13th May, 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: Cali Mist.
Hi Cali, can you briefly explain what you do?
“What do I do? That’s a really good question, half the time I have trouble answering it myself!”
“These days I’ve been writing. I’m working on a book series with (Twitter @StonedCognition) on cooking with cannabis. We post free recipes online on our website here http://www.fuckinstoners.com. I also life-coach, take up freelance writing gigs, and run/own/maintain a number of websites mostly food related.”
How much time does that usually leave for you to burn away playing video games?
“The freedom and flexibility of being an entrepreneur at the best of times gives me a ton of free time for gaming and at the worst of times leaves me craving my controller BAD!”
What are some of the games that you’re playing right now.
“Right now I’m tearing up in Torchlight 2, it really is the most brilliant Diablo clone. Some might say BETTER than Diablo III. The first Torchlight was purchased for me by an ex-boyfriend and I really got into it but the one thing that it was missing was the engaging online play. I’ve already purchased copies for a few of my friends to make them obligated to play with me.”
“The other game that I’m digging into is Borderlands 2. I’ve got an entire stack of games on my desk that are just dying to be played now that my boyfriend has a job and I’m rocking some free time.”
Do you have a favorite game that you play to blow off stress? What about it makes it good for that for you?
“The Left 4 Dead series is completely and utterly mindless, and I like that. I used to be an FFXI addict and I’ve since successfully broken the addiction. There is something amazing about playing with mostly Asian players and getting to witness all of the cute ASCII character smileys instead of the usual WoW banter of WTF, DPS, NOOB. （￣□￣；）”
“I had a moment of weakness and tried to recover my password for FFXI. I move around a lot and I couldn’t remember all the information that they needed (address, cc, phone numbers) as well as a blood sample. Apparently to recover a password you need to send in forms with your ID and get it notarized! Madness.”
Do you recall what it was like when you got your first video games console at home? What did you play on it?
“Do I remember it? I remember being a tiny little girl and getting my dad to lift me up onto the top of the glass display cases in the gaming exchange stores. My first system was the Sega Masters System and I was a total Wonderboy fan girl. I really loved the diversity of the series. The first one was a total platformer while the following ones had RPG aspects. My dad bought a 60″ television at one point and we moved it out onto the covered porch in the front yard at the lake. I think I spent an entire summer sitting on the outdoor couch, getting yelled at by my mother about how my game was going to “burn into the screen”. It never did, but one of the neighborhood children did think markers and crayons would make a nice addition to the screen.”
“I also remember my brother waking me up nearly every morning in the summers so he could watch me play video games. He’s an avid gamer now and having more than one level 70 character in FFXI speaks for itself, but back in the day he was terrible at video games but really wanted to get in on the storylines so he’d wake me up to watch me play.”
Are there any games coming out soon that you’re excited about?
“I’d like to say Halo 4, but I’m not. Elder Scrolls Online looks like it could be promising.”
What are some of your biggest pet peeves about video games?
“The direction that gaming has gone in the last several years really has had me fuming. It seems like the time of really classic story driven RPGs is dead. I find myself missing “the good old days” and honestly, it makes me feel old!”
“My biggest pet peeve? War games, I know right? It seems like every girl is in love with COD! The game, and games like it are just too realistic and I think they normalize what is going on right now overseas. The whole situation with human beings harming other human beings really makes me sick. Don’t even get me started on America’s Army! Don’t blame me for being too uptight, I’m all for more cartoony games like Team Fortress 2 and Halo.”
What are some of your all-time favorite games?
“Azure Dreams is my favorite game of all time. You get to pick up ladies, as if that wasn’t enough when you get to a high enough level in the tower you get to zoom around on a motorcycle that looks like a penis. I like making the girls jealous.”
“The Disgaea series is certainly notable, the first being my favorite. So much thought goes into every item. The comedy in the game is enjoyable and the cuteness factor mixed with the cheesy storyline is just overwhelmingly cool.”
“Final Fantasy Series; there isn’t really much to say about it that hasn’t been said. Kupo!
“L4D; groundbreaking co-op play! Who hasn’t wanted to live through the zombie apocalypse? And besides Dead Space, terrifyingly awesome.”
“Stupid XBL arcade games like Arcade Poker and Settlers of Catan. Super Mario World never gets old. I’ve beaten it at least 50 times and I’m sure before I die I’ll beat it 50 more times. TMNT: Turtles in time. I can beat this one in record time, a brilliant game!”
Do you have a favorite platform that you play games on? And can you explain why it is your favorite?
“I’m the kind of person who is incapable of not owning every platform. At least, this was the case in the past. It brings me deep sadness to see that there aren’t many really amazing console specific games anymore. My game library and lists of consoles are extensive. I have almost any system that you can imagine back to the Atari. I’ve got several arcade games as well, including one that was passed down to me by my uncle who won it in a bar by having the all time high score. When I’m done renovating my house I’d love to convert the garage into a gaming/smoking/drinking room. Talk about good times!”
“Can I pick a favorite? In my opinion the 360 has to been the strongest console if only for XBOX live. If you would have asked me 10 years ago, I would have told you I was a PlayStation girl for life. I’ve also got a killer Asus ROG gaming laptop and that’s what I play on the most unless I want to relax away from the computer on my 60” 3D Plasma Smart TV, then it’s 360. UNLESS it’s 3D gaming, then it’s back to the PS3.”
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?
“Mew… meowwww. Meeeeh! Any variation of cat sounds.”
2. What is your least favorite word?
“Poop. I don’t know why, it just offends me. Keep your poop to yourself bro.”
3. What draws you into a game?
“Storyline! Satisfying game-play. Endless grinding.”
4. What turns you off of a game?
“Stealth. I spend enough time hiding myself from harsh realities, I don’t need to spend time hiding in video games as well.”
5. What game mechanic do you love?
“I loved the whole dress-sphere and changing class deal in FFX-2. I realize I’m the only person who liked that game.”
6. What game mechanic do you hate?
“I guess this is a lack of mechanic, but I hate not being able to re-spec or change classes.”
7. What is your favorite curse word?
“FUCKKKKKK… there is something so satisfying about it.”
8. What game that you’ve not played would you like to pick up?
“Resident Evil 6, but I just ordered it so it’s on it’s way. I want to own more arcade machines.”
9. What games do you steer clear from?
“As I’ve said, anything that is too true to life in the war department or stealth games.”
10. If you were to design a game, what would be the name of the main character?
“Sir Queefton, just kidding I really have no idea. Final Fantasy already got all the good names. “
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?
“Thank you for reading! and be sure to chack em out on facebook and youtube!”