Gamer Spotlight: Sean Capri

img_8577Sean Capri

Editor in Chief, We The Nerdy


Sean Capri is a very busy man. On top of having a full time career at the Alberta Cancer Foundation and being a proud new dad, he is one of the busiest people in the world of indie video game coverage. He has written for several years at the website We The Nerdy and was recently named their new Editor in Chief. He also hosts the podcasts If We Ran Nintendo, The Xbox Drive (which he does from his car on the way to work), The Gaming Gurus, and We The GamerCast where each and every week he has sweet hangs with a stranger on the internet. He currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife and son.


What is the first video game that you remember playing?

“It’s difficult to recall which came first but I have a blurry memory of playing Pac-Man on my cousin’s Atari while visiting my mom’s family in Kelowna, British Columbia. The location is important because Kelowna is absolutely gorgeous. My aunt and uncle owned an orchard out there – the most spectacular “backyard” playground you can imagine. Yet, all I wanted to do was stay inside and play Pac-Man on the TV! No quarters? It’s like cheating!”

img_8568What are your favorite games of all time?

“We never had a console growing up. My parents figured that everyone else had an NES so why would they spend the money on it? Besides, we had a Personal Computer with tremendous power – 12 mhz and a TURBO button to “overclock” it to 25 mhz. Eventually, we installed a 14.4kbps modem which was a key point in appreciated PC gaming because my brother and I would log onto electronic bulletin boards and print out strategy guides for Warcraft 2 and Starcraft. I was obsessed with RTS games like Age of Empires or Total Annihilation. Sticking with PC games, some more of my favorites are Half-Life, Unreal, and Starsiege Tribes. The Star Wars games were incredible as well with X-Wing or Tie Fighter, Rebel Assault 1 & 2 which used our incredible Microsoft Sidewinder joystick! Oh boy, the memories. Speaking of that – MechWarrior. All of them. I used to study for school while listening to the soundtrack on the CD.”

Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?

“I like talking about games, if that counts. Podcasting has become a real part of who I am and how I stretch my creative muscles. It all comes from an obsession with listening to podcasts as well. I’ve always got something going whether I’m taking a shower, buying groceries, or whatever. I like to draw and write but I don’t get much time to do that these days.”

Do you and your children play video games together?

“We named our first born son Lincoln so we could use the shorthand “Link.” Chelsey and I definitely plan on introducing games to him at some point – partly because we play games together so there’s really no escaping it – but we’re also enjoying his limited screen time. He gets 20 minutes of Moana each morning while Chelsey gets ready for they day and by the time I get home from work, it’s time for dinner, bath, stories, and bed. I truly believe video games are an important medium for him to be engaged with, particularly some of the more thought-provoking narratives or problem-solving-centric games like RPGs or Puzzle games, so there will be a time and place for that – just don’t know when (but who really does?).”

 

img_8570How do you make time for gaming with a busy family life and career?

“Lincoln’s life has a pretty stable routine for now. We just have to make it to 8PM so he can go to sleep for the night and then I’m free. And because he’s sleeping, I’m not really able to do any chores like vacuuming or scrubbing toilets so the evenings are pretty open. Lately, the problem has been the paralyzing decision of playing a game or trying to catch up on some sleep.”

What is your proudest moment as a parent?

“Every moment is a proud moment – which sounds totally cliche. But when he started sitting up, I was proud. When he “passed” his swimming lessons, I was proud. Even when he could be dunked in the pool without freaking out, I was proud. No lie, there is never a moment that Link doesn’t impress me. He eats like a champion. He’s learning to use a spoon, chew meat, spit things out if they’ll make him choke. Equally as impressive is my wife, who I give full credit for everything great Lincoln does. So I get to be a proud dad and a proud husband.”


 You can find all of Sean’s show on your podcast service of choice or by visiting We The Nerdy or Dacespace.com
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