Born in Albuquerque, John Saucedo grew up visiting grandparents Max and Patricia in Carrizozo, New Mexico. An Albuquerque High School graduate, John mastered traditional gameplay and modern video games. A fan of popular music, including early K-Pop sensation Girl’s Day, Saucedo developed a social media meme based on a single photo of Korean singer Park So-jin. Inspired by family members to live well with appreciation for the beauty of New Mexico’s distinct landscape, John lauds empty and open spaces that allow for a sense of calm. In remembering long bouts of gameplay whereby lucid dreams occurred between sleep, playing the game, and everyday life, John prefers multiplayer games that connect internet players across the globe. With game titles such as Metal Gear Solid II, League of Legends Classic, and Crash Bandicoot, John has made connections both online and in-person with friends who share gameplay strategies, competitive spectator gameplay, and possibly online streaming ad-revenue and tournament prize money. Whether speaking on desert landscapes of New Mexico, data-information-media theory, or future possibility with video gaming, John’s appreciation for others, and the work to be done, continues to be clear.
Recorded 28 April 2015 with thanks to Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library Special Collections, 423 Central Avenue.