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Over a bottle of vodka...

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. GamesPosted by Dawnrazor Jul 21, 2010 23:33:29

For the most part, being a lone stalker is a life in anonymity... you've come to the Zone hoping to find artifacts, fortune, or just bringing a desire to learn more about what the Zone really is and how it came to be. For those who dare to venture beyond the safe areas, danger awaits, and only few truly fulfill their wishes; either because they've been through some "hostile negotiations" (ie. gunned down by military stalkers) or because they've become victims of the Brain Scorcher. Only the few are lucky enough to make it and attain fame - but that's really a shame; they become legends while everyone else is stuck in Cordon trying to get by with a rusty PMm, a loaf of bread and a bottle of vodka.

But perhaps that can be changed. Perhaps there is an opportunity for even the rookie stalkers to have their voices heard, their tales told, and their backgrounds fully exposed.

Ok ok, enough of this high-spun introduction. I got an idea yesterday and I wanted to to explore it a bit further. It's the thought of doing interviews with stalkers from the community - ie. you guys. Yes, you! After having read what feels like a million posts on various community websites, including the official GSC forums, I think it could be quite fascinating to get to talk to some of you; how did you get into playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R., what do you like the most (and least, perhaps) about the game(s), what's your background, what do you find most fascinating about the Zone, what would it take for you to kiss a snork, etc. etc. Ok, that last one might not be appropriate, but you get the idea ;) And since the community has grown ever since the release of Shadow of Chernobyl, some stalkers have begun to make a name for themselves - people know them from forums, mods, YouTube videos, and whatnot. Personally I think it could be quite fascinating to get to learn something about you guys.

So what do you think, is it an idea you see going somewhere, something you would be interested in? Either as a participant or as a listener?

In other words, would you care to share something about yourself over a bottle of vodka? ;)


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Posted by Dawnrazor Sep 03, 2010 07:05:47

Although I have been busy with the Call of Pripyat site, I haven't given up on this idea, although - as you note - it will probably take some good preparations. I've already got my eyes on some candidates, they just don't know it yet ;)

Posted by Aries1331 Sep 03, 2010 02:22:33

Wonderful idea. I would love to see a short series even, just to see how it pans out. I would suggest having a few people scope out the forums, ect... to conduct several unofficial mini interviews to find a few particularly interesting stalkers.

Posted by Dawnrazor Jul 29, 2010 23:39:25

I like to keep up with stuff on the ZSG and blog so I'm sorry for the late reply... I've been attending to some other things recently, including a few days off work.

Anyways, I think you are very right - when I read your comment I felt that it's definately something that could go both ways, so to speak. It's about finding the right persons, but again that doesn't have to mean people who have modded or otherwise become well known in the STALKER community - obviously talking to people like that will be cool, but having "a chat" with regular gamers could be quite interesting as well I think. But I am not sure how to go about it, exactly. The technical aspects should be fairly easy - TeamSpeak, Skype, whatever - record it - and you're good to go. But setting up the "interviews", asking and inviting people, that's a bit different... and even finding people may be difficult - I don't know... as you say yourself, volunteering is likely not something everyone will just do, especially if it's a new and unproven idea.

Posted by Dimitroff Jul 25, 2010 02:17:17

Sounds like a promising idea. I might want to wait to see it in action before volunteering though. I'm a virtual unknown in most stalker circles, seeing that I'm not a vidmaker, modder, or regular on any of the larger sites. So hell, why not? If we find some way to organize this, it could very well turn out epic.