About the Games and Such
Hi! I’m Rochelle, but I’m likely better known as Gaming Pixie. I took that name when I was doing video reviews (yeah, that happened) and it just kind of stuck.
I’ve been gaming practically since I was old enough to hold a controller, but I didn’t think of making
them until kind of recently. I owe my start mostly to Auntie Pixelante, who led me to Twine. It’s a great way to get started, I think; you can do some interesting things with it, and (if you’re feeling ambitious) it’s also a good way get warmed up with some basic programming ideas. Heck, depending on exactly what you want to do, it might be all you need.
My first couple of Twine games were very short and very personal. Things I needed to get out there for cathartic reasons — and to maybe help someone else who’d been to similar places. But my goal as a designer overall (yes it DOES feel weird saying that, as new as I am to all this) is to make unusual, entertaining things. Time will tell how well I succeed.
I have a bit of a liking for games that are a bit on the dark side. What’s not influenced by Hellraiser movies (or whatever strange, strange things are lurking in my subconscious) could well end up drawing on Yume Nikki or Eversion or Silent Hill 2, a handful of games that have each left a huge impression on me. I love the way that games like that can get inside your head. For what it’s worth, I’m also a huge Metal Gear Solid fan.
I have a full-time day job that has absolutely nothing to do with game development. I’d love to have game-making as my “real” job one day, but for now, it’s just a hobby. Also, while I doubt I’ll make a habit of designing games specifically about the various boxes I fit in (female, bisexual, woman of color, living with depression, etc.) it seems only natural those things should color my creations. In other words, while I’m not that keen on making a whole bunch of games about “WHAT IT’S LIKE TO DEAL WITH X FORM OF OPPRESSION” (I’m already living it, thanks, and I want at least one space where I can just be a person), you can expect LGBT-friendly games and games where the main characters are women of color. I’m a firm believer that representation matters, even (perhaps especially) in games that aren’t Issues Games.
I guess that about covers it.