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The fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres on Logo on Monday, January 28, and right out of the gate, we here at the Gay Gamer Castle are already rooting for fellow gaymer Jade Jolie. Come on — not only is she gorgeous and funny, but she named herself after a Mortal Kombat character! “Gaming has always been a part of my life,” she says, “so it’s great I can kind of let that be a part of my drag persona.”
It would be rude to ask a true Queen how old she is, but Jade will admit to gaming starting at a very early age. “I’ve been playing as long as I can remember,” she says. “I’ve literally owned every game console except a SEGA Dreamcast!”
Fighting games and RPG’s have always been Jade’s guilty gaming pleasures. “I’m obviously a huge Mortal Kombat fan due to the fact that my name was inspired by Jade from MK,” she says. “To me, she was the fiercest bitch! The Final Fantasy series is also something I’ve followed forever. Final Fantasy III in particular, is one of my all-time favorites. As far as systems go, I love my Wii and Xbox 360, but I use my PS3 more than anything. To me, it’s the best system now!”
Of course, as a born performer, Jade has a penchant for music games, citing a rather unusual choice as one of her favorite games of all time! “I’m such a Spice Girls fan, I feel it’s my duty to say the Spiceworld game for PS1,” she confides. “But let’s be honest, it was terrible after the first hour! So… I’m gonna have to say it’s a tie between Bust A Groove on PS1 and Mortal Kombat!”
Naturally, she is also thrilled by the relatively recent rise in gay content in videogames. “I think that is absolutely fabulous!” Jade exclaims. “I think the best thing about games is you can immerse yourself into a different character, kind of like drag. So why not have characters that cater to a whole genre of gaymers?”
Of course, just as in the real world, the LBGTQ community continues to fight for more visibility in the gaming world. “I feel gay content is still very new,” she allows, “and I would love to see more characters who are openly gay and obviously more drag queens!” Laughing, she continues, “I think it would be everything to have a Mortal Kombat-style game with all of the whole RuPaul sisterhood and their own unique attacks and moves… with a final “RUTALITY” at the end!”
Although growing up gay can be a struggle, growing up a gay gamer can sometimes be even more of a struggle. Luckily, games were Jade’s ticket to acceptance. “I found gaming to be one of the few things that I had in common with other boys growing up,” she recalls. “And also what my brother and I always bonded over. I was always a diva in my mind, but a fierce gamer at the same time, and I’ve always got respect from that.”
By proudly proclaiming her love for videogames, Jade is happy to help make gay gamers more visible. “I’ve always found gamers to be very accepting and open-minded,” she says. “Other than drag, videogames have always been an obsession and hobby, so I’ll always support the gamer community!”
And while she hopes her gaming skills will help her defeat her Drag Race opponents one by one in her quest to become the next drag superstar, Jade also hopes to inspire other gay gamers who may be struggling with their own lives. “Honestly, I’ve gone through my fair share of struggles and obstacles to get where I am,” she declares. “But that’s the amazing thing about life. If you work hard, have faith in yourself and keep your mind focused, you can accomplish anything.
“It’s okay being different,” she adds. “Don’t seek approval, just believe in yourself!”
(Writer) I love Animal Crossing, music games (even though I can't sing or play instruments) and adventure games. And the occasional 40+ hr JRPG when I can find the time! I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband and our hamster, Ch'p.