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.
Isabela Oliveira is a renaissance geek, in the sense that she knows a little about a whole lot of things. She is always looking for the next great TV show to marathon and for the next exciting thing to learn and write about. In her spare time, she writes and manages social media for The Geek Embassy and works to dismantle the patriarchy in Vancouver, Washington.