A Talk With A Geeky Girl Gamer: Stacey Rebecca

2nd July, 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: Stacey Rebecca.

Hi Stacey, can you briefly explain what you do?
“I am an alternative model and cosplayer from the UK – I sew, make props and dick about at conventions and photoshoots dressed as characters from gaming and comics!”

Does that leave you a great deal of time to play games?
“Not really!  I have a full time job that I’m studying alongside (a degree in mathematics and statistics, actually) so cosplay does eat a lot of my time.  I still find time to game – I just have to be more selective in what I play!”

Do you have a go to game to blow off steam?
“I could try being cool and pretend that I like to shoot things to blow off steam, but the truth is far more disappointing!  Guitar Hero or Rock Band is usually my go to game when I need to relax – rhythm games just calm me.  If I’m in need of some serious chilling, I’ll whack on Beautiful Katamari.  Nomming up bridges and whales and shopping trolleys while listening to cute J-pop – yes please!”

Stacey Rebecca - Photo by JemeA

Stacey Rebecca - Photo by JemeA

What about cosplaying made you decide to dedicate a bunch of your time to it?
“I really only started doing cosplay as a hobby to go alongside my modelling stuff – I was just bored of wearing the same old things.  I’ve always needed some kind of creative outlet, be it drawing, decorating cakes, sewing… I guess cosplay is just a nice way of expressing myself and the kind of things that I’m into!  Plus there’s a constant learning curve, and that really excites me.  I love learning how to make things and use new techniques and materials.”

What have been some of your favorite costumes to work on, opposed to the favorites to wear?
“Zsasz and Connor are probably my two favourites that I’ve worked on, purely because they were both huge challenges.  I’m really enjoying working on my new one (new Uncanny X-Men Magik) as I’m getting to grips with props and armour – I think that’s the thing I find the most fun about cosplay!”

Any costumes planned that you care to talk about?
“The Magik one I’m really excited about, because she’s a character I’ve had my eye on for some time now.  When I saw the new costume design, it was an instant decision to get her straight onto my list.  I have quite a few other costumes that I’m thinking about, but I like to keep things under wraps – I like giving people sneak peeks and seeing their guesses!”

What are some of the things a character absolutely must have, for you to consider taking them on?
“I’ll take any character on really, as long as they are a character that I’m really into.  I tend to look at things from an aesthetic point of view though – if I think it could work on a female body and stand out in a crowd, I’ll go for it.”

Stacey Rebecca - Photo by First Person Shooter

Stacey Rebecca - Photo by First Person Shooter

Okay, back to games a little bit
Any game(s) that you are playing through at the moment?
“I’ve just completed Assassin’s Creed with 100% sync and I’m currently stuck in game limbo, undecided as to what to play next… It will probably be Tomb Raider or Bioshock Infinite, I just can’t decide!”

What was the last game you finish? What did you think after you finished it?
“I wasn’t blown away with AC3 but I’m such a slave to the franchise that I didn’t really care.  It was okay.  Some of the improvements they made were great, but I wasn’t crazy about Connor.  I’m really looking forward to meeting the new protagonist, Edward though!”

What are some of the upcoming things that you’re excited about?
“ERMAGHERD BURTMURN.  I think it’s safe to say that I’m looking forward to Batman: Arkham Origins, even though the development has changed hands.  And I’m off to New York Comic Con in October which I’m super stoked about!  I’m so lucky to be able to do see the world, so I’m making the most of it while it lasts.  I’m hoping to return to Florida for Megacon next year and maybe hit up the West coast too.”

Do you have a favorite platform that you play games on? And can you explain why it is your favorite?
“I own an Xbox 360, 3DS and a PC – but I spend most of my time with the Xbox.  I think part of it is the controller, part of it is the achievements, my friends, the ability to shout at my telly and watch Netflix without getting up to find the remote…”

Stacey Rebecca - Photo by Brian Harris

Stacey Rebecca - Photo by Brian Harris

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?
“The world.”

4. What turns you off of a game?
“Other players.”

5. What game mechanic do you love?
“Levelling up!”

6. What game mechanic do you hate?
“Timed events.  Stressful!”

7. What is your favorite curse word?
“Oh.  It’s fuck.”

8. What game that you’ve not played would you like to pick up?
“Far Cry 3.”

9. What games do you steer clear from?
“Shooters.  ERGH!”

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?
“Thanks for reading!  If you want to see me in person, check my Facebook page for my convention schedule – I’ve got a lot on this year :)”

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Posted on: July 2, 2013

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