Hi, my name is Eleanor (you can call me El) and I really like gaming. I like specific games, but I’m also interested and very passionate about gaming as a medium.
I am Autistic and have always been passionate about things. I would often info dump on my parents about history, or whatever book I’m reading or what my dolls did in our play sessions. I grew up as an avid reader, and when I got diagnosed with Dyslexia in 2018… I kind of just stopped reading. I suddenly had no passion for it anymore, which made room for gaming to enter my life.
I grew up around video games. My dad was a big Tomb Raider and Resident Evil fan, and I remember shooting stuff with him on the wii. I got a DS lite for my 7th birthday, and I enjoyed playing on it but it wasn’t the biggest thing in my life. I didn’t have many friends so I often used it to escape that.
I got into a relationship with my current partner in November 2017, and as cliche as it sounds, he did get me into games on a whole new level. He had PlayStation (2,3 and 4) so it started with me refusing to play it because Xbox was clearly superior (it’s funny how my opinion of this changed overtime). However, when I moved in with him and his family in January 2018, it was fun to go on the PlayStation and play with them. He has two younger brothers whom I adore, and my favourite memories are when all four of us were crowded into our room and playing games.
There was one fateful day that I remember specifically, when my partner and I were out for a meal, I was having an awful day, and his younger brother calls him and asks if he can install Life Is Strange on my partner’s PlayStation. After agreeing and hanging up the phone, he said I would like the game, and he explained the plot a little bit (keep in mind that my partner is probably the last person you would ever go to when wanting to talk about Life Is Strange because he really does not like the game, but he tried his best to be indifferent about it. I could tell that his was part of his “you should play the PlayStation more” plan, so I went along with it. And that, ladies and gentleman, is the reason we are here today.
From then, I completed Life Is Strange (at least three times), played Life Is Strange: Before The Storm, adored Life Is Strange 2, and then miraculously discovered that there are more games that I might like. In the space of 3 months, I had around 6 favourite games. I went through a phase where every single new game I played became my favourite. For the past few years, Persona 5 has been my favourite game (I’m using Persona 5 as an umbrella term to include Royal and Strikers). I’ve played games like Until Dawn, The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2. If I am not doing work for University, I am playing games.
I originally started this blog because I wanted to help get rid of the negative stigma surrounding gaming. I was planning on it being formal, educational and a place people could come to learn. Oh boy has that changed. Now, it’s a safe place. It’s an informal place for me to put my thoughts and feelings about video games on paper, so to speak. I don’t have many friends, and the only gamer I really know is my partner so I don’t really have anyone to talk to about this. I might do ‘top ten’ posts and stuff like that, but really it’s all in good fun. I just want this to be a safe place for other people the way it is for me.
I’m not a gaming journalist. I don’t have the qualifications or interest in writing that way. I am just a girl that really, really enjoys playing video games and thinks about them a ton. I am so passionate about this, and I hope that I can articulate what I’m thinking and feeling well enough for other people to understand.
Thank you for viewing my blog. I welcome you with open arms into our little community.