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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 think 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 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.
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?
Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/3534379
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!
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.
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.
Where can fans see more of you?
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.
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.
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?
Check out the MegaRan Documentary Premiere Event footage published recently by FAMEAZ.TV which took place in Phoenix, AZ at Phoenix Filmbar and grab your own copy of Mega-Lo-Mania today on DVD HERE.
Phoenix Filmbar Event – Mega Ran’s Documentary World Premiere:
Official Mega-Lo-Mania MegaRan Documentary Trailer:
Cover Athelete Trailer for NBA LIVE 15 releasing from publisher EA Sports this October 7, 2014.
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Publisher(s): EA Sports
Developer(s): EA Tiburon
Release Date (NA): October 7, 2014
Cover Athlete Trailer:
Below is also an Interview of Damian Lillard about the cover and more:
This week’s SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week is Maud Suicide. Maud has varied tastes in video games and is a big online gamer as well. RGN sat down with Maud to talk about some of her favorites and what it’s like playing Call of Duty online as a SuicideGirl.
What made you chose the name Maud Suicide?
I chose the name Maud after several straight weeks of researching and constant name changes. I knew that I was going to channel more of a vintage vibe because I have a passion for the olden days. I think a lot has been lost throughout time and with the help of SG I have found something that supports my pin-up passion and love for the old classic beauty. So what I did was go through a book of names from 1930s-1950s so I could find exactly what I was looking for. After some process of elimination I came across the name Maud. Maud Suicide. It was perfect; I fell in love almost instantly. Just recently I was getting tattooed and the name Maud came up, a tattoo artist had named his dog Maud and told me why – Maud Wagner was considered the most tattooed lady / best female tattoo artist in the 1940s. She was famous for her American Traditional work and brought a whole new dimension of the art of tattooing. Which is possibly the most perfect unintentional thing ever and I’m ever so happy to carry on the name and the belief of traditional work.
Tell me about some of your tattoos.
I have seven tattoos in total but my favorites have to be my giant crawling panther on my side, my lady head that represents the spirit of my first car (1994 Dodge Shadow ES, rest easy), my rabbit hole (I am such a sucker for the universe), and my Great Great Grandpa’s self portrait. Most people think it’s either just a man, some celebrity that I admire too much, or my boyfriend, and he is AB-SO-LUTELY none of those things! He was an incredible artist and he meant something to my dad and my dad means a lot to me. I’m madly in love with all of my work but those four pieces in particular reach out to me.
I also have a letter on my shoulder blade, script below my collar bone, and a dagger with a rose through it. The letter represents my love for writing, I write letters for the people in my life everyone loves receiving a love letter everyone appreciates that gesture. So I decided to write letters to everyone and anyone. I pour my little heart and soul out onto paper and seal it up for those who deserve it most. The script is for my mom, she has the same exact tattoo on her wrist. On both my dad’s and mom’s side I have Native American Cherokee and we all have been through so much, so she got “Strength” in Cherokee Native American. I decided to get it for my mom.
I love my dagger too, it’s so classic and clean. I’m looking forward for way more to come!
My first tattoo was like the script but I don’t consider that my first real real tattoo. I got this lady head on my arm when I first turned 19 I believe. Dawn Cooke is the master in disguise here and I give her all credit for my amazing work. Shout out to Depot Town Tattoo for being top of the line! Their staff is incredibly talented and it’s a great experience.
When I got my lady head done I brought Dawn a photograph of my car and said “make something out of this.” Her name is Cherrie and she was the absolute best. She rusted out from underneath but looked stunning from the outside in. Love that car.
What are some of your all-time favorite video games?
Very good question! It’s always so hard to say because we’ve all played so many games but if I had to pick in any order would be Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Halo 3, Red Dead Redemption, BioShock 2, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 ( I’m actually a die-hard L4D fan and prefer 1 over 2 but 2 has great online play), Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Gears of War 1-3, Grand theft Auto V, Tekken, Soul Calibur 4, and I am killer at Peggle. But that’s only some of my favs, and that’s just only for Xbox!
I have a PlayStation, GameCube, Xbox, Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, and a Game Boy Advance as well as an interest in computer games like Roller Coaster Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon, and my old internet game RuneScape. Most importantly, however, I play Sims. I spent so many hours on that game everyday. I had it completely mastered. I had all of the expansion packs for first generation, all of the expansion packs for second generation, then finally my Sims obsession died down. RuneScape was pretty intense for me too. I’d sit there for days trying to improve my magic or trying to make my online character look great.
I love Kingdom Hearts for PlayStation, it blows me away every time I play it. It’s so beautiful and the storyline draws me in more than anything. I used to play a lot of Tomb Raider and Max Payne back in the day on my PlayStation as well.
GameCube had me on Mario on the daily. I couldn’t stop playing Super Mario Sunshine for years. I’m so serious, YEARS. I was so determined to get all of the Shine Sprites but I cannot for the life of me find the last four! Also I beat Animal Crossing with flying colors.
Mario World 64 is fantastic. It’s always nostalgic to play nowadays.
I’m sorry if I am talking way too much about how awesome these games are! If you haven’t played any of these yet I recommend them all to you.
What games are you currently playing these days?
I’m currently playing GTA V, Red Dead, always and forever COD2, and L4D. I love video games so much I play one game for a little bit then switch, then switch again. They’re all so great. I want to find you all in the GTA V online world and do missions with you! Nothing is better than to come home, take off your pants, and play some video games. Almost therapeutic!
A Call of Duty fan eh? Do you ever rage when you die? C’mon be honest.
Oh god yeah, I’ve noticed that I rage the most online. I can’t help myself when someone has a kill streak and is taking out everyone. I find a way to trap them and make a comeback. Sometimes rage is a good thing. It almost takes out all the steam in me / frustrations I’ve had that day or week. I just get online, then rage. It really is a great feeling.
What is the worst/best pickup line someone has ever used on you when playing a video game online?
Most of the time it’s just hard for them to grasp the concept that a girl is actually doing well in a match. I can start hearing them getting frustrated so I put my headphones on and tune in / respond. I think the most frequent line used would be “You’re a girl? You’re probably really fat” or “I bet you’re so ugly.” Mostly it’s, “You’re a giiiiirrl?” YES I’m a girl, clearly I’m a woman! Little do they know they’re having a conversation with not only a girl but a SuicideGirl.
Are people in real life ever surprised when they learn you’re a gamer?
Come to think of it yeah I suppose they are! But once they get me going, or if the conversation is brought up, I will tell them everything. I think being a gamer is great and I suggest my peers to become one if they can! It’s nice to just kick back and fly a helicopter in GTA V sometimes. I mean come on, who wouldn’t!
Would you ever consider getting a video game-related tattoo and if so what would it be?
Honestly I’ve never even considered it! I don’t have anything in mind that would stand out to me/ be traditionally done. I think that it could very well be done but it’s not my cup of tea! HOWEVER, if i did have to choose it might be sweet to have a Red Dead Redemption sleeve or piece on the back. That would be so cool.
Your profile says you’re into UFO hunting? How did you get into doing that?
I am very pleased you brought this up. Aliens and UFOs are my favorite subject. I started “UFO hunting” about three years ago I’d say. I started seeing them more than hunting for them maybe a few times a year now. I love the sky, I love looking up at the sky, staring into the sky oh gosh and stargazing I love it all very much so I’m always looking up and observing what’s in my surroundings. Sometimes you’ll see something you’ve never seen before while other times you just have to be in the right place at the right time.
So… you’ve actually seen UFOs?
Four in total. I know they had to have been. I’ve had some very strange experiences. Once I was driving down 94 with my ultimate best friend and as I was talking about my UFO experiences I couldn’t believe my eyes what was in front of me I immediately pointed and said, “There’s one now!” There were three in a row and one kept blinking in and out randomly. Next morning my other ultimate best friend was listening to the radio then the subject of UFOs came about and they said “People all around Metro Detroit claim to have seen a UFO!” I wrote the news channel that did the story and told them I saw it too. That was just one experience. I swear I’m not from this planet sometimes.
Where can fans find more of you?
Welcome to RealGamerNewz and today we’d like to welcome a very special guest; Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 & 2 Star who played as Sgt Frank Woods, real name James C. Burns, on his new role in this summer’s hit film, Coldwater. And yes, I even got James to say a few words about the potential for a future of his work with Treyarch.
Currently #1 in France and hitting American theaters on August 15th, Coldwater made a big splash at SXSW and the Cannes Film Festival. You can check out the trailer for Coldwater on RealGamerNewz.com and to give a little background on the plot, Burns plays the role of an Ex-Marine Colonel who has set out to help a group of juvenile young folks to reform themselves by any means necessary. A real life boot camp if you will.
But this isn’t just your typical boot camp film. Another character named Brad is one of the teenagers forced into this reform training and has more on his mind than others may realize. While trying to do all of the right things, he just can’t seem to catch a break. Coldwater is produced by Flying Pig Productions and directed by Vincent Grashaw.
Coldwater Film Trailer:
Last month at GDC it was announced that multiple AAA developers were jumping ship and joining an indie company named Tangentlemen. I wrote an article about the interview with Cory Davis and decided to each out to the team myself. Well, they responded to my questions and overall I really enjoyed talking to them. Here is the interview:
1. To new people trying to get in the industry do you have any advice? Also skip over AAA and go
to indie or try AAA first?
Well, obviously we all came from from a AAA background, and it definitely gives you a solid understanding of how the different pieces of game development fit together, and the importance of deadlines, but it’s tough to get into. Anyone can start developing with the tools out there now, so Indie development is a great start point.
You’ve got to start creating, and meeting the right people (other talented game developers) as soon as you possibly can. I think getting involved with an indie project, or helping out with a mod is the best way to prove yourself. If you’re able to have any form of success with the projects you get involved with, then you have a foothold. At that point, you can use your foothold to open the door to a number of different opportunities.
I think it depends on what kind of work you want to do, AAA tend to develop specialists, whereas in. Indie you do a little bit of everything. We’re really lucky that we have a broad range of interests, so we’re. comfortable throwing ourselves into new territory.
Say yes. That first job is always the hardest. Take any opportunity in so you can learn but then be careful what you are good at. While you are looking for work seek out similar people and try to start a project or help on their project they are equally valuable. Nothing resonates like working on something. All successful development requires people good at integration. Working on a group project and being able to reference that experience is key. Look at others portfolios. This IS a competition and you are compared to others. Make sure your materials look good.
2. You guys are just getting started and maybe down the road I will be able to ask this question
again, but so far, other than your Garoffice, what are you enjoying about the indie atmosphere?
I love being able to bring my guitar in to work. I’ve been experimenting with some sounds that I think would be really good for our project, so it’s been great to just play my ideas out and see what fits. I also have a badass view of an ancient cactus.
Impending victory born from the fires of destiny.
You get to set your own culture. making a company from the ground up is a big challenge but a lot of fun.
3. How did your families react? I mean essentially you guys had reached what can be considered
the top of the gaming industry and to the normal person indie development can be seen as a downgrade.
Everyone’s been really supportive so far. My wife is also starting her own company at the same time, so it’s been a bit of a challenge, we’re both really understanding, but at the same time, we need to able to change plans on a dime to help take care of the kids.
Julie has been telling me to go Indie for years, so she’s been super excited! When you’re working in AAA there’s just so many things that are outside of your control. Things like release date, marketing material, schedule, and other important factors that contribute to the overall success of the game. We’re really looking forward to having more input in those areas.
Mostly my dad gives me his opinion on how it was ok for Activision to screw over Infinity Ward.
Eden was just really excited we’d be cleaning out the garage.
1. In an interview during GDC Davis talked a little bit about Kickstarter. Have you guys dived deeper to the conversation about funding? If so is Kickstarter still considered a viable option?
We’re looking into all possible avenues for funding right now. Kickstarter has absolutely been a viable option for a lot of game projects recently, and it’s something we’re looking at very closely, however there are a lot of other options out there as well, we don’t want to rule anything out just yet.
There have been some really successful Kickstarters in the last several months. Having the opportunity to interact directly to the gamers and retain ownership of your game is a really exciting
prospect. We’re still trying to figure out where we fit best.
2. So, what’s with the name? Why Tangentlemen? Is there any significance behind it or is it just a cool, untaken, interesting name?
So we were all in the car together, and Cory made this offhanded joke about Tangentlemen as a potential name for a studio. We all laughed and thought it was funny, but for the life of me I can’t remember the joke. What I do remember is that it captures some of the juxtapositions we’re trying to achieve.
We’re not the youngest guys to go Indie. Most of us have kids, and we’re bringing decades of experience to the project. The name has a sense of refinement, an appreciation for really bad puns, and just a hint of the unknown.
I think it helps chart out the direction we want to take with our games. we want to create meaningful, unimaginable interactive experiences. It also has a myriad of meanings most of which are entirely misleading… just like the answers to life’s important questions.
3. How have you guys been prioritizing your project(s)? Meaning are you prioritizing enjoyment,
longevity, or beauty?
Right now we have one project, I can’t say much about it yet, but I can tell you that it’s coming from a very personal place for me. We started by kind of verbally exploring some of the themes we wanted to explore with our next project, and a lot of us were mentioning the same ideas. We don’t want to make a game that’s pure ego trip, we want to make something that challenges the way our players think. I guess you could say we’re prioritizing theme.
I’ve really enjoyed speaking with the team and look forward to their game’s announcements. I wish them the best of luck and really hope they are having a great time in their Garroffice. For those of you who do not know, they are currently working out of a garage. So, for fun sake I just called it their Garoffice. Anyway, I’m sure Tangentlemen has a great future ahead of them and I really wish them the best. Most of their developers made my childhood and everyone I got to speak to were very nice.
Today I had the opportunity to speak with Yvonna Lynn. She is the President of Charisma+2 a modeling company that focuses on providing talent who are deeply entrenched in gaming and play all of the latest releases as well as specialized niche shooters and other games. She is also an avid gamer as well. But that’s just part of what Yvonna does, and she introduces herself further in the beginning of this video chat between herself and me (Josh Ehresmann, Public Relations Editor at RealGamerNewz).
During the following interview me and Yvonna casually brought up gaming issues as they came along. She also leaked several pieces of news in our interview of good length that gamers won’t want to miss out on, so be sure to listen to the entire show. If you have any further questions for Yvonna or myself, feel free to drop a comment on YouTube or RGN (or wherever else you might be reading this) and I’ll do my best to get back to you in future shows.
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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.
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.
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.
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Band: Adrenaline Mob
Title: Men of Honor
Release date: February 18, 2014
D. Mac rating: 3.5 / 5
The word itself evokes an expectation that the union of several esteemed talents will metaphorically set the world ablaze. While it is true that supergroups sound appealing conceptually, the execution typically lacks the appeal of each associated artist’s source of prestige. Such was the case with Adrenaline Mob’s debut Omertà in 2012. With the core of the group so incredibly skilled and accomplished, one would have hoped for a product superior to their unremarkable maiden album and while their sophomore offering Men of Honor treads similar ground, it does so to significantly better effect.
While the cynic in me imagines that many of the band’s fans jumped ship when Mike Portnoy announced his departure from the outfit last June, Men of Honor proves to be clear indication that he was not essential to the group’s sound, thereby thwarting prog snobs long before they can muster a detractive statement. Six-string shredder Mike Orlando and powerhouse vocalist Russell Allen carry on the writing process with bassist John Moyer (Disturbed) and new drummer AJ Pero (Twisted Sister) in tow for the recording sessions and as a unit, they fire on all cylinders. As such, the product is far from a stylistic departure from its predecessor but the hooks are bigger, better and catchier with the songs themselves heavier and more varied without sacrificing cohesiveness.
While Omertà had one or two outstanding tracks, each song on Men of Honor has particular elements that make it memorable, most often in the bombast of the choruses or the thick, fuzz-ridden riffs. However, some of what bogged down the debut persists to the follow-up, though to a far lesser extent. Much of the better material on Omertà was overshadowed by simplistic lyrics that often obnoxiously exuded “macho” nonsense and while some songs here do recall this gripe (e.g. Come On Get Up), it is more tolerable this time around, whether it be due to greater subtlety in the lyrics themselves or the strength of the hooks. Either way, this album is no masterpiece of lyrical fortitude but does offer its share of earworms that implore, if not demand, forgiveness.
Simply put, when you want to hear Russell Allen astound, you turn to Symphony X. When you want to hear Mike Orlando cut loose and unleash hell, you turn to his Sonic Stomp albums. When you just want to hear them rock the hell out, you turn to Adrenaline Mob. They don’t push the boundaries and certainly aren’t changing the face of their genre but by refining their sound as they have on Men of Honor, the band has become a more venerable force in music.
\m/ Dan Mac \m/
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