STACK’s Roving Reporter takes five with Todd de Largie at JB Hi-Fi Home, Myaree WA.
What’s the best thing about working in games at JB?
No other job I’ve worked compares to the uniqueness of being in the games department, let alone working for JB Hi-Fi. Being able to engage with customers about my lifelong passion for gaming, really is a retail dream. There aren’t many people in the world today who can say they love what they do for a living.
What’s your earliest video gaming memory?
In the late 1970s my parents bought my three older brothers a Hanimex HMG 1292 game console. I came along in ’81, so it took a few years before I was capable of picking up a controller, but playing my first game “Tennis” (a bootleg Pong) had me fascinated and, before I knew it, I was hooked! That was until my parents invested shortly after in one of my favourite gaming consoles of all time, the Commodore 64… What a machine!
What’s your all-time favourite game series?
I’m a massive fan of the Final Fantasy series (particularly 1-9), however, my favourite of all time would have to be a SNES action RPG called Terranigma. It makes you a god on Earth! Besides having a creative story and side quests where the player can have some impact on the game world, Terranigma includes wonderful visuals and an emotionally charged soundtrack.
What have you been playing lately?
I’ve been pushing myself to getting into the habit of finishing games I start, as I’ve had a bad habit in the past of not doing so (we’ve all been there right?) I recently completed Returnal and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which were so well polished I didn’t want to put the controller down!
What would be your desert island console?
I think the Nintendo Switch is the perfect electronic companion that would keep me entertained for all my desert island needs. I’ve got such a huge library of indie games I’ve bought that I don’t think I’d ever get bored!