Profiled: James Karanu

For this week’s Profiled, we decided to spread our (decaying) wings and look beyond the borders of South Africa. For some time, we’ve been aware of efforts around the continent by others in Ghana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and more, so when Kenyan James Karanu contacted us asking to feature, we were only happy to oblige.

One of the (OK, we’re going to say it) brains behind Gaming For Kenya, he is a gamer after our own hearts (literally it would seem). Jame is keen to nurture a competitive gaming scene in Kenya, and we applaud him and his companions for doing just that.

We got him to answer some questions, and we’d appreciate it that you took the time to read his answers. It’s just one way you can support the continent’s growing industry. The other is to get involved. Just like James did.

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

Hehehe my name is James Karanu. Guys call me Jay-Mo. But my gamertag is jAMeEFX (its Jamie Fox without the O pronounced Effects). I am the Marketing Director of Gaming For Kenya (also known as G4K). Our organization is responsible for organizing events covering East and Central Africa as a region.

What’s you platform of choice?  Why?

I love PC. I was initially a PlayStation fan then I went Xbox then I found PC. I still love them all but PC is bae because the variety of cheap games and the customization capabilities it has are mind-blowing.

Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?

It was 1999. I was 11 years old. I can’t remember the exact date but I remember the exact game I played; Super Mario. My dad bought me this bootleg Chinese SNES console called the Terminator or Ending Man. I was mesmerized.

How long have you been gaming?

From 1999 until today, that’s 18 years going strong. *Flexing my muscles*

When do you think you’ll stop gaming?

Never. Nada. Nope. And if I try somebody slap me and charge me with insubordination. *laughing*

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

I can say I am kinda both. I play competitively. But I also I love comedy way too much. I laugh too much. *smiley face*

Singleplayer or multiplayer?

Multiplayer. I love playing with friends and meeting new people online with similar interests. It’s just awesome.

Is playing online important to you?

Absolutely. I wasn’t as enthusiastic back then about playing online as I am now. When a good friend of mine (Prince, you know yourself) exposed me for the first time, to a torturous 3 days of playing Call Of Duty online, that’s when I embraced it wholeheartedly.

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

Yes I am in one called the Simba Imperial. We play all competitive First Person Shooter games from CSGO to Call Of Duty.

Favourite game currently?

Battlefield 4. The variety of weapons, vehicles, planes and environmental options that game has are crazy. And the fact that most of my friends are on it just makes the game too much fun.

Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming?  What?

Vlogging. I love making vlogs because I am also a YouTube personality. I like interacting with people online.

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

A game: Grand Theft Auto V
A CD: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly
A movie or TV series: Game Of Thrones
An organic life form: A Dog
Something edible or drinkable: Red Bull

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

Flesh Eaters. I just looked at it once on my Steam library and in another video I watched. I was like, “Hell Naw”. *laughs*

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

Hmmm. Tough one. I would make a team-based multiplayer online fighting game. No guns but you can use weapons to clobber your opponents. It’s kinda like Overwatch but no guns but other weapons with physical UFC-type fights.

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?

I would grab the ray gun from Call Of Duty Zombies. And that guy in the movies who always plays classical music when a scene is playing in slow motion hehehe.

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 will stay with humans. They are the only family I know. If I go with the Zombies, sooner or later, they will get hungry and they will eat me.

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

Tekken 7. Simply because there is a gaming tournament at our local movie expo called MJX and they wanna see our fighting game skill. *winks*

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Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O’Shea when in his human disguise.