Gamer of the Week: DaMaus ZA

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We also ask you to send us a pictures of yourself or something that represents you.  Most send in a photo of themselves allowing the world to match an actual face with a name and thereby simplify the potential for stalking.  Every now and then someone bucks the trend and sends us a picture that leaves us scratching our heads and coming to the obvious conclusion that you might well be nuts.  We like nuts.

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

Hi, I am Andre Feldmann, my gamer tag is DaMaus ZA.  I am a forty year old gamer and I love it!  I record sound for a living and I love my job!

What’s you platform of choice?  Why?

When it comes to gaming, my platform of choice is XBOX, simply because I can drop the game into the drive and play immediately.  There is no need for upgrades to hardware, a great community of like minded individuals to join in games and of course there are great titles available and being released on a regular basis!  I do enjoy PC games too, but I tend to stick to the oldies mainly because that’s all my PC can handle! Games like Command and Conquer, Star Craft and Total Annihilation.

Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?

The first time I ever gamed…was…er…so long ago I can’t really remember the year!  I think I was about 10 or 11…I used to get my pocket money and run 5 blocks up to the corner cafe and play Space Invaders or Pacman on the 20 cent arcade machines!

How long have you been gaming?

I have been gaming ever since…a good 30 years I’d say and I doubt I will ever stop, it’s part of me and I thoroughly enjoy it!

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

I’m not a serious gamer…I game for fun, not for the win!  It’s about the escapism and the fun of gaming for me!

Singleplayer or multiplayer?

I was into single player games in a big way, but once I figured out how to get a network card working in my old 386 PC, it became multiplayer and has remained my top criteria for a game ever since!  I can still do single player games although I admit the social aspect of online gaming is way more attractive and fun!

Favourite game currently?

Currently my favourite game has got to be Forza 4, I really appreciate the high speed racing it offers and with up to 16 opponents in a race, all of them human, it’s a blast!

Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming?  What?

I have several hobbies, not just gaming, for instance I play guitar and bass guitar, fiddle with animation and am an amateur photographer to boot!  I also play other games, such as Twilight Imperium and Warhammer 40k about once or twice a month, time permitting.

You’re stranded on a desert island and a genie grants you five (a game, a CD, a movie or TV series, and organic life form and something edible or drinkable) items.  Name them:

If a genie offered me five items whilst I was stranded on a dessert island, I would have Forza 4 for a game, either Pink Floyd’s Animals album or ACDC’s Back In Black album for music, the entire Top Gear TV series to watch, my dog Ziggy for company and an endless supply of single malt whiskey!

What’s the worst game you’ve ever played?

The worst game I ever played…hmmm…I think I tried something once, but it was so bad it has been erased from my memory due to its traumatic effects!

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

If I could design a game it would involve space flight and exploration, with the ability to land and walk about upon planets, moons and asteroids and interact with the local population in any way I saw fit and all I’d have to do is survive.  Think GTA but in space!

The 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?

Should the zombies arrive and the apocalypse is happening, I’d grab some spatulas, sharpen their edges to razor sharpness and learn damn quickly how to spin like a barbarian in Diablo 3!

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?

I’d try to survive as long as possible by heading for the bush and trying to live off the land there!

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

Now that I have answered your questions, fuck off, I have some racing and maybe some Day Z to play!
[We love you too. – Undead Ed]

Nuff sed!

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