This week’s SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week is SG Hopeful Prurient. Prurient’s status as a lifelong gamer can never be questioned as she has several video game related tattoos including a pretty sweet one of Samus on her arm. I sat down with her to talk about tattoos, video games, anime, and how awesome it is to be a nerd.
How long have you been a gamer?
I have been a gamer for as long as I can remember. If I had to actually place an age for when I started playing, I’d say when I was able to comprehend the functioning of a remote along with how to work it with a character/video game. So I’d say at least six or seven. When I first started, I used to play on a Nintendo 64. I would play WWF No Mercy with my family, and of course I’d always be one of the girls. I’d be Trish Stratus or Lita. Since then I’ve always dreamed of being a WWE Diva. My other favorites were Clay Fighters 63 1/3 and Mischief Makers. Once I got older I started playing the more classic games like Super Mario.
Do you still follow wrestling at all?
I actually just watched it recently after Wrestlemania 30 happened! The last time I watched it before then was when Kane and Lita had a thing and got married on the show. I miss Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero and my all-time favorites, The Hardy Boys and Sting. I watch it now and it’s so much is different! I must say though, the guys from “The Shield” are probably my new favorite part of the show. And the new WWE Women’s Champ, Paige, is a kick ass chick. I saw that she’s been in wrestling since she was 13! Respect!
So what are some of your favorite video games?
Oh my, I have so many favorite games. I already listed a few but some of my other favorite games are Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories in particular but I got Silent Hill HD so I can play those again, Metroid, Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, the Gears of War Series, Borderlands… I freaking LOVE Borderlands 1 and 2 and I’m thrilled for the prequel that’s being talked about, Tekken Tag Tournament, the Assassin’s Creed Series, the House of the Dead series, the Hunter the Reckoning series, and Mario Kart for both N64 and Wii.
I am also a huge fan of Just Dance. I own 1-4 and 2014. I still rock out on Guitar Hero all the time as well, but the only songs I’m really good at on expert are Parabola, Schism, and Vicarious by Tool. I may be just as avidly into music as I am into my games!
I haven’t actually been playing too much lately since I haven’t purchased myself a new game in awhile. I’ve beaten every game that I own basically, but I’ve been playing Gears of War 3. It’s been hard to play since people spoiled the whole game for me and let me tell you without spoiling it for anyone who hasn’t heard what happens… I am pissed and heartbroken.
Your profile says you’re also into anime, what is your favorite?
I first started reading manga before I got into anime. The first series I ever read was Peach Girl along with the Change of Heart series. But anime wise I LOVE Death Note. I know that it started as a manga series but I love being able to watch it. I actually watched the Peach Girl series on YouTube. That was interesting. A lot of people have told me about Neon Genesis Evangelion as well but I haven’t looked much into it yet. As a kid I also used to watch Sailor Moon English dubbed on Cartoon Network.
Tell me about some of your tattoos/piercings.
This is a good gamer question for me because a lot of my tattoos are based on some of the questions you’ve already asked! My whole left sleeve is gonna be filled with video game tattoos. My favorite tattoo is my Samus tattoo. Samus is such a freaking awesome female video game character and I love how in the beginning you have no idea she is even a female until you beat the game and she takes off her helmet. But just the whole aspect of her is awesome. She’s so bad ass. I fell in love with her all over again playing Corruption. I won this tattoo for free in a contest held by Kendall Orlando, who works out of a shop in Saint Clair Shores called Wonderland Tattoo.
I also have a Resident Evil tattoo that’s based off of the movies’ main character Alice. I also added a Licker from the games to the idea of my tattoo by making Alice part Licker. She has Licker feet and the long tongue that wraps around the Licker’s neck behind her. The Licker itself has his tongue wrapped around her arm. I had my friend Emily Daugherty draw me up the Alice idea and an artist named Darl Papple, from The Shop in Fowlerville (who I also won this tattoo from as well), drew me up the whole piece with the Licker added in the back and the tongue wrapped around. I had to give it a personal touch and add the kink factor into it. The name Prurient suits me well!
I have lyrics down my left arm that say, “This is not the end this is my rebirth into something I can comprehend,” which are lyrics by my close friends in SycAmour who have recently been signed to Hopeless Records! And I have a Sailor Moon piece on my thigh which I did myself. I have a tattoo in memory of my dad on my back that my older sister and brother have as well as my cousin. I have Deftones lyrics from “Lucky You” on my inner right calf that I also did myself. I have a cat whisker tattoo on my finger. I have Letlive lyrics on my foot and lastly of my favorites, is my shoulder piece. It’s inspired by Maria Brink of In This Moment. She’s a total babe and I love stars so I just wanted something to represent that. Overall I have over twenty tattoos.
And piercings wise, I have quite a lot of those as well. I actually used to have a lot more. I have my navel, nipples, lobes (which used to be stretched to an inch but have shrunk down to 3/4 of an inch), a helix orbital in my top right part of my ear, labret, nostril and septum piercing. I used to have the “venom” piercing in my tongue which I do miss. I’ve actually had many other ones but those are what I still have now. I did pierce my nostril, nipples, and labret all on my own.
Have you ever dated a hardcore gamer before?
I can’t really say that I have. I think that I’ve been the bigger influence on guys towards video games than they have towards me. I mean all of my relationships did have video games involved in free time, but my current boyfriend is the biggest gamer I’ve dated. I get him into video games and he gets me into comics and everything Marvel and DC related. It’s awesome.
A lot of guys wish they could get their girlfriend into playing video games with them. As a girl gamer yourself, do you have any advice for guys looking to do that?
To be quite honest, I don’t think you could make a girl who doesn’t play video games actually play them. It’s kinda like being born with it. I do play some games with my older and younger sisters and try to get my girl friends to play with me but the coordination of a remote and just keeping up with the game isn’t easy to teach someone who hasn’t done it before. But if you want to try, and I hope you can succeed fellas, the key is to warm her up with a game fitting her style. I mean if you really wanna make her feel special go buy her Lollipop Chainsaw and let her just destroy some stuff. I honestly had quite a fun time playing a game with such a provocative female character. I liked that it was kind of funny and not so serious.
I wouldn’t start her off playing multiplayer with you on Call of Duty or Halo, that’s for sure. I mean I personally wouldn’t object to a co-op game of Halo, but I’ve been doing this for awhile. Maybe take her to the store and get her a game. Maybe she might like a Wii game or something more physically interactive. But definitely as a first step, take her to a game store and see what would fit her style of gaming or personality best, and just keep going from there!
If you could create your own video game, what type of game would it be? What kind of story would it have?
Good question, and I must say it’s not one I’d ever thought about. I know it would have equal male and female roles, because I hate playing as male characters all the time, but I’m happy with the diversity you see nowadays with female characters in games. I think I’d kind of want a girl version of God of War. I don’t really know what I’d have the story be in detail, but something along those lines would be killer in my opinion!
Have there ever been any instances in which you felt embarrassed by your nerdiness?
NEVER! I love that I wear a cat kigurumi around and play video games in it. I love talking to people about games and science fiction. I love getting super geeked on anything new that has to involve video games whether it be sequels or new systems or new games… OR NEW MOVIES that are being planned like the new Assassins Creed movie! Video games, “nerdiness,” and just being my own person has been my whole life. I love reading books and falling into another world and video games do that for me on a visual and more interactive level. It’s soothing, its fun, and it connects me with people. Whether those people are my family and friends or people I don’t even know but then become cool with just because we both love video games. Games bring excitement and adventuring into other worlds into my life, and I would never and will never be embarrassed of something so awesome.
Where can fans find more of you?