I'm Amber, a 21 year old college student with a love for video games (obviously). I started with Sonic 2 and have been hooked ever since. Almost all games interest me, with the exception of sports and race simulators. Born and raised in Texas, I currently live with my boyfriend and our really adorable dog.
Other than games I enjoy drawing, watching movies and anime, and listening to music, pretty basic stuff.
Favorite games: Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Uncharted 2, Final Fantasy IX, Mother 3, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Ico, Chrono Trigger, Professor Layton, The World Ends With You, Super Mario Galaxy, Ghost Trick, Half-Life 2, Okami
Favorite movies: Princess Mononoke, Moulin Rouge, Love Actually, Fight Club, The Sting, V For Vendetta, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Big Fish, Shaun of the Dead, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, any Studio Ghibli or Makoto Shinkai film
Favorite TV shows/anime: Arrested Development, Community, Extras, 30 Rock, Lost, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Evangelion, FLCL, Cowboy Bebop, Mushishi, Gurren Lagann
Favorite music: Muse, MuteMath, Mumford & Sons, Eisley, Snow Patrol, Florence and the Machine, The Killers, Coldplay
An introductory post was in order so I would like to start with a "hello." I'd say I'm usually too busy for this blog and that's why I'm just now getting it during my summer break, but I'd be lying. As a communications major, more specifically a media studies major, I've always had a rather light class load, even as I approach my senior year. The majority of that free time is spent playing as many games as I can get my hands on and neglecting the ever present question of "what are you going to do when you graduate?"
When I entered college three years ago I had no clue what I was going to do. I've always drawn and am more of the creative type, but my skills are only good enough for me. I despise math and suck at science, so I went on instinct with the study-what-interests-you mentality. But when people (who are actually usually not my parents) ask me what I'm planning to do my throat goes dry. I guess I'm the type who lives in the moment but it seems like I've always been distracting myself. During my first summer in college I worked a summer job at PetSmart and learned a very valuable lesson about how I do not want a career in retail.
For my first two years at college I had been toying with an idea that probably many of you have thought of or achieved in some way, that being to somehow, someway work with video games. I had decidedly given up my life as an artist, graphic or concept, and programming goes over my head. I could write, though, not brilliantly but well enough. Writing about games was the worst option, it's been a controversial topic especially recently, but ever since I had heard of E3 I had dreamed of being there in person and reporting on it is a sure ticket in.
Long story short, I interned for Kotaku during my second college summer. It was excellent experience, I had never done anything but essays in my life. I also got a glimpse of what it's like to get paid for writing about games (and how rare that is) as opposed to writing without pay. I realized that while I enjoyed my time there I probably wanted to keep writing about games a hobby and find some other career. I was back to the drawing board. It was just as hard to answer the "well can you live off that job?" questions that summer that had evolved from the former and more general "what are you going to do?" questions. All year though it nagged me and I would get the itch to write some stuff up. Hey, I really do like talking about video games.
I finished my third year last Friday and the plan for the summer is to take a break, I can afford it. It's the last summer before I'm expected to have a real job after all! Here I am though, I can't ignore the itch. I didn't know which site to turn to and didn't want to go after a formal writing position, even unpaid, it's a break remember! So here I am, for better or worse. I can't say I'll be on here regularly, I'd like to get outside a bit in between the games this summer, but I hope I enjoy my stay.
Now that that's over with, a little more general (video game) information about me: My first game was Sonic 2 when I was three and have been playing games since then. I own all the systems but my favorite is the PS3. I'm not a fanboy/girl, though, I promise! My favorite game is Metal Gear Solid 3, some other favorites are Majora's Mask, ICO, Mother 3, Morrowind, Uncharted 2, Half-Life 2, Mass Effect, and Final Fantasy IX. Favorite characters are Link and Solid Snake, favorite genres are 3rd person action/adventure and RPGs and....that's about it.
By the way, now when people ask me what I'm doing when I graduate I go with the default answer my counselors tell me, "research." Oh boy, I'm gonna be rich.