A Liebster Award Winner is Me!

Liebster Award

I was pleasantly surprised to find out I had been nominated to receive a lobster (them’s good eats!), and then marginally disheartened but still pleasantly surprised to learn that I had misread the information, and I am indeed the recipient of a “Liebster.” As it turns out, the Liebster Award is given from one blogger to another, to recognize the growing potential of a blog. An appreciation kind of thing.

I would like to give a thousand thanks to Matt from Nintendobound (an exceptional Nintendo blog) for selecting me for this award. Can we give him a round of applause, please?

Joker

Of course, receiving this award comes with a catch  means I have to do three things: Firstly, I have to answer the eleven questions that were asked of me in my nomination. Second, I must list eleven facts about myself (because I’m so interesting). And C, I must nominate some fellow bloggers and ask them eleven questions of my choosing. I like to think this gives me power.

Let’s get cracking!


 

Questions, questions, just fill my head…

 

1: What is the best trip you have ever taken?

"Finally they're opening up the gate!"

“Finally they’re opening up the gates!”

It’s hard to say a singular best, but last year I did visit Walt Disney World for the first time, and it was magical. It was during the Summer, and they had just started their Frozen Summer Fun event. Being completely obsessed with Frozen, this made everything that much better. I’m hoping to go again once the Frozen Ride opens at Epcot, in which case I will shove children out of my way to be the first in line.

I’ve been a lifelong fan of Disneyland, but Walt Disney World is just so much more.

 

2: What are your three favorite movies?

Geez! Asking this big of a question right out of the gate?! Not fair! And why three? Why not five, or ten?!

My list of favorites wouldn’t include the usual checklist of Godfathers and Citizen Kanes. Those are great movies, but they are movies I “respect” and “admire” for their greatness, but not ones that I can claim to love in the way I love my favorite movies.

There are so many great movies out there that I’ll always feel bad for leaving some out. Some movies I ‘love’ would include It’s a Wonderful Life, Schindler’s List (that ending!), The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Spider-Man 2, the Toy Story series and, of course, The Dark Knight.

But when it comes to the movies I love most, they tend to be animated. More specifically, they tend to be animated by Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. While I could list pretty much any and every Miyazaki film (Porco Rosso, Ponyo, the list goes on), I think two stand out most for their personal impact on me: My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.

So there’s two right there. As for the third one, the top contenders would be The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Incredibles, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Frozen. It’s a tough choice, but in the end I’m going with…..

Frozen.

And no, I’m not a 12-year old girl. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t absolutely fall in love with this movie. I could go on and on about why I love it so much (and I will. Oh, I will), but for now I will simply say it deserves all of its success.

So there you go, my answer (for now) for my three favorite movies.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

 

Frozen

Frozen

Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Return of the King and The Incredibles would probably follow…along with another Miyazaki film. It’s a hard question!

One day I will go way more in-depth with all of this.

 

3: What game does everyone seem to like that you don’t?

Easy. Bioshock Infinite.

There are games I think are overrated, such as Final Fantasy VII or Skyrim, but I can acknowledge that they are good games with plenty of merit, I just don’t think they live up to the hype for one reason or another.

"Please, nobody catch them."

“Please, nobody catch them.”

But I outright think Bioshock Infinite is a bad game. The gameplay couldn’t be more basic, the storyline couldn’t be more self-insistent, the social commentary couldn’t be more shoehorned, I could go on. It is utterly void of genuine creativity and inspiration. People call it art only because it (arrogantly) calls itself art. Bioshock Infinite is a bland game with a poorly contrived narrative, but it couldn’t have a higher opinion of itself.

 

 

4: What game do you like but everyone else seems to hate?

 

Mega Man 8.

Mega Man 8Yes, the voice acting is the stuff of nightmares (or comedy gold, depending on how you look at it), and the Robot Masters are a bit goofy (I like Sword Man though), but overall I think it’s one of the best Mega Man games. I’m not about to argue it’s as great as Mega Man 2 or anything, but it is one of the few entries in the series that stands out from the others. Not just because of the vibrant visuals, but it also had moments like the on-rail shooter in Tengu Man’s stage and the notorious “Jump jump, slide slide” segments in Frost Man’s stage and Dr. Wily’s castle.

It’s not perfect, but I think it is a lot more fun than it gets credit for.

 

5: What characters should be added to the next Super Smash Bros. installment?

 

Dixie KongGenoDixie Kong should have already been in the series by this point. We have three freaking Kid Icarus rejects but only two Donkey Kong characters? That’s just dumb.

Besides Dixie, I’m always rooting for Geno. If only Square could be a pal…

Other top choices include Fawful, King K. Rool and Paper Mario (not a clone). I would also love to see Banjo-Kazooie, but that could be complicated with all the legalities.

Anyone makes more sense than freaking Dark Pit though.

 

6: What long-gone gaming franchise needs to be resurrected?

 

I was going to say Toejam & Earl, but they’re making a comeback! Hopefully they won’t add some needless third character this time…

Instead, I’ll list Ristar! Seriously, only one game. One.

"Yeah, this is basically where Ristar has been the last two decades."

“Yeah, this is basically where Ristar has been the last two decades.”

There just seems like there’s so much missed potential with Ristar as a franchise. Just imagine him reimagined today, in glorious HD. They could build on the core concepts of the original game, while making a brand new experience.

Why Sega can’t seem to see the untapped goldmine they have here is a mystery…

Oh wait, does Super Mario RPG count as its own franchise? Because that needs a sequel as well!

 

7:  What long-standing gaming franchise needs to go?

 

I hate to say it since this series was a big part of my childhood, but it has to be Sonic the Hedgehog.

Now, I’m not saying the series has to die completely, but Sonic definitely needs to go for a good while. Sure, Sonic Generations was good, but it’s surrounded and outnumbered by so many awful titles from the once-great series, that Sonic has become an absolute joke.

Remember back in the day, when Sonic the Hedgehog was held in a similar regard to Mario and Zelda? Now the only time Mario and Sonic should be mentioned in the same sentence is if that sentence is “Mario stomps Sonic into dust.

Sonic Boom

“Why? …just, why?!”

The series just isn’t what it once was at all. Too many bugs, too many unthought out elements, and just too many dang characters! Message to Sega: You don’t need to introduce more dumb animal characters with every new entry!

Sega needs to either go back to basics (but do it better than Sonic the Hedgehog 4) or let the series go away for a while, and maybe people might actually want to see Sonic in another game.

 

8: What job would you never take?

Anything that involves going into a sewer, I suppose.

 

9: What would be your reaction if extraterrestrial beings made contact with us?

I’d probably think it’d be pretty cool. If they were friendly enough I may want to see how well they take to Mario Kart.

 

10: What is your favorite video game song?

It’s a hard choice, as I consider myself something of a connoisseur of video game music. There are so many great gaming soundtracks. Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Galaxy, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Banjo-Kazooie, Shadow of the Colossus, Nights, just to name a few.

But if I had to pick one favorite gaming soundtrack, it’d have to be Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest. It alone is a soundtrack filled with classics and all-time greats, but if I had to pick one track from DKC2 it would be… *Drumroll*

In a Snow-Bound Land.

DKC2

“Tough as nails. But that music!”

What is it with me and snow? Anyway, In a Snow-Bound Land is absolutely beautiful. It’s atmospheric, emotional, and it captures my imagination every time I hear it. It also continues DKC2’s brilliant trend of including the most soothing and beautiful music on the most difficult levels (one of the game’s many subtle works of genius). It’s simply captivating.

 

 

 

11: Will you forbid your children to play video games whose ratings are not appropriate for their age?

Of course. A ten-year old shouldn’t be playing Grand Theft Auto. Simple as that. There are plenty of great games for them to enjoy as kids, they can wait to play the more violent stuff.


 

Now for some random facts about me.

 

1: I can whistle pretty darn well. “Like a freaking bird” I’ve been told.* I can often be heard whistling various video game songs. I’m not quite Walter from The Muppets, but I’m getting there.

*Has never actually been told this.

2: I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs. Unless Dr. Pepper counts, in which case just inject it into my veins!

3: I attended E3 every year from 2009 to 2014, fulfilling one of my dreams as a kid. I got to play some awesome games before most people!

Bowser4: My favorite video game character is Bowser. The King Koopa is just too cool, and he never gives up. He gets knocked down and he keeps on keeping on. He’s an inspiration.

5: Whenever I’m not watching movies, playing video games, writing about those movies and video games, or dealing with that annoying thing called “real life,” I enjoy drawing and creative writing. I’m not going to brag about my abilities, but at least I do my own stuff.

6: My favorite television series include Arrested Development, Seinfeld, Monk and Regular Show. Though I also have to give my childhood a shout out with Digimon (the first two seasons, the third one killed it for me as a kid).

7: Super Mario RPG was the first RPG I ever played, and still my favorite.

8: I am a frequenter of Disneyland (annual pass holder!), and know the place like Gollum knows Middle-Earth. My favorite rides at the park include Indiana Jones, Star Tours, and Space Mountain.

9: I’m not one for watching sports, but I do enjoy pro wrestling (don’t laugh). It can get goofy, but the theatrics of it all can provide some great entertainment when it wants.

"The SNES launched with Super Mario World! How do you beat that?!"

“The SNES launched with Super Mario World! How do you beat that?!”

10: I still consider the SNES to be the greatest video game console of all time. A bigger lineup of all-time classics than any other console, and they haven’t aged a day.

11: Every now and again I like to have a go at some video editing. I’ve even managed to get some money from some of my YouTube idiocy.

 

 


 

 

And now for my questions.

 

1- What is the earliest game you remember playing?

2- What do you think are the three most important aspects of a great game?

3- What are your five favorite TV shows?

4- What are your five favorite movies?

5- What is your favorite color (very important)?

6- Who is your favorite video game character?

7- If you could live in any video game world, which one would it be?

8- What is your favorite video game song/soundtrack?

9- If you were an eccentric millionaire, what would be the first off-the-wall thing you’d do with your wealth?

10- How would you prepare for a zombie apocalypse?

11- Favorite video game console?


 

As for my nominees, well, I must admit that I don’t get around to reading too many different blogs (more time for Smash Bros. you see) but there are some great ones out there. I nominate…

AfterStory

GamesThatIPlay

And well, yeah that’s it. I would also re-nominate NintendoBound but I don’t know the rules on that. An honorary mention anyway.

Shine Get!

 

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12 thoughts on “A Liebster Award Winner is Me!

  1. Matt

    Thanks for the round of applause and the re-nomination.

    Interesting answers and facts.

    I have always wondered how awesome it must be to live close to a Disney park and have an annual pass. The whole idea of “Well, I don’t have anything special to do tomorrow so I might as well go to Disneyland/Walt Disney World” just amazes me. It is something I discuss often with my other Disney-obssessed friends who went to WDW with me to work. That must be a great life! =D

    And yeah, the SNES is just untouchable!

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    1. themancalledscott Post author

      No problem. And thanks!

      Disneyland is always a good time, so having an annual pass is indeed pretty awesome. On the downside it means you’ll be spending more money on overpriced foodstuffs…

      The SNES is simply the king. I hope the rumors of the Virtual Console emphasizing the N64 at the expense of the SNES are greatly exaggerated. It would be a shame to not get more SNES classics on there.

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      1. Matt

        Oh yeah, the price of the food has got to be a problem. Eating anything decent on a Disney park requires a good amount of cash… if one doesn’t have much to spare, then it is a junk-food fest.

        Hopefully one day I will get to go to Disneyland to enjoy Carsland, the Indiana Jones ride (which I have heard easily ranks among the best Disney has ever constructed), and World of Color!

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      2. themancalledscott Post author

        Finding decent food at Disneyland can be tough (but there are a few places though) but even if you’re reduced to the junk food it’s still way too expensive. $4 for one pretzel!

        Carsland is more fun than the Cars movies! Luigi’s Flying Tires was a dud of a ride though, which explains why it’s already getting the axe. Indiana Jones is easily one of the best if you can endure the line. And I love World of Color (but they’re changing it this year for the 60th anniversary), it’s always a great way to cap off a trip to Disney.

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      3. Matt

        That’s one of the great things about Disneyland. Differently from WDW, it is constantly getting minor tweaks, refurbishments, and upgrades.

        It is a must given most people who visit the place are locals and annual pass holders whose demands are far higher than those of visitors of WDW.

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  2. veryverygaming

    Good stuff. You stole my answer for franchise that should just go away for a while… but then again Sonic is a rather obvious choice 😛 These days there aren’t all that many franchises that have too many games, but there are a ton of franchises that have too few or are ripe for revival.

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    1. themancalledscott Post author

      It’s hard to imagine many people missing Sonic if he went away for a while. I honestly don’t think most people would know the difference.

      I could have named a good few franchises that need a comeback, like Nights or Ecco the Dolphin (a lot of Sega stuff evidently), but decided on Ristar since it only ever had one game even though it’s obvious franchise material.

      Thanks for reading.

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      1. veryverygaming

        Yeah, Ristar is a very good choice there too. Nights I love but the Wii sequel suggests that the original is a beautiful and spectacular that can’t be duplicated! I’m surprised at how many Ecco the Dolphin games there are – I have the PS2 port of DEFENDER OF THE FUTURE sitting on my shelves waiting to be played right now actually. I wasn’t into the original Ecco games but with a title like that…!!!

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      2. themancalledscott Post author

        The original Nights is still one of my favorite games. Its magic just can’t be duplicated I suppose. Still, I’m glad Sega at least keeps Nights present in crossover titles so the series doesn’t feel completely abandoned (like Ristar).

        The original Ecco the Dolphin is so difficult! I can understand why it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was one of my favorite Sega games as a kid along with Sonic and Toejam and Earl and the like. I loved the atmosphere in the game.

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  3. veryverygaming

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one who holds such a high opinion of Nights! If you’re interested I wrote a post on the Wii sequel some months ago… I didn’t get all that far into the game so it’s more reflections on Sonic Team’s history in general. https://veryverygaming.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/nights-journey-of-dreams-wii

    Apologies for pimping on here. As for Ecco, as you say, definitely a good game but bloody tough! Requires a lot of patience…

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