Responding to My Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

My Nominees:

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.

32 thoughts on “Responding to My Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

  1. Congratulations on the blog award!

    Liked your responses. I take it The Last of Us inspiring you to write your blog was in response to it being a bit overrated?

    Completely appreciate where you’re coming from in writing about games: “one who takes things seriously, yet has a sense of humor to provide a good balance.”

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    • Thanks! I wanted to be an antithesis to the critical circle, so I’m glad it’s something you can get behind as well. Being a critic is a responsibility I don’t think most gaming critics fully appreciate.

      To be honest, it was a bit more complex than that; I had experienced a few games that I feel didn’t live up to the hype such as Mother 3. If anything, the opinions I formed of that game were probably more responsible for me throwing my hat in the ring, and I even wrote an essay detailing why I thought it was overrated that I wound up not publishing. That said, I was able to recall most of my points when I rewrote the review last year. Nonetheless, The Last of Us was the one that really made me want to get into critiquing games when I realized my description of it to a friend was turning out like a review. I then turned it into just that and posted it. Then last year, I decided it was rubbish and rewrote it.

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  2. Quite frankly, normally the way how I approach games, I like to play them first, then read the reviews. I must admit, I thought I was crazy because I didn’t enjoy Last of Us since there were so many postive reviews about the game. Your review on that game help me decided not to waste my time with it.

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    • No, you’re not crazy. As I said, if you were that uninvested with The Last of Us before reaching the ending, there’s a very good chance it would’ve lost you. Naughty Dog’s style-over-substance ethos was pretty bad with Uncharted, but it was outright insufferable with The Last of Us.

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  3. Thanks for the shoutout (even if I’m the seventh one mentioned. Hmph!). I’ll be sure to write my response ASAP. Just don’t be disappointed if I further reveal just how limited my range of interests are from the music questions (expect movie and video game soundtracks…yeah, I’m predictable).

    Didn’t realize you were so into movies! I normally don’t get around to seeing a number of Oscar nominees until after the nominees are announced, and some after the awards take place. You actually have me beat when it comes to staying on top of that.

    I also admit Citizen Kane is actually quite good. I certainly don’t think it’s the “greatest movie of all time,” but it’s definitely better than most other films from its time. Something me, my brother and one of our friends have against black and white movies is that, during their time, movies seemed like their own self-contained genre, as opposed to the full-blown medium they really were. What I mean by that is that acting, at the time, seemed more like a particular type of acting (overly dramatic is probably the shortest way to describe it). It’s kind of hard for me to explain, but what I guess I mean is that acting is trying to become a character and acting naturally (as said character would). But back then, acting seemed to be a very specific type of acting (goodness, I’m terrible at describing things). That, along with many other dated elements of the time – like most leading men looking practically identical from one another (tall, slim with that exact short, black haircut) – make it hard to differentiate many movies from those eras from one another. Citizen Kane holds up because it feels more natural, and avoids those many pitfalls of the time. It’s a Wonderful Life is another black and white film that holds up, as do some Bogart classics and a couple other exceptions. But I’d be lying if I said I understood why so many critics think cinema was so much better “way back when.”

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    • Also, do you know of an easy way to check which of your posts is most popular? Back when I first started my site I could check that pretty easily. These days I can only check stats on days, weeks, etc. as well as my most recent post’s stats. But I don’t see any means to just check my most popular all-time posts. It’s kind of annoying when it used to be so easy…

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      • But seven is a lucky number, isn’t it?

        I’m sure I saw more movies in 2017 than I did in any previous year. 2017 was a lot like 2013 was for video games in that it seemed like for every great film, there were two or three high-profile disasters with very little in between. It was the weirdest thing. Granted, I ended up skipping all the disasters, but I’ve listened to enough podcasts to know of both their badness and frequency.

        Yeah, Citizen Kane is not my personal favorite either (it would probably be something like Pulp Fiction, Fargo or Memento), but I did genuinely enjoy watching it. There are some people who are quick to say it’s overrated just to be a non-conformist, but by that logic, I think it’s gotten to the point where you’re actually being less of a conformist by straight-up liking it.

        I think I can see what you’re getting at; a lot of people in films back then spoke in that manner. It’s called the Transatlantic accent, and it apparently did exist in real life, though not as much as a typical American accent. How exactly it came about isn’t known, but after World War II ended, the middle class began to grow, and with that shift, there was a widespread desire for these middle-class speech patterns to be in films. That’s why it ended up disappearing; everyone began to realize that it sounded fake.

        I do think film critics have more of an excuse for declaring films made way back when superior to the current ones than, say, video game critics if for no other reason than because a lot of classic films have held up remarkably well. In some cases, such as Casablanca, it’s interesting seeing a period piece from the period in question, and for obvious reasons, we won’t be seeing any more of them. I’m not saying they’re necessarily right for doing that (even taking the fact that it was a remarkable technical achievement at the time into account, The Birth of a Nation had no business being on AFI’s original top 100 list in 1998), but if the current generation of critics likes those kinds of films, you can at least know that nostalgia had nothing to do with it because a lot of them aren’t old enough to have been around when they were released (or old enough to appreciate them if they technically were). With video game critics, it’s clear they let nostalgia and that desire for outsiders to take the medium seriously influence their judgment, and it’s a weaker critical circle because of it. It’s a lot like music criticism at the end of the 20th century where new, interesting movements regularly got shunned in favor reminding younger generations how cool Woodstock was.

        As for your question about sorting stuff by popularity, I’m afraid I don’t know how to do that with the current interface. I only knew my A Link to the Past and Braid reviews were the most popular because they are the only ones so far to get 30 or more likes. As I said, I’m especially glad my Braid review got that much of a positive reception because that was a fun review to write.

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        • I suppose seven is also known as the “magic number,” which seems fitting, given my site’s name.

          I never realized that was an accent… I just thought it was over-acting. Either way, I can understand old movies holding up better than old games (for the most part). Citizen Kane, Casablanca and Maltese Falcon are definitely still great. Those are definitely some great choices for your favorite movies. Pulp Fiction never gets old. I may be a bit predictable, but most of my favorites are animated ones. Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro take top honors for me.

          Game critics definitely do have clouded judgement quite frequently (it’s indie! Instant masterpiece), but every so often they’ll get it right (Mario Odyssey).

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            • Game critics did get it right most of the time in 2017, but they were helped by the fact that it really was just that good of a year for gaming. Here’s hoping they don’t fall into old patterns in what will turn out to be a slow year.

              Yes, the three things about yourself is a requirement. It’s not one of the five questions I was asked.

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    • Thank you! I had a lot of fun answering these questions, so I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post.

      And you’re welcome. You do good work. We need more people willing to give gaming the serious discourse it deserves.

      I’ll be looking forward to seeing how you answer these questions!

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  4. Thanks for the nomination and for letting me know about it! WP seems to drop the ball a lot with notifications. I always appreciate these thingies, because I’m honestly flattered every time that people nominate me for them due to my often incoherent ramblings :p These questions look like a lot of fun, and some of them are going to force me to think, which is always a good combination.

    I definitely know the most memorable scene in a video game; one of the most famous ones of all time from FFVII. Usually I don’t care about spoiling a game that’s 10+years old, but since it’s being remade, I won’t do so.

    I also want to say I’m glad people like you got into blogging for that reason. I think that paradigm was a big part of what made me so jaded towards the gaming industry and newer games. I only considered myself a retro gamer when I started blogging, because I didn’t feel like there was anything out there for me anymore, and I unfortunately even hopped on some of the more toxic bandwagons and did that whole judgmental thing just because it was “cool and edgy” ugh. To be honest, I think independent reviews are gaining a lot of traction. Of course if they become the main review hub, they won’t be “independent” anymore, but I’m hoping they retain the same spirit, because that’s what’s gotten me into modern gaming.

    Congratulations on your nomination!

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    • You’re welcome! And I’ve thought the interface could use a few improvements for a while myself.

      Yeah, there are plenty of people who have never played a Final Fantasy game before who know of that moment; it’s almost more famous than the game itself.

      I don’t think there was ever a moment where I became particularly jaded with the medium (indeed, I actually think some of the best games of all time were released in this decade), but when I realized the extent of how much mainstream outlets overhype every major AAA release and independent critics took after late-20th century music critics by insisting that things were so much better in the eighties and nineties, I realized just how weak the critical circle as a whole truly was. Mainstream critics were too controlled by publishers while independent critics were too controlled by the seedier portions of the gaming community who wanted someone with a prominent voice to bash said mainstream releases without any semblance of professionalism to hold them back.

      It doesn’t help that they make mistakes no professional critic in any other medium would, one of which concerns failing to make it to the end of a game before judging it. You never hear of a film critic who walks out of a theater half an hour in and writes a review based on that, and as dire as music critics got, they at least had the courtesy to listen to more than one track before declaring the album they were listening to (that would later receive retroactive vindication as an innovative masterpiece) was garbage.

      Similar to you and the “cool and edgy” bandwagon, I have to admit I used to watch Zero Punctuation myself, and though I did find it funny, I have to say that Yahtzee isn’t who I’d call a particularly good critic. His fatal flaw is threefold. First, he lets his biases cloud his judgement. Second, he resorts to ad hominem far too frequently, attacking the creators themselves as he dismantles their games. Third, as an entertainer, he’s really inconsistent, switching between being genuinely hilarious and painfully unfunny. There really wasn’t a specific moment that made me stop watching his videos, but I think doing so was for the better.

      A lot of independent critics in that wave such as Jim Sterling and Bob Chipman are like him, and it’s not a good sign when people that unprofessional are considered credible sources. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to entertain, but the problem is that he and a lot of people of his ilk try to have their cake and eat it. Indeed, if they approached film criticism that way, they’d get run out of the profession almost immediately. At best, no one would take them seriously.

      That’s why I wanted to throw my hat in the ring; I thought that rather than go with a direct confrontation, it would be more productive to be the change that I want to see.

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy answering these questions.

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      • It’s like Citizen Cane or Planet of the Apes as it’s become an almost mainstream cultural phenomenon.

        That is a really good point…when you review a movie or a book, you generally finish it even if you don’t like it, though I have reviewed books I’ve DNF’d, so it’s possible. But I think you need to give the game enough time to understand the mechanics, and if you’re not going to play it, at least watch/read about it to know the story. I’ve done reviews on games I’ve only watched, but I try to make that clear and concentrate on story and music elements and less on gameplay, which I don’t have experience on.

        I used to watch Zero Punctuation, too and the Angry Video Game Nerd, and I had to stop. I LOVE satire and parody, but I can’t stand putting something down just for the sake of putting it down, and I felt like AVGN was nothing but that. The whole edge lord because it’s cool to come up with the most insults for something and call it a review (I could be mixing him up with ZP). There is a definite art to reviewing, and of course you can be funny and even a little derisive, but if the latter is all you have, you’re appealing to a troll audience.

        Video games are still seen as a bastard medium so non-credible critics aren’t seen as a big deal, because they’re still not a legitimate source of entertainment. The question of whether or not they can be art is still up in the air. While people might jokingly say that someone like Justin Bieber isn’t “real music” or Sharknado isn’t a “real movie,” they are (albeit not the cream of the crop), and thus they’d fall under art. Bad art is still art; it’s just open for harsh critique. It’s hard for me to look at a game like Journey, ABZU, RiME, or even Mass Effect, Metroid, or the Final Fantasies and ignore the artistic talent that went into them. Also games are made up of composite artistic pieces like creative design, imagery, music, etc. But then you even have developers like Kojima insisting that they’re not art, which critics of the standpoint use as their go to, which is obviously an appeal to authority and not a negation of the point. Not understanding the definition of art doesn’t negate your ability to make it.

        That’s the exact reason I wanted to blog. It would just make more sense to review things as I’d like to see them reviewed.
        It’s a huge part of why I want to write in the first place. I wanted to read those types of stories and I didn’t see them anyway. Better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Being the change you want to see will brighten the path for others who might need such encouragement to follow 🙂

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        • I make an effort to complete the games I review because there were a few times in which I would’ve drawn an incorrect conclusion had I not finished them. Such an approach wouldn’t have worked with a story-heavy game such as Undertale or The Last of Us.

          The AVGN is definitely the less serious of the two; he’s so over the top that it’s clearly meant to be a parody of those who get angry over video games. In fact, considering where the headspace the gaming community would end up in a couple of years after his show’s inception, it actually comes across as an ahead-of-its-time deconstruction. It also helps that his anger is directed towards games that unequivocally deserve such ire. Zero Punctuation has no such excuse; it’s like watching someone try to review games in a similar manner as the AVGN, but with only the bare minimum of self-awareness (sometimes not even that). I do agree with a lot of his points such as what constitutes a good story in this medium, but he lets his biases cloud his judgement, which isn’t the sign of a good critic.

          Looks like we had similar reasons for wanting to blog! As I’ve said in the past, the medium has some serious self-esteem issues, and it’s internalized by developers and fans alike. It’s one of the reasons I feel the AAA industry has tried to imitate Hollywood with non-interactive cutscenes (which are admittedly better than interactive cutscenes); it’s the medium metaphorically trying to land a seat at the cool kids’ table.

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          • It’s a young medium, so self-esteem issues are definitely understandable. We have to go through growing pains I suppose, but I think as gamers and the gaming industry ages, we’ll find our footing, and the advent of blogging has really helped spur that along.

            I think you’re right between AVGN and ZP. I tend to mix things up when they’re similar and come out around the same time lol.

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  5. Wow, 1000 albums. I’m kind of torn between wondering how you’ve managed to do that, and being somewhat jealous.

    But between that, games, and movies, you’re really into media of all sorts, huh?

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    • Gradually over the course of five years. As for how I learned of them, I use various methods: word-of-mouth, the opinions of independent critics, top 500 lists of major music publications… With music, I’ve found there’s no real end-all source; technically, that’s true of most mediums, but music being a very subjective medium, it seems to be especially true.

      Sure am! That’s why I had my questions cover three different mediums. I actually think being into games is a really good way to expand one’s taste in music when you think of how many styles we’re exposed to in an average game.

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  6. “infectious” is the right word, sir! Itchy bombs, you see. I lace my posts with them. That and whooping cough syndrome. But thanking you for the shoutout, you know I almost included you on my Undertale review and now I feel like a git for not doing it. I’ll make up for it!

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    • No problem! I’ve been enjoying reading your blog as well. I like that you’re able to cover so many mediums.

      Ah, don’t feel too bad about that. Just having a role in getting you interested in playing that game is thanks enough.

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  7. I think your order of most albums per decade is probably very similar to mine. That’s a very large collection of music, by the way.

    I also have the habit of watching all movies that are nominated for Best Picture, but my run of having watched all nominees is shorter than yours. I have been doing it since 2013.

    “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.”

    Same here, sadly. I have the habit of bookmarking posts whenever I am mentioned, but (with one exception) I never got around to writing any of the posts I should have. =/

    Anyway, thanks a lot for the mention! I hope I can continue to support your work for quite a while. It’s always a pleasure to read your posts.

    And since I do not want to run the risk of leaving your questions unanswered, I will go ahead and answer them right here just to make sure!

    1- Which game proved to be the biggest disappointment for you?

    Metroid: Other M. I always felt fleshing out Samus’ personality would be a bad idea since we have all created individual versions of her inside our heads over the years, and I felt that maybe Sakamoto would end up taking her to a different place once he did it. But I did not expect the result to be so lackluster.

    2- Which game proved to be the most pleasant surprise for you?

    Monster Hunter 3. I did not think it would be bad, I just thought that with all the grinding that was reportedly necessary it would not be my type of game. I gave it a try anyway and now I am a huge fan of the series.

    3- What is the most memorable scene from a film you’ve watched?

    The scene in Spirited Away when Chihiro remembers who Haku is and they drop out of the sky. It gets me every single time!

    4- What inspired you to begin blogging?

    It was actually a pretty simple reason. Back in 2006, I was 16 and learning how to write compositions in English. I figured writing about something I had a strong opinion about (or at least a strong love for) would help me learn the language and improve my skills. 12 years later, here I am still.

    5- If you could go back in time and see any band that has permanently broken up perform a concert, which one would you choose?

    I remember that when I was about 12, I got The Clash’s From Here to Eternity. On the booklet, there are all these impressive reports of people who had attended their concerts and had been awed by the band. Those stories made it sound like their concerts were bursting with energy from the crowd and band alike (I can only imagine how being at the core of the punk craze must have been during those days), and Strummer always came off as one hell of a front-man based on what those folks said. So I would love to be there!

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    • The seventies was a really strong decade for music when you consider how many movements managed to spawn classic albums were going all at once. The eighties is often derided, but I kind of think it’s sour grapes because it marked the end of the era of classic rock; it’s not unlike what’s going on with video games now wherein independent movements began gaining steam while the mainstream seemed to lose focus. Purists would cite the sixties as being the best decade in modern music, but I definitely think the nineties has the edge.

      Does that mean the first one you saw was Argo? The one I used to begin my streak was The King’s Speech.

      Oh yeah, even if I didn’t play Metroid: Other M until years later (so I could review it), even I was thoroughly disappointed when it was released and heard credible critics tell me how awful it was. I don’t think it’s quite Nintendo’s worst game, but it was the worst thing they made after a point when they should’ve known better. Isn’t it strange that there was once a day in which we were all excited for that game? “A bad game is bad forever”, indeed.

      I never really got into Monster Hunter, but I really want to try Monster Hunter World.

      It’s been over fifteen years since I last saw that film, but even I remember that scene. I should revisit it at some point.

      I like that reason; there’s no better way to learn a language than find some way to immerse yourself in it. You’ve been doing a great job, and this is coming from a native English speaker.

      That’s a great answer; The Clash were a great, versatile band that issued some of the greatest albums of all time. As you say, I’ve heard their concerts were high-energy affairs that likely would have been a lot of fun to be a part of. Then again, so was that whole punk movement; I remember seeing clips of Fear performing on Saturday Night Live, and it was quite something.

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      • I love the 80s. I think the problem with that decade is that what became mainstream during those days has aged pretty terribly due to the predominant production style. However, if people dive into the alternative scene, they will find shining gems such as R.E.M., The Smiths, The Cure, Husker Du, Joy Division, The Replacements, and others. I can’t call a decade during which all these excellent groups produced their very best output (or all of their output) bad.

        I like the 60s well enough, but I think rock music was still developing during that era. The 70s were definitely the peak, and the 90s were a fine recovery in the sense that rock went back to dominating the radio waves.

        Yeah, I watched Argo and all its competitors. I did watch The King’s Speech, but I did not watch all movies that were nominated for Best Picture in 2011.

        Yeah, I remember those days when I was super excited about the coming of Other M.

        Monster Hunter World looks awesome indeed. I have been hearing great things about it from coworkers that are playing it. Some of them did not even like the Monster Hunter games that came before it, but they are enjoying this one.

        Spirited Away is always a joy to watch! =)

        Thanks! Yeah, that’s certainly the best way to learn a language.

        Oh yeah, The Clash were amazingly versatile. London Calling and Sandinista venture into more genres than most groups tackled during their entire careers.

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