Hello all and welcome to another 22 Questions interview. Things are warming up outside [where I live atleast] which is always good. Get out there and enjoy it [but be sure to bring your Palm or Laptop to still read the interview of course]. For this week’s interview I had a chat with The Game Dame herself. When she isn’t posing as one of my favorite game icons, she is writing on her own blog as well as contributing to other gaming sites. Below is my interview with The Game Dame, have a look and enjoy.
- What is Your Gaming Alias:
- What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:
A lot of people don’t know this, but I was actually born clutching a tiny joystick in my left hand.
- Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You Into Gaming:
My parents were/are both gamers. Ms. Pac Man was their poison until Tetris came out. We started with Atari and worked our way through various consoles over the years, but we were all pretty big Nintendo fans.
- First Game That Had You Hooked:
I was a huge Q-bert fan. You did NOT mess with me when I was playing Q-bert.
- Little Known Fact:
I have a genius IQ and was invited to join MENSA.
- If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About:
“Wokka Wokka Wokka: The rise and fall of Pac Man.” He came from the back streets of Harlem to make it big, but it didn’t take long before a little bump here and there turned into a $2,000 a week habit. When he woke up one night in the corner, covered in dots, he knew it was time to get into rehab. He checked himself in… and then he met HER. The rest is history.
- How Did You Get Involved In the Gaming Industry:
Sean Jordan (Mr. Spoiler Pants from G4) contacted me via MySpace in 2005. He was working with Femme Fatales magazine at the time and they were looking for a girl gamer to write reviews. He asked if I’d do it. I agreed and The Game Dame was born.
- What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:
I like getting the inside scoop about the industry before anyone else does. It makes me feel special.
- What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:
Talking in my sleep. I’ve been told I carry on complete conversations without any mumbling or slurred speech. For some reason I’m usually catering to people at a party and saying stuff like, “Can I get you something to drink? No? Alright. Well come meet my friend over here. Oh! You are just HILARIOUS!” I guess I just have an active imagination.
- Closest You Have Come to Death:
At my second birthday party, I had a piñata. There’s film somewhere of my cousin going up to bat blindfolded, raring back to smack the hell out of that poor rainbow-colored donkey and then as he’s swinging full force, I decide to waddle right in front of the bat. My other cousin swooped me out of the way at the very last millisecond and no one got hurt.
- Last Gadget Purchased:
A second nunchuck for my Wii.
- Song You Are Currently Listening to:
“Phenomena” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:
Oldboy. Chan-wook Park is an incredible director and that movie has the craziest/best ending ever.
- What Person Has Had a Large Impact on Your Life:
Charles Bukowski. He may have been a dirty old drunken man, but he embraced that and captured his character in some of the most amazing prose, poetry and short stories I’ve ever read. He may not have been a poster child, but he never apologized for who he was. He just was.
- What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:
The Professional (León) is quite possibly my favorite movie of all time. I think it has the perfect plot for a kick ass game. I think you should be able to play through the game as León in a single-player FPS. Then, when you win, you would unlock the ability to play as Matilda and a mini game where you could do hits in a timed environment. That would rock.
- Favorite Arcade Addiction:
Ms. Pac Man. I can totally kick your ass at Missy P. It’s in my blood.
- What is Your Drink or Snack of Choice While Gaming:
I like bite-sized snacks you can grab during cut-scenes and loading screens without making a huge mess or getting crap all over your controller. I’ve got an insatiable sweet tooth, so it’s usually something sugary. Right now I’m hooked on Whole Foods mini vanilla wafers.
- Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:
Resident Evil 5. 4 was so effing flawless… I can’t wait to see what goodies we get in the next title.
- Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:
Red Steel for the Wii. When I first read about it, I was totally stoked, but it had the WORST final boss battle EVER and the controls were lacking.
- What Sites Are You Involved With:
- Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:
I want Nintendo to come up with a boxing/fighting game that enables you to customize your opponents face. That way, you can upload pictures of your ex or your awful boss or whoever you’re irritated with that day and just wail on them. It’d be video game therapy AND a workout.
- What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:
A lot of gamers are shy, withdrawn uber-intelligent geeks. But guess what? Being a geek is sexy now. Own it. Work it. You might’ve gotten picked on in elementary school for caring more about if-then statements than recess, but now is your time to shine. Don’t be ashamed of your geekiness. Embrace it. It’s hot.
Thanks so much for the interview. You seem to be writing for a lot of sites which sounds really fun and interesting. Keep up the great work. Readers, be sure to drop by her blog, appropriately named “The Game Dame” and have a read, I assure you it is worth your time.
I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s interview. Stay tuned next week for another great person. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you have at firstname.lastname@example.org.