In what appears to be something of a running joke, I have been tagged once more by AK of Everything is Bad for You. Glad you’ve been enjoying my content that much! The rules are the same as they’ve ever been. First, the tagger asks a variety of questions. From there, I answer them, and then I provide questions of my own for other site owners. And away we go!
1) Is there a game, book, or other work that you’d like to experience but that you can’t because it’s untranslated, not ported, or otherwise inaccessible?
Ashita no Joe is considered one of the greatest manga series of all time in Japan, yet it hasn’t been translated into English in its original form. A lot of people consider it the Japanese equivalent of Rocky, though its start date predates the film by eight years. It’s one of those works that comes across as a massive deconstruction of the plots offered by Shōnen manga in the coming decades despite codifying half or more of the tropes associated with the demographic. It also provides a very ahead-of-its-time look at the negative effects boxing has on its participants. Most people wouldn’t know of these effects until 1996 when Muhammad Ali lit the torch at the Olympics, clearly suffering from Parkinson’s disease brought on by severe head trauma.
2) What’s one work that really affected you or stuck with you in the last year, and why do you think it did?
To be honest, it’s been awhile since I last experienced a work that truly affected me. The last one to truly affect me was when I played through OneShot back in 2017. I know I’ve mentioned it a number of times when doing these tags but it, along with Undertale, are several decades ahead of what most acclaimed filmmakers have been doing this past decade in terms of innovation and storytelling. Have no idea what I’m talking about? Guess you’ll just have to see for yourself, huh?
3) If you could revive one series of works that’s been abandoned or dropped by its creators for any reason, what series would it be and why?
I know that Half-Life: Alyx was recently revealed to the public, but I still think it’s worth mentioning the Half-Life series if for no other reason than because Valve ended up cutting the story short with no resolution for over twelve years. Jokes about how long it took for them to make games were funny back in the early 2010s when they still worked on them, but now they’re jokes everyone is sick of. Why they can never seem to make a third installment of anything is truly beyond me.
If we’re talking about series that actually are, by most metrics, dead, I think we can draw our attention to Rare as a developer. They had so many great games throughout the 1990s and Microsoft doesn’t seem to be letting them do anything with their properties. Not to mention that there are plenty of great individual games that could have gotten a sequel, but didn’t. Blast Corps especially comes to mind considering that it has entirely unique gameplay, yet has very obvious flaws – particularly in the last third when the developers got lazy and began recycling level designs. A sequel with new levels, new challenges, and better controls would be great. As it stands, I find myself revisiting that game every now and again, having fun with it while being slightly annoyed that it could’ve been better.
4) When it comes to music, do you prefer songs with vocals and lyrics or instrumental pieces, or do you have a preference at all? If you prefer one type over the other, why do you think that is?
When it comes to music by itself, I find I prefer it with vocals. With the exception of jazz or classical music where the focus is primarily on instrumentation, I find lyrics really tie entire songs together. It’s really cool seeing a musician’s poetry brought to life with music. Relatedly, it was awesome getting to see Bob Dylan troll Nobel Prize purists when he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016.
When it comes to other mediums, however, I don’t have as much of a preference. Instrumental music is generally better for normal scenes in films or video games while music with vocals can really punctuate certain scenes when used sparingly.
5) When was the last time you bought a magazine, newspaper, or other form of print media?
In regards to books in general, I’ve really gotten into manga lately. Recently, I ended up reading through the manga adaptation of All You Need Is Kill – the light novel that inspired the film Edge of Tomorrow. I have to admit I liked the latter more, but the original story is still well worth looking into. For that matter, I’ve also given Berserk a shot after the story celebrated its thirty-year anniversary this year and Dark Horse began releasing deluxe editions, which encompass three volumes apiece.
If we’re only taking about print news sources, I honestly don’t have an answer to that. I have never purchased a single newspaper, and I haven’t had a magazine subscription since the 2000s when I had one to Nintendo Power and another to Game Informer. The latter came free with a GameStop purchase, and I didn’t bother to renew it. I’ve read newspapers left lying around in public places, but that’s about it.
6) Is there a holiday you don’t get to celebrate/take off because of family or work reasons but that you wish you could?
With my current job, I actually get most holidays off, though I have to admit I’ve never really found working on them that big of a deal. In one of my previous jobs, I would get twice as much money for working on them (the holiday pay along with the hours for working on it).
7) If you had to create a new holiday, when would it be and what would it involve?
I would create a holiday dedicated to celebrating the arts wherein a panel of experts could all band together and come up with five obscure, classic works (older than twenty years) per medium for people to experience for themselves. Because I generally have trouble naming things, I think I would call it Art Day. Because people would have to go out of their way to discover many great works, I would have it so that for this one day, people could experience them for free. I’m not sure how the logistics would work, but I would have it so all creative mediums would be covered, including comics, literature, films, video games, and music. And for good measure, I would place it on August 15th because it’s the only month of the year to lack a national holiday (or at least in the United States).
And now, here are eleven questions of my own…
- What is your favorite variety of meat? Or if you don’t eat meat what is your favorite meat substitute?
- If you could permanently remove one installment from a series you like (which would erase its existence from everyone’s memory), which one would you choose?
- If you lost a bet, would you rather read the worst book, play the worst game, listen to the worst album, or watch the worst film that you know of?
- If you won a bet, what kind of punishment would be in store for your friend?
- What is your favorite month of the year?
- What is a piece of obscure trivia you like to mention during social gatherings?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose? In this hypothetical situation, assume your choice would grant you complete fluency in the area’s official language.
- What is the longest amount of time you’ve ever driven a car or other vehicle in one sitting?
- What is the most annoying fictional character you can think of?
- What is the most underrated fictional character you can think of?
- With the decade coming to a close, would you say this was a good period for films, comics, animation, music, literature, or video games?
The people tagged are…
- Hamlets & Hyperspace
- Lost to the Aether
- Book Beach Bunny
- Ospreyshire’s Realm
- Fed’s Life
- Livid Lightning
- Monsterlady’s Diary
- Professional Moron
- Way Too Fantasy
- Jaunts & Haunts
- A Little Nerd Told Me
- Hookshot, Charge Beam, Revive
- Hi-Fi Adventures
- Tales from the Backlog
- Gao Li Occasionally Reviews
- Frostilyte’s Blog
- Nerd Rambles
- Meghan Plays Games
- Backlog Crusader
- Honest Gamer
- Silver Screenings
- Wizard Dojo