We asked the community for nominations, and you answered! The August Ambassador of the Month spotlight goes to FearedNightmare! Feared is a long tenured Ambassador who’s not shy to let us know what’s on his mind, and for that we really appreciate him. Read on to learn more about him and hear what he has to say!
What is your all-time favorite game and why is it your favorite?
There are a lot of great games out there and choosing a single one is tough. Different games spark different memories and reasons as to why I like them. If I must go with one, I’d choose Halo as a series because that’s what brought me to Xbox. The “Halo 3: Starry Night” trailer still gives me goosebumps to this day and I can’t wait to see what Halo Infinite will bring story wise.
To me, the game is more than just a shooter. If you pay attention to the lore and dialogue, there is a lot more going on that you may have missed in your first playthrough. The whole journey between John and Cortana, seeing him give in to his emotions more and more, and the internal struggles within the covenant. The lore is so vast, and I don’t even have surface-level knowledge, but I love it.
When and how did you become a gamer? Tell us a memorable gaming story!
At a very young age around 5 years old, I believe. My brother had a Gameboy with Super Mario Land and I used to watch him play. He taught me all the controls as the instructions were in English back in those days (not that I could read back then). After the Gameboy came the PS1 with Crash Bandicoot, then the Gameboy color, and then PS2 and some PC gaming. Afterwards, I made the jump to the Xbox 360.
As for a memorable story, gaming is what eventually taught me English. Most, if not all games at the time, were in English so I was forced to learn it. The game that taught me the most was RuneScape. I associated the pictures with the words and started understanding things from context. I met a few English-speaking people at the time that also played Xbox and when I made the jump to Xbox, they corrected me on words I mispronounced. English class in school was a walk in the park afterwards. And parents say gaming isn’t good for anything!
What does community mean to you?
A place where people come to talk to each other, have fun, share ideas and provide support.
Why did you become an Xbox Ambassador?
Microsoft used to give people access to alpha and beta programs through their Connect website (it has now been retired). I signed up for that and participated in the forums helping people out. While doing that I received an email asking if I was interested in joining a new program called the Xbox Xperts, where gamers connected with other gamers to share their Xbox knowledge. I liked that idea since it was similar to what I was doing on the forums, so I signed up for it. The program eventually turned into the Xbox Ambassador program and 8 and a half years later, here I am.
You’re a tenured member of the program, how do you feel about its evolution?
The people that know me are probably well-aware that I’ve had differences with the program and I’m not one to shy away from expressing my thoughts on it. A down point was losing the Ambassabank, but I’ve been here for a long time and I’m sure there are things in development that we don’t know about. The program is focusing more on community and less on support, which makes it hard for some long-term Ambassadors to adjust to. But with that shift, good things also happened like moving to Discord, having Mixer streams, and having community blog posts.
What’s your favorite part about being an Xbox Ambassador?
Sharing knowledge with others in a way where if the issue occurs again, they will be able to take care of it on their own. That’s why I think people should do an initial search themselves and if they can’t find a solution they can ask for help in the Discord.
Oh and of course moderating the Discord server.
*Polishes the Boot of Kicking and the Hammer of Banning*
What are some things you like to do outside of gaming?
I used to do a lot of 3D modeling which I want to get back in to, but unfortunately the software is expensive. Right now, I’ve been getting back into doing some photoshopping and digital painting. I also like to watch Netflix.
What are you are looking forward to in the second half of 2019?
I am looking forward to what Xbox will show at Gamescom.
Open floor! What do you want to share with the community?
It’s important to seek answers without expecting others to find them for you. Try using a search engine to find answers the next time you’re trying to troubleshoot something. Why stop there? Look for answers when you’re randomly wondering how something works and what the function of things are. It’s okay to ask, but you’d be surprised at how much you remember and learn things by looking them up yourself.
Shameless plug: Check out my blog post on how to efficiently use a search engine.
The blog post scratches the surface of things you can do but hey, search for more methods 😉
When you run into FearedNightmare on Xbox or in our social spaces, say congrats and give him a virtual high five! We’re happy to have him as a part of the Xbox Ambassador family.
If you know someone who deserves an Ambassador of the Month spotlight, fill out this form to submit your nomination!