A Talk With A Geeky Girl Gamer: Amber Hilton

24th 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: Amber Hilton.

Hi Amber, first off, thank you for taking the time out of your day to be part of this series.
“No problem, my pleasure!”

What I wanted to do is put the spotlight on as many great Ladies of Gaming as I could gather. And in that regard I couldn’t pass you by.
“I’m honored.”

Can you briefly explain what you do?
“I’m studying physiology at university, which is basically just fiddling around with body parts for three to four hours at a time, so that’s nice. I’m actually on vacation at the moment; which means that I’m working in an aluminum smelter, which is just as pleasant as it sounds; If you like sweeping floors for twelve hours a day.”

It’s good to see that university education at work there.
“Oh yeah totally. I have my foot firmly in the door there for a career in manual labor. Which is exactly what I was hoping to get into.”

Amber Hilton

Amber Hilton

Does that leave you a great deal of time to play games?
“At the university: definitely, because all the work there is optional anyway. As long as you show up for the exams everything will be fine, right? With the work now, since it’s twelve hours a day and an hour to travel to and from there each day, I don’t really have that much time left at the moment. Although they have me working for four days on and then four days I’m off, which is quite nice. I find that I’m really appreciating those four days off much more now. I do spend a lot of time on the computer catching up with friends on Steam. By friends I do mean the video game characters, really. I don’t play multiplayer all that often, but it’s good fun nonetheless.”

What are some of the games that you play?
“Recently I’ve been playing a lot of Minecraft, like a LOT of Minecraft. I just stopped playing to do this interview, in fact. I don’t know what it is about that game. I mean, I bought like a hundred to two hundred dollars worth of games on Steam when they had their last sale. And I’ve barely played any of them. I play more Minecraft in a week than I’ve played any of the games I got on steam. It’s pretty insane; I have to say.”

Are you a social gamer? Do you play with friends (online?)
“I didn’t use to, because it was just too difficult. Especially playing online, with the New Zeeland Internet. It’s been getting better and I’ve been playing Minecraft (again) yesterday. Doing a few survivor games online. Didn’t do that well, but it was fun.”

Do you have a gaming guilty pleasure?
“I swear that everyone has touched those awful anime dating-sim type games. I really enjoy those. And I don’t know why! I think it’s just the story driven part of it. But I definitely never talk to people about that. But since you’re asking.”

Most people won’t understand this, but what color is your hair, currently?
“It is light pink with orange. Because I haven’t dyed it in a few weeks and it’s been fading out. I was actually planning to dye it later today and color it purple. I just like to swap it round a bit.”

Amber Hilton

Amber Hilton

What do you get from playing games?
“It gives me a sense of achievement and it calms me down. I really like games where you can build and create stuff.”

Like, let’s say, Minecraft?
“Yeah! It’s funny you should mention that, I do quite like me some Minecraft.

But when you’ve been working at something for a while and then you finally see it in front of you completed – it’s such a great feeling; Even if nobody else can see it.”

So what do you build? What’s the biggest thing that you’ve built so far?
“I am currently working on a castle, which I kind of want to use as a PvP map. I’ve spent months working on a town. Building all of the houses and spawning NPC’s in them. And they never walked back into their house again. They would always just wander off into a puddle or something. It just felt like I was doing something good fro the community, which wasn’t actually there. But I’m sure that in my heart I believe that they appreciated it.”

Even though it was imaginary?
“Yeah. It gives me a sense that I’ve done some good in the world.”

Are there any upcoming things that you’re excited about?
“Definitely Pokémon X and Y. Ever since I was just a tiny little eight-year-old, I have always been dreaming of one day there will be a 3d Pokémon game. And it’s finally coming and I can’t even believe it. Screw having paper-thin screens for everything, that doesn’t matter. The future is having a 3d Pokémon game. That is the defining thing for me.”

Amber Hilton

Amber Hilton

Do you have a favorite platform that you play games on? And can you explain why it is your favorite?
“I don’t use consoles so much, because they tend to be quite expensive over here in New Zeeland, like when the PS3 came out it was upwards of a thousand dollars here – roughly $850 USD. I did contemplate getting a Wii-U for Christmas, though. But that didn’t happen. My main platform is my PC. Mostly Steam games, which can be quite cheap at times. Can’t really go wrong there.”

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 the ironic YOLO at the moment; but solely ironic, definitely not used with the actual intention.”

2. What is your least favorite word?
“Word that looks different to how they are pronounced. Like Colonel, where do those l’s come from? It gets me every time.”

3. What draws you into a game?
“The creative element; and that just be a character customizer. I will spend hours just tweaking the character and then end up not even touching the main game.”

4. What turns you off of a game?
“Probably online pvp-type things that don’t have good balancing; so you end up on your first go with a bunch of pro players and you get creamed over and over. It’s just not fun.”

5. What game mechanic do you love?
“I love anything to do with experience points and leveling up. They incorporated this in a language-training site (www.duolingo.com) and it really motivates me to do better than my five friends there, and be a higher level than they are.”

6. What game mechanic do you hate?
“Excessive grinding. If I have to do the same thing over and over and I don’t feel I’m getting any sort of reward from it, I get tired of it very easily.”

7. What is your favorite curse word?
“Bollocks! It’s just a fun word.”

8. What game that you’ve not played would you like to pick up?
“I did buy the first two on Steam, but I have yet to play the Far Cry series, and also Scribblenauts.”

9. What games do you steer clear from?
“I don’t like really realistic military FPS games. I don’t find them fun at all. I’d much rather play Team Fortress 2.”

10. If you were to design a game, what would be the name of the main character?
“Probably would have to go with something like Leaf; something that a parent wouldn’t really name their child. But at the same time sounds believable within the game world. It’s a very Japanese role-playing game thing to do. Like the hero in Final Fantasy VII is named Cloud. I have yet to meet somebody that is named that, but it makes sense in the game.”

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 would like to tell the readers to from this point forward refer to you as Seabass in their heads. As I have for the past, however many years.”

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Posted on: May 24, 2013

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