“Now, they’re not afraid to play and say I’m a girl gamer,” says Vargas, who posts video game reviews, news and interviews.

Vargas, who was invited to speak on a panel at the most recent BlogHer convention, has also started drawing attention from video game makers, eager to publicize product news on her site. In early September, she also traveled to Atlanta to cover Dragon-con, a sci-fi convention.

An aspiring doctor now in her senior year of college, Vargas carries an iPad with her, and posts entries whenever she has a free moment. On weekends, she is playing video games and writing reviews.