STACK’s Roving Reporter takes five with Morgan Armstrong at JB Macarthur Square, NSW.
What’s the best thing about working in games at JB?
Getting customers excited about all the avenues you can explore when you want to get into gaming – PC, console, mobile gaming and all the amazing add-ons, features and accessories you can get to make your gaming experience as immersive and enjoyable as possible. Trying to take the stress out of helping parents shop with, or for their kids, is almost always really rewarding, especially when you hand a bag with a new console or game in it to a younger kid and they’re absolutely beaming with excitement.
What’s your earliest video gaming memory?
The earliest thing I can remember would be the year that my brother and I received a Nintendo 64 as a shared Christmas gift, and it felt like that viral video with those kids losing their absolute minds screaming “NINTENDO SIXTY-FOOOOOOUURRRR!!” …and this is what kicked off our shared obsession with The Legend of Zelda as kids. Ocarina of Time forever!
What’s your all-time favourite game series?
My favourite game series is definitely The Elder Scrolls franchise (and just about anything Bethesda, really). The year that I received The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for my Xbox 360, I spent my entire holiday break tearing open Oblivion gate after Oblivion gate in a dark room, armed with an array of snacks and drinks to carry me through my treacherous journey!
What have you been playing lately?
At the moment I’ve gone right back – as I always do – to The Binding of Isaac. I think I’ve purchased a copy of this game on just about every platform I use so far and after almost 10 years of playing, I’m still finding new content, hidden items, rooms and enemies that I’ve never come across before. I love arcade games and dungeon crawlers, so Isaac always ticks my boxes for an easy to hop in-and-out game that’s fairly casual.
What would be your desert island console?
I’d have to go with my Nintendo Switch because of the library available. A nice genre mix of everything from arcade to RPG, you’d have something to play for every mood – even Cooking Mama if food source is a little scarce on said island, and you want to live vicariously through a virtual chef.