1393578_10152070825287150_150531754911_nAfter a run of ladies the past few weeks, we get all manly again for the Gamer of the Week with Toxic Kitty. Erm…

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

Friends and the people who love me know me as OM3G4_247, SUPR3M3 OM3G4 or just OM3G4. While if you hate me, you more likely know me as Kira or Toxic Kitty
Yea I get around.  Everything else is classified…
Just call me Chris.

What’s you platform of choice?  Why?

A trick question? I ALWAYS get trolled for this. Right now, it’s the XBOX 360. Only because my PS3 has a bad case of the “yellow light of death”… otherwise I’d honestly much rather be using my PS3 right now.

Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?

Vaguely. Though I wasn’t in “direct control”. I was just sitting on my dad’s knee and telling him what to do.(Yea gaming hipster rocking voice commands way before it was cool!) It was this old DOS game where you played as a dino and had to collect DNA. In my defense I could barely walk… never mind operate a keyboard!

How long have you been gaming?

I honestly can’t put a number to it. If I had to though… I guess I would go with 21 years or more?

When do you think you’ll stop gaming?

When consoles become too unreliable and nothing fun or original gets released into the market anymore. That might sound like the obvious answer… but next gen is looking more and more tempting. Honestly I almost cancelled my PS4 pre-order when I heard about the “red line of death”… (never mind not being able to play MP3s) I know these things have their limits, but I want something that would at least match the durability of the old PS2 I had and I really don’t think it’s too much to ask?! It’s honestly not that I want to skip out on the next gen. I just simply had 7 launch model 360’s bug out on me in a period of 6 months, so I’m just not in the mood to go through “THAT” again. So I’ll wait a few months and decided when to jump in… or if to jump in.
Possibly just join the PC horde if all else fails.

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

Serious? Well I never skip out on getting collectors editions on the franchises I really love! (if that’s what you mean) I even imported a life size replica Lancer (from gears of war for those who might not know)  I also took part in the Halo 4 tournament… and I’ve been part of my fair share of clans and took part in the GT5 Special event to try win a shot at owning a SLS AMG!  So I have my competitive streak… but my internet usually lets me down. So as of late, I really just play it for shits and giggles. Used to compete for some local weekly Rocksmith high scores on a local forum, until I took a “ban hammer” to the knee… I mean account. lulz! That was actually for a laugh though and I made a point of saying sorry to everybody I might have wronged. So I’m really not that much of a serious guy… Still I can’t stand it if somebody sets out to grief a person in an online game… especial at the cost of character stats or to the vantage of the person doing the grieving!

Singleplayer or multiplayer?

Singleplayer… as I mentioned, not really always by choice. My internet does sometimes pick up speed after 1am. So when I really want to get my game on I wait till then or during the December holiday. (I usually house sit then and have a massive 10 meg line all to myself!) So me and my mates get our game on then! (Yea looking at you guys! Kubrekian, Trebzz03, AchtungBaby and GuitarDemon!)
Otherwise you’ll find me playing Halo Wars on “free live weekends”… and that’s about it , since that’s what works best on a connection like this. The fact that I actually like game doesn’t hurt either. Lulz.

Is playing online important to you?

Not anymore. I had my share of LANs and everything. If I had a better connection, then I’d probably look at it differently. When we still had a wired connection and things were just starting out for the PS2’s online gaming… I was obsessed and it was everything to me. (Must also be the sole reason I’m looking forward to the December Holiday this much.)
Currently however, online play a must?… No.

559812_10151974688632150_1388360791_nAre you a member of a clan?  Who are they and why?

Used to be (technically still am)… used to be part of a Warhawk clan and a Killzone 2 clan. But it’s been so long, I can’t even remember their names and the clan leaders haven’t been online in ages. I’m considering signing up for “Sunn”. Again not something very practical for me at the moment. I suppose the closest I’ve gotten to a “solid” clan would be when I helped host games for Gamerlobby or perhaps the paintball club I’m part of at the moment. Other than that… I got nothing.
That being said, the “why”… I just don’t see the point of a clan. The Sunn clan I find handy, because it’s hard enough as is to find an Armored Core match as is, so to join a clan that specializes in it is almost a no brainer to me in many respects. I used to very into “pro-gaming” back when “clans” were just starting to loom over the horizon of the South African gaming scene. In fact I was practicing REALLY hard to try join a Counter Strike clan or an Unreal Tournament Clan (I still have an Unreal Tournament and Counter Strike Fetish till this day!) Now when I look back, most of those people aren’t even gaming anymore! The truth is, it sometimes has a nasty habit of killing the hobby and making people turn their back on gaming all together. I was nearly there myself. So I would really just rather play the “lone wolf” for now…

Favourite game currently?

Ouch, harsh… No that’s really har …
I’ll go with “Armored Core” and just point at the whole franchise in general… because yea if they release a new game I’ll buy it… no matter what the reviews say. From Software all the way! (yea, I support their other franchises too).

Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming?  What?

On the extreme side of my inner geek. I like to build “gunpla”. Tweak around with Android Dev kits and 3D animation software.  Then I also like to play guitar and Ice Skate (used to play ice hockey a lot and took part in the U/18 nationals!) and then I also play paintball at least around once a month while trying to build up a local chapter for the international club called SAS! (Making Necro proud!)
Other hobbies are either not important enough to mention or in the best interest of me and my current employer not to be mentioned… unfortunately.

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

A game: Pokemon Y! (Let’s face it… this game would last AGES!)
A CD: Make it a MP3 disk with some of my favourite tunes (feels like cheating)… otherwise I’d settle for Halestorm.
A movie or TV series:  Gundam (and then pray I get all the series and not just the 1st :P)
An organic life form: A wolf (we could be best mates or keeps life “interesting”)
Something edible or drinkable: Screw it! I want Pizza! It’s a desert Island… who cares if you get fat?… (The above mentioned wolf might be glad to hear this though).

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

Bad game?  I could name a few… okay a lot…
I’ll go with HALO 4 though, because I LOATH the way they butchered the series! I was a huge fan! I mean MASSIVE FANBOY, I nearly went and bought a new console (even though I got a brand new one almost a week or two before) JUST for the exclusive DLC! Then they went and let me down like that? It was such a blatant cash in on the franchise name… I feel embarrassed just thinking about how exited I got over it.

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

Me?  A game designer? Imagine that… I was actually working on a game for the android mobile where you need to pop zits and when you do, mini Justin Biebers ooze out and you need to squish them before they turn into more zits… and the longer you wait the bigger the zits get and more Justin Biebers you have to squish! The worst part is they sing while they run around… going “baby, baby, baby, OH!”…
BUT THAT wouldn’t be my ultimate game design though! Lulz.
I would probably indulge a bit more in what was done with Steel Battalion on the original XBOX.  I really love the whole concept of a “mech sim”. I really think if you could combine THAT with something like Armored Core: for answer and Gundam 00… then I would likely never see daylight again! I just drool and slip into a small coma every time I see that massive controller. 🙁

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?

Katana… in fact, two of them… and a single hand grenade! So I can dual wield but also pass one on should I encounter a potential love interest in our zombie infested city. But more importantly I could try cut above mentioned Bikini straps. Just to see what kind of effect it might have. Maybe the zombies all laugh themselves to death? Easiest Apocalypse ever! :p (I’ll have to find special eye ware too so I don’t go blind) anyway, I mean the stuff never runs out of ammo? Still always wanted to jump kick a zombie… so I might try that too. The hand grenade… well… you’ll find out soon…

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 never give up! I’ll fight with my back to the wall till the very end! *insert dramatic music here*
I might try exploring the new world and see what’s out there. (I might just have the place to myself after all? Either way, only one way to find out) I’m good at gardening too (accord to plants vs. zombies anyway… so that might come in handy!) and I have no problem going vegan (not eating the “zombie killing kind of plant though”… now those are handy!).
No for real, I would totally try gardening and grow some fruit and veg. So I might try hold on, especially if I have a family or people I need to take care of.
…but if I get cornered with no other option, I’m just gonna fight till the end.
That’s where the grenade comes in, when that 1st bite hits me and my knees start to buckle… I want to make sure I at least go out with a bang! 😛 
[But what if we bite the hand holding the grenade off? – Undead Ed]

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

Possibly Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, then Dark Souls… and then finally Plants vs. Zombies 2 😛
You’re welcome … see you all around!
Thanks for the interview it was great 😉 Stay awesome!

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