Before I get started, I have an announcement to make. I recently decided to create a Twitter account. I can’t guarantee I’ll be particularly active on it; I mostly intend to use it to post minor updates that wouldn’t be enough for an entire post on WordPress (i.e. when I’m finished with a review and have begun editing it or if I’ve seen a recently released film). It can be found here.
With that out of the way, I find myself tagged once more – this time courtesy of Andrew over at The Brink of Gaming. He started his blog relatively recently, and has written some pretty interesting stuff so far, so you should check it out. Anyway, he asked eleven questions, so let’s get right to it.
- We’re back in the 90s: are you Team Mario or Team Sonic?
In the real life nineties, I was on Team Mario. After discovering Sonic’s games, I wouldn’t change my mind. Mario’s best games are better while the worst his franchise has to offer is still perfectly playable. It’s true there have been terrible games made with his brand such as Mario is Missing, Hotel Mario, or Mario’s Time Machine, but unlike, say Sonic R or Sonic Drift, you can take solace in the fact that those three games weren’t made by their original creators. Plus, Mario is a much more timeless character, effortlessly proving his continued relevance more than three decades after he was created while Sonic has largely failed to do the same.
- Which of the four seasons is your favorite, and why?
Summer. I like warm weather and there is generally much more energy during this season than in any other.
- What is your favorite horror movie monster/villain?
I have to admit I haven’t watched that many horror films, though I’d go with a classic to answer this question: Freddy Krueger. The idea of a serial killer being able to infiltrate one’s dream and kill them that way is rather terrifying.
- You are given the opportunity to join either the Jedi, the Witchers, or become a Pokémon Trainer: which do you choose?
Probably the Jedi. Sure, there’s the risk of losing a limb, but Star Wars technology would have my back in case something went wrong.
- What is your favorite movie of all time?
Oh, that’s a tough one. I couldn’t pick one as of this writing, so I’ll go with the following sampling of my all-time favorites instead. High and Low, Fargo, Memento, Pulp Fiction, The Empire Strikes Back, The Big Lebowski, the Three Colors trilogy, Yojimbo, and Aliens are the ones that really stuck out in my mind.
- What type of music do you listen to the most?
I actually listen to a great variety of music. Whether it’s rock, hip-hop, metal, jazz, electronica, or any wacky combination musicians can think of as long as it’s a high-quality product, you can expect me to give a given album a shot. In fact, I believe growing up with video games is a major reason why I have such an eclectic taste in music now.
- You are hired to write a daily blog about whatever topic you want, but it can only be one topic. What do you choose?
- Left Twix or Right Twix?
I don’t think you could go wrong with either.
- Cats or dogs?
I am definitely a cat person – always have been.
- A zombie enters your room and the item to your right becomes your only defense against it. Do you survive?
Yes, because despite what The Walking Dead would have you believe, zombies really aren’t too much of a hassle. A real-life invasion would fail quickly.
- What is your long-term goal as a blogger? Earning a living? Personal fulfillment? Or something else entirely?
Around the time I started this review site, I was not satisfied with the state of gaming criticism or gaming journalism. The mainstream opinions were (and still are) too controlled by developers and publishers. Meanwhile, independent voices tended to have a sophomoric, immature quality to them. They couldn’t form any opinion against the popular notion without expressing contempt for those who didn’t agree with them. I relent it’s entirely possible these attitudes were meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but they had problems making the distinction clear.
I therefore decided to throw my hat in the ring in 2014 to serve as an antithesis to the medium’s critical circle. I would try to issue challenging opinions without coming across as hostile. At first, I stuck to reviewing obscure games while only reviewing popular ones if I wished to express a contrarian opinion. I then later realized the value of writing reviews that agreed with the consensus. After all, with hype being as prevalent as it is, having somebody go out and verify if it’s warranted is very helpful – and that’s not even getting into the tricky subject of whether or not a classic has stood the test of time. Since then, there’s not much of a limit to the kinds of games I review, and it has proven to be a fun hobby, so my answer is “personal fulfillment”.
Here are the questions I’ve drummed up this time:
- Have you ever watched a critically acclaimed show only to feel it didn’t live up to the hype?
- After truly getting into the medium and observing the many times film critics failed to see eye-to-eye with fans, I’ve come down to the conclusion that the former faction could stand to improve themselves. How do you think they should go about doing that?
- What is the most obscure album in your collection?
- What film do you consider “So bad it’s good”?
- What do you think the ideal length of a game should be?
- Have you ever cleared a game while traveling abroad?
- What is your favorite decade in films?
- What game do you feel doesn’t get enough credit?
- What lesson do you think film fans could learn from gamers?
- What good work do you feel had a negative impact on its respective medium?
- What bad work do you feel had a positive impact on its respective medium?
The nominees are:
- Teri Mae @ Sheikah Plate
- Mr. Wapojif @ Professional Moron
- Scott @ The Wizard Dojo
- Matt @ Nintendobound
- Cary @ Recollections of Play
- Matt @ Normal Happenings
- The Shameful Narcissist
- Amanda Hurych @ The Below Average Blog
- Matt @ 3PStart
- Fed @ Fed’s Life
- Rob @ I Played the Game
- thero159 @ A Reluctant Hero
- Matthew Thompson @ The Triple Option
- Chris @ Musings of a Grouch
- Paul Bowler @ Sci-Fi Jubilee
- Rob @ Loose Logic
- The Geeky Reviewer
- Lightning Ellen
- Aether @ Lost to the Aether
Thanks once again for the nod, Andrew!