What got you into gaming?
I started gaming at a very young age. Most of my childhood was spent in Manila, in a very underprivileged part of the city. Despite it all, I lived a happy childhood. My father lived in the States to work, and he would send money over to provide for the family. And with the money he always sent back something for his kids. My favorite gift from him, and perhaps the one thing that shaped what I am now, is my very first console, the Nintendo Entertainment System. I played it non-stop. Duck Hunt is my favorite game to this day and it's what essentially got me to fall in love with gaming altogether.
There aren't a lot of female gamers out there, at least in comparison to the number of male gamers. Do you or did you get any kind of discrimination in the gaming world just because of your sex?
I think in every aspect of anyone's career, there will always be discrimination. As a female in the gaming community, I've had my share of rude and downright inappropriate comments thrown at me. The best way to deal with it is to not even address it at all. The Internet is a place for people to act brave without fear of any consequence. Most of the time the trolls of the gaming community only do things because they want attention, even if it's negative. I came into this career thinking that I would do my best to make everyone I cross paths with smile.
What's your favorite game right now and why?
My favorite game at the moment is Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. I've always been an FPS fan. I played competitively on Counter Strike 1.4 to 1.6 when I was younger so it's just natural to continue that path. Call of Duty has gotten a lot of negative reviews from the past two games and I feel like with Treyarch's Black Ops 3, they were able to resuscitate the franchise and get the old COD fans back. I've been playing it non-stop and I feel like this would be the game that would take over both my YouTube and Twitch channel. It's just so much fun!
What games are you inclined to play, and what games aren't your type?
There are some games that I'm sponsored to play or try out, which at the moment of accepting the deal may sound fun. But as the games progress they becomes stale. I get uninterested in RPG and MOBA games real quick, so I try to stay away from them.
How do you go about playing AND recording yourself play sponsored games, especially if they're pretty lame or too easy for you?
My approach with any video I make, sponsored or not, is the same: with high energy and always with a smile. For games that I don't usually find fun or enjoyable, I would decline the offer. I only upload videos that I think my viewers would enjoy.
Do you have intense rages when you play games? You seem pretty cheery even when you're in a battle. Does filming yourself have an effect on how you react?
It's almost 75 percent rage whenever I play. I'm very competitive. I want to finish every stage with the highest accomplishments or wins even if my kill-to-death ratio is low. This rage however plays a huge part for my channel, as it's something that people actually enjoy watching. I guess it ends up being a win-win situation for me.
Do you think gaming has affected your tolerance for violence and gore? Many people do blame video games for violence in real life.
I've never really been too sensitive towards violence and gore. Mostly because my parents raised me to believe that not everything we see on TV is real and therefore should not be copied in our everyday lives. I feel like the people who blame video games for violence in real life are pointing the fingers away from themselves, rather than taking the blame. Talking to your kids about gun control and about anger management makes the biggest difference.
Are you willing to pay a lot of money for a really promising game?
Yes, yes, and yes. And I have! I can't tally up the money I've spent on gaming alone. It's probably best that I don't.
What made you decide to video yourself while playing?
I had this one amazing game on Call of Duty Black Ops 1. I was so proud of it that I wanted to show my friends and talk about what I did. I always aim to improve myself. And recording my past game plays and pinpointing what I did differently this time around that made it work so well. It actually helped me get better and better at the game. That's how my YouTube career started. It was about five years ago. However, it wasn't until three years ago that I saw this as a career choice and started doing it full time.
I love your Happy Wheels series. Your commentary and reactions make the experience all the more fun for me as a viewer. Do you ever feel like giving up on a game because it's just too hard? Do you think there'll be a point where you would?
I don't think I'll ever give up on Happy Wheels. We have a love/hate relationship. We've been through thick and thin, and still Happy Wheels is my love. Not really, haha! But it is a game I thoroughly enjoy. There's something about being able to complete a level that no one usually can that gets me so amped! It's the one game that will make me rage and rage for hours but never give up on.
Do you play with a new set of people often?
I like playing with my friends mostly. I feel like it's important to play with people you have the most fun with. Most of the people I play with live in different cities, states, and even countries. But there's always one thing that connects us all: our love for video games.
A lot of parents want their children to not spend so much time in front of the computer. The whole "Outdoors are good for you; you'll ruin your eyes if you don't stop; aren't you too old to be playing." Did your parents misunderstand what you do? Did they mind that you were "playing all day," to put it a bit crassly?
My parents are very understanding and loving people. They've never really questioned why I've decided to make gaming a career. They see how happy it makes me and they don't mind being a part of it every once in a while too.
How do you feel knowing that gamers from all over the world watch your videos? That people actually watch YOU play?
I feel like with most people that I come across because of this, there's a connection that's made. It's an amazing feeling whenever I get a message from people saying they've enjoyed my videos and that it has put a smile on their faces. It's something I will never take granted.