October 26, 2009

Training Day 8

It's been roughly a week since I've started my training for the Fragdolls, and I can say confidently that it is going well. I just purchased a headset for the PS3 today, mainly as motivation for me to get online and play with real people. I'm super nervous about doing that since I have my honors theory (which I may describe in a later post - or if you know me in person I may have explained it to you) but I also know that I'm nowhere near as good a player as those who play online. Still, it's really the only way to get better...I can only destroy bots for so long. ;-D

I played a little R6V2, UT3, and Halo 3 today. I'm definitely getting better at R6V2 - or at least I'm consciously using my AI team mates (very tactical of me). To be honest, I'm quite impressed with the game. The storyline is weak, but it's fun to hide behind cover and take my time completing levels. I continue to surprise myself in UT3, too. It makes me happy to know that I've retained some of the instinctive skills I learned as a kid. I know that UT3 is often looked upon as a "cheap" game, where one can get "lucky" with one-shot kills, or at least just shooting in the general area of your opponent...but it's certainly not meant to be a realistic game. Fun, fast, and gory - which is fine with me, since sometimes R6V2 is a little too realistic for me.

Oh, Halo...what a love/hate relationship I have with thee. You would think that if you're decent at one FPS, you'd be decent at all the others... NOT the case. It seems that I'm stuck in Halo - no matter how much I shoot at my opponent, he doesn't die! And unlike in most FPSs that I play, I actually aim at the head. It is a much slower game too...I mean, the deaths/respawns are fast and the game is smoother (in comparison with UT3), but you can only run so fast with all that armor on. Well...I'm sure Halo will grow on my as I play more.

Overall, it was a good training day. :-D

October 23, 2009

Training Day 5

My "training" for the Fragdolls officially began on Monday, October 19, when I purchased used copies of Unreal Tournament 3 (UT3) and Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (R6V2) for the PS3. I hear that R6V2 is currently in popular demand, which will make it much easier to find players online (or at least find an assortment of skill levels). I had to get Unreal Tournament, if only because I was such a fan of it growing up. That, and Quake 2...but that's for a later post.

Initially I gravatated toward UT3 first, since I'm more familiar with that style of first person shooter. It felt good to get back into the "jump around and shoot people as fast as you can" scenarios. You can imagine the shock I had when I switched over to play R6V2. My player style (at this point in time) is what I like to call "run-n-gun." As my best friend can attest, I'm always the player to run into a fight guns blazing, die, respawn, rinse and repeat (I blame all the Doom/Duke Nukem/Quake playing in elementary/middle school). R6V2 is very difficult for me, as I imagine any tactical shooter would be. I have to hide behind cover? I have team mates? I have to help them when they get shot? Yet my initial response to this game has worn off, and now I find myself playing R6V2 far more than UT3.

Slowly but surely, I'm getting more comfortable with R6V2. I'm playing through the story mode (currently at the convention center - Act 4 Scene 1 I believe), and the little girl in me gets excited every time I "unlock" something. I wonder if girls like this aspect more than boys in video games? In any event, I feel that this game is a short play...perhaps the true catch is the multiplayer function. After I complete the story mode, I may work up the courage to try an online game....maybe.

Games: Unreal Tournament 3, Rainbow 6 Vegas 2
System: PlayStation 3
Tag: Kimmington

October 22, 2009

Test Introduction

Hello world,

Welcome to my blog! Here I will keep you updated on all things gamer-girl related. I will be using this not only as a tool to communicate my thoughts, ideas, and experiences, but also as a way to keep myself motivated in the gaming world. There are so many things I'd like to do...

My overall goal is to somehow get into the video game industry - either through research on women and video games, becoming a spokesperson for a development company, or writing game reviews. Currently, my most recent goal is to become a fragdoll. If you don't know who the Fragdolls are, check out this link here. For the next few weeks, my posts will include the games I'm playing (complete with gamertags), how I'm doing, what tips and tricks I've learned, and how I'll be applying to become a Fragdoll.

Please feel free to leave comments, and I will do my best to make this a fun and enlightening experience for both you (the reader) and me.