ThumbstickMafia is dedicated to supporting and promoting diverse women in gaming – we’re happy to introduce a spotlight to gamers, content creators, streamers, developers and members of the industry.
Today’s spotlight is Nevi aka BlkLoliGamer!
In her own words: Hey everybody, my name is Nevi! I’m 23 years old and am a Let’s Player and self-proclaimed tech junkie with a disturbing insight into troll psychology. I’m also Autistic, with video games as one of my special interests. I’m also a Lolita fashion enthusiast and spend a lot of time gazing at beautiful dresses online (only rarely buying, ’cause lolita is expensive). As the daughter of an artist, I’m a sucker for design and consider myself an amateur designer.
What game made you realize you were a gamer?
The moment I fully dived into my love of games was when my brother got me the Wii version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. He handed me down his old consoles to me (or bought them used) as I was growing up and I took it to a whole ‘nother level. The first console he gave me was actually an N64, but I never fully embraced the gamer title until Twilight Princess and fell in love with Zelda (I was late; bear with me).
What are your favorite game genres?
Naturally, my favorite game genres are Action-Adventures, RPGs (bonus points for good art design and story). Platformers have a special place in my heart as well.
How did you get into content creation on YouTube?
I started watching Let’s Plays by chance when I was 15. I was content with just watching for the first few years and they helped me when I got depression a year later. I didn’t start realistically thinking about making my own until I was 20, and I had to think about it for a while because there was almost no representation for women in the LP community– let alone Black women. It was more intimidating than it probably should have been, but I pulled through.
It’s kinda lonely since gaming is stereotyped as being a boy’s club (which I can go on for HOURS about, but I won’t), but I’ve made some awesome friends through this who make it worthwhile. I also have personal reasons for LPing, such as working on my problems with speech and not finishing projects.
What’s your favorite kind of video to make on YT?
I love LPing, but I’m currently putting together a new weekly project that I plan to start up by the end of the year. I want to make a few different types of content, but I love what I’m doing now. I put a lot of work into my visuals and I’m really proud of it 😀
How often do you post content?
As far as how often I upload, it’s anywhere from 3 to 6 times a week. I normally have two games going on concurrently so everybody has something to watch. My schedule for my current games is supposed to be Monday to Saturday, but I’m actually on a forced hiatus right now since my computer is down (and I’m looking for work). However, I shall return ASAP!
What old system game would you love to see re-done for current generation console / PC?
I’d love to see the original Spyro game (or even the trilogy) remastered! We already have a current Rachet & Clank game AND we’re getting Crash Bandicoot redone, so I’m kinda hoping the purple dragon follows suit.
Fondest childhood memory?
When I bought my first J-pop CD (Ayumi Hamasaki’s “(miss)understood”)
If you had to choose between LoZ and Mario – which would you choose?
Oh, Zelda. No contest. I love Mario as well but he can’t hold a candle to my ginormous Zelda fandom (few things can, actually)
You’ve been creating content for over a year, what advice would you give to new creators?
The worst thing you can do is expect your channel to grow at a fast rate. Take those clickbait-y videos or articles that try to tell you a definite formula on how to grow your channel with a grain of salt. Internet success is entirely random and you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment if you expect to reach 1000 subs within a year or something (I mean…unless you see nothing wrong with revolving your content around click-bait). That happens sometimes for some people, but your growth rate basically comes down to dumb luck. What will happen will happen. Don’t focus on that number too much; you’ll drive yourself up the wall.
Also, don’t be cocky. Don’t act like you run anything. Seriously. When you start YouTube, unless you go viral, you are an anchovy in an ocean. People can tell if you’re forcing yourself or trying to be someone else, so stay true to yourself. Focus primarily on getting your own flow and polishing your own style of doing things. Don’t try to be somebody you’re not, unless you’re trying to use YT as an outlet for acting or something.
Any other projects you’re working on? If so – tell us a little about it and how we can help / support.
I’m working on putting together a weekly project for Sundays on my channel. It combines my love of games and my sewing skills, but that’s pretty much all I can say for now.
What do you do for self care? How do you unwind?
I’m an introvert; I recharge alone. I watch YouTube videos, play games, listen to music, or create something via the written word or Photoshop.
Favorite anime soundtrack? Favorite Anime?
My favorite all-time anime is Sailor Moon, but my favorite soundtrack goes to InuYasha.
Interests outside of gaming?
I’m quite musical and am into New Age stuff like tarot and astrology. I also like researching random stuff on google. I like to try out new recipes, too! I cook a lot of Asian food. And pastries.
Your secret talent?
I’m multilingual. I speak basic Japanese, Mandarin, French, Italian, and Russian (I used to know a little Korean, but life got in the way and I haven’t had time to study/keep up at all. Which is sad, ’cause I’m an 11-year K-pop fandom veteran)
Favorite albums this year?
I’m really into Koda Kumi’s “Winter of Love” right now (It’s a compilation, but I’m a sucker for her ballads)
Anything you’d like to add?
I’m still crying happy tears over Breath of the Wild’s trailer.