Kelly gets interviewed on the RedEye!

redeyeChicago’s very own RedEye, a daily publication put out by the Chicago Tribune geared toward 18 to 34-year-olds, took the time to ask Kelly a few questions.

Gamer Kelly Kelley, 21, said she supplements modest earnings from winning tournaments and LAN (local area network) events–about $5,000 per year–with a part-time job as a game adviser at video game retailer Game Stop. Kelley, who also co-hosts Pwndcast, a Lemont-based podcast about the gaming experience, wears her fandom with pride.

As the costumed crowds shuffled through the aisles at Wizard World’s Chicago Comic-Con earlier this month, Kelley emerged from behind the video gaming booth where she was working and pointed to a white bandage around her ankle.

“I just got a tattoo of the Assassin’s Creed logo!” she announced, referring to the action game.

Kelley said she would rather be inside meeting people from around the world through online gaming than go out partying with friends.

Gaming also shapes her romantic life.

“There’s no way I could date a non-gamer,” said Kelley, who was living in Chicago before moving to Florida two months ago to be with her boyfriend, whom she met at a Major League Gaming event. “It’s what we do together.”

Kelley said she isn’t taken as seriously as men in competition, but she left Chicago Comic-Con undefeated playing Gears of War 2 and Halo 3–which sometimes meant going up against the kiddies.

“I played a 3-year-old yesterday,” Kelley said during the convention. “Yeah, I beat the [bleep] out of him.”

That’s our Girl! so proud :)

read the entire article titled “Video games: Not just for geeks” by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Here.

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