15th April, 2013 - 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: Kristin Sundin Brandt.
Hi Kristin, can you briefly explain what you do?
“Brevity has never been one of my strengths! I’m a full-time working mom with two children ages 7 and 10). In my day job I own a marketing and advertising agency in Massachusetts - Sundin Associates (sundininc.com). On the side I cohost Manic Mommies (Manicmommies.com) a podcast for moms managing the chaotic combination of work and family. I also write weekly for Real Simple magazines’s Simply Stated blog.”
How do you create moments of playing games in such a busy life?
“As life gets busier I find its harder to crate those moments. My solo playing time has almost disappeared, but I still find time to play with my kids when they ask, as well as with friends. I’ve spent many an enjoyable evening with friends playing Rock Band or Dance Central.”
How important do you feel as a parent it is to stay involved in what your kids play?
“Very important. Not only is it important to know what they are playing, (what the content they are being exposed to, what privacy concerns there maybe), but many times its the only thing my son wants to talk about, and he has told me he appreciates my interest. (Specifically he said “you are such a cool mom because you play video games with me”).”
Do you have any favorite games to play together as a family?
“I like anything that is active - jumping, running, dancing. Our favorites are Kinevt Sports and Dance Central.”
As a geeky parent, do you feel that rating systems like PEGI and the ESRB give you enough guidance towards what is suitable for your kids?
“They certainly help and should not be ignored. But I like to double check the rating by reading reviews or speaking with the staff at our local Game Stop. We are now at the point where our son wants to play games my husband has played, so I trust his judgment.”
Do you still double check them yourself before allowing them, anyway?
“Not always. The exception is online games like Wizard 101, where there is an interactive element which requires we understand the security and privacy settings.”
What are some of the games that you enjoy playing for yourself?
“I have always favored the “run jump hit” type games (think super Mario or crash bandicoot). On my iPhone and iPad I play games like Angry Birds.”
Do you have a favorite platform that you play games on? And can you explain why it is your favorite?
“Our family’s platform of choice is the Xbox primarily for its flexibility and the huge selection of pre-owned content. My husband uses it once a week to play with a friend licking several towns away (current game is Gears of War). My son plays the Lego themed games (star wars, pirates, etc) and just started Prince of Persia. Our daughter likes Kinectimals.”
“We actually have two Xboxes, in addition to games we use the one in our basement to stream content including Hulu, Netflix and as a Fios box.”
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?
“Can’t pick one”
2. What is your least favorite word?
“Slacks or synergy.”
3. What draws you into a game?
“Fun! So,etching that allows me to have fun, have a laugh, or play with friends.”
4. What turns you off of a game?
“If they are overly complicated. Or have levels I have to try multiple times until I’m ready to throw the remote at my TV. (I’m having flash backs to Lara Croft drowning multiple times while I muddled through a difficult level).”
5. What game mechanic do you love?
“Voice and physical recognition (kinect). I love using my body or my voice as the controller!”
6. What game mechanic do you hate?
“Anything that requires I push some crazy button combination to make my character do the super secret special move.”
7. What is your favorite curse word?
“Frack or Jackwagon”
8. What game that you’ve not played would you like to pick up?
“Honestly can’t think of anything right now.”
9. What games do you steer clear from?
“Violent, first person shooter types. War makes me tense.”
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?
“Games can be a great way to connect with kids - not just boys, but girls too - and with other growups! At our last New Year eve party we kept the grownups entertained with a Dance Central ‘Dance off’. Give them a try!”