Xbox Ambassadors, thank you to our newest Ambassador and Community Champion of the Month – ThorX360! ThorX360 is the longtime editor of MondoXbox.com, host of its Twitch channel and administrator of its related Facebook community. He has promoted and participated in several 24-hour charity streams for Special Effect and is a positive role model for many Xbox ambassadors and members of the community in Italy and around the world. Read the Q&A below to get to know him better!
How did gaming become one of your passions?
I was born in 1985 and when I was a kid, my brother and my uncles were passionate about games. They spent a lot of time playing some great titles on Commodore 64, Amiga and Apple II, and that’s how it started. Then, when I was about 5 years old, my parents gave me the first console, an NES with Super Mario Bros., as a Christmas present. It was love at first sight, and since that day the passion never left me. It has grown day by day and gave me the opportunity to “live” many adventures with many amazing friends.
What is your favorite video game or franchise, and why?
Sea of Thieves. No doubt about it. It’s a fresh experience, every adventure is different and I love to “be more pirate” with my friends. Much more, Sea of Thieves is the best way to “break the ice” with players you don’t know because you have to work together like a real crew, and that helped me build a lot of new friendships since 2018.
How did you get started writing about video games, and do you have a favorite topic to write about in gaming?
Writing about games is a long-lasting love. In the past, I spent a lot of time online discussing my favorite games, my passion for video games, and games in general. So when in 2012 I had the chance to apply as an editor for my favorite Xbox Fansite, MondoXbox, I jumped at the chance. In fact, I write very different content, but I love writing examples of future titles because it gives you the opportunity to take an early look at new projects and share your first impressions with the community.
What does a healthy society mean to you?
From my point of view, a healthy society should first and foremost be inclusive and safe for all players. Each player is unique and everyone deserves a place where they can have fun. This is why I daily embrace the Xbox Ambassador Pledge to promote kindness and respect when we play together and also when we talk about games (online or in real life).
How do you think online communities positively impact the lives of gamers?
I think, especially in the last 18 months, online communities have shown that they can help people stay in touch, forget distance, and overcome difficulties. This is so important for many players and we as players should be proud to be a part of it.
What do you like to do outside of gaming?
I’m a full time dad right now, so I spend almost all of my free time with my eleven month old baby, my wife, and our pet. In addition to this, I am a passionate runner, so I use a run whenever I can!
Do you have a favorite Xbox Ambassadors memory that you would like to share?
Of course! In 2019, I attended the second Italian Xbox Fanfest in Milan along with other amazing ambassadors. It was a big event and we had a lot of fun together, but most of the time we spent a lot of time with other Xbox fans, talking about games and what it means to be an Xbox ambassador. Many of them did not know the Xbox Ambassador program, and it was such a great feeling to share with them the principles of the program and how each player can help make the community a better place for everyone.
What message do you have as Ambassador of the Month to other members of the Xbox Ambassador community?
Games are about fun, so … enjoy it and be positive with yourself and everyone else!
That’s our spotlight on ThorX360 for now! If you want to see more content related to him, you can also check out his streams for MondoXbox or his personal Twitch channel.