Gaming Nexus Interview: LIGHTS


posted 9/21/2009 by Tina Amini
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How do people in real life react when you tell them that you’re a gamer?
A lot of people are shocked actually, I mean the truth is there aren’t as many girl gamers as there should be or that people know of yet so I think it’s possible but once you get past it people are stoked and they just want to play with you and it’s another thing people can relate on. It’s kind of this underground mainstream world. Sounds like an oxymoron there but I feel like it’s underground still but there’s this whole massive culture and as soon as someone realizes you’re a part of it an automatic bond forms with that person and that’s one of the things that I love about gaming. You automatically have something in common with someone else that games.

What do you think about the games that developers are making these days to reach out to a female demographic?
It depends what female demographic they’re reaching for. There are obviously those very girly girly games for younger girls like on DS like My Pony World or Barbie World or whatever and I don’t think I would really enjoy those games. But I feel like instead, in a smarter way, gamers are even more so than before representing women as their formidable opponents in games like Mortal Kombat vs DCU. There’s a lot of female options in there just as dangerous and beautiful as everyone else and I think that that in itself should encourage girls to not only start gaming but feel sweet about it.

Something like Wonder Woman?

Totally, Wonder Woman’s great I mean she’s my favorite character on that game obviously. If you know how to work her right she’s pretty much unbeatable.

Have you ever thought about making music for a game?
I’ve actually thought about that, definitely. It’s something that’s been coming up a lot in conversation lately. I learned that for example the music from Final Fantasy games are actually big hits in Japan so there’s an entire world for that, it’s just not big enough yet and I think it’s so cool that it’s like this sort of cult music that people can find and you can be super creative and get cool angles on writing for sure because it’s more cinematic I guess and I mean it has to be catchy obviously and really recognizable for that specific game. Take the Mario song for example. That’s one of the catchiest, most renowned songs of history. Imagine writing something like that? I would be so stoked to get involved with something like that.

In your music videos I noticed a lot of animation and fantasy based themes. Do you get any of the inspiration from video games?
Oh absolutely. My inspiration comes a lot from World of Warcraft I’m not gonna lie. There’s a song on my new record called “Lions!” And there’s a ton of World of Warcraft references in there. It’s basically written in the mind of my World of Warcraft character, my warrior. And I’ve started multiple characters to get a grip on a lot of the different abilities and the different classes so one of the lines is: “I’m not the hunter, I’m not the mark”, you know hunter’s mark. And it talks about “sorrow’s blade” and then the chorus goes: “lions make you brave. Giants give you faith. Death is a charade, you don’t have to feel safe to feel unafraid.” And the “death is a charade” thing, as you know as a Warcraft player, when you die it’s not the end of the world. You just run around and find your corpse again. So you know it’s funny I wrote it to be applicable to other situations but it’s from a very epic point of view of a warrior from having to fight things on a day-to-day basis. There are a lot of references, so if you’re a WoW player you’ll definitely enjoy that and there are definitely a lot of references.

Did you ever find it difficult to keep a limit on playing World of Warcraft?
I’ve always been pretty in control of my schedule and addiction so as much as I’d love to stay on all night I do prioritize for having enough rest and if I have to wake up early next morning definitely important for me so I do set myself limits and it’s not too hard and it just makes me look that much more forward playing the next night.

Are there any games that you’re looking forward to that are going to be released soon?

There’s a game coming out called Metro 2033. It looks really cool. It’s kind of after nuclear apocalypse and everyone is forced underground, there’s giant rats and everything. It looks really fun; I think it’s a PC game. That’s mainly what’s on the lookout for me. I’m so much into my games right now. And obviously Cataclysm, I’m looking out for that.

We'd like to thank LIGHTS for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to us and for her representative for setting it all up.

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