Hi! My name is Isabela and I’m the intern here at Game on Girl. I help out with some of the behind the scenes stuff on the site and with the podcast.
My introduction to gaming was when I was eight, when my parents bought a Nintendo 64 for my brother. My younger brother and I obsessively played the three games we had: Donkey Kong 64, Mario Kart 64, and Star Wars Episode I: Racer. I may be terrible at them, but I still get nostalgic playing racing games. I still have the ol’ gal and she still works great. The same can’t be said for the GameCube we still have, poor thing.
A lot of people would call me a dabbler, but I prefer to think of it as being a Renaissance geek. How am I supposed to know what I like if I don’t try everything? I’ve played exactly one session of Dungeon’s and Dragons (which I loved but our group had always scheduling conflicts). I took almost all the art classes my high school offered (drawing, yes, photography, no). I studied three languages in college (French stuck, Japanese didn’t). I had a brief foray into World of Warcraft when I learned from Regina that it was free to play to level 20, but I stopped playing well before I ever got there.
It turns out that starting an MMO halfway through your last year at school is a terrible idea.
Even so, I learned something really valuable. It turns out that I love character creators. I created three WoW characters in the few weeks that I played. None of them looked anything remotely like me and they were all created with distinct personalities and traits in mind. My experience with Sims 3 was the same. I’d create new characters every few months. (It’s probably a very good thing my friends never let me play their Sims games when I was younger.)
As much as I love creating characters, I also love a good story. And more importantly, I love a good story told well. If there are also compelling characters involved, I’m hooked. Last year, I played The Walking Dead game and Gone Home… I may or may not have shed a few tears at the end of bothgame. They go at the top of my favorite games list, right next to the Portal games (come on, who doesn’t love a murderous AI?). I’m very interested to see what other ways game makers utilize unconventional storytelling in the future.
Can you guess my player type?
Yup, I’m a near even split between Role and Self. There’s maybe a few drops of mastery blood in my veins, but I’m much more of a “completionist.”
You can find me on twitter @izzorizzo. I’m a huge television dork and I love to talk (and gripe) about my favorite shows. You can also email me at Isabela@gameongirl.com or at Intern@gameongirl.com (for official site business)!
*No, I couldn’t resist making “Hello, World!” the title of my first post. It’s still the first thing they teach you how do in a programming class.