I’ve been tagged twice in the same week! This time, the responsible party is Frostilyte, who runs a blog of the same name. It’s really worth checking out, I’d say – especially if you’re into gaming. This time, I’ve been tagged with the Real Neat Blogger Award. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s basically the Sunshine Blogger Award except not. I say that because I was asked seven questions all the same, so let’s jump right in.
1) What is a game coming out in 2020 that you’re excited for?
Truth be told, I tend to take games as they come, so I can’t really say what I’m looking forward to. In a strange way, I’m kind of looking forward to The Last of Us: Part II. I didn’t like the original game at all, but it was responsible for me starting this site so you have it to thank/blame for that. Then again, as of this writing, the release date is up in the air, so who knows? Either way, I can say I am looking forward to reviewing something from the 2020s so I can hopefully get the decade started on the right foot.
2) Ninjas, or Pirates? Why?
Ninjas. There are generally more good video games starring ninjas as the protagonist than pirates, so that’s why.
3) You won a life time supply of the last thing you spent money on. What is it, are you excited, and how do you intend to use your comically overstocked collection of this commodity?
Looks like I’d win a lifetime supply of video games, then. Convenient that I happen to be a games critic, huh?
4) God almighty above. They were right! AI took over the world and started building mecha-style enforcers out of the factories. Which billion dollar software company is responsible for ending humanity and do you submit to our AI overlords, or rebel against them?
My guess is that the offending company will be Google or Apple. I would actually try a diplomatic approach first – see if I could find common ground with the AI and prove we’re not so different at the end of the day. Their inability to resolve the paradox and the realization that there is so much more they need to learn in this world would make them easier to reason with. If that didn’t work, I’d recruit an army of hackers and take them down with computer viruses. No need to fight if the battle can be won without lifting a finger, after all.
5) What was the reason you started your blog? Feel free to be as detailed as you see fit with this one.
As mentioned before, my playthrough of The Last of Us was a gigantic catalyst for me deciding to throw my hat in the ring and become a critic myself. Honestly, what 2018 was for films, 2013 was for video games. It was a period in which critical darlings utterly failed to live up to the hype between the boring plod that was Gone Home and the hyper-jingoistic Call of Duty: Ghosts. I’m not exaggerating too much when I say 2013 was probably the single weakest year of this decade for this medium (it’s a very close call between it and 2014 wherein nothing stood out at all). Thankfully, the medium managed to recover in 2015 with Undertale and they’ve managed to keep up the momentum since.
I was also generally dissatisfied with how games criticism was so unprofessional compared to film criticism… or so I thought. It turns out that overly abrasive personalities such as Yahtzee Croshaw and Bob Chipman were ahead of the curve. Sadly, they were ahead of the curve for all the wrong reasons. Everything that makes them weak as actual critics, including their antagonistic relationship with their audience, anti-intellectual predilections, elitist dogmatism, and stubborn refusal to leave their comfort zones would be adopted by the average film critic over the course of the 2010s. Indeed, Bob Chipman being featured on Rotten Tomatoes is a sure sign to me that the standards for what constitutes a critic have slackened quite a lot. Someone with that much contempt for humanity is telling me I’m wrong for liking/not liking a given work? Get real.
Anyway, my primary reason for starting this site is that I wanted to provide an alternative to all of that. What really trips up contemporary critics is that they’re inept at liking things. I’ve read these think pieces praising works, and walked away disappointed because they’re practically interchangeable. I don’t just want to know what a work does or how scathing a satire is – I want to know why it’s good and why I should experience it myself. Contemporary critics not only fail to do this, they fail to understand why it’s important. They underestimate the importance of bringing their favorites to the mainstream. The most beautiful painting in the world may as well not exist if only ten people can lay eyes upon it.
6) You wake up one day and find that you are now your least favorite character from your favorite television show (use a video game if you don’t watch TV). Who are you and how do you feel about it?
I’d turn into Ghirahim? Jeez, that’d be annoying – he doesn’t even have any cool powers. Then again, if it might prove beneficial given that my personality would erase his. Then I could refuse to play his role and all would be well.
7) What’s a skill you wish you had, but can’t find the time in the day to learn or master?
I’m a bit artistically inclined, yet I cannot actually draw, so that’s the skill I’d choose. It’s nice being able to express myself through words, but I’ve always appreciated a “show don’t tell” approach to storytelling.
Here are the questions I’ll ask this time:
- Have you ever watched a film in theaters that featured an intermission?
- What is the most expensive ticket you’ve ever purchased?
- If you had to trade in fluency of your first language for another, which one would you choose?
- If you could appear on any game show (including ones that have ended), which one would you choose?
- As someone who has watched many classics over the past few years, I’ve concluded that old films are overall better than recent efforts. What do you think the current generation of filmmakers lacks that allowed their predecessors to shine?
- How do you like your eggs prepared?
- How do you like your potatoes prepared?
- If you found yourself directing films, which genre would you want to specialize in?
- What is your favorite band/artist with a limited discography (i.e. no more than four studio albums)?
- There are many stories over the years of projects or ideas never getting off the ground or being canceled mid-production. Which one would you bring into reality if you could?
- What series do you feel managed to be consistently good for an extended period of time?
The following people are hereby tagged: