Yes. After a break initially brought on by the holiday season, then by a bout of laziness, followed by most human’s irrational fear of a coherent zombie, the Gamer of the Week is back. We’d say “with a bang”, but way too many will read euphemism into it. So suffice to say it’s back, and we hope you will be a part of it for the rest of 2014.
Go ahead. Introduce yourself. Don’t be shy.
Hi, I’m Richard, known online as FiveStarZA. I also go by Five, Vyf, Vyfster, Rich, more recently, Original Richard and of course, Beautiful.
What’s you platform of choice? Why?
I recently made the switch back to PC. I learned to game on PC and it was my primary platform of choice for many years. I loved the heyday of Xbox 360 though and made a ton of friends, had too many laughs and not enough “Drunk Battlefield” nights. I like the options PC gaming gives you, both hardware and software-wise.
Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?
I have very early memories of my dad bringing home a floppy disc with Montezuma’s Revenge on it. Arrow keys and space bar to jump. That was back in the days of Dos.
How long have you been gaming?
Since I was 5 or 6, so if I carrryyyy the 1… roughly 27 years now. Time flies when you’re getting older and more cynical.
When do you think you’ll stop gaming?
It’ll most likely be a Thursday.
Are you a serious gamer? Or do you enjoy a laugh?
I find a nice mix of the 2 is my happy place. I play some competitive Battlefield but most of the time I’m living vicariously as a pirate, a race car driver or Trevor.
Singleplayer or multiplayer?
Both. Without a doubt. Online racing was what got me hooked on multiplayer. From there on to shooters (CoD and Battlefield). But I love the escapism of some good ol’ single player too.
Is playing online important to you?
Yes. I’ve made some really good friends through online gaming. It’s awesome to join a lobby and a party, drink a beer and talk kak while blowing shit up.
Are you a member of a clan? Who are they and why?
I’m currently a member of two clans. What started as an Xbox clan, and a bunch you may well have heard of, OAP. They adopted me and I’m told there’s no leaving. But it’s fun in the asylum, so no plans of leaving. Ever.
With making the move back to PC I’ve been lucky enough to join an amazing clan, The Elite [TE]. We’re currently warming up for the DGL Battlefield 4 8v8.
Favourite game currently?
I’ve been splitting my time between Battlefield 4, Assassins Creed 4, Saints Row 4 and DiRT 2 and 3. Battlefield has had a bit of a rocky start, but when it works, it’s amazing. So I’d say that’s currently my favourite. Special mention to Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. What a refreshing game.
Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming? What?
Beer. I’ve recently started teaching myself a little video editing and really enjoying that.
You’re stranded on a desert island and a genie grants you five items. Name them:
A game: Battlefield 4 (and a fancy high-speed fibre connection plox).
A CD: People use CD’s? That’s pretty retro, Bro. James Zabiela – FOUR-3 (a 4 disc set he mixed as a promo, what all house music should be like).
A movie or TV series: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
An organic life form: My lady.
Something edible or drinkable: Steak.
What’s the most embarrassing or worst game you’ve ever bought or received as a gift?
Homefront. If only all the money they spent on marketing and over-hyping that game was donated to the poor… Everyone would have been a winner.
If you were a game designer, describe your ultimate game design.
I’m glad I’m not a game designer, but it would most likely be a mashup of GTA, FarCry and Saints Row. A big, open-world, multiplayer FPS.
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?
A bikini. It’s all about camouflage.
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, I already have the bikini, so I guess I’m craving brains.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our silly questions. What game are you off to play now that you’re done?
Sleeping Simulator 2014. So that I can play some Battlefield in the morning.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll think about – after you’ve sent us a sample of your braaaaaaiiiiinnnnsss.