Who is Shay Smooth?

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. 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 was and continue to be, 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 – fluent in both the English & Spanish languages. 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

A Brief History of Video Games

Games are progressing at a rate faster than ever before. The online gaming community has grown over to 100s of millions of players. As technology progresses, studios will continually work to improve games to be as realistic as possible. Some of us may say, β€œWell what’s the point? If I want realism, I can go outside.” While this may be true, there are a lot of things I can’t do outside in real life because it would kill me. On the other hand, if I am wearing a VR headset, and everything is photorealistic, and I feel immersed with my touch-enabled gloves, and I look decked out like a gamer from Ready Player One, I can do things I would never be able to do in the real world – all from the safety of my home. Why? Because life doesn’t have a restart button, but games do. There, I can make a critical mistake and know I can try again.

My Favorite Video Game Companions

As games have advanced, so have the number and quality of NPCs that inhabit most of them. There are some that still mindlessly wander into buildings. Some randomly attack you. Some barter with you and trade goods. And some, well some travel with you and accompany you on your many quests. This is most notable in MMOs and RPGs, but some FPS games include NPC companions that accompany the player as well.

#6 Just A Thought: Games Help Cope with Stress

Games can be therapeutic, especially when you choose the right game to enjoy. This article will go throw some safe practices when choosing a game to help you cope with stress or negative influences around you.

Upcoming Releases: March 2020

The upcoming releases for March 2020 are looking great. Let’s check out these different titles and get into the release dates. I can already tell you, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has already won my heart. Enjoy this list!

Space Exploration Games

I want you to prepare to see things in the cosmos you’ve only dreamt possible. Imagine, if you will, the chance to discover endless worlds filled with endless life forms. Imagine reaching light speed to pass by the heavenly stars. Imagine the β€” oh s*** I just got shot down…

#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 First Game To Leave an Impression on Me

I have been playing games for a long time. When I was a kid, my parents bought me the Sega Genesis (Model 2) that was released in 1994. That was the first console that really impacted me as a child.

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.

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