back to playing Warcraft by the start or 2010. I had to start from the very beginning again because at that time it was near impossible to be able to play a US account in Europe as far as I knew. I had made some huge life changes during that break and found that I could actually enjoy playing for playing sake. It was no longer the only thing I had any assumed control over in my life. It didn’t take long until I was in a guild and raiding Naxx and ICC. We were never world first or realm first worthy but certainly pushing progression early. I’ve watched so many changes over the expansions. Some have been great, others not so much. You’ve got to look at it now as a completely different game to what it started as. The difference between classic and retail now show how much the game has changed. It has become a much more achievement based, got to be pushing end-game content style game than it ever was up until the end of WotLK. I still love it, and strangely enjoy classic for what it is too. Classic is harder, so I laugh at celebrating the small things, like looting a small 4 slot bag on a level 15 toon who has no coppers to repair the grey item upgrades that are smashed from dying constantly.
You’ve talked about the Final Fantasy universe too, how did your experience with FFXIV start?
FFXIV was something I thought about playing when it first came out, but for some unknown reason I didn’t. I was right into raiding in WoW when it launched so it could have been that. It then dropped off my radar for a few years. I did have Final Fantasy Tactics on my iPad so wasn’t completely separated from the universe. Thinking about it now I can remember why I started with FFXIV. Again it was a difficult time in life. I’ve struggled with depression and no self esteem since my early twenties. I had just been asked by my boss to apply for a promotion. Everyone believed it was a matter of course I would get it, including my boss. Little did either of us know that the say over the appointment was going to be made by someone else who had only started there a month before. I didn’t get the job so it knocked me for six so to speak. I went right back into fantasy over facing reality, but I decided the demons of my past with WoW were still real in my mind. I chose to start playing Final Fantasy. I’d seen it on Instagram of all places and it had caught my interest. There were a few people on Instagram that helped to talk me into it, and I’ve been subscribed ever since. It is totally different to WoW and that’s the main reason I enjoy it. It is such a different universe, and the diversity of the FFXIV community is huge. It’s far more rainbow than the blue and red of Warcraft.
We’ve met thanks to the IG gaming community, how did you end up joining it?
I was over Facebook when I moved to UK, so I started an Instagram account instead. I posted photos of what I was doing and didn’t have all the other rubbish that FB had. As I got to know IG more and learnt about following hashtags I started to follow #worldofwarcraft and as I started liking other people’s photos the algorithm brought more and more Warcraft images up. I then though I might as well make a wow account and get involved with what seemed an interesting community. Crazyboomkin, Jenesis, Littlemisscowguin were some of the earliest accounts I came to follow.
What made you stay in this crazy place?
What made me stay? I’m part of this craziness now!! Crazyboomkin and I started the guild Immersion with a few others from Instagram. That was nearly a year ago now. We had all seen what Jenesis had created with Squall, and decided we wanted something similar in EU. But more than that, it is the interactions with other people on Instagram and in game that keeps you here. It starts with a common interest and doesn’t take long to get to know the people behind the posts.
This brings me immediately to the first question from the community! People want to know the story of the guild and how it was created! Tell us more about it!
Immersion started on 5th May 2019. It was set up for anyone to join who wanted a place they could hang out, do what they wanted to in game with others who also had a life outside of Warcraft. We were never intended to be end game or progression. It was, and still is about building a healthy and supportive ingame community “Seeking to extract all there is in Azeroth to be enjoyed.” It has changed a lot over the year but has never moved away from the original concept. We still get people joining us daily from both IG, in game and even a few from FB. We’ve got 191 accounts involved in the guild now. I didn’t realise we’d got quite that big. WoW. I wonder who the 200th person will be.
And you’ve totally nailed your plan! Also congratulations are in order! Now the second and last question from the community! Have you ever considered streaming?
I have considered it, and even dabbled a little bit. It is something I’m working on currently. My current system is okay and will hold up to streaming so while we’re in lockdown and I’m looking for things to do it could very well be happening sooner than expected. I might not say much because anyone who has been in voice with me knows I hardly ever talk. That would be a huge accomplishment for me to talk on stream knowingly, and even bigger getting a webcam!! I could always hide behind my hair at the moment, I’m working on it .
We’ve talked a lot about gaming and what it meant to you in the past but what does it mean to you now?
Right now it is my choice of entertainment, a major part of my social activity, especially during this crazy time we are living in. Gaming and being a gamer is a lifestyle choice that fits me as well as pineapple on a pizza and cheese in a burger!
You told us some things about yourself but who is the person behind the gamer? Tell us more about you!
What like? I’m old enough to be many of your reader’s father. I was born in England, but grew up in New Zealand. I started teaching after my mother made me enroll at teachers college. At the time she knew I need a kick in the butt to get on with life. I have a weird looking teddy bear named Solomon I bought in the Solomon Islands on my 21st birthday. I subscribe to Disney Plus and WWE. I hate brussel sprouts. I’ve got a beautiful horse that I learnt to ride in my late 30s. I’m a big softie and a completely nutter most of the time, never taking anything too seriously. Life is too short to worry about things I can’t change.
Talking about that sweetheart of yours! Tell us more about your love for animals and about your horse too!
Animals are the most honest and reliable beings in my life, with the exception of the Mrs. The Mrs is the only human I can 100% be myself with.You can always rely on an animal to behave in a predictable manner, even in their unpredictable moments. She’s my rock. But Jade, well she’s my 16h lump of piebald cob that has stolen so many hearts. We bought her when she was rising 5, and very green. Her passport is from the Dartmoor Pony Society which is hilarious considering her size. She is my biggest expense and worth every penny of it for the balance she brings into my world. I love animals, not so much the creepy crawly ones but yes all animals. You can learn alot about people from their interactions with animals.
So very true! And I’m sure we all would love to see her more often! Speaking of Instagram, what is your main source of inspiration for your screens?
I haven’t posted many on IG in a while now. Must go through a few more of the screen shots and do that. I don’t really have any set thoughts about what to post. It could be anything. It’s usually something that has happened in game that was a good moment I wish to remember and share with others. It’s not about being artsy or followed. I post what I feel like because it’s an expression of what I am doing and enjoying at the time. Not always enjoying, sometimes just significant moments too. Like my post about my Dad’s passing some time back.
And we appreciate how personal and true your account is! What are some games that are coming out or have been already released that you would like to play?
FFVIII is getting my attention but I don’t know of anything coming out that would look to play. Strangely I’m happy with playing WOW and FFXIV. I don’t know how people have time to play more than those two.
What other hobbies do you have?
I enjoy reading. Helps with the four hour commute. I do enjoy cooking and eating, but not doing the dishes. I collect funko pops and love watching box sets. The Mrs and I have a sited caravan we love spending time at relaxing and fishing (me not her). We also try to go on a couple of cruises each year. The joys of both working full time.
That’s so sweet! Time spent together with the special one is the best kind of time! What are your plans for the future (both now that we are in this crazy situation and when all this will be over)?
She’s brilliant and so supportive. Plans for the future???? Hmmmm, after this crazy time I’m looking forward to getting on with living with a greater appreciation for all that I have in life. I’m planning on doing a cruise around Alaska in the future, and maybe flying back to NZ to meet my niece in person.
Wish you both the best of luck with your future plans!! And now the last question, the question all my guests have to answer to! Who are three accounts you would like to see as my guests in the future?
Only three? 360fov_ has an interesting story. Clodagh_lunaria is another fascinating person and because I’m sure it would be a real laugh to read the Aussie girl _fizzyelf_
Thank you for your time and for agreeing to be a part of this! Also thank you for the screens! It was a real pleasure to get to meet you a little bit better and I’m sure all of our fellow community members will be happy to do the same! Again thank you so much!
Thanks for the opportunity! It amazes me people are interested in all honesty. That’s what this community is all about, being supportive and showing kindness. You are one that personifies all that is good in this community. It’s been my privilege to have spent the afternoon chatting with you.
Thank you so much! Also thank you all for being here with me for another interview! Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did doing it! This community never stops surprising me! See you later this month with another incredible guest!!
Hello and welcome back to my parlour! Please relax and enjoy my new interview! This time I have a new guest who was requested by the community, both this month and the other month! With me today we have Matt, aka @neinhardtgames!
You have resurrected from your ashes, you re-created your account from nothing, we known you with many names but might I say, Neinhardt is the one we all love! Thank you for being here with me and us!
Let’s start from the very beginning, you are a gamer but how did it all start? How did you get into gaming?
Hello! I think it goes way back when watching my parents play Baku Baku and Virtua Fighter on the good ol’ Sega Saturn, which led up to watching my brother play games like GTA2 and Tomba 2 on older systems. Eventually I got into gaming myself around the time of Halo, Halo 2, Warcraft III, Warhammer and other games! And yeah, I went through a lot of names.. a lot lol.
What is the first game you fall in love with?
The game I really started getting into was Halo 2, especially online. I used to play with my brother and his friends on Xbox (my Gamertag at the time and for many years following was ‘samurai72’). I was always known as Samurai until I changed it a few years ago. But definitely Halo 2.
And what is your favorite all time game?
World of Warcraft! Despite the direction the game has been going, it’s always been my favorite since I started in 2008.
How did you start playing it?
The same friends that played Halo 2, started playing WoW and they got me into it. We started playing on Shandris-NA. We met a bunch of people on that server and had such a great time throughout the expansions. Although my IRL friends quit WoW, I still play with the same group of people we met on Shandris back in 2008. 12 years later and we still play together!
How did the experience change over the years?
The experience changes with the game. I’ll always play but the game isn’t perfect. My friends online have always been around and we’ve just done our best to enjoy the game, but sometimes it’s hard. I’m sure many others might agree with me, but we’re relying on each other to make this game continuously fun. Thankfully, we all have this wonderful community from IG to make it worth it. Just gotta keep on trekking!
What other games do you play at the moment?
I also play Rocket League and Warhammer Online (Return of Reckoning) on PC. Some nights I’ll play a bit of Super Smash bros and Animal Crossing on the Switch.
What does gaming mean to you?
It’s more than just a hobby. It’s about community to me. The people you meet, the people you play with, the memories. It’s truly remarkable to think about – the fact that you can play with likeminded people all around the world.
Speaking about community, how did you end up in the IG gaming community?
If I recall correctly, I saw a lot of gaming memes on my personal IG and realized that there was a gaming community on IG in general (Not even WoW). So I made an IG called “neinlivesgaming” and I posted a lot of Overwatch memes, pictures of my set up, collectibles etc. It was just an overall gaming account. Then I followed some people who posted WoW content – Enforcer, Grim, Justus, Kinshen, Jenesis and many others! So after like 600 name changes and finally settling down with Teknein (R.I.P.), I posted a lot of WoW content and got really involved.
What made you decide to stay in the community?
It’s always been about the people. When I lost my first IG on my birthday last year, I had an overwhelming amount of support and DMs asking me to come back. It warmed my heart and I came back and decided to stay for good, and to make some more memories.
Did the community change your approach to the gaming world?
Oh absolutely. Can I curse? Before the community, I was a toxic little shit. The community has definitely changed me to be a better person – to be more helpful to others and have more respect. Although, I will run my mouth if I see others being toxic now. Overall though, I have been doing much better. I have the community to thank for that.
What does the community mean to you?
It means helping each other out. Supporting each other. Bringing everyone up instead of pushing people down. Being real with another. Networking and bonding. But most importantly, just having fun. WoW is just a game but the community makes it much more than that.
Your screenshots are unique, beautiful and easily recognizable, what is your inspiration?
Other people. Not in the sense of copying them but seeing other people be so creative with their posts inspires me to try harder and be more creative with mine! I write down random ideas I have and eventually get to them.
And now to some questions from our gaming family! First of all people are curious about your PVP experience, and mostly what is your favorite battleground!
I’ve been 2k+ rated in multiple classes, including DK, Warrior, Mage, Shaman, and Monk. Been 2k+ in 2s, 3s, (5s RIP) and RBGs. I’m usually Rival every season, except for Legion Season 1 was the first and only time I reached Duelist. My favorite battleground is a tough pick between Warsong Gulch, Twin Peaks, or Temple of Kotmogu.
Second and last one from the community! What are your other passions other than gaming?
I used to play a lot of Ultimate Frisbee but it’s been awhile since that happened. Unfortunately not now due to the Quarantine, I also like to hang out with friends whether we just do nothing, or hit up a bar, or just play some Super Smash Bros.
We’ve talked about gaming and hobbies but who is Matt? Tell us more about the person behind the gamer!
I am born and raised in New York, and I love it here. I have a degree in Criminal Justice, currently waiting on the academy call which takes years. For now, I am currently working at a Water Treatment facility. I am into most types of music besides mumble rap and country. When I game, I always play music and the playlist is so random. I can go from Childish Gambino, to Dethklok, to Cat’s in the Cradle, to Lil Dicky, to Bullet for my Valentine etc and still jam out to everything that comes on. I’m typically quiet but I tend to have quick smart-ass remarks. I have some random things on my desk while I sit between queues, like a Rubik’s Cube and a 5 foot length of rope to practice knots (Thanks Stephen). I like to always keep busy so I have things like that laying around to keep my mind going!
What are your plans and dreams for the future…aka when all this crazy story will be over?
I’m not entirely too sure. I live for the now. I try not to focus too much on the future because things are always changing. Who knows how long I’ll be involved with the IG community or with WoW. I just take it day by day.
Going back to the in game experiences, besides pvp, what are your favorite things to do?
I’ve been really into pushing Mythic Keystones. Since I’ve been pretty geared, I’ve recently been trying to gear up friends’ alts etc.
You are very much involved in the life of the community and into spreading love and appreciation! Do you have a message for them all?
My message would be, “Just keep being you.” We’re all here for each other.
What would you say to a fellow gamer who isn’t part of the community to make them join in?
Hmmm, I’m not sure. I’d rather the community speak for itself and let people see for themself. If it’s someone I play with, I usually try to get screenshots with them and tag them – let them get involved that way too.
And lastly as for everyone of my guests, who are three members of the gaming community who you would like to see as my guest in the future?
Artiriewarcraft, Kzydi, and Fexxalicious! All great people in this community! I could easily give you 100 names lol.
Thank you so much for taking the time to be my guest and for the in game time! It was a real pleasure having you here! Wishing you the best of luck for the future!
Thank you so much! Good luck to you and your future interviews!
And as always thank you all for being here! See you next month with another awesome guest and some more gaming talk! Stay safe and game on!!
Hello and welcome back to my parlour. Today I have the great pleasure to interview one of my favorite people in the world, she’s a friend, a gamer, a true jewel in this world, @lilleskygge_gaming aka Mia.
/wave to the people, they can’t see it. But they can pretend too.
Thank you for honoring me with your presence! Let’s start from the very beginning, how did you approach the gaming world?
Oh, from a very young age. Had the first nintendo and loved every moment gaming on it. Sadly it got lost in a house fire. But then, on my birthday my dad brought home this BIG BOX! It was a super nintendo! Had to share it tho. And he used it first, me and my bro had to wait.
What was the first game that you really loved that made you think that video games would be something always present in your life?
Hmm, not sure, there have been so many. But gotta say the first Resident evil on playstation. And Dungeon keeper 2 on pc. Have some awesome memories with playing those two.
And what are your favorite games at the moment?
I want to say WoW, but due to the BFA and the latest patch kinda sucking the life out of me I don’t really know. Played The Witcher 3 for a bit and absolutely loved it! But right now I recently resubscribed to FFXIV, so kinda hope to get back into it. Especially now days when you need something to do indoors.
Oh let’s talk about WoW! Who did you get to to start playing it?
I was doing a lot of cross stitch at the time, and those kits are expensive. So I had just run out, and my brother had ordered a game by mistake. It was WoW! And there you have it, I entered the world (of warcraft). Before that I hadn’t really been into mmos of any sort.
What made you stay in Azeroth?
At that time the game was different. It was less stressful, and people could just mess around for days. You could in a way say it was way social. We used to make games ingame, like hide and seek with money as a prize. Me staying and taking it more serious evolved with time and as they added more content to the game. In the start you had to travel and wait at the BG entrance, and all such made it social. You just fell in love with the atmosphere and the people.
Did your experience change over the years?
Yeah it did. Over the years the game as a whole changed, and with it the community. It got more fast tracked and rushed. Vanilla was a grind in it’s own way, but you didn’t have dailies that made you feel like you missed out if you weren’t online for a day. It’s both good and bad I would say. I myself did get more serious in some expansions as well, from just messing around to raiding. Now days I don’t have time for raiding if I’m gonna get all the dailies done. And I migrated to the NA servers, so timezones kinda make it hard to do such. But the main thing about a game is that you are having fun no matter how you chose to play it.
You’ve already mentioned it, what about FFXIV? How did you start playing that?
I started playing FFXIV when it came out, first time I tried it was with an X. But it wasn’t the best at that moment, a lot of issues. So ended up going back to WoW after a short while. Got back into FFXIV last year, and it was amazing! I was stunned how awesome it was and how much I liked it. It was so long since an mmo had sucked me in like that.
On your IG account you post a lot of screenshots and they are all amazing! You can clearly see the passion behind them, what is your inspiration for your screens?
That varies, sometimes I just take them for fun, other times I’m a big cheese! But I do find my inspiration lacking if I get bored ingame. Then it’s usually time for a change.
We’ve met thanks to the gaming community over on IG, how did you end up joining it?
Have always loved taking screens, and was inactive on IG for years. Started using it more in daily life, and then also started to upload gaming pictures. Figured I ended up spamming my regular account so made a gaming one. Didn’t even know it was a community for it out there.
What made you stay part of the community?
The people! There is so many lovely people! And it is amazing to see how the community comes together when someone are in need. It can be low on money, a lost dog, or just needed support in other ways. Ofc there can be drama, it always will when several thousand people are in one community. But in general it is pretty calm and peaceful if you think of how many is actually active in it.
Did the community change your approach to the gaming world?
Yeah I got a lot of friends all over the world, and some I got the pleasure of meeting ingame. Also met my man on instagram, I will call that a great happening! Since we are in a long distance relationship gaming keep us closer.
Something really big in your life is your illness and your battle against breast cancer, you’re a survivor, you have a blog dedicated to this and you even talked about it during some conference lessons. Would you like to speak about it with the community a little bit more?
I’m always up for speaking about it. I like to think every negative can be used for something positive, like awareness!
Tell us more about your experience!
First off I was an active person, mountain hiking and ate healthy. Then I found a lump, that I thought was nothing really. There was no pain, no indications that I had something in my body that could potentially kill me. My mom made me see the doc, and the doc ofc made me get a mammogram. Turned out to be a hard to treat type of breast cancer called triple negative. It flipped my life upside down. Total mastectomy of my right breast and chemo for 6 months, 16 rounds in total. I would urge all, both men and women to get small changes in their breasts (and testicles for men, which impact most young men) checked out. It can save your life, early detection is key! I notice today that what I learned then, and after, I carry with me. We are in the midst of a pandemic and a lot of people are freaking out and fearing they will get sick. What I learned when getting cancer is that I can’t live in fear of it. Not then, and not now. I can’t go everyday thinking I will get a relapse. Only get anxiety before check ups now, but that is common. Noticing that I have taken that with me into this pandemic. So I urge people to take a deep breath, and live. You can’t do more than you already are, the rest is out of your control. Cancer taught me that life is precious, live today!
You are fully healthy now but it obviously changed your life and we’re happy you are among us! You are a true inspiration! Going on another personal topic, you are a gamer in a relationship with a gamer, does this make it easier to be in a relationship? Do you think that having such an important hobby in common makes things easier?
Me and my man is in a tricky situation since we live far apart. And life has gotten somewhat in our way along the road. Like my breast reconstruction surgeries, and some delays on those. But gaming gives us an opportunity to do things together even tho we are far apart. We can explore and experience things ingame. So in our case it does make it easier in a difficult situation. Gaming is so important to us since we can’t do boring couple stuff like go to the grocery store.
Going back to the community, here are some questions from them! First one is a really good one! What would you do if you didn’t like gaming, a second hobby so to say?
I love to create! So would probably do more cross stitch, sewing clothes or such, crochet. Or just making small nifty things like needle menders and what not. It happens that I take months off gaming to do such things.
And second and last question from the community, is a difficult one. If you would have to let go forever one of your top three favorite games, which would it be?
Oh gosh, that is a hard one. For real, I’m terrible at decisions! Right now, as it stand I’m gonna say WoW. With a heavy heart. But BFA have been terrible to be honest, and it gotta pick up the slack in the next expansion or I think I might fall off the WoW wagon. Trying to hang in there tho.
The community is something special for us, do you have a message for them?
Keep enjoying what we all have in common, gaming. But also keep showing love and care for each other, you guys are incredible. Love you all!
What are your plans and hopes for the future?
I wish for a really big new MMO, maybe even a WoW 2. And I’m looking forward to the day I can see my man and game next to each other (add more cheese).
And as for all my guests, what are three accounts you would like to see as my guests in the future?
There is so many! Silver_Starcaller, Ethereal_storyteller and Khesirekat. All of those have such an artistic twist to their IG, and would love to hear more about their inspiration and how they do it.
Thank you very much for being patient and agreeing to be my guest! It was such a great pleasure getting to know you better! And also thank you for the cute screens!
Thank yooou for letting us get to know the community better. And for having me!
And thank you all for joining me on another interview! Hope you had as much fun reading it as I did making it! As always thank you for all your support and interest! See you later this month with a new interview! With love,
Hello and welcome back to my parlour! Please relax and enjoy my new interview, this time with a highly requested guest, Cupid_wow AKA Anna!! You all know her, she’s a gamer, artist, cosplayer, all-round nerd!
Let’s get to the essence of this interview, your life as a gamer! How did you approach to the gaming world?
I came in touch very young with the gaming world, to be more specific, my sister and I got a Nintendo64 as a christmas gift back then, we loved to explore the world of Super Mario and often played Mario Party with friends and our cousins, since then I never stopped playing games
So you you’ve always been a gamer! What was the first video game you fell in love with?
The first one I totally fell in love was Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, I was like 10 years old and always loved the Pokémon games, but I was really blown away by the emotional story of this side game. The first thoughts I had were that it was fun to imagine being a Pokémon itself but didn’t expect something deep to explore. Since then I kept playing every game in this series. Now I´m very excited after 14 years it gets a remake. It must be the same feeling like the Classic WOW server came back after 15 years for all the classic lovers.
What is your all time favorite video game?
It’s hard to name only one haha! I would say my all time favorites are Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Okami, Overwatch and World of Warcraft.
As you already mentioned it twice, you are obviously a world of warcraft aficionado, tell us more about your experience with the game! How did you start playing?
It started out with Overwatch haha. Overwatch was my first PC game and also my first multiplayer game, I met a lot of friends through the game, also a few I constantly meet in real life. One of them is a WOW player that loved the game since the first day of Classic. He told us he is currently playing on a classic private server and we decided to try that too and had a lot of fun making the very first experience in Classic. My character was a Night Elf hunter called “Xiisira”, that name was later given to my Zandalari Druid in retail. One day there was this free wow retail weekend and some of us tried it out. I made a worgen hunter named “Crescend” that I still play sometimes. And since that I got hooked on the retail version. That was a few days before BfA got launched.
All your followers know about a very special character you play in WoW! If you had to describe your OC with three words, what would it be?
Silphy Shadewing is my most known OC and definitely the OC I have put the most work into it of all OCs I have ever created in my life, haha. I would describe her with these three words: lawful, curious, independent
Tell us more about her!
Silphy was formerly a hunter (with a manasaber in company), spended her childhood in Darnassus with her mother but often traveled to Suramar seeing her father and sister. She seeked for more power to be able to protect her beloved ones as she realized for herself – through some conflicts and fights – she is not strong enough. While being in Suramar she heard of the Illidari which using demonic powers, gave her the inspiration becoming a half demon. To impress the Illidari she tamed herself a Felbat that became her inner demon and gives the power she now has. After the burning legion was defeated she still was not satisfied with her powers and abilities in comparison with other demon hunters. She still seeked for more power, a harder skin to protect. While wandering through different countries and cities she came across the marked in Tol’vir at Uldum. There she discovered a magical potion that caught her eye, blood of the dragon with the hardest skin on Azeroth – Slabhide. Blood for blood – she exchanged some of her demonic blood for this potion. After consuming this she got a more crystalised skin. With the metamorphosis the crystals growing bigger and being sharper. The manasaber later became her mount as it was her long time friend and an important part of her life. Later she got in touch with the tumult in Zandalar. She got lured in a trap by Zul the prophet and got killed by a horde of blood trolls. She got resurrected by Bwonsamdi having a deal with him. Silphy is currently working on to bring 1000 souls in exchange for a second chance in life.
What is your inspiration for your stories about your OCs?
The truth is… Everything and everyone! I get inspiration by listening songs, watching movies or show, talking with friends, reading stuff, own experience. Everything around me and everyone I´m interacting or seeing is what inspires me. It’s hard to tell an exact thing. It’s like being a sponge going out in the world and consume all information and experience, haha.
Besides your screens, you post many of your art pieces on your account and they are mainly inspired by WoW, tell us more about your artistic life!
I mostly enjoy drawing OCs, to be honest I love to create characters since I was a child. I love to think about a story (especially love stories hahahaha but surprisingly Silphy is the first one that doesn’t have one) what makes that character special but in a not too op way. I usually draw like 3 pics for a fandom but I really got hooked on my demon hunter, even tho I really wanna draw some of my other WOW characters like Xishira (formerly Xiisira) and Crescend. I actually didn’t plan staying too long in the WOW fandom, but this is the first time that many people interact with me and my OC and it makes it super fun to stay and even inspires me to continue art. Everytime I draw a pic of Silphy I have the thought “this is the last one, I really need to draw other stuff” but somehow when I finish it I got 3 more ideas for her. Then beginning one of the 3 ideas and while doing it getting 3 more ideas additionally, haha!
Talking about games and Blizzard, how did you get to know Blizzard games and how did you start playing Overwatch?
It actually was my close friend @viis.cvlt that introduced me to Overwatch. She showed me all the awesome cinematics and I was totally blown by the futuristic aesthetics and the story. She later let me play on her pc and that’s when I decided to spend money for a pc and the game itself. Meanwhile collecting the money through the months I already was deeply drown in the Overwatch fandom and even started creating my first cosplay – Tracer. And also creating my OC for Overwatcht (It was my first gay OC tho, had a slight crush on Tracer and was the first time ever having a crush on a girl XD)
Let’s get to a couple of questions from the community! First one is about one of your other passions, as I said in my premise, and that’s cosplay. Someone (and I’m sure many of the members) wants to know about what got you into cosplaying?
I never ever payed attention to cosplay until I started playing Overwatch. I got so inspired by seeing all those cosplays and it changed my mind and opinion about cosplays. It was really fun and challenging and also frustrating doing my first build – the goggles of tracer. It took me three attempts for getting a good resolution. I actually wish I had more time and money to do cosplay but at the moment I won’t do a new cosplay. BUT I have the dream to cosplay Silphy and even build wings and also Tracer´s Mach T skin as it is my all time favorite skin in game.
The other question from the community is, what made you pursue music?
Like art, music is something I enjoy doing since my childhood. Music is something that will be forever part of my life and my absolute dream would be to become a singer. I also enjoy playing the bass guitar as it’s a very unique instrument, even tho I wanted to learn guitar back then, I’m glad I came across a bass guitar and still love it. Like art, you can express every feeling that exist. And it’s also expressing movie scenes or a game sequence even more dramatic. It’s inconceivably going into a movie without music or a party without music. I also wanna express myself with music, the same way I wanna express with my art. It’s fun being creative in many different ways. Also doing cosplays or writings.
We’ve talked about art, gaming, cosplay, music but who is Anna besides all this? Who is the person behind the account?
I´m a student at the University of Vienna, Austria with a part-time job as a waitress. My major is korean culture and language and I’m currently in master’s degree. I´m actually from a small town located at the south of Austria next to a lake. The creativity is a big part of me, I´m known for being creative all the time and having big dreams, as I would say that are my trademarks haha! My cat is the most important thing in my life. We have experienced a lot in our lives and still glad I can spend time with her. I literally tell her everyday how much I love her. As I have posted it a few times, my cat has problems with her kidney and hyperthyroidism. Last year in April she collapsed and we had to go to emergency, diagnosed with epilepsy and the above listed illness, gladly the epilepsy disappeared shortly after but this was the hardest time in my life I ever experienced. (I even have to cry now thinking back how poor she was) The doctor said that she will most likely not live long as she have kidney stones that will slowly block the urine way and the hyperthyroidism that makes several symptomes when we can´t balance it with pills. She get pills daily and that’s also a challenge every day as cats don’t voluntarily eat pills. It also was financially and emotionally a challenge that still affects me today. We still have to go frequently to check ups, every visit costs money. Although I´m very glad she is still here and we spend christmas and my birthday in january together, next goal is to spend her birthday in may together.
We’ve talked about your inspiration in music and art but what inspires you the most for your gaming screens?
I usually take my screenshots spontaneously haha. It’s fun recording stuff I’m currently doing, but also sometimes forget to take some screenshots when I concentrate too much on the game. The only thing I plan are challenges. I make preparations and take several screenshots on one day and posting them later day by day. The fun thing is that I´m not spontaneous in real life. With many hobbies and university and part-time job, it takes a lot of discipline to organize the day.
Talking about your account and the marvelous community we are part of, how did you end up joining this crazy place?
It started with doing some WOW art and posting them on instagram. I loved to follow the blogs were people posted about their daily life in Azeroth and also got in touch with some people. Many of you know @zevrad_stargazer, he was the one that convinced me and inspired me to make my own gaming account next to my art and private life account. Before I did it I already was posting some screenshots in my stories and I thought it may be annoying my friends who don’t play games at all. XD
Did being part of the community changed your approach to the video game world?
I would say yes. World of Warcraft is definitely a one of a kind game and also never played a game for so long. Before touching PC games I thought playing on a game 30-50h is long. XD Never was I so wrong. I play since almost 2 years constantly and on Silphy alone I have 1000h of gameplay. If it wasn’t for the community and my friends I surely wouldn’t play it anymore. I also have the unpopular opinion that BfA is great XD (most likely because I´m a zandalari fangirl). It’s actually the only expansion I actively played and I don´t know yet how appealing shadowlands for me will be, as I usually don’t like games with only dark atmosphere.
What does the community mean to you?
Inspiration. It’s amazing how everyone comes up with their OC or how they create their blog. I love to read about everyone´s OC and seeing what thoughts they put into them. Also daily life posts from Azeroth can be an inspiration or discovering something new I didn’t know yet about the game.
Do you have a message for the community?
Never let someone tell you your OC is shit or the way you play the game is wrong. Everyone enjoys another aspect of the game and it’s important to respect that. Never be afraid of posting your OC the way he/she is. As long as you like the OC that’s the most important thing. (Silphy is surely not perfect but that’s okay, maybe there are ppl who disagree with her story but I don´t mind, it’s just for the fun and enjoying the creativity)
As for everyone of my guests, I want to ask you, what would you say to someone who is a gamer but hasn’t joined the community, to make them become a part of the gaming family?
It’s totally okay to enjoy a game for themself and stepping into the community is everyone´s own choice. But it would be cool seeing new faces and everyone is happily welcome to join the community in whatever way. Also can understand if someone doesn’t want to be too much in the spotlight. Let the person know that it’s self-evident(?) that he/she can join whenever the person wants and gets a warm welcome.
And as always, as a last question, who are three accounts you would like to see as my guests?
It’s hard to choose only three, there are many awesome personalities out there ❤
As for now I will choose @shynisti_darksong, @perranosthewarrior and @14szafer
Thank you for accepting my invitation and for being such a lovely guest! It was a real pleasure talking to you and getting to know you more!
Awww thanks a lot to you too and putting so much effort in the interview and the community!
And thank you all who suggested Cupid_wow as my guest for this month and for reading this interview! And thank you for your support and interest! See you all next month! Have a wonderful rest of the month!