I also write for Culture of Gaming!
Fun Fact : “Moonie” is coined from, you guessed it, J.K. Rowling’s fictional character Alastor Moody. Reading is but one of my many hobbies and I will always treasure the memories of reading this franchise from start to finish, over and over again, even in to my old age (seriously, it’s a bestseller for a reason).
My earliest memories of video games was in elementary school – all of the cool kids had one of the very first Game Boy’s and I was jealous. Like a cult, they would sit together during lunch breaks, during recess, on the bus, and play Pokémon . I would sigh and whine and go home every night wishing I just had a Game Boy. Life would be so much better if I had a Game Boy.
Remember when you were a kid and the week before summer break absolutely nothing happened at school? The teachers would try their best to get a roll call in the morning which would be met by droning noises, the lunches were half-assed, absolutely no homework at all. Well, my school was no exception. All of us kids were sitting in an empty classroom (seriously, the teacher couldn’t care less) and my best friend, Jacob Phelps, pulled out his Game Boy. I stared at him, hungrily, wishing and hoping one day I would lay my hands on this magical wonder, and then I had my moment.
He handed me his Game Boy (and I was very reluctant to release it after two hours of game play).
I went on to play Mario on the NES and the Nintendo 64. My grandmother, who was struggling to raise my brother and I, bought us the first Game Boy Advance along with Pokemon Sapphire, Harvest Moon, and Mario. I had the GameCube, Playstation 1 & 2 as soon as it was released. I played Sims 2 on a cheap computer set up in the living room. I had bookshelves filled with empty cartridges, manuals, notebooks with tons of hidden cheats and achievements and notes (it’s not a good video game unless you find yourself taking copious notes)!
But my true love, the love to start the addiction of all addictions, was when she (my grandmother) bought the Playstation 1 with Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX. I played those games over and over and over… I got 100% on them all and I didn’t stop there.
In 2017, after moving to Colorado and putting together my static group for FFXIV, I began searching for ways to get out of my career as a Paralegal. I began coding, writing again, streaming, and as I was filling out applications I thought to myself… I don’t have a portfolio.
After I got over the initial anxiety-ridden hump I decided… What the heck? I’ll start a blog where I can code, write, and stream.