Who is Real ShaySmooth?

I usually smile when there is food involved. What can I say?

Well, to begin, my name is Shalin, but at heart I’m “Shay Smooth” – an old Xbox profile from my childhood. It just kinda stuck with me through the years. It’s “Real” because it is really me. As an adult, the name reminds me of when I was just a kid wanting to play, have fun, and enjoy life. It reminds me of who I am now, and yes, I am still a kid at heart. I just have a beard now and am a little fluffy around the edges.

I am a post-Broadcast Journalism student from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University located in Tallahassee, Florida. I am bilingual – I am fluent in both English & Spanish. I really enjoy video games. Like – a lot. I know, I know, this is probably your expression πŸ™„ but hear me out: I also love writing. Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a young kid. I’ve always enjoyed creating new worlds with people and incorporating a piece of me into each one.

It has been some time since I’ve focused on my writing, so please forgive me beforehand if my work is sometimes confusing to understand. The biggest problem I experience is providing way too much detail and then it just gets confusing and my point gets lost in the process 😞

My purpose in redefining this blog is to continue to strengthen my writing skills and to provide readers with personal insight on video games, industry news, and really anything else that I find important – with a heavy focus on the gaming industry as a whole. I will try to avoid subjective politics as much as possible 🀒

I hope that whoever reads my articles can appreciate the words and opinions expressed and add to them with their own. Thank you all for visiting and I hope you find something that you like!

Be sure to check out my social links below and follow πŸ‘

Most Recent Posts

#5 Just a Thought: Toxicity in the Gamer Community

When I play a game, my intention is not to become stressed out; we all get enough stress during the day from work, family, friends, obligations, etc. Game time is time meant to be enjoyed. To hell with toxic attitudes. There is enough hate already in the real world to last us for generations. Let’s stop it from spreading further into our gaming community.

The Illusions of Childhood

From the day we are born, we are all destined to the same fate. No matter our creed, color, or religion, we will all return to the earth one way or another.

#4 Just a Thought: Facing Mini-bosses (In Real Life)

What are the most common struggles that we may all face? Is it getting to work on time? Getting along with co-workers? How about getting along with family members? Do we interact well in a social setting? Is it easy for us to make friends? Or is it hard for us to speak up sometimes? How about overcoming a fear? Learning to drive? Learning to swim? Learning to be a leader? What about showing our significant other enough love? Are we caring for our pets adequately? Are we involved in our kids’ extracurricular activities? Can we express our emotions without causing harm? Are we able to turn the other cheek when we are offended? I can go on and on and on with potential struggles to which we may relate.

The Most Frustrating Game I’ve Ever Played

The game was simply frustrating me beyond the point of it being enjoyable. It was not meant for me. I think that is something as gamers we need to accept – there will be some games that we just cannot get good at unless we dedicate more time than we want.

#3 Just a Thought: Watching Gameplay Playthroughs vs Playing Games

I recently finished playing Resident Evil 2:Remake (specifically Leon 1st run, Claire 2nd run, and some of the Ghost Survivors), and it was such a fun game to play. There were several instances when I needed help along the way, and I thought what better way to not waste precious ammo than watch someone play the upcoming part.

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