Sunday, 26 February 2012

How it all started part 2

October 2011
'Boom Boom Baby!'

Demoman interview with Kaoslord, Goldfox, Alien and Xolox. I had lotsa fun with this, will always remember Xolox and his pole dancing. Demoman is in my opinion the most difficult and versatile class in TF2.

/Query Comedian and Salamancer

My first interview with international TF2 celebrities, Lazar 'Comedian' Jovic and Eric 'Salamancer' Smalley. Both of them are Shoutcasters for TF2. It was an honour to meet people with such passion and dedication for gaming. 16bittf ended of African Fortress' 2011 competitive season by having these 2 shoutcast the final match of the year. That match also saw the unbeatable Master team being dethroned by vinTage, and for the 2nd time, I played in a team that made it to no 1. It was an unforgettable moment. 

November 2011
“Un-freakin’-touchable! Dat’s what I’m talkin about!”

Scout interview with WarHammY, RazerFox, Deacon and Xt3rminator. This concluded my TF2 class interviews. All 4 of these okes are amazing individuals. WarHammY is one of the best, if not the best player I've ever met. He just tanks any game he plays. RazerFox is the cornerstone TF2CSA and such an entertaining man. Deacs and X are my teamies from vinTage. X was also the longest standing TF2 SA clan captain, we both started playing TF2 when it launched.

After the TF2 class series, I needed a new challenge, something not TF2 related, this is what I came up with.

The Many-Faceted Mind of Leigh Alexander

Researching Leigh had a profound effect on my 'gaming tastebuds'. It expanded and challenged my views about social media and games. Here is an extract from the interview that sums up my view about this extraordinary woman. 
'For enriching countless gamers lives, I thank you, for the woman you are I admire you and for the intelligence you bring to gaming journalism I respect you.'

December 2011
Violence and Video Games

My first attempt at an opinion piece. I have to admit, I did almost no research, it's just off the bat, and therefor has a lot of logic loopholes in. At least I had some fun, and I got to share the best gaming quote of all times. 
If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.” Marcus Alexander Brigstocke

16Bit X-Mas Invitational

With this article, I covered the finals of the 16bittf X-Mas Cup. Giving a good write up of a match is not an easy task. You have to know the players and understand the game. It's also a great way to honor the players that made it to the finals of a tournament.

To the Moon

My first try at writing an opinion piece about a game. I loved and hated the experience. It's much easier to do interviews or write about tournament finals than it is to write about your personal experience with a game. In order to appreciate this game, the player needs to connect to it on an emotional level. This sets To the Moon apart as a unique game. Yolanda Green who did the editing on this, took one look at my first attempt and told me to "Go back you can do better." Only by digging inside of my myself were I able to express the raw, bare feelings that this game demands of its players.  It was worth the effort to wite about a million times over.

Except for a few more TF2 articles covering matches, this is all the writing I did in 2011. It started off as interviews for TF2CSA, but it ended in so much more. I'm not interested in writing tons of articles, each piece is a journey for me. I attempt to capture the essence of whatever and whomever it is I'm writing about. I think that I'm very selfish as I only write about that which draws me. If it will be read by millions or by one, it's all the same to me ;)

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