Today’s South African gamer is Nicholas Brigando and he is making a name for himself as a graphic designer. He recently announced a new website and a member of the Team Dignitas graphic design team. And he is yet to hit his 18th birthday. We find out more about the man called ‘Nth’.
Go ahead. Introduce yourself. Don’t be shy.
I’m Nicholas “Nth” Brigando, current graphic designer for Team Dignitas and Mettlestate, and ex-competitive Halo player, here in SA.
What’s your platform of choice? Why?
PC. I only converted last year, and I’m loving the improved graphics, easier gaming and most importantly, the ability to do everything from one device.
Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?
When I was 7, I went to a friend’s house, and he had 4 Xboxes set up – we used system link and played Halo 3 for an entire weekend. That was my first introduction to actual gaming.
How long have you been gaming?
I have enjoyed games since I was really young. I used to play Tekken 4 at Spur, and that was about 14 years ago.
When do you think you’ll stop gaming?
I don’t think I will stop until I’m unable to physically press buttons or move a mouse.
Are you a serious gamer? Or do you enjoy a laugh?
There are times for both. Playing in competitive matches and trying to speedrun games need to be really serious, but besides that, I tend to laugh a ton. Some games are best when played as a joke with friends!
Singleplayer or multiplayer?
Once again, I really love both. I’m an extremely competitive person, so multiplayer tends to take up my time, but I love a good RPG to marathon on for a week or two.
Is playing online important to you?
Very much so. Without an internet connection, playing isn’t the same, and even when playing singleplayer games, I end up chatting to my friends on TeamSpeak.
Are you a member of a clan? Who are they and why?
I don’t belong to a clan for gaming necessarily. I design for Mettlestate and Team Dignitas, and I often get a game in with a few of the members, who all have the same sense of humour, resulting in a lot of laughs. My main gaming friends are actually my IRL friends, so we’ve got a really great friendship going.
Favourite game currently?
Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming? What?
Graphic design and hockey mainly.
How long have you been doing graphic design?
I’ve been designing since August of last year  as a small hobby, and that started picking up in January when I got picked up by Dig.
How did Team Dignitas find you?
Dignitas found me because I linked my portfolio, almost as a joke, when they announced on Twitter that they were looking for designers. Hundreds submitted, and somehow I was chosen!
Any tips for budding graphic designers out there?
Don’t be afraid to do free work if it means expanding your skill set. I still learn something new almost every time I open Photoshop! Other than that, make sure you’re having fun, it’s not worth it if you find it tedious.
You’re stranded on a desert island and a genie grants you five items. Name them:
A game: Witcher 3 – so much to do. 😮
A CD: Owl City – Ocean Eyes
A movie or TV series: Avatar – The Last Airbender
An organic life form: My Labrador, obviously
Something edible or drinkable: Some type of pizza, I’m not fussy. 😛
What’s the most embarrassing or worst game you’ve ever bought or received as a gift?
Material Girl (don’t ask).
If you were a game designer, describe your ultimate game design.
An RPG that is essentially like every other medieval RPG, but when you start a new game, its set 100 years after your first game – the people have changed, some areas are different, quests are different, and you can see the results of your previous playthrough in the lore.
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’ve pretty much got to go with the classic baseball bat, coupled with some parkour skills. 😛
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’m with the human resistance on this one, zombies can’t make nice pizza (to my knowledge, at least). [Well, we’ve been known to pull off a decent pizza or two with what we have at hand. Hands. Brains. Pineapples. We like them at least. – Undead Ed]
Thanks for taking the time to answer our silly questions. What game are you off to play now that you’re done?
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