Whether it’s console, online, board or card, Dr Sarah Abramowski of Belconnen Animal Hospital in Weetangera, ACT, can’t get enough of gaming.
“I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t gaming. When I was a kid, my dad used to play a variety of games on his computer and it was always great fun to play with him. My first console was a Super Nintendo, quickly followed by a Nintendo 64. I then worked my way through all the different PlayStation consoles in my teenage years.
“At present I have 10 different gaming consoles attached to my television, all ready to go at a moment’s notice. I’ve just added an Xbox One and I’m sure I’ll be purchasing the back generations soon. I also have a collection of hand-held devices such as Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 3DS.
“Everyone has a different opinion about the best game of all time but for me, it’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It was released 19 years ago and was a game I played for hours as a kid. It was recently re-released on the 3DS and I purchased that system just so I could play it again.
“The gameplay and graphics have stood up incredibly well for such an old game and it was a pleasure to immerse myself in it again.
“I’m a proper nerd and embrace geek culture. I love board games and have a group of friends that play Pathfinder, which is like a new version of Dungeons & Dragons. There’s another board game called Betrayal at House on the Hill that is amazing. It’s different every time you play it. I’m also big on card games. When I’m with my family, we play 500 at every get-together.
“I’m obsessed with Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings. One of the things on my bucket list is to go to the USA and attend one of the big Comic-Cons there.
“Gaming is also a very good way of assessing someone’s personality. People who get overly frustrated while playing are usually not the type of people I want to hang out with. The way a person plays a cooperative game, like Gears of War, quickly reveals what they are really like.
“Gaming is a great way to unwind after a hectic day at work. It’s complete escapism. Being a vet is very stressful and sometimes you can’t find a solution to a specific problem. On the other hand, gaming is a straightforward quest with very clear goals. It makes it really easy to unwind and have some fun.”