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Unmasking the Gamers: Tagaziel

Our very own Tagaziel has been interviewed as "the latest part of an interview series, “Unmasking the Gamers,” humanising the people who play video games: the real character controlling that fictional character; the person behind that First Person game."

Here is a small sample of the many questions asked in this particularly in-depth view into the mind of a resident Fallout veteran:

WillOoi: Hi Tagaziel, thank you very much for agreeing to this interview. May we start by finding out a bit more about yourself, for instance where you’re from, your background, and what you do with yourself on a current day-to-day basis?

Tagaziel: I’m bad at these kinds of introductions, so bear with me. I am 23 years old, I come from Poland and at the present I am finishing my law degree at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

Apart from that, I’m a happily wedded husband who’s now enjoying his freshly earned free time after finishing a contract with the Central Statistical Office. As part of the summer vacation programme, I’m passing time with games, books, movies and of course spending time together with my wife. This is the last time I’m going to enjoy such free time, so I try to make the most of it.

It goes without saying that I’m also using my free time to contribute to various wikis I’m a part of.

WillOoi: What are these other wikis you’re on, and how often do you spend on them?

Tagaziel: First and foremost is the C&C Wiki, called the EVA Database. As you can guess, it’s dedicated to the Command & Conquer series and has had quite a troubled history. It was originally started as a sort of in-universe C&C encyclopedia. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I, being the only active bureaucrat at the time, decided that a change was in order and subsequently revamped the policies, goals and guidelines of the wiki. The work was made much easier thanks to Ausir and Porter21, whose work on the Vault was an invaluable asset in remaking the EVA Database. It’s an almost permanent work-in-progress (then again, which wiki isn’t?), but I’m happy that we get at least a dozen edits daily. It’s not much compared to the Vault, but a hell of a lot more than it was just a few years ago. It also gets linked to from time to time on C&C forums during discussions, which is a great compliment – and a reminder to keep working on it and improving the content.

The other wikis are the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Wiki and the Deus Ex Wiki. The former has been an interest of mine for quite some time (whenever I have S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games installed basically). I’ve created its look from scratch and overhauled in a similiar way to the C&C Wiki, again, inspired by the Vault. It’s kind of on hold right now, since I didn’t play any GSC games lately, but I still come in from time to time to rewrite a few articles, categorize images or revolutionize the navigation for the nth time. The latter wiki, dedicated to Deus Ex, didn’t pique my interest until recently, but I’m slowly getting into my Wiki-trance: wasting hours upon hours on editing, adding images and categorizing, just because I can.

I think the Prototype Wiki (the game with the nifty mutating protagonist for those unfamiliar with the name) also deserves a mention, as while I’m no longer an acitve editor there, I did my fair share of editing, image-adding and recategorizing back in the day. I guess I should look into it again, with Prototype 2 incoming and all that.

WillOoi: What are some of your interests? Sports, movies, books, music, etc.

Tagaziel: I have a great many interests (I’m easily distracted, y’see), but they usually oscillate around historical subjects (politics and wars especially), science-fiction, gaming and interesting stories. It’s a general rule when it comes to my entertainment: interesting story and/or setting. As you can imagine, that includes a lot of titles: games, comics, books etc. And a great deal of other random subjects.

Looking for interesting stories is surprisingly addictive, but I don’t complain.

As a side venture, I draw stuff sometimes. And write stuff. And develop a science fiction universe. And drive cars. And work with my dogs. There’s a lot of side ventures in my life.

WillOoi: Work with dogs? Some more information, please!

Tagaziel: My family runs a small welsh corgi pembroke breeding kennel, named Pembdrive. We always had an affinity for dogs, but it took corgis to get us into the dog show and dog breeding business. It’s been a great adventure too, although I’m lousy at showing dogs; my brother is far more adept at this, as is my mother. I do have a certain degree of skill in training dogs (under a competent lead, of course), so I’m not a total failure of a dog owner. :)

We have three corgis in our house: Scotty, Elizabeth (abbreviated to Lilly) and Amos. Scotty is the eldest, widest and most awesome (although all of them are) corgi in the lot and has the most titles, including a finished polish Championship, several Best In Show awards and CACIB certificates. Elizabeth, the tricolor, is my personal favourite, as I raised her from a puppy. She is a bitch, both literally and figuratively, but she’s awesome all the same. She is also a decorated dog show veteran, with a finished polish Championship. Amos, her son (Scotty isn’t the father, though, it’s all a bit… complicated), stayed with us, while all the other puppies found new owners. He’s the only sable corgi in our homestead and he’s devastatingly cute and derpy.

They really brighten everyday existence. The daily life of three dogs is better than a soap opera, believe me.

WillOoi: Fallout aside, what other games do you enjoy, and what are your absolute favourites?

Tagaziel: My second most beloved series is Command & Conquer, for which I also run a wiki (EVA Database on Wikia). After Fallout and C&C come a lot of other favourite games, including the Deus Ex series, Wizardry 8, Morrowind, Arcanum, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, Syndicate series, Blade Runner, Master of Orion II, Unreal, Wasteland, Strife, Battlezone… I’ve got a lot of favourite games.

See the rest of the interview here.

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