Month: December 2010

Thanking Twitter - @chrisa9

This year has been pretty awesome, in part because of some amazing people I have had the honor of getting to know via Twitter. This is a thank-you note to someone who has made an impact on my life!

Christian doesn't let me get away with bullshit.

We met at the Village Pourhouse in East Village during one of the Rock Band bar nights after having talked on Twitter for a short while. Didn't even talk much that night. I'm pretty sure the very next time we met was at The Ginger Man (drinking - notice a trend?), where he, myself and another dear friend talked about game design and relationships and Real Talk -- for hours. We hit on waitresses, made them bring us more food, drank ridiculous amounts of delicious beer and somehow just... bonded. Over the next months, we talked online weekly about making games, shared ideas, helped each other polish our resumes and applications to land jobs. And as a side benefit - we both got to indulge in our more expensive habits like eating and drinking wine at great restaurants, seeing plays and being really great platonic 'activity partners'.

I'm not always sure how to describe our friendship. He's like a twin brother - not older and overprotective, not younger and needing guidance. In fact, he's probably one of few guy friends I have who won't baby me and try to overtly 'take care of me.' He makes me stand up for myself and pushes me to do better work, to suck it up and stop whining and take action. He doesn't judge, and always follows up to see how I am, even with his ridiculous busy life. And for that, I'm so grateful.

It genuinely blows that he lives in Chicago now and that we can't hang out on a regular basis, but I have a feeling that's temporary. Somewhere down the road, we're going to start our own studio and make awesome, awesome games.

Hey Twitter - here's some real talk. @chrisa9 rocks.

Thanking Twitter - @gamingangel

This year has been pretty awesome, in part because of some amazing people I have had the honor of getting to know via Twitter. This is a thank-you note to someone who has made an impact on my life!

I was a bridesmaid for the first time this year, thanks to Trina. I had the honor of being in her wedding this past September and it's still kind of shocking that I met her just over two years ago.

I started following Trina on Twitter prior to 2008's E3. I was searching for other writers who would be attending the show, and stumbled across GamingAngels.com. We met up after EA's press conference that year, and have been chatting weekly ever since.

We talked about being females in a male-dominated industry. We gossiped about "gamer girls" and how much we disliked their image. And then felt guilty and decided to focus more on the women who were doing good work in our circles instead of being catty (most of the time, anyhow). She was there for me in multiple instances of distress, as well as by my side during New Years and Vegas and summer parties, making sure I was taken care of no matter how much I protested that I Was Okay.

She's like the grown-up sister I never had, giving and caring and always asks how I'm doing first even if she has something else on her mind she wants to talk about. I love that she can be so smart and down to earth when it comes to serious issues, but also enthused and lit up like a kid when it comes to Hello Kitty and gaming.

Thanks Twitter! I would have never met @gamingangel without ya.

Thanking Twitter - @chaibot

This year has been pretty awesome, in part because of some amazing people I have had the honor of getting to know via Twitter. This is a thank-you note to someone who has made an impact on my life!

I first met Rachel grabbing burgers at Father's Office in LA, where Trina (a Twitter Thank You for another night) had arranged for a small group of local ladies involved in the games industry to meet up and hang out. There were more than a few beers consumed that night which might explain the focus of our conversation (salacious gossip about men we had in our lives and in our past), but I knew immediately we were going to get along.

We kept in brief touch via Twitter over the next while, and through those interactions I learned that she was an amazing, smart and insightful person who I could talk to not only about the drama of the everyday, but also about game design and experience and making cool stuff. I loved grabbing dinner with her when she was in NYC for a night -- finding a ton of commonality and companionship in the way we'd been handling respective relationships (-type-things) but also discussing our careers and what exciting things we were going to accomplish. I don't even mind when she accidentally calls me when she intends to reach someone else, 'cause I know she'll follow up with a real call later.

And even though I really only hung out with her a few times in person, and now she's off in Shanghai learning about the game industry over there (and then blogging about it here! http://levelwan.com/) and I don't even KNOW when I'm going to see her next -- I still smile when I get a note/reply from her.

And then today, she arranged for me to get a set of stuffed animals, just because I'd been whining to her a few weeks ago about things I was upset with. All the way from China.

So thanks Twitter, for letting @chaibot be part of my life.

Thanking Twitter - Coming Soon

So, I'm good at writing personal writing. I'm not so good at writing about like, other stuff. I dunno. Maybe I just happened to journal a lot as a young(er) girl. Maybe I overthink shit and have a lot of explaining and expounding to do.

But I also don't talk nearly enough about the other people in my life. And as it happens, it occurred to me the other day how influential Twitter has been in connecting me with the people who have shaped and contributed to my life in 2010.

So I'm going to start writing about a few of those people, and why I am so lucky to have had them. This is like a really lengthy #followfriday, I guess. I just think maybe sometimes I don't tell the people who I love how much I appreciate having them in my life and what a big impact they made. So in the spirit of ending the year the right way... I'll be writing about each of them before 2010 wraps up. :)