So apparently I have been nominated for something called a “WakuWafu” award. Ugh, sounds kind of weaboo-y. Why couldn’t it be called the “waffle” award instead? Waffles are delicious to the point of being badass!
Oh well. Getting nominated for these blog awards means you automatically receive it, and I’ll take what I can get!
Anyway, this award is given out to bloggers by other bloggers, and is awarded to blogs that blog about anime and/or video games in their blogs. Blogs.
A big thanks to Alex from The After Story for the nomination. Let’s give him a round of applause!
This WakuWafu award will go very nicely with my Liebster Award in my entirely metaphorical trophy case. Here’s hoping the Fellowship of Gaming Wizards (totally our official title) will
hand me nominate me for many more awards in the future.
Anyway, there are some rules I have to follow with this award (grumble grumble).
Rule A: Thank the person who nominated me. Which I already did because I’m ahead of the curve.
Rule 2: Write any three things about myself for my fellow bloggers.
Rule Green: Think of three questions to ask the bloggers I nominate (I must also answer the three questions asked of me).
Rule of self-importance: Give one piece of advice to my fellow bloggers.
Last rule: Give credit where it’s due and let the WakuWafu people know that I have been nominated and completed this award.
Alright, now let’s get started with this.
Three Things About Me
Thing 1: Aside from movies, video games, and writing about movies and video games, I often use my free time to draw and do some creative writing. I’m not about to say I’m a great artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I do enjoy creating my own characters and stories, and drawing inspirations for them as best as I can. Hopefully one day I can make something out of my worlds, characters and stories.
Thing 2: I have been playing video games for as long as I can remember. I mean that literally. As long as I’ve had a conscious memory, I can remember playing video games. I have two older brothers who play video games, so I was kind of born into them. I started thinking of my Game of the Year around 2003, with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker being my obvious pick for that year. Since then, I’ve retroactively named my Game of the Year for every year of my life (more or less, one or two years are less definitive, and I flip-flop with those ones). It goes without saying that my favorite franchise is Super Mario. I know a lot of Nintendo fans say Zelda is the best, but they’re wrong. It’s Mario.
The Cat in the Hat: I wanted to start writing reviews after reading Roger Ebert’s review of Spirited Away. I consider the likes of Roger Ebert, Nintendo Power and Edge Magazine to be my influences for my reviewing style. As for my aforementioned stories and characters, my biggest influences would be Hayao Miyazaki, Nintendo games, Pixar movies, Disney’s Frozen, Star Wars (not the prequels) and J.R.R. Tolkien. Video game music has also proven to be a major influence in my creative endeavors, even though I am not musically gifted.
Answering my Three Questions
For some reason or another, the man from The After Story asked me the following.
Question 1: Which of the following characters would you marry, which one would you kill, and which one would you have “sexy sexy fun time with?” Mario, Donkey Kong, and Bowser.
What the serious, literal Hell? I’m sorry, I’m going to have to cop out and answer “N/A” to all of these. I like all of these characters too much to kill any of them, and I’m not a weaboo, so I don’t fantasize about having physical relationships “of that nature” with fictional characters, or have much incentive to marry them (except Elsa from Frozen, she’s totally my future wife). Apologies again, I have to cop out. I don’t know how to answer this.
Question 2: What is the worst video game you’ve ever played? And was it so bad that it almost deterred you from gaming as a whole?
I’m honestly not sure what the worst video game I’ve ever played is. I’ve played my fair share of bad ones, but I don’t know which is the worst. Some pretty terrible ones include The Flintstones in Bedrock Bowling, Iggy’s Reckin’ Balls, Wrestlemania 21, Escape from Monkey Island (and it was the first Monkey Island game I played, ouch!), Bubsy the Bobcat, Shaq-Fu (though that one’s actually kind of hilarious), Clayfighters 63 1/3, there are some bad ones out there. I try to stay away from games that look too awful, but every now and again I’ll stumble across one, and every now and again I’ll purposefully play a notoriously bad one to see if it lives up to its “hype.” I think it might be easier to name which games I like the least or think are the most disappointing.
None have deterred my overall love of the medium, however.
Question 3: What’s one critically acclaimed/fan favorite game you absolutely hate and why?
The. Entire. Freaking. Bioshock. Series.
Seriously, don’t get me started. Gameplay-wise, it’s an entirely flavorless, by-the-books First-Person Shooter. There is nothing I find in the series to be notably engaging or interesting. It’s boring, and it makes me not care for it as a game.
Even worse is the storytelling. Ken Levine is an infinitely overrated storyteller. Not only are his
preachy agendas social commentaries really blatant to the point of being insulting to the player (Gee, d’ya think Andrew Ryan is a metaphor for Ayn Rand? It’s almost like it’s spelled out in his name or something), but they’re often hypocritical. This is especially the case in Bioshock Infinite, a game that’s quick to call out prejudice for how ugly it is, but it has a blatant prejudice of its own against religious people. So I guess prejudices are okay so long as they’re against people who believe in stuff Ken Levine doesn’t? And don’t get me started on how in love with itself the series is. It’s revoltingly self-aggrandizing.
Seriously, Ken Levine is just the worst. The worst. The fact that so many gamers consider his abysmal series to be a beacon for video game art is just a sad sign of how miniscule the “standards” of most gamers are on the subject. Just get any pretentious jackass to call his own work art and gamers will blindly accept it. If Bioshock is any indication, that is.
Nominees and my Questions for Them
I nominate the following blogs for the WakuWafu Award.
And the questions are…
What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favorite color?
Okay, for real this time…
What do you consider to be the three most important aspects of a great video game?
What are your five favorite movies (you don’t have to order them, but you can)?
What are your favorite video game soundtracks, and your favorite individual pieces of music in video games (two in one question. Cheating, but I don’t care)?
Also, to anyone interested, feel free to join my favorite video games thing, which I’ll probably do in May. More information here.
My Life-Changing Advice to You (and Closing)
My advice for my fellow bloggers is to link to my site as often as possible. Don’t stop adding links and references to Wizard Dojo whenever possible.
Okay, my real advice is simple. Keep on writing. The more you write, the better you’ll get. And the more you write, the more people will read. Use this same mindset for any endeavor in life. Always give your best and your all. Keep working hard and pushing forward.
But what are you listening to me for? You don’t need guidance. In time, you will learn to trust your feelings. Then, you will be invincible. I have said it many times, you are the most gifted Jedi I have ever met.
Thanks again for the nomination! May I receive many, many more awards in the future. Maybe I should make an award of my own of some kind down the road…