Our new video is up! We got a chance to interview and up and coming gamer, Shammas Fathhi. He recently has taken a break from Fortnite, but that won’t stop his gaming career. Go check it out at https://youtu.be/ZobIvFYBeqE
Liang: Today we will be interviewing a retired Fortnite player Shammas Fathhi. He was a small tournament player who played solo tournaments.
Liang: How did you get into gaming?
Shamas: I got into gaming through one of my friends. I played this first person shooter with him. I beat him within a few days and this got me hooked on the game. As soon as that happened I fell in love with to how unique gaming was to other things
Liang: What’s your favourite game of all time?
Shamas: It’s probably Skyrim because it’s the first open world game I played and it had the most amount of NPCs in the game, the most amount of weapons you could collect and it had a leveling system so the game was not that repetitie and you say a sense of progress.
Liang:How much time do you roughly spend gaming?
Shamas:I used to play 6 hours a day, now I don’t really spend any time playing but I do occasionally play some games.
Liang: What do you think is enjoyable about playing video games?
Shamas: I like how immerse you can get over the story and I like that you can do anything in the games, also like that it lets you do things that you wouldn’t normally be able to do
Liang: Do you ever think you would return to playing Fortnite?
Shamas: Yes, because I’m very passionate about the game, but right now I don’t have any time to play the game and I don’t really want to play the game so I’m just taking a break from the game due to not having the motivation to play it.
Liang: Is there a specific reason that you stopped playing?
Shamas: Not really because there are many reasons that I stopped playing, one of the reasons was that I was getting bored of the game, I haven’t been enjoying any of the new updates that have been coming out any of the guns in the game, any of the maps or what ever came out and so i just wanted to stop playing for a bit.
Liang:Are there any updates that you would change to make the game so you would like it again?
Shamas: Isn’t a personal update but ide to one that adds more customization to the menus, the characters and custom crosshairs, It would make the game more enjoyable and more people would be playing the game
Liang: Why do you think Fortnite was such a big game?
Shamas: I think it was that anyone can play it and it was just very fun to play with your friends and have a lot of fun.
Liang:Do you think Fortnite can ever regain its place at the top of twitch?
Shamas: I honestly don’t think so because they don’t really listen to the community anymore. They used to listen and had updates every few weeks and this made the game refreshing all the time, but recently they haven’t been doing that so I don’t think they can do this.
Liang: Who did you usually play Fortnite with?
Shamas: Played with one of my friends Mamdouh, we both enjoyed the game and were very passionate about the game so we just enjoyed talking about the game together and we had good chemistry together so we enjoyed playing
Liang: Do you think you would ever try to play another game at a pro-level?
Shamas: Yeah, I don’t want to play another first person shooter or another shooter in general, but I do think I could get really good at the game if I had the time to get good at it.
Liang:Has playing video games helped you think of a career for your future?
Shamas: Yeah, I wanted to be a pro player because i was good enough to be a pro player and I knew if I worked hard enough I could be one, but it also made me realize that I want to focus on school and go to university.
Liang: Who is your favourite gaming idol?
Shamas: It’s probably Ninja because he’s just a lot bigger than most people and he’s considered the more popular than most people and he’s just worked a lot harder to get to where he is now that anyone one I’ve ever seen play video games.
Liang: Are you currently playing any video games?
Shamas: Not really but i do want to play more single player games just to have fun, and i am thinking of playing Skyrim.
Liang: Are you waiting for any new games to be released?
Shamas: Yeah I’m waiting for the new Doom game to come out. It looks very good, and the graphics look very good, and I like how action packed it is.
Liang: Do you know when it is gonna get released?
Shamas: No not really
Liang: Have you played any console exclusive games or is it just a PC you play on?
Shamas: I did play Halo and I also played Uncharted. I usually like third person shooters or any shooters in general but I also like a good story.
Liang: Some people think video games are a waste of time. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Shamas: It depends on how you use it, if you spend your time just watching stuff and not doing anything productive. Or if you don’t have a YouTube channel or a Twitch channel and you’re just playing for fun I think you should keep it being a hobby, but if you want to actually pay you instead of wasting your time you should just focus on creating a career out of it.
Liang: Some people say you can learn new skills from gaming. Have you learned any skills?
Shamas: My reaction time is definitely faster and my creativity is probably better and I do think outside the box.
Liang:Some video games can be violent. Do you think it would influence people to have more violent behaviour in life?
Shamas: No, I think the people you surround yourself with are more impactful on your life than what you do in games. I don’t think if you killed someone in a game it would really impact you in your life unless you have some mental illness.
Liang: What does your family think about your gaming lifestyle?
Shamas: They don’t really understand it but my brothers are also competitive players so they get where I’m coming from, but my mom doesn’t really understand it due to how new the type of career is.
Liang: Do you think you are better than your brothers?
Shamas: I’m definitely better than them but they do have a lot of potential, but only time will see
Liang: What did an average day in your life look like when you were still playing games?
Shamas: When i was playing video games I used to watch 2 hours of my game play analyzing what I could do better and what could improve on then I would do my homework for 3 hours and then after that I would play scrimmiges with other experienced competitive players for like 4 hours.
Liang: How did you keep your grades up while gaming?
Shamas: I just had a good schedule so I had a limit on how much I played everyday. I do think it’s kind of difficult but it depends on the courses you picked.
Liang: What kind of hobbies do you have other than gaming?
Shamas: I like boxing. I do a lot of mixed martial arts and i also like reading.
Liang: Thank you for your time today. Would you like to say anything to our audience?
Shammas: If you want to get good at something you have to put the time in and want to be the best.