26th 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: Cheyenne Rayne.
Hi Cheyenne, can you briefly explain what you do?
“As far as responsibilities, I work in customer service and tech support, I am attending college, currently taking classes in computer sciences, and I volunteer, primarily at a wildlife rehabilitation center.”
Does that leave you a great deal of time to play games?
“Sadly, no, my responsibilities do not leave me a lot of time to participate in hobbies that I enjoy such as gaming. Most of the time that I do find to play them now, it is multiplayers with friends as opposed to the single player RPGs and such that I would also play more often if I had more time. I do, however, really enjoy playing any video games when I get the time. “
What would your perfect night of gaming look like? Who’s there and what do you play?
“It depends, sometimes I have different mood towards gaming. If I were in the mood to be alone, it would be me in my dark room, in my gaming chair, playing some RPGs and listening to great music. If I wanted to be around people, it would be a bunch of friends gathered around with food and drinks and some multiplayer FPSs.”
Any game(s) that you are playing through at the moment?
“No, not at the moment, with the spare time I do have to play games, it’s typically playing around with the old classics from Nintendo or getting in some time with friends playing multiplayer FPSs like COD, LFD, TF2, or Natural Selection. Although, I have developed a recent love for Minecraft.”
Can you talk a bit about some of the costumes you’re working on?
“I am just finishing up a Kasumi costume. I will be debuting some photos of that in the next month or so. I am also working on a Western Steampunk costume that should be finished in the next couple of months. After that, a batman villain… or two!… might be done. We shall see!”
Do you feel that being a cosplayer has influenced the games that you play?
“I don’t really think so, no. I suppose on the rare occasion I see an awesome cosplay that I don’t recognize, then I find out what it is from and go check that out, but it’s not often. Really, I would say it is more the other way around. My games influence my cosplay. My favorite cosplay thus far is sort of from my favorite video game because my favorite is Final Fantasy X and my favorit cosplay is Thief Rikkyu from Final Fantasy X-2.”
Does character design play a big part in what games you play? Or do you just pick characters from games that you like and work from there?
“Character design doesn’t play a large role in the games I play although it can make a difference between which ones I enjoy more and consider favorites. I do typically pick characters from games I like. I chose Rikku not for her costume but because I really loved her as a person.”
What were some of your favorite costumes to put together?
“I loved putting Rikku together. It was my first cosplay and had always kind of been a dream since I first played the game when I was like 13. I was always concerned about money, judgement, not doing it well, etc. I am really glad I did it though because I enjoyed making it, wearing it, getting compliments all the time, etc.”
Back to games a little bit.
What was the last game that you finished?
“I haven’t played through a lot of games lately, it’s been more multiplayer fun. The last one I actually played through was Final Fantasy XIII.”
Any upcoming games that you’re looking forward to?
“I’m looking forward to the new Gears of War, the new Tomb Raider, the new Metal Gear, and the new Resident Evil. I’m hoping that changes in work, school, and living situation will allow me enough to time to actually play them through.”
Do you have a favorite platform that you play games on? And can you explain why it is your favorite?
“I’ve gone through phases that have resulted in me loving all consoles truly and equally. As a small child, it was Nintendo, this developed into Playstation for most of my older childhood and then xbox then came into my life, and once I discovered PC gaming at around 16, I fell in love with that as well.”
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?
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What draws you into a game?
4. What turns you off of a game?
“It’s hard to explain.”
5. What game mechanic do you love?
“I am open to all kinds of games but I love turn based fighting.”
6. What game mechanic do you hate?
“I don’t care for very linear games.”
7. What is your favorite curse word?
8. What game that you’ve not played would you like to pick up?
9. What games do you steer clear from?
“Games in the range of GTA.”
10. If you were to design a game, what would be the name of the main character?