Interview: The Pornstar Gamer
I was wrong.
Back in January of 2008, I wrote a lengthy feature explaining that pornstars and video games simply don't mix. It was in response to another article that supposedly pointed to several adult entertainment stars who love games, and at one point in my rebuttal, I wrote this:
"I will say this- if there is a female adult entertainment star out there who actually plays video games, and she comes to us, we'll tell ya all about it. Heck, we'll even do an interview."
Obviously, when no such thing happened, I would prove my point. However, nearly two years later, I see an e-mail in my inbox that, lo and behold, has forced me to eat my words. Say hello to Mia Rose, adult entertainment star and - oh yes - a Level 80 Warlock in World of Warcraft whose first game was the original Final Fantasy back on the good ol' NES. And now, due to the obligation I imposed upon myself, we are giving you an interview that might just surprise you in a variety of ways.
PSXE: When did you first start playing video games, and what (or who) really got you started?
Mia: "It was my dad who first got me started; I was supposed to be a boy, and he never got over the fact that I wasn't. Obviously, I wasn't born with a controller in my hand but it was pretty damn close; my dad got me into gaming and I was taught how to camp, fish, climb trees, and game. I started with the first Final Fantasys (you know, the little box shaped guys moving from square to square) and ended with my favorite, FFX. Goddamnit, they really screwed up with FFX-2; almost made it into a dress-up game.
Then there was Chrono Cross, Kingdom Hearts, Zelda, Gran Turismo, the Halos, [etc.]. I play World of Warcraft now. (when prompted about the Wii): I won't touch it. I refuse to. I just don't like it...I mean, gaming is where you sit down and relax and kick back. Moving and playing? I mean, what the fu** is that?"
PSXE: Do you think games appeal more to girls now than ever before? If so, why?
Mia: "Well, the thing is, now it's become 'the thing to do,' I've noticed. Yeah, there are definitely games that are more appealing to girls now, but in some ways, it makes it harder for us. Like, you see all these hot girls gaming and stuff, and that's a new thing."
PSXE: When people find out what you do and also that you like video games, what’s their typical reaction?
Mia: "I'd say about 75% of the time, people are actually rude. They're really rude and mean, especially when they're inside a game and they find out about me. I guess if I ran into someone who did something I wanted to do, or just someone a lot of people knew, I might be a little bitter, too. But when you get over that bitterness, I'd think it would be cool to play with that person. I mean, there are a lot of people who are well-known and play games...millions play, so how can there not be semi-famous people who play?
But for me, I didn't realize I'd become known and I use my name. But when I became known, it got a lot harder for me to play. Everyone gave me sh** so I had to really work for whatever I got. Guys are di*** online and when you're better than them...oh God forbid. I got to the last boss [in the last Warcraft expansion] and there was this guy playing and he was like, 'I can't believe this bi*** is telling me how to heal,' and then he left and called me a dirty whore. I was just like, 'you just had to stand in a different spot.'"
11/14/2009 Ben Dutka