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I must admit the words 'guinea pigs' caught my attention in Deborah Install, today's guest author's, bio. When my children were young we always had a guinea pig in the house. I adore guinea pigs. Every time I'd be peeling fresh carrots or making a lettuce salad, our guinea pig would put in his dinner order, "Squeal, squeal, I want the fresh vegetable scraps." To this day, when I'm cleaning fresh veggies, I'm thinking about our lovable pigs. I just may get another pig one of these days (I shield my eyes when I walk by pigs in the pet store), because I'm not sure if our four cats would approve. But back to today's guest author and columnist.
Deborah Install lives in Solihull, UK, with her husband, young son, a cat and two guinea pigs. In addition to games, she likes to sew and do home improvements. She also loves technology. A Robot in the Garden is Deborah's adorable debut novel.
Welcome to the book club, Deborah Install...
I love gaming. I play board games with my family, Role Playing Tabletop games on Thursday nights, and I've always got an iPhone game on the go. I also love console games.
My dad bought me my first console when I was a pre-teen. It was a Sega Mastersystem, and I totally adored it. All the cool kids had Megadrives, naturally, but I didn't much care. I played Alex Kidd every day after school and though I never finished it (gaaargh, the days when you had three lives then you had to start over) it never stopped entertaining me.
I went through the Gameboy phase, I've been a PC gamer (those hidden objects don't find themselves, and who's gonna build the castle in Ages of Empires if not me?), and I played on boyfriends' Playstations when I could sneak a go, back in the day when my gender often assumed disinterest.
Then I learned the glorious collaborative fun of the Wii, and my husband and I celebrate each Valentine's Day with a bottle of expensive wine and a romp through House of the Dead: Overkill. It's a tradition.
I've never completed a Zelda game. Those things just go ON AND ON.
I love my Wii and Wii U. And I will never tire of playing LEGO Harry Potter. BUT, recently a friend offered me a play on Zombie Army Trilogy on his machine and knew the time had come to extend our console family. So the reward for a stressful house move lately was a shiny new PS4.
Oh. My. Word.
I have discovered the pure joy of capping a Nazi Zombie (OMG, slo-mo), and, this week: DOOM. Bought for my husband for his birthday because he loved the original, I have completely hijacked it. My bad.
My preferred method of playing is to conserve ammo by running in and punching until they fall over. It takes a certain fearlessness, but it seems to confuse the monsters.
I feel that perhaps I ought to relate this all to writing. I will never miss a deadline in favour of gaming, but I find the parts of my brain I use for gaming are different from those I use for writing, and often things are able to percolate whilst gaming that I had been stuck on before. Sewing is the same.
I also like to appreciate the work that other people have put into making entertainment. I feel the same about TV, film, and of course books.
And sometimes I just want to play for no other reason than it's super fun!
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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