Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Stephanie is a mother and former QA tester for Activision, Treyarch and Sony Online Entertainment. After meeting her husband in the online game Final Fantasy XI, she moved to California where he worked as a video game producer. She worked for several years in the demanding field of game testing, working on such titles as Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and the Call of Duty series. After becoming pregnant and dealing with some terrible morning sickness, she decided to take a hiatus from her career in game development. After her husband was laid off from his job at High Moon Studios they decided to move back to her home state of North Carolina to raise their son. Stephanie can be found on many MMOs as Lita Firestorm and is also a member of the online gaming community Gaming Mommies.
What is the first video game you ever played?
The first game I ever played…was Plaque Attack on the Atari 2600, lol. Yes, I still have my Atari, yes, it still works! Though sadly Plaque Attack is not with it…Sad.
What is your favorite game of all time?
Easiest question ever. Final Fantasy 4. I love this game. It’s one of the games I replay every year, all the time. I had (Have? <.< ) such a crush on Cecil Harvey that’s not even funny. Anyways, it wasn’t my first FF, but it’s definitely my favorite. Story is wonderful, characters are great, music, love, defeat, redemption, sacrifice! It has everything!
Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?
I read! I love reading. I’ll read about anything once. I love music. I’ll listen to anything once! Watch anime. Favorite anime of all time is Sailor Moon! Been a fan for near to 20 years! (OG, not crystal, yuck…). Favorite current anime is Fairy Tail. I enjoy Yoga. I love to do crafty things (I love drawing and cross stitching), I also RP in google docs, hangouts, e-mail, wherever I can get my hands on some, lol.
How do you balance gaming and family life?
Well, before, it was more interesting since I worked in the industry as a parent…so I got to do it all day whether I wanted to or not, lol… But now! I game after my son goes to bed at 8pm until about 12. Before he started sleeping on his own, we were all co-sleeping and nursing (which we still do), and I didn’t get a lot of time, so you just get it where/when you can, but thankfully he sleeps through the night and I can do a lot more! Yay!!!