Let's break the ice—who's your go-to Mario Kart character?
My go-to Mario Kart character is Toadette.
I always play Toadette. Yeah.
Which version of Mario Kart is she even in? The Gamecube one?
No no no. Her first one was in Mario Kart Wii, I believe.
You know more about it than me, apparently.
[Laughing] Yeah, Mario Kart is actually one of my best games. You know, my favorite level is Raindbow Road, and it's the one I'm best at.
So tell me more about yourself—you're an artist as well as a gamer?
Yeah, I've been an artist since I was in about fifth grade, but I've been a gamer since I was about five years old. I try to do a little bit of everything. I mostly do just pencil drawings, but I've got a pen tablet for digital design attached to my Mac, and I do acrylic paints and oils and watercolors. I also do pastels, and I also do, like, craft stuff, like ceramics and glass-blowing and leather-working. You know, just, crocheting, literally anything you can create with your hands, I can do or am willing to try.
Do you find that your art and gaming overlap a lot?
Yeah! Oh yeah, all the time. I make fan art of—actually, it's funny that you asked who my favorite Mario Kart character was, because a while ago I had made this little comic of Toad pooping in a pipe [laughing]. It was an inside joke with a couple of my friends, and I drew it and it actually kind of got pretty popular on the internet.
I'll have to look it up [note: could not find. Anyone?]. How did you get into gaming?
When I was about five years old, my dad first let me play A Link to the Past on the Super Nintendo, and I immediately was drawn in and addicted. I played so much that I knew how to do the first dungeon before I could tie my own shoes, you know? [laughing]
So what other kinds of games do you like—I heard League of Legends?
Yeah! League of Legends is a big one. Actually, last night I made my Playmate smurf account. It's level-one, but I plan on leveling it to level 30. It's MissOctober2012. But other games that I play right now—I just got Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy for the 3DS, Bust-a-Move Universe for the 3DS, I just finished Final Fantasy XIII-2 for the PS3. I'm going to pick up Borderlands 2, because everybody and their mother is telling me that I need to play it [laughing]. But right now what I'm really excited for is God of War: Ascension. Like, I'm a big God of War fan, and I really really really really want it to come out now [laughing].
So are you a Sony fangirl? Or Microsoft, or Nintendo?
I'll always be a Nintendo girl on the inside, but I try not to play favorites for any system. I spend most of my time on the PC, but I own every current console. I'm not sure if I'm going to get the Wii U immediately, but, you know, as a Nintendo fan girl I'll probably get it just out of, you know, my die-hard Nintendo fandom.
What do you think about the Wii U?
I think it's a good idea, but it'll be confusing and people will be a little bit wary about it at first, as excited as they say they're going to be. You know, just the whole idea of the interface and the handheld, but still, you know, have the Wii console, and you know. It's just—people are going to be confused [laughing].