There aren’t a ton of gamers who have spent time in the Playboy Mansion and graced the centerfolds of Playboy Magazine, but Mei-Ling Lam is one of them. The Maine native and June 2011 Playmate grew up playing Nintendo games. It was in these virtual worlds that she found her need for speed. She loves fast cars and continues to live out her fantasies of going fast in games like Microsoft’s FORZA 3. Lam talks about her gaming habits in this exclusive interview.
What games did you play growing up?
I played the Nintendo classics like Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart. I was always more into the racing games.
Do you have a favorite memory from back then?
I don’t know how many joysticks my brother and I went through. We were always fighting and breaking them. That’s my biggest memory.
Did they break because you were fighting or because you used them too much?
We would fight over playing. There was only one because our parents never wanted us both playing at the same time, so they would only give us one joystick.
Even if the game was multiplayer?
Yeah. We had two joysticks in the house but they would never allow my brother and I to sit there and play games together. If we had friends over or something like that, we were allowed to take out the second joystick. Otherwise it was always one.
When you did go head-to-head against your brother who was the better gamer?
Well, I would say when it came to racing I would win. But every other game, he'd be able to beat me.
Did you continue to game on Xbox and PS3 later on?
Yeah. My ultimate favorite game is FORZA 3.
Have you played the fourth one?
I haven’t yet, I need to get it. I heard that it’s really great. What I love so much is that not only you can pick your car, you can literally design it to how you want it. For me that’s huge. I can’t say I’m the best at racing but when you can design your own car that certainly helps.
Do you ever race online on Xbox Live?
Oh, my gosh, of course! I totally play FORZA and it’s so funny because a lot of times they don’t know that it’s a girl. We’ll get into a race and I don’t say anything on the headset. Then at the end of it, I’m like, “Thanks, fellas.”
Does your Gamer Tag not sound girlie that they don’t know you’re female?
Well, actually it is, but no one’s ever questioned it or asked me if I’m a girl or anything. But it’s "BeautifulFlower8."
What’s your favorite car to race in FORZA?
They have a Spider in there and I have customized that one to how I like it and how I drive. That’s the only one that I’ve taken time to customize.