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DEBUNKING THE GAMER STIGMA

We are setting out to debunk the gaming myth that gamers sit around playing all day, probably in a basement somewhere, perhaps in a basement belonging to their parents. Not that there’s anything really wrong with that. It’s just that gamers are multi-talented, multi-faceted humans and we want to spread the TRUTH. Meet these multi-talented, multi-faceted goodr employees who are also badass gamers:

Ladybearcat
Frankie
AJ
Hanssie
Katie
Stephany
Crafty
Han
Duncan
April

goodr staff gamer
Who are you?

Theresa "T" Garcia and my gamertag is LadyBearcat. I used to be heavily in the pinup scene and I had to pick a pinup name-- so I went with Bearcat because it is a 1920s term that means female with an attitude problem, but I’m a lady about it DAMN IT! I still go by Lady Bearcat but a lot of people just call me T.

What is your title and role at goodr?

Game Shark aka Head of Game Community Management

How long have you been gaming and what does gaming mean to you? (Yes, we can be sentimental too. Style points if we get a little misty-eyed with your answer here...)

I’ve been gaming since I was a kid, so over 30 years now, my dad still had his old Atari and my brother and I got to give it a try and instantly enjoyed it. Then when Nintendo created the NES my brother and I got it for Christmas, second generation with the dual Mario and duck hunt game in one cartridge because we couldn't afford the first generation when it came out. From there my brother and I would pool our money together to buy new video games and new gaming systems.

Mind you this was at a time where digital download didn't exist. We would go into Toys “R” Us and have to go to the video game section, take a piece of paper with a picture of the game we wanted and a barcode up to the cashier and after we paid for it take our receipt to the gaming “cage” and pick up our game. Now as an adult I have to buy them by myself and pay the full price, but at least I can just download them straight to the console these days.

Gaming has always been a way for me to escape and just do something fun. I feel like I’m always worried about something in my life and gaming allows me to forget everything and just exist for a few hours. It’s been a great way for me to connect with coworkers, friends in different areas, and even get people together for a couch co-op.

How do you spend your time outside (no, mobile gaming doesn't count)?

I actually have a few games I like to play on my mobile but for me I tend to go on walks and find trails to explore. I really enjoy putting on an Audible book and getting lost in a story while I walk a few miles. I am also a big concert goer (though outdoor music festivals are not my favorite, but I have to wait outside the venue before the show, so that totally counts, right?)

We’re told health and fitness are important in the pro gaming space. What is your overall health, exercise, and nutrition routine? If you don’t have a routine, per se, what’s the one thing you do to be in top form for competing?

I am probably the worst person to ask this question to. For nutrition, I really eat whatever I want. I love candy and you would probably find more candy in my fridge than “real” food. As far as exercise goes I try to go on a three to seven mile walk daily or at least four times a week, though in full transparency I only started doing that so I could feed the squirrels at the park, because one day I hope to convince them to join my squirrel army.

I also have a Ring Fit and a few other movement type video games that I use for fitness as well. Beat Saber is a great work out.

What are some of your favorite games?

This is a tough question because there are so many games I love and I finally joined the Playstation community by purchasing my first Playstation ever (unless you count the PSP). I still have my Dreamcast and love to throw on Crazy Taxi or Sonic.

I do love Diablo III, it is one of my favorite games. I love being able to mindlessly kill monsters without really any strategy or plan. I have it for my Switch and now play it on my PS5. I also enjoy Mortal Kombat (11 is amazing), Smash Brothers for Switch and Gamecube, Mario Kart, ToeJam and Earl is a classic favorite, Breath of the Wild, Rocket League and I could probably go on. I still have some new ones I just purchased that I haven't had time to play because I started playing Diablo III again (I can't even begin to think of how many times I’ve finished this game and played it from the start again).

What is your favorite song right now that gets you pumped every time either to work out or play games, and why?

Another tough question, as I mentioned I go to a lot of concerts and love music. I have several song lyrics tattooed on me but it’s hard to put my finger on a song that pumps me up. I usually can pick a song that describes my mood perfectly. Usually when it comes to music I stay in the Punk, Ska, Pop Punk type but will throw on some good 80s from time to time. “We’re Not Going To Take It” by Twisted Sister is always a good motivation song.

Anything else?

Food hacks are my life. Pick up a box of Entenmann’s chocolate frosted donuts and put them in the freezer before eating them. It is life changing, if you need any more suggestions, I’m here to help.

Who are you?

Francisco Quirarte

What is your title and role at goodr?

My title is Parrot Protagonist, my role is Customer Service Parakeet

How long have you been gaming and what does gaming mean to you? (Yes, we can be sentimental too. Style points if we get a little misty-eyed with your answer here...)

Been gaming for as long as I can remember, its been a great way to escape the shit of the real world and to immerse myself into tons of other worlds.

How do you spend your time outside (no, mobile gaming doesn't count)?

I spend my times hanging with friends and family, whether its just hanging out in a park, going to see a movie or going to eat.

We’re told health and fitness are important in the pro gaming space. What is your overall health, exercise, and nutrition routine? If you don’t have a routine, per se, what’s the one thing you do to be in top form for competing?

The one thing I do to keep in "top form" would be to get up and stretch every now and again. Not good to sit in your chair for hours on end without any other movement.

What are some of your favorite games?

I tend to like RPG and Shooters for the most part. Love a game with a good story and good characters.

What is your favorite song right now that gets you pumped every time either to work out or play games, and why?

My fave song that gets me going is KDA Villain.

Anything else?

I am a member of the GAME goodr flamboyance!

goodr staff gamer
Who are you?

AJ Jimenez

What is your title and role at goodr?

Graphic Designer

How long have you been gaming and what does gaming mean to you? (Yes, we can be sentimental too. Style points if we get a little misty-eyed with your answer here...)

I've been gaming since when I lived in the Philippines. My older brother and I would game on the Famicom Disk System. Once we got to the US, we got a NES and SNES then took a long break from the original Xbox to now. Gaming will always be a fond memory since it created valuable moments with my brother and younger sister. My brother and I would compete often in sports games and we got our younger sister into RPGs and party games.

How do you spend your time outside (no, mobile gaming doesn't count)?

Running, hiking, biking, and playing sports (basketball and volleyball).

We’re told health and fitness are important in the pro gaming space. What is your overall health, exercise, and nutrition routine? If you don’t have a routine, per se, what’s the one thing you do to be in top form for competing?

Every morning, I try to run at least 2-3 miles to get my body’s energy going. Also, 3-4 nights, my wife and I do cardio training (Nike/Insanity). On weekends, I try to go for long runs-- usually 7-10 miles. For mental health, I play relaxing games with thought-provoking podcasts like NPR+Tetris, BBC News+Racing Games, etc.

What are some of your favorite games?

Halo (1-5, ODST, Reach-- all of them), Mass Effect (1-3, not Andromeda), casual shooters (COD, Battlefront, Rainbow Six, Apex, etc.) RPGs (both Red Dead Redemptions, Dragon Age, KOTOR).

What is your favorite song right now that gets you pumped every time either to work out or play games, and why?

Eminem feat. Nate Dogg "Til I Collapse" because it was in an amazing COD Modern Warfare Trailer and EVERY GAME INTRO for years.

Anything else?

Gaming is incredibly misunderstood, especially for those who don't game. It's always frustrating to hear the stigmas associated with gamers-- such as lazy, not athletic, anti-social, doesn't go outside, etc.

goodr employee gamer
Who are you?

Hanssie

What is your title and role at goodr?

Mother of Dragons

How long have you been gaming and what does gaming mean to you? (Yes, we can be sentimental too. Style points if we get a little misty-eyed with your answer here...)

Off and on (mostly off) for 30+ years. Gaming to me, means escaping the real world and having fun and competition with your family and friends. It's a different way to connect without actually having to talk to them (too much).

How do you spend your time outside (no, mobile gaming doesn't count)?

Running and shopping at outdoor malls.

We’re told health and fitness are important in the pro gaming space. What is your overall health, exercise, and nutrition routine? If you don’t have a routine, per se, what’s the one thing you do to be in top form for competing?

EXERCISE: I workout every day-- running, strength training, or yoga.
HEALTH: I believe and practice holistic, functional, and integrative medicine - looking for the root cause and not just treating symptoms. I take the natural route whenever I can and integrate alternative modalities such as herbs, homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, essential oils, etc.
NUTRITION: My diet is currently supervised by a naturopathic doctor who is helping me understand how to use foods and supplements to heal my body of some weird issues.

What are some of your favorite games?

Animal Crossing, Super Mario Bros, Dr. Mario, Duck Hunt, Sims.

What is your favorite song right now that gets you pumped every time either to work out or play games, and why?

“Raising Hell” by Ke$ha feat. Big Freedia (Not sure why it pumps me up but I like to play it in the last half mile of my run. It pumps me up to finish strong.

Anything else?

No, but I can't wait to see what you do with all these responses!

goodr employee gamer
Who are you?

Katie Perez

What is your title and role at goodr?

Creative Services Reign Maker

How long have you been gaming and what does gaming mean to you? (Yes, we can be sentimental too. Style points if we get a little misty-eyed with your answer here...)

Off and on since elementary school. Most recently about 6 months.

How do you spend your time outside (no, mobile gaming doesn't count)?

Running, walking, hiking, road tripping, dog training.

We’re told health and fitness are important in the pro gaming space. What is your overall health, exercise, and nutrition routine? If you don’t have a routine, per se, what’s the one thing you do to be in top form for competing?

Animal Crossing, Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Mario Bros.

What are some of your favorite games?

Oh dang... um... I have no idea, sorry!

What is your favorite song right now that gets you pumped every time either to work out or play games, and why?

I hate music. Just kidding. Katie didn’t answer this question, so her fellow goodr employee is going to randomly pick a song for her… “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant.

Anything else?

Happy gaming!

goodr employee gamer
Who are you?

Stephany

What is your title and role at goodr?

Beast Community Manager

How long have you been gaming and what does gaming mean to you? (Yes, we can be sentimental too. Style points if we get a little misty-eyed with your answer here...)

My first memories of gaming was when I was a little kid watching my cousin who was 6 years older than me beat the Sega Aladdin Game Lava Level! My cousin, my sister and I cheered when he finally did it! His win was all of our wins! BUT it was all downhill from there... My older sister and cousin said I could play as long as I stayed alive in the game. The controllers stayed in my hand long enough for me to maybe move 5 feet and then it was GAME OVER for me! Needless to say, joystick controllers and me are not friends. I will either end up looking up at the sky, get stuck in a corner or just make my character dance. I started to get back into gaming when the Wii came out and we played Super Mario Bros and I loved it! Right now my guilty pleasure and escape from reality is the Switch playing Animal Crossing, Overcooked, Super Mario Bros, and Mario Kart. Also, I am proud to say that I am a Button Masher!

How do you spend your time outside (no, mobile gaming doesn't count)?

CrossFit, Weight Lifting, Running, and Hiking.

We’re told health and fitness are important in the pro gaming space. What is your overall health, exercise, and nutrition routine? If you don’t have a routine, per se, what’s the one thing you do to be in top form for competing?

I make sure I get at least 8 hours of sleep, I hit my macros, and I workout at least 5 times a week! Oh and coffee!

What are some of your favorite games?

Now: Animal Crossing, Overcooked, Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart, Beat Saber. Back Then: DDR, Aladdin, SIMS, Oregon Trail , Backyard Soccer hahaha good times.

What is your favorite song right now that gets you pumped every time either to work out or play games, and why?

HUMBLE. By Kendrick Lamar.

Anything else?

Can I sell peaches on your island?

goodr employee gamer
Who are you?

Crafty

What is your title and role at goodr?

Pandemonium Pilot

How long have you been gaming and what does gaming mean to you? (Yes, we can be sentimental too. Style points if we get a little misty-eyed with your answer here...)

I have been gaming since 1996 when my parents bought my sister and I our first system, Super Nintendo. It was actually a family pastime. My parents would please some of the old school arcade games using the Super GameBoy cartridge and my sister and I would play Super Mario World when it was our turn. I still have that original Super NES console, in usable condition, and the notebook with my parent's scores.

How do you spend your time outside (no, mobile gaming doesn't count)?

My favorite thing to do outside is hike with my two dogs, Arya and Eleanor. They have to sniff everything which gives me a reason to stop and catch my breath up big hills.

We’re told health and fitness are important in the pro gaming space. What is your overall health, exercise, and nutrition routine? If you don’t have a routine, per se, what’s the one thing you do to be in top form for competing?

I just bought a Peloton and I am pretty obsessed with beating whoever I am riding with at the moment in total output. I also enjoy running enough that I do 5k's for fun.

What are some of your favorite games?

My all time favorite game is Super Mario World on Super NESp; which conveniently I can play on my Nintendo Switch now. I also love Animal Crossing, Castle Crashers, and I am trying to understand Pokémon Go.

What is your favorite song right now that gets you pumped every time either to work out or play games, and why?

“WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion

GAME goodr staff
Who are you?

HAN!

What is your title and role at goodr?

RUN Community Manager // Brand on the Run

How long have you been gaming and what does gaming mean to you? (Yes, we can be sentimental too. Style points if we get a little misty-eyed with your answer here...)

I got a pink Gameboy Color at the end of kindergarten, and I'm honestly not sure what I played but I remember feeling like the coolest kid on the planet with my light attachment. From there I'd upgrade to a Gameboy Advanced and became obsessed with Barbie Horse Adventures even though to this day I've never been able to get past the first level— please @ me if you've ever played this game because I'm convinced it was a fever dream.

I then evolved to games where you have to take care of things, like Nintendogs and Sims 4, which ultimately ended up to me picking up Animal Crossing in 2020.

How do you spend your time outside (no, mobile gaming doesn't count)?

I run as much as I possibly can without my body giving up on me.

We’re told health and fitness are important in the pro gaming space. What is your overall health, exercise, and nutrition routine? If you don’t have a routine, per se, what’s the one thing you do to be in top form for competing?

See above! Currently testing out several marathon training plans!

What are some of your favorite games?

Animal Crossing, Overcooked, Mario Kart, Sims 4-- although I've been taking a break from playing most games recently!

What is your favorite song right now that gets you pumped every time either to work out or play games, and why?

“Levitating” by Dua Lipa is a BOP!!!!

Anything else?

Han left this blank, so fellow goodr employee posting this will fill it in for her… is anyone else wondering how many Tamagotchis she had as a kid??! No, just me?

goodr employee gamer
Who are you?

Duncan Coe

What is your title and role at goodr?

Dream Tinker aka Photo/Video Editor

How long have you been gaming and what does gaming mean to you? (Yes, we can be sentimental too. Style points if we get a little misty-eyed with your answer here...)

Since I can remember... as a kid I would play on those handheld LCD/LED games you get from Wal-Mart that only had one game on them and were real cheap and could break easily. Then upgraded to the OG Game Boy. Of course as I was older it was a means to connect with my three brothers, hovering around a N64 that finally introduced 4-player games... convenient. Then in high school/college I graduated to PC gaming and never looked back. We would host Diablo 2 LAN parties in my friends barn on the weekend. It's family and community!

How do you spend your time outside (no, mobile gaming doesn't count)?

Swimming mostly! Short hikes-- we live pretty close to Griffith Observatory so we like doing that hike on the Observatory Trail.

We’re told health and fitness are important in the pro gaming space. What is your overall health, exercise, and nutrition routine? If you don’t have a routine, per se, what’s the one thing you do to be in top form for competing?

I have weak ankles so running isn't really my bag. I prefer the low-impact of swimming and cycling-- I spend at least an hour on the bike trainer every day. I also eat pretty healthy, recently went from veganism to seaganism. Don't really have a sweet tooth so not much sweets/sugars in my diet. Lots of whole foods and home cooking.

What are some of your favorite games?

Oh brother, is there a limit to the number I can list? My go-tos are anything ARPG (action RPG) so like Diablo 2, Diablo 3, Grim Dawn, Path of Exile. I used to work for Blizzard so have played my fair share of WoW and Hearthstone. In college I played A LOT of EvE. And then classic Nintendo titles: Smash Bros, Mario Kart. My all-time favorites are Final Fantasy Titles. In order of favorite to not as favorite but still love: 9, 12, 8, Tactics-- yes, 7 bores me. Don't @ me. I'm a whiz at Minesweeper.

What is your favorite song right now that gets you pumped every time either to work out or play games, and why?

“Unheavenly Creatures” by Coheed and Cambria
--or--
“Dear Maria, Count Me In” by All Time Low

emo is life.

Anything else?

The photo is me on one of our content shoots with the Dept. of Dreams!

goodr employee gamer
Who are you?

April Beighley

What is your title and role at goodr?

Puppet Master of Special Projects

How long have you been gaming and what does gaming mean to you? (Yes, we can be sentimental too. Style points if we get a little misty-eyed with your answer here...)

I started gaming when I was a child. The games I played growing up have shaped me and stuck with me today, they had the same impact on me as the books I read and the movies I watched on repeat. I have a nostalgic place in my heart for all the games that made me. You can not analyze my childhood and development without reviewing the games that helped shape me.

Today I don't explore the newly released video games as much as I go back to the old ones. It's like watching a classic movie. Playing a classic game takes me back to my childhood.

How do you spend your time outside (no, mobile gaming doesn't count)?

I workout outside every week day rain or shine, wind or heat. I’ll be outside for an hour run or a strength training session.

Other than working out you can find me in the mountains, either hiking, camping, playing in the snow, swimming, or relaxing lakeside.

We’re told health and fitness are important in the pro gaming space. What is your overall health, exercise, and nutrition routine? If you don’t have a routine, per se, what’s the one thing you do to be in top form for competing?

I put workouts as a priority in my life. My main focus in exercise is so that I can stay healthy and happy. I have an outdoor bootcamp trainer I work with M-F sometimes twice a day. Then on the weekend I focus on spending time outside hiking, biking or just getting some fresh air. My nutrition is also important to me. I don't eat junk food or really any snacks, sodas or energy drinks while I’m playing video games either. I know there is a cliché around junk food and gaming but that's just not me. If you do that-- great. Do what makes you happy.

What are some of your favorite games?

My earliest memories of video games was sneaking into my cousin's room and playing his Nintendo NES, mainly Donkey Kong. Shortly after that we got a Nintendo 64 and games like Aladdin and Mario Party are still embedded in my mind. Next I got the Gameboy color as soon as it came out and games like Zelda and 102 Dalmatians still play through in my head when I dream. PS2 and Xbox consoles quickly followed as contributions to my household. Games like Kingdom Hearts, Jak and Daxter, Need For Speed, Grand Theft Auto are staples to my pre teen years. Then I remember when the Wii came and it changed the way we played video games. Now we were jumping and involving our whole bodies. I could play Just Dance till we had no energy left to stand with my friends at sleepovers. I could workout to a Zumba dance on my Xbox Kinect to help get in shape. Things changed so much over the years it was fantastic to get to be a part of that change.

Today my go to games are the new Switch versions of the old games going back to the nostalgia factor. I still play all the Mario games, (Mario 64, Mario Party, Mario Kart), Mortal Kombat etc.

What is your favorite song right now that gets you pumped every time either to work out or play games, and why?

This is not my favorite song. But a song I relate the most to a video game is “Headstrong” by Trapt. It was part of the MX unleashed game when I was growing up. I must have played that game countless times, and always that song was on. So every time I hear that song I'm ready to go play games, take off on a run, or crush it in a beast workout.

Anything else?

Thanks for making anyone who plays games feel like a gamer. I've never associated myself with the gamer group. But I play games, they may not be what you like but they are what I enjoy and make me happy and that means everything.

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