Last month we revealed the winners in the most awesome competition we have been involved with to date, an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Cologne, Germany for this year’s edition of the biggest videogame fair in the world, gamescom!
David Edwards was selected as the winner of the competition, and won this once in a lifetime experience simply for being a subscriber to Afrihost’s online gaming-focused ADSL package, AfriGamer. He will be joined on this journey to Germany by his friend Matei Mihai, as they both attend gamescom and soak in the sights and sounds of the beautiful city of Cologne with the El33tonline team as travel guides.
We caught up with David and Matei to find out what game they’re most looking forward to seeing at gamescom, if they’ve started to train for walking around the gigantic Koelnmesse convention centre, and what their favourite German food is.
Before we hear more from these two lucky gamers, here’s a message from Afrihost, the sponsors of this amazing prize:
“We are absolutely delighted to have made this happen (together with El33tonline), and we wish the winners a safe and awesome trip. We feel that gamers are a very important part of the Internet community, and it’s great that we could create this competition especially for them. We also chose some lucky entrants to receive free AfriGamer ADSL for the rest of the year, and we’ll be doing even more for all AfriGamers in the near future.”
Gamescom 2012 kicks off on August 15th, and opens up to the public on August 16th, and ends during the afternoon of August 19th. Look forward to El33tonline’s extensive coverage of the show this year, and stay tuned for live updates of David and Matei’s journey.
Matei Mihai (left) and David Edwards (right)
How long have you been playing games and what got you
started? What was your first gaming machine?
David: Since I was 4 years old – My dad and older brothers where big gamers; so I have been around videogames all of my life and grew to enjoy and play them from a young age. Nintendo 8-bit (Favourite game: Rockman) and 4×86 PC (Favourite Games: Golden Axe, Command & Conquer).
Matei: I have been playing games since I got my first computer in ‘97 or ‘98 if I remember correctly. My first machine was a Pentium 1 166Mhz, with 64MB RAM, a beast at the time. My brother did own a HC2000, a Romanian made computer similar to the Sinclair Spectrum long before that but I was way too young to understand what was going on then.
What game/s do you play regularly? What’s your favourite
game of all time?
David: At the moment I’m playing Diablo III and Starcraft 2 and regularly play COD Modern Warfare, Couterstrike Source with friends. Favourite game of all time would probably be the Half-Life series.
Matei: At the moment I play Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 when I get time. My favourite game of all time, that’s a difficult one! It would have to be the Diablo series.
Do you consider yourself more of a PC or console gamer?
David: I enjoy both but would have to say more of a PC gamer.
Matei: Definitely PC.
Which is your favourite game genre?
David: First person shooter.
Matei: Real Time Strategy.
What publisher and game are you most looking forward to
seeing at gamescom?
David: Blizzard – StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.
Matei: There are so many, but if I’d have to choose one, I’d say Valve ‒ Dota 2.
What Cologne attraction are you most looking forward to
David: Cologne Cathedral.
Matei: I would love to visit the National Socialism Documentation Centre (I’m into history).
Have you started training for walking around the gigantic Koelnmesse convention centre?
David: Not yet – need to invest in some good walking shoes
Matei: No, but hopefully I’ll be ok, we don’t really walk a lot in SA:
What’s your favourite and least favourite food in Germany?
David: Favourite: Beer, Eisbein and Bratwurst (in that order). Least favourite: Sauerkraut
Matei: I am not familiar with a lot of German dishes, but I’ll definitely be trying them when we get there then I’ll be able to give you a better answer.
What will you be doing on the plane trip to and from
David: Drinking whiskey, listening to music and planning with Matei what we would like to see and do in Cologne and, most importantly, at gamescom.
Matei: On our way there I’ll probably be planning our trip with David. On our way back hopefully get some sleep as I’ll be going straight to work after we land.
Do you know what Kolsch is?
David: Yes, Beer.
Matei: Didn’t know, but Googled it Can’t wait to have some of this beer!