Real Name: Jarrad
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Hello! I’m Jarrad. I’m 32 years old and currently live in Reno, NV where I work in retail sales for Verizon. I’ve been with the company for 13 years and it’s been a long ride. I was born and raised in Blauvelt, NY, a town in the small county of Rockland, where a drive to NYC was under 30 minutes long. When I graduated from high school, I applied for a part time job with Verizon and a few months later, they told us we were being relocated to NC. The deal wasn’t bad for a 19 year old, so I took it and as a result, all of my 20s have been spent down south. I decided to move out west in July 2016 and here I am far away from where I started.
When I was about 6, my mom’s boss at the time hooked my brother and I up with our very own NES, complete with Super Mario Bros. 3. It was love at first sight. I have been an avid gamer for the last 25 years and while I love the newer stuff being released, I can’t help but go back to the classics. Most of my best gaming memories came from the 90s, so I had countless classics to play on NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, Dreamcast, and PlayStation.
You could say I was a bit into games in my youth. I recall being invited to a friend’s birthday party in 2nd grade and spending the entire time playing Super Bomb Jack on NES. Those bastards didn’t even save me any pizza or cake! I had a neighbor who lived across the street who ended up being my best friend through childhood and became a fellow game nut. He was usually a bit quicker to get new systems and games so my brother and I spent a lot of time at his house when the latest and greatest were released. We both had NES, SNES, and Genesis, but he got the Sega CD, 32X, and PlayStation so to play those, I had to trek across the road and up 6 whole stairs! It was rough, man.
This friend, his name is Evan, and he is part of a fun podcast where he and a few friends talk about gaming and other nerdy stuff. You can check it out here. Tell him I sent you.
I had so many favorite games growing up. Way too numerous to name them all, but you can get an idea of some of my favorites by reading my reviews on this site. Most of the reviews I’ve done have been games I grew up loving and I plan to keep mixing them in with the newer stuff until I run out, which will definitely take a while.
When I’m not working or gaming, I am a player in the Carolina Men’s Baseball League. I fell in love with baseball after my mom forced me to play a spring sport when I was 12 (Thanks, Mom!). I’m a huge Atlanta Braves fan and now that I live closer, I try to make it to see a few games a year over a long weekend. I also play men’s and coed softball here in town which is also fun, but it’s not baseball.
In 2006, I discovered a free bar poker league called World Tavern Poker. Basically, local bars/restaurants would have a few free No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments one night a week, You register on their website and depending on how you finished, Playing in that league and watching the WSOP on ESPN quickly built my love for poker. In the following years, I started playing for money and met a lot of really cool people along the way who have taught me a lot more about the game. Each year, I travel to Cherokee, NC and Las Vegas to take part in poker tournaments for the WSOP. I even cashed in an event in 2011! You can see me in the record books here.
I discovered Nerd Bacon while browsing Craigslist ads looking for photography gigs (I do a little bit of that on the side, as well) and thought it would be really cool to get involved in a new site dedicated to game reviews. Joining the NB team has been a great experience for me. It feels good to have a creative outlet and having actual published reviews on a for real website feels pretty badass. I have enjoyed writing my reviews and watching the site grow. While NB itself is still pretty new, I’m glad I can be a part of it and where it goes in the future.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to drop me a line anytime. I’m all for conversation about any topic covered in this bio or pretty much anything else!
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