In Tuesday’s post we introduced each member of the Gamely Giving team, sharing a bit more about them and uncovering their dark secrets. But there’s another member who hasn’t yet had his chance to shine in the limelight: Gaming Banana.
We first met this handsome chap during 2016 GameBlast event, when he made a surprising appearance during our stream to offer some moral support (as well as much needed sustenance). We’ve welcomed him back this year and he’s now a vital member of the team: he can be found frequently promoting the work of SpecialEffect on Twitter.
We set some time aside with the banana himself to ask him some probing questions, getting under his peel and finding out what makes him tick.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
Gaming Banana: “I came from a big bunch of loons in the Caribbean, before being picked and shipped away to England where I was bought by Nathan. I then decided to announce my presence while he was playing his PlayStation 4 one day, and my love of video games grew from there. Fun fact: I’m both a herb and a fruit (every day’s a school day). “
What’s your favourite video game or genre?
Gaming Banana: “My favourite video games would have to be World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs. I can shrug off this old peel and become anyone I wish.”
Do you have a favourite video game character?
Gaming Banana: “My favourite character is most definitely Sandal Feddic from the Dragon Age series as he’s always upbeat and happy to provide you with RUNES! Or ENCHANTMENTS, ENCHANTMENTS!! Plus, he could be the only magic-casting dwarf in all of Fereldan.”
Is it difficult playing video games, seeing as you’re a banana?
Gaming Banana: “It’s actually a lot easier than you would think for me to play video games as a banana. I can either play using my hands or telekinetic powers.”
How do you feel about the portrayal of fruit within video games?
Gaming Banana: “The portrayal of fruits is like a bad of pick-and-mix. Some are good – games such as Donkey Kong and Crash Bandicoot for example – but others give me nightmares. Don’t even mention Mario Kart or Fruit Ninja in my presence.”
Why do you support SpecialEffect?
Gaming Banana: “I support SpecialEffect as it’s a brilliant charity. It aims to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities by helping them play video games. The greatness of games should be able to be enjoyed by everyone.”
What are you most looking forward to during the marathon stream? And what are you not looking forward to?
Gaming Banana: “I’m most looking forwards to the madness of the early morning and late night streams. When it comes to forfeits, I’m not looking forward to any of the chilli challenges as I don’t want to be turned to mush!”
What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking of participating in a GameBlast event?
Gaming Banana: “Remember stay hydrated and keep your potassium levels up.”
Any last words before the start of the stream next week?
Gaming Banana: “My final words before next week’s shenanigans would be ‘I am one with the force and the force is with me’ and ‘we’re all mad here’. Much love from your friendly neighbourhood Gaming Banana!”
A big thank you to Gaming Banana for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Keep your eyes peeled (pun intended) on our Twitch channel from 16:00 GMT on Friday, 28 April 2017 – we’re sure the hero himself will be making a through appearances during our marathon stream.