Despite running my review site for some time, I must admit I’ve never actually set aside the time to respond to the occasional Mystery Blogger Award Nominations that have come my way. That changes today. I am honored to have been nominated by The3rdPlayer at 3PStart, whose blog is certainly worth looking into, and this seemed like a lot of fun so I’ll get right to it.
Evidently, this award was created by one Okoto Enigma as a means to help spread the word of great bloggers out there and create a strong community, which is a cause I can get behind.
The rules are as follows:
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- List the rules.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny
- Share a link to your best post(s).
Three things about myself:
- I’ve been playing games longer than I’ve had the ability to talk. I want to say the first game I ever played was Super Mario Bros., but there’s a good chance I played other games before then and simply don’t remember. The first console I owned was an SNES, which I still have.
- I’ve amassed a sizable music collection consisting of over 1,000 albums. The very first one I purchased for myself was the untitled Led Zeppelin album typically called Led Zeppelin IV. After a certain point, I created a spreadsheet similar to the one I showed in my 100th review special to see how many albums from each decade I have. I have more from the seventies than that of any other decade. From most to least after that it goes: nineties, eighties, sixties, 2000s, 2010s, and the fifties.
- I studied Japanese in college. In fact, when I played Treasure of the Rudras, it was on an original Super Famicom cartridge. I can’t claim that I’m fluent in the language, as I only understood roughly 40% of the text and needed to look up words frequently, but I did manage to get the gist of what was going on (most of the time).
My best post:
If we’re talking in terms of popularity, it would appear that my best post is my review of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It’s not my personal favorite review, though I can certainly agree that it’s a classic game worth checking out. To be honest, I’m kind of surprised my Braid review ended up being my second-most favorited post |despite me giving it a 5/10|. I’m glad for that either way because I did like how it turned out.
As for what my personal favorite reviews are, I find it appropriate to highlight what I feel is the best one of each grade color: Mother 3, The Last of Us, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask |– mixed, negative, and positive (or yellow, red, and green) respectively|.
Answering The3rdPlayer’s questions:
“What is the most memorable scene in a video game you’ve ever played?”
Oh, that’s a tough one. The first one that sprung to mind when reading this question is that one from Metal Gear Solid 3 |when Big Boss is forced to kill his mentor at the end of the game. Then again, that whole ending sequence was perfectly executed|. Another one off the top of my head was a certain boss fight in Undertale. |No, it’s probably not the one you’re thinking; it was actually the fight against Toriel at the beginning. Without any prompting, I was able to organically drum up the solution to avoid killing her on my first try. I attacked a few times, realized it wasn’t the right thing to do, then managed to successfully spare her.|
“Where would you like to visit that you’ve never been to before?”
I would like to visit Europe at some point. I haven’t done a lot of traveling, but I’ve enjoyed it every time I’ve managed to do so. As for where in Europe, I’ve been very interested in checking out Rome, as I’m sure I would find many of the historical aspects fascinating. Then again, there are a lot of good choices within Europe, so this too is a tough question.
“What inspired you to begin blogging?”
What inspired me to start reviewing games was the general attitude of gaming critics at the time (we’re talking around 2009-2013 here). Around this time, the press went from often lambasting Peter Moloneux’s absurd propensity to overhype games to adopting that very attitude without a hint of irony. What’s worse is that independent critics didn’t fare any better. Not unlike the independent gaming scene at the time, they generally placed more emphasis on attitude and ego over actual discourse while boasting an insufferably cynical attitude, oddly choosing to wear it as a badge of honor. Neither of these attitudes are a sign of a forward-looking (or strong) critical circle, so I figured that rather than write a screed decrying them, it would be more productive to simply be the type of critic I wanted to see more of – one who takes things seriously, yet has a sense of humor to provide a good balance. If we’re narrowing down what inspired me to start reviewing games to a single experience, that would be my reaction to The Last of Us, so be sure to thank Naughty Dog for this site’s existence.
“What is another hobby you take part in regularly aside from gaming?”
I am a very frequent moviegoer. For this year, I’ve seen every single Academy Award-nominated film, meaning that for the ninth year in a row, I will have seen whichever one wins before it actually does. On that note, I’ve been watching a lot of classic films lately. Last year, I watched Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, and Goodfellas among others. This year, I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about by actually watching Citizen Kane. To my surprise, I actually ended up enjoying it; I thought it would be like playing certain innovative games in that I would appreciate the impact it had on the medium more than actually experiencing it, but the reality is that it has aged remarkably well.
“You can have any one superpower. What would you have?”
As someone who likes traveling, the ability to teleport would be cool, but the ability to heal serious injuries (both my own and others’) would have far more practical applications, so that’s what I’d go with.
Five Questions for My Nominees:
Which game proved to be the biggest disappointment for you?
Which game proved to be the most pleasant surprise for you?
What is the most memorable scene from a film you’ve watched?
What inspired you to begin blogging?
If you could go back in time and see any band that has permanently broken up perform a concert, which one would you choose?
Matt of Nintendobound – He’s been supporting my site from practically the beginning, and he’s quite the music aficionado, so I’m especially interested to see how he’d answer my fifth question.
Rob Covell of I Played the Game – Hearing what he’s had to say about various games has led to some very interesting discussions.
Athena of AmbiGaming – Always seems to provide a lot of insight in games that few others ever seem to consider. I especially like how she’s willing to go against the grain, which is something the gaming sphere needs more of.
Lightning Ellen – Another strong supporter of mine. I’ll always be grateful for the times she posted my reviews on Twitter.
The Shameful Narcissist – Always willing to try new things, and I’ve been inspired to try new games as the result of reading her posts myself.
Mr. Wapojif (a.k.a. The Professional Moron) – That dry sense of humor he has is quite infectious. I’m always looking forward to seeing what new book, game, or album he’s going to highlight next.
Scott of The Wizard Dojo – Another person who has been supporting me from practically the beginning. The biggest thing he and I have in common is an adverse stance to the overly cynical nature of gaming criticism.
Aether of Lost to the Aether – When he began leaving comments on my site, I officially began taking this hobby seriously. I always look forward to seeing what he has to say of the various games I review.
Thanks again to The3rdPlayer for the nomination! I’m hoping that the nominees enjoy doing this as well.