The SuicideGirls are a group of alternate nude models perhaps best known for their tattoos and piercings. There are literally thousands of SuicideGirls and many of them are also pretty big gamers. The SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week this week is Ryker Suicide. Like many of us, Ryker has been playing video games ever since she was little. I sat down to talk with her about some of her favorite nerdy things.
What made you choose the nickname “Ryker”?
This is going to make me sound like a crazy cat lady, haha, but Ryker was the name of my cat that I had as a child. He passed away when I was 19 right after I moved into my first apartment. According to the vet, he died of a broken heart. It was really sudden, and he was only 12. I thought it would be a nice way to honor him, he was my baby boy!
What are some of your favorite video games of all-time?
Oh god so many. Sonic 2 (Sega), Mario Party (N64), Goldeneye (N64), Batman (NES), Bart’s Nightmare (Sega), Zelda: Ocarina of time (N64), and Kingdom Hearts (PS2) are probably my absolute favorites.
When did you first start gaming?
I have been playing video games as long as I can remember. My older brother and I used to play a lot of Atari when I was a wee little one. He taught me how to play computer games too, Duke Nukem and Beavis and Butthead games. NES was my personal first system that wasn’t my older brother’s. I was probably six or seven years old when I got it.
What are you currently playing at the moment?
Right now I am playing the Kingdom Hearts games again since they announced KH3 at E3. I am nearly finished with the first. I also play my Sega almost every day. Today I played Sonic and Knuckles, yesterday it was Virtual Bart.
Are there any Disney or Final Fantasy characters that haven’t been in the previous Kingdom Hearts games that you would like to see in Kingdom Hearts 3?
If you only knew how much thought I’ve put into this over the years! I am such a Disney nut. I would really like to see a Toy Story world. I mean, it’s such a classic, it blows my mind it hasn’t been implemented yet! I’d also really enjoy worlds for Finding Nemo, Brave, Robin Hood, Sword in the Stone (I know they include Merlin, but a full world could be pretty rad with the wizard duels and changing into animals), or the Rescuers. I even think Duck Tails could work! Remember the movie with the genie and the giant ice cream sundaes?! Come on, that would be so fun.
So I saw on your profile you also are into Magic: The Gathering? I gotta admit, I’m kind of surprised by that.
Ah you’re not the first person who has been surprised to hear…which makes me laugh a bit. A lot of cute girls I know dig Magic! I didn’t get into it until a few years ago and I am still working on my deck collections. I think my elf deck is my favorite. It’s always so underestimated and you can really deal some damage! I am going to be sad when we move, I will have to find new friends to have tournaments with!
A lot of girls don’t like nerds or gamers to begin with but as a girl gamer, you are obviously more accepting of gaming as a hobby in a significant other. That being said, what are the biggest turn offs to you when it comes to gamers?
I don’t like gaming snobs. I love to game, but I’m not so serious to the point where I feel like I need to judge people based on their abilities or interests in certain games. I generally just enjoy playing, especially with other people, and having a good time. I’m a big shit talker for certain games and I get really into playing against people so I probably turn people off more than get turned off myself, haha. My fiancée hates playing anything with me. I really can be an a-hole to play with!
Has anybody ever questioned your “nerd credentials” because you are a girl?
Oh yeah all the time. I have been a nerd since I was a kid, anyone who really knows me knows this. But you know, I was a cheerleader in high school, homecoming princess, whatever… so there are a lot of a-holes out there that (ironically enough) really had trouble placing me outside of that stereotype. To this day, d-bags still question me. I had this guy as a bar guest one night quiz me on Harry Potter and Magic: The Gathering. Really, dude? I have Lord Voldemort and Lord Vader tattooed on my feet. I will end you! Hot girls can be nerds too, man.
If the Suicide Girls made their own video game, what type of game do you think it would be?
Oh man, a Suicide Girls game would be so cool! I think something like the Sims: Suicide Girls could be something that would be relatively easy to build and explore. Or a racing game! Think Sugar Rush (Wreck it Ralph) but with SGs! Oh! Wreck it Ralph! That would be another cool Kingdom Hearts world! Someone once compared us to Pokémon in a thread on a message board somewhere with the phrase “gotta catch ’em all.” A lot of us got a little peeved, so I think as long as they avoid that – pretty much any game would be cool.
What made you first become interested in becoming a professional model?
I’ve been modeling since I was a kid. I started with runway shows for department stores, then commercials, then I started doing hair modeling (which was really fun!) It sort of just continued from there. SuicideGirls is my favorite thing I have ever done, though. Aside from really enjoying the style of alternative pin up modeling, the community is just incredible and I have a family of sisters I would have never had the chance to meet otherwise. It is kind of like being a member of a really, really, bad ass sorority!
You had a new set go up on the site a few months ago called “Game Day.” Prior to peeling it off about a quarter of the way through, you’re wearing a Miles Austin jersey. You live in Maryland, but are a Cowboys fan? How’d that happen?
If I had a quarter for every time someone asked me this, I would have a lot of quarters, haha! It actually kind of was the first rebellious decision I ever made. My dad is a huge Redskins fan. Every year for Thanksgiving he would have me sit on his knee for the game on an important play, convinced I was his good luck charm. One year, when I was about six or seven years old, he kept interrupting me while I was trying to organize a play to put on with my cousin to come watch the game with him. Finally, I got so annoyed that I decided to root for the Cowboys. It just kind of stuck. It’s really funny too, because anyone who knows me knows how close I am to my father and he is probably the one person I never really rebelled against growing up. It was just this one thing – he still hasn’t really gotten over it either! At least I have been loyal, haha. God knows it hasn’t been easy… I am hoping this season is better. Though I really think we just need to get rid of Jason Garrett and get a coach a little more like Bill Parcels. These “nice guy” coaches aren’t getting us anywhere.
So who would you say is your favorite Cowboys player of all-time?
Well, Troy Aikman was my biggest crush growing up. I adored him. Did all of my biographies in elementary school on him. I even dressed up as him for Halloween one year. So he is technically my favorite, but there is no doubt that Emmitt Smith was probably one of the most exciting players to watch of all time.
What about current? Keep in mind that if you say Tony Romo I will have to end the interview.
Hahaha! Aw. Poor Tony. You know, he catches a lot of grief for things that are beyond his control. We almost always have such big holes in our offensive line. It isn’t always his fault. But this is the last season I stick up for him, seriously. Either get it together or get a replacement. He is so good on paper, one of the best in the NFL. Just can’t ever seem to accomplish anything of relevance!
I really, REALLY love Damarcus Ware. Aside from the fact he is a f***ing (can I say that?) BEAST of a man, he is such a good guy! Always involved in charities, he works a lot with kids, and he is just a sweetheart. I really want a hug from that guy, haha. I am also excited to see what DeMarco Murray can do this year. Last year he just sort of exploded onto the field and then got injured. I was seriously online looking up a Murray jersey just before his injury. So, if he can continue with what he started last year, you will definitely find me sporting some new cowboys swag!
You probably get this question all the time also but I’ll ask anyway. When did you get your first tattoo?
I was 17! It was the shamrock on my left shoulder (just the shamrock at the time). My ex-boyfriend was an apprentice at a local shop, and I used to hang out all the time there. It was just before my birthday and they decided to don me with my first tattoo. The really cool thing about it, though, is my younger brother had the same tattoo traced off of my shoulder and placed onto his for his 18th birthday/first tattoo. Since then, he has gotten the same tattoo also in two other places. He was getting ready to go to Ireland and I guess wanted his shamrocks to be visible hahaha. He is just as much of a dork as I am, I love it.
Outside of gaming, what are some of your other hobbies?
I really love to cook. I actually recently dropped out of my psychology program to get myself enrolled in culinary school. I’m not sure if that counts as a hobby or not? But my favorite time of the day is pouring a glass of wine, turning on some Mozart and just getting down in the kitchen. I also read a lot of fantasy fiction; right now I am completely absorbed in the Sword of Truth series. I keep Googling the phrase “Showtime picks up Sword of Truth” in hopes that one day I will find that a real TV series will come out of it, and not just that nonsense ABC tried to do awhile back. I also really love needlepoint and puzzles. I almost always have at least one project going on.
Where can fans find more of you?