“Wow, she is so cool Dad, she is a rockstar! You have to ask her for an interview!” So spoke Retro James after I showed him one of her Twitch broadcasts. I happily obliged, she happily accepted, and so she is today’s guest, here on our blog, for the “we are gamers” series.
A versatile person, with a flair for engaging gamers at all levels, she can stream for hours and still keep you glued to your screen. Time to get to know her better: come on Ellis, the floor is yours…
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1. Welcome Ellis and a big “thank you” for accepting my invitation to be interviewed for the blog. For a starter, please introduce yourself to RGL’s readers.
Hi! I am Ellis, or as my Twitch username, EllisTheWise. I am a variety streamer from the Netherlands. I started Twitch last January (2021) after a friend recommended it to me. I have always been a huge nerd for a lot of things but I never imagined to feel so welcomed in the Twitch community.
In my daily life I work as a game developer, 3D artist, and light installation artist. I also teach these things at the local Art Academy. I have got some funky hobbies like kickboxing and medicinal herbology, and I like to ferment things (which includes making my own booze).
2. What was the first video game you ever played?
Oh… Hmm, that must have been a children’s game… it was either “Freddy Fish” or “Word Rescue“. WR was actually pretty difficult since my first language is not English.
3. What about the first gaming system you ever owned?
I think that was a Windows 95, it was an old desktop from my dad. I loved the s*** out of that thing and ultimately destroyed it from the inside out after I discovered the nonsensical folders in the “system32” folder were not useless files that I could delete 🙂 . My dad was clueless as to what could have happened.
4. Were you an arcade gamer? If you were, what about your favorite titles back in the 90s/2000s?
The only thing we used to have in the house, was a pinball machine. I have no idea what kind of machine it was, it was my dad’s, but to this day I have got a spot for pinball machines in my heart. I also at some point played some Pac-Man on an arcade machine but we did not have many where I am from.
5. I am going to name a few video game genres: please tell me your favorite retro title for each of them:
Tomb Raider II and III (PC, windows 95, windows 98)
Crystal Caves (PC, windows 3.1)
C) Puzzle Games
Supaplex (PC, windows 3.1)
D) Role-playing games
Castle of the Winds. (PC, windows 3.1)
E) Racing Games
Mario Kart, obviously! (Super Nintendo)
Oof, I have got to say I am not fond of soccer, so I got none.
G) Sports Games
Does Battle Chess count as Sports?
H) Any other games whose genre I did not mention?
Well, Doom is definitely my favorite shooter. But it is a bit more than a shooter, in my opinion! And I have got a very warm place in my heart for all sorts of text-based games.
6. While growing up, what gaming system did you have the most fun with? Are you still a regular gamer?
I have been a great fan of PC games since that was the platform I was the most familiar with, but on vacation my Game Boy was glued to my hands! I do not play the Game Boy anymore but I use my phone from time to time to port gameboy games or play other titles. I actually play the most on PC. If it were not for my carpal tunnel, I would game a lot more!
7. What is your relationship with the online gaming world? Do you play online with your friends/family members/random gamers?
I have a couple of friends that like to play games. I have got a ridiculous amount of hours in Ark Survival (Steam counts them) and Elder Scrolls Online, but I prefer lower-paced games better, like Minecraft. I have got one amazing friend who likes exactly the same things as I do, we are gaming siblings and play together a lot.
8. What are your finest memories related to video games?
I remember being definitely under 10 years old when my dad wired up a local LAN connection and played multiplayer Doom with me. It left mental scars, but I became a huge fan of Doom, haha.
I did not have a very good connection with most people my age during my teens, so often I would play video games at home. They give still give me a very nice feeling of safety and I can still seek refuge in them. I also have a lot of fond memories of playing Mario games on SNES and Gamecube with friends, those games are so much fun with others!
9. What prompted you to start a Twitch channel?
My best friend told me to do it, and I kind of caved after a few weeks of nagging, haha. Sometimes other people know better what I like than me.
10. What is the goal of EllisTheWise?
I hope to establish myself as a solid streamer in this world! I love creating a community, making people feel at home, and chat about the nerdiest things (I have little nerdy friends, so Twitch opened that world wide up for me).
On the other hand, I hope to be able to keep combining this with my current job, since I truly love making video games and I would be sad to not be able to do that anymore.
11. Last but not least: any future plans or secret wishes?
I desperately want to travel to Canada to learn all about rural life there. I want to learn to shoot (gun / bow and arrow), prepare my own food, gather my own food, and all that stuff. It has been in planning already for a long time, but Covid cut that one off very swiftly.
Then, in the near future, I would love to buy a large house with a couple of friends and live in a sort of community (yes, that does sound a bit like a cult, but I promise you it is not the case, haha!). And it would be great if that house stands in nature, but we will see :).