Gamer of the Week: D4RKL1NG

551384_10151434153967825_861994233_nYou may well know this one from one of the community forums he frequents and – some others say – harasses. His name is D4RKL1NG but he is just misunderstood. Much like a zombie is a misunderstood creature…

Go ahead.  Introduce yourself.  Don’t be shy.

Hi I’m Martin Du Preez or as I’m known online as D4RKL1NG.

What’s you platform of choice?  Why?

My main console is my PS3 – just in love with the 1st party exclusive franchises! But I prefer my online/coop games on my Xbox. Then the Vita is my weapon for handheld gaming and my WiiU for Nintendo exclusives.

Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?

Well, we had a family business when I was around 7 or 8 years old and I went there after school. I then usually swiped a few 50 cents from the till while no one was looking to go play Mortal Kombat 2, Street Fighter 2 and Sunset Riders at the corner cafe. Let’s just say Homework was never a priority.

How long have you been gaming?

I would say around 14 years. It only became my main hobby at around the time the Xbox 360 launched in South Africa.

When do you think you’ll stop gaming?

The day doctors declare me dead. (But apparently Zombies game as well so that’s a win!)

Are you a serious gamer?  Or do you enjoy a laugh?

Not serious at all. “Real life” is serious enough.

Singleplayer or multiplayer?  

Prefer single player, story driven games. But still love Battlefield as my online fix and having fun with bros.

Is playing online important to you?

Not really but it’s fun to play with your buds once in a while. Met some pretty cool people online over the years.

Are you a member of a clan?  Who are they and why?

Nope, I was part of a competitive Battlefield 3 clan but stuff got too serious so I left. Gaming should be fun and not feel like a chore.

 Favourite game currently?

The Last Of Us

Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming?  What?

Nope, gaming is expensive and time consuming enough for me at the moment.

You’re stranded on a desert island and a genie grants you five items.  Name them:

A game: Skyrim PC with ALL the modding tools available.

A CD: Queen Best of or The Beatles discography.

A movie or TV series: Family Guy.

An organic life form: A Pug.

Something edible or drinkable: Coffee!

What’s the most embarrassing or worst game you’ve ever bought or received as a gift?

Resident evil: Operation Racoon city. I actually felt my braincells committing Hari Kiri when I played that. Was SO bad.

If you were a game designer, describe your ultimate game design.

Open world Viking game with Naval battles like Assassins Creed III. Hack and slash with the precision shield and sword combat you find in Dark Souls.

542063_10151105670092825_1184690597_nThe zombie apocalypse has happened.  You’re facing down a ravenous zombie horde (which may or may not include members of ZG in bikinis).  What weapon do you grab?

I would fight them with my fists and scissor kicks. I don’t need a weapon because my body is a lethal weapon.

In the aforementioned zombie apocalypse you humans are all toast.  Become a turncoat and assist the superior zombies or stay with the soon to be wiped out human resistance?

Well someone has to save the girl. So sorry guys, I will have to stay with the human race. Unless being a zombie has its perks? [Being awesome. – Undead Ed]

Thanks for taking the time to answer our silly questions.  What game are you off to play now that you’re done?

Going to pump up some AC/DC, ready my shotgun and play some team deathmatch in Battlefield 3!

We welcome all gamers, regardless of age, sex, creed, platform or whether you’re human or zombie.  There’s no discrimination around here, so feel free to contact us if you are keen to feature in this column in the future at and we’ll think about – after you’ve sent us a sample of your braaaaaaiiiiinnnnsss.

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.