Xbox Ambassadors, say congratulations to our newest Ambassador of the Month and Community Champion – ThorX360! ThorX360 is a longtime editor of MondoXbox.com, a host on its Twitch channel, and an admin of its related Facebook Community. He has promoted and participated in multiple 24-hour charity streams for Special Effect and is a positive role model for many Xbox Ambassadors and community members in Italy and around the world. Read through the Q&A below to get to know him better!
How did gaming become one of your passions?
I was born in 1985 and, when I was a child, my brother and my uncles were passionate about gaming . They spent a lot of time playing some amazing titles on Commodore 64, Amiga and Apple II and this is how it started. Then, when I was about 5 years old, my parents gave me the first console, a NES with Super Mario Bros, as a Christmas gift . It was love at first sight and, since that day, the passion never left me. It has grown day after day and gave me the opportunity to “live” many adventures with a lot of amazing friends.
What’s your favorite video game or franchise, and why?
Sea of Thieves. No doubt about it. It’s a fresh experience, each adventure is different and I love to “be more pirate” with my friends. Much more, Sea of Thieves is the best way to “break the ice” with players that you don’t know because you have to cooperate as a real crew and that helped me to build a lot of new friendship since 2018.
How did you get started writing about video games, and do you have a favorite topic to write about within gaming?
Writing about games it’s a long-standing love. In the past, I spent a lot of time on the web discussing my favorite games, my passion for videogames and gaming in general. So, when in 2012 I had the chance to apply as an editor for my favorite Xbox Fansite, MondoXbox, I jumped at it without hesitation. Actually I write a lot of different contents, but I love to write previews of future titles because it gives you the opportunity to give an early look to new projects and share you first impressions with the community.
What does a healthy community mean to you?
From my point of view, a healthy community should be first of all inclusive and safe for all gamers. Each gamer is unique and everyone deserves a place where to have fun. This is the reason why I daily embrace the Xbox Ambassador Pledge in order to promote kindness and respect when we play together and, also, when we speak about gaming (online or in real life).
How do you think online communities positively impact the lives of gamers?
I think that, especially in the last 18 month, online communities showed that they can help people to stay in touch, to forget about distances and to overcome difficulties. This is so important for a lot of gamers and we, as gamers, should be proud to be part of it.
What do you like to do outside of gaming?
I’m a full-time dad right now, so I spend almost all my free time with my eleven months old baby, my wife and our pets. In addition to this, I’m a passionate runner, so I use to go out for a run whenever I can!
Do you have a favorite Xbox Ambassadors memory that you’d like to share?
Of course! In 2019 I attended the second Italian Xbox Fanfest in Milan with other awesome Ambassadors. It was a great event and we had a lot of fun together but, mostly, we spent a lot of time with other Xbox fans, speaking about gaming and about what it means to be an Xbox Ambassador. Many of them didn’t know the Xbox Ambassador program and it was such a great emotion to share with them the principles of the Program and how every gamer can help make the community a better place for all.
As Ambassador of the Month, what message do you have for other members of the Xbox Ambassadors community?
Gaming is all about fun so…enjoy it and be positive, with yourself and everyone else!