Responding to My Sunshine Blogger Award Nod

In a flattering gesture by Red Metal over at Extra Life, I’ve been nominated this month for a Sunshine Blogger Award.  According to the description that was posted:

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity, joy, warmth, and any other emotions you feel when you think about the sun.”

I know it may sound cheesy, but as someone who very much wants to promote positivity and a feeling of connection in the community, it means a lot to be brought up in relation to an award like this by one of my peers.  A big thank you for the nomination!

Now, onto the guidelines:

Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post 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.

And now, the questions!

1. To prove the artistic merits of the medium to a skeptic, which game would you choose to demo to them?

Oh, this is a really tough question and what artistic merit I’m trying to prove.  If it’s visual, something like Journey would be my go-to. Writing? I’ve been partial to games like Bastion, Transistor, or The Last of Us (at least in the opening set-up).

Overall, though, I’d either go to To The Moon or Until Dawn.  Until Dawn was probably the most engrossing game I’ve played in ages and it’s visually incredibly solid, emulating cinematic angles and methods to make a strong step forward in the genre.  To The Moon, for those not interested in my horror skewed recommendations, was the most emotionally touching game I’ve gotten the chance to play through in a long time. Close third would have to be my favorite, Final Fantasy VI, for story beats and the variety of scenarios and themes presented throughout, but it would be hard to get that into a single demonstration.

2. Gaming’s critical circle is pretty dire if you ask me. What piece of advice would you give to them so they could improve?

Again, this kind of depends on the aim of the question, I guess.  If we’re talking about interactions within the community, it goes a long way to recognize that people are on the other side of those words and they share the same passion and interests you do.  Cutting out vicious negativity, though, can be a necessary action to help with general well-being.

If we’re talking about critical analysis of games or reviews, though, there is something to be said for straining for opposite outlooks.  No work is absolutely fantastic or only abysmal. Sometimes, highlighting those qualities can help not only take the edge off of a harsh review, but it can help exercise critical analysis and give a little more insight into what the developers were aiming for.  Research can go a long way in a short time for that, too.

3. What was your first gaming console?

I know the first system I ever played was the Colecovision, but the first I remember thoroughly was the original Nintendo system.

4. Do you prefer 2D or 3D games?

While I almost exclusively review 2D games on here, I prefer 3D games in general.

5. What is your favorite graphic novel/manga?

The Battle Royale manga was pretty amazing, though I’m pretty partial to the original novel and movie, too.

6. What was the first album you ever purchased for yourself?

Third grade.  Amy Grant. Heart in Motion.

I’m truthful, if not humbled.

7. What is your favorite album few people in your social circle have heard of?

Chverches – The Bones of What You Believe

8. What is your favorite decade in music?

I’m definitely torn.  A few months ago, I would have said the 80s, but I’ve been going through a wave of seeking out 90s music lately.  I’ll have to stick to my 80s guns for the time being, though!

9. Do you tend to get a lot of snacks at the theater?

Almost solely a bag of popcorn.  If I”m feeling really adventurous, some Sour Patch Kids.  I love snacking during movies, but they’re soooo expensive.

10. Which film do you think lived up to the unanimous critical acclaim it received?

Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind.  The cast, plot, direction- I loved everything about that movie, and it’s rare that I agree with critics on these things.

11. Which film do you think utterly failed to live up to the hype?

Blade Runner 2049.  My husband and I were both psyched to see this as fans of the original, and the cast and previews seemed so good.  It was a gorgeous movie, but that was absolutely it. It might be a ‘different folks’ situation, though?

Now, for the questions I have to ask:

1. Which game do you feel gets little to no coverage, retrospective or otherwise, that you feel deserves more love?
2.  Who is a character in gaming that has stuck with you for any reason and why?
3. What is your favorite video game based on a movie or television show?
4. Is there a game that you didn’t particularly like that you can name a positive part of that swayed your opinion on it?
5. What is a vocal song, licensed or otherwise, that you loved as a part of the game it was involved in?
6. What is a misconception about gaming or the gaming community that you would like to rebuke?
7. Do you regularly subscribe to or pick up physical copies of magazines, and if so, which?
8. Given the choice of only one, what movie would you limit yourself to watching for the rest of your life?
9. Who influences you as a creator?
10. Are you a fan of any particular voice actors/artists?
11. One title from your favorite series absolutely has to be deleted from memory and history, but you get to choose which one.  Which would you choose?

So far as nominations- I’ve seen this award on so many sites now that I can’t imagine I wouldn’t be re-nominating people by this point.  If you haven’t been nominated or would like to take part, this is your chance, and consider this a big old “tag, you’re it”!  With my review of March coming up soon, I don’t want to overload too many folks, but just know that if I follow you- and I’m still following you now- I’ve definitely considered you a positive influence on my experiences in the gaming community and you have my thanks!

If you really want to answer some questions or discuss, though, always consider my comments section open!

Hope you’re all staying well and happy gaming!

4 thoughts on “Responding to My Sunshine Blogger Award Nod

  1. Wow, that’s three votes for Journey I’ve received so far. I wasn’t drawn in the first time I played that game, so I should give it another chance now that I’ve played a few more quality indie games. I think being a critic is a great motivation for seeing these experiences through.

    Yeah, cutting down on the negativity is something independent critics need to do if the medium is to grow. As it stands, their approach to criticism is a lot like the “Boy Who Cried Wolf” fable in that it’s difficult to take them seriously when they raise legitimate issues with the same amount of vitriol as they do an aspect that doesn’t conform to their biases. I remember Naughty Dog naming a trophy “Ludonarrative Dissonance” after a persistent criticism they received starting with Uncharted 2. Though I think developers should be more receptive to constructive criticism, the mainstream outlets being universally positive toward mainstream releases and independent critics being overly negative make knowing how to improve extremely difficult. I almost can’t blame Naughty Dog for making a joke out of it. Almost.

    The first console I played on was the NES, but the first one that was truly my own was the SNES.

    Yeah, I myself prefer 3D games. 2D games have their own appeal, but I’ve always felt 3D games were far more immersive.

    I heard the Battle Royale manga was pretty intense. Maybe I should give the film version a try, as I heard it’s pretty good.

    The first one I purchased for myself was Led Zeppelin’s fourth album. It was quite a long time after the third grade, though.

    I have a few choices I could go with – one would be Faust’s 1971 debut album. They were a classic krautrock band.

    It seems like when the 2000s or the 2010s don’t get heat from music fans, it’s the eighties that receives the brunt of their ire. However, I’ve come down to the conclusion that a lot of it is sour grapes, as it’s arguably the decade in which classic rock bit the dust. In reality, it’s an extremely solid decade – I would go as far as saying it and, for that matter, the nineties were better than the sixties, which is a sacred cow amongst major music publications.

    I tend not to snack at movie theaters because I have difficulties eating and paying attention to the film at the same time. That and I like to save money. Even when I did get popcorn at the theaters, it was a small bag that would be gone by the time the film started.

    I’m always looking for a good film to watch, so I may have to give Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind a try.

    I liked Blade Runner 2049. That said, I get why a lot of people would be so iffy about it. We’re talking about a sequel to a movie made 35 years after the fact. Adding new canon to that would be exceedingly difficult. Then again, I ended up seeing the original for the first time a week before the sequel came out.

    I’m glad you had fun doing these questions! Those were some great answers.


    • My friend wrote an amazing piece on Journey I need to ask her if I can post up here. Her being a little less of a gamer and more of an artist made me realize lot about the game I hadn’t thought about the first time I played it. Hopefully you’ll enjoy a playthrough if you get to it again!

      I feel like it bears noting that I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of the critique scene. There’s nothing wrong with finding something to improve on in a mainstream game (or any game, really), but there’s something important in the delivery and method of expressing it that gives it weight rather than just being snide for impact’s sake.

      The Battle Royale film is pretty great, though the last few minutes are best ignored for weird narrative reasons.

      Musically, I started musically with two cassettes- Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual” and Heart’s “Best of…”. A bit off from ‘classic rock’, but I have a huge soft spot for 80s pop and didn’t get much exposure to earlier decades in depth.

      Thanks again for the nod! 🙂


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