PLAYER SPOTLIGHT - Soundfsilence Written by Cro Morgan 14 Feb'10 - 10:33
The voice of the ITST, Soundfsilence has been a member since February of 2009. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, the UK resident is a fan of most sports, unhealthy food and guitar shredding. When the twenty-seven-year-old is not providing commentary for ITST TV, Soundfsilence can be found on the court were he is currently ranked 35th on the recently launched Sim tour.
Name: Pep Age: 27 Born: Bangkok, Thailand Currently Reside: Berkshire, UK Profession: Recruiter Single or Married: In between single and married, so unfortunately I’m not available (sorry girls).
Story behind your Gamertag: I love the Simon and Garfunkel song ‘The Sound of Silence’ so it’s named after that. And no, I didn’t make a typo, I left off the ‘o’ intentionally.
Describe your gaming set-up: Basic set-up on 32” TV. One day, hopefully I’ll get around to having a proper surround sound system.
How many hours a week do you typically spend playing video games: Too many! I am making up for lost time as I didn’t touch video games from the age of 16 to 26. It’s like I’ve been revived after all those years.
Favorite video game that doesn't involve a fuzzy ball and a racquet: Currently addicted to Modern Warfare 2. Previously addicted to Call of Duty: World at War. Probably will be addicted to Call of Duty: Vietnam.
After a tough loss, have you ever broken a controller, kicked the dog, awoke a neighbor: There have been times when I wanted to throw the controller, I never thought that was possible, but it sure is if you play Top Spin 3 and like to be competitive! It’s usually after a big point that I worked hard for and should win, but miss a ridiculously easy shot. Losses are always tough, I’m used to them now as they come quite often to me.
Does your wife/girlfriend/significant other support your gaming habit: Well, I have my own personal cheerleader when I play tournament matches, and that is my girlfriend! Most of the time though, she doesn’t like my gaming habit as she is missing out on her valuable TV time. But we compromise.
Favorite sport: Tennis! I enjoy playing and watching most sports. Pretty good with rackets (or anything that involves hitting a ball). I watch Rugby, Football, Snooker, Darts, Cricket and it goes on!
Favorite recording artist/band: Steve Vai. I’m really into fast electric guitar, shredding, other guys I really like are Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci. Grew up listening to Guns N’ Roses, then moved onto Smashing Pumpkins.
Favorite song: A really cool song that’s come into my head now is “Best of You," by Foo Fighters! Favorite though is ‘Whispering a Prayer’ by Steve Vai.
Favorite movie: Apocalypto (above). A brutal movie this, but I think it shows how cruel the world can be. Great action though. A more light hearted fav is ‘The Rock.'
It's your last meal, what would you choose to eat: Anything unhealthy I generally like! I am trying to be healthy this year 2010, and so far not had any crisps (or potato chips to Americans?) To choose a ‘last meal’ has to be an unlimited amount of barbeque seafood, prawns, mussels, squids, deep fried fish with fresh chili sauce (Thai or Indonesian style). Spicy Chicken wings with sticky rice. Add some duck and noodles then it’s perfect.
Favorite chilled beverage: Water. It must be cold though. You might be thinking, Boring!? But no, I really do like water. I’m a very pure guy.
If you could have a meal with any three people, past or present, who would they be: Paul Gilbert (above) – so I can talk to him about Guitar stuff non stop; Charlize Theron – to have her beautiful presence; Karen Hardy (professional dancer) – maybe I can have a dance after dinner, Salsa.
Hobbies other than gaming: Tennis, Guitar, Bowling, Pool, Driving, eating nice food and good game of poker (and board games/quizzes). Oh I forgot, commentating on ITST TV (below).
Favorite male player (current): Rafa Nadal. I remember watching him when he was 17, playing at Wimbledon 2003, 3rd round he lost to Srichaphan. Everyone was talking about his potential then, and it is great to see how he came through the ranks and only a few years later took Roland Garros. You can see that tennis means a lot to him, he plays with so much passion. Most of all, he is a gracious whether win or lose.
Favorite male player (all-time): It has to be Pete Sampras. I grew up watching Pistol Pete’s domination on Wimbledon. The spin he was able to generate from his serve is crazy.. and the amount of 2nd serve aces he got on crucial points. Real shame he never got Roland Garros. Why oh why is he not in Top Spin 3? Another fav is Paradorn Srichaphan, of course being Thai, I support my countryman! When he was on form, he had the shots to beat anyone.
Favorite female player (current): If I’m honest, I don’t follow the WTA, but I do love Amelie Mauresmo (above). I think she’s gorgeous, LOL. Now she’s retired, I’d go for Kim Clijsters (not for the looks this time).
Favorite female player (all-time): Steffi Graf. Legendary player. She’s got the full package.
Federer or Nadal: Federer is the most graceful and elegant player to ever play the sport, but Nadal edges it for me, due to the way he conducts himself and how noble he is. He is the ultimate sportsman for me. Federer is supreme, but smirks a bit too often Smile You need both of them to see how truly amazing they are.
Favorite tournament: Wimbledon. This is the home of Tennis, the tournament everyone wants to win. I’ve attended a couple of times, the first time I actually took my tennis racket LOL. I’ve been in court No. 1, watched Venus Williams Vs Tamarind Tanasugarn (again supporting my country woman).
LIFE ON THE ITST TOUR
Lefty or Righty: Righty. But do play Lefty from time to time. You know mixing it up, keep your opponents guessing.
Favorite surface/court: Grass. The courts just look great. Favourite court is the Boston one. I like how the grass is well worn from serve & volley, and baseline runs.
Describe your style of play: All rounder. A jack of all trades. Can do everything, but not an expert on anything. I like the high speed, high stamina combination and I like to hit risks. Satisfying when you see a nice clean winner, that you had to get the timing perfect. I normally set the grunt to Power shots (or serve and power shots). It adds more emphasis to the shot and hopefully scares the opponent.
Who would you consider to be your greatest rival on the tour: Main rival was once Tombs. But now it seems I always get the better of him. I can sense rivalry coming up with Marlonbrando, Petrelli and few others if I can get further in tournaments.
Most memorable victory: Beating andonirxb, saving one match point in the 2nd set. 6-7, 7-6, 7-6. This was my first victory ever also. The match was intense, I never saw a breakpoint as andonirxb serves likes Ivanisevic. A lot of fun, it was so much like a real tennis match. The mental aspect was real tense. In the 3rd set tie-break, andonirxb hit a double fault! I was able to hold on to the mini break. Fantastic feeling.
Most disappointing loss: Not got that far in competitions to really have a loss worthy of being the most disappointing. When I lose a match knowing I can play better, that’s quite disappointing. No more talk of disappointments, onwards an upwards for Sim Tour 2010!!!