Hello, and welcome to my games blog!
I’m longtime gamer, starting with the Commodore 64 and the Atari 2600, 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 and anti-oppression perspective, and 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.
I helped start The Border House, a feminist blog focused on the perspectives of gamers who belong to marginalised groups.
I’m fairly active on Twitter, and the social media channel I use the most. I have written an FAQ for interactions with me there.
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.
Why is this blog called ‘Acid for Blood’? Short story: it’s an Alien reference. Slightly longer story.
This blog was originally hosted on Blogger (too limited for my taste) for about a year (2005 – 2006). I self-hosted it using WordPress 2.5.x (good platform, but I didn’t like back end maintenance) at A Small Orange (an awesome host, but my blog outgrew my hosting plan) for over two and a half years (2006 – 2008). It was then hosted at TypePad (a great service, but I wanted more control over my data) for a little over two years (2008 – 2010). My blog is currently using WordPress 3.5.x (much more user-friendly than 2.5) and is hosted at Canvas Dreams.
I originally had my domain registered at Go Daddy (not recommended!) for a few years. My domain is now registered at Name.com.
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.
The social networking icons were made by Helen Gizi.