In our ongoing quest to bring a little class to this place, and to spotlight women who game, we are honored to have another of the lovely ladies from Real Women of Gaming grace us with her insight and wisdom. I can’t thank the RWoG enough for participating, and helping resurrect this feature, and it’s my great honor to present this month’s featured lady, Vanri the Rogue.
Q. What is your Gamertag and does it bear any special meaning?
My Gamertag is VanriTheRogue. The name originally came from my first ever D&D campaign with Crymson and some mutual friends. I use the name for pretty much everything now: D&D, Xbox Live, World of Warcraft and Real Women of Gaming.
Q. We are getting a lot of readers outside the U.S. If you don’t mind everyone knowing, what country do you hail from?
I am from the United States. I live in Pennsylvania, to be a bit more specific.
Q. Gamer guild/clan affiliation?
In World of Warcraft, I’m a part of the same guild as Crymson: Order of the Blood Roses. I don’t really have any affiliation with anything else, though.
Q. Console or PC? Reason for preference?
That is actually a tough question. I really enjoy both quite a lot. I’m a bit better at games on the PC because I feel a lot more in control, but I also really enjoy console games (so long as they’re not first person shooter!)
Q. When did you start gaming?
I’ve been gaming since I was a little girl. It would probably be about 10 years now (I know, I’m still sooo young. I hear it a lot!)
Q. What got you started in the world of gaming?
My older siblings had almost all of the old consoles, as well as games on the computer. They taught me how to play at an early age and I was hooked.
Q. What is your favorite game?
I think my favorite game is most definitely Fable 3. It’s so funny and light with great customization.
Q. Currently playing?
I would be currently playing Portal 2 and Darksiders 2 if my Xbox hadn’t suddenly and mysteriously died a few days ago…
Q. Most anticipated future release?
Elder Scrolls Online. I can’t wait for the launch.
Q. Build your own or off-the-shelf PC? Any reason for preference?
I’m going to say off-the-shelf. I’m not great with building things like that without messing everything up or hurting myself. So, I just like to play it safe!
Q. Favorite game type?
RPGs, for sure. I especially love the expansiveness of MMOs.
Q. Favorite game character and what drew you to them?
I think I’m going to have to say Alice from Alice: Madness Returns. She’s so delightfully insane, but she gives into it and it takes her on wild adventures.
Q. Have you experienced any issues related to being a female gamer and can you share a memorable good or bad experience?
The main problem I’ve experienced is not being taken seriously as a gamer, just because I’m female. I’m always suggested the girly games or the easy games by my male friends who think they’re more superior in gaming than I am. Then, they’re genuinely taken by surprise when I’ll buy something like Skyrim.
Q. What advice would you give you ladies who are worried about sharing their love of gaming, or experiencing negativity because they have?
Ladies, don’t be afraid to show who you really are. The only way we can hope to eliminate the oppression of women in the gaming industry is if we all stand united and show the world that women can be just as badass at gaming as men. If we hope to be taken seriously and to eliminate harassment, then we have to stand together and be honest.
Q. Finally, can you elaborate on what got you started with Real Women of Gaming and what you hope it does for the community?
I was asked to join by Crymson before the group was even started. She gathered a few of us together in a group message on Facebook and asked who would be interested in joining the admin team. Together, we brainstormed the name of the group and, within a week, the Facebook page was up and running. I honestly hope that Real Women of Gaming can help eliminate a lot of the sexism and harassment within the gaming community. I hope that our You’re Not Alone campaign can help stop bullying of nerds, geeks and gamers. I hope that Real Women of Gaming can help everyone realize that it is okay to be who you are and that you should be able to be you without fear of bullying or harassment.