Gamer Spotlight: Keza MacDonald

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Keza MacDonald

Video Games Editor, The Guardian


Keza MacDonald is a veteran of games journalism and has been writing about the industry since she was 16 years old. She has written for outlets such as IGN, Eurogamer, and was the editor-in-chief at Kotaku UK before landing her current position as the Video Games Editor for The Guardian.

Much of her writing focuses on the culture surrounding gaming, including the ethics of crowdfunding and diversity in game development. She also co-wrote the book You Died: The Dark Souls Companion. Since becoming a parent, she has written extensively on the subject of gaming and parenthood, including this article about the difficulty she had in finding time to play Destiny 2 as a new mom.


What is the first video game that you remember playing?

“Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES, specifically Super Mario World. My parents were quite suspicious of video games so instead of actually playing them when I was little, I just bought magazines and imagined what they were like. Eventually we got a SNES in 1995, with All-Stars. I could not have had a better start.”

What are your favorite games of all time?

“Off the top of my head: Amplitude, Demon’s/Dark Souls, about five of the Zeldas, The Last of Us, and The Witcher 3.”

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Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?

“Reading – I have a useless Masters in Comparative Literature. Languages and travel – I used to live all over the world, though sadly parenthood has put a stop to that for a while.”

Do you and your children play video games together?

“My little son is only 1, so it’ll be a year or two before he can start watching me play. My older stepson, who is now 12, is more interested in playing with his pals – but we’ve played all sorts of things together over the years, and it’s given me great joy.”

How do you make time for gaming with a busy family life and career?

“Honestly, it’s helps that it’s part of my job. If it wasn’t, I’d struggle even more. The Nintendo Switch has been a revelation; I actually learned to breastfeed lying down so I could fit in twenty more minutes of Zelda.”

What is your proudest moment as a parent?

“Probably taking my stepson to the BAFTA Young Game Designers awards. He was so inspired, and it made me feel really good about the impact that video games are having on his life.”


 

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