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Spotlight on: joshpennington

Welcome to your 15 minutes of fame with Crowded…a group you helped create! Let’s get to know you.

Q. So first things first, what’s your real (first) name?

A. Josh

Well, there’s a surprise 😉

Q. What’s your day job?

A. I am a Senior Developer for a company called Stay Metrics. I code in PHP, C#, Javascript and a little bit of SalesForce Apex when they make me.

Q. What was the inspiration behind your gamertag?

A. My XBL gamertag is Spartan8103. The Spartan portion of the tag is from Halo (though sports people think I am a fan of Michigan State). The 8103 was the house number of my parents house where I was living at the time.

Q. How long have you been in the Crowded Group?

A. Since its inception.

*That’s not a defined length of time Josh, just sayin’… old is Crowded, anyway!?

Q. In short, what made you want to join (in your case start) Crowded?

A. This is going to go on for awhile so buckle up!

This has not come up much, but now that I have though about it, this is the 3rd group that Pico and I started together. The first one was a Clash of Clans clan, the second one was a Slack group comprised mostly of programmers, and then the current group that we all know and love today!

As for the reason why we started the group, I think we really just wanted a place where a group of nerdy people could come together and hang out online [and during work]. Naturally a lot of discussion happened around video games and programming and when a new topic came up, we added a channel for it to see where it would go. Eventually the Destiny 2 clan was formed and the group became what you know it as today.

Q. What kind of music do you listen to?

A. When I listen to music (which is not particularly often) I tend to listen to modern classical music that are mostly soundtracks. The soundtrack to Interstellar and The Leftovers come to mind. When I am listening to words with words in it, I enjoy older stuff like Pink Floyd and Tool. It really can be all over the place.

Q. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

A. I would love to no longer require sleep of any kind.

Q. Rank your top 3 video games of all time

A. (In no particular order) The Legend of Zleda: Link to The Past, Skyrim and Fallout 3

Ooooooooh LttP is an all time great!

Q. What’s your favorite movie and/or favorite book?

A. My favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption and my favorite book would probably be Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J Harris

Q. Mario Kart- who’s your driver?

A. Yoshi (seriously I am starting to think the point of the real race was selecting Yoshi first)

*You aren’t wrong….

Q. What’s your favorite story/moment of gaming?

A. There are too many to list here. One of the most recent ones was the day the Nintendo Switch was announced. This Nerdist News video pretty well sums up my excitement level: (Especially the part about being able to play Skyrim on the go)

Nice work!!!

Q. When not gaming, what other hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

A. I write a lot of code on the side and I am starting to venture into putting hardware together.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about Crowded?

A. The people. I think we have a great group of people that love games and love to chat.

Thank you for spending some time telling us more about yourself Josh, but more importantly thank you for creating crowded to bring us all together! I hope you had some fun with this- enjoy your time in the spotlight!