Yet again, I find myself tagged with a Sunshine Blogger Award. This time, the responsible party was Kelly at Why We Play Games. She is an English major who writes interesting pieces on the games she has played over the years. I thank you once again, and without further ado, here are my answers to the eleven questions you asked.
- What is your favorite video game series?
If I had to choose one, it would be The Legend of Zelda. There are plenty of series that have lasted around the same length of time, but in many cases, they needed a few installments before their genius truly began to shine. The Legend of Zelda, on the other hand was good as soon as it debuted, and said debut has held up remarkably well given how much the series has evolved since. The biggest part of the series’ appeal is the sheer amount of stylistic ground it manages to cover. After Twilight Princess, it didn’t seem as though there were any new directions for the series to go, but Nintendo proved that notion wrong when they dropped Breath of the Wild, which is easily one of the best open-world experiences out there – if not, the absolute best. There are other series I greatly enjoy as well such as Pokémon, Fire Emblem, Metal Gear, and Mario, but in terms of quality and consistency, I just don’t think you can beat The Legend of Zelda.
- What video game or video game series have you always wanted to try?
After playing a few open-world games, I’ve been interested in trying out the Grand Theft Auto series. I didn’t have a PlayStation 2 during the height of the console’s popularity, so I kind of missed the boat on that one. Even after getting a PlayStation 3 (and later a PlayStation 4), I still have yet to truly get into the series. At some point, perhaps.
- What was your favorite childhood video game?
There are a lot to choose from, but Ocarina of Time and its sequel Majora’s Mask stand out. The former is one of those games I wanted to play again as soon as I completed it while the latter I could consider my introduction to surreal, avant-garde stuff. Both games are easily highlights of their respective decades. I would also have to say Pokémon Red and Blue. I had played a few quality JRPGs, but that’s the game that sold me on the genre.
- What is your favorite part about playing video games?
Being treated to an experience no other medium is capable of offering. There’s a yet fully untapped storytelling potential in this medium and the indie scene in particular has been doing great things with it. I also like the idea of sharing the great experiences with others so they too can see why I liked it so much. When I was able to sell many friends on Undertale, I knew I made it.
- What is your favorite video game console?
Truth be told, I mostly see the consoles as a means to an end. I guess I could say the Switch due to being a portable/home console hybrid and how much of a boon it is to the indie scene, essentially being the video-game equivalent of A24 (if A24 actually respected their audience). However, I tend to pay attention to the games first and the consoles they’re on a distant second, so in all honesty, I’m not sure I have an answer to that question.
- Do you prefer single-player or multiplayer games?
I personally believe that a game is only really as good as its single-player campaign. In most cases, multiplayer should be a bonus feature. It can be a very fun bonus feature, but it’s a bonus feature nonetheless. After all, if a game has a terrible single-player campaign, bringing a friend along for the ride isn’t going to salvage it. Meanwhile, if said campaign is solid, it’s only going to make multiplayer sessions that much better.
- What is one of your favorite video game sidequests?
There are a lot of great choices, but I’d have to go with the classic Couple’s Mask sidequest from Majora’s Mask. Anyone who has played that game knows what I’m talking about, so I’ll say no more to avoid spoiling it for those who haven’t.
- What is your favorite video game boss?
Another question where I’m not exactly short on choices. For now, I’ll say Ornstein and Smough from Dark Souls. They’re a notoriously difficult duo, and I was elated that I was able to defeat them on my first try (no, I didn’t summon help – I soloed the fight).
- What was the hardest video game boss you have fought?
Yet again, I have many choices for this question, but I think I’m going to have to go with the Boost Guardian from Metroid Prime 2. It’s made easier in the Metroid Prime Trilogy rerelease, but in the original version, be prepared for a tough fight. Part of what makes it so difficult is that it occurs so early in the game when you’re strapped for energy tanks. Even worse, you’re always taking damage in this fight due to the circumstances surrounding it, so you have to deal with that as well. For a more obscure one, look no further than Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. There’s a boss in an early bonus chapter (the one following the eighth chapter) with ridiculously powerful stats relative to his point in the game. Again, a significant part of what makes him difficult is that he shows up when your party is still rather weak and strapped for resources.
- What is your favorite video game character?
I find myself equivocating yet again due to the overwhelming number of good choices, but for now, I think I’ll go with the protagonist of Undertale. They manage to have a ton of personality without uttering a single word of dialogue, and in a medium where actions speak louder than words, that is absolutely vital. Other great choices would be Link from The Legend of Zelda, Mario, Yu from Persona 4, Adol from the Ys series, Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth, and Samus from the Metroid series. I’m sure there are countless others I’m not thinking of.
- What video game animal would you like to have as a pet? (Ex: moogle)
A Hydreigon maybe? Really, Pokémon isn’t short on choices and anything capable of flying is a plus.
Now it’s my turn to drum up questions, so here they are.
- In which cases would you deem the manga superior to the anime on which it’s based?
- Which game do you feel has the best soundtrack?
- If you could revive a dead video games series, which one would you choose?
- What game/film/album/book did you have a particularly difficult time adding to your collection?
- Do you prefer to see a film at home or in the theaters?
- In what cases did you find yourself siding with critics over fans about a work’s quality?
- In what cases did you find yourself siding with fans over critics about a work’s quality?
- What is the most difficult game you’ve completed?
- Which game series have you been following for the longest amount of time?
- In what ways do you feel video game critics to be ahead of their film-loving counterparts?
- How does hype factor into how you ultimately feel about a work?
The nominees are:
- thedeviot @ Comma Eight Comma One
- The3rdPlayer @ 3PStart
- Amanda Hurych @ The Below Average Blog
- Fitzy @ Game Time
- Rob @ Loose Logic
- Rob @ I Played the Game!
- Matt @ Nintendobound
- Mr. Wapojif @ Professional Moron
- Kim @ Later Levels
- benez256 @ I Heart Old Games
- Christon @ Gaming Detour
- The Shameful Narcissist
- Pete Davison
- Hannie @ The Hannie Corner
- 1 Broke Gamer Girl
- Karandi James @ 100 Word Anime
- Livid Lightning
- Aether @ Lost to the Aether
- Savior Gaming
- Scott @ The Wizard Dojo
- Baud Attitude
- Andrew @ The Brink of Gaming
- Blimps Go 180
- Eight Bit Blonde
- Realms of My Mind
- Kimimi The Game-Eating She-Monster
- Chris Caskie @ MrGilderPixels
- AK @ Everything is bad for you
- Mr. Backlog
- Hologram @ Gaming Legacy
Thanks once again to Kelly for the nomination!