Liebster Award – Episode II: Attack of the Blogs

Liebster Award

Well, looky looky. I’ve received my second Leibster Award nomination. And the great thing about these blogging awards is that simply responding to the nomination means I’ve won it. I’ll take any accolade I can get (except for a “Participation Award,” that’s just demeaning). This time around, my Liebster comes courtesy of none other than Mr. Panda of Mr. Panda’s Video Game Reviews. Let’s all give him a big round of applause.

Picard

Of course, receiving a Liebster Award comes at a price means I must also perform some requirements. Mr. Panda stated that there are two requirements, but last time I did this, there were three. So I’m still going to go with three, as a means to stretch this out and give myself that many more pats on the back.

  • Requirement 1 is to thank the person who nominated you (already done) and answer the eleven questions they asked you in their nomination (getting to that).
  • Requirement B is that I must list eleven facts about my glorious self.
  • Requirement Yellow dictates that I must nominate some fellow bloggers and ask them some questions of my own.

So let’s get cracking on all this, shall we?


Question time!

Totoro Hoola Hoop

 

1: Nintendo or Sega?

Nintendo. Why is this a question?

2: Favorite video game console?

Without question, it’s the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. No other console houses so many classics that have defied aging. From its launch with Super Mario World to its closing with the likes of Super Mario RPG, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby’s Dream Land 3, it just kept popping out timeless classic after timeless classic.

Sure, the NES, N64, Wii, PS2 and Genesis all have a special place in my heart, and I’m really enjoying the Wii U and PS4, but the SNES still takes the cake without question.

3: Favorite video game?

Wow, you’re really asking this big of a question this soon? Okay, here it goes…

Are you ready for this?

My absolute, honest-to-goodness, unquestionable, undefeated, untouchable, unapproachable, undisputed, most favoritiest favorite game of all time is…

Is…

IS…

Oh, wait a minute. I still plan on making my list of favorite games sometime in the not-too-distant future. Silly me, I don’t want to spoil that here.

Disgust Exit

4: Favorite video game soundtrack?

The Donkey Kong Country series easily stands out for me, with Donkey Kong Country 2 having the best soundtrack of the bunch (though Tropical Freeze comes shockingly close). DKC2’s soundtrack is perfection.

Other favorites include Super Mario RPG, the Super Mario Galaxy games, Symphony of the Night, Shadow of the Colossus, Nights: Into Dreams, Secret of Mana, Banjo-Kazooie, and a few others.

5: Favorite song from a video game?

I don’t usually like to claim a singular favorite when asked this question, because there are so many that stand out. But considering that In a Snow-Bound Land from Donkey Kong Country 2 seems to always be the first one that pops into my head when asked this question, I think it’s safe to say that it is probably my favorite. It’s so soothing, so enchanting, so haunting. The fact that such a beautiful piece of music plays in some of the game’s hardest stages is a testament to DKC2’s (and composer David Wise’s) brilliance in crafting such beautiful contrasts.

6: Favorite genre of Game?

Platformers. Whether 2D or 3D, platformers somehow best represent the very essence of game design, and have produced more timeless classics than any other genre. The runner-up would be RPGs, though I admit I tend to love more untraditional RPGs like the Mario RPGs, Secret of Mana, Undertale, and titles like that, as opposed to traditional JRPGs like Final Fantasy and western RPGs like Skyrim, which I often grow bored with.

7: Favorite non-gaming related hobby?

Movies (obviously). Particularly animated movies (also obviously).

I also enjoy writing (both for this blog and creative writing) and drawing. I’m not about to brag about my drawing ability in the slightest, but I do love to draw my own stuff. I also enjoy doing some video editing, and am looking into game design, so hopefully I can one day put all of these things together to become more than just hobbies.

8: Person you look up to most?

There are all kinds of answers I could give here, from the personal and sentimental, to the more creatively influential. For now I’ll just go with the safe choice and say… my dog.

Chewbacca T. Dog
“Total badass.”

 

9: Favorite quote?

Honestly, there are too many to list. Most of them from movies. “To infinity and beyond!” is a pretty good one.

10: Favorite place to visit?

The Disney theme parks. I’m an annual pass holder at Disneyland, and can’t get enough of the place. I’ve only been to Disney World once, but it was awesome! I really want to go back and ride the new Frozen Ever After ride at Epcot!

11: Place you would most like to visit someday?

I’m going to sound like such a weeb for saying this, but Japan. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan, and would love to make that a reality one day. They make all that stuff I like. And Japan loves Frozen as much as I do!

"Those hip sways though!"
“Those hip sways though!”

Now for some ca-razy facts!

 

Fact 1: I attended E3 from 2009-2014. Hopefully, I’ll be making a comeback next year. And hopefully Nintendo will have a bigger lineup.

Fact 2: As of this blog, I have 128 video game reviews written on Wizard Dojo. Super Mario 128 confirmed!

Fact 3: As of this blog, I have 81 animation reviews written on Wizard Dojo. I really, really need to catch up there.

Paper JamFact 4: My favorite Nintendo character, and favorite video game character period, is Bowser. Other favorite Nintendo characters include Mario, Rosalina, Geno, Fawful, Dixie Kong, Kirby, King Dedede and Ganon, while some of my favorite non-Nintendo game characters include Mega Man, Dr. Robotnik (I refuse to call him Eggman), Alucard from Castlevania, Gruntilda from Banjo-Kazooie, Cave Johnson from Portal 2 (J.K. Simmons!), Victor Sullivan from the Uncharted series, and Drippy from Ni no Kuni.

Fact 5: My favorite filmmaker is Hayao Miyazaki. Though I also really love the Pixar guys (particularly Brad Bird, Pete Docter, and Andrew Stanton), Isao Takahata, Steven Spielberg, and Alfred Hitchcock.

Calcifer

Fact 6: I have the platinum trophies in Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3, and Uncharted 4 (yes, I’m going to toot my own horn here).

Fact 7: I launched Wizard Dojo on Christmas day 2014, and have made sure to post at least one new blog every week. Usually more, though I try to make sure I actually have something to write about, and not just throw a couple of sentences together and and publish it just so I have something for the sake of having it. In the words of Sonic the Hedgehog “That’s no good!”

Fact 8: I hope to get back into the YouTube game soon. Hopefully I can think of a worthwhile series or whatever to serve as an entertaining alternative to my blogging (I’m really grasping at straws with these “facts” now. I’m really not that interesting).

Fact 9: Though I’ve rarely mentioned it here on Wizard Dojo, I am actually big fan of professional wrestling (stop laughing!). Though I only became a regular viewer of WWE programming in 2004 (after seeing it here and there in my younger days), I have become quite the historian/trivia expert on the subject, and have also become a big fan of some independent and Japanese wrestling promotions over the years (though sadly I haven’t seen as much of them for a while now. There are only so many hours in a day).

Fact 10: This is the 350th overall blog on Wizard Dojo.

Fact 11: As mentioned in my “non-gaming hobbies” answer, I quite enjoy creative writing and drawing. Though, once again, my abilities in those areas may not be anything to brag about, I do have several creations lined up that, hopefully, I can do something with one day (again, grasping at straws. I’m repeating myself now).


And now let’s close this out my nominating some fellow bloggers and asking them some questions for some reason. Some of you may have already received a Liebster Award in the past, but I’m nominating you anyway, because I only read so many blogs. And I gave myself this second self-loving award post, so you can too, if you’re up for it.

The nominees are…

NintendoBound

After Story

Miketendo64

Extra Life Reviews

Revaryk

Video Games Nebula

Future Pixar

Very Very Gaming

And well, that’s enough for now. As for the questions, here are eleven I think are fun or whatever…I guess…

1: Favorite video game genre?

2: Favorite video game console?

3: What do you think are the three most important aspects to making a great video game?

4: Why did you start blogging? 

5: Favorite color (extremely important)?

6: Favorite video game character (or maybe top 3 or 5 or whatever)?

7: What are your hobbies outside of video games?

8: If you could make your own video game, what genre would it fall under, and what are some of the gameplay features you would want to include?

9: Favorite animated movie character (again, maybe 3 or 5)?

10: Who is your video game or animated character crush (why am I going here)?

11: If you could live in one video game world, which one would it be and why?

Well, that’s that. Looks like I’ve wrapped up this second Liebster Award of mine. Hopefully you had some decent fun reading it, and another big thanks to Mr. Panda for the nomination. I hope you keep reading my crap. See you next time!

Kirby Dance

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!