This week’s SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week is SuicideGirls Hopeful Liya. Liya likes many types of video games, but seems to be especially partial to ones that allow her to sneak up on unsuspecting prey and BAM. I sat down with Liya to talk about video games, cosplaying, and that awesome chest tattoo (don’t cover it up!)
What made you choose the nickname Liya? It seems like one of the more “normal” usernames I’ve come across.
I know, right? Actually, it’s a modified version of my real name, and a tribute to one of my favorite top models – Liya Kebede. That woman is a goddess!
What are some of your favorite video games?
Don’t even get me started! Haha. I am an avid fan of stealth so my top picks are Hitman, Deus Ex (Human Revolution is one of my favorite games of ALL time), Assassin’s Creed, Thief, and Splinter Cell. I am also fond of shooters and adventure games, but stealth is a bit closer to my heart. Among those, I really enjoyed all Bioshock games (Bioshock Infinite is easily game of the year, there was not a single second of gameplay when I was not amazed/impressed/astonished by how incredible the game is), Dead Space, Resident Evil, and Tomb Raider.
The last Tomb Raider was an incredibly amazing game, although I was not exactly happy over how they changed the character of Lara Croft. If you go back and play Tomb Raider Chronicles, the part where young 15 or so year old Lara explores a mysterious Irish island, you would see that Lara BACK THEN has a completely different attitude (she seems more psychologically mature) compared to a 21-year old Lara in the 2013 game. Also, 15-year old Lara seems to possess more solid acrobatic skills. Personally, I don’t care much for the change, as much I am concerned about the way women are portrayed in video games. It sends a message that says “if you want to have a strong female character, you have to witness how she is broken before she becomes strong.” I disagree with that.
I greatly enjoyed the game, but there were a few points I found a bit annoying. I found the new checkpoint system a bit awkward, I wish they stuck to the “classic” Hitman save system, where you can save whenever you want, with the number of save slots allowed decreasing as the game difficulty increases (with no saves whatsoever on the hardest difficulty).
Also, latex-clad nuns with guns in a Hitman game? I mean, come on! Hitman has always been known for its realism, and now these nuns come out of nowhere. Who in hell would want to disguise a squad of professional assassins as latex-clad nuns? It seems like someone in the development team has a sexy fetish.
What are you currently playing?
Right now I’m finishing up Assassin’s Creed III and about to start Remember Me. So stoked for this game!
How long have you been modeling for?
My first attempt at modeling was when I was 15 or 16. I tried to get into fashion modeling, but couldn’t accomplish much because of my height (I’m barely reaching 5’7 and fashion models are required to be 5’8 or 5’9 at the very least). I quit modeling for a while and just said “screw it!” Then, when I was 20, I found out about SuicideGirls (I have heard about SG before, but didn’t have much courage to try nude modeling back then). And I said to myself, “this is exactly what I want to do! Strong, independent women who are not afraid of showing off their skin – that’s what I want to be a part of!” And then I also got involved with communities like Zivity and Cosplay Deviants. I am not officially a SuicideGirl yet, but I will keep trying!
So what is Cosplay Deviants? It seems I’ve been hearing about it a lot lately.
It’s an amazing online community that features photosets of models who dress up as their favorite video game/anime/comic characters, and then take their costumes off! It’s like a pure paradise for gamers and comic and anime enthusiasts. I mean, you get to see hot girls (and we have a few male models, too) dress up as your favorite characters, and then you get to see them strip down to nothing! What else can a nerd ask for? I recently shot an Assassin’s Creed set, something I’ve been planning for a long time, can’t wait for it to be released!
Do you have any plans for future character cosplays?
Oh yes! I am planning to cosplay Lara Croft, Violette Summer from Velvet Assassin, Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite, and my ultimate dream is to cosplay the Big Sister from Bioshock 2 (although putting up the costume for this one would be quite a challenge, so I’ll probably need some help from professionals).
Is your hair naturally red, or do you dye it?
I highlight it a bit. My natural hair color is somewhere between red and brown.
Actually, I have plans to cover it up! It was one of my first tattoos and now that my tastes have changed a bit, I want a full chest piece. But I still like it, so I am not gonna cover it up until next year or so. People ask me about it all the time, and they think it’s a tarantula, but it’s not. It’s the Australian funnel web spider, one of the most dangerous spiders in the world. 🙂
Do you play games online much or are you more of a single player type girl?
I’m more of a single player type. If I played online, I would never leave my house! I was playing online when I was in middle school, and guess what, I started skipping school and ignoring everything that was around me, it’s just so addicting!
Hahaha I’m sure a lot of gamers can relate. Has anybody ever called you a “fake gamer” because you were a girl?
No, not that I know at least. I have actually noticed that many guys, upon learning the fact that I devote most of my free time to playing video games, usually become a bit more friendly with me. Some guys even say “wowza, a girl that plays video games, I wish I had a girlfriend like that”. But I’m taken, and for a long time, so sorry guys!
What is one game that you could beat anybody in if they challenged you?
It’s gotta be Hitman: Blood Money. I have easily figured out every single possible way to accomplish every single mission and achieved the Silent Assassin (highest) ranking in every mission on the hardest difficulty. I know, I know, I’m bragging now 🙂
Outside of video games and modeling, what are some of your other favorite hobbies?
I enjoy long-distance running (I hope to run a marathon one day), classic literature (Dostoevsky for the win!), cooking, and reading articles on psychology/observing people around me (I just got my degree in psychology, hehe).
Where can fans find more of you?