Well, would you look at that. Talented wordsmith and all-around lovely bloke Hundstrasse has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’m new to the concept of this and other awards in the blogging community, but as I understand it people can nominate those writers who bring a bit of happiness, however small, into people’s lives through their content. It’s a wonderful idea, and further evidence of the kind-spirited nature of this little community that I’m proud to be a part of. I’m a little bowled over by this nomination, and I’m humbled that people are finding something they like or connect with in my writing.
As for my nominator, I believe Hundstrasse was the first person to follow my blog when it began a couple of months ago, so perhaps it’s fitting that he was the one behind my nomination. The first post I read of his was a review of the original Dead Rising, which was a game I loved back in the early days of the Xbox 360, and he earned an immediate follow. His writing is always honest and eloquent, and he manages to touch on a few topics in gaming that resonate with everyone. Plus he agrees with my assertion that SSX 3 is a great game, so he’s a winner in my book.
There are rules to this award, and they are as follows:
- Write a few words to recognise the blogger who nominated you for the award;
- Outline the rules of the award;
- Answer the questions your nominator posed for you;
- Ask a few questions of your own and nominate 5 more blogs that you feel are deserving.
Let’s dig in.
If I came to visit, what one place locally would you take me to?
I’d take you to Fanny’s Ale House, a proper British pub 5 minutes down the road from my flat, which has a wealth of local ales and a wonderfully dingy atmosphere. It feels like it hasn’t changed in about 50 years, which is part of its charm. Assuming you’re a beer drinker, it’d be a perfect setting to sling a few ales down our necks and chat about video games; or anything else, for that matter.
What one game do you like despite it having serious shortcomings and why?
I’d have to go with Star Wars Super Bombad Racing on PS2. I’m sure this game will be infamous to some, but I’m not sure how many people know of it. It represents the worst of the cash-in, sellout, prequel-era Star Wars: it’s a cheap, cartoonish kart racer that frankly is an abomination to any self-respecting Star Wars fan. But this is 27-year-old me talking. Back in 2000 my younger self and my even younger brother and sister didn’t know any better, and we had hours of fun on that game. It was silly and frantic, and it was one of the few games I could play with my sister, which was cool.
What one aspect of video games do you feel is under appreciated?
Without a doubt I think it’s the effort and artistry that goes into making video games. I know very little about how games are made, but I understand that it takes superhuman levels of patience and hard work from many talented people. It’s probably easier to focus on a game’s negatives and blame the developers, because if something in the game doesn’t work, it’s impossible to play; as with most things, it’s harder to sit back and appreciate the things that make a game great.
Klirturting is a word I just made up… what does it mean?
“Nodding one’s head in agreement with another person, when you haven’t actually understood a thing they have said.”
Imagine you work in a mysterious sci-fi futuristic facility; what happens on the 5th floor?
The 5th floor is the canteen. The 4th floor is where the real shit goes down.
Now for my nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award, listed in no particular order. These are five cracking blogs that never fail to raise a smile when I read them. Some of you may already be familiar with them, but give them a look anyhow.
- I Played The Game! – an excellently-written blog that covers some lesser-known titles and offers some interesting thoughts on the gaming landscape. He plays some cool board games, to boot.
- Beyond The Loading Screen – a really well put together site full of insightful reviews.
- Pixel Dump – thoroughly enjoyable musings about gaming, with a very genuine style and a touch of humour.
- Seb’s Gaming World – journeys through gaming nostalgia, plus some thoughts on present and future games, with a distinct Nintendo flavour.
- AmbiGaming – this site explores some of the deeper meaning in video games and looks at how they relate to our lives in the real world. Always has something interesting to say.
And the five questions I would like to ask are as follows:
- What is your earliest gaming memory?
- Given the choice, do you play as a good guy or a bad guy in video games (i.e. Paragon or Renegade in Mass Effect)?
- Has there ever been a time when a video game helped you through a tough period in your life?
- Which video game mentor would you like to have in real life?
- What is your favourite dinosaur?
Many thanks once again to Hundstrasse for my nomination, and thanks to all the folks who visit the site. I hope to keep producing content that people enjoy, and I look forward to being inspired by all the superb writers in this community.