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Ali's first memorable gaming experience was when she sat down in front of her family's tiny black-and-white TV and played Space Invaders on their old Atari 2600. She also tried Adventure, but have you ever tried beating Adventure? That game is hard.
Now, Ali (Alison) is a master's student in communication studies at the University of Minnesota, where she also teaches public speaking to college students. She researches popular culture, gender and sexuality, digital culture, manga, and video games (focusing on critiques of gamer culture and representations of marginalized groups in games). In the past, she has worked as a copy editor for Defunct Games and as the host of the KAUG radio show, You're a Nerd.
She is also a Game Informer intern alum, eats way too much sugar, has a Deku Scrub tattoo, and knows a little Japanese.
Things she likes: Red foxes, fried fish, manga, her cat Carl, massages, claw machines, Disney, her husband, red lipstick, the feel of real fur, and purple.