I was born in Valparaiso, Indiana but my family moved down to Florida when I was only a few years old. So, technically I grew up in Gainesville, Florida. My Dad has always been a gamer so that’s been a huge part of my life. I remember getting excited when I learned to program my TRS-80 computer to make a block shaped ball bounce across the screen. I remember when PC games came on cassette tapes, and I played the heck out of those. I’m probably also one of the few people that can say that they are part of three generations of gamers that became part of the first generation of gamers. That may sound a little confusing so let me explain… my grandfather was always the one who got his hands on the newest Atari system to come out, and my father and I would eagerly anticipate each new system launch because that meant we would get the older one. We cycled our way through all of the Atari game systems until we moved on to the Nintendo family of consoles and handhelds, I actually still have my original gigantic Game Boy somewhere around here.
Along the way I have been lucky enough to have produced the three most adorable little hellions seen since that one My Little Pony went rabid. I’m so happy that I am able to pass on my love of gaming to yet another generation. In between my many years of being a single mom and being really bad at being married, I found my home in the gaming community and some of the best “family” anyone could ask for. Around the time of the launch of the Xbox360 I had been working as your smiling and perky Xbox rep in central Florida, making me fall completely in love with everything Microsoft and Xbox, and the reason behind my gamer tag JaXboxChick77. This led me to the GamerChix on the Xbox forums which led me to podcasting.
In 2008, A year after attending the World Cyber Games event as a part of the GamerChix I was contacted by Alicia Cabase, one of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, who randomly called me and asked me if I wanted to do a podcast. After googling “podcast” and figuring out what it was I said I was in, and we spend the next few years producing the SGPink podcast for SarcasticGamer.com. I was told I was a capable podcaster with a penchant for sarcasm and blunt trauma wit, which I think might be an insult, but I’m not completely sure. Sadly, after 114 episodes, various events, random YouTube videos (please don’t google them), and a line of t-shirts left behind at SplitReason.com we had to hang up our bras and move on.
And that leads me up to now. I had this idea to make a podcast comprised of people who are parents and professionals in the video game industry. Since starting in 2012 we have evolved past just a podcast and have this fancy website, YouTube channel, Twitch community and more writers. Hopefully things keep growing and expanding, and hopefully you’re all enjoying the content we create for you!