Hello, and welcome to my games blog.

I’m longtime gamer, starting with the Commodore 64 and the Atari 2600 when I was a child, right through my teenage years with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and all the way up to current and recent generation consoles. I also enjoy non-electronic games. I used to LARP (Mind’s Eye Theater) and I play Dungeons & Dragons when I can.

This blog mostly contains accounts and observations about my personal gaming experiences, but I also write about technology and other forms of media.

I write from a feminist, intersectional, and anti-oppression perspective. I have a particular interest in how social and cultural issues intersect with games. I didn’t always approach media from this perspective. For more about  how and why my views evolved, you can read this post.

I’ve been blogging here under the handle ‘Brinstar’ since 2005, though I’ve been using that handle for much longer.

I helped start The Border House, a feminist blog focused on the perspectives of gamers who belong to marginalised groups.

More About Me

My name is Regina Buenaobra. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and work in the videogame industry as a community manager.

My website has content related to my professional life, but it’s not updated too often.

My Blog, My Opinions—Not My Employer’s

This blog existed a while before I started working in the videogame industry. Although I made the decision to disclose the link between my online pseudonym and my real name, I have continued to write about games and gaming on this blog after becoming a games industry professional. I try to maintain a separation between my interactions as a professional and my interactions as an average gamer. This blog is a personal space, so I don’t write much about my work here. If my company has anything to say, it will not be here, but on their official website and other official channels.

Disclosure: I work for ArenaNet, a video game developer and wholly owned subsidiary of NCSOFT West. While I do not and cannot represent ArenaNet and NCSOFT West in any capacity and do not work on their behalf on this blog, you should be aware of the connection.

Disclaimer: All statements and opinions made on my site, in posts, comments, or my other personal sites linked from this one, are my own and do not reflect the views and opinions of my employer, my past employers, my colleagues, my contacts, my friends, the dog I used to own, or anyone else, living or dead, real or fictional. They are solely my own, with no express warranty, right or claim.

Website Information

Why is this blog called ‘Acid for Blood’? Short story: it’s an Alien reference. Here’s the slightly longer story.

Licence: Acid for Blood is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Images from videogames or other media, including screen shots, art, cover art, concept art, etc. are owned and copyright their respective owners.

This blog was originally hosted on Blogger for about a year (2005 – 2006), but I found Blogger to be too limited for my taste.

I then migrated from Blogger to WordPress and self-hosted with WordPress 2.5.x. WordPress 2.5.x was a good platform, but I didn’t like the frustration of back end maintenance. At the time, Acid for Blood was hosted at A Small Orange. A Small Orange is an awesome host that I have absolutely no complaints about. My blog simply outgrew my hosting plan. Acid for Blood was hosted at A Small Orange for over two and a half years (2006 – 2008).

After that, I moved my blog to TypePad. TypePad is a good service for beginner to intermediate bloggers, but I found that wanted more control over my data and did not want to entrust my blog to the fortunes of a single for-profit company. I was with TypePad for a little over two years (2008 – 2010).

Finally, in 2010, I migrated Acid for Blood back to WordPress from TypePad. Acid for Blood is currently using WordPress 4.0, which is much more user-friendly than 2.5. It is hosted at Canvas Dreams.

I originally had my domain registered at Go Daddy for a few years. I decided to switch registrars because I dislike the sexist overtones of their advertising and because the user interface for domain management was cluttered and confusing. My domain is now registered at Name.com.