Jade Raymond - Crush of the Month Monday, November 26th, 2007
I couldn’t be any more excited by the hype and hoopla surrounding Ubisoft’s recently released Assassin’s Creed. No matter how the game fairs in the hands of the critical gamers en masse (Dawngrrl Review forthcoming – 2 hrs in!) it is the stunning production value that garners my girly girl attention. That’s right my beloved playfellows, Assasin’s Creed was produced by the stunning Jade Raymond, a chic chick; a smart, swanky, sexy gamer grrl!
Apparently, one summer found her indoors where she diddled a controller day in and day out, the result of which was a drive to make games herself. Raymond went on to get a computer science degree from McGill University in Quebec, and her first job was programming games for Sony. A few years later, she moved into a producer role at EA, and she has since been producing games. “She’s French-Canadian. Somedays, she’s mostly Canadian and can be quite pleasant. Today, she’s obviously French.” Name that movie? How much French vs. Canadian influence goes into her career may be a mystery, but the work she produces certainly puts her in the same arena as the testosterone filled influential of the gaming world, and all I can say to that is “Bravo honey!”
Raymond spends most of her surf time on Engadget, Bluesnews and Gamespot and her tube time shared between Lost, Alias, 24, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Six Feet Under. While I found her list of game favs a bit narrow (Resident Evil 4, Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Intelligent Cube, Tekken 3, Incredible Crisis, PaRappa the Rappa, Zelda: Ocarina of Time), I can admit to a love of Resident Evil and Price of Persia myself, and only wonder if Assasins Creed will make it on that list.
There has been lots of press around this pretty poppet and along with it some vulgar comics of her slob knobbing some nasties. I can’t say I am surprised, in fact, it’s almost a rite of passage, or a hazing so to speak. She made it to a niche place in the gaming world, and being rewarded with pornographic reference material is par at best. My guess is that she’ll get over it, I certainly would. Ubisoft has her back, and hell, maybe she’ll get to date the Master Chief or Altair himself.
Gamer girls are not all sitting around in sweatshirts, ponytails, and converse high tops. We wear make up, like shiny things, cry at sad movies and still love to blow things up with a grenade launcher. Jade Raymond is a perfect example; she’s hot, girly, and she plays (and produces) video games. That is what makes this honey my crush of the month!