A Talk With A Geeky Girl Gamer: Sarah Fong

20th May, 2013 - Posted by Mashupman - No Comments

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: Sarah Fong

Hi Sarah, can you briefly explain what you do?
“Well if you’re referring what I do in “real life” I’m a full-time student and intern for an IT engineering department in Baltimore.”

“But if you’re referring to what I do in my free time, that would be games, anime, cosplay, the whole nine.”

Does that leave you a great deal of time to play games?
“To be honest? Not as much anymore. I currently play my Vita every night for an hour or two before bed but I can’t play games for hours upon hours a day like I once could. A couple years ago when I wasn’t in school, it was normal to see me hunched over my arcade stick practicing Street Fighter ALL DAY. I also skipped three days of school when I first picked up Dragon Age: Origins…true story.”

“Most of my gaming nowadays is mobile gaming on my Vita or DS—but I’m planning on picking up a 3DS soon too because I’m really looking forward to the new Ace Attorney games coming out next year!”

Sarah Fong  - Photo by Eurobeat Kasumi

Sarah Fong - Photo by Eurobeat Kasumi

When you do have a night to spare, what is your go-to game?
“At the moment it would be Persona 4 Golden on the PS Vita because I recently finished it on the PS2 and loved it SO much that I needed to play it again just to get all the bonus content. After I’m done that, I plan on trying to go back and purchase all the Disgaea games from PSN and play through all of those. I’ve been on an anime/JRPG kick lately, if you can’t tell.”

Since you mentioned cosplay, let’s talk about that a bit.

Would you say that being a cosplayer affects how you look at a game? (the design, the characters)?
“Looking at games from the perspective of a cosplayer is interesting. I often to have an eye for character design and, admittedly, I look at designs for their face value and think “Oh man, that’d be fun to make or wear,” but I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve said that, actually played the game and found out the game was either totally lame or that character completely sucked. Which is why in general I just play things I think I’ll like first, and then decide on a character I want to cosplay second. Doing it the other way around just doesn’t make much sense.”

What are some of your favorite characters to cosplay as? What about them is so appealing to you?
“For me my namesake is Street Fighter–I love 2D fighters (even though I’m terrible at them!) Next would probably be my newfound love for Persona, I plan on adding about a dozen different Persona cosplays to my project deck in the future.

And as far as appeal? That’s simple. I love the games so I get super amped up to cosplay the characters! Same goes with anything I watch/read/play and really enjoy.”

Sarah Fong - Photo by Paul Karpey

Sarah Fong - Photo by Paul Karpey

Can you give the readers a hint of what’s in store for the next convention season?
“I’m actually hitting the convention circuit pretty hard this year. Trying to hit NYCC for the first time in ages. Gonna do a bunch of Persona cosplay and maybe even some Soul Calibur late next year with my friends, JK Cosplay.”

Back to games a little bit

What are some of the upcoming games that you’re excited for?
“I haven’t picked it up yet but I just started playing 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors on the DS so I think I’m going to pick up the sequel (Virtue’s Last Reward) very soon. I also just pre-ordered Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney and Ni No Kuni.”

As a gamer, what do you do when trying out a new game or series?
“As in, trying to figure out how to pick them? Well, lately it’s been easy. Is it Japanese? Is it mobile? Does it have a 7/10 score or higher? Then I’ve PROBABLY heard of it and I’m PROBABLY interested. I delve in some console gaming every now and then but I take a commuter bus from southern PA to my job in Baltimore every day which is about 2 hours on the road…so mobile gaming is most convenient.”

What would you say your biggest pet peeve in gaming is these days?
“Too much of the same things and not enough risk-taking. Also not enough JRPGs and visual novels being brought over to America. Do you know how upset I am that we still have not seen Ace Attorney Investigations 2 come over? Even as a download? I’m livid.”

Sarah Fong - Photo by Coolsteel27

Sarah Fong - Photo by Coolsteel27

Do you have a favorite platform that you play games on? And can you explain why it is your favorite?
“As I said before I love my mobile consoles (I currently circulate between my 3DS and Vita) because it’s easiest for me to squeeze gaming into my very busy days that way.”

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 been told I use the word “actually” a LOT.”

2. What is your least favorite word?
“Any nickname for a vagina that isn’t “vagina.” They’re all pretty terrible.”

3. What draws you into a game?
“Character design and (reputable) critic scores”

4. What turns you off of a game?
“Generic game “X” with a typical bulky guy in generic armor with a generic gun”

5. What game mechanic do you love?
“Lucca from Chrono Trigger. (Get it?)”

6. What game mechanic do you hate?
“I hate poor resource distribution. This is my only complaint about original (PS2) Persona 4, and that is the ridiculous lack of money in that game, sheesh.”

7. What is your favorite curse word?
“More of a phrase (I seldom use it; only for very good occasions but…) ‘Eat a flying Christmas dick.’ Courtesy of a good friend of mine, that one is gold.”

8. What game that you’ve not played would you like to pick up?
“I picked up Disgaea 3 for the PS Vita and STILL haven’t cracked it open.”

9. What games do you steer clear from?
“Shooters, American bro games, anything extraordinarily typical.”

10. If you were to design a game, what would be the name of the main character?
“I like the names “Nova” and “May” for a girl – and the protagonist would definitely be female.”

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 guys for taking the time to interview me! You can find me on pretty much any major social media site. Sarah Fong Cosplay on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SarahFongCosplay), Tumblr and Instagram. SFongCosplay on Twitter. Sarah Fong on Youtube.”

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Posted on: May 20, 2013

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