Welcome to this week’s installment of “On a Geekly Basis,” a feature that profiles awesome geeky people and things! This week we want to introduce you to Kelly, creator of Link Saves Zelda, a video game blog and stream.
I tend to refer to myself as a nerd most of the time, but I like both titles. I might say “I’m a huge nerd” to a colleague but will say “I’m into some really geeky stuff” as well. I grew up referring to myself as a nerd though, since I tend to fall under the “video game nerd” blanket. Though I do enjoy more nerdy things than just playing video games, it’s just the term I have always used.
I first figured out I was a nerd when I was in about 4th or 5th grade. I was obsessed with Sailor Moon and Gundam Wing and I also played a lot of video games so I just sort of rolled with it. Back then I was really into reading Manga and watching Anime on Toonami as well as staying home “sick” with my brother while we traded off playing Final Fantasy VII. My nerdiness just grew from that point on as I branched out and discovered new geeky things. I suppose it’s pertinent to state that I grew up watching Star Wars daily and have been a huge Star Wars fan for most of my life.
I got into video games when I was really young, actually. While my mom was giving birth to me my dad and brother went out to buy a Super Nintendo Entertainment System, so I came home from the hospital to a video game environment. As soon as I could hold a controller and press the buttons I was playing video games. Not well, mind you, but still playing. My older brother and I are only 4 years apart in age and always got along really well, so we would play games together all the time. Back then there was no online multiplayer so I was the Luigi to his Mario and the Player 2 to his Player 1. We bonded thought playing video games together while growing up. Without him as an influence I doubt I would be as into video games as I am today. Video games were sort of a base as started to build my nerd resume via other venues. I also ended up turning my love for video games into a whole other hobby – blogging about games.
I always have to think about this one for a while. I think I am the biggest fan of both the Mass Effect and Tomb Raider franchises, so it always boils down to one of those. It’s hard to choose, but I believe I will go with Mass Effect this time. I love everything to do with Mass Effect and have spent countless hours of my life playing and replaying the series over and over. I also love to go on YouTube and watch videos of cut scenes and other experiences from the game that I never had the chance to see in order to familiarize myself with all aspects of the game. I even find myself quoting lines from the games in my everyday life. It’s a fantastic series and it falls right in with my love of all things sci-fi and space-y.
I’m not working on anything too crazy at the moment. I’ve been trying to keep up with my personal writing and gaming as well as my video game streaming project. I haven’t had much free time lately and when I get a chance to do these things is not a large enough portion of time to do them all in. I have also been considering writing a few short stories which could progress into actual novels in the near future. I have a ridiculously vivid imagination and have created a couple of key stories and characters in my head that I would like to share with more than just myself. Other than all that, I have just been living life and trying to enjoy myself as much as I can.
I would totally love to meet Lara Croft. I have always looked up to her and considered her my role model since I played the very first Tomb Raider game back in 1996. To me she is the epitome of what a character should be – she’s smart, she’s strong, she’s cunning, she’s independent, and on top of that she’s amazingly skilled! She proved that women can be just as good if not better than men in video games and in a way showed me how to accept myself for who I am and not be turned away from what I love by stupid stereotypes. I totally look up to her, if she were real I’d love to meet her!
I am the CEO of linksaveszelda.com, a blog that focuses on video games and my thoughts on them. I write game reviews as well as opinion articles and editorials all centered on the gaming universe. I also write for the collective blog called “Geek Force Network” with a handful of other talented writers, streamers, and podcasters.
I stream gameplay regularly from my Twitch.tv channel for any and all who care to watch me play the games I love. Gaming is more than just my hobby, it’s my life. I met my boyfriend of 5 years while working at a video game store and have met many great friends through gaming as well. It helped me bond with my brother and made me who I am today. I love me, so that’s pretty awesome.
Aside from video games I love to write, spend time with family, and learn new things. Some of my favorite TV shows include Firefly, Star Trek: The Next Generation, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Futurama. Some of my favorite movies include Howl’s Moving Castle, Interview with a Vampire, and The Avengers. I enjoy reading books such as The Hunger Games trilogy and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I’d like to consider myself pretty well rounded when it comes to all things geeky, there is usually something in every major nerd fandom that I enjoy.
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Wrong Button is the brainchild of Emily Kelley and Peter Kunin, two geeks who happen to love each other. This award-winning geek news and culture blog is also a collection of happenings from the duo's everyday lives, which more often than not involves a lot of video games, crafts, conventions, movie making and comic books.