Website Admin - Ben 'Alfreido' Thomson
|Date Posted:||Tuesday 1st January, 2008||Author:||Alfreido|
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Gaming HistoryMy first piece of gaming hardware was my Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, all the way back in 1993. We got it cheap as the NES was well into making way to the SNES by then but it didn't stop me from investing serious amounts of hours into games like ExciteBike, Super Spy Hunter and Zelda. My passion, however, had always been on computers and it was not until late 1994 when my uncle donated his old 486 to me that I got to realize it. After taking a couple of weeks to configure Windows 3.1 (hey, come on - I was 7 years old) - I got stuck into games like Doom, Rise of the Triads and Command and Conquer.
It was not until 2000 and 2 computer upgrades later that I got into multiplayer gaming. My multiplayer gaming consisted exclusively of Starcraft and Red Alert, I had the reaction times of used piece of chewing gum so I dared not touch first-person shooters, which by then were only really starting to come into prominence. I had formed some small clans and participated in some competitive leagues in Starcraft but after receiving backhands from my old folks due to falling school grades, I had to take a social stance to games again. That was until Call of Duty...
I tackled Call of Duty head-on after finding my 56k modem didn't really hold me back (too much anyways - I still pinged 150-200). Initially I formed a clan called Destroy my Neighbourhood which survived for half-a-year before most people separated into different clans. After playing with a few social clans such as MIA, I came across House of Renshou which was a predominantly Western Australian clan at that moment, and it has been my home ever since.
I never really delved into games outside of the Call of Duty series competitively, although, in a casual sense, my latest time-sinks are Counter-strike: Source and Left 4 Dead. I also enjoy single-player games on both the PC and the XBox360.
Gamestah HistoryIn 2005, during the Call of Duty days with House of Renshou, I learnt that 3 of my clan-mates, Exodus, Octavian and Tassie were shoutcasters for a group called Gamestah. I asked at the time "What is shoutcasting?" and once it was explained to me, I was intrigued and wanted to become a part of it. I initially shoutcasted a couple of matches alongside my clan-mates but then took on more responsibility in 2006 when I became Call of Duty Admin for Gamestah and then Online Manager in early 2007. It was during that tenure that we covered many leagues including the 3M Invite League, the GameArena ladders and with the help of everyone - past and present - that was involved in the Call of Duty division of Gamestah, we built up a sizable fanbase which has proven time and time again to be the most supportive of Gamestah's fanbase.
Shortly after joining Gamestah, I also took on another role which I have stuck in throughout my time in Gamestah - Web Developer. The first Gamestah site was a bit of an experiment which ultimately failed - the codebase was unsecure and some people hated the colour, so I went back to the drawing board in 2006 and developed a second version which went live in June 2006 - that version is still in use today, you are using it right now - ableit in a different skin now thanks to the works of Glimmer. In November 2006, I decided to create a new site on top of a new codebase. Development went for a year, in part delayed due to my TAFE courses and increasing workload, and early 2008 - I had to depart Gamestah due to an overbearing workload and personal reasons.
I rejoined Gamestah in December 2008 in my web developer role and now have my sights set on making the current website an informative and user-friendly hub for all things Gamestah, as well as looking into new technologies and ventures.
Meaning behind the NameMy nickname in high school was 'Alf', created from a particular day in Year 9 when I had gelled my hair up, and it was pointed out to me that I had a hair style similar to the alien 'Alf' from TV on account of how stupid my hair looked. When I went to register a nickname in Starcraft, I had noticed that Alf was already taken. Some people had been calling me 'Alfredo' at school, so I registered 'Alfreido' not realising that it incorrectly spelt ('Alfredo' is the proper spelling). The name has stuck with me since however since no-one seems to register it apart from me. People still call me 'Alf' though, almost to the point where more people call me 'Alf' than my real name in real life.
Gaming Team / Clan history:
Former Commentator for the following Game Types:
Live Event Commentary
Online Tournaments, Ladders and Leagues