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Interview - BatsyBatsy, Microsoft Game Studios - August 2010
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post Aug 26 2010, 08:14 PM
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Name: Kristin Reilly

Date of Birth: May 24

Home town: Portland, Oregon

Tell us a little about yourself:


I’ve been playing games since I was itty bitty – my family used them as a family activity and I’ve been grounded more times than I like to count for tying up the phone lines when I was younger playing games online. I’ve been moderating forums since I was 14 as well as being involved in communities. I also competed for several years on professional circuits in FPS’s. I don’t compete anymore but still enjoy playing for fun. Previously I worked for Hewlett Packard as the community manager for HP Gaming and also for GameSpot.com editing video and hosting videos.


---- Gaming History ----



Can you please explain the history behind your gamertag?


It’s a nickname that was bestowed upon me by a friend.

Have you played any of the past “Age of” games?

I’ve been hitting up Age3 as well as AoEO. 

Do you currently play any other video games?

I still play all sorts of games and enjoy going back and replaying the Kings Quest series now and again (this is the game that I cut my teeth on gaming and holds a special place in my heart as does Goldeneye on the 64). I’ve been playing a lot of console games lately due to my gaming computer being packed up for the past couple of months. I used to specialize in shooters but have found myself branching out the past few years and really enjoying other genres.


---- Microsoft Game Studios ----


You are currently the “Community Manager” for Microsoft Game Studios. Is that your only duty or do you have other responsibilities that you can talk about?

I am the community manager for Age of Empires Online at Microsoft Games Studios. A community manager is a multi-faceted role. It tends to encompass social media, community, as well as a few other hats as needed. One of the main goals of a CM is relay your feedback and information to our team so we can give you the best experience possible in game as well as distribute information to the community from MGS. Oh – and I demo the game at conventions.


Can you give us any other information about your past gaming industry experience?

I’ve competed, sponsored teams, coached, as well as worked as a community manager and in media.

What do you like the most about your job?

I love to interact with the community, that’s one of my favorite parts.

What do you like least?

Having to wake up before 10.

What is your general opinion of RTS Sanctuary?


I think this is a great site – not only is it well run but the community is open, vocal, and accepting.


---- Age of Empires Online ----


In your opinion, how does this new game stack up to past Age of games?


I think it’s a great new installment to the franchise and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Does Microsoft have anything to do with pushing for World Cyber Games attendance?


WCG is an independent entity, Microsoft has no control or push with WCG.

It is tough to estimate, but how often does Microsoft/Robot plan to release balance patches?

When they’re ready. wink.gif


---- Random Questions ----


What kind of car do you drive?

A mini cooper.

What kind of computer do you have?

I have an HP BlackBird002 as well as an Asus gaming laptop.

What is the first thing you do in the morning? Last thing before you go to bed?

Hit the snooze button. Shove my dog back in his bed and tell him he’s not sleeping in the people bed.

Can you walk us through a day in the life of BatsyBatsy?


Aurgh, I can try. 
I’m usually up by about 730-8 and in the office at 9 ( I am NOT a morning person), check my emails to see what needs attention asap, check the forums to see what’s gone on overnight. Then it’s meetings and prepping if there’s an event coming up, Bashing Cosy over the head if he says something silly, and I try to log some time in the Beta before I head home. Once I’m home it’s let the dog out, gym, dinner, and playing games/watching a movie/reading if I have a new book.

Briefly describe your weirdest dream?

When I start a new job I usually dream about work for the first week. These are by far the weirdest. And I hate them.


---- Quick Questions ----


Favorite person? My Chihuahua. He counts dangit.
Favorite TV show? I don’t watch a lot of TV but I like deadliest catch/storm chasers.
Favorite Drink? Skim milk. Mmmmmmmm
Favorite Food? Mac and Cheese, hands down. There’s an AWESOME restaurant in Portland that makes amazing Mac and Cheese. And gator bites.
Favorite Movie? Top Gun.
Favorite Color? Pink (shush)
Favorite Hobby? Not sure you can count it as a hobby but Skiing. I’ve skied since I was 2.
Favorite Song? I suck at music. I usually just turn something on streaming and let it go.
Favorite Band? No I really suck at music.
Cat or Dog? Dog!
Pepsi or Coke? Cherry either.
Hottest Woman? Cameron Diaz
Hottest Man? Mark Wahlberg

Is there anything else you would like the Age of Empires community to know about you?

I’m excited to be a part of this community and look forward to seeing what you guys think about the game when we release it!

Thank you for your time!

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post Aug 26 2010, 08:27 PM
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great to find out a bit more about the person behind the tag .. sounds like you will fit in well around here :thumbsup:

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post Aug 26 2010, 08:30 PM
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lol

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post Aug 26 2010, 08:47 PM
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Didnt realize batsybatsy was female

I guess it would explain the name <3

nice interview!

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post Aug 26 2010, 09:16 PM
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Great interview :)
Good ol Jason still pumping them out. Always fun reads, keep them up bud ^^

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post Aug 26 2010, 09:34 PM
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QUOTE(_tank @ Aug 26 2010, 07:47 PM)
Didnt realize batsybatsy was female

I guess it would explain the name <3

nice interview!
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She is part of the very, very, very, very small minority. I only know of 2 others females that have an account here :P

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post Aug 26 2010, 09:38 PM
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The relic community manager for DoW for years was a female and she did a very good job with the community ;)

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nice interview!

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post Aug 26 2010, 10:07 PM
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nice interview. Idk, but when i saw you batsybatsy, I inmediatly remember L_Clan_Markisa, L_Clan_Arbalet's wife. You have a nice smile.

"Can you give us any other information about your past gaming industry experience?

I’ve competed, sponsored teams, coached, as well as worked as a community manager and in media."

Im interested on it. When you got some free-time, can you tell us a little more about it?


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post Aug 26 2010, 10:10 PM
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Markiza is from Kazakhstan iirc

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omg female!

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post Aug 26 2010, 11:23 PM
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Good interview, its a shame about the music though :(

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Favorite Song? I suck at music. I usually just turn something on streaming and let it go.
Favorite Band? No I really suck at music.



QUOTE(1x1 @ Aug 26 2010, 11:13 PM)
omg female!
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I can sense the nerd testosterone rising.

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post Aug 26 2010, 11:55 PM
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hah nice.

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post Aug 27 2010, 12:00 AM
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Excellent interview Addacc!

Welcome Batsy. :)

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post Aug 27 2010, 12:02 AM
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QUOTE(_tank @ Aug 26 2010, 06:47 PM)
Didnt realize batsybatsy was female

I guess it would explain the name <3

nice interview!
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Yeah I was kind of surprised when I was labeled as a "he" with the BatsyBatsy tag. ;)

Thanks everyone for the kinds words - looking forward to more time here. :)



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