Who is Smash JT?

My name is Jeff Tarzia.

I'm a former Quality Assurance (QA) Tester for Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), a former Game Master for Everquest Online Adventures (in-game customer support), and former recruiter for video game companies on the entire west coast.

My name is credited in many uneventful video games, most notably, Cash Guns Chaos, the very first downloadable title available on the Sony Playstation 3. I am a husband, a father, and a gamer. In that order (I think). My passion for video games began before I was able to speak, and has only increased as time has carried on. Starting with my Tandy computer, working my way to Commodore 64, NES, SNES & Genesis, continuing all the way through modern day consoles. Much to my wife's shagrin, I have not missed a beat of gaming along the way.

Why is Smash JT?

Smash JT was created as an outlet for my video game passion. Starting as a long time dream, this 'Smashing' gaming channel on YouTube was made real with a New Year's resolution on January 1st, 2017; and has since blossomed into a full time effort.

Drawing heavy inspirations from The Angry Video Game Nerd, Metal Jesus Rocks, and videogamedunkey (among many others), Smash JT aims to bring a familiar flavor of content with a unique original twist. The aim of this channel from day one has always been 'to educate and entertain', with a strong focus on entertaining.

What is Smash JT?

Smash JT got its name from the video game that Cash Guns Chaos was heavily influenced by and based off of: Smash TV. Because Cash Guns Chaos was the first game I ever tested and got my name in the credits (fulfilling a serious childhood dream), I wanted to incorporate that into my channel name somehow, while also including my name in the channel. Thus, Smash JT was born!

What is SmashJT.com?

I watch a lot of YouTube gaming videos, partially for entertainment, but also to learn how creators approach certain topics. With a lot of work and some serious luck, my channel has grown rapidly. I've often found myself helping smaller channels make their content better, in order to draw attention to their channel and increase views. The purpose of this website is slightly different, however. I created this website as a way to inform viewers of who and what they should be watching. YouTube's algorithm heavily favors larger channels to funnel views to them, but that doesn't necessarily mean those are the best videos. Each month, I will be recommending channels and videos that I enjoy personally, and hope to get the word out to others about these talented creators, no matter how big or small they may be.

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