GamerGrrl BlackKrystel is a talented cosplayer, musician and streamer. Her page is filled with creativity and positive vibes.
She, like many other women and girls, has been gaming for years and considers it an important part of who she is. Unfortunately, despite this truth “gamer girls” still have a bad rep in the gaming community. Many people still believe that only men are interested in or have a talent for gaming. Being a woman, especially of a woman of color, in the midst of this mindset can be challenging. Quirktastic’s GamerGrrl series wants to bring attention to this issue while talking about games that everyone can enjoy!
In this installment, we got to interview BlackKrystel. She has an amazing track record, doing work with Mainline Esports as Assistant Producer and working as a Contributor and Brand Manager for The Game Fanatics. She’s an advocate for mental health and stresses the importance of issues surrounding it. BlackKrystel also currently has a single, “Party Up,” that was released earlier this year. On Twitch, she does some incredibly fun series like “Waifu Wednesday” where she plays games that have playable female characters.
“You shouldn’t cosplay white characters”
The color of MY skin tone, or the color of a character’s skin tone should not limit who anyone can cosplay!
I cosplay who I want! We have to work together to build a better community pic.twitter.com/yqceEq9U9l
— BlackKrystel (@BlackKrystel) June 9, 2018
1. Who are you and why do you consider yourself a GamerGrrl?
I’m BlackKrystel, your friendly neighborhood gamer girl. I’ve been gaming since I can remember and it always played a huge role in my life.
2. Have you ever struggled with your identity as a gamer?
As a female gamer, you have to be extremely good or knowledgeable at a game to gain respect in the gaming community. I find myself often fighting hard to defend my gamer card. Many people find it hard to imagine a girl can game hardcore AND do makeup. I always try to show that a gamer can be anyone and, yes, that includes girls too.
3. You’re stranded on a desert island with only one console and one game – what do you pick and why?
Old reliable, my PS2 pack with Kingdom Hearts 2. I could play that game forever. I have a deep connection with that game’s story. Plus, the game mechanics still hold up so I could still have a lot of fun playing it and unlocking all its secrets.
4. What is your proudest gamer moment?
My proudest gamer moment was when I hit 70k Gamerscore.
5. What advice do you have for other GamerGrrls?
My biggest advice for other GamerGirrls is not to listen to what everyone else says. It’s not an easy thing to do, and I still struggle with it. However, just because people in the community can be very toxic doesn’t mean you should let that stop you from exploring the gaming world. There are some really amazing people here.
6. What game do you recommend for GamerGrrls?
I recommend the game Indivisible by Lab Zero Games. It’s an indie platformer that just came out this month. The female protagonist is a POC and the cast of characters is LGBTQAI+ friendly. The combat is unique and with animation from Studio Trigger, the art style will have you immersed in her world. Plus all mythology is super cool to learn about!
7. What are some of the highlights of this game? What are some things to look out for?
Some of the major highlights of the game are the combat system and nearly all the cut scenes. I would tell you some of the best parts but I don’t want to spoil the story! Just make sure you watch out for your support level between all the different characters in your party. There are some LGBTQAI+ goodies in there too!
8. Did you have any moments that stood out to you while playing?
Really it was seeing all the hand-drawn art and animation that got me. I would often catch myself stopping to just stare at the background while playing.
9. How does this game align with some of your own experiences?
I feel like I resonate with the MC so much because she’s really just trying to understand herself. I’ve felt often lost and not sure what to do lately and seeing Ajna fight her way through the game so fearlessly gives me courage in what I’ve been going through recently.
10. Out of 10, what would you rate this game?
I would rate this a 9/10 because of its creative art-style and storytelling. Its unique combat system is fun but takes a while to get the hang of.