Well, I find myself tagged once again with a Sunshine Blogger Award – this time by Matt (a.k.a. The3rdPlayer). As I’m always looking for interesting topics to write posts about, this is especially helpful. Thank you for the kind gesture!
1. What TV show, book or movie would you want to see turned into a video game?
Personally, I think John Wick would make for an excellent video game conversion. We’re talking about a film with an unstoppable protagonist who manages to gun down an impressive number of bad guys in his quest for revenge. That’s basically a first/third-person shooter plot right there.
For that matter, though I’m not sure if it would make for a good video game adaptation, Edge of Tomorrow manages to (inadvertently?) capture the feel of playing one with a protagonist who is sent back to a specific point in time every time he dies. I was very much reminded of Dark Souls when watching the various circumstances in which Tom Cruise’s character died in that film.
2. Are you a fan of any particular voice artists/actors?
Ooh, that’s a tough one. I think voice acting is an art not enough people have appreciation for with the unsaid implication being that it’s on a lower tier than “real” acting. I’m fond of Troy Baker, who voiced one of my favorite characters from Persona 4, Kanji Tatsumi, as well as Booker DeWitt from BioShock: Infinite. The Last of Us and Far Cry 4 both failed to receive passing grades from me, yet I have to admit he was rather good in those as well. Going back a bit further, there’s Robert Paulsen, who voiced Yakko in Animaniacs as well as Morte, one of the best characters in Planescape: Torment. Then of course there’s Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer Simpson, one of the funniest characters of all time. Interestingly, he too voiced a character in Planescape: Torment.
3. Which game do you feel gets little to no coverage, retrospective or otherwise, that you feel deserves more love?
Considering that game journalists have been willing to write about how much of a triumph in storytelling walking simulators were throughout the 2010s, I’m still astounded what little attention they’ve given to OneShot by comparison. It would be like if film journalists in 1994 completely ignored Three Colors: Red or Pulp Fiction in favor of giving lengthy, positive coverage of Blank Check. But in all seriousness, there are certain things that I look for in story-driven video games, and OneShot managed deliver on all fronts, actively incorporating the medium’s oddities into its narrative and being better off for it than by using the walking simulator approach or the Hollywood-inspired approach the AAA industry latched onto after the success of Uncharted 2. Rakuen received a bit more coverage than OneShot, but I have similar feelings toward in that it managed to achieve something 99% of people attempting to go for an emotionally-driven narrative failed to grasp.
4. What is a vocal song, licensed or otherwise, that you loved as a part of the game it was involved in?
The ending song in Persona 4, “Never More” springs to mind. It was immensely satisfying to hear that song after working so hard to achieve it. Persona 4 already ranks as one of the best games ever made, but hearing that song at the end was the icing on the cake. The Metal Gear series has had some pretty memorable ones as well between “The Best is Yet to Come,” “Snake Eater,” and “Heaven’s Divide”. Then again, even if it was something of a letdown, Metal Gear Solid V had a rocking soundtrack, which included “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division and it opens |and ends| with Midge Ure’s superb cover of “The Man Who Sold the World”.
5. One title from your favorite series absolutely has to be deleted from memory and history, but you get to choose which one. Which would you choose?
That’s easy – Metroid: Other M. If such a scenario existed, I would ask “What’s the downside?” Nintendo’s earlier games such as Urban Champion are objectively worse, but Metroid: Other M is the absolute worst thing they had a hand in creating after a point in which they should’ve known better. This would be like learning that James Cameron directed Battlefield Earth in between Aliens and Terminator 2. It’s inexcusably bad, being the worst story-heavy game I’ve ever played and having gameplay that doesn’t even come close to making up for it.
Okay, the last time I completed one of these challenges, I elected not to tag anyone. This time, I’m going to make up for lost ground by tagging 20 people at once. There have been a lot of newcomers to the blogging sphere lately, and I’m going to give shout-outs to them along with many longtime readers. Without further ado, here is the list of nominees.
- Scott @ The Wizard Dojo
- Cary @ Recollections of Play
- Lightning Ellen @ Lightning Ellen’s Release
- The Geeky Reviewer
- Fed @ Fed’s Life
- Mr Wapojif @ Professional Moron
- The Keeper @ The Codex Online
- Brandi @ Defy the Majority
- CrackReview @ Crackdown Review
- Calum @ Read This Stance
- Ryan Cheddi @ Games With Coffee
- The Gaming Diaries
- Chris Scott @ Musing of a Grouch
- Emonyagami @ Yagami Game Reviews
- Thedeviot @ Comma Eight Comma One
- Imtiaz Ahmed @ Power Bomb Attack
- Robert Ian Sheppard @ Adventure Rules
- The Shameful Narcissist @ The Shameful Narcissist Speaks
- Aether @ Lost to the Aether
- What is the dumbest competition you ever got in with your friends?
- If you could form a band, which genre of music would you end up playing?
- What is the first film you ever watched in theaters?
- What is the oldest film you’ve watched all the way through?
- Have you ever fallen asleep watching a film before?
- What is your personal record for most number of films watched in a day?
- What is the single most heretical opinion you hold when it comes to video games?
- What is your proudest achievement playing a game?
- What do you believe to be one of the few advantages that gaming critics have over film critics?
- Have you ever binge-watched a show?
- Do you follow any webcomics?
Thanks once again to The3rdPlayer for the nod! I very much appreciate it.