jay barnham
Jan 15 · 3 min read
Popelady — Real name : Kat

London Gaymers Spotlight is a new fortnightly introduction to one of our members, where we get to know them and their thoughts on all things gaming. If you would like to be featured, get in contact on our Discord, Facebook or email at info@londongaymers.co.uk

Fallout : New Vegas — Overwatch — Batman : Arkham Asylum

Let’s start with an easy one, what’s your favourite game, and why?

Don’t make me choose. It’s not a easy one! I love all my children equally! However if you’re forcing me to pick, I’m going to pick the Batman franchise (Arkham Asylum etc.) , the Fallout franchise (New Vegas was the best, don’t @ me), Overwatch (Ana main ftw) and Portal because it’s the second game I owned and I love it.

How did you discover London Gaymers, and when did you join? What does it mean to you to be part of this community?

I accidentally joined because I’m helping to run East Village board games (E20 folks, come along!) and Elijah told me about LG. It sounded really inclusive so I joined. The WG (women gamers) Discord channel is lovely, one of the most inclusive and friendly places I’ve been. I’ve never seen a place with so many trans, bi, ace, lesbian, and queer women getting along so well!

What unreleased game(s) are you excited for, and why?

I’m really excited for Worlds Adrift, and the new Borderlands (BL3 hyyypppeee I swear to god I will be angry at gearbox if its not out soon).

Castle of the Winds Part1&2 (Windows 3.11), 1993

What was the first game you played, or the first gaming machine you owned?

I’m not 100% but a really early game I owned was Castles of the Wind. I loved it! It was DnD but computerised. I also had the original Tomb Raider, which was great. I loved the fact she could do all the stuff typically done by men.

What are your passions outside of gaming?

Well, I have a busy life. I run DnD 2–3 times a week, and play rugby with the East London Vixens. I’m a competitive powerlifter, and came second in a competion for London and the South East in May (I cried a lot, and was very ill so I’m proud). I play a lot of board games and I really love going out for a pint or two with my squad or going to fancy dinner parties. Oh and I tutor kids arround the world, and volunteer with SpecialEffect.

SpecialEffect is a UK based charity which uses video games and technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities.

What one thing would you change about the gaming industry as it currently stands?

If I could change one thing, it would be to put all the people who don’t like having representation in games, or who think it’s too PC, and just kind of, give them like a little room where they can play games alone, and without a diverse cast of players.

Do you have any heroes in the gaming industry? Who are they and why?

My hero in gaming is SpecialEffect. The work they do to help people is amazing. I’m so proud of what they do on a daily basis. Tom & Becky are amazing, and Becky’s positive reports of LG were a prompt to join!

London Gaymers

The LGBT+ community for board and video gamers in London and across the UK.

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London Gaymers

The LGBT+ community for board and video gamers in London and across the UK.

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