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Ninterview: Heather "Miss Gamer Girl" Cascioli

Posted by Damien McFerran

Avid collector and beadcraft expert

Our next Ninterview subject is someone who has found fame on Instagram under the name MissGamerGirl. Heather Cascioli - for that is her real name - has been a keen gamer all her life, and has amassed an impressive collection of vintage hardware. We sat down with her to talk about gaming, confounding stereotypes and being a life-long Nintendo fan.

Nintendo Life: Who are you, what do you do?

Heather Cascioli: I’m Heather, I’m 21, and I enjoy video games - a lot. I collect video games, systems and I also make bead sprites of various video game characters. I work at Best Buy, and I used to work at GameStop. I've been around video games all my life; it's just a very relaxing and exciting hobby I enjoy.

NL: When did you fall in love with Nintendo?

HC: April 21st 2003. Two days after my 12th birthday, I bought my very own GameCube. I remember getting home and laying on the floor playing Animal Crossing all day. I was so excited to have my own game system. I already had access to an N64, SNES and NES, but those were my brothers’ game systems. The GameCube was so much fun when I was younger - my favourite games were Animal Crossing, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door and all the Mario Party games. My family would come up from Florida for the holidays and we would just play Mario Party every day until we unlocked every single mini game.

NL: What is your favourite Nintendo game?

HC: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I own the SNES version, Wii Virtual Console version and the Game Boy Advance version. Everything about this game is awesome to me. I'm really hoping that they either remake it in 3D for the 3DS or even make a sequel for the 3DS or the Wii U.

NL: What is your favourite gaming platform of all time?

HC: Super Nintendo is my favourite system by far. I love the graphics, the accessories, the games and the music. Super Nintendo is my fourth most played system next to my Wii U, Xbox 360 and 3DS. I greatly enjoy kicking my friend's butts in Super Bomberman and Super Mario Kart!

NL: Have you ever had people question your devotion to gaming because you don't look like your typical video gamer?

HC: Yes. I have to laugh because this is probably one of the most annoying things I run into all the time. When I worked at GameStop there were numerous occasions where people would either ignore me, ask for a guy to help them or laugh at me and ask me what I knew about video games. Even at Best Buy people would ask me if I knew anything about video games. I believe my name tag said "Gaming Specialist" on it for a reason!

NL: Video gaming is a very male-dominated hobby. Do you ever get intimidated by male gamers, or do you take satisfaction in teaching them a lesson?

HC: Intimidated? Never. I’m not going to say that I can beat a guy in any game, because Call of Duty is one of my least favourite games so I won't even try to win on a one on one. But Super Mario Kart, I will win without a doubt. I would rather play a game that we work together to beat rather than have to fight each other one-on-one. But then again, if someone keeps bragging about how good they are at a game I will teach them a lesson.

NL: What do you love most about video games?

HC: First of all, what is there not to love? Granted, my dad would say that video games are pointless and stupid. But then I just show him Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, Just Dance 3 and all the Dance Central games, and he cannot say "All you do is sit and play games", since those are exercise and dance titles. Therefore, I win! Honestly though, there really is a lot to love about video games. They make so many different types of games for almost anyone to enjoy. I love being able to bring Just Dance over to my friend's house and have a great time. Having people come to my house and play all the retro systems I have is really quite funny since I own a lot of games that people have not heard of, or have forgotten about. My two brothers, my uncle and my cousin and I all play World of Warcraft. We used to all play on the same realm and were even in the same guild. Of course, they decided to go Horde and I still play Alliance so I had to create a character on another server to play with them. But its the fact that even though we live in different states, we all can still do something that we all enjoy together. I guess it just comes down to being able to have fun doing something alone or with friends and family that makes me love video games.

NL: What makes Nintendo particularly special to you?

HC: Nintendo holds a special place in my heart ever since I was young. Every night you could find me in my brothers’ Ninja Turtle-themed room playing Super Nintendo with my mom. We had 4 games that we always played: Super Bomberman, Bust-A-Move, Super Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Super Bomberman was always our favourite since we got to work together as a team, except when the heart bomb dropped - then we fought each other for it! Nintendo to me has always been a family thing, I grew up with it. Nintendo brought my family closer in my opinion, and it still does. Every Christmas I give my mom a big present, two years ago I gave her our NES system back with a few extra games I bought her. I have to say that it’s quite amusing to watch her play RoboWarrior, Hogan's Alley and Rad Racer. She loves to make sound effects as if she was really there. The only thing I cared about on Christmas this year was my mom opening her Wii and the 15 games I bought her. Nintendo just makes great family systems that no other company can compare to.

NL: How many games consoles and games do you own?

HC: NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Virtual Boy, Wii, Wii U, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Mini, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Game Gear, Sega Saturn, Neo Geo, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Turbografx 16, Atari 2600, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, XaviX, Bentley Compu Vision, Commodore 64, Xbox and Xbox 360. I also own 350 games. I'm sad that I sold my Panasonic 3DO, Sega Master System and Magnavox Odyssey 2.

NL: Wow! That's an impressive collection. What's the most treasured Nintendo item you own?

HC: I’m not sure if anyone else would consider it treasure, but I do love my Virtual Boy. Almost everyone has played or owned a SNES, NES, N64 or a GameCube, but I don’t know too many people that still own (or ever owned) a Virtual Boy. I also have a Pokémon Mini handheld system that is pretty awesome!

NL: Tell us a bit about your awesome sprite beadcraft project. Have you considered making them to order?

HC: One day I walked into a craft store, called my mom, asked "What are those beads called that you iron together?" and that is how my project started. I was spending hours every day making some really awesome characters. Since I have been working a lot I really haven't been able to get back into it but hopefully now that I'm back to my normal job I can start it up again. I would love to be able to make them for people - for awhile I would just post on Facebook and ask what I should make. Some people gave me great ideas and I even ended up making some for the guys at work. A lot of people make bead characters and such, I just decided to take it a step further and create something I can call my own.

NL: You recently picked up the Wii U. What are your thoughts on the system, and what new things do you feel it brings to the table?

HC: First things first, I love my Xbox 360 - I play it way more than I do any other system that I own. But since I bought my Wii U, I haven’t touched it (only to move it out of the way). I watched my brothers play Assassins Creed 3 on Xbox, and it looked great, so I picked it up on Wii U. I have to say, it looks just as pretty as the 360 version, it runs very smoothly and it’s quite handy to have a map and the horse whistle directly on the GamePad. I also picked up Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Epic Mickey 2 and Nintendo Land. I think Nintendo did an amazing job with Nintendo Land, especially packing it in with the deluxe version. I would say that Nintendo got it right with this system. They are going to be able to accomplish some pretty neat things using the GamePad.

Thanks to Heather for taking the time to speak to us!

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User Comments (96)



grenworthshero said:

NICE console collection. That beats out my own collection, and I thought I had a lot. Also, I can imagine that would be really annoying being a girl and having people assume you know nothing about video games. I usually assume the same, unless I know a bit about you; it's just not really a hobby girls get into that seriously. If I'm ever in a game store, though, I assume the girls working there know what they're talking about, since they were hired for that reason.



Wheels2050 said:

Sweet games room. I'm hoping my wife will let me have something similar in our next house...



sr388survivor said:

If only there were more girls that loved games like this... sigh...
Also I agree, co-op is much more enjoyable than competition.



edhe said:

That's a fine collection. I myself am a borderline hoarder, and so am relieved that I don't live in a big enough space to amass too much stuff.



x-mas_mii said:

This reminds me of when I bought a used copy of resident evil revelations at a gamestop. The girl who sold it to me was the one who owned it last; it's campaign was 100% completed.



Lopezdm said:

She has some nice stuff no doubt but she need to sell some of her stuff on ebay to get a better tv and tv stand.. Or at least mount the one she has to get that giant fake wood tv stand out of your living space. It will give you more room for activities..



Picola said:

You wouldn't think my girlfriend was into video games by looking at her, so I get how she feels. Wonderful collection- the only Nintendo syst I haven't played is a virtual boy... Would love to have a go on one



duskao said:

@Geonjaha I disagree. Everyone has the right to have their handle whatever they want it to be. I have seen handles like Mrs.Mr. which is completely ambiguous, or sunshine which is completely neutral. Wish i could give exact examples of loads of the females i have played tf2, swg, swtor and many others with but don't want to give away their anonymity. Many don't want to state they are female because you have what is happening on here... Guys flock to them! It can totally ruin a game experience, but at the same time with "miss" she is embracing it and getting it out of the way from the get go. I applaud her, but there are a lot more female gamers out there then you know because they don't want you to know. Also with context to her name, it is no different then someone calling themselves strongMAN or sniperdude, or man with the gun. I don't know how it would discourage the stereotype if her name was epic n'intent or something like that.



SetupDisk said:

I have to agree that the SNES was (still is fantastic). Sadly my TV doesn't have any connections that work with it. Maybe that's why she has that model TV. I could hook everything up to my old one. I wish I had room for a TV stand like that. I can barely fit my Wii U, Wii, PS3, and N64 on it. My NES and Super NES can't fit. I haven't touched my PS3 since I got my Wii U so I understand what she is saying about her Xbox 360.

Although I did play a VB, I am still not that dedicated of a collector to ever buy one. <_<



zipmon said:

That is a seriously impressive console collection! And the beadwork is awesome - Zero Suit Samus looks like she's on the run in Mighty Switch Force!



SetupDisk said:

I thought there have been a few articles about people with impressive video game collections (especially Nintendo of course) on this site.



business-scrub said:

Righteous collection! I thought I had a good collection of gaming stuff going but I thought wrong. Glad to see her showing some SNES love. (best system ever!)



ShadJV said:

That's an impressive gaming collection, I'm still on the lookout for a Virtual Boy, it's the only Nintendo console I lack.



duskao said:

Oh, btw, if you read this "miss gamer girl" that is a great set of consoles, far surpasses what i used to have, but at one point i did have a virtual boy but never got a chance to play it, can you believe that?!? Never played it!



theblackdragon said:

Hey guys, I'm going to be handing down temp-bans for any further sexist remarks, so consider yourselves warned. She's a human being with an impressive collection of video games. Please at least give her that much respect and stop with the unwarranted comments about her gender. Thanks in advance!

Edit: First casualty. I'm not playing around, guys. If you have any genuine questions, comments, or concerns about who we 'Ninterview' and why — or if you have any suggestions regarding a potential Ninterview-ee — please feel free to get in touch with us directly. Thank you!



ThomasBW84 said:

Just to make a brief comment, to anyone who suggests this interview is here because Heather's a woman, I'll just say that is utterly ludicrous. Damien and Anthony have run "Ninterviews" on the last two or three weekends focused on collectors and those who have a number of online followers, and they started last year. I for one love them.

If any of you are making assumptions on gender, then I'm afraid that's your problem, as it's irrelevant to editorial decisions for interviews.

On the subject at hand, another enjoyable Ninterview, and I really envy some of the collections we've seen in recent weeks!



Klinny said:

I don't think gender has anything to do with it, really. The first Ninterview article was about "Super Famicom Guy". They do cover gender stereotypes in the article, but I don't think that means they chose to write the article because of her gender. It's something that logically would follow from an interview when there definitely are stereotypes associated with the interviewee.

I don't intend to start any arguments here, but I wanted to mention that all this attention regarding gender, (positive or negative) is the reason that a lot of girls remain ambiguous over the internet. Gamer girls aren't remarkably uncommon, but once we make our gender obvious, (for example, by using a handle called Miss Gamer Girl, despite the fact that guys can be called Super Famicon Guy and etc. without incident) we are either harassed or sexualized. Or we are accused of intentionally bringing attention to the fact that we are female and called "attention seeking". Many of us will either be forced to pretend to be male, or let others assume we are male and not correct them, just so we can enjoy playing the game.

Anyways, enough about that. I am impressed by Heather's vintage collection, and the beadwork is lovely too. I never got into those ironing beads when I was younger, but I like how they are being used to mimic sprite art



Geonjaha said:

Just going to say - outright sexist statements should always be removed, but when the interview asks "Video gaming is a very male-dominated hobby. Do you ever get intimidated by male gamers, or do you take satisfaction in teaching them a lesson?" then asking people to not discuss the issue at all, or even the question is a bit misleading.



theblackdragon said:

@Geonjaha: I never said the issue should not be discussed (note Klinny's comment stands untouched), I asked for the sexist remarks toward her to stop. Too many people took the opportunity this morning to make donkeys of themselves, thus the line was drawn.



PuzzleMaster7 said:

Despite of all the negative feedback, this article was only written for us to enjoy, not to discuss about any gamer stereotypes. Besides these Ninterviews are actually quite interesting if you read them. However, here is just a suggestion. I wouldn't mind seeing the staff on this site interviewing each other such as how he/she was introduced to Nintendo or how he/she began on the site. If it doesn't happen, though, thanks anyway!



Void said:

Man, it must be confusing to have all those wires out of the back of your TV.



-Crystalline- said:

@skjia You've got it easy, brother. You probably live in the states, where video-games are far more widespread. In my country, gaming isn't as "famous" as it is overseas and in the U.K. Things are beginning to change, though, thank god

Back on topic: What an impressive collection she has! Wish I had all that :3



SneakyStyle said:

Amazing collection, some of my fav memories of nintendo is playing mario party with family and friends, and bomberman, great to see around.



Lalivero said:

The main thing I envy is how video games brings her family together because I wish I could say the same. Only a few members of mine even give it a go:

  • My aunt who LOVES Mario Party but doesn't really have the time to play
  • My brother and younger cousin but they're more into shooters and GTA(which I like but not something I'd play every time I'm on a console)

As you can see, even though there are a few, usually we can't relate in general when it comes to games. Most others just consider it a huge waste of time in general(even if they see you playing a game for all of 5 minutes) despite having hobbies of their own that are pretty much for fun only.

We don't have to spend every visit playing games, but I'd love to have family over or visit family during the holidays, etc. and have everyone join in a multiplayer game or taking turns in a single player game every once in a while; You know, another way to enjoy time together and for fun. I'd even give games I would otherwise turn down a shot.



Damo said:

@KodyWB-98 We're actually working on "meet the staff" features, so watch this space...

As for the people posting sexist remarks, I have to admit it's rather sad that we're still at the stage where some people can't get their heads around the idea of women playing video games. Time to grow up, people. Heather's collection puts those of a lot of people to shame, and she's a talented beadcrafter, too. As Thomas has stated, we interview people from all walks of life and seeing that half of the world's population is female, that is obviously going to include them at some point.



bloodycelt said:

Can't find a link to her actual bead store (does she have one right?)
Would love one of Azel (Panzer Dragoon Saga), or the Langrisser cast.



CaPPa said:

That's quite an impressive collection for a 21 year old. She seems to have a great attitude towards gaming too and is certainly the kind of person that you'd want on your team.



Klinny said:

@bloodycelt Unfortunately I don't think she has an online store. She said in the interview that she usually just made them for friends on Facebook, and that she hasn't been working on them for a while.



bloodycelt said:

I've always been surprised when a girl like her gets harassed, you would think that considering many women hate male gamers, you should be nice to one that actually plays. Maybe she's not into you, but if you're a gentleman, perhaps she'll introduce you to a friend. And besides what's more important is convincing/pleading with her to help beat Sonic Racing in hard mode (Priorities people).



WoottWinds said:

I definitely consider myself an insane game collector (+1000) but her system count has me put to shame! Also love the beadcrafting, especially the Mario/Peach and ALttP Link/Zelda, I really need to get back to doing more projects like that. Really cool game room with all the systems, posters and memorabilia, and dear god have I always wanted a Virtual Boy... Got to try it out once at a Costco yeeeeeeeeears ago as a kid and played some Tennis and Wario Land, remember having a total blast. Great interview!



TingLz said:

I can't say anything against gamer girls. I knew enough of them back in college.

Anyway, nice collection. I only have a small collection that makes me happy



Superconsole said:

Those bead creations are awesome! I might have a go at doing a Link one myself! Probably a lot harder than it looks though..



DaemonSword said:

Good interview...until she started talking about how she plays other systems more. Boo!! I thought this was NINTENDOLife. lol. I may not own every single game and know every bit of game trivia, but I never sold out to the other 2 consoles.



theblackdragon said:

@DaemonSword: Come on now, it's good to branch out once in a while! Nintendo doesn't hold the monopoly on amazing games, no matter how much we'd like to think so :3



darkgamer001 said:

Oh come on, so she really liked the 360. And then she had no problem admitting that the SNES was her favourite system and that she's abandoned her 360 once she bought the Wii U. What did you expect? We're gamers first and foremost. We should have no qualms about experiencing other consoles. But I suspect some of you are being this harsh because of her gender, to be honest. Which shouldn't even be a factor here. If anything, I respect her for breaking away from gender stereotypes.



Forever_Zero said:

Very nice article. I'm a girl gamer as well. It's good to see that there are other girls out there who are into games as much as I am. Cool bead art!



TrickySx4 said:

Great to see more real gamer girls out there, other than the ones who pretend to seem cool in front of guys. My GF is a big gamer and collector like me, so it works out well



SetupDisk said:

It was a very interesting article. Don't let some jerks put you off as there have been posts actually discussing the article.



WarioPower said:

Nice interview! Sad to hear sexism here, but it was awesome to hear a fellow gamer talk about their collection!



Cabanela said:

Nice to hear something like this. An interview with a woman gamer that doesn't just focus on being female in the gaming world, but also acknowledges the stupidity that can result from that. Well handled, guys! She has got herself a seriously envious collection, there.

As a girl gamer myself, I find reactions to my gender can vary from "we don't care, shut up" (why is admitting that I'm female considered so bad and attention-seeking?), "prove it" (either my gender or gaming "credentials"), harassment or, sometimes (this is becoming slightly more frequent than it was, thank god), we all acknowledge it and move on and keep behaving like decent human beings who are mutual enjoyers of videogames. Yay!

The worst thing that I've noticed popping up recently is ironic sexism, though (IGN forums, I am looking at you). Bleh.



Yulo303 said:

Great article. It's not like me to read an article twice but just this once I actually did it.
Nice video game collection also and <3 her for saying Paper Mario: The thousand-year door was one of her favorite games=)



AutumnShantel said:

No one would know I'm a gamer until they saw a controller in my hands. lol I don't really care, ya know? No one has ever judged me for it, either way.



SCAR said:

Cool article. The girls at Gamestop and Best Buy always know more than the guys, and are WAY nicer.



DarkLloyd said:

well i like the setup with the consoles she must of got the ventilation figured out with that setup as well as the game storage thing

this games me further ideas for my own setup when i get my very first apartment in about a year or so lol



Tasuki said:

@Superconsole: I have a co-worker that does that bead art and according to her its actually pretty easy. The worst part she has said is separating all the different color beads when you first get them.



Pichuka97 said:

If I had a girlfriend like her, I would be the luckiest guy in the world. Anyway, I think more girls should come out and embrace being gamers. To many guys out there imo



MissGamerGirl said:

@DaemonSword I simply was saying that Xbox 360 was my go to system (mainly bc of friends and Kinect) until the Wii U launched and I STILL have not turned it on.



HawkeyeWii said:

There should be more girls that like videogames like she does. It is actually quite a shame that videogames for the most part is a male dominated hobby.
Oh, and she is cute



HawkeyeWii said:

I have all the consoles from Gameboy and on, so not that big of a collection :/ But I am way into collecting stuff and since about 5 years ago I started to collect things. My biggest collection is definitely of my Nintendo Power magazines. Best magazine ever! I am definitely jealous of her collection though



Pichuka97 said:

Welcome to NL MissGamerGirl. It's a great community for discussing anything games. Look forward to seeing you in the future. On a side note, I am so jealous of your collection. It's really great.



TwilightV said:

I have to say, that's terribly rude of Gamestop customers. Usually I find myself getting into game discussions with female Gamestop employees moreso than I do with male employees. They really know their stuff!



Tasuki said:

Man I am envious of her collection. I try to have a set up like that but my biggest problem is having to undo hook ups each time I want to play a different system. Also I dont have enough power outlets for all my systems lol. I wonder if those are all hooked up.



chiptoon said:

@ThomasBW84 I have no problem with the interview as a whole. But what does a typical gamer look like? Since the article specifically points out she doesn't exactly look like a typical gamer.



SnackBox said:

Wow! I hope I too have a collection like that one day. Love the OoT Link bead.



RaymanFan2 said:

I love hearing about gamer girls, simply because it diminishes the stereotype in my head that I'll never find the girl for me because none of them will be particularly impressed with how much time I spend gaming (all of my spare time, really ). If I was with a girl like her, however, I'd be the one who'd have to try to compensate! I have piles of games, but dat console list! Of course, @missgamergirl, I'm not trying to sound creepy



RaymanFan2 said:

@chiptoon Considering how much CoD sells these days over everything else, your typical gamer these days probably looks like your typical 10-20 year old male, assuming a war FPS is directed at males (it is)



chiptoon said:

@RaymanFan2 Not true at all.

For a start check out : including this - Forty-seven percent of all players are women, and women over 18 years of age are one of the industry's fastest growing demographics. It annoys me when a normally excellent site like Nintendolife makes statements that reinforce stereotypes that are entirely false.

It really doesn't help change perceptions, which ironically seems to be one of the goals of making the statement in the first place.



Other_Dave said:

A VB fan. Excellent! Impressive bead work too.
These Ninterviews are always a good read.



SpaceApe said:

All her life ? She is only 21! LOL... It still is a good interview but try to find someone who is maybe in their 30's-40's next time to impress people on their devotion to Nintendo.



bloodycelt said:

@Cabanela, Back in the days of IRC, it used to be common for 40 year old men to pretend they were girls to get attention or to lure young boys into giving their addresses away. So I do at least find it distasteful for a/s/l to be revealed or asked when its not relevant. Bear in mind I mostly play games that lack voice chat, so it still could be a 40 year old man behind that keyboard.



CerberusAzdin said:

Awesome, total respects to her, there are Gamer girls out there but they are hard to find and so dedicated to the cause. Hats off to you me Lady ^^



Tasuki said:

@Superconsole: Yeah I am thinking of getting into that as well seems pretty fun. I am sure there are places on the internet that can help a newbie like Youtube.



MissGamerGirl said:

@Tasuki They were all hooked up, but eventually 2 switch boxes weren't enough.. sadly I had 4 tvs in my room, but it was way too annoying to have all these power strips and wires everywhere.



bluecat said:

Pssh guys, girl gamers are waaaay more common than you think you think they are! You'd be surprised! @Klinny pretty much summed up why some of them are reluctant to reveal it though. :/

However, as a girl gamer myself, I would like to say I do find the majority of the guys here at NintendoLife to be very nice. The good vibes here are one of the main reasons I like this place. :]

Also @MissGamerGirl amaaaaazing collection! My oldest console is my SNES ha.



Lalivero said:

@SpaceApe We'll probably get reviews of older gamers but what's wrong with being 21? It's not like you're able to choose when you're born. If she was any older, she probably would have still gotten into it.

I know I wish at times that I was born at least a few years sooner so I could have gotten more enjoyment out of my SNES. Sure, I can buy the games and still enjoy them today, but nothing really beats being able to understand a console better when it is 'the hottest thing out'.

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