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SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week: Lunar

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The SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week this week is Lunar Suicide. Lunar has been a SuicideGirl since 2011 and loves dancing, gaming, and Harry Potter.  I sat down with her to talk about some her favorite games, being addicted to Elder Scrolls Online, and what she thought of the ending of Dexter.

What made you choose the name Lunar?

I’ve always been captivated by anything intergalactic and space themed. I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up. The universe and space simultaneously excite and terrify me so Lunar was my first choice. I wanted to spell it the way it’s spelled in reference to the moon and not like the name.

How did you first become interested in being a SuicideGirl?

I met Tarion Suicide at Burlesque dancing and she suggested I try out. I did and got in, became a SuicideGirl, and gained a best friend. When I was a teenager I was attracted to anything out of the ordinary. I used to look at the beautiful and unusual SuicideGirls in awe and wish I could be them. Zui was the first SuicideGirl I ever laid eyes on. I just thought they were beyond me.

lunar1How did you get into playing video games?

My love affair with video games started with Roller Coaster Tycoon which progressed into The Sims. I could play until 4:00 a.m. I still enjoy it. Next came Final Fantasy, Diablo, and DotA and the rest is history. I had a boyfriend who was a heavy gamer and it was either join in or watch. I left him but my love for games never left me.

So what are some of your favorite games?

I really enjoyed StarCraft, Final Fantasy VIII, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Spore. I also loved the simplicity of Age of Empires II – the third one lacked that appeal.

Playing anything currently?

I am totally obsessed with Elder Scrolls Online, I play as a High Elf Templar on the European Server @Lunar_snow.

Do you think if they remade Final Fantasy VII for new consoles that would be a good thing or do you think it might detract from the nostalgic spirit of the old game?

I think originals are always better with the iconic games.

MMOs tend to get pretty time consuming. How many hours would you say you’ve put on Elder Scrolls Online?

During the week I can’t play much because of work so probably about nine hours and on weekends more like ten hours. I have been playing since April so about 500 hours in total I think. Time well spent!

How does Elder Scrolls Online compare with other MMOs like World of Warcraft for example? What’s Elder Scrolls Online’s most appealing feature to you?

World of Warcraft is one of the original MMORPGs and it has been in the market almost ten years. In its time it was/is a great game and was a platform and standard for many of the newer MMOs of today. ESO is still in its infancy stage and it has the potential to become a really great MMO like WoW. The TESO graphics and game play feel more modern even though there are still many issues that need to be addressed.

The actual visuals in ESO are appealing to me as well. I love the characters and magic, the world is literally beautiful. You can stand on a hill alunar3nd look down at the view. Also the option to play PvP and PvE (questing) keeps the game interesting and fun.

If you could get ZeniMax Studios to change or add any one thing to Elder Scrolls Online what would it be?

I think they should make it a bit cheaper, you are buying the game and then the monthly subscription so it adds up to a lot of money after awhile. In-game I would try to make the combats more responsive and run a bit smoother.

Do guys ever give you a hard time when they find out you’re a gamer?

Not really. I don’t really flaunt that I’m a girl though other than wanting to dye my whole armour set pink. They seem pretty amped that I play.

What is the worst pickup line you’ve ever gotten?

“You are the prettiest girl I’ve seen this year.” Um… so last year there was someone better? That’s what every girl wants to hear, hahaha.

Has anybody ever told you that your eyes remind them of Kirsten Dunst? Maybe it’s just me but you remind me of a hotter Kirsten Dunst for some reason…

Ah thank you. No I’ve been told Reese Witherspoon and Katy Perry but never Kirsten. I like her.

So your profile says you are also a Dexter fan. What did you think of the ending to the show? (spoilers ahead!)

Totally weak. Dexter should have died or been exposed.

What are some of your other hobbies outside of gaming?

I am pretty active. I do pole dancing and I’ve just started cheerleading and tumbling. I also like to read when I find the time. I get really restless when I am not busy so I try and do as many activities as possible.

Where can fans find more of you?

On SuicideGirls: https://suicidegirls.com/girls/lunar/

Or

Instagram: @littlelunarsuicide

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SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week: Cigno

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This week’s SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week is the absolutely gorgeous SG Hopeful Cigno. Cigno started playing video games when she was little but then lost interest in them. That is, until she met her now-fiancé who got her back into gaming now more than ever. So there you go guys, it is possible to get your girlfriend into gaming as much as you! I sat down with Cigno to talk about her favorite games, her tattoos, and what the best show on Cartoon Network is.

How did you become interested in the SuicideGirls?

I was always the one that was different and didn’t really fit in. I’ve always had my own way of thinking and expressing myself which always made me the outsider and the nerd who got good grades. I always felt that the SuicideGirls community is a place where you can just be yourself. I started following SuicideGirls even more when I got into tattoos and piercings which was around five years ago. I see my body as a canvas with a lot of space for art such as body modifications and tattoos. I also like to express my personality through my own style. I love everything that is colorful and different.

I tCignohink this quote of SG summarizes it well, “What people think makes us strange or weird or f@#ked up we think makes us beautiful.” When I was younger I was very insecure about myself and SG definitely helped me to accept and embrace myself for who I am.

After following SG for a couple of years, I took part in a selfie contest on Facebook and didn’t get picked but some weeks later the SG girl and model coordinator Rambo got back to me via email asking me to apply with a Hopeful Set. She hooked me up with Waikiki, the Staff Photographer, and I flew all the way to the Netherlands to shoot with her. Now that I’m in the US, the country where SG was founded, I identify even more with the community and there is much more going on for Hopefuls and SuicideGirls. I shot two new Sets for SG here in the US which will go up in five months.

When did you first start playing games and what are some of your favorites?

I grew up in an environment where it was said that new media, TV, video games, and so on were bad for the development of the child so I spent most of my childhood outside which is not a bad thing. We got our first TV when I was about eight years old and then one day I got a SEGA Mega Drive from the thrift store with a couple of games. My favorite game back then was Sonic the Hedgehog which came out 1991 where I had to defeat the evil scientist Dr. Robotnik. My favorite character was actually his best friend Tails who is able to use his two tails to propel himself into the air like a helicopter. I also liked to play The Lost Vikings and World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck where Mickey and Donald must work together in order to find a way back home from a magical world a evil magician sent them.

I lost interest in video games when I grew older but recently found my way back into gaming through my American fiancé who is a total geek. I love how video games make you dive into a fictive magical world – where you can forget about time and space. We spend nights playing our Xbox 360 taking turns and drinking a couple good beers. At the moment we’re playing Bungie’s new game Destiny. I just hit level 27 yesterday. I am a female Warlock and Voidwalker and my super ability is the Nova Bomb. I love playing the Vanguard and love to kill with my melee attack – it makes me feel like I really punch them in the face. The game I got hooked on first when I started playing again was Borderlands 2, where you are one of four Vault Hunters on the planet Pandora. I love the Hyperion CL4P-TP or better known as Claptrap and his funny way. After that I played BioShock Infinite. I was more focused on the story where Booker DeWitt has to rescue Elizabeth, imprisoned in the flying city of Columbia, for a clean slate.

I noticed you described your fiancé as American. Where are you originally from? cigno3

I am German but haven’t lived in Germany since 2010. I moved to London first and then to Sweden where I was able to study a couple semesters at the partner university of my German one. Then I graduated in Educational Science and Psychology and decided to stay longer in Sweden where I met my American fiancé who was working there for an American company. Sweden was a nice experience but also very cold and dark during the winter, short summers but wonderful landscapes, lakes and endless forest. Sweden has a very low population and is very rural so it is a paradise for outdoorsy people. The language was very hard to learn but I managed after two years. Pennsylvania is a good contrast to my life before and you get both the big city life and nature.

Are you going to get the new Borderlands game that was released earlier this month?

I think so. I like the fun factor of the Borderlands games. The pre-sequel will include four new playable characters, a bunch of new weapons and my favorite character Claptrap.

There was a recent controversy about Destiny when someone found downloadable content already existed on the disc but was hidden and locked implying Bungie already finished the content when the game shipped but is simply going to charge gamers extra anyway. What are your thoughts about downloadable content for games?

I think it is ridiculous to ship a finished game and then charge people extra for stuff already on the disc. Not to mention that the content of the game is already very limited. I like to play the Vanguard for example but there are only four different strikes to play and sometimes you get put in the same one multiple times in a row. It sadly gets a little bit boring sometimes. But I still like the game a lot, though!

Have guys ever given you a hard time for being a gamer?

I met guys who believe they are the better gamers just because “playing video games is something for boys.” When I was a teenager it was really more a boy thing to play video games which were mostly focused on action and shooting – society and stereotypes I mean how we are brought up and what we are supposed to do/like according to our gender.  Well I love action and I love fighting people in video games and have many hobbies where guys give me a hard time sometimes. I’ve heard more than once stuff like “are you having fun running in circles shooting the sky?” or guys making fun that my armor is purple and pink. I am also a rock climber which is dominated by guys and there is a lot of competition going on. They call me “she hulk” at the gym. Guess it’s hard for guys to deal with a strong girl!

What’s the tallest thing you’ve ever climbed?

I used to do a lot of sports climbing with a rope and me and my friends went from Germany to Italy every spring for rock climbing. My tallest climb was a route in Italy probably about 1,500 feet tall. I’ve gotten more and more into climbing without rope, though. It is called Bouldering and means that you climb short but more technical routes and fall or jump on a big pad when you want to come down. If I don’t climb, I actually love riding my new long board or drink coffee.

Tell mcignoe a little bit about your tattoos

I have the dandelion tattooed twice at different times. This flower symbolizes my restless nature and my urge to always move on to broaden my horizon. I drift away like one of those little parachutes/seeds in the wind. By now I’ve lived in four different countries and love discovering cultures and studying their language. My most recent tattoo is Princess Lumpy Space from Adventure Time saying in a banner “Love your Lumps” which stands for love yourself for who you are. I got this one after I became a Hopeful on SuicideGirls. I also love Cartoon Network and all their shows.

I’ve debated a friend on which is better, Regular Show or Adventure Time. What are your thoughts?

What I love about Regular Show is that it takes you back to the 80‘s, the fashion, the rock stars, the music and also all the old school video games Mordecai and Rigby are playing.

Adventure Time is still my first pick, though. I am just very much in love with the characters. BMO for instance, the little Game Boy that strives to “BeMore” or the brotherhood between Finn and Jake. Aside from all of the very different characters, this show also really makes you think and has a lot of inspiring and motivational wisdom about life in it such as, “Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something” –Jake the Dog.

Sometimes Adventure Time is just bananas, especially the episodes about Lemongrab or Lemonhope. I also like the “science” in it and Princess Bubblegum’s laboratory. Well that show is, as Finn and Jake put it, just MATHEMATICAL!

Where can fans see more of you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007303752541

SuicideGirls: https://suicidegirls.com/members/cigno/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/cignohopeful

Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/3534379

 

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SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week: Sairyn Suicide

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The SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week this week is Sairyn Suicide. Sairyn has been playing video games forever and loves them so much she’s even applied to work at a video game store. I sat down with the beautiful Sairyn recently to talk about some of her favorite games, tattoos, and whether or not Hello Kitty is a girl or a cat. She also shared some pretty good gaming pickup lines that may have a chance of actually working on the right girl gamer.

What made you choose the name Sairyn?

I chose the name Sairyn because I love mythological creatures. The siren has always been one of my favorites along with mermaids. A seemingly beautiful woman, reeling in her prey for the kill. I’d like to think I’m alluring, but also semi-dangerous, or at least can take care of myself! The original spelling “Siren” was taken on the SuicideGirls site, so I decided to make it my own by spelling it different. I broke the word down to “si” and “ren”, decided to spell it “sai” (as in the Japanese dagger weapon) and change the ending to “ryn.” Sairyn!

When did you first start playing video games?

I’ve been playing video games since I can remember. I was always watching someone play something; Mario, Zelda, Ecco, Tetris, or Qbert. When I was around six or even years old my mother started working at a movie rental store. I would come with her to work when I didn’t have school and I would get to hook up the PlayStation, Sega, or whatever to check to make sure games worked before and after rental. One of my fondest memories is my mother forcing me to play Mario Party for so many turns and it being like 5:00 am. I was falling asleep and then definitely didn’t wake up for school. She let me skip school because we were up so late playing Mario Party. She rules!

What are some ofsairyn4 your all-time favorite games?

My favorite games would definitely have to be Tomb Raider, Katamari, and then Pokemon for Game Boy! Oh and Ecco the Dolphin and Donkey Kong!

What game did you play most recently?

Honestly I play Tomb Raider once a week. I just love the puzzles, mazes, artifacts, everything. But recently my boyfriend and I have been playing this weird arcade-like game Super Meat Boy? I’m also always playing a stupid farming game on my phone like Tiny Village or Tiny Zoo.

I noticed your Hello Kitty tattoo. What are your thoughts on the debate between whether she is a cat or a person?

I haven’t really read up on it, just heard things. I mean yeah it’s a girl character, but she’s definitely a kitty. Her whole family are kitties! Her sister Mimi, her parents, and boyfriend Dear Daniel! Their defense was she has a pet kitty. I just don’t think a lot of people understand Japanese culture sometimes. There are so many silly cartoons with personification of animals. It’s just cute. Mickey has a pet dog, Pluto, for space sakes!

Tell me a little bit about some of your other tattoos.

Most of my tattoos are traditional style and bright. I’m pretty pale. I have a few “nerdy” tattoos. A heart with a bust of Cynthia, Angelica’s doll from Rugrats. I have a small Pokeball filler on my calf. I also have a few Native American inspired tattoos; an Indian lady head, a feathered arrowhead, and my deceased chihuahua, Topange Jane, as an Indian with a headdress and everything. She’s beautiful! I would really love to get a Lara inspired pin up!

Which version of Lara Croft do you like more, the old-style original version or the younger Lara Croft from the new remake?

I will always have a love for the original triangle-boobed, blocky Lara. But as a huge fan I’d have to say the new Tomb Raider was so bomb. Even the anniversary game that they remade of the original first one. After you beat it you could turn on commentary to hear the original developers talk about each level like what they were trying to do in the first one and how they were able to do it in the remake. I think they’ve always done a great job in reinventing Lara for each games needs.

You’ve mentioned Pokemon a few times now. Do you have a favorite pokemon and which game is your favorite?

Haha, for some reason I’ve always loved Psyduck and he sucks! But probably Mew! My favorite game would have to be Pokemon Blue. I still have my original Blue and Yellow games. There are so many games and new pokemon now! I could probably ramble off quite a few names from the original 151. I still have all my cards, and the trading card game for Game Boy is so awesome. Just picked up a copy!

How do people usually react when they learn you’re a gamer, are they surprised?

Yes. Always surprised. I don’t see how in 2014 people are still surprised to see a girl gamer. I’m usually being stared at from down the game isles in stores. Also, I’ve still never been hired at a video game store.

What are some of your other hobbies outside of gaming?sairyn2

I am a crafter! I love to make jewelry, and to sew! I would love to one day have my own shop, or line of my own designs! I’m a bartender so I also drink a lot in my spare time. Hahaha.

Being that you like to sew and you also love video games have you ever considered doing any cosplaying?

I would really like start to doing cosplay! I actually dressed like Rikku from FFX-2 for the first anime convention in West Virginia! My mom and I sewed and put together the whole thing.

Your profile says you’re a Walking Dead fan?

Yes I do, but I’m also a fan of not having cable so you can usually find me watching something on Netflix. I’d much rather enjoy the whole season all at once. Spoiled by technology! So I must admit I’m behind by a season. But I couldn’t wait for Breaking Bad so I went to my mom’s house every week for that. I do love The Walking Dead, how they started it, and how they made their own type of zombie “disease.” But I heard it came from comics? I haven’t read them yet, probably should.

Give me a good gaming-related pickup line that has a chance of actually working.

Are you a Hitmonlee? Cause your body is kickin’.

Or is there something wrong with your auto aim? You can’t keep your eyes off me. Hahahahaha.

Or… something about being a pokemon and that you’re a pokemon master! Gotta catch em all!

Where can fans see more of you?

SuicideGirls: https://suicidegirls.com/girls/sairyn

Instagram: @SairynSuicide

Tumblr: @UnravelTheFlesh

Storenvy/Etsy: UnravelTheFlesh
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SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week: Bitten

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Bitten Suicide is this week’s SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week. Like most gamers, she has been playing video games ever since she was a kid. RealGamerNewz spoke with Bitten about her love for bats, cats, serial killers, and of course video games.

So what made you choose the name Bitten?

I chose the name Bitten because I love bats. I currently have seven bats tattooed on me. I have a huge collection of bat items as well. I own a ton of clothing, a poster on my bedroom wall, a bat-shaped spatula, stuffed animals, plates, cups, and a few ceramics that are all bats. This is just a short list of all my bat items! Halloween is the best time of the year to pick up new items for my house, of course. It all started when I chose to do a paper on bats when I was in college. I learned what fascinating and beautiful creatures they were. I’ve been obsessed ever since.

When did you first start playing video games?

I have been playing video games since I was very little. I remember playing a Mario game so much when we first got it that the music brainwashed me or something! I was forced to go to bed and would hear the music and get angry my parents were up playing it but they actually weren’t! I swore I heard the theme music loud and clear.

WhaBitten Suicidet are some of your all-time favorite games?

Some of my favorite games are Zelda, Final Fantasy 3, Chrono Trigger, ActRaiser, Castlevania, and Guitar Hero. I really love the old school game. They are more focused on storyline rather than just the graphics. If the story sucks then I lose interest in playing pretty quickly. I like to be dragged into the game where that is all I think about when I’m not playing.

Which Zelda games are your favorites?

I love all the Zelda games. They are all awesome but if I had to choose I would choose Majora’s Mask. I loved all the side quests in that game. My favorite is where you have to give the paper to the guy in the toilet. Hahaha. I think I’ve beat that one three times. Next would be the original one. I’ve beat that one fifty times at least! I recently played the third Zelda game. Man, that was so difficult! I gave up. I downloaded it on my Wii. It had a lot of glitches in it.

You also mentioned Chrono Trigger as one of you favorite games. Did you ever play the sequel, Crono Cross?

No unfortunately I’ve never played Chrono Cross. I should put it on my list. If it is a good as the first one that would be amazing. I just can’t imagine it happening. I’d love to be proven wrong though!

Playing anything currently?

Right now I am playing two games. First is Infamous: Second Son. It is really hard! I started on normal but kept dying so switched over to easy. It still took me over an hour to get past one part in the game! You can choose to be good or bad in that game. For example in the very beginning of the game you can choose to confess to save your friend or have her take the fall. The choice you make changes the outcome of the game pretty immensely. If you are good, the crowd cheers you on and if you are bad they run screaming from you when you walk around. It also changes the powers you have as well. It is definitely a unique part in the game that makes it really fun. Plus when you beat the game you can replay it with a different outcome! The second game I’m playing is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I’ve always been a huge Final Fantasy fan. XIV is an MMORPG so it’s pretty different from the older Final Fantasy games. I also just got done playing the new Tomb Raider on the Playstation 4. I beat it four times. I really enjoyed that game a lot.

So being how you feel about bats, is Batman your favorite superhero?

Yes of course Batman is my favorite superhero! I own all the Batman movies and saw them all in the theaters. I have a couple Batman items in my collection.

Which Final Fantasy world do you think would be the coolest to actually live in?

I really like the character I have made in A Realm Reborn. She is a miqo’te arcanist. I really like that race because of the cat ears she has. I made her pretty hot. She has two minions currently. I would love to be friends with her in real life so I would like to live where she does in Limsa Lomsa.Bitten Suicide

Aside from Tomb Raider what other PS4 games do you have that you would recommend?

Outlast was fun but really scary! You are a reporter at an asylum. All these crazy guys are trying to kill you. It is intense because you cannot defend yourself. All you can do is hide. I just finished Infamous: Second Son the other day, too. I am sad it is over. I am going to start Assassin’s Creed soon. I bought it long time ago but got distracted by Tomb Raider.

What inspired you into becoming a SuicideGirl?

Just look at the girls! They are all stunningly beautiful! Who wouldn’t want to be connected to that? If I would of been told I was going to be a model five years ago I probably would have laughed my ass off. Taking these pictures and meeting so many of the SGs and other members has made me feel amazing.

If you were to ever get a video game-related tattoo what do you imagine it would it be?

If I were to ever get a video game tattoo it would have to be the original Castlevania bat. You know, the very first boss. Not sure how well that would translate into a tattoo though since it isn’t that detailed but it is a bat! I would probably put it on my thigh. I’m digging thigh tattoos lately. I have a narwhal on mine. Not scary at all but very girlie. I decided after all my bat and owl tattoos I needed a “girlie” tattoo.

Outside of video games, what are some of your other hobbies?

I love animals a lot. My hobbies are spoiling my two cats George and Callista. They are my fur babies. I also love to read about serial killers. John Wayne Gacy is my favorite. He was a clown who killed boys. I mean how creepy is that? If I didn’t know better I would think it was a bad horror movie plot instead of real life. They are so fascinating. I am addicted to real crime shows, too. Man I sound so macabre. Bats and serial killers hahaha.

Where can fans find more of you?

SuicideGirls: https://suicidegirls.com/girls/bitten/

Twitter: @BittenSuicide

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SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week: Linx

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This week’s SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week is SG Hopeful Linx. Linx has been playing video games since an earlier age than probably anybody else you know and nowadays works at GameStop. She is also a huge Resident Evil fan. Linx recently sat down with RealGamerNewz to talk about everything video games.

Why did you choose the username Linx?

I chose Linx because it is the alias I use a lot when roleplaying online and I also ended up naming my daughter that. Someone on the site already had part of it in their name so I started thinking about my last name and ended up having a list of choices between Lynx, Lynux, and Linx. I guess what the deciding factor in it all was I started signing stuff and found which one was easier to sign and which one I liked better when I signed it.

When did you first start playing video games?

I would have to say I started playing games as early as two years old. My parents would hand me the gun to the NES and leave the game Duck Hunt on the main menu and I thought I was playing it! I grew up playing NES and Super Nintendo then moved on to the PlayStation family. My dad and I would sit up all night and play together or I would make a pillow fort on the couch and watch him play. I really got into gaming though when I was a preteen and older. I would go to a friend’s house with my PS2 in tow and we would spend all night trying to beat a game. Even now I kinda have my daughter into playing games because she will walk around with a nerf gun and yell “die, die!” Haha. I think she has watched me play Resident Evil way too much.

What are some of your all-time favorite games?

Hmm some of my all time favorites… well I guess I can start with my obsession with the Resident Evil series. I love those games! It all started when Resident Evil 2 came out on the original PlayStation and my dad was playing it. I even had a lil’ crush on Leon for the longest time, hahaha. I own Code Veronica through RE6 on my Xbox 360 and plan on trying to get one of every one there is. I also plan on getting the Umbrella logo tattooed behind my ear. If I had to pick between which one was my favorite I would have to say it’s a toss up between 5 and 6. I love the over the shoulder style and the fact they brought back my favorite characters from when I was a kid.

My second all-time favorite game would be The Last of Us. I just loved the story and the gameplay, plus the scenery was amazing too. I can’t wait until they do more with it. My other favorite games would be a toss up between the Devil May Cry series, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and the Jak and Daxter series. Honestly I have too many favorite games to really choose just one of these. I grew up playing Crash, Spyro, and Jak and Daxter so those are just a given when it comes to the classics and great games with good stories. I think I loved the Devil May Cry series so much because the stories were unique and the main character, Dante, was hot and a smart ass. I was kind of obsessed with this series for awhile and named my chinchilla Dante after it. If I had the time and money I would defiantly cosplay Clair or Jill from Resident Evil, and possibly Lady from DMC.

linx4Playing anything currently?

I am playing Call of Duty: Ghost right now, mostly Gun Game on multiplayer online. My PSN is fallenangellinx. Look for me I may just play with ya sometime! Honestly I have started so many games that I really need to finish them. The list includes for PS3: Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Dishonored: GOTY, Infamous one and two, and on Xbox 360: Deadspace, L.A. Noire, American McGee’s Alice, and going back over Resident Evil 5 and 6 to completely beat them.

So if 5 & 6 are your favorites, which Resident Evil game do you think is the worst in the series?

That’s really a easy question I absolutely HATED Operation Raccoon City. I am not the best at FPS games and so you mix that with bad A.I. and no online play (I didn’t have internet at the time) it was a really crappy game. I tell people who buy it when I’m at work at GameStop that it’s basically Call of Duty but with Resident Evil people.

Do you get some cool video game related perks for working at GameStop? I have heard of some people getting to keep old promotional items after they are no longer useful. Have you ever gotten anything like that?

Working at GameStop gets me a discount which I have bought a couple gaming shirts with and my boss gave me a CoD: Ghost shirt that no one other than who was at conference will have. I’ve also gotten to take home posters too. I have a 3D Devil May Cry poster from the newest one in my closet. Although you would think a pretty girl at a gaming store would get hit on a lot, it doesn’t happen much until I open my mouth and spout off stuff about Resident Evil or a few games I’m obsessed with. I am proud of my Resident Evil, 5 it is the closest I’ve gotten to completely beating a game.

CoD: Ghost actually received some pretty bad review scores and wasn’t received well by fans either. What do you think of the game so far?

Well I am not a Call of Duty fan in general other than the zombies on Black Ops, but I like it as something to play and yell at the screen haha. As far as a story I didn’t really get to see it much since my boyfriend played it whenever I wasn’t. But all in all aliens don’t beat out Nazi zombies ever.

Which would you rather own a PS4 or an Xbox One?Linx

Ugh the infamous question I get asked everyday at work haha. I honestly don’t know. I like both systems as upgrades from the older ones and the graphics are equally awesome looking, but it’s a toss up really. If I wanted to not spend a lot of money I would get the PS4. If I had the money, I’d buy the Xbox One. Either way though, the games I want, like Dying Light, are already coming out on the older systems which I have both. If it depended on games, the only game for the One so far that I want is Dead Rising 3. I have both of the other ones and the Zombrex Edition of two. I’m leaning more towards the PS4 though because of Infamous: Second Son and anything that may come out for The Last of Us, Plus it’s cheaper and I’m very bad with money hahaha.

What’s the one game that you have spent the most amount of time playing?

Well other than The Sims which is a given because who doesn’t lose their lives to that game haha. Other than that though I would have to say Resident Evil 5 or probably the Jak and Daxter series. I would spend hours and hours trying to get every lil’ thing I could on those games. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my games. I have every achievement besides the multiplayer and DLC ones, and the professional difficulty one on Resident Evil 5. I’m a revil through and through. It’s sad haha.

Getting all the non-multiplayer/DLC achievements is still really impressive. What have you gotten your gamerscore up to so far?

My gamerscore on Xbox is up to 22,486.

What are some things that you like to do for fun outside of video games?

Aside from working and being a full time mom to my beautiful 18 month old girl, I read a lot of books and play with the newest edition to my family Miss Hariot the cat. I know it’s a boring life but I love it because there is nothing better than coming home and having a lil’ girl come and wanna sit on your lap and talk gibberish to you. She will come and sit next to me while I’m gaming or reading and bring her own lil’ book, it’s too cute. That and she loves to cuddle with the kitty on the floor. She loves animals just as much as I do and I think I will have to take her to shelters like I do and socialize the animals when she gets older.

 Where can fans find more of you?

SuicideGirls: https://suicidegirls.com/members/linx_/

Instagram:  linx_jesse

SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week: Shark

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This week’s SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week is Shark. Shark is a SuicideGirls Hopeful who has been gaming for a very long time. She’s what you might call a PlayStation fangirl but even Xbox fans can agree that does not detract from her exceptional beauty! RealGamerNewz recently sat down with Shark to talk about video games, modeling, and prepping.

So why the username ‘Shark”?

Well I chose the name Shark because I think they are beautiful and amazing creatures who can attack at any moment if necessary which I feel as though also describes me in many ways.

So are you one of those people that actually likes when the Discovery Channel has Shark Week?shark4

Well no. I am Australian and I don’t watch much TV, haha. I just play games and watch documentaries.

What made you want become a professional model? 

I don’t see myself as a professional model. I do it for fun. I’ve always been interested in arts and this is my way of expressing my female eroticism artistically.

When did you first get into gaming?

I stated gaming when I was only about two or three years old. I used to play Sonic with my dad and would win most time, haha. I can’t really remember a time when gaming wasn’t prominent in my life. It was during my childhood and is still a strong passion in my adult life.

What are some of your favorite games?

My favorite games are all first person shooters. In order of favorites: Borderlands, F.E.A.R 3, Rage, and Killzone 3.  Some of the only non-FPS games I really play are LittleBigPlanet and The Sims.

Xbox One or PS4?

PlayStation forever! I actually have a PlayStation tattoo behind my ear. My blog name used to be shonyplaystation, haha. Shony is actually my first name, and yes I plan on changing my last name to PlayStation.

That is actually a perfect name for a gaming blog! How come you stopped writing it?

I stopped blogging because I posted a picture of myself that got like 17,000 notes in a few days and a whole bunch of swag yolo’s started following me and asking me stupid questions.

shark2Speaking of tattoos, that’s an interesting piece on your stomach. Is there any significance to the time on the clock?

No there isn’t, which I regret as my life numbers are 308. The numerals on the clock are all backwards and some are even switched around, which I got for the reason that time is not real. It is a fabricated system that we all live by, not by choice but by force. The principle of time in relation to time and space have relevance but I believe for our daily lives all we need is night and day. The time on the clock is 12:27 which my tattooist chose. I guess I should ask him why next time. It may have relevance to him.

Let’s say I didn’t fancy anything on next-gen consoles so I bought a PS3 for the first time instead. What’s the very first exclusive I should play in your opinion?

The Killzone series, the Resistance series, the Infamous and the LittleBigPlanet series. In order of significance.

Are you in the middle of playing anything right now?

Yeah I’m in the middle of a few games; Crysis, Ghost Recon, and I started replaying Resistance 3.

Is there a genre of video game you absolutely hate?

If any I would have to say MMO’s and magic games. They just seem too immersive if that is possible. They’re also a tad evil in the way that in order to keep enjoying many of the games, you have to pay more and more money and play constantly.

 

Do you have a lot of female friends that are gamers?

I actually don’t have a single female friend that is a gamer, most of my friends are males. I have a dark sense of humor and most women are scared of me. Plus guys are usually better gamers.

What do you like best about living in Australia?

The thing I like best about Australia is the fact that I’m not living my life in constant fear of societal collapse and war attacks. I am a prepper so I have been planning for a long time to be almost completely detached from society and even though that is still incredibly difficult in this country, it is much easier than others.

What are some things outside of video games that you like to do for fun?

As I said previously, I am a prepper and so research takes up quite a lot of my time. In terms of research, I study motor mechanics, automotive engineering, science in many fields, agriculture, law, and music. I don’t pay for study, I believe knowledge should be free.

Where can fans find more of you?

SuicideGirls: https://suicidegirls.com/members/shark_/

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SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week: Wulfilia

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“Wulfilia” seems like a pretty unusual username. What made you choose it?

I’m the talent coordinator and second in command for the group I model for here in Tulsa. My best friend is the owner and I’m one of her original models. When we started it, we wanted everyone to go with a modeling name and persona and I’ve always been in love with the wilderness, woods, and wolves, (I’m a hippie at heart) so she was reading through some names on one of those online baby name lists, then Wulfilia popped and hit me like a ton of bricks. In an amazing way of course. It’s stuck ever since.

How did you first become interested in becoming an alternative model?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a love for fashion and lingerie. So modeling came very close to those categories because it brought those two together for me. One day I had a friend tell me about Tumblr, so I decided to make one to try and explore  fashion, modeling, lingerie further without feeling like I was in a strange community. I was 15 years old at this point. I was scrolling through my dashboard and I saw a picture of Radeo Suicide. She opened my world to alternative modeling. I thought the photos I had seen of her were remarkable. I fell in love with her tattoos and sets and my interest and love for alternative modeling and Suicide Girls just blossomed from there.

What are some of your favorite all-time videos games?

Favorite all-time games hmm? Well I can’t forget the ones that got me started in gaming. Final Fantasy, Harvest Moon, Destruction Derby, and those silly little demo games that you used to be able to buy or get in gaming magazines for the PS2. Those little demos got me through so many Saturdays at home when I was little and Final Fantasy took me into a whole new world. Final Fantasy will forever be on my favorite old games along with Destruction Derby for the N64. As for new games, Bioshock: Infinite. That game appeals to me on so many different levels.

Name one game that you hate.

Assassin’s Creed 3 and Final Fantasy 13. Yeah, yeah, I know I just said I love FF but, seriously, that game could not have been any more of a buzzkill. Same with AC3. They both just annoyed the poop out of me. I really can’t  fathom why they thought those would be good games.

Name one game that you suck at, but still like anyway.

I am so terrible at racing games. I couldn’t name just one game, so I’m giving you a genre. I still love playing racing games, but alone. The only racing game I can play with others is Mario Kart. Even then I get super competitive. The others I like playing by myself because I am so terrible. It’s just funny to watch myself fail. But I still love them so.

What, if anything, are you currently playing right now?

Currently I am playing GTA 5 and eagerly awaiting the release of the newest Assassin’s Creed. I really didn’t like the last one, but I’m holding on to this one hoping they redeem themselves. Boy am I enjoying GTA, though. The game has come a long way from early PS2 games. The handling is better. I can actually drive the cars now! Haha.

Wulfilia2What is something that you would like to see made into a video game?

This is a difficult question. Most everything I would like to see already has been turned into a game. Thinking long and hard on it, I think it would be interesting to see a video game based off of the book And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie that isn’t just on the Wii or PC. Everything else that I’m interested in already is a console game.

Tell me something strange about yourself not many other people know.

I collect bones and crystals. I’m not so open with that because it’s something that’s become very close to me as a pastime and a part of my character. I like what the bones and crystals symbolize and stand for. The crystals can have so many different uses and promote so many different energies. And as for the collecting of bones, it’s kind of like keeping a part of history with me. I’m helping that animal live on through a piece of art or display.

Let’s say I want to ask out a girl who I already know is a huge gamer. What are some good ideas for a cool date?

I know for a fact if you took any gamer girl to a decent arcade (preferably one with go-carts) that it would a good date idea. Me personally, I would love to be taken to a comic shop or video game store or book store. I also really love decorations and Halloween. So this time of the year is perfect for first dates. All the Halloween stores and attractions. The state fairs coming around. But I’m also very strange so creepy things make me happy.

A comic book store eh? What kind of comics are you into?

I am into all sorts of comics. I read a lot of the mainstream stuff as well as the indie stuff. I have a few friends who do their own thing just to have fun, and I like reading what they come up with. I mainly just enjoy the art. I need a good story to get into the comic itself, but I also need amazing art. If the art doesn’t appeal to me, then I probably won’t read it. My favorite comic artists are John Buscema and Jim Steranko. They both were booming in the sixties and seventies and they are just exactly what I love about comic book art. Detailed, refined, old-school.

Believe it or not, I have actually never read a comic book! Where do you recommend a newbie like myself start?

Well if you’re looking for a good comic, start off with any of the most popular superheroes you can think of. It sounds so cliche, but seriously it’s your best bet. My first was Spiderman. So start off with something like Deadpool, X-Men, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, or The Avengers. They’re familiar stories, so you won’t feel too lost and then venture out from there! Trying to find indie comics can be really fun because you can find some really interesting stories. Comixology.com is a good spot to start for indies. That’s where a lot of people are just in their homes doodling comics for fun go to publish them and get them out.

Video games based on movies are notorious for being horrible. Are there any video games based on comics that are worth checking out?

Deadpool! Holy crap but that game is the best comic book game I have ever played and experienced! It is so hilarious and has an amazing storyline. There are extra bits in the game where you can click them and he will give you silly comments. The narrator’s of the game are two of his personalities as well. They are basically what would represent an angel and a devil. They do still belong to Deadpool however, so they’re still evil. But they are so funny. There were points where I had to just sit there in the game because I was almost quite literally rolling on the floor laughing.

Okay last question. Going back to the video game date theme, give me your best pickup line to use on a gamer.

Let me just dish out a few for you and you can pick for yourself:

“Care to come over to my house for a little co-op?”
“I think something is wrong with my auto-aim, because I can’t take my eyes off of you.”
“Hey baby, do you want to come over and take a look at my light saber?”
“Call me Lara Croft, because I’m about to go to tomb raiding.”
“Are you a fire mage? Because you’re making me hot.”
“If you were a Pikmin, I would pick you first.”
“Girl, you’re so hot you’re making my Xbox red ring.”
“Your job class must be thief because you stole my heart.”

And my favorite…

“Plumbers are red, Hedgehogs are blue, push start to join, and be my player two.”

There. I hope you enjoyed those. They may not all work, but that last one is so sweet my heart would melt if someone used it on me, I probably would give them at least one date to try them out. Haha.

Where can fans find more of you?

Instagram: bigbadwulfilia

SuicideGirls: http://suicidegirls.com/members/Wulfilia/

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Magic 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion Review

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The first expansion for Magic 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers adds five new playable decks to the game, some new campaign levels, and five additional challenges. Though having some additional single player stuff to do is nice, most people are going to purchase this expansion just to get the new decks for multiplayer.

Priced at $4.99, you’re basically paying about a dollar a deck. This is a really good deal considering veterans of the paper card game routinely drop hundred of dollars on competitive constructed decks. The new decks included in the expansion are very powerful as well. For example, there is a samurai tribal deck called “Sword of the Samurai” that includes a copy Umezawa’s Jitte! If you are at all familiar with the Jitte, you already know that it owns in the limited meta that is DoTP.

There is also a new demons deck that specializes in board wipes and dropping beefy demons earlier than usual thanks to several copies of Heartless Summoning, a tribal elves deck that puts the elf decks from past versions of the game to shame (Wellwisher anyone?), an exalted deck that is actually good, and a burn/counters deck called Dodge and Burn that uses direct damage and lots of annoying counter spells. This last deck is arguably the most welcome addition to the game, however, since there aren’t really many decks that don’t rely solely on creatures.

At this point it should almost go without saying that the new Magic 2014 expansion is a must-buy for anybody interested in this game. There are a total of fifteen decks in the game now which gives a lot more variety to the online play, not just in terms of what you can use but also in regards to the variety of decks your opponents will be using. It’s nice not having to play against the same deck over and over again. No single deck really stands out as the number one best anymore.

Magic 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers is a great way for new players to grow accustomed to the game of Magic: the Gathering but veterans can also enjoy it for the “old school” Magic feeling that this limited format provides. Cards that normally would never be playable in constructed formats can actually be pretty powerful in this game. The game itself costs $9.99 to download. With the expansion, you’re only looking at an investment of about $15. Considering that’s less than the cost of just a single copy of Thoughtseize in real life, you can get a lot of bang for your buck with this game. Pick it up!

Overall Score: 10 / 10

Developer: Stainless Games

Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

Played on: Xbox 360

Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Steam, iOS, Android

Review Copy Info – A Digital Copy of the DLC was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

The problem with the gaming industry is that developers make too much

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The girlfriend of a fairly prominent game developer (who shall both remain nameless for the sake of privacy) recently tweeted that she was having a bad day because she ran over the curb while driving his $70,000 sports car around the city. The tweet has since been deleted but statements like this make one start to wonder if game developers and consequently publishers really should be making enough money to afford $70,000 sports cars to begin with.

Your first reaction might be something along the lines of “well if the game is really good, they deserve to be paid well for working on it,” and that is a valid line of thought until you consider that these costs are then unnecessarily passed onto the consumer. It has become commonplace to see publishers try to nickel-and-dime gamers through downloadable content that should have been included on the disc, micro-transactions, forcing us to pay extra for online passes just to access multiplayer, and even trying to abolish the entire used game market in the next generation because it is “hurting the industry.”

Former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski (perhaps known best for working on Gears of War) even supported Microsoft’s previous Xbox One policy of restricting used games when he tweeted, “You cannot have game and marketing budgets this high while also having used and rental games existing.”

Perhaps not, but why are game budgets so high anyway? Publishers have routinely complained about the cost of creating blockbuster titles getting more and more expensive in recent years. In the past, a game selling just one million copies was considered to be a success but nowadays they are disappointed when games sell 3.4 million copies in just one month because the costs are so much higher now.

When you juxtapose the idea of publishers and developers complaining about the cost of making a game with the fact that they are driving around in $70,000 sports cars, it gets to be pretty absurd. Have publishers ever thought that perhaps games are getting too expensive to make is because they paying people such huge salaries? According to Game Developer magazine, the average salary for U.S. developers in 2011 was $81,192 a year. It’s probably gone up since then due to inflation. Compare that to the current average salary of a police officer which is $50,745 a year (www.salary.com) or a teacher which can be as low as $39,850 a year depending on the state (www.teacherportal.com). Being a game developer is apparently an even better paying job than working at the CIA which according to www.simplyhired.com comes with an average salary of $70,000 a year.

In addition to a high salary, the majority of game developers also receive a myriad of fringe benefits including stock options, annual bonuses, project bonuses, royalties for games they have worked on, medical benefits, dental coverage, and even pension plans. Those who received financial benefits made an average of $17,689 above and beyond their salary (source). In other words, the average yearly earnings of a video game developer is about six figures!

Why are developers making so much money? Their job isn’t life threatening like a police officer’s is and it’s not important to the future of the nation like a teacher’s job is. It might be tedious or even grueling at times and require long hours and lots of commitment, but working in the video game industry is generally fun. People should be working in the gaming industry because they want to create awesome games. Not because they want to become rich. When did the gaming industry become so corporate?

The developer whose girlfriend made the tweet mentioned at the top of this article is non-essential to his particular game’s success as well. He works on the player behavior team helping to discipline players on a free-to-play game which utilizes micro-transactions to earn revenue. Considering it is free-to-play, you might think that having an exorbitant salary doesn’t hurt gamers since the game is free after all, but that’s not exactly the case.

Unless you want to log literally hundreds upon hundreds of hours to unlock new characters and in-game items, you do still have to pay for them. Using micro-transactions can be a very profitable model. Valve recently announced they have sold over $10 million worth of hats on Team Fortress 2. The game this guy works on is much, much larger than TF2 (it sees a daily player base 71 times larger than Team Fortress 2 does) and also earns money from many more things than purely cosmetic enhancements – but stuff that actually gives people an edge in the game. One can only imagine how many sales they make daily. Revenues must surely eclipse numbers in the hundreds of millions each year!

And yet, the publisher has been raising the prices on their in-game items lately. Why? So people working there can afford more $70,000 sports cars?

When gamers buy something, they expect that money to go into maintaining the game or making it better. They don’t expect their money to be put towards people living in luxury. Surely the prices of the in-game items could be a lot lower than they are now if the salaries of employees working there weren’t so hefty.

If developers weren’t making as much, perhaps games wouldn’t need to sell as many copies to be successful either. Keep in mind that many game studios employ literally thousands of people. If the average salary is $81,000, then a studio with 2,000 employees is paying out roughly $162 million in salaries alone. And that’s not even including any of the bonuses of benefits which if the average is $17,000 yearly would be another $34 million. No wonder games are so expensive to make! What if these numbers were cut in half? This would only benefit gamers. Maybe games could go back to being $50 each. Maybe DLC and in-game items would be free to download. Are we to believe there isn’t an equally qualified person out there willing to do this guy’s job for less pay?

It’s no wonder games like Call of Duty (which is not the franchise the dev highlighted in this article works on) can sell tens of millions of copies earning billions of dollars each year and yet the game still does not use dedicate servers and runs horribly online. Where does all this money go?! If Activision is anything like Riot Games, then according to the tweets of at least one very happy girlfriend, it goes towards buying sports cars, fine dining, and expensive jewelry.

***Editor’s NOTE: Alex’s views are his own and may or may not represent those of RealGamerNewz and the rest of their staff. This article will not be taken down for any reason(s) citing the 1st Amendment of the United States of America. Thanks, -RGN Staff