ASTRO’s Stream Team consists of hand-picked live-streamers of varying interests and styles. On top of hosting on the ASTRO channel, they run their own streams and provide monthly give-aways of ASTRO products.
Gabby, aka “Katixxia”, is a Maryland-based cross-platform gamer specializing with PC and Nintendo 3DS. Currently working on earning her degree at the University of South Carolina, she has her sights set on a producing or marketing focus in the gaming industry. While her love for games spans a multitude of titles she primarily prefers to stream SMITE and Hearthstone.
ASTRO: How did you first get into gaming?
Katixxia: I’ve been playing games since before I was 7. It started with kids games on PC and for my 7th birthday I got a limited edition Pokemon Yellow Game Boy Color.
And how did that passion evolve into streaming/what you do now?
Katixxia: I started streaming to further promote SMITE. I have a lot of friends at Hi-Rez Studios and wanted to support them. I also love entertaining and making people happy.
ASTRO: What game(s) are you currently playing?
Katixxia: SMITE, Hearthstone, Bravely Default, Plants vs Zombies 1 & 2 on iPhone.
ASTRO: Which game(s) or game series has been with you the longest? What can you not get enough of?
Katixxia: I’m mega excited because the Humongous Entertainment Complete pack is now on steam so I can play Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam, Freddi Fish, and Spy Fox series’ of my childhood again. Pokemon is basically what I started with though, it’s what got me into a larger variety of games.
ASTRO: What is your favorite game-related memory and why?
Katixxia: Getting my limited edition Pokemon Yellow Game Boy Color. It’s what I usually use as my “when I started gaming” because its such a prominent memory for me.
ASTRO: What do you hope to see in the future of gaming?
Katixxia: More positivity!! There has been too much negativity in gaming lately and I want to see that change. Be more understanding of devs and players alike. Just be understanding of PEOPLE in general.
ASTRO: If you could tell your younger-self one thing, what would you say?
Katixxia: Don’t get angry. Have fun. Enjoy your game playing experience. Don’t let other players get in the way of that.
ASTRO: What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?
Katixxia: Do what I do? Be awesome. Work hard. Don’t step on the people who have helped you move up. Don’t forget them. Respect them.
ASTRO: What, in your opinion, makes your stream unique and awesome?
Katixxia: I don’t know. I feel really self centered answering stuff like this. I always tell people that people don’t watch for me, they watch for Charmander. I have a life sized charmander plush that sits behind me. I’m never negative about someone being “bad” at a game or anything like that. I only get sassy and grouchy when I’m in a bad mood and people are being dumb.
ASTRO: What has been your favorite game to stream thus far?
Katixxia: Oh I don’t know. Animal Crossing was mega fun. Hearthstone is relaxing for me. I’m really pumped to stream all of the Humongous Entertainment Complete Pack right now.
ASTRO: Which ASTROs are your favorite to use?
Katixxia: A40s for streaming because I don’t have to worry about forgetting to charge them.
ASTRO: What do you do when you’re not streaming? (Other jobs/School/gaming goals etc)
Katixxia: School, finishing a degree, and furthering my career in the game industry.
ASTRO: Where would you like to ideally end up in the industry?/What’s your game industry dream job?
Katixxia: Executive Producer, maybe also Creative Director. I used to tell people I basically wanted to do what Todd Howard does.
ASTRO: What about your hobbies—those fabled things you do for fun when you’re not gaming?
Katixxia: I sing. Sing and game.
ASTRO: Do you ever sing while you stream?
Katixxia: When I SMITE I often do. Not usually during other games, except maybe WoW but its been a while for that. If I play music other than the in game music I usually sing.
ASTRO: Favorite vacation spot?
Katixxia: The beach! I also love the idea of traveling to other countries (and even other states) but I am a poor college student.
ASTRO: The music that is, to put it succinctly, “your jam”?
Katixxia: I’m really into The Black Keys right now, but I also love musical theatre and Disney music and I’m really open to most music.
ASTRO: And speaking of jam—what’s your favorite food?
Katixxia: MAC N CHEESE!! I AM A MAC N CHEESE CONNESSEUR! No specific recipe, but I do make some awesome mac n cheese. It changes every time though. I also make some mean homemade chicken nuggets.
You can catch Katixxia by subscribing to the ASTRO Gaming Twitch channel: http://www.twitch.tv/team/astro.