I’ll admit that I had thought that I had already been nominated for this- but apparently, there are two ‘Sunshine’ awards going around! Either way, I’m super flattered that Rob over at I Played the Game! tossed one of these my way, as I haven’t followed his blog for a terribly long time but the more I read, the more I find myself both relating and coming back for more of his work. I highly recommend checking out what he has to offer over that way.
As with most of these types of awards, the rules follow a pretty straightforward:
- Thank blogger(s) who nominated you for a blog post and link back to their blog. (Done, and once again, I suggest you check out his work!)
- Answer the questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate new blogs to receive the award and write them new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Before I go on with this, I want to ‘philosophize’ just a bit over why I love peer recognition awards like the one I’m embarking on. For one, it gives folks who have just recently started a regular routine of reading blogs a few new avenues to check out to look into folks that they can communicate with about their interests and passions. On another angle, it lets you get to know people, even if it’s on a passing and sometimes comical level.
Okay, that could just be me, but maybe you have strange interests like ‘finding out about people’ like I do!
Anyway- on with the show!
Questions from I Played the Game!:
1. I like horror games. What’s the best one?
I have to answer this as a two-part response. I will forever stand by Clock Tower for the Playstation as my favorite, for nostalgic purposes. The game that actually scared me a number of times though was Fatal Frame 2 so I would have to rank that one the actual “best” horror game.
2. My wife is currently watching Friends, but what do you think is the best 90s sitcom?
The nostalgia is strong with this one, and I’ve just recently been watching through some 90s sitcoms on Hulu and Netflix so- this absolutely could change but I grew up watching Home Improvement and now that we’re watching it again, it’s a different experience but it’s just quintessential 90s sitcom viewing for me.
3. I’m a bit fan of scotch. Assuming you partake in alcohol, what’s your tipple of choice?
Well, now that I know what a tipple is (always love learning new vocabulary!), I don’t drink anymore but when I did, there wasn’t much that I drank on a regular basis. Fun fact: I was a bartender for a couple of years so I liked to keep my abode stocked with random things I wanted to try. Toward the end of my drinking, though, I did veer more toward white wine, if I had to answer.
4. Other than PC (for obvious reasons), what’s the best video games system of all time and why?
I may regret going on record with this answer, but probably the Playstation 2. There were so many jumps in quality and content- at least in the US market- and the library is enormous. While the Playstation made the clear generational leap, the second system felt like it perfected it.
5. Netflix or Amazon? Convince me!
Netflix, hands down! They may receive a good chunk of new movies a little later than Amazon, but they don’t hide half of their content behind rental fees (even with Prime!) and they dip into the indie film pool a lot more than Amazon does so you can stumble on interesting stuff you wouldn’t otherwise on Amazon.
6. I like my guinea pigs. Do you have a pet?
Not anymore, though I haven’t had a pet that I lived with for longer than a month or two since I lived back at home due to apartment and monetary restrictions. I grew up with two dogs, though- a German Shepherd and a Jack Russell Terrier- before I went off to college and a plethora of other pets growing up.
Nominations for the Award/Other Blogs You Should Check Out
As usual, I can’t stress enough that I love all of the blogs I get the chance to sit down and read, so this is just a sampling of folks you should check out (not including I Played the Game!, which you should definitely check out but I feel like these things are a bit more ‘tag-no-tag-back’ so re-nominating seems a little silly here):
LightningEllen – aside from being a big fan of Final Fantasy XIII’s leading character- so you’ll see a lot of FFXIII references, which I love- you’ll get some great reviews and opinions on gaming from a wonderful member of the blogging community.
Cheap Boss Attack – my go-to for current reviews and generally fun back-and-forths. I can’t say much more in the way of fantastic things about this guy and his blog. He has regular weekend updates on games he’s playing, too, so there’s always something new to check out!
Shoot The Rookie – Killer name aside, this has been another blog that is new to my rotation, and while I haven’t been vocal on their pages quite yet- I guess this is as good a time as any to send some praise balloons into the air for all the world to see! Interesting Top 5’s and an all-around entertaining read.
hungrygoriya – One more blog that I’m new to. In a subject quite close to my heart now that I’ve started doing some light collecting, this blog leans a bit more toward collecting and the finds hungrygoriya comes across while hunting for retro pieces. Some really neat stuff and well worth looking into if, like me, you dig seeing old games and other pieces.
Extra Life Reviews – Red Metal has been one of the folks I’ve felt most welcomed by in the gaming blog community, and the long-form reviews over there are in-depth and interesting whether they are retro or current. Also, the questions they’ve been asking have been fairly thought-provoking, including the most recent one here.
With all of this said (to keep this concise), I have a few more followers and folks that I follow now- and hello to you, by the way!- so this will probably be more varied as I get to check out some of the folks I’ve been starting to look at the blogs of.
I’m not going to ask a bunch of questions, but that’s mostly because I’m terrible at coming up with them. That said, I’m going to rip off a few of my last questions since I didn’t nominate anyone the last time I got this, so here are five questions for you to think about:
1. What TV show, book or movie would you want to see turned into a video game?
2. Are you a fan of any particular voice artists/actors?
3. Which game do you feel gets little to no coverage, retrospective or otherwise, that you feel deserves more love?
4. What is a vocal song, licensed or otherwise, that you loved as a part of the game it was involved in?
5. 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?
Thanks again to Rob at I Played the Game for the nod! Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend!
– Matt a.k.a. “The3rdPlayer”