Jo Garcia Interview: I'm A Gamer...Just Try To Prove I'm Not
If you'd like to accuse definite gamer and Playboy model Jo Garcia of not being a true-blue gamer, feel free. We kinda did it. And you know what? The more you accuse her, the more she's gonna prove you wrong.
I just got off the phone with Jo. We spoke for about 75 minutes...it took all of 2 to know she has a gamer's blood. Much like me (and maybe you), she sits in one spot in an RPG until she can take down the enemies with one or two strikes. She keeps a gaming journal so she can remember exactly where she has been, and what she has already done. Her love and intricate knowledge of Final Fantasy was more than enough to convince me, but it didn't end there.
"My mom didn't want me to have a Nintendo, so I'd sit and watch my dad play. I've always wanted to be like my dad; he liked cars and playing games, and he was just cool. But I wanted to play, too. I had gone online to find out how to get past all the levels and everything, so the next time we played, I asked him to let me go first, because I said 'dad, I'll die quick.' But I didn't; I went through the entire game without dying."
That may be the first example, but it certainly wasn't the last. From a skeptical G4 to journalists at press events, everyone loves to assume that this girl doesn't know what she's doing. They think Playboy sent over their token representative, and the real gamers will scoff and think they have to coach her; i.e., where the buttons are, when to press them, etc. ...and then she clears the area faster than any other gaming journalist on hand to sample the demo, and everyone sits there, confused, shocked, and (admit it, guys) impressed.
"I love RPGs; I'm an RPG girl, and I have to do everything. I have to do every side quest, I have to find everything, and I won't stop until I do. I love all the Final Fantasies, I love all sorts of games like Battlefield and Borderlands. I really liked Parasite Eve and Oddworld; two of my favorite games, I really thought Oddworld was way ahead of its time."
Here's where I kicked in my two cents; explaining how I had to farm up the 300 pieces of junk in PE to get the AK-47, primarily because I knew she would know exactly what I'm talking about. Hell, I don't think half the PSXE community would know what I'm talking about. And that was a common theme throughout our talk: gaming is a big part of her life and in some cases, it is her life.
So by all means, call her out. I've advised her to always respond; don't let anyone get away with it. She didn't let us get away with it, and that was the right thing to do. Just be prepared; if you do have the unmitigated gall to call down the thunder, expect to hear her talk like a gamer. And at the end, expect to be a little red in the face.
This is the first headline we will create from our talk with Jo. The second will involve her thoughts on the future of gaming and the upcoming generation (and what she wants to see), as well as her belief in the importance of storytelling. In the meantime, visit Gamer Next Door and check things out. She's welcome to throw things our way in the future, and if anyone wants to say she isn't a gamer, they can come deal with me first.
Pretty girls don't game. Guys like me who love to read, write, and work out, don't play video games. ...yeah, well, we anomalies have to stick together. And she has had to go through a lot more stereotypical nonsense, too. Guess it's time to toss it all out the window.
12/6/2011 11:36:20 PM Ben Dutka