Meet Solidos_PTP

Yoji Shinkawa’s art for Solidus Snake in Metal Gear Solid 2

So where does your Gamertag/Alias come from?
There are 2 parts to my tag. The first part: Solidos is a play on the character Solidus Snake, which is the main antagonist of Metal Gear Solid 2. He has a cool look and was pretty badass in terms of attacks, abilities, and Yoji Shinkawa’s art, so I went with it. The PTP comes from my podcasting past: Pardon The Pause. It was a podcast where we didn’t just talk about the latest news on all things in geek culture but had a real focus on calling out anti-consumer practices in the various industries that we enjoy.

What was the first game you were passionate about?
I’d have to go with the original Devil May Cry. I’d come to love many games beforehand, such as The Legend of Dragoon, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, the Syphon Filter series, the Megaman X series. But Devil May Cry hit a different spot for me.

What was your first console?
The Atari 2600, followed by the original NES.

What is/are the game(s) that got you into gaming?
The original Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda

When & Why did you fall in love with gaming?
The 80s and 90s. I’ve always just enjoyed the power fantasy and the amazing worlds I got to see in the games I’ve played.

If you had a superpower, which would it be?
Ok I’m cheesing this one but: picking up Mjolnir and thus having the power of Thor. Which can open up lots of possibilities. Such as bringing rain to areas wrought with drought. And so much more.

What is an interest of yours outside of gaming?
Anime, Comics, Movies, and TV. The TV can be live action or animated. Just needs to be something I can enjoy and get into.

What is something you love that not everyone knows?
The blending of fiction and reality. Which is probably a really overly fancy sounding way to say I like real world trivia/theories being applied to the fictional stories I enjoy. To better explain, there are 2 Youtube channels I enjoy: History Buffs and Roanoke Gaming. History Buffs is a channel where historical movies and tv shows are reviewed from the perspective of how accurately these programs portray the events/time periods being shown. Roanoke Gaming basically provides theories and potential explanations of various viruses and monsters in games and movies. Wanna know what it would take for a Locust Drone from Gears of War to exist from a real world perspective? Or what damage they could actually do to a person? Or what the deal is with The Blob from a biology angle? Well Roanoke Gaming is where you can get some ideas. The blending of reality and fiction is just a lot of fun to me.

What’s a video/tabletop game that you would recommend to people who don’t play?
Oh I’d go with any of the Story games you can find from Telltale games, (The Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us, etc.) Until Dawn, or The Quarry. I’d go with these for 2 reasons. The first being their accessibility. These games don’t require much in the way of reflexes or complex controls. So folks who don’t play much will hopefully not face too much frustration getting through them. The second reason being that these games will hopefully dispel any preconceived ideas of what video games can be. They’re not just Call of Duty, Mario, Pokemon, Fall Guys, Fortnite, or whatever is popular at the time of reading this. So hopefully this can give the person a chance to have a fun experience and potentially change a mind or two in the process.

For the TTRPG players among us, who is your favorite character that you’ve created, and why?
This is actually a funny question since my TTRPG experience is so limited. Currently I only have one character created by me, I wasn’t joking about my limited experience. Logan Thunderfang, who is being used in the Pathfinder 1st edition campaign I’m currently participating in. He’s a fighter whose backstory has a lot of influence from pop culture and real world vikings. I do have another character I’d like to do based on Spawn. Which would be a person who made a deal with a devil and is trying to progress forward afterwards. Having trouble picking the class though.

You are stuck in a board game/video game/ttrpg. Which is it and why?
Considering most of the games I’ve played involve tons of monsters or doomsday scenarios, this question is quite harder than I thought. I’d probably go with the world of Titanfall/Apex Legends. It’s in the far future so it’d have great advances in science and technology. So imagine vacationing on another planet. Though having an organization like The Syndicate running things could be iffy.

Who/What inspires you?
I’d say people who don’t become the things they’re fighting against. And all the folks showing how to move forward through the adversity in their lives. Doesn’t have to be pretty, just forward.

Where can we find you outside of RWoG?
I can be found on Twitch and in the Real Women of Gaming discord.

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