Welcome to “Games To Know Me,” a series where Sidequest writers tell us about the games that have affected them! Inspired by Chris Leddy’s viral tweet, we’ve asked our writers to think about five games that are important to them and why.

Alexis Sara has written for us since 2016, most recently about fashion in the seventh Fire Emblem. You can follow her at on Twitter @transcomics.

Bayonetta 2

Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch
September 20, 2014

Bayonetta 2 is the story about a gay witch trying to get her girlfriend back from hell while killing some Bible thumpers who keep bothering her. I feel like that is eternally my mood, and I wish I could summon a giant demon lady to crush my foes using my hair. I have endless fun killing hordes of angels and demons as Bayonetta; she is just a witch you don’t f*ck with.

Fire Emblem

Intelligent Systems, Nintendo Software Planning and Development
1990 (Shadow Dragon and the Light of Blade)–2017 (Fire Emblem Warriors)

I couldn’t pick a single Fire Emblem game, but I needed them to be mentioned here. Fire Emblem presented me with powerful women fighting wars on equal footing with men; it gave me amazing designs, queer headcanons, and introduced me to one of my favorite kinds of games, tactical RPGs. While Fire Emblem Fates seems to be losing a lot of what I love about the franchise, Echoes seems to return some hope to me that we have a bright future for it. Even if the franchise becomes something I no longer love, they can never take away the amazing memories I had playing as Lyn, fighting evil with Erica, killing racists with the Greil Mercenaries, or hacking Fire Emblem: Awakening so I could be gay. Also, so many cute girls. *wipes brow*

From a hacked version of Fire Emblem: Awakening, Intelligent Systems, Nintendo, 2012. Hack and image source: UnassumingVenusaur on GBATemp: https://gbatemp.net/threads/fire-emblem-awakening-same-sex-marriage-more.404061/

Pokémon SoulSilver Version

Game Freak
The Pokémon Company
Nintendo DS
September 12, 2009

I forever adore monster taming games, and I think that is something that says a lot about me. I like to win by the power of friendship; I like to make lots of people strong in all sorts of different ways and then fight together. Pokémon is a series that is super near and dear to my heart. I’ve been into Pokémon since Pokémon was a thing in the US. From the cute animals to the intense battles, I really love so much about the franchise. Mix that up with my favorite game (although my least favorite female protagonist design #BringBackCrystal) and I think it’s a great game to explore what I like about these kind of games. Also hopefully, it helps capture my love for Pokémon.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes

Capcom, Backbone Entertainment
Capcom, Virgin Interactive
Arcade, Sega Dreamcast, iOS, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
February 24, 2000

This is a game that I would always go to play in the arcade. There was just so many characters and while I didn’t really care about most the characters since I didn’t read comics nor did I play most Capcom games I was just hooked. There were enough characters I knew from TV shows and my love for the game lead to my love for comics. I got into speculating about the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 roster because of 2 and because of that I got sent comics and now I’m in the love affair that controls my life. This game is very well responsible for me making the awful choice of being a professional comic book writer, or at least it helped me get here faster.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2: The New Age of Heroes, Capcom, 2000. Image Source: Emuparadise at https://www.emuparadise.me/Sega_Dreamcast_ISOs/Marvel_vs._Capcom_2_-_The_New_Age_of_Heroes_(USA)/95


No Goblin LLC
PC/Mac/Linux, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita
September 18. 2014

Much like Roundabout’s Georgio Manos, I am a lesbian whose life is spinning out of control while I try to make money with a ridiculous career. I think it captures that part of me as well as giving at least a small taste into my sense of humor. This is unironically a game that I feel like captures me.

Read the rest of the Games to Know Me series.