1.) That’s a lot of systems! Which one do you use the most?
I prefer PC, as it’s more convenient to me, but some games (like the Assassin’s Creed franchise) are stunning on the PS3.
2.) What’s your favorite game of all time and what’s your favorite game right now?
My favourite game of all time? Final Fantasy VI (originally released in North America as Final Fantasy III) is up there, along with – of all things – Grim Fandango. My favorite game right now is Star Wars: The Old Republic.
3.) Do you have any interesting gaming achievements or stories?
I started an in-game protest once: it was a bit silly, a bit serious, and, as far as I know, fairly civil.
I used to play City of Heroes quite regularly and was on Virtue server. City of Heroes has an excellent character costume creator, but at the time, there weren’t many fan service options for male characters – basically, female costume options included miniskirts to tights to trousers and everything else, and males had only a few options.
So I started a protest. Right in Atlas Park on Virtue server. And, more to my surprise, some people agreed, and we got a crowd doing the signs emote…I still can’t believe I did that.
4.) Who is your gaming heroine?
My game heroine is no one really big, though I do admire all the ladies that work with Ubisoft, from the Frag Dolls to the localization specialists. My heroine is actually a fellow gamer, a girl from Malta, who plays game series like Silent Hill HD Collection; through talking with her, I accepted the fact I was a gamer, and that it was okay. My involvement with the gaming industry and game journalism intensified after meeting her. I finally found my voice.
5.) If you could change one thing about the way the gaming community views/treats women, what would it be?
Just one thing? That what types of games I play shouldn’t matter. Girls should not have to be more masculine than the guys just to be able to play Starcraft II or Eve Online or Marvel Vs. Capcom or whatever, and we’re not weak if we don’t play those games. There’s still this idea that girls play certain games and guys play certain other games, and never the twain shall meet.
6.) What are your life goals/aspirations?
I have a few aspirations: I want to get my PhD in online communication in the next ten years (I already have an MA). I want to work in a position where I can combine my interests in how people use, respond to, and interact with technology.
7.) Do gamers or your family ever give you flack for being a girl who likes to game?
Yes. My family can be a bit harsh – but I game plenty with friends. I have traveled, and my friends have scattered also. It can be my social time, sometimes, going around as a group doing quests and pretending to be a space rogue. But I get it from other gamers too. Girls don’t play MMOs and stuff like that. I don’t hear it as often, anymore, but I’ve been lucky.
8.) Do you have anything you do that you would like to promote?
Read. Read different things, different authors, genres. Read to learn a language, read to learn how to write. And if you want to make games, or write about games, make time to read.
9.) Anything else interesting you would like to share?
Games reach global audiences now. AAA studios are international – and even get language-specific actors and actresses, Italian, French, things like that. There are indie publishers that are localization studios – they localise and bring into English games like 999 and Chantelise. (Aksys Studios and Carpe Fulgur, I believe, respectively.) There are many fans out there, many views, many different experiences. I think it’s a very good thing – it’s entertainment, but it can bring so many unique people and experiences together.