Rebecca Heineman Interview on Matt Chat

Matt Chat is YouTube Channel with weekly discussions on video games with Dr. Matt Barton. Barton is an associate professor in English at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Back in December of 2010 he conducted an interview with Rebecca Heineman.

Heineman is a video game programer who is responsible for such classic titles such as The Bard’s Tale III: The Thief of Fate, Dragon Wars, Tass Times in ToneTown, Borrowed Time, Mindshadow, and The Tracer Sanction. She is also a transgender woman who started to transition in November 2003. She’s just one example of the handful of transwomen who are working within the video gaming industry. Yet, in my opinion, she is one of the more mainstream names within the industry.

 

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Katie

Katie’s first experience with video games was in the late 1970s with Pong on the family Tandy TRS-80 home computer. She published her first gaming review in 1982 for the TRS-80 video game Rear Guard. It was around this time that Katie also discovered the joy of role-playing games, starting with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. In college she played Doom, getting her into first person shooting games. This interest lasted until Final Fantasy XI was released when she started to spend time playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Currently she has an interest in many different genres of video games. She lives in Elgin, Illinois with her cat Éowyn.

About Katie

Katie’s first experience with video games was in the late 1970s with Pong on the family Tandy TRS-80 home computer. She published her first gaming review in 1982 for the TRS-80 video game Rear Guard. It was around this time that Katie also discovered the joy of role-playing games, starting with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. In college she played Doom, getting her into first person shooting games. This interest lasted until Final Fantasy XI was released when she started to spend time playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Currently she has an interest in many different genres of video games. She lives in Elgin, Illinois with her cat Éowyn.