h2o mystakin: What initially got you into video games?
PMS Tex: I've been gaming since I was a little girl. My dad got me started on the Atari when I would pick up the joystick after he'd walk away from the game. Ever since then, I've had mostly all of the gaming systems that have come out up until I was old enough to buy them myself.
I will admit that I have love for the PC over consoles. I remember being about 6 or so and my dad and I were writing code for a text-based dos game. One of those "You walk into a cave. It's dark and there's a path to you left.." and you had to type Walk left, etc etc.
h2o mystakin: Any consoles that hold a special place in your heart, still?
PMS Tex: Ooo. I'd have to say the GameCube because of Super Smash Bros. and Playstation 2 and Xbox because that's where I came to love FPS on consoles with SOCOM and Halo. I still have my Green Halo Edition XBox. I love that thing.
h2o mystakin: As a companion question, any PC games you think everyone must try?
PMS Tex: I'd probably say for old school games, Wing Commander. It was a solid game and I haven't seen one like it in a while, although there's one coming out based off of it by the same creator called Star Citizen, which I can't wait to try.
For newer games, definitely Guild Wars 1 and 2. I played the GW1 competitively and was ranked in the top guilds in the world for a few years. Guild Wars 2 isn't just a cheap play off of World of Warcraft, it's more than just the grind and the PvP arena is amazing. You control how you build your class and it's more a team effort that makes you a force to be reckoned with.
h2o mystakin: Rad. Now that we know a bit about your gaming habits, what convinced you to join PMS clan?
PMS Tex: I joined the site back in 2008 when I was volunteering on different media sites like Gameinatrix and was writing for a Philippine's publication called GAME! Magazine -- my aunt tipped me off to the job over there. I was a GamerChiX member so a lot of people there were also PMS members. I decided once I was done with schooling and had more time, I would apply to a division.
I started the process for the PC Counter-Strike division but was never able to complete it because I had some personal issues come up that pulled me away from getting into something that dedicated at the time. So I was just kind of "around" for awhile until February of this year when I finally had time to dedicate to a division and gaming again.
I suffered a major loss in my life when my mother passed away in September of 2010, just days before my first daughter was born. I fell in a hole and cut myself off from everyone and everything but my role as a mother. It wasn't until my husband and I picked up Modern Warfare 3 that we started playing again online. Then the new Black Ops rolled out and we joined a clan with some of our friends. It was okay but it just wasn't the kind of clan I was used to.
I have always been a team-based, competitive player and I wanted to have that atmosphere again, so I applied to the PS3 division. I knew it would be a great place because I knew a few PMS members and hearing how they talked about it's structure, it's competitive nature and the community as a whole was all I needed to reignite my desire to be here.
h2o mystakin: I believe you're also the new Co-Director for Pandora's Hope. Could you talk about how you wound up there and what being co-director entails?
PMS Tex: Sure. I've been big into charity and fundraising for awhile now, and brought up an idea to do a fundraising event for the Susan B. Kommen organization to my Platform General and others. Then, I was made aware of who Dangerdoll was so I reached out to her on how I could get more involved. I found the application on the boards and asked if she was looking for team members and from there, I was working with her while she was taking leave on Extra-Life and other ventures.
So in March I started my work for the team as the new Co-Director. My responsibilities are to oversee our department, communicate with Clan Leadership regarding our charity work, contact organizations on how we can get involved with their cause while building and maintaining those relationships, be a liason for our projects for all questions or assistance, and reaching out to Clan Leaders/Generals about new projects so it can filter down into divisions. When I went in, the first thing we needed was to revive the Charity Team. So I got right to work. I updated our Twitter and got a Facebook set up for us to interact with the community more, revamped our logo, and set out to find a team of members that would be able to work with Dangerdoll and I on all of the ventures we embark on.
h2o mystakin: So we can expect a lot out of Pandora's Hope in the future?
PMS Tex: Absolutely. We've got big things in the works for Extra-Life this year as well as a new venture that will involve us being able to physically share our community's passion of gaming for a great cause. But, I can't say much more about it just yet.
h2o mystakin: Have to keep some plans a secret or else they'll never be a surprise! Is there any story behind your decision to use "PMS Tex" as your Internet handle?
PMS Tex: There is. Tex is short for Texadecimal. I've had that name for many years and I came up with it one day while playing Counter-Strike:Condition Zero. I was playing with a few friends and we decided to go by the names of 'Red vs. Blue' Characters for the day. I grew attached to the 'Tex' name but I caught a lot of flack online from the CS people for having a Halo name. Around then I was all about that cartoon show, 'Reboot' and they had a villian named Hexadecimal. She had a crazy outfit but, for some reason, I liked it so I just combined the 'Tex' and the '-adecimal' part together and came up with my name. But I shortened it to 'Tex' again when people started calling me "Texasdecimal" "Texadermal" and "Texa". I get asked if I'm from Texas all the time, but when I say "No, I'm from Massachusetts" I get that "Ohhh... " all the time.
h2o mystakin: Do you have any shoutouts you'd like to give?
PMS Tex: I want to first give a shout out to PMS Pixie because without her being there for me while recruiting for the division, I would have been lost without her. Secondly, to PMS BeautiifulStylez because she is the reason I can say I do the jobs as well as I do. She is by far the best trainer and I appreciate her so much. To Dangerdoll PMS for giving me a chance to put my passion to good use somewhere that makes a difference. To my husband, H2O Vengence for always supporting me and putting up with how many hours I log doing everything I do and for just being himself. and Lastly, to the entire PMS PS3 Division. Thank you for being so helpful and for all the great memories we are making together. You ladies are family.
h2o mystakin: Could you give us 5 cool random facts people may not know about you?
1. My cat's name is Tony Stark. He was a stray we took in and he is just a beast who doesn't care. I wanted to name him Honey Badger, but it didn't seem like a manly name.
2. I frequently blast game soundtracks in my car with the windows down and have even been known to dance at the stoplight.
3. I was a Ballet dancer for 13 years.
4. I recently lost on Dance Central 3 to my 2 year old daughter.
5. I've been working with a close friend on partnering together to opening a restaurant in Rhode Island.
Written by Erich "H2O mystakin" Sherman. Erich is the PMS|H2O Editorial Director. Keep track of him and his shenanigans on Twitter!