If you have signed up to Gunslinger Gaming in the last eight months, you very well may have come in contact with Leiflvr. He joined the fun back on Friday, August 19th, 2011 and has been among the first people to greet new members in the Introductions section of the GS Forums ever since. Who is the man behind these friendly greetings? It’s time to find out because Leiflvr is the subject of this month’s interview!
GS: How did you find the Gunslingers, and was it for any particular game in mind? Do you remember who was the first GSer with whom you got into game?
Leiflvr: I found GS like most other members here. I just got sick of listening to kids who really shouldn’t be playing this game (COD) making the game a chore rather than a game. I read the landing page and thought oh well that’s great and left. Came back a few days later and signed up. It seems I’ve been here forever but really it’s only been 8 months.
As for GSer’s who I gamed with first… I believe it was bullet_stopper, Carbon Bigfoot, tick221, rigormortis and Margarita. When I first joined I didn’t have a headset so the only way I could communicate in lobby was through the clan tag in Black Ops. There are a lot of things you can write with only 4 letters.
GS: Many of our members may have first come in contact with you via the Introductions section of the Gunslingers Forum. There, you are always lending a kind message for new members. What personally drives you to be so proactive in greeting folks? Do you believe your friendliness here reflects how you engage people offline as well?
Leiflvr: I never really thought about it but I think Slammer47 was a huge influence on me initially. He was (is) a great cheerleader for GS and it instilled a feeling of paying it forward. The first impression is always the most important so I don’t want people, who may be a bit unsure, to miss out on how great the GS community is. As for how I relate to people offline….I’m a bit shy actually so I’m probably outgoing more-so online than in RL where I’m a bit more reserved until I get to know people.
GS: When you were first approached with the interview, you seemed surprised because you feel you don’t have a lot of gaming history. That begs the question, what was the game that got you playing video games in the first place?
Leiflvr: My wife (girlfriend at the time) went away for a week or so to some work conference so I decided to rent a PS2 and grabbed GTAIII. I was blown away. Before that the last game I’d played was Super Mario on NES. In terms of online it was only when Black Ops came out that another GSer (panicpuppy) convinced me to pick up a copy. MW2 was really my first FPS and I did play that online too but Black Ops was the first one that consumed my time.
GS: We know Leiflvr, the friendly forum poster. We know Leiflvr, the gamer. But not much else. What other interests or hobbies do you have, and, as people tend to ask at every get-together, ‘Whadda you do for livin’?”
Leiflvr: Being Canadian I’m an avid hockey fan which I have to be as it’s a mandatory part of our citizenship requirements. Other than that I’m just really into my kids and family. As for what I do for a living I’m a test analyst for a brokerage company testing online trading systems….zzzzzZZZZ….HUH? Sorry dozed off there for a sec.
GS: Not to make you paranoid, but what part of Canada do you reside in? What is a local treasure you could tell us about that has remained overlooked from the more commercial travel guides?
Leiflvr: I’m live in an eastern suburb of Toronto, we even have a Nuclear plant so I guess I’m in the Springfield of Ontario…anyway in terms of local treasures there are a lot. I think our China Town is the 2nd biggest in North America behind San Fran. We have an awesome distillery district that has a lot of art shops, cafes, and pubs. We also have a lot of parks and trails in the city and all over the province.
GS: You are what many of our members can relate to being. A parent. Can you relate a funny or surreal moment in your parenthood experience that best illustrates what the Leiflvr household is like?
Leiflvr: Actually the first one comes to mind is the other day I was having a tickle wrestle with the kids and my son turned the tables on me and had me pinned down tickling my neck. I eventually had to say “mercy” and he stands up and says “ A 40 yr old man with a tickle spot…..who knew?” Coming from a 7 yr old THAT is funny. I think laughter is a big thing in our house and my kids both have a great sense of humour. I think it makes for better adjusted kids the more they laugh.
GS: As a kid, what was the most trouble you got yourself into? Confess!
Leiflvr: I’m an angel and I have the sealed court documents to prove it!
GS: What is your all time favorite movie? Now, what is the movie that actually gets put into the player the most often?
Leiflvr: Man I was a big movie watcher as a kid and there are so many. Raider’s of the Lost Ark is the one I paid to see the most as a kid. As an adult my favourite is Usual Suspects which I will watch anytime it’s on. As for what gets put in the player most often it depends which kid is choosing so either Dora for my daughter or Bakugans for my son…..Does anyone else think Dora’s parents should be charged with neglect? They let her walk around a rain forest by herself and she’s always asking ME for help!! WTH is up with that?
GS: We all know a famous quote. What is one that most often comes to your mind as you work your way through life? Why does that particular quote mean something to you?
Leiflvr: Jeez who are you Larry King?…..quote…hmm. Twain was always good for a quote so the one I always liked from him was “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” I think this quote just reminds me to think before I speak which has saved my butt more times than I can say.
GS: And the most thought provoking question of all, what is your favorite drink?
Leiflvr: Actually I’m not that big of a drinker anymore but I like Heineken for my beer and any drink that has vodka in it for my booze.
Thank you, Leiflvr, for taking the time to sit down and answering our questions and, more importantly, for doing your part in placing such a friendly first impression on new members. Thank you all for reading the interview!