Lead Editor at The Daily Crate (by Loot Crate)
Amanda grew up in a home where gaming was a part of life and LAN parties and Warhammer 40k were the order of the day. With a background in computer science she spent her early career in software development and web and app design, but these days she acts as the Lead Editor for The Daily Crate by Loot Crate. She can also often times be found streaming on Twitch and making the podcasting rounds. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and two children.
What is the first video game you ever played?
My first game was Centipede on my dad’s Atari 2600. I couldn’t have been more than four when he handed me the joystick to see if I could get the hang of it. Didn’t take long for me to get good and hooked.
What is your favorite game of all time?
My all-time favourite game is Baldur’s Gate, for sure. I had so many happy memories running through Faerun, up and down the Sword Coast, and seeing some of my favourite landscapes from Forgotten Realms come to life.
Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?
I write cyberpunk novellas when I find time. I’m a classically-trained woodwind musician, though I don’t play nearly as much as I used to. Fashion is an enormous part of my life, which is why I’m the resident Geek Fashion expert at The Daily Crate. I’m also a heck of a baker — my amaretto chocolate cheesecakes and Italian pannetone always steal the show during the holidays.
Do you play video games with your children?
I play games with my five-year-old, Gabriel, as often as I can. For his fifth birthday, we got him a Nintendo 2DS, so he and I play a lot of Mario Kart together. Prior to that, we’ve spent time playing Little Big Planet 3, Trials, and Lego Dimensions. He loves to sit on my lap while I play Destiny and is under the adorable impression that all families play video games like we do.
How do you balance gaming with a busy family life and career?
Carving out time for gaming is important for me and the family, so we game a little every single day. I’ll sit down with my son in the mornings before daycare and play Mario Kart with him. My husband and I will boot up a multiplayer game with our friends almost every single night, if we can help it. I’m often found with a handheld — my Vita or 3DS — working through my immense backlog of “for funsies” games.