Sunshine Blogger Award (+ tags)

This is the second Sunshine Blogger Award this month! Special thank you to AK at Everything Is Bad For You! They nominated me a couple of weeks ago for the Sunshine Blogger Award. For great posts on anime and gaming, be sure to check out Everything Is Bad For You! Thanks again for the nomination AK! On to the questions…

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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 and/or on your blog.

Questions:

Have you played a game that was so immersive and compelling that you ended up feeling disconnected from the real world while playing it? If so, what was it and what do you think drew you into its world? I wrote about a few of these types of games in my 30 Day Video Game Challenge. For the sake of this question, I am going with Skyrim. I loved the quests, story-telling, and overall feeling the open world gives me.

Is there a game that’s had a profound impact on you, either as a kid or as an adult? What was that game and what influence do you think it’s had on you? I’ve written about my love for Spyro the Dragon before, but it was my first video game and allowed me to escape from some of the pain of my childhood and lead me down the path to being a Game Artist.

Is there a game that you loved as a kid but that disappointed badly when you revisited it as an adult? What do you think appealed to you about it then, and why do you think that appeal’s been lost? Kingdom Hearts I. I still love the story and the series but revisiting the first game years later ended up being a pain. The mechanics are so terrible that I had a hard feeling nostalgic about the game.

How do you feel about the use of subtitles in games? Would you want every game made in a foreign language to be dubbed into your native language if possible, or do you prefer subs? From an Accessibility perspective, all games should have subtitles no matter what. When it comes to playing a game in another language, I would have no problem playing it with subtitles only! I think anime prepared me for that!

Have you ever sold a game, game console or handheld, accessory, or similar object that you later regretted selling? Honestly, I can’t recall selling anything that I regretted selling. I still have all of my consoles and I’ve kept a few older games that mean a lot to me. There are games I wish I had gotten a copy of when they came out initially though like Haunting Ground and Rule of Rose.

With the dominance of Amazon and digital game markets, do you think brick-and-mortar game stores will be able to hang on for much longer? If they can’t, will we lose anything meaningful as a result? Great question! Brick-and-mortar stores are definitely in danger if they don’t offer online services. We’ll lose midnight releases, community events, making friends with the employees when we become regular faces around the store, etc.

Your government approaches you with an offer: join its upcoming first manned mission to Mars. You’ll receive a large salary, and if you have a family, they’ll be very well compensated. If the mission is successful, you’ll be away from them for at least three or four years. However, the mission is so dangerous that there’s a high chance (let’s say for the sake of the hypothetical 70%) that you will never return to Earth. No matter what happens, you’ll be immortalized in history if you join this mission, and if you end up dead or stranded, your family would continue to receive a large pension. Would you take them up on the offer? (Assume also that you have skills that would be essential to such a mission, but that other experts would be equally able to perform the same functions, so the mission would still proceed if you decline to join.) Hard decline. I was long distance with my now-husband for years and I have no plans on doing that again!

My Questions:

  • What game are you currently playing?
  • What game you’re most looking forward to?
  • What is you favorite game of last year?
  • What would you change about your favorite franchise?
  • What game has influenced you creatively? Writing, drawing, etc.
  • What games do you have multiple copies of?
  • How do you usually spend a lazy evening?
  • How many countries have you been to?
  • What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
  • What was the very first game you ever beat?

My Nominations:

I nominate anyone reading this! You may have seen last week’s Sunshine Blogger Award post so with that mind, I’d like to take a moment to nominate my amazing readers! If you you’d like to participate in the award, just be sure to follow the rules as usual and link to any of my blog posts so that I can read your answers!

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11 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award (+ tags)

  1. Skyrim really was amazing for its level of immersion. One of my favorite things about the Elder Scrolls series is how deep the lore runs in ways that you can ignore or really get into, whichever way you prefer to play. I’m the type who would scour shelves to find every book in the game.

    Despite my old obsession with JRPGs, I never got into Kingdom Hearts. I think it was the weird mashup of Final Fantasy and Disney that I couldn’t get over — I liked both of them at different times in my life, but I didn’t care for the idea of them together. Maybe I wasn’t being fair to the series. Still, I can understand playing games from your childhood that don’t measure up in mechanical and quality of life standards.

    Midnight releases can be a good time, you’re right about that. And I’ve met a few fellow Atlus/NIS freaks working at Gamestop I can talk games with. There’s no doubt Gamestop’s management has been screwing up, but it would be a shame to lose those aspects of the widespread brick-and-mortar stores.

    And yeah, about that Mars mission — if I had a wife, I certainly wouldn’t take them up on that offer unless she were able and willing to come along with me.

    Thanks for your answers and for the kind words!

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    1. I must have forgotten to send my reply! Apologies for a late response, AK!

      I absolutely agree about Skyrim. The lore is A+ and I love the stories so much. KH is definitely something I think people either love or feel indifferent about. That first game is pretty clunky compared to the later games but if you can get passed it, I thin it’s a really good, if confusing, series. It’s one of my husband’s favorites of all time. And maybe another store can rise up in GameStop’s place to keep the good parts of the brick & mortar game store culture while still thriving.

      You’re so welcome, AK! Thanks again for the nomination. 🙂

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      1. Hey, no problem! Also, I agree it would be nice if we had another store to take Gamestop’s place. Maybe someone can start some kind of game library where people can just hang around and play for a fee or rent or buy games. Put a coffee shop in the side, maybe a bar too. If I had any capital to risk I’d try that out for sure.

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      2. I’ve always wanted to do something like that! Like a manga cafe but with games which I’m sure has been done before. I’ve been to a couple of gaming bars and it’s been fun but definitely a bit busy for someone like myself who has a hard time with crowds.

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  2. Have you played the VR version of Skyrim? I imagine that is even more immersive than the original. I suspect I would feel the same about Kingdom Hearts if I replayed it. Loved the music and parts of the story, but even back in the day I felt the combat and camera could be better. Cannot imagine it has aged well.

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