29th October, 2012 - Posted by Mashupman -
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: Raychul Moore.
Hi Raychul, can you briefly explain what you do?
“Sure! I am a video game journalist. I have been working in the industry for about seven or eight years now. I started in editorial for GamePro, both online and in print. And then I gradually moved over to the video side of things. And now I mainly do video coverage, like interviews, news shows, reviews. But I will occasionally write an article or two.”
So how much time do you get to spend on playing games?
”I spend over eight hours a day, easily, playing video games. Since I work from home I can just play them all day.”
Does that mean you just blast through games? Or do you dig in and play them for hours and hours?
“Yeah I definitely don’t do the speed run thing. Because I like to fully immerse myself in a game. And that means exploring every inch of the world and doing all the side missions before I get into the story missions. So I basically just turn the real world off and go into my game and don’t leave it. Some times I can be playing all day and it’ll be midnight when I realize I haven’t eaten or drank anything all day, Just because I’m so ‘in it’ and I just love that.”
Picture this for me. It’s Wednesday night. You have three hours back to back to play a video game. What do you play and why?
“I’ll probably play whatever I’m playing at the time. Like right now I’m playing the Skyrim ‘build a house’ DLC and I’m also in the middle of Darksiders 2. And I need to get through both of those because Borderlands 2 is coming out soon and I will want to play that. SO yeah, it’ll probably be whatever I’m playing at that moment.”
Looking at your website raychul.com you have a large section devoted to cosplays. What are some of your favorite game characters to cosplay as?
“My personal favorite was definitely Kratos, because I am such a huge God of War fan. And getting to almost be Kratos was just so much fun! Also I’d have to go with female Nathan Drake and Catherine was a lot of fun to do. I didn’t think a lot of people would recognize that character, but they did. And it’s always fun to be a cute character.”
It sounds like you’re doing a lot of Gender Benders there
“It’s a lot more fun to do the guy characters, because I get more creative control. And for example with Kratos, I had to study him more closely than some of the female characters I’ve done. Because anybody can take a picture and kind of emulate it. But when I do a male character, I have to figure out what makes that character what he is. And then figure out how to translate those assets and traits into a more female character.”
And obviously you need to incorporate some sort of a bikini, because Kratos is pretty much naked all the time.
“Yeah I did have to figure out how to do Kratos not topless. If Kratos had a top, what would it be; is what I needed to figure out.”
What does a character need to have in order for you to cosplay them?
“I have to like the character, the game, the movie, the comic. I have to be a fan. I don’t understand cosplaying as something that you’re not a fan of. Because to me, cosplaying is something to show your ultimate fan-girlism about something you love. So yeah, I have to be passionate and be a fan of that character or game.”
In that regard: Have you ever anticipated cosplaying a character from a game. Only to then play said game and find out that you don’t like it?
“Yes! I’d have to say that one of those was Lollipop Chainsaw. You’d think that character would be perfect for me. She’s blonde, she’s giggly and she loves to murder things. That’s pretty much me. But the game was just really poor. So that was very disappointing.”
Now that the convention season is pretty much over, do you have any idea what your next cosplay will be?
“I am working on a female Han Solo. [giggles] Which is really nerve racking. Because with doing the male characters, there isn’t a lot of leeway; you either nail it, or you don’t. You either do it correctly or it’s terrible. And I’m really nervous about doing a female Han Solo, but I’m going to give it a try. Because I am a huge Star Wars fan and Han is my second favorite character. R2-D2 is my favorite, but I’m not sure how you could pull of an R2-D2. So I’m going to go with Han Solo.”
Why do you play video games?
“I really like being able to do and be something I can never be in real life. I can’t curb-stomp locusts in real life. I can’t be an Italian Plumber that stomps on silly mushroom-looking creatures, either. In games I get to be that. I get to be the hero or the murderer. I get to really step out of the normal, I guess.”
What makes any specific game fun for you to play?
“First and foremost for me is the gameplay and that also includes the controls. If your graphics are gorgeous, but the gameplay is so horrible that I’m fighting the game more than I’m fighting the enemies; then I can’t get the satisfaction I want from your game. I need good gameplay first. And then of course story and characters, voice acting and I think to me the graphics come in last place.”
Can you talk about some of the games that you are playing through at the moment?
“I am playing though the Skyrim DLC Hearthfire. It’s all right. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Skyrim, but I am a fan of building things so I got the DLC thinking I was going to build something, but instead I ended up clicking “accept” a lot. And there’s not a lot of customization. So my house probably looks exactly the same as everybody else’s. So that was a little disappointing. But I did hear that you get to murder children, so that was another reason for me to pick up this DLC. [Giggles]”
“I’m also playing Darksiders 2, which is fun. I do have to wrestle the camera some times. But all in all it’s a fun game. It’s entertaining, so I’m enjoying myself through that.”
And evidently there’s a lot of murdering that draws you in
“Yes! I do love murdering in my games. Even in the Sims I find ways to lock them in basements and remove the doors. Only to gleefully watch them pee in a corner and kill themselves.”
Do you have a favorite platform that you play games on? And can you explain why it is your favorite?
“I think in this generation each one is great for different things. The Wii is great for party games. For having friends come over and do some couch co-op games. That’s definitely where the Wii’s strength lies.”
“Love my PlayStation 3 for first party games. Out of the PS3 and Xbox360, the PS3 has the strongest first party support. But then I will play my Xbox360 for all online games and for achievements. I love those.”
What are some of the things you’re looking forward to, in terms of gaming?
“Borderlands 2, Torchlight 2 and Dishonored for this year and next year will be all about The Last of Us, God of War Ascension and BioShock Infinite.”
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?
“Probably puppies. [Laughs] It’s such a cute word on it’s own. It’s already adorable. But then the image you get in your head is even cuter than the word itself. And you can never say Puppy in a mean voice. You always have to say it in a happy cheerful voice.”
2. What is your least favorite word?
“Bitch. I hate that word. I cannot think of a worse thing to call me. I know other girls can think of worse words to call somebody and those tend to make me laugh. But calling me a Bitch is the meanest thing you can say to me.”
3. What draws you into a game?
“The escapism. The environments. The ability to be me, but in a video game sense. And even some times to be the complete opposite of myself in a video game. Maybe instead of being the nice person, I’ll be the baby-killing version of myself for a change.”
4. What turns you off of a game?
“I’d have to say realism, but not in the way a game like Uncharted is realistic. But the recent direction of Grand Theft Auto turned me off because of how real it is. The fact that I need to drive for five minutes to go anywhere. Or that I have my girlfriends calling me every five minutes to hang out with them. That’s just not fun for me. If I were going to play an open world game like that, I’d rather play an over the top game like Saints Row, instead.”
5. What game mechanic do you love?
“I love the way some games’ combat feels. Some games get the feeling of shooting an enemy, wrong. You shoot an enemy and you just don’t feel it. I love the games that get all the combinations right. The feeling of shooting it, the recoil, the sounds, the way the controller vibrates and the enemy’s reaction to getting shot. That is a very gratifying feeling. When you get that headshot and you’re like ‘Yeah!” that just feels good.”
6. What game mechanic do you hate?
“The sound that a puppy or a dog makes in a game when you kill it, that squeal. I hate that sound. I’d be fine with games not having that anymore. And Spiders. Can we stop having RPGs have big giant spiders in them? Because spiders are my biggest fear. And not in a good way, they’re just gross.”
7. What is your favorite curse word?
“I like this question. I’d have to say it’s probably ’Fuck’ because it’s such a strong word. When you use it, people instantly know you mean business.”
8. What game that you’ve not played would you like to pick up?
“Dark Souls and Demon Souls. I’ve not played either, they always came out at the wrong time for me. I’ve heard such nice things about them and they seem like totally my kind of games. I just haven’t been able to pick either of them up yet.”
9. What games do you steer clear from?
“Any of the Call of Duty titles, I have no interest in those. I find those games too generic and unoriginal.”
10. If you were to design a game, what would be the name of the main character?
“It would probably be a dude. I don’t know though. Every time I think of names for my (future) kids, all of my guy names are already named after video game characters. So I’d probably name them after some other game character. Or a TV character like Dexter or Anakin. Something like that.”
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?
“First I want to thank you as well and all the readers for reading the article! For more people can go to my twitter which is over at http://www.twitter.com/theraychul”