Jessica Lynn is a 28-year-old gamer living in Oregon. She originally hails from Idaho, and is the mother of two gamers in the making. She is the first mom gamer featured on my site, and I was very interested to find out how she balanced gaming with parenting.
1. So, where does VoodoGirl come from?
My gamertags on PSN and XBL are both VoodoGirl, which is from a Tim Burton poem I like a lot, “Voodoo Girl.” The missing 4th o was a typo that has stuck with me.
2. What system or systems do you have?
I own a lot of consoles. PS1, PS2, PS3, NES, SNES, Gamecube, Wii, Xbox, and Xbox 360. I currently use the 360 the most; it’s my preferred console for most games. However, the NES will always be my all-time favorite.
3. What is your favorite game of all time? What is your favorite game right now?
Choosing ONE favorite game of all time is tough; my top three favs are Fallout 3, Bioshock, and Portal. At the moment, I’m currently addicted to Minecraft, which makes me giggle now because when I saw people playing the game, I thought it looked boring. You know what they say though: don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
4. What was your funniest gaming moment?
It’s hard to believe, but most guys I meet or date are not gamers – a sad but true fact. However, I dated a gamer once, and we played Resistance 2 multiplayer together all the time on PS3. Due to my work schedule, I wasn’t able to play as much as him. However, I ended up getting the trophy for earning one million XP from ranked games in online competitive mode before him. He stayed up for two nights to catch up and get the trophy. It still amuses me to this day.
5. Who is your gaming heroine?
That would be one of my very good real-life friend Mimsy, for many different reasons. She’s a really great person with an awesome personality, and has been such a positive influence on how I look at life. She brought me back into gaming.
I had lost interest in gaming sometime after the PS2 came out, which I think has a lot to do with the fact that I had my first daughter in 2002 and stopped keeping up with games and gaming in general. I met Mimsy around 2006, we worked together. She would always talk about the games she was playing and gaming in general. This eventually led to me buying an Xbox 360, and I fell in love with gaming all over again.
6. If you could change one thing about the way the gaming community views/treats women, what would it be?
I wish the gaming community would realize that gamers are gamers. Having a specific reproductive organ does not make you any better or worse – it shouldn’t matter. There’s also so much negativity surrounding female gamers. From the girl-on-girl hate with the ‘gurl gamer’ phenomenon to the redundant ‘go make me a sammich’ comments from guys in online games. Can’t we all just get along and game?
7. Do you ever get flack for being a girl who likes to game?
Online, there’s always some derp who thinks he’s funny, making the redundant sexist remarks we’ve all heard a million times. I spend a lot of time playing COD, so when I’m not in a party, it happens a lot. My family and friends love me and my love for gaming.
It’s been tough at times dating, because non-gamers do’’t usually understand the time a gamer spends gaming. For example, I had a boyfriend who would nag me because most of the time when he called me I was gaming. Fortunately, my fiancé accepts me how I am. He might not be a gamer, but he appreciates me for who I am and even tries to game with me. It’s cute.
8. What is your life goal?
As simple as it sounds – I just want to be happy, that is all I want from life.
9. Any words of wisdom for my readers?
I don’t think gender or age should keep anyone from gaming – do what you love!
VoodoGirl is truly an inspiration to me! I hope to still balance my time that well when I’m a mommy gamer. It is also good to know that someone else has gone through what I have with a non-gaming boyfriend, but that not all non-gamers are the same!