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How did you get started and why?
I’ve always had a passion for tech and gaming, but it was only when I started posting photos on Instagram did I realise there was a community of like minded people. Over a couple of years that naturally led to me creating short form content on there followed by long form on YouTube. Originally I had no plan or goal to grow my channel, it was just a place to showcase my interest in products I bought.
What’s your first gaming experience and how did it shape the way you approach gaming now?
As far back as I can remember I’ve always been a gamer. My parents bought me a NES with Super Mario Bros (which I hope they still have in the loft) when I was 4/5 years old. Since then I’ve always gamed, including on the Sega Mega Drive, N64, PS1, PS2 and so on. Gaming is a huge part of my life but it’s always been about having fun (and sometimes reliving that nostalgic feel I had as a kid).
What’s your favourite story driven video game?
Favourite of all time? I’m going to go with The Last of Us. I mean there are too many great games to choose from, including God of War and the Mafia collection. But TLOU is probably my favourite overall.
Which is your all-time favourite game score and why?
This is a tough choice. I have two games that I always come back to for different reasons, the first is Super Mario Bros, and that’s for the nostalgic soundtrack that we all know and love. But the second isn’t just one track or score, it’s the entire soundtrack from LA Noire. That entire game is a masterpiece because of its soundtrack.
What video game have you logged more hours (maybe too many) than any other and why?
Call of Duty and Warzone are without doubt the highest played games on my list. That’s not because it’s better than the rest, it’s because it’s the place that my mates and I hang out a few times a week. Playing it is definitely a guilt pleasure as I should be spending that time playing different games.
What video game means the most to you? It may not be your favourite, but something you have fond memories of.
Easy! Goldeneye on the N64. That will always be my favourite which also brings me a lot of fond memories. Anyone who grew up in the 90s will probably relate, but having an N64 with Goldeneye is all you needed. 4 player split screen, slaps only (or golden gun) and you’d fight it out.
I still have my original N64 sitting on a shelf in my office, with the same game inserted. I’ll always be thankful that my parents didn’t sell or give it away.
Objectively, what is the best video game? Again, it may not be your favourite, but possibly something that helped shape and influence the industry.
I don’t think there can ever be just one best game. Games like Warcraft, Mario Kart and Doom all paved the path for the games we see today. But if I had to pick one that shaped the future of gaming, I’d go with Tetris.
Which print and digital channels keep you informed on the latest developments in the gaming world? Also, if applicable, have you visited any video games conventions over the years – and if so, have they been informative?
Back in the late 90s/early 00s I used to buy magazines to keep up to date with gaming news (and find the cheat codes) as well as watching shows like GamesMaster. But these days I just keep an eye on Twitter and YouTube.
Could you tell us a little more about your setup, across each of your gaming areas/zones?
I’m always changing and upgrading my setups, but as it stands today I have three. I have my work setup which is a 6ft Ergonofis standing desk paired with a Herman Miller Vantum chair, LG Ultrawide monitor and a MacBook Pro. I sit here most days so I’ve tried to keep it clean and distraction free.
I then have my gaming desk setup, which is the Secretly MAGNUS Pro XL desk, Herman Miller Embody chair, LG OLED and a PS5. This setup is mainly used for FPS games or playing online with my mates.
And finally the TV setup, this is in the living room and it’s where I do most of my gaming and watch movies. Here we have a 77” LG G3 OLED, a PS5 and Xbox Series X and the awesome Monitor Audio Bronze 5.1. The fronts are the 500s and these things not only look great, but they sound incredible. Then next to that I have a media unit. Now I get a lot of questions about where this is from, but I actually designed this myself about 6/7 years ago when I couldn’t find what I wanted. This was way before SpawnPoiint even existed, but it’s become part of the setup now.
Why choose Monitor Audio? Is there anything you like about our speakers, in relation to your setup?
I like the fact Monitor Audio are a British company. On top of that their speakers look clean, minimal and sound great. These are actually my third set as I’ve been using their speakers for the best part of 10 years now.
What does the future hold for you, and do you have any projects you can tell us about?
I don’t have any particular projects I can talk about, but I hope to continue to work with leading tech and gaming brands around the world. We have new tech coming out almost weekly, and being able to cover them on the channel is a lot of fun!
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