Meet Our Staff

Nia – Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief

@TheVideoGamHer

Nia Pierce Favorite Games: TLOZ: A Link to the Past, SpeedRunners, Ratchet and Clank
Favorite Console: Super Nintendo, PS2, Wii U
Favorite Genre: Adventure, Puzzler, and RTS
Favorite Publishers: Nintendo
Favorite Gaming Memory: Playing Streets of Rage 2 with my brother all night every night. We’ve beaten that game together a gazillion times.

 

Nia has been gaming for about as long as she could hold a controller. Growing up with experiences like Super Mario Bros 1 – 3, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Streets of Rage, she was bound to blossom into the lovely specimen you see before you. She loves the classics but will play anything that requires buttons, a d-pad, or analog sticks. She hopes to one day leave her mark on the gaming industry as it has helped impact the person she is today.


Erica –  Co-founder & Manager of Operations

@ericutz4thewin

Erica Favorite Games: TLOZ: Ocarina of Time, Contra III, Gears of War series, and The Last of Us
Favorite Console: SNES
Favorite Genre: Action/Adventure
Favorite Publishers: Epic, Konami, and Rare
Favorite Gaming Memory: Gears of War online with friends, renting SNES and N64 games, writing stories about video games, and confusing my elementary school teachers.

 

Erica has been fond of gaming since she was 5 and experienced her first jump on the original Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, she was privileged to have experienced the SNES, TurboGrafx, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, N64, amongst many other systems. Do not mistake her classic upbringing for unawareness of today’s generation of gaming. She is up to date with gaming news, the YouTube gaming community, as well as the social aspects of gaming. She is fascinated with men and women and how they each view and treat gaming, and above all keeps gaming in check for what it is meant to be: for fun. So if you want some down to earth commentary and opinions, look no further than Ericutz4thewin.


Jaleesa – Co-founder & Field Manager

@crunkgirl711

Jaleesa Favorite Games: NBA 2K, NBA Street, Kingdom Hearts 2, Persona 4 Golden, Battlefield 3, and Assassin’s Creed 2
Favorite Console: PS2
Favorite Genre: Action adventure/sports
Favorite Publishers: Atlus, Rocksteady, Rockstar, 2K Sports, Square Enix, and EA Big
Favorite Gaming Memory: The first time I saw Resident Evil 1, my brother wouldn’t let me play or watch with his friends. I used to peep from a cracked door to watch anyway.

 

People in the gaming community say most females and gaming just don’t mix well. Jaleesa Foster, AKA Crunkgirl711, changes this statement and brings the phrase hardcore female gamer to the forefront. Hailing from the small town of Lancaster, SC, Crunkgirl has taught many old school gamers that it doesn’t matter what sex you are, we are all gamers, we love our addictions, and we could care less what the outsiders think. She’s an open-minded gamer with a special love for sports games like NBA 2K, NBA Live, and Madden to the Uncharted, God of War, and the Infamous series, etc. She is a dork, gamer, artist, and geek by destiny, not by choice. Yeah, she’s awesome. Enough said.


Gabby – Contributor

Gabby Favorite Games: The Mass Effect series, the Infamous series, Mirror’s Edge, Paper Mario, Final Fantasy, Star Ocean 4, Telltale’s the Walking Dead, Pokemon
Favorite Console: PS3
Favorite Genre: RPG
Favorite Publishers: Sucker Punch, Square Enix, Nintendo, Telltale Games
Favorite Gaming Memory: Finally capturing Entei, Suicune, and Raikou after chasing them everywhere in Pokemon Crystal.

 

Gabby first delve into the world of gaming with Pokémon Red. Being a 90’s kid, it was practically predestined for her to discover the wonder of the Gameboy. From there on, Pokémon, Zelda, Mario, Kirby, and Sonic became the staples of her gaming diet. At the age of nine, she received her very first home console: the GameCube. She entered the world of JRPGs and simulation games such as Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing. With the purchase of a PS3 in 2008, she began the third chapter in her gaming life, embracing RPGs such as Fallout and Mass Effect, action-adventures like inFamous, and even shooters. The well-rounded gamer is also an avid anime fan and devoted cosplayer, and has a fondness for film, writing, and photography that she hopes to take to the professional level after college.


Krystal – Content Creator

@KittieOnALeash

Krystal Favorite Games: Silent Hill 2, Fallout 3, MK: Deception, SSFIV, L4D2, COD: BLOPS, & Banjo Kazooie
Favorite Console: N64, PS2 & Xbox 360
Favorite Genre: Horror, Fighters & Shooters
Favorite Publishers: Valve, Rockstar, Konami & Bethesda
Favorite Gaming Memory: All of the N64 era was a euphoria. We played all the best games without a worry in the world.

 

Krystal has been a gamer ever since she was 4 years old, stomping on Goombas! Better known by her Gamertag, KittieOnALeash, she’s a Computer Geek by day and Digital Hero by night. A collector of many games and retro consoles, Kittie tries hard to fit plenty hours of gaming to her IRL schedule. She’s been training in competitive gaming with Super Street Fighter IV, Call of Duty and League of Legends. Not always is she so serious, though as her gaming commentaries really show her fun/goofy personality. Her favorite genre is Horror Survival and her all-time favorite game is Silent Hill 2! Krystal’s other pastimes include watching horror movies, making digital art, singing (er, screaming) metal music and creating gamer jewelry to sell on her Etsy. You can find KittieOnALeash on Youtube, Twitch and Twitter.


Toni – Writer

@toniversatile

Toni R. Favorite Games: Fallout 3, Mirror’s Edge, TLJ Series, MGS series, and much more.
Favorite Console: PC is the master race. ;3 I like all consoles. no real favorites besides PC.
Favorite Genre: Action/Adventure, Perspective Puzzle, RPGs
Favorite Publishers: Bethesda & Bioware
Favorite Gaming Memory: Endlessly playing Fallout 3, passing out with the controller in my hand, and waking up with it in my hand. Fallout 3 made me who I am today.

 

Toni is a huge fan of games with strong narratives/stories. She prefers point & clicks (ex. Longest Journey Series), RPGs, adventure, action, though she’s not a big fan, she does play shooters (first person and third person), and puzzle & perspective games (ex. Echochrome or Monument Valley).


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Fossette “Cookie” Anderson – Contributor

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