Gamer of the Week: Spiros ZA

I’ve said this before (last week in fact) – gamers are a weird bunch.  Take the “gentleman” pictured above.  What is he trying to be and what is he trying to do (with what looks like underwear on his head)?  We’d suggest your answers on a postcard be sent to “Hell Knows, Crazy Town” because we certainly haven’t got a clue.  The sad thing is we actually know this particular gamer personally and we didn’t see this crazy coming…

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

Hi, my name is Chris, Chris Hartley but most guys know me as Spiros ZA aka Wildeklong 😉

What’s you platform of choice?  Why?

360, 360 and 360. I was originally looking for a Wii ( don’t judge me, it was the cool thing to have back then… ) when I lived in the UK for a few years and after 3 months of trying to find one I gave up. Some teenager at a game shop asked me if I am interested in the Xbox and I was not really fazed. To me the Xbox was that clunky big black console until he corrected me and showed me the new Xbox 360…It was love at first sight. £230 later and I walked out with my new console and Limited Edition Gears of War (another love story all together when I played that.) I’ve been loyal to the brand ever since plus having all you OAP mates play with on LIVE is a HUUUUUGE Bonus! 😀

Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?

Hmmm, I fondly remember playing on the Atari on my friend’s waaaay back in the late ’80. It was around 1988-89 when I had my first console experience.

How long have you been gaming?

Let’s see now, 2012 this year and I only got my own first console in 1991 soooo that would be 22 years!

When do you think you’ll stop gaming?

When cows jump over the moon and pigs fly….

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

Can I be a serious laughing gamer?! I always enjoy games and never take them overly serious. However, no one can say that they do not have a competitive streak in them and that it’s nice to win every now and again. In fact, you can call me a gracious loser! The most important thing for me is that I enjoy it, no matter what. I can honestly say the SA guys on LIVE that I know are all “lekker” people and always up for a good laugh.

Singleplayer or multiplayer? 

Hmmm, multiplayer.

Is playing online important to you?

Oh yes! If it was not for MP I would never have met the fine upstanding young gentlemen of OAP!

Favourite game currently? 

Battlefield 3

Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming?  What?

Jip. In summer time I’m an avid rock and surf fisherman. Photography is one of my passions, especially Macro photography (those pics where a bugs face takes up a whole page in a magazine). Reading is also right up there. I’m not that into novels and prefer cold hard facts.

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

A game: Naked Twister, oh, wait, I’m by myself on this island am I not?! BF3 then.
A CD: Anything that is a compilation of 60’s and 70’s music.
A movie or TV series: Game of Thrones, Chuck and lately Homeland
An organic life form: Mah wife! 😀
Something edible or drinkable: Braaivleis

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

Really, again? *sigh* I thought I could get passed this but it keeps on coming back to haunt me! The game was called Rogue Warrior…need I say anymore…

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

A unique balance between hand to hand combat and use of weapons (ie guns) with nice tight controls in 3rd person view for game play and a good mix between horror and suspense with a hint of sci-fi as genre. Can be futuristic, current day or from the past.

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?

Good old trusty Lancer from Gears of War. You cannot go wrong with a chainsaw mounted to a big gun 😀

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?

Stay with the humans! Never give up, never surrender!

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

The game called “Work, Work” LOL, I got my new Star Wars LE console delivered today and very excited to finally try the Kinect in the comfort of my own home!

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.