Thank you so much to Athena from Ambi Gaming for nominating me! It was about a month ago now but I finally got round to it! She’s asked me some great questions which I had a great time answering. If you haven’t seen her blog then you really should take a look because it’s amazing. She writes fascinating analyses of games and on top of that she’s a Dragon Age fan. What’s not to love?
- Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post 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 (I have not nominated 11, only 3 because I think these are making the rounds quite a lot at the moment and a lot of people have already done this or similar).
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
If you could change one thing about AAA gaming, what would it be?
Sometimes an amazing game will come out and everyone will love it, and for good reason, then a sequel will be made, then another, and another… It just becomes a cash cow and every time a new one comes out the heart of it gets buried deeper and deeper… I have the same, but stronger, opinion on movies. Do not get me started on the bloody Hobbit ‘trilogy’…
Do you think pineapple belongs on pizza?
Absolutely! It’s one of my favourite toppings!
Is there an article on your site that you would write differently, knowing what you know now? Which one?
My whole series of the Nuzlocke challenge. I didn’t expect it to be going on for so long and I started writing it in a sort of fan fiction, script, Tumblr-esque format, as in dialogue is written like this:
Dragon: “Woah, this is like reading a script!”
Hedwig: “I know right? Maybe one day Dragon’s Nuzlocke Challenge wil be shown in theatres…”
I wish I’d written them normally, like a book, instead. I am so far into it though now that I can’t really change the format.
What’s the weather like near you today?
It’s kind of bright but mostly cloudy and kind of warm but not quite warm enough to want to go outside for long periods of time. Ah, English weather…
Do you like pancakes or waffles better?
Pancakes! I can eat more of them in one sitting and I feel like waffles can get a little too sickly after a while. I do love a waffle though too…
Is there anything about your gaming hobby/habits that you don’t like?
I can be quite competitive or precious if I’m playing something I consider myself to be really good at and someone is playing it better than me. It’s really childish and I am better at hiding it now than I used to be but thinking back to previous moments makes me cringe.
Do you have a preference between JRPGs and western RPGs?
I’m going to say Western RPGs simply because I play a lot more of them. I’m also not a fan of turn based games which seems to be a bigger theme in JRPGs than Western RPGs.
When does an open-world game begin to suffer from open-world bloat?
You get a quest to find someone’s missing ring which was stolen by a witch. Simple enough, right? The witch will give you the ring when you get back her spell book which she left in the ruins of Mordor halfway across the world. In the ruins you meet an adventurer who has already claimed the book, but will give it to you if you go to the pub with him that night because he’s lonely. You go to the pub but before he can give you the book he’s kidnapped by vampires. You travel to the vampire cave, which is in the middle of the Forbidden Forest. You kill the vampires but your friend has already been turned! It’s not too late, you can still save him! Just go to the Netherworld to get an antidote! You arrive in the Netherworld only to find that the antidote is in the possession of a clan of werewolves who are at war with the vampires. To get through you have to become a werewolf and earn the clan’s trust. After a few months of completing small quests for the clan you prove your loyalty and the chieftan promises his daughter, Lady Wolf, to you, the night of your marriage she takes you to see the alter where the antidote is kept but as you take the vial traps are set off and she’s killed. The clan you had come to call family turn on you and you must seek redemption by killing their most feared enemy: Shrek. To kill Shrek you need to… Wait, what the hell is going on? Where am I? What year is it? This was supposed to be a simple side mission but now I’m on the other side of the world, possibly in another Universe, to where I need to be in the main plot and I’m a werewolf. I just wanted a bit cash and some experience points.
What is the most memorable line of dialogue in a game?
As much as I tried to think of something else to be a bit different, deep and meaningful Skyrim keeps pulling me back in with its’ “I used to be an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow to the knee”. I know, it’s so boring!!! True though.
Quick! You have 3 seconds to grab one game from your collection. Which one to do you grab and why?
This questions is making me super stressed out… I honestly don’t know. Euuuuuh… STARDEW VALLEY! I’ve been a bit stressed out lately and it just really helps me to unwind at the end of the day, it’s so therapeutic and there’s so much to do. I have my main farm where I’m trying to complete everything and my side farm where I’ve set myself a sort of ‘adventurer’ challenge where I only focus on mining and fighting because I suck so badly at that in my main game, I need the practice.
Do you collect anything? What is it?
I have a couple of Charm bracelets and each charm is a memory or event. When I have a bit more disposable income I might update some of the lower quality ones with better charms but for now it’s a nice little string of memories around my wrist. Writing this has reminded me that I need to buy some more!
If you want to answer please consider yourself nominated! I have 3 blogs I would like to nominate though:
The guys at Double Jump. Their blog is unique in that it’s two sisters that write about video games together. One of my favourite posts of theirs has been about game theories (I particularly enjoyed the Princess Peach as a Goddess theory).
Mr Panda from Mr Panda’s Video Game Reviews. His blog is really helping me to build a list of games I want on my Switch when I finally get it!
(Wow, 11 is a lot to think of…)
- Sci-Fi or Fantasy? (Feel free to elaborate on why if you want to.)
- You’re being attacked by a zombie! You grab the object to your right to use to defend yourself. What is it and how do you use it to kill the zombie?
- What was the last song you sang along to?
- You can have any Pokémon you like as your starter (excluding legendaries and evolved Pokémon). Who do you choose?
- Who would win in a fight between Link and Mario?
- Which villain (book, game, movie, whatever) do you sympathise with the most?
- Which game franchise do you think has the best music?
- Besides gaming, what’s your favourite element of ‘geek’ culture, or something you’d like to get more into if you had the time/money?
- You stumble across a magic lamp, and awaken a genie who offers to help you create the videogame of your dreams. What genre do you create, and what’s the basic premise of your game?
- What’s the coolest dinosaur?
- If you were to get a tattoo, what would you get?
Interested to see your answers! Have fun!