22nd December, 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: Caroline Travison.
Hi Caroline, thank you for taking the time out of your day to be part of this series.
“Oh! I am honored to be part of it. I’m excited. It’s awesome.”
Can you briefly explain what you do?
“I work for a certain cell phone company that is not Apple. I have held all kind of jobs, but currently I am working to assist the sales teams and in taking care of their customers. They call me a Sales coordinator, but I’ve had probably five or six different jobs with this company. And I’ve been with them for thirteen or fourteen years now. Which is a pretty long time. Some would say too long! [giggles]”
And how much time do you get to spend playing games?
“Oh my gosh. I used to spend a ridiculous amount of time playing games. I’d work a full time job, so that’s forty hours. And every day I would come home and play for about five to six hours. But over the past two years my game time has been reduced a lot. Now I’m lucky to get an hour to two. But that’s not counting things like phone games. Which I do during the day, anyway.”
Do you have a favorite game at the moment?
“Actually no. I just got a new data card for my phone. So I had to delete all my games off of my work phone and only keep the apps on it that we use for work. Luckily I was able to upgrade from a 2gig to an 8gig card. So now I can download some games again and get back to playing Fruit Ninja, which was one of my favorites. And I like to play a chess simulator on there, because I’m terrible at chess and I want to get better. I also play World of Warcraft and have just gotten the new expansion Mists of Pandaria for that yesterday. I’m really excited about that. It’s a lot of fun.”
So you’ve been getting a lot of Panda action then?
“Yes! WunnTrueKevin and I played last night and got our pandas up to level 9. We both decided to play the Monk class, just to see what that was like. We’re not sure if we’ll ever take those characters up to any sort of high level, but we wanted to play through the area and experience the monk class so that we could later decide if it as something we wanted to do on a level cap character. And then I woke up, this is terrible, my Internet went down at 3am the other day when it launched. So I was really upset. So I woke up at 4am this morning so that I could play. I played from 4am to about 7 o’clock just exploring the panda area and doing the Battle Pets. I was never a big Pokémon person, but for some reason I’m really enjoying the Battle pets in World of Warcraft. I don’t know why.”
What was the thing you were looking forward to most in the new expansion?
“I love anything that uses Chinese and Japanese architecture, Culture and/or music, anything like that. And I didn’t look at the beta and didn’t look at anybody’s videos. I kept myself really spoiler free for this expansion, as opposed to previous ones where I absorbed every spoiler I could. I was really excited about them, but this one I decided I was going to go spoiler free and I’m so glad that I did. The first time you get to go in there and see the level of detail and the music, it’s breathtaking and overwhelming.”
What are some other games that you’ve been playing?
“Oh gosh. I just got Fallout: New Vegas on Steam and I’ve just started that. I’ve only put in 2 hours so far, but I really like it a lot. It unfortunately took a back seat to World of Warcraft, so once I catch up a little bit in World of Warcraft I’m going to will switch back to New Vegas. I really love any kind of open world game like that, like Skyrim. I’m a fan of first person shooters. And I’m enjoying April (Viking_lass) and James (Iyagovos) doing their streaming on indielove. I’m getting some game ideas from watching them play. I might have to go and get Terraria, Amnesia, Sword and Sorcery and some of the other ones that they’ve played that look like a lot of fun.”
Do you have time to finish games? Or do you have a stack of games waiting to be completed?
“Oh no, It’s very rare for me to have a game that I actually finish and play all the way through because I have so much work to do and right now my time is very limited. So I play as much as I can and then it’s all I can do to get on to the next game an experience it. I used to be much more of a completist and I couldn’t even move on to the next game before I had that one completely done. But now I’m just happy to have any game time at all. I played Skyrim and there is so much content to explore and so many side quests that you can just play and play forever. I logged a lot of hours in there without ever finishing the fus-ro-dah storyline, but it’s something that I’m planning to go back and do because I loved that game so much. I’m a little bit interested in a possible MMO for that universe, but since they’re setting it in a different time period I’m kind of reserving judgment until I see what they come up with. But I really loved Skyrim. I’m definitely going to go back and revisit that one.”
You mentioned that it was a long time since you completed a game. What was the last game you completed? Do you remember?
“I would have to say that it was probably Portal 2, which was last year, so that wasn’t that long ago. I played that one all the way through which was a lot of fun. I never got to do the co-op campaign, but the single player was a lot of fun. It was shorter than I expected though. I was hoping for a little bit longer game but I love Portal. I think it’s fantastic.”
What draws you to the games that you play? What do they have in common?
“I love PVP [Player versus Player]. So that’s one thing that I love about World of Warcraft is interacting with real people. So anything I get that involves me like Halo, anything like that where I’m actually competing with other people; Like Team Fortress 2, that kind of thing. I really enjoy pitting my mind against somebody else’s instead of a computer. But I also like anything with a dystopian future, anything where the world is destroyed and society has reformed itself, I love stuff like that. I’m not as big into survival horror games as I used to be, but there are so many good one’s coming out; I may have to give those a second try.”
Is there anything coming out that you’re looking forward to?
“I was looking forward to The Secret World, but I didn’t hear any rave reviews about it so I never got it. Plus World of Warcraft was also coming out with the new expansion. I know that Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to be going ‘Free to Play’ soon, and I did play that game a little bit when it came out. I leveled a character up to level 10. I’m excited for that to be free to play, so I can try some of the other storylines then. But I’m not real sure what else is coming out.”
You mentioned World of Warcraft. Do you have a favorite platform that you play games on? Is it just the PC for you?
“Yeah, I just have the PC right now and it’s getting pretty old. I’ve been replacing parts in it here and there for a while now and kind of Frankensteining it together. But I think it’s reached its limit. So I might need to make the investment for a new rig soon since I would like to be able to push the graphics up to “High” and experience the games like that for a change. Right now I’m stuck to the lower registers, because my poor little machine can’t handle the awesome graphics these days. [laughs]”
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’ve thought about this, because I used to watch Inside the Actor’s studio all the time. This is going to be cheesy, but I’m going to say: Love.”
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What draws you into a game?
4. What turns you off of a game?
“Other players [laughs]”
5. What game mechanic do you love?
6. What game mechanic do you hate?
“Invisible walls drive me crazy. I hate those. I hit one in Mists of Pandaria this morning and I got really angry. There was this beautiful gigantic building and it wouldn’t let me walk up the steps. And I was thinking: ‘you guys! How much longer would it have taken for you to put in that bit of code so that I could walk up those ten steps.’”
7. What is your favorite curse word?
8. What game that you’ve not played would you like to pick up?
“The Day Z expansion for ArmA 2. Nizman has been bugging everybody to get into that. I want to try that one.”
9. What games do you steer clear from?
“Most phone games and or Facebook games. Those time-wasters. I can grind in World of Warcraft if I want to grind.”
10. If you were to design a game, what would be the name of the main character?
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 want to pimp ‘Ladies of Leet’, because I think it’s the best chick gaming podcast out there and I love listening to them discuss whatever. They’re fantastic so go listen to it even if you’re not a chick. And also Rest in Peace Star Wars Galaxies. I knew you well and I miss you. It was sad to see you go, but it was about time.”