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King of (d.tech) Esports: Q&A with Adan

By Julian Waterwash

Adan Salazar. Photo by author

Junior, Adan Salazar, is a local legend amongst the gaming community at d.tech. He is the founder and leader of the Esports Club, which has amassed a large amount of members. To them, he is a king. If you’re interested in joining the club, you can reach him at asalazar18@dtechhs.org

Q: What’s your favorite game?

My favorite game is Metal Gear Solid. I really like it for its enticing story and enjoyable gameplay. It feels like you’re playing a movie. The characters are super dynamic, and you have a strong connection with the main character. At the time, the game was super unique because it was a stealth game. This means you had to hide and plan your approach. I also love the boss battles, because they’re all very unique, and you have to strategize how to beat them. Also, I like how they incorporate humor into the game. For example, the bosses will say things based on games you frequently play. The developer, Hideo Kojima, is a genius and an inspiration.

Q: How long have you been playing video games?

I’ve been playing video games for about 14 years. My dad used to buy me different consoles, and it was something that we would do together. Eventually, it got to a point where I was more interested than he was. I started getting more games and playing a lot more.

Q: What game have you played for the longest?

World of Warcraft, for about three years, consistently. This game has enough content to keep me hooked, whereas other games have not as much. Also, it can be relaxing and not put much pressure on me, unlike other games.

Q: What introduced you to video games?

My dad and uncles did. My dad bought a Nintendo 64 and for my birthday got me a Playstation. I used to play with my Uncle on Xbox. I would play new games at my uncle’s house, and then buy them. I really developed a fascination with this form of entertainment.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about playing video games?

The whole escape. You can be someone else. Also the amount of artistry, along with it. So much work goes into developing these games, such as story, art, music, everything. Each game has its own flavor, and learning about how these things are made is probably my favorite part.

Q: How do you incorporate video games into your daily schedule and life.

I have a lot of video game clothing that I try and put on every day, usually. Or I fit in some games during my free time. During weekends, if i’m not working, I play for most of the day

Q: What time in the day do you play most games?

I normally play at night time. I enjoy playing at night, because it’s free of interruptions. I would consider myself a night owl.

Q: What’s your usual time in one sitting playing a game?

Normally it’s about two to three hours

Q: What’s the longest sitting you’ve ever had?

My longest sitting was for 12 hours. I mainly picked a game that had a long solo experience, and my goal was to beat that solo experience. I didn’t beat it in that sitting, but I progressed a lot in it. It was during a time where I didn’t have much to do, so I didn’t feel like it was a waste of time.

Q: Are you interested in pursuing a career as a game designer, and if so when did you realize that you wanted to?

Yes, I would. It’s something I have always been interested in, and it’s enjoyable. I became interested in middle school and learned about creating levels. The most interesting part to me, is the environment. In 8th grade, I sat down and made my first set of levels. I have been practicing, and hope to pursue it as a career.


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