Interview with Theory

Sozzals
Hi folks

Today I’m joined by Theory. Some of you know him as Swefriend, Potatolover or another potato related name.  Theory is from the Feenix era of Pyran and is known for making the most awful jokes in Pyran, the kind of jokes that are so bad that you end up laughing anyway.

How are you today Theory?

Theory
Im good thank you, and you?

Sozzals
Grand grand. So tell us Theory, what was the very first video game you ever played that got you into gaming?

Theory
It started out mainly with Red Alert and Heroes of Might and Magic 3, but my interest for video games back that was not that high. Finally I got into Runescape Classic, which a friend of mine introduced me to.

Sozzals
Is that where you met your girlfriend?

Theory
Yes, I played runescape since 2002 and I got to know her in 2005 when I was 15, but it was not until I turned 23 that we decided to see eachother.

Sozzals
That’s super cute. I love it when gaming couples get together! Tell us more about your gaming career. After Runescape – did you move onto other MMOs?

Theory
In 2004 me and Matched started playing World of Warcraft togheter, which I played frequently for many years, even to this day I enjoy it but the last expansions have not peaked my interest. After the second expansion I moved on to other MMOs, a few which I remember are FFXIV and Planetside 2.

Sozzals
Tell us what you’re playing these days and who you’re playing with!

Theory
Oh, it varies a lot these days and I quite quickly move on as there are too many interesting games out there these days. I’m still stuck playing World of Warcraft on the private server Excalibur with a swedish guild. On my non raid days I tend to enjoy Diablo 2 with Sozzals, Nogall, and Albeans currently.

I’ve also been playing some Heroes of the Storm, with Tzyx (Jim), Sozzals and Barry (& other members of Pyran), but it is one of those games I dont seem to improve much on these days. On and off I’m also enjoying games such as grim dawn/titanquest and Planetside 2 / Overwatch but those games to tend to only be for a couple of days before I’m back in the same cycle.

Sozzals
It’s been really fun and nostalgic playing Diablo 2 with you guys. I hope more people join in (we’re on europe ladder) !! Tell us about Doctor Theory then and your work at university.

Theory
I’m not quite a doctor yet. I’m about to finish my masters degree in Applied Biotechnology this year, which is the study of microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, moulds etc) for development and discovery of medicines, food additives, genetic diseases and antibiotics to name a few.

Currently, I’m working on a protein that was discovered in pigs when they checked for why some pigs have more muscle and less fat in their bodies, this same protein in humans is known to address a lot of scenarios such as wound healing and is also a trigger for certain diseases.

Sozzals
That’s pretty exciting stuff. Are you a “save the world and all mankind” kinda scientist or one of those evil scientists we see in movies? If Hydra offered you a job, would you take it?

Theory
Haha that is an interesting question, what pays the best? In all seriousness though, I think what is important to me is to know that I’ve made a difference. This can be a broad spectrum of things, but saving the world is obviously something many, if not most scientists would like to do. The problem does not only lie with the science, but with the basic behaviour of all of us humans, how we take care of our garbage or other choices we make in our lives. There are a lot of problems that the general public is less aware of that is of great concern.

But it is not all hopeless, just this week i read an interesting article about micro- and nanoplastics (very small plastic particles) in the ocean and how some bacteria have started to eat these. One interesting read that actually made me want to start biological studies over chemistry studies came down to a project I made in high school about ocean acidification (basically how carbon dioxide which is more talked about as a greenhouse gas is causing or oceans to become acidic which is a major concern especially for coral reefs). Some days do seem more hopeless than others when it comes to this though.

I obviously have some more cruel hydra-like ideas too, but they are more interesting thought experiments than anything else -evil grin-

Sozzals
I agree, there’s a lot more we can all do – things we can change in our own attitude to our environment, like the simple act of recycling or choosing public transport over owning a car.

Doctor Theory, thank you for taking the time to chat to us today and I’ll see you on Diablo 2 later, I HEAR ITS WHAT ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE PLAYING!