Lasombra Files Episode 36: Maniac Mansion
Welcome to season 3 of the Lasombra Files, PSU’s weekly hit program. Follow the story of Lasombra and V as they try to solve an inter-dimensional murder mystery of ostentatious proportions, while at the same time shining the spotlight on gamers around the world and in our community.
Locked in a cell like a lab rat waiting to be dissected or made to run a wheel, I can't help but feel sorrow for V's unconscious form hung up on display in another cell. I know whoever is pulling Richard's strings is doing it to taunt me, torment me, and make me feel the loss of another cameraman in episode 36: Maniac Mansion. The juxtaposition of roles is not lost on me as usually it is I who is the one left half-dead. Now I need to summon the strength and courage to find a way out of this prison before both of us succumb to whatever sick, twisted, and demented fate that befell upon Richard a year ago.
Occupation: Civil Servant
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Lasombra: How long have you been gaming?
Gersfc: For as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are of having the Sega Master System, so 20 years easily.
Lasombra: How did you find PSU?
Gersfc: Completely by accident lol. I downloaded Tapatalk around a year ago and I searched Playstation. PSU was at the top of the list so I signed up, joined and never looked back.
Lasombra: Are you solely a Sony gamer this generation or do you split your time between multiple systems?
Gersfc: Mostly Sony this generation. I do have a Wii but that is sitting in it's box in the cupboard. Last generation I bought and played every console but this gen pretty much stuck with Sony.
Lasombra: What do you like about the community at PSU that keeps bringing you back for more?
Gersfc: I love the fact that the community is pretty laid back and doesn't take itself too seriously, so you can have a laugh with other the members.
Lasombra: In your opinion, what needs to be done to help the community to grow bigger and better?
Gersfc: You know it's tough as there is a lot of competition, but just promoting through the social media sites and members recommending the site would help it grow.
Lasombra: Do you have any gaming goals for this year?
Gersfc: My goal this year is to try and work through my backlog of games which is massive! lol And also to play through some RPGs from the PSOne era that I missed first time around.
Lasombra: Are you a trophy hunter, and what do you think about trophies overall?
Gersfc: I start off games as a trophy hunter but I ain't really got the patience or time to keep at it lol. I do love the idea of trophies though, as it adds a replay factor to games that you may never touch again once completed.
Lasombra: The PS2 dominated a console war like no other system. What tricks does Sony need to pull out of their hat to create the same magic with the PS4.
Gersfc: I don't know if the PS2 domination can ever be replicated again but if it's to happen then this generation is Sony's best chance with all the negativity surrounding the XBO. Sony pretty much capitalized the best they could with no DRM, etc, so if they can win over the casual gamer demographic, it's possible.
Lasombra: Do you have a favourite era of gaming? The SNES/Genesis war? The reign of the Playstation Reich? Hail to the NES?
Gersfc: Probably the PlayStation One era. I was young enough to have enough time to play games with being at school but old enough to understand gaming a lot better. Add the fact that the PSOne had some pretty kick ass games and it was good times indeed.
Lasombra: Is there a lot of gaming culture in your area of the world? Unique stores, conventions, etc?
Gersfc: This question stumped me man, I don't really know of any.
Lasombra: Have you ever been burnt out from a gaming session?
Gersfc: Yeah, a few years back I participated in the 24 hour endurance race on Gran Turismo 5 with my dad. He started it in the afternoon whilst I was at work, I came home, went to bed around 8pm, set my alarm for 1am and drove right through to the finish! Felt pretty burned out after that, lol.
Lasombra: What genre is your favourite to play? What was it that grabbed your attention?
Gersfc: RPGs and that is down to Final Fantasy VII on the PSOne. It was my first RPG and it just sucked me right in. It's still my favourite game and it opened me up to the RPG genre as a whole.
Lasombra: Being a Sony gamer this generation, what was it about the 360 that turned you away from buying one?
Gersfc: I was put off having to pay for the XBox live subscription to play online, especially as Sony offered the PSN as a free alternative.
Lasombra: Some Americans are concerned about the potential for Big Brother because of Kinect always being on. Does the UK have the same feeling, considering there are cameras everywhere and the government is thought of differently.
Gersfc: I think we have the same feeling over here, at least I have. I think there is a major difference between having cameras out on the street that can potentially catch criminals and having one in your own living room. That definitely invades your privacy in your own home and for me personally was one of the biggest reasons I won't be buying an XBox next gen.
Lasombra: What are some of the games in your backlog, and what classic PSOne RPGs are you looking forward to playing for the first time?
Gersfc: I could be here all day, lol, still have to start Skyrim, Ni No Kuni, Bioshock Infinite and a ton of others. Some of the PSOne RPG games that I plan on replaying are Wild Arms, Grandia and Xenogears. Missed these games back in the day, and they come highly recommended by a few of the members so should be fun!
Lasombra: Are you hoping the entire PSOne and PS2 library will be released for use on the PS4? Would you re-buy games you already own to have them in digital form?
Gersfc: That would be great if there is a choice to do something like that. I have already re-bought games in digital form this generation so, yeah, I would consider re-buying games in digital form for the PS4 too, depending on the price.
Lasombra: How come the Wii fizzled out for you and didn`t have long-term viability and vitality?
Gersfc: This may be controversial but it was too gimmicky for me. Great at first, but the novelty soon wore off, for me at least.
There is no outside window, and the cell bars are as solid as the ground I was thrown across earlier. I have no choice but to wait for whatever will happen next and thankfully I don't have to wait long. Richard's hulking, monstrous form lumbers down into the cells. I try talking to him, pleading with him that if I knew he was alive I'd have tried to help him. Either he doesn't care or his mind is too far gone as he ignores my attempt to heal old wounds in episode 37: Doctor's Orders. He opens the door and immediately shoves a dirty sack over my head as if I were pre-hockey mask Jason. I thrash around due to the lack of air and the stink getting to me, but that doesn't stop him from picking me up like an insignificant rag doll and carrying me to where ever it is we're going.
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