What a cracking start to the new year! The delightful Dragon’s Tea Party listed me in their nominations for the Mystery Blogger Award, which aims to point people in the direction of new blogs in the community and share some great writing and creativity. The Dragon’s Tea Party, besides having one of the best blog names out there, is a collection of thoughtful articles about life as a gamer, often sharing interesting personal experiences and the odd entertaining ramble. If you haven’t already, you should check out their post about the struggle to balance gaming with adult life, which is insightful and endlessly relatable.
Rules of the award
- Put the award logo on your blog.
- List the rules.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and link to their blog as well.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Answer the questions posed by the blog who nominated you.
- Nominate 10 – 20 people to spread the word.
- Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.
- Share a link to your best post(s).
The award was created by Okoto Enigma.
Three things about me
- I’m a junior doctor working in a hospital in Bath, in the South West of England. I graduated from medical school in 2014, and at the moment I’m training to be a GP. I don’t get as much time as I’d like to play and write about video games, but I’m learning to balance my
obsessionhobby with the rest of my life. The great thing about working in medicine is that it’s ever changing, and you have to keep reading and learning to stay safe on the wards.
- I’m a pretty big sports fan and used to play rugby, my favourite sport, at university. I haven’t played for quite a while, and the last time I did I managed to cut my head open and get a concussion: I made the decision not to play again after that – I’ve had a couple of concussions in the past, and I don’t want to expose myself to any more lasting damage. It’s a shame, as I really loved being out on the pitch with my teammates.
- I love cooking and (especially) eating, and my girlfriend and I have a blast trying out new recipes and restaurants. Basically any trip we go on is organised around which new foods we want to try.
My favourite post
I’m not actually counting this as my best post, but it’s one I’m quite proud of. I had a go at writing some fan fiction in the form of a short story about the X-Men’s Nightcrawler, one of my favourite comic book characters. It may not be very long, or very good, but it’s different to what I normally write, and I’m happy that I was bold and shared something like this, even if it doesn’t get much attention.
Questions from The Dragon’s Tea Party
- If you could wear any video game/movie characters’ outfit for a day (male or female) whose would you choose and why?
- Which song would play during the credits in a movie about your life?
- Which scene in a movie/tv show always makes you laugh?
- What did you get for Christmas?
- (weird question) Do you have any weird talents?
OK, an interesting list of questions. Here goes:
- I think I’ll have to go with Iron Man’s armour. He’s not my favourite character from the Marvel universe, but the prospect of zooming around in that suit seems to good to pass up.
- Tough question. I’ve recently started listening properly to The Beatles, and I think “Let It Be” is a pretty good song to have playing at the end of a film about my life. It’s a beautiful song that fits with my philosophy that, in the end, things will be all right.
- So many to choose from here, but I’m going with a scene from Arrested Development season 1, episode 20 (Whistler’s Mother). I adore Arrested Development, and this scene cracks me up every time I watch it.
- I got the usual bits and bobs (chocolate, socks etc.), plus tickets to a talk by a really funny comedian (who is also a doctor) about the state of the NHS.
- I don’t have many weird talents but I can do a pretty spot on impression of Gollum from Lord of the Rings. Many hours of my childhood were wasted perfecting the voice. Time well spent, clearly.
Plenty to choose from, and all of them deserving. I’ll stick to a shorter list of top notch bloggers who deserve some love:
- Teri Mae at Sheikah Plate combines two of my favourite things – food and video games – by dishing out delicious-looking recipes from Breath of the Wild.
- Imtiaz at Power Bomb Attack always has something thoughtful to say about the world of gaming, and just became a father-to-be! If that doesn’t deserve a follow I don’t know what does.
- Robert at Adventure Rules is a gem in the WordPress gaming community, and is always keen to point out other great articles in addition to his own.
- Geddy at Nostalgia Trigger is a great source of fun opinion pieces and, as you might be able to guess from the name, some good old-fashioned nostalgia about old school gaming.
- Something Clever is a blog which always has, well, something clever to say about pop culture.
- Shoot The Rookie is a great blog about gaming that focuses on the difficulty levels of video games, and speaks to the gamers out there (like me) who maybe aren’t quite as handy as others.
Here’s what I’d like my nominees to answer:
- What was the video game that first hooked you into gaming?
- What would your “last meal on earth” be?
- If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- What is your favourite era of pop culture (including gaming, TV, movies, etc.)? For example, ’90s cartoons, XBox 360/PS3-era gaming, and so on.
- If you could delete the work of one musical artist or group from everyone’s collective consciousness, who would it be?
I hope you have fun with the questions, and thanks again to The Dragon’s Tea Party. Happy gaming!