Twenty-Four Seven

A new challenger approaches! I’ve been tagged by the fine folks over at Normal Happenings for the Daily Inklings #7 topic – Twenty-Four Seven in which the daily topic is twenty-four talking points you would have in conversation with yourself from seven years ago or teaching yourself something you have learned since then. Of course, a #realgamer like myself is never one to turn down a challenge so let’s do this! I have decided to deviate slightly from listing the main talking points of the hypothetical conversation and my final offering is a rundown of what an interaction of my past and present selves would probably be like….I’m sorry in advance.

2020 Me: <burst through doorway> Dude, we gotta talk….

2013 Me: Who the hell are you? I’m trying to play PS3 here!

2020: Who does it look like? I’m YOU from the year 2020. I’ve come back in time to give you some pearls of advice for a blog post I’m working on.

2013: Wait, what?!? <laughs> a blog site? But you…erm…I…we suck at writing.

2020: Spoiler – you STILL suck at writing, I’m just here to impart some knowledge I’ve gathered along the w-

2013: Yeah, yeah….hang on….I’m trying to save my game quick. Stupid internet…is service any better in seven years?

2020: Meh, it’s about the same…anyways about my advice. You’ve made it this far and have learned a few things that I wish I would have practiced a little earlier in life, the fir-

2013: <interrupting> why didn’t you go back further than seven years then?

2020: …the first advice: Try to keep track of your spending and manage money a little better, you and I…WE both know balancing a bank account isn’t exacly our strength.

2013: <nods> never heard THAT one before but, sure

2020: Just a few minor steps can go a long way in keeping on top of bills and with some better money management you’ll see there’s even MORE money left for buying games $$$

2013: <nods> I can pre-order GTA 5, it looks like it’s going to be awesome…

2020: It’s gonna be huge!

2013: k…

2020: Number 2 – Drink More Water.

2013: <rolls eyes>

2020: Number 3 – Try to eat better. You will find out just how easy it is to lose a significant amount of weight just by cutting out all those bottles of Coke and by not eating out at fast food places all the ti-

2013: I DON’T EAT FAST FOOD ALL THE TIME!

2020: The Wendy’s drive-thru guy knows your name!

2013: …….

2020: Yeah. Number 4 – Make the effort to stay more active during the day. Combine this with eating better is gonna go a LONG way in improving how good you feel during the day

2013: But I…YOU’RE still fat…how did you you travel back in time anyway? Did you show up in a DeLorean?<laughs>

2020: No, it’s actually a CyberTruck

2013: <looking out window> it’s weird looking…

2020: It’s a Tesla, Elon Musk’s company

2013: Who’s that??

2020: That’s right….you haven’t seen him in that Simpsons yet. He launched a car into space and now mostly posts memes on Twitter.

2013: So….he’s like Grumpy Cat?

2020: Sure…..

2013: Can I go back to Borderlands now?

2020: One more thing…don’t do what comes naturally to you and get complacent with things. You’re 27 and have a comfortable online customer service job, but don’t think nothing can happen and screw it up!

2013: pffft….I won’t! They just bought Twitch, how does that work out?

2020: Freaking huge! It’s one of the biggest platforms on the internet; there was over a million people watching the last Game Awards and the Fortnite World Cup.

2013: What’s Fortnite?

2020: …..gotta run!

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was recently tagged by mckliz at McKenna Talks About Games for the Sunshine Blogger Award, giving another round of questions to answer about myself and come up with some another set of my own! I really enjoy the Animal Crossing Diaries and Music Monday posts as well as a recent post pairing wines with Zelda games so I encourage you to check out mckliz’s site here on WordPress. There were some excellent questions in here that I had to think about for while before coming up with an answer….let’s-a go!

Firstly, the rules…

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post

What video game town would you want to live in?

I would probably pick Delfino Plaza from Mario Sunshine. I’ve always loved tropical locations and the charming little town surrounded by the crystal blue waters of idyllic Isle Delfino would be a perfect way to kick back and relax. In contrast to some of my other favorite video game locales, the biggest hazard would simply be some graffiti and toxic sludge, which would appear less threatening than being overrun by monsters like so many of my favorite locations from Zelda games.

Do you enjoy crafting in video games? If so, what game has your favorite crafting mechanics?

I don’t mind crafting in games, though the crafting/building mechanics in Bethesda games like Skyrim or Fallout 4 has never been a favorite of mine. Games like Red Dead Redemption 2 strive for a sense of authenticity and realism, but I could see where that may not appeal to everyone. Generally, I like being able to quickly discern whether or not I have enough ingredients to craft items and simply hold a button to fabricate.

What would your Pokemon gym theme be?

Water-type Pokemon have always been one of my favorite types so my gym would most likely reflect that, though I would at least attempt to incorporate another type in some capacity or another to avoid being yet another Pokemon gym where a trainer and their Pikachu can cakewalk their way through a gauntlet of water-types as I’ve always done. My gym would probably be something similar to the overall Alolan region. I did say I loved tropical locations…

What is your favorite video game food or drink and have you ever made it?

I’m honestly not able to think of anything unique to a particular game, other than being obliged to mention Sweet Rolls, which I have never attempted to make. Breath of the Wild has a number of recipes that sound excellent like risotto or salmon meunière, but nothing exclusive to the world. I guess I’d go for a nice cold Nuka-Cola?

What’s your favorite art style or medium?

I’m not an expert on different artistic styles as it pertains to paintings, but I believe a great deal of my personal favorites would be classified under American Realism. I’ve always been drawn to many works from the Industrial Revolution or the Jazz Age of the 1920’s, whether paintings or photographs. I’ve always found something fascinating about the architecture and depictions of life in America and especially New York City. A favorite painting of mine has always been the Edward Hopper painting – Nighthawks which depicts a man and woman sitting in an empty corner diner in the middle of the night amidst an urban backdrop. A piece that has been referenced countless times in American pop culture since its creation in the 1940’s.

What game has your favorite soundtrack?

There’s many wonderful game soundtracks out there able to make you feel such a wide range of things. Recent games like Persona 5, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or Red Dead Redemption 2 have all had memorable soundtracks that can instantly transport you into that world. I’m not going to blurt out Grand Theft Auto: Vice City right away as the soundtrack is generally licensed music rather than much of an original score, so I’ll probably fall back to Donkey Kong Country. David Wise’s iconic soundtrack is equal parts upbeat and pure ambient and always improves my day anytime I listen to it.

If you made a video game, what would it be like? What would be its genre and premise?

Any attempt at making a game would most likely start out with some ambitious idea and incorporating all of the different game elements I like into a single experience. This would then prove to be both utterly incoherent and failing to excel in any particular area(me in real life). I would then opt for something a little less grandiose by deciding I just want to make a simple platforming game without any excessive frills but just providing a satisfying gameplay experience…..or something like that.

Why did you start blogging?

I started my blog simply as an outlet to discuss whatever happened to be on my mind about video games, whether a specific title or topic. I have been trying to write weekly gaming related posts since this past February and if I accomplish nothing else, I at least have a sense of satisfaction in attempting to try something that I may not have otherwise as writing for a personal blog isn’t something that would normally fall within my comfort zone.

What blog posts do you enjoy writing the most?

I do enjoy all of them, as I generally stay within my comfort zone of video games and occasionally movies and music, but I get an extra sense of motivation/satisfaction when I write(attempt anyway…) something relating to the general history of video games like a couple previous posts of things like a summary of the Sega Dreamcast’s release and subsequent short lifespan or just listing my favorite Sega Genesis games for the 30th anniversary its release.

What do you enjoy outside of video games?

My go-to way to relax outside of video games would be music, movies, YouTube and coffee. I’m also that person that says how they want to catch up on various tv shows or movies but ends up watching a documentary or something similar. I’ve always loved history and geography, so anything that combines those I especially gravitate towards, games like L.A. Noire or the Assassin’s Creed series.

What video game crossover would you love to see?

After watching the Game Awards last night I’m having a hard time NOT wanting to see any kind of video game crossover including The Muppets. A Muppets/Untitled Goose Game crossover would be wonderful…

Here are my questions in return…

  1. Is there a game that you play during or associate with a particular time of the year?
  2. How do you feel about colleges forming e-sports teams/events and offering scholarships to play games like Overwatch or Fortnite?
  3. Would you rather pay more for a game($80-90) without any kind of DLC or micro transactions or pay less for a game(or free to play) and it implements a Season Pass?
  4. What’s the most difficult game you’ve played and what made it so difficult?
  5. Were you allowed to play Mature rated games as a kid, or did your parents strictly adhere to ESRB ratings?
  6. What is your least favorite game made by your favorite developer?
  7. Who is a video game character that you feel you would get along well with, who would you NOT get a long with?
  8. Favorite weapon or accessory in a game?
  9. Video games as a medium have progressed through the “Bit Wars” of the 90’s and the GPU arms race of the early 2000’s, do you feel gaming will ever reach an impassable technological stage? If so, how far are we from it?

That’s gonna be it for now, another round of questions answered AND asked. I’m going to simply leave my nominations open to anyone who would care to answer any or all of the questions I was able to devise. Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!

Real Neat Blog Award

I’ve been tagged once again for the Real Neat Blog Award! This time by AK from Everything Is Bad For You, whose in-depth posts on anime, games and movies are excellent and I recommend checking those out for anyone in our WordPress community not already following.

Here’s The Rules:

  • Display the logo
  • Thank the bloggers for the award
  • Answer the questions from the one who nominated you
  • Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers
  • Ask them 7 questions

Here we go….

  • 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?

The first thing that jumps to mind would be a couple N64 games that were only released in Japan like Sin and Punishment or a port/localization of Mother 3. The former was available for purchase in Nintendo’s Virtual Console for the Wii, but I did not download it and have regretted it since and the latter may be the among the most wished for titles by Nintendo fans(just ask Reggie…). Other games released exclusively in Japan I’ve wanted to play are reportedly being included in the TurboGrafx-16 mini which releases this coming March, so I’m looking forward to checking that out.

  • What’s one work that really affected you or stuck with you in the last year and why do you think it did?

Red Dead Redemption 2 – I finally reached the conclusion of Rockstar’s western epic the beginning of this year and it has stuck with me ever since. Everything from my time with the game was memorable and seemed to be so intricately crafted. The barren landscape served not only as a backdrop but also a reflection of life within the age of outlaws in the Old West. The main storyline of Arthur, a man knowing nothing but being an outlaw since his early years and finding his place in a changing world in which he is quickly becoming a relic of the past. He is also grappling with his own mortality and what it means to be a good person, if anything at all, in such desolate surroundings where the only rule is simply to survive. I spent roughly 80 hours in my time with Red Dead Redemption 2 and I’m still amazed at just how attached I became to Arthur and my horse, Neptune.

  • 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?

Nearly everything developed by Rare during their time with Nintendo in the 90’s to early-2000’s. I know there’s a great number of people that would love another Banjo-Kazooie game in the same style of the N64 titles, which the Yooka-Laylee games have been the closest thing in recent years. I would also love to see another Jet Force Gemini game, particularly given how much game mechanics have advanced for 3rd person shooters such as Gears 5 and the Resident Evil 2 remake released this year. The original Jet Force Gemini is an underrated game that I always mention when discussing Rare’s impressive back catalog and what we would love to see them take another shot at.

  • 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?

I don’t have a definite preference, there are moments when a set of lyrics can focus more directly a feeling or emotion, or what seems to be the most common though within popular music in the last several decades. As I’ve grown older I have gained an even deeper appreciation for composers and musicians that can convey the complexity of human emotions purely through tone, timbre, and melodic intervals so perfectly there isn’t a need to express them through words. I’ve mentioned in the past the sometimes neglected effect a backing score can have on a movie or game in trying to even imagine Star Wars being anywhere near as impactful without the iconic sound effects or epic John Williams soundtrack.

  • When was the last time you bought a magazine, newspaper, or other form of print media?

It’s been easily over a year since I purchased any form of print media, I would occasionally pick up a newspaper and read at my workplace as many people without particularly stimulating office jobs. It’s been even longer since receiving physical copies of gaming magazines like EGM or Nintendo Power.

  • Is there a holiday you don’t get to celebrate/take off because of family or work reasons but you wish you could?

Nope, in fact I’m generally the person that would take advantage of the holiday pay at my previous jobs. This serves an all-too-convenient excuse of “Sorry, I can’t. I have to work”

  • If you had to create a new holiday, when would it be and what would it involve?

Umm….I guess I’ve never really thought about it, though it certainly wouldn’t have anything like the Airing of Grievances or Feats of Strength….

And now for my questions, hopefully I’m better at presenting questions than answering….

  1. What’s a game in which you found it difficult to connect or empathize with the characters?
  2. Are you a gameplay or a story person? Would you rather play a game with little to no story, but has superb gameplay and controls or a game with an incredible story but with lackluster controls and gameplay?
  3. What’s your biggest pet peeve in games? (Fetch quests, Escort missions, unstoppable cutscenes etc.)
  4. If your life was made into a video game, what concept or genre would it be?
  5. Who would you want to create the soundtrack to your own game? What would it sound like?
  6. Have you ever played VR games? If not, have you ever had an interest in playing?
  7. In an age when video games have grown exponentially not just terms of popularity, but of complexity, have you ever wished games would return to “the old days” regarding scale and structure?

I’m going to break one of the rules and simply “tag” anyone reading this or who would like to answer any or all of the questions I devised as I sat at my computer. That’s all for today, a shoutout again to AK for the tag and thank you for reading!

Real Neat Blog Award – Double Shot

I was recently nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award not once, but twice within the span of 10 days by both Meghan Plays Games and from AK at Everything Is Bad For You! Today I will be answering both sets of questions, so get comfy as we begin!

Give a rundown of a good book you’ve read this summer! (or, any book you’ve really enjoyed lately)

I admit I haven’t read too many books recently, with the most recent one being another read through of the book Console Wars by Blake J. Harris. The book depicts the competition between Sega and Nintendo during the 80’s & 90’s. The largest portion of the book centers around former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske as he is brought aboard the (then)up-and-coming Sega as they successfully cut the market share of home gaming consoles in half from bitter rival Nintendo, who had utterly dominated home consoles and had become synonymous with video games. The book combines my two favorite subjects to read about – Video Games and History. I definitely recommend the book to anyone interested in video games, particularly as we seem to be learning daily about the super competitive and downright vicious “business” of video games.

Sometimes people talk about having a spirit animal. If you were to have a spirit Pokemon that represents you, which one would it be?

This one’s quite easy actually…Snorlax. Any resemblances aside, it was always great being able to transfer my Snorlax from Pokemon Red to Pokemon Stadium on my N64 and destroy the different trainer leagues. Snorlax may appear docile as he spends the majority of its time lazing about, but can annihilate opposing teams after I would teach it Thunderbolt, Blizzard, Earthquake, and Hyper Beam. 🙂

You’re stuck in a horror-movie scenario, and a murderer is after you! Are you: a) the mom friend (taking care of everyone, keeping the group together), b) the scaredy cat ( you’re definitely clumsy, and probably dying first) or c) the “everyone for themselves” strategist ( you’re taking off on your own)?

I would probably be a mixture of B and C – the person that formulates a perfect plan…only to die really quickly in some careless way.

What is your favorite seasonal food and/or drink? This can also be food/drink that is technically available year-round, but you just associate with a certain time of year.

As sad as this may sound….the first thing I think of is Christmas Crunch and Monster Cereal, particularly Franken Berry.

A lot of video games allow you to customize your character, including their name – what’s your go-to name (male/female) when starting a new file? Or do you have a different one every time?

In recent years I have either used any manner of default names or my own, though years ago I would use the character name of Malcolm Quinn. I guess that sounded cool…

What is the most memorable vacation you’ve taken, or time spent traveling that you can think of?

When I was about 8 years old my family and I went through Montana and Wyoming, stopping at pretty much any scenic or historical “Old West” site along the way. My trip to Lego Land in the Mall of America as a kid was pretty memorable too.

Pick one of your favorite film/tv/book/video game characters and describe which D&D class you think they would be, and why.

When I have to name favorite film/tv/book/video game characters it usually ends up coming back to Han Solo, who I think pretty clearly exhibits the typical attributes of a Rogue character – a scoundrel who uses stealth and trickery to overcome obstacles and enemies. My favorite smuggler/space pirate from Star Wars certainly fits the part of a rogue.

And now for the next set of questions…

What’s your favorite game genre?

I don’t know that I have a definitive favorite, but having grown up playing primarily platformers or old-school action/adventure games I tend to fall back on the genre if I have a day where I don’t have a particular type of game I feel like playing. Almost as original of an answer as saying my favorite food is pizza, huh?

Is there a game genre you will never touch, no matter how much praise a game in that genre might receive? What puts you off about it?

There’s no genre of game that I will not play for any particular reason. I always try to keep open-minded about different genres of video games that I may not play as often, but can still find enjoyable when I actually do. This can lead to have an enormous backlog of games that I may never get around to…on second thought…I do struggle to come up with circumstances that would result in my making an idiot of myself playing something like Dance Dance Revolution or Just Dance.

What’s your favorite controller?

If we’re going by personal favorite, I still really love the feel of my old Gamecube controllers. They fit in my hands so perfectly, and my only gripe with them wasn’t the different sized buttons as much as this was the era from which FPS games became the biggest selling game genre and the Gamecube controller didn’t have the greatest L + R buttons for the job. A more recent controller that I really like from the few times I’ve used one is the Xbox One Elite controller, but it SHOULD be for the money you can spend on one.

What’s your least favorite controller?

This would probably be between either the original Playstation controller(remember before it even had joysticks?) or the Wii. I love many games on the Wii, but I still dislike the feeling of not being able to reach between the d-pad and the 1 or 2 buttons as they were positioned on separate ends of the controller.

What game would you like to see get a full-scale remake? Complete with any updated graphics, features, and game mechanics you’d like.

There’s many games I could list that I would like to see get a full remake, I have been saying for quite some time I would love a remake/remaster of Super Mario Sunshine that plays like Mario Odyssey. Another game I would love to see get a remake would be the N64 game – Jet Force Gemini. A third person sci-fi action game where you splatter hordes of bugs on alien planets was great back in the N64 days, but the game could gain greater appreciation with an update or modernization of the game. The game was made by Rare before they were purchased by Microsoft, so…I’m not sure how great the chances of that happening are, although I know I’m part of a number of people that would love for a chance to play through pretty much all of those Rare games from the N64 with some more modern conveniences similar to recent remakes like Resident Evil 2 or Link’s Awakening.

How do you approach difficulty levels in games that offer that option? Do you like to jump into the deep end right away or take a more measured approach?

I pretty much always start at a game’s default difficulty setting and “adjust to taste” from there. There’s just as many games that I’ve begun playing only to up the difficulty to Hard mode or I don’t feel like grinding away for hours just to beat a single section.

How do you feel about the “casual/story mode” difficulty levels that are easier than the standard easy mode? Is there any situation in which you’d play a game in that mode?

I myself don’t usually use Casual or Story Mode difficulty in games, but I have absolutely no issue with that being an option for someone who wants to use it. If I wanted only to experience a game’s story and/or the gameplay of the game was rather underwhelming/frustrating I would certainly consider it. A prime example of this would be Hideo Kojima stating that Death Stranding would have a Very Easy mode to accommodate those that are curious to see what the game has to offer but may not be as familiar with the gameplay mechanics. As someone who loves all the Metal Gear Solid games, I think this fits perfectly as the MGS games didn’t always offer gameplay to the same level of grandiosity and melodrama as the story and cutscenes.

And now for my questions!

Favorite game developer?

Beverage of choice while gaming?

Is there a game whose player base has affected how you feel about the game, positively or negatively?

Who’s an animal sidekick in video games you don’t think gets nearly enough praise for being a good boy?

Do you feel shorter games are not worth the typical $60 price versus a game that you can spend 50+ hours playing or is it simply “quality over quantity”?

If you were to introduce your parents to the magic of video games, what game(s) would you suggest to them?

How do you feel about a game’s good/bad dialogue or actions? Do you go through a game trying to help others and be nice or does anyone who approaches you receive the “prepare to die!” response?

Boom! Two blog posts with one….um…stone? I’m not tagging anyone specifically so my questions are open to anyone who would like to answer any(or all) of them. Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Today I’m partaking in another new experience in running a blog site as I have been tagged for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Red Metal at Extra Life Reviews! If you’re not following already, I encourage you to do so as they post some of the most well thought out and thorough game and movie reviews I’ve read. As I’m still learning as I go, let’s just jump into the Red Metal’s questions first!

Have you ever been involved in an emergency?

– No, thank goodness

Worst film you’ve ever seen in the theater?

– I could probably list many, many comedies that I’ve gone to the theater to see only to think about later and say “that wasn’t that great…”, but the one movie that usually jumps to mind when I think of terrible movies that I’ve seen in the theater – Batman & Robin. The funny thing is that I saw that back in 1997 when I was 11 years old and remember saying immediately afterwards how awesome it was and how I wanted to go see it again, so while I don’t HATE the movie, it’s objectively one of the worst I’ve seen. I recently sat down and watched Batman and Robin and found myself laughing more than groaning, you know, when a movie enters ridiculously bad territory…there’s just SO many lame puns in the movie…”Freeze in Hell, Batman!”

Best film you’ve ever seen in the theater?

– This one seemed a bit tougher, as most of the movies I’ve seen in the theater usually fall into either category of “Really liked” or “Meh”. So the best answer I can come up with would have to be watching The Dark Knight in the theater, I went to see it a couple times with the second time being in an IMAX theater which was incredible and is definitely the way to watch any of Christopher Nolan’s movies. I really wish I lived closer to an IMAX theater as Dunkirk would have been amazing.

What is the strangest method by which you discovered a work you enjoy?

– I’ve been thinking about this one and I honestly can’t come up with anything too out of the ordinary, like hearing Bohemian Rhapsody while watching Wayne’s World as a kid and then going out and finding Queen albums. Another example would be discovering the writing of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe through playing Eternal Darkness on Gamecube.

What do you feel is the greatest compilation of collected works in your collection?

– Though it’s hard for me to say what I would consider the “greatest” compilation I own, a couple of my favorites would be the collections of Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft I bought at Barnes and Noble years ago. Both author’s were able to create such an ominous atmosphere, often dealing with death and one’s own teetering on the brink of insanity. As I mentioned in the previous question, I knew of their writing beforehand but it wasn’t until playing through Eternal Darkness that I went out to experience their writing on my own. I pull both collections off the shelf and read every year as we enter the spooky Halloween season.

Have you ever re-experienced a work you enjoyed a long time ago only to determine it has not aged well?

– This seems to happen pretty routinely in jumping around between enough different games, especially games released in the 90’s during the transition from 2D to fully 3D games; Playstation and N64 titles generally have a hard time holding up as a result. I usually find myself mentioning games like Goldeneye or Final Fantasy VII as games that are considered all-time greats(and rightfully so!), but playing them in the current year show even beloved games aren’t immune to the ravages of time.

Have you ever re-experienced a work you hated(or indifferent towards) a long time ago only to warm up to it?

– Two examples come to mind for this: The Beatles and RPG games. As a younger lad I remember asking my mom what was such a big deal about the Beatles, a band whose only real songs I had listened to until then were their earliest songs like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” or “Twist and Shout”. It wasn’t until I decided to find a copy of the band’s later more-experimental efforts like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that I finally “got it”. RPGs also took me quite a few years to acquire a taste for, but once I finally understood the approach to the games and turn-based combat in particular, I really enjoy them now. I’m still terrible at actually completing them…but that’s another issue.

What is your favorite opening theme to a television show?

– If we’re talking specifically the intro/them song to a show, it would have to be The Simpsons, probably my all-time favorite tv show. If I think about it, pretty much all of the tv show theme songs that come to mind first are cartoons…I apologize if you’re reading these and expecting grown-up answers 😉 Another favorite opening to a tv show would be Mad Men, though not just for the opening theme song.

Excluding Western comic books, what series with a single, ongoing narrative do you feel has/had gone on for too long?

– This one I don’t have too much of a full answer for as everything I thought of I later realized was comic book or graphic novel based, like The Walking Dead. An example of a show that I always felt went on a bit longer than it should have was the American version of The Office where it went on for like 9 seasons and what would be the primary story arc would be Jim and Pam’s relationship, but this was more or less resolved only a few seasons in. Steve Carrell’s character of Michael Scott leaving the show several seasons before the end only added to the feeling the show went on for too long.

Have you ever been interested in a series only to be heartbroken when it was cut short with no resolution?

– After getting all caught up on episodes of Doctor Who, my wife and I began watching the spin-off show Torchwood. The show centers around Capt. Jack Harkness who appears throughout several seasons of Doctor Who and heads up the Torchwood Institue to investigate alien encounters around the UK. Torchwood has a much darker, more serious tone than the generally more light-hearted Doctor Who. The show first aired on BBC for the few seasons and then was bought by the Starz channel which aired seasons 3 and 4 as multi-episode specials. While the final season didn’t have a typical cliffhanger ending, it left many things unresolved as Starz at least intended to film more seasons but nothing has been created since. Another show that I loved, but ended too soon would be the show Hannibal which only went on for 3 seasons despite garnering much. The show was scheduled during NBC’s 9pm(CST) Thursday night slot and it was announced midway through the third season they would not be continuing the show. I absolutely loved Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter and was a bit disappointed to see it end as soon as it did.

Do you prefer hardcover or paperback books?

– I don’t have a huge preference honestly, but if I have the option of hardcover or paperback books I usually lean towards hardcover books if for no other reason than I like the nice, solid feeling of holding a hardcover book in the same way that if I buy a physical copy of a movie or game I try to get a steelbook copy.

And now for my questions we’ll start simple…

The video games are bigger than ever in terms of player base as well as industry. What do enjoy most about our current generation of games and/or consoles?

What do you dislike the most about current gen gaming?

What would a game have to have in terms of bugs, mechanics, or story that would make the game unplayable to you? What would it take for you to refuse to play a game?

Think of your absolute favorite series of book/game/tv show, now let’s say it was being made into a brand-new game, but it would be developed as your least favorite genre of game. What would it be?

The Internet Age has affected gaming in countless ways, and reached another level<rimshot> with the rise of platforms like YouTube or Twitch. In what ways do you think gaming has benefited the greatest as a result of video and streaming services?

What ways do you think gaming has been most negatively affected by YouTube and Twitch?

Indie games have been given exposure never thought possible prior to the age of online platforms like YouTube and Twitch, but more specifically, what do feel is the reason that indie games are able to make you feel something that AAA games are usually unable to do?

Video games and learning haven’t always been mentioned in the same universe, but games today are far more advanced than Mario Teaches Typing. What type of video game do you wish would have existed to help teach one of your weaker subjects?

How do you feel about the constant ports and remasters/remakes of games? Is it good exposure for newer players or just more cashing in on gamer nostalgia?

Name a video game character that you feel gets more criticism/hate than they deserve?

How about a character that gets less criticism than deserved?

Thanks again to Red Metal for the tag and for everyone reading! Now for the fun part! For my Sunshine Blogger Award nominees I choose…

Streys Gaming Blog

Fitzy – Game Time

Van Rockingham – Games Revisited

Michelle – A Geek Girl’s Guide

Astro Adam – Video Games Nebula

Super Shock Gaming Zone

Kim – Later Levels

DVOWR

The Hannie Corner

Angie – Backlog Crusader

RNG

Geek Out Challenge – Day 30

We are approaching the final day of the Geek Out Challenge. We have already discussed our geeky favorites such as movies or games or detailing our earliest or most recent fandoms. For the Day 30 challenge question we’re discussing what fandom is it that you’re most obsessive about.

Most obsessed-over fandom? – Video Games

It should come as no surprise whatsoever that my biggest obsession in life, followed by Star Wars and pizza, most likely. Video games have been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember, with my earliest gaming memories playing Mario on the family NES. I couldn’t possibly fathom the number of hours that I’ve spent throughout my life playing, reading about, or talking about video games(not sure if I should be proud of that?). I have many memories of my younger brother and I reading Nintendo Power or EGM magazines, and then sit around talking about what games we wanted to play, before figuring out how to get our parents to buy the game for us. Some of my greatest childhood memories would be things like finally getting an N64 for my birthday, or times my friends and I would stay up all night guzzling cans of Mountain Dew and playing Smash Bros and Mario Party around the living room tv. In school there were other kids that played video games, but mostly as something you would play a little bit of here and there, with the notion that gaming was simply something you would eventually “grow out of”. Fortunately the general perception around video games and those that play them has progressed significantly and with the rise of platforms such as YouTube and Twitch, gaming is now a social activity more so than childish hobby. I could into much greater detail( and length) discussing video games and what precisely they mean to me; this being largely why I started my own blog site to ramble endlessly about games.

That’s it for the final day of the Geek Out Challenge, a huge shout out to Megan at A Geeky Gal for initiating this month long challenge! I was able to participate in just about all of the daily topics which provided a genuinely fun experience as well as valuable practice writing on a daily basis, so I’ll pat myself on the back for that too 😉 What is your most obsessed-over fandom? What do you spend more time absorbed in than anything else? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you for reading and goodnight!

Geek Out Challenge – Day 29

We are in the final days of the Geek Out Challenge, our question for Day 29 is wardrobe related…sweet! Our geeky question of the day posed from Megan is…

You’re an anime/cartoon character now! What outfit are you always wearing?

It took me longer than it should have to come up with an answer to this question, I suddenly realized there has already existed an animated character resembling myself closely enough(minus a ponytail).

Well…there you have it, short and sweet for today! I think I really nailed this one 🙂 What’s your anime/cartoon character wardrobe consist of? Let me know in the comments below! Now to go purchase a hundred tacos for a Doctor Who marathon…see you tomorrow!