My name is Regina, though almost everyone I know calls me Wedge. I work at Intel, with probably one of the coolest jobs ever - I get to play games on the PC and figure out how we can best test them to showcase how awesome our processors truly are. I write for the blog Inside Scoop (scoop.intel.com) about gaming, as well.
In my spare time I run the Guitar Hero/Rock Band division of the PMS Clan. The PMS Clan's mission is to provide a fun, positive and competitive environment for all women, and to promote respect for women in matches and tournaments. While we are women focused, we also have men in the organization, under the H2O Clan. We have members from all over the world, and we play on both Xbox360 and PS3. If you are looking for a great group of people to play Rock Band or Guitar Hero with, definitely check us out at www.pmsclan.com. We're open to all skill levels, though we have some of the best players in the world in our organization!
My Top 10 Favorite Games: (subject to change)
1. Final Fantasy 6
3. Street Fighter Alpha 3
4. Parappa the Rapper
5. Tetris Attack
6. King's Quest VI
7. Phoenix Wright: Justice for All
8. Katamari Damacy
9. Left 4 Dead
10. Rock Band 2
Always Playing: Rock Band 2, The Beatles: Rock Band, Green Day: Rock Band, Lips and other singing games
Currently playing: God of War 3, Starcraft 2, Mario Galaxy 2, Pokemon Soulsilver, Ace Attorney Investigations, Puzzle Quest 2
Next Gaming Event: PAX Prime
You know what I'm talking about. Diner Dash, Cake Mania, Bejeweled... and even those dirty Facebook games.
I am one of THOSE people who play these games. A lot. And I am not ashamed.
I will never quite understand the disdain that many folks have for "casual games" - a game is a game, it really should come down to whether you enjoy it. Why limit yourself to only specific "hardcore-approved" titles? I get a lot of eye-rolling, or comments about how it's "cute" that I really like these things. Why is it that gamers separate "casual" out from "mainstream" or "hardcore" or whatever the kids call it these days?
Here are the reasons why I love these games:
I enjoy the challenge that alot of these games provide (they are NOT easy). I don't need to wade through hours of terrible, pointless narrative. They are almost never artificially lengthened. The tutorial is only about 5-10 minutes and then you're up and running. They run on almost every platform (iPhone, DS, every PC... facebook!). They usually have free to play versions that give you a good taste of what the game is like... or in the case of Facebook games, they are almost entirely free unless you have no willpower.
When it comes down to it, I primarily play games for that vague term known as "gameplay" - and when you really look at them, most casual games are just that - gameplay. They are not bloated with the other vectors of modern day games, such as a narrative and graphics - things I would consider to be icing on the cake. Of course, a cake without icing isn't always appealing, but I would much rather eat a great frostingless cake than a pile of frosting with nothing underneath it.
And as such, you can tell I've been playing too much Cake Mania lately. Mmmmm cake.