HI I’M azzy 🙂

“The gaming world is my alternate universe. I turn on the computer, put on my headphones and shut off the real world.”

The gaming world is my alternate universe. I turn on the computer, put on my headphones and shut off the real world.

Growing up in a small, crowded, apartment, in Toronto’s west end, I used gaming as an escape. As a young girl, I grew up watching my uncle and my father play video games on NES. I was enchanted by the first video games I played: Metroid, The Original Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Castlevania and Contra. A tomboy early on, I was further exposed to the gaming world as a result of hanging out with the boys. I was instantly hooked! My family didn’t have much, but we were rich in love. As a child, I was very understanding and accepting of our situation. I never asked for much until my seventh birthday. All I wanted was the Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time game. Amused by my excitement and wanting to make my wish come true, my parents made my dream a reality. I finally personally owned my first game! I still remember opening the Ocarina of Time box, that beautiful gold cartridge. At the time, the graphics were so realistic to me that I became fully immersed in the game. The Legend of Zelda is very special for me. It changed my life! I spent every second thinking about it. At night, in my dreams, I continued to play the game and subconsciously discovered new tricks and solutions, which I applied as soon as I woke up. I often had nightmares at that young age, as a result of all the monsters and terrifying creatures.

I lived the Legend of Zelda. I WAS Link. At the age of 15, I remember saving all my money to buy The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker, it was the first thing I ever bought for myself. Later on, I even saved my money and bought new consoles just to play new Zelda releases. My mother often discouraged me from playing and tried to make me refocus and return to the real world and play with dolls like the other girls. I couldn’t leave my gaming world, no matter what! My love of gaming continues to grow and I still find myself having an overactive imagination. I continue to get lost in the story and characters of the games that I play. I recently began expressing myself through art. It wasn’t long before I discovered that I could merge my love of creativity, art and gaming into one thing: cosplay. I have already created a few cosplays and I am continuously learning more each time. I have elaborate ideas of how I wish the final product to look, which encourage me to continue researching and learning in order to improve with experience. I clearly welcome challenges and as a perfectionist, I enjoy playing games thoroughly and exploring every single part; I complete all the side quests rather than finding the quickest way to the next level. When I turn on the game, I enter an alternate universe. I become fully immersed within that world.

Now it’s your turn! Welcome to Azzy Land!