An Interview With YouTube Gamer Daithi De Nogla
Using broadband to game online can be a great way to make new friends. Just ask Irish Youtuber Daithi De Nogla – he’s made 6.84 million of them! Best known for his awesome gaming, hilarious rage and random outbursts of gibberish, watching his videos is just – if not more – entertaining than playing yourself!
In our recent issue of PLAY Magazine, we caught up with the Limerick born gamer to discuss growing up with games, his favourite titles, and a whole lot more…
Was there anything, in particular, that got you into gaming?
My brothers – I’m the youngest of the family but I didn’t play that much at first. I definitely watched them play a lot. I probably first really got into gaming when I got my first handheld GAME BOY. I loved to play Pokémon and Harvest Moon.
Can you remember the first game you ever played?
Wow, that’s so long ago. It was probably when I had the chickenpox. I was staying off school and I needed something to distract me. That’s about 15 years ago! It was probably Donkey Kong 64 on the Nintendo 64.
So you’re big into Minecraft – what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever made?
I’ve just got into it this year and have been mostly going on adventures with my friends, but we’ve made some fun stuff. We built a Chick-fil-A and a KFC in the Minecraft World just for fun.
So with Minecraft – there’s lots of building stuff – are you good at that kind of thing in real life?
No – terrible! I didn’t play much with lego when I was a kid; I was more into sport and video games. My girlfriend is way better at building than me! She built stuff all the time growing up. She just knows what to do whereas I’d be there reading the instructions. But I’m far better at video games than she is, so that makes it ok!
We’ve seen you playing Super Mario Maker – what was the first Mario game you ever played?
Ah yeah, they’re always good family games. Mario Tennis was the first I played. We had a Nintendo 64 that we played on a big square TV. It was 24 inches, but 24 inches on all sides! I was fed up playing where we had it and decided to move the whole set-up into my room. So I was carrying the massive TV and dropped it! I smashed the screen and yeah, that’s what I remember when I think of Mario Tennis!
If you had to pick – what’s your all-time favourite game?
It’s so hard to pick. That’s definitely the worst question to ask someone who plays games! Call Of Duty would be up there. No particular one, but I’ve invested a lot of time in it. The Pokemon series too. I spent a lot of my younger years playing Pokémon and I’m actually really looking forward to getting around to playing the new one! UNO’s also great both on and offline!
Can you pick one game from this year that really stands out as gold-standard?
It’d have to be Man of Medan. It’s a horror, choice-based game and I really like story choice-based games like that.
Is there anything in gaming that you’re looking forward to?
Pokémon Sword and Shield is the main one. I’m also pretty excited to play on the Google Stadia. And, I can’t wait for Animal Crossing: New Horizons next year!
Did you ever imagine this would be something you’d be doing?
No! Not at all. Back then, it wasn’t a thing. I suppose if I was growing up now, I probably would want to become a Youtube gamer. I was lucky though – I was in the right place at the right time and I got in early. It was better than what I ever could have imagined!
Was there one game in particular that really made your viewership spike?
“Youtube’s like a wave. You get a wave of success, but it’s up and down. I’ve been doing it for seven years and I think the first thing to spike it was probably Call Of Duty Black Ops 2, then next probably came GMod, then Grand Theft Auto V and more recently, Minecraft.
Do you have a massive collection of consoles or are you a minimalistic kinda guy?
So, the first console I owned myself was an Xbox 360. I bought it with the money I got from working a summer job. I’d nothing older then but now I’ve started buying every console I can think of as well as tons of classic games. I’m really enjoying collecting them.
Are you big into anime too?
Yeah, I watch quite a bit of that. I like the popular ones like My Hero Academia and also the likes of Fireforce. I’m really interested in going to Japan for the culture of anime. My brother was just there and he sent me loads of cool pictures!
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