Meet A SA Gamer – Vedanth Panchoo

It’s always fun talking about video games… sharing why we love the games we love. But have you ever wanted to know more about the SA Gamer community? Or to find, and possibly interact with, local SA folk that share similar interests to you? Well, welcome to the first edition of our new weekly feature Meet A SA Gamer Monday, designed to help you do just that. Every week we will introduce you to and provide a short profile for a fellow SA Gamer. We’re hoping you’ll enjoy ‘meeting’ more of the community as they share some of their fondest video game memories…

As this is our first week we thought we’d take a few seconds to explain the format: First up, each SA Gamer will answer the QuickFire 5 – a list of 5 standard questions giving you a quick look at some of the most commonly asked video game questions. Then in Story Mode, each SA Gamer will provide a more detailed write-up about something they are passionate about. They have a big list of topics and questions to choose from so we’re sure we’ll get a nice spread of topics, genres and opinions. Finally, in some cases, we will also have a DLC segment… an extra little section where the profiled SA Gamers can add something a little extra for our readers.

And so without further ado… here is a very first profiled SA Gamer

Vedanth Panchoo

Game Developer aspiring to Be Greater!

PSN: V-MSTR_7585

Steam: V Master

QuickFire 5

1. PC, Nintendo, Xbox or PlayStation? Single-player or multiplayer?

PlayStation, Nintendo and PC.

Mostly single-player, but will jump into an online game every now and then.

2. My favourite 3 games of all time:

  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (#SPIDERMANPS4)
  • Fighting Games made by NetherRealm Studios (can’t pick just one XD)

3. The game that must be destroyed at all costs:

No game should be destroyed, but should instead be used as lessons for what not to do.

4. I started playing video games:

When I was around 5, used to go to the arcades a lot and that’s where I discovered Tekken, Mortal Kombat and Marvel VS Capcom.

5. My video game tastes in one sentence:

I enjoy being challenged, going on epic adventures and creating new memories with the people who join me.

Story Mode

  • Tell us about your favourite game. Why is it so special to you?

KOTOR is a masterpiece in my eyes. The game basically puts you in the shoes of a Republic Soldier with no recollection of their past, who eventually becomes a Jedi. Throughout your journey, you will have to make choices which affect the affinity you will be associated with. The game also has one of the most shocking and well-written plot twists in all of gaming, which I still think shouldn’t be spoiled to this day. This scene basically changes your entire view on your journey so far and the choices you have made. It made me feel like I was apart of this universe and helping to change it and the characters within. It also helped to enforce some ideas, values and morals which at a young age, helped me understand the real world in a better light.

DLC

I would like to encourage gamers to dive in some small games now and then. The big AAA games are often still great, but it is also sometimes great to see what smaller companies are able to produce and show. The Indie scene is something that is getting bigger every day and harder for devs to get into. South Africa has had some hits like Broforce, Semblance and recently Boet Fighter. There are also a lot of other talented and passionate developers out there who have made some awesome games. I encourage gamers to support the smaller scene and you might be surprised with what you might find.

It was great to meet you Vedanth! Thanks so much for letting us get to know you better and being part of the great SA Gamer community.

If any of you out there would like to be part of this weekly feature – be sure to drop me (TiMario) a line on our SA Gamer Discord server.

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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