Gamer of the Week: Jared Villanueva

We skipped our Gamer of the Week feature last week (no, we didn’t receive any letters complaining… so we cried a little) due to the South African public holiday.  This week we return to normal with PC gamer Jared Villanueva.  He seemed a perfectly amiable chap until he called our zombie friends “retards”.  He is at the top of our list now when the apocalypse happens.

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

Hi, I’m Jared “ReckOr” Villanueva member of Veneration Gaming. I’m from Port Elizabeth and I am a currently a manufacturing manager and I also have a family that keep me busy! But still love to get my gaming in.

What’s you platform of choice?  Why?

Definitely P.C for me! I have an Xbox also for a bit of fun when mates come over, but for serious gaming I use PC. When it comes to FPS a PC offers so much more than a console. Also you can build and maintain the PC yourself…. Xbox breaks? You have to send it in. I also think that it offers you more freedom and choice. Don’t get me wrong, Fifa or Forza on Xbox is way better than PC.

Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?

Yes, Castlevania on Nintendo.

How long have you been gaming?

5 or 6 years old … and I’m 26 now so quite a while… However I bought and built my first PC when I was 13 years old.

When do you think you’ll stop gaming?

When I can’t see anymore… or I get tennis elbow in my hand 🙂 Otherwise when my wife threatens to divorce me, I might take a break for a month or two?

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

I play BF3 seriously… but I laugh a kak load while playing…. Always some dude doing something stupid and funny. If you not playing with at least a smile on your face then you playing the wrong game.

Singleplayer or multiplayer?

My time is spent playing Multiplayer… but every now and then a game will appear that needs to be played singleplayer.

Is playing online important to you?

Very important… Playing against another person is the only way to measure your skill. A.I just can’t do the random things us humans do… If they could I think we would have more robots cruising around?

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

I am a member of Veneration E-sports. Veneration is one of the largest MGO’s in the country and we play such a large amount of games and compete with the best in the country in many of them. Why Veneration? Well with such a variety of games to play and so many members around to give you tips it’s hard not to find a game that you can become great at. I recommend joining an MGO to anybody that is interested in playing online. If you are new to online or a seasoned veteran… An MGO can offer something you need. And it’s this kind of organisation that is helping to grow competitive gaming in this country. Clans are not very approachable, some work on an application form basis or even a invite system. I feel MGO’s that allow anybody within reason to join, serve the gaming community more and help develop it rather then turn it into an elite club.

Favourite game currently?

Battlefield 3, in my opinion no FPS comes close to it. A lot of fps games have a very linear online experience. Battlefield has something for everyone, 4 different classes offering different tools to use, add to that tanks, Jets, helicopters, buggies and boats, you have a real recipe for action. Oh, and they have the biggest maps EVER…

Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming?  What?

Well I work full time and have a wife and child so when I have free time I play online, but outside of that on the weekends its club soccer and tennis and watching sport…

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

A game: Well a game that you can play over and over… something like Starcraft 2.
A CD: Probably 50 cent, so that when I roll into the Jungle part of the island those indigenous people know they better not be getting up in my grill….. yoh…
A movie or TV series: Sons of Anarchy/Fight club
An organic life form: Yoda… so he can teach me the ways of the force while I waste my f-ing time on this island….
Something edible or drinkable: Chewing gum… Those indigenous guys should have wives right…minty fresh is the way to go..?

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

I bought a Wii….

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

Dragon Ball z meets Diablo meets GTA… returning an open world larger than life fantasy rpg?

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?

AEK assault rifle with an under-mounted M320 (grenade launcher)

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?

It would be to fun shooting Zombies all day… would stick it out till the end, then a shot to my head while standing on the edge of  a cliff… they will never get me… And a few of the retards will probably follow me over….splat…oh shame…

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

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.