GC Reader of the Week Tim van Ingen

Who are you?
Name's Tim van Ingen, 32 years old.

Where are you?  
I live in Osaka, Japan.

Where are you from?
Haarlem, The Netherlands.

What do you do for a living?  
I'm a Project Manager/Translator at a translation/localization company. We do all kinds of translations, but we focus mostly on game-related projects, and we have our own tiny download service as well. I'm not at liberty to talk about the games I've worked on, but you can find my name in the credits for No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise. 🙂 

What kind of gamer are you?  
Tough question. I don't really know what "kinds" there are, without resorting to abstract terms like "casual" and "hardcore". I'd call myself a 'real' gamer if that didn't sound so cocky. Basically, I play pretty much every genre (except for Sports and RTS), I have all current consoles as well as most (but not all) of the older ones starting at the NES era. I'm "serious" about games, in that I look at them as a serious medium and art-form, and not just a great way of killing time and having fun.

What games made you into a gamer?
It's hard to point at one game in particular. I've always been fascinated by video games, from about the age that I was old enough to understand what I was doing. The first console I ever owned was the NES, although I had friends with Ataris and Commodore 64s before that. I think I was probably born a gamer. It's in my genes!

Why do you game?  
Because to me, they're the ultimate form of entertainment. They offer great stories and emotional experiences, but they separate themselves from other mediums that do the same by being interactive. What makes them even more interesting is that they don't even NEED great stories and emotional experiences to be incredibly enjoyable. I'd even goes so far as saying that I don't understand why there are people who do not like video games or who shun them. To me, this just means they haven't found the right game for themselves yet.

Who is your video game character soul mate? 
Mega Man. It was love at first sight 🙂

Why are video games art?  
This is a question that should not even be asked.
There is no discussion.
Why is anything else art, but not video games?
What the hell IS art anyway?

What do you love outside of video games?  
To be honest, I have so little free time that video games are about all I have time for. In the rare moments that I have free time that I cannot fill with games, I like to read books (Fantasy mostly). I like movies too, but they're too time-consuming. If I have to choose between spending 2 hours to watch a movie or 2 hours to enjoy a piece of entertainment that actually lets me participate, the choice is easily made.

Oh and cats. I friggin' LOVE cats.

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11 years ago

Wow, I didn’t think I’d be featured this soon!
Thanks guys!

I go by the name of Zolbrod here and on Twitter, which may ring some bells to some people.

Also: it seems there’s a slight mistake in the questions. “What games made you into a gamer?” is in there twice. The first one should be “What kind of gamer are you?” and where it says “What kind of gamer are you?” should be “What do you do for a living?”, I think…