A Talk With A Geeky Girl Gamer: Renee ‘Iceflow’ Valentine

25th September, 2012 - Posted by Mashupman - 1 Comment

Gamerweblog.com is putting together a series of interviews with gaming ladies of all walks of life. In an effort to put the spotlight on what many still believe is a rarity, the girl who is an avid gamer. Today we highlight: Renee Valentine, better known online as ‘Iceflow’

First off, thank you for taking the time out of your day to be part of this series.
“Oh no problem. Thank you so much for having me, it’s awesome.”

Can you briefly explain what you do?
“I am a software developer for an insurance claims clearance house. The software that I work on enables doctor’s offices to talk to insurance companies and all that.”

Does that leave you a great deal of time to play games?
“Actually, yes, I don’t have to work weekends and my working days are from eight to five. And I don’t have any kids so I can play games when I want, unless the TV distracts me. Generally I get a good amount of time to play games, though.”

Renee Valentine

Renee Valentine

What is your go-to game when you get a few hours of playtime?
“Um. I like to hop around between games. But I tend to fall back into World of Warcraft, which I’ve played since 2006. So that has been pretty much my go-to game.”

Ok, and do you belong to any Guild in particular?
“Yes! I actually belong to two guilds. One is the Alea Icta Est and I belong to the Control Alt Wow guild as well. I try to split my time between them pretty evenly.”

And what are some of the other games that you enjoy playing?
“Let’s see. Right now at this moment on my iPhone I’m playing Pocket Planes and No Zombies allowed. I also play a game called Call of Atlantis, which is very addictive. And then on my PC I play World of Warcraft obviously and Tropico 4; which is super addictive and a ton of fun to play. I also just bought Guild Wars 2 and I’ve played that one for a little bit.”

So mostly MMOs and strategy type games then?
“Yes, even though I really like RPG games as well though. I play lots of different games though. I’ve played tons of The Sims and I’m still playing it too. There are very few games that I don’t like. So it’s just certain categories I don’t get into. I just played though the second chapter of the Walking Dead episodic game. It’s very good. I actually found it better than the TV series.”

“Playing games wasn’t something I really did when I was younger. I used to be more into boys back then. But now, playing games has become a big part of my life, as I have gotten older.”

Renee Valentine

Renee Valentine

What are some of your favorite game characters?
“Oh gosh! This is weird, but one of my favorite game characters is one that brought me into the world of gaming was Lara Croft. And I played so much Tomb Raider when I was a freshman in college, I would go over to this guy’s room, just to play that game. I didn’t care about that guy I just wanted to play the game. And that was all over when I finally got my own PlayStation 2. And I loved her character and the things she was able to do. And I just found it empowering to see a powerful woman taking the lead in a video game and doing awesome stuff, even if she was scantily clad. She’s definitively one of my favorites.”

Given the choice, do you play primarily male or female characters, and why is that?
“Female.  I believe I’ve only played a male character by choice once. Back when I started playing World of Warcraft in 2006 I selected a male Tauren shaman. But other than that it’s been female. And that’s because most of the time the females are prettier and the guys aren’t as cool. The guys tend to be hulking and that turns me off of them a little bit. So I tend to pick a female character instead. And even the tough females look cooler than the tougher male characters. I generally go towards female characters.”

Any game(s) that you are playing through at the moment?
“Let me see. Tropico 4, Civilization 5 and strangely I’ve been playing a lot of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, which is an older game; but I love it. I’m also playing World of Goo. And of course the other games that I mentioned before like WoW and the iPhone games. I tend to split my time between multiple games so I don’t get too bored playing them all the time.”

I hear you talk a lot about PC games. Is that the only platform that you play games on? Do you have any consoles that you play games on?
“I actually have a PlayStation 3 and an Xbox360; which I haven’t played as much since I moved to my new house back in the spring. I don’t have a clear reason for it, because I love my consoles and that’s what I started off on as a gamer. I’m a console gamer at heart. So I’m going to go back to them, but there are just so many good PC games right now. But I am starting to miss sitting on the couch and playing games on the big screen TV. The only thing I have been playing is a fitness game called Your Shape Evolved2012. It’s a lot of fun and it really kicks my but some times.”

Renee Valentine

Renee Valentine

To conclude the article, I’d like to use this set of ten questions that I have prepared to include in every interview. For this I have taken inspiration from Bernard Pigott and James Lipton (Inside The Actor’s Studio).

Here they are, the Trivial Ten!

1. What is your favorite word?
“I have a lot, but probably Pomegranate, I love the way it sounds.”

2. What is your least favorite word?
“Moist. Even though I’m trying to gain power over it, because people know I hate it so much and they tend to tease me with it.”

3. What draws you into a game?
“Probably the story and the graphics and gameplay.”

4. What turns you off of a game?
“I’m a completist, so this is tough. But I don’t like it when the instructions aren’t clear. And it’s not that I need to be coddled in the game. But I want to know what the game wants me to do.”

5. What game mechanic do you love?
“I like turn based games, because it gives me time to make a decision.”

6. What game mechanic do you hate?
“Oh my gosh, I hate PVP. It is the bane of my existence. Which is funny because all the MMOs that I play have it in there; but I avoid it like the plague.”

7. What is your favorite curse word?
“[Laughs] Fuck. It’s not original, but it is my favorite. Especially when I get really into a game and I die, I will yell it out and scare my husband.”

8. What game that you’ve not played would you like to pick up?
“I don’t know; I pick up games like it’s going out of style. Most of the times if I want it I’ll pick it up. Batman: Arkham City. I loved Arkham Asylum and I don’t have that one yet.”

9. What games do you steer clear from?
“Sports games. I have never bought a sports game and I have no desire to ever buy a sports game.”

10. If you were to design a game, what would be the name of the main character?
“Oh this is a tough one. It would be a story game with puzzles, and a female character. Her name would be Kona.”

I would like to take this moment that thank you for answers. And would like to leave you some space for any final comments you may have for the readers. Is there anything in particular you want to share?
“I just want people to know that ‘You be you’ and don’t worry about what anybody thinks of you. If you like games, own it and it’s okay. This is one of the best times to be a gamer there have ever been. And if they want to know more about me they can follow me on www.twitter.com/TheIceFlow and also on my podcast called ValentineCast that I run with my husband J Valentine. The website for that is www.valentinecast.com, so check us out!”

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Posted on: September 25, 2012

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