Why I Game: Madison

I never considered myself a gamer. To me, gamers were boys that spent their lives behind first person shooters, who devoted their time to the perfect car heist, or went on adventures with Link and Zelda. I didn’t fit the criteria that made a gamer and I wasn’t sure I wanted to be: I loved to read books, geek out over movies, I wore dresses, and it took me a year to learn what people meant when they were “playing COD”. But really, I’ve been playing video games for as long as I can remember. I became a gamer girl without even realizing it when I turned seven because of two discoveries: Kingdom...

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Why I Game: Kates

I wasn’t an avid gamer growing up, but the first–and possibly only–truly “in” thing I ever got was an original Nintendo back in 1987. I didn’t have tons of games, and I was terrible at pretty much all of them (except Paperboy; to this day, I still don’t know anyone else who completed the entire week. And no, you don’t get anything special for it.). But I loved it. I rarely played video games with friends, but I always enjoyed the challenge. As I got older, I discovered that the dexterity I displayed in playing the piano didn’t translate to video...

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Why I Game: Jocelyn

I need to clarify something; I’m not a big gamer. I never played N64 with my dad at a young age, and I’ve never spent hours lost in World of Warcraft. But I do enjoy games, and especially, perhaps even more nerdy, I like watching people play games. When Skyrim came out I was at university, and my housemate would play for hours and I would watch and occasionally instruct. Games are awesome, and although I may not be a pro, I do like them a lot. The problem is, I’ve never really been a console gamer. When I was a child I was addicted to SSX3 on PlayStation 2, but that was about the only game I...

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Why I Game: Dani

I am a gamer for many reasons… My dad and brother got me into gaming as a kid (Atari, Nintendo, Sega), and then my husband help develop my inner nerd (FPS/MMO/ARPG) . I love being able to immerse myself in a world that is different then what I live in. I deal with a lot of chronic pain and just feel awful most of the time, gaming is how I escape it a bit. It’s my way to relax and have a good time. Not to mention some challenge me in a thrilling way! Plus I get to enjoy dressing toons up in a way I would NEVER dress out in the real world, teehee. I have also met some of the most...

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Why I Game: Emily Lawry

I was relatively old before I started gaming, mainly because my mother had decided there was something vaguely unhealthy about it. My sister and I were more wooden abacus and jigsaw children. However I can’t remember a time as a girl when I didn’t deeply covet my friends’ Gameboys and neat rows of PC games. As a young girl I was an extremely quiet and shy being – finding friends was a terrifying impossibility for me. When a close school friend introduced me to Neopets, a magical 2D world of my own that I could explore without fear, I was completely hooked. It didn’t matter that our computer...

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Why I Game: Jupiter Hadley

I game because I used to dabble in game development. When I was younger, I used to play online multiplayers like Minecraft to meet friends and escape the everyday drama. There, I met an indie game developer, who created games he wanted to play. I knew games were made by people, but I never thought about a single person making a game. I then threw myself into game development for a while. You see, making a game is hard. There are so many things that can go wrong and loads to remember. A misplaced semicolon can break your game. I made a couple of simple, arcade styled games, but it really was...

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Why I Game: Michelle

I don’t think I ever really identified myself as a gamer. In that regard I must admit to having fallen for the stereotype of society. The unkind kind of stereotype of a guy living in his parents basement, glued to his computer screen. Not me, a girl with long blonde hair with a fondness for vintage dresses and country music. I suppose even I who am always preaching to my younger siblings about not falling for generalised stereotypes, fall for them at times. The truth is that I grew up on computer games. My dad has always worked in the IT industry and been passionate about them. So my sister...

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Why I Game: Kat

I game because it is fun! I like to be the hero and save the day in games.  It is a great feeling I get when challenging my hand/eye coordination and succeeding at a game. Gaming has been a wonderful part of my life.  It is stress reducing and relaxing.  Gaming gives me a feeling of control when I feel things are a little out of control. I’ve made a lot of good friends both male and female through gaming.  In a lot of cases it was a social lubricant for me to interact with people I otherwise would have been too nervous to talk to.  Games are a conversation starter and a great excuse to...

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Why I Game: Victoria

I game because it takes me into another world where I can forget about the stresses of real life for a while. Gaming is a way I spend quality time with my husband. Whether it be him cheering me on through GTA V or Bioshock Infinite, or us playing completely different games on separate PCs, we often “game” together. I game because it has become a part of my identity. I have yet to “beat” Skyrim in the 4 years I have been playing because I honestly enjoy the world too much to ever leave. I do every possible side quest, and mini adventure, and often end up creating new characters to explore the...

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Why I Game: Danielle

When I was young, my brother was into games so by default I spent time playing Super Mario with him (it’s still my fav). Now I play because I enjoy the challenge, the variety and the community that comes from games. Most recently I spent time playing Fallout Vault, Dreamfall Chapters and Angry Birds. My husband and kids are really into games. We talk about our games at dinner, we watch YouTube about games and we work on skills to develop our own games. We’re looking forward to the release of Fallout 4. My husband is taking time off work and we’re keeping the kids home from...

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