Ask @Vixxiie:

How do you find time to game when your husband (I believe) doesn't?

It's true - he doesn't, really. He only plays racers (F1 and FH2, at the moment) and even then, he has to be in the mood for it. I tried for years to get him into it but it's just not his thing, probably just because I grew up gaming and he didn't.
It's cool, though. I like inverting the stereotype. Plus I don't have to beat him to the controller.
I don't watch much traditional TV, I guess - my evening downtime is usually spent playing something when he's watching the footie!
It's easier now it's my second job. I can just mutter something about having to finish something for work and get on with it. Finding time is easy enough; he loves sport, I love gaming. So when one of us is doing our favourite thing, the other does theirs, too. It works for us, and I'm SO LUCKY to have a partner who gives me time for my passion even though he doesn't quite understand it. <3

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What are the most important skills that a games journalist can have? How should you approach a career in writing?

There are six easy steps:
1) Read a lot.
2) Write a lot.
3) Read more.
4) Write more.
5) Rinse.
6) Repeat.
Heh. :D
It's stupid to say it, but seriously - you have to write AND read. A lot. Read things that interest you, but also read the things that don't. Keep mental notes of what does, and doesn't, appeal to you as a reader. Find your own voice, and don't mimic others. If you play something that you hate, why? It's as important to be able to talk passionately about what you don't like as much as you do.
Be fair. Be professional. LISTEN TO YOUR EDITOR. Take critique on the chin and know that there are some amazing editors out there, but also some really shitty ones, too. Learn from them all, though. Read your work aloud - does it still flow? Does it make sense? Learn to use sentence structure and a love of language to paint a story with words. Avoid cliches, but respect them. They're cliches for a reason.
As for approaching a career? Man. I don't have a traditional career (I write part-time, as eighteen months living hand-to-mouth as a FT freelancer was more than I could bear - I have a kid to support, world) but use the skills and links of enthusiast sites to learn from others and showcase your work. Be polite and respectful, never demand anything, but believe in yourself.
If you can, study journalism formally. I didn't (I've never taken a writing class in my entire life), so it's not always a prerequisite, but it's easier if you do.
Finally: don't give your work away to outlets who should be paying for it under the guise of "exposure". If it's a profit-making publication and they want your words for free, walk away - you're undervaluing yourself, and the rest of us, if you think it's worth it to get a foot in the door.

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what made you decide to work in the games industry?

I've ALWAYS wanted to be a writer. Originally it was fiction, then it was women's glossies, then it was chick-lit. I wrote my first "book" when I was ten (a collection of "spooky" stories that were just as awful as you might imagine) but since then, it's all I've wanted to do.
Which meant I didn't do it, of course. My (unrelated) degree took me down another path, and I spent many happy years working in education.
I never stopped playing games, though - even though it wasn't really something "girls" did then. But when I became involved in the Silent Hill fan community, it developed my confidence talking about games, and then in 2006, I joined a US site as an unpaid contributor. In 2009 I set up GGS as a labour of love, and the rest ... well, you know the rest, right?
To be honest, there was never a plan. Not once did I set out with specific goals or ideas on how to get further. I worked hard, yes, and I tried my best to inject bits of me into everything I wrote; little bits of personality to give readers something they could relate to. When I set up GGS, it was just a blog for me to talk about games in an non-snarky, non-elitist way. I genuinely didn't think anyone would read it.
I didn't sit down and consciously CHOOSE to do this. There's been a whole lot of love and luck along the way, but I guess - to finally answer the bloody question - I didn't consciously decide to do write about games at all. :)

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