STACK’s Roving Reporter takes five with Rachel Di Giglio at JB Hi-Fi Penrith, NSW.

What’s the best thing about working in games at JB?
The absolutely BEST thing about working in games at JB is being able to talk for 38 hours a week about games! Talking with customers about games and finding rare gems that I would NEVER have been able to find on my own is such a special thing, and I don’t think I’d be able to experience this any other way than working in the games department.

What’s your earliest video gaming memory?
I remember visiting my dad’s house on the weekend and playing Pokémon Stadium on the Nintendo 64 with my sister until our thumbs hurt! I’d avoid the ‘Clefairy Says’ minigame like the plague, as if I could remember all those arrows when I was six! Give me ‘Magikarp’s Splash’ or ‘Ekans’ Hoop Hurl’ any day!

What’s your all-time favourite game series?
The Last of Us, as I feel as though the storytelling (in terms of Ellie and Lev) has a very strong and prominent message that deserves to be told. Not to mention the top tier gameplay that the game has to offer. A+, 10/10!

The Last of Us

What have you been playing lately?
I’ve recently gotten back into Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there’s just something about disconnecting from the real world and taking care of your own island for hours at a time. I also can’t disappoint my favourite villagers, Fuchsia and Bones, by leaving them on their own for months on end again (I learned that the hard way!)

What would be your desert island console?
Definitely the Nintendo Switch! It has so much to offer and there’s no way I could go past Animal Crossing, Pokémon and Zelda in my time of need while waiting for Orville and Wilbur from DAL to come and save me. They’re definitely my comfort games, and I feel like there would be a lot of anxiety if I was by myself on a desert island.