Profiled: Tiaan & ZA Gaming Alliance

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Today we catch up with a man (well, we know he isn’t a zombie) who is passionate about gaming and showed that by starting up the Facebook Group ZA Gaming Alliance, which is focused on “anything and everything ZA gaming related”.

Let’s start with you, the man…

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

Hi everyone my name is Tiaan (‘hi Tiaan’) and I’m a gamerholic. Yes, I admit I can’t go a day without my daily dose of addiction needs.

What’s you platform of choice?

Xbox 360, but since they have disappointed with the Xbox one I will be converting to PlayStation.

Why?

I love games so I will be supporting the console that loves and supports Gamers.

Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?

Yes, like it was yesterday. I was but a little “bliksem” back then. My dad comes home with this giant piece of machinery and plugged it into the wall. I still remember watching his every move when he connected it all up……I was 6 years old back then. And then obviously when I could have the turn to try out this amazingly put together machinery (PC) I played Sonic the Hedgehog. Yes my first game was a Legend indeed.

How long have you been gaming?

24 – 6 = 18 years (come to think of it, that’s bloody long) I wonder how many total hours of game play mileage I have??

When do you think you’ll stop gaming?

Ha-ha stop, that’s funny…….this question isn’t serious right??……….Right? [Does this serious face look serious to you? Alright, but it’s scary at least right? – Undead Ed]

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

I guess it depends on my mood, game and who I’m playing with, but I prefer to mess around. Nothing like doing the old T-bagging, after sneaking up on an Anti-Air with a chopper.

Singleplayer or multiplayer?

Multiplayer.

Is playing online important to you?

It is, especially if you can’t always drive to your mates place to game a little. And you get to meet so many people from around the world that you realize the world isn’t as small as you once thought.

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

I was. My clan use to be tight like tiger. Until Next gen (current gen) came along. GTWD we were (Gamers Till We Die)……. – gets lost in memory lane – good old days.

Favourite game currently?

Battlefield 4. Yes I said it. Battlefield 3 was good but 4 is better. Denial is not only a river in Egypt.

Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming? What?

Driving. I love driving, especially Cape Town roads. It’s like a bloody race track. How do they expect us not to race then?

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

A game: Skyrim.
A CD: Rise Against.
A movie or TV series: The Man with the Iron Fists (gotta love fighting movies like that).
An organic life form: A Dog.
Something edible or drinkable: BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Ninety Nine Knights (please people listen to me, don’t fall for it…..it’s a trap).

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

You guys remember Need for Speed Underground???? I’d do something like that.

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 grab John Wick.

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?

Well the humans will turn on each other sooner or later so I’ll go on my own. And hope for the best.

Let’s discuss your Facebook Group, ZA Gaming Alliance.

When did you start the group… and why?

About 2 years back I think…..that’s a question I keep asking myself. Why? Well all the other groups had no “swag” to them. They were very one-sided.

The group appears to at least have a level of activity (especially compared to similar Facebook Groups), what do you attribute this to?

Here is where I can stand on my high horse and look good….Scratch the horse I want a dragon. ZA Gaming Alliance is for everyone. And I’ve been trying hard to let the people feel like they are a part of the group. Where they can talk gaming and just go mad. What is the point of the Group if you keep shoving rules down their mouth (gutter gamer *cough cough*).

What do you hope to achieve going forward with ZA Gaming Alliance?

I want ZA Gaming Alliance to be the PITSTOP of South African Gaming. Where everything South African Gaming related can be found. Where players can meet, exchange, debate, plan events, and just do gaming. I don’t expect to make money. I don’t care about that. All I care about is getting the ZA gaming community to grow into something successful and positive.

And this message goes out to all the members of ZA GAMING ALLIANCE.

You guys rock!!!! ZA Gaming Alliance would not have been a success without you crazy lot. I appreciate each and every one of you guys and the efforts in helping with the ZA community grow into what it is today. NOW let’s continue to grow into an even more successful GROUP!!!
-Raises sword up in air-
WHO’S WITH ME?!?!?!?!

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

Shadow of Mordor.

We welcome all gamers, clans and industry sorts 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 info@zombiegamer.co.za and we’ll think about – after you’ve sent us a sample of your braaaaaaiiiiinnnnsss.

About Zombie Dredd

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