Ansley Grams has been in love with gaming since the first time she put her wee hands around the gray-and-black angles of an NES controller and thrust Q*Bert off of his cubes to his @%#!ing death.
Her love affair doesn’t stop at actual game playing—what she loves most are the peripherals of gaming, the mechanics that create the mechanics that create the games. If she had a history degree, she could rightly call herself a video-game historian, but she doesn’t (yet). She’s thrilled to live in the era she does, as she’s been able to witness, and participate in, the birth and growth of home video gaming. Her specific areas of interest are the evolution of video games and gaming culture, including the effects that gaming has on society and society on gaming; music in gaming; the inner workings of the industry as a whole; and, most of all, effecting change in the perception of gaming from “kid stuff” to a respected art form as viable as films and books.
Her favorite genre of games is psychological horror, and she has a borderline-unhealthy “fondness” for the Silent Hill series (1 through 4!) and Squaresoft RPGs (not Square Enix!). She has a leg tattoo of Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII and a hoarder-ish figure collection.
When she isn’t gaming, Ansley is either writing, reading, painting, costuming, or wrangling her two young children or locked in eternal battle with her husband concerning the dire issue of Silent Hill vs. Resident Evil.
Posts by Ansley
- Music Is Coming in the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Feb 21, 2017
- Understand this Crazy World a Little Better with the Power of Video Games Feb 7, 2017
- Minnesota Playwright and Poet Saymoukda Vongsay Is the Refugenius You’re Looking For Feb 4, 2017
- Let It Die Is “Probably the Greatest Game Ever” Jan 29, 2017
- Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016 Struggles with a New Venue and New Problems Dec 22, 2016
- Soundtrack Sunday: Before the Flood Oct 30, 2016
- The Cirque Magic Falls a Little Short in Toruk: The First Flight Oct 1, 2016
- Blair Witch Serves Up Scares without Trying to Recreate 1999 Sep 16, 2016
- A Night with Chad Calek, Sir NoFace, and the Ghosts of the Mounds Theatre Jul 26, 2016
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and “Git Gud” Jun 19, 2016
- Soundtrack Sunday: Fire Up the Doof Wagon for the Music of Fury Road May 29, 2016
- Road Not Taken Is a Strange, Nihilistic Indie Treasure Apr 26, 2016
- The New Deal Brings an Old Story, But the Art Is a Deco Delight Feb 4, 2016
- Soundtrack Sunday: Dragon Age: Inquisition Jan 24, 2016
- Soundtrack Sunday: MediEvil Jan 3, 2016
- Soundtrack Sunday: Lords of Shadow Dec 6, 2015
- Gamer’s Rhapsody: A Soundtrack Geek Goes Home Dec 4, 2015
- Psychological Horror: 4 Films That Will Get into Your Head Oct 27, 2015
- 6 Films to Scare Your Pants Off . . . and You’ll Love Every Minute of It Oct 20, 2015
- 5 Creepy and Quirky Horror Films to Enjoy with Your Friends Oct 13, 2015
- The Holidays Come Early with Midnight Syndicate’s Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering Sep 13, 2015
- THERE WAS A KOJIMA HERE—IT’S GONE NOW May 16, 2015
- A New World: Final Fantasy Live, Up Close, and Personal Mar 31, 2015
- I Am Finally Ready to Talk About My Breakup with Trent Reznor Mar 23, 2015
- The Worst Film of all Time: The Lazarus Effect Mar 9, 2015
- Field Trip: Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway Feb 27, 2015
- Field Trip: New York Toy Fair 2015 Feb 21, 2015
- A Look at the Future of “Playable Teasers” Jan 10, 2015