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2nd “Liebster Award” Nomination

This is the second blog produced as a response to a nomination for the “Liebster Award”.

Thanks to pine717 for the nomination, the following questions were asked by this blogger and I have provided my answers.

  1. “What made you want to start writing a blog?

I have always enjoyed writing and wanted to develop this skill. I also enjoy reviews which discuss stories (such as the meanings and symbolism used in films) and wanted to produce reviews which reflected this.

2. “Outside of gaming, what hobbies do you try to cultivate?”

I play a sport. I enjoy the team aspect and using my skill and strategy to win. I also enjoy reading and watching films.

3. “Night Owl or Early Riser?”

I used to be an Early Riser, but am now a Night Owl. I still like the look of dawn on a clear day and the bright, morning sunlight, so it is a bit of a shame I stay up late.

4. “Book or movie that had the greatest influence on you growing up?”

I am not really influenced much by books and movies. I have always enjoyed the James Bond stories, so I would have to say those books and films. After reading how the James Bond films were influenced by fashions in film, I would have to state that the films themselves seem to chronicle the history of film (from the glamorous sixties to blaxplotation to king-fu to science-fiction to understated eighties to action thriller to gritty noughties to remake). The books are also interesting, as the writer seems to use varied ideas (such as highly political thriller, gangster story, short stories, domestic drama, point-of-view of another character, etc.). In one novel, a heroic character describes how he seduced his wife, won her in a fight, carried her away unconscious when she resisted, kept naked under a table and fed on scraps of food when she tried to escape, until she eventually loves him. This is described as a good way to treat women, so it is probably good that I was not easily influenced.

I also feel my life has been affected by a book called “The Colour Atlas of Clinical Gynaecology”, but I was not a kid when I read it.

5. “Favourite beverage to relax with?”

The eighth beer. Not really. I actually like chilled cola.

6. “Favourite character from a game?”

My favourite character from a game would be Naked Snake from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. I enjoy the game and find this character interesting. The character seems to go through a change during the story and is shown to have a close relationship with some of the other characters. I also find it interesting how this character changes in later games (the fact that he is first shown as a 3D character in this game also gives him a strange aura).

I am also interested in Donald Love from the Grand Theft Auto series. The Grand Theft Auto games between Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories seem to show the development and characters and stories in a fictional universe, the most prominent of these characters include Donald Love. In 1986, he is the protégé to a Vice City property magnate. In 1998, he is a wealthy business owner trying to run for mayor of Liberty City, who is bankrupted before he regains his wealth, partly by destroying a neighbourhood of the city. In 2001, he is a media tycoon, who orchestrates the rescue of a friend and becomes obsessed with a mysterious object he retrieves from an unknown source, before disappearing. Amongst this, there are references to unexplained “morgue parties” and darker elements of his personality. It is also interesting how his character changes from shy to jolly to suave.

7. “Favourite season of the year?”

My favourite season would be Spring. I remember it being the right temperature (not too warm or cold) with interesting weather (sometimes being bright, sometimes downpour), without the steady damp of other seasons.

8. “What was the first game that really made you like video and computer games?”

It would have to be Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Until then, I had mostly played simple games, such as Mega Drive games like Sonic and Ecco, which were enjoyable, but uncomplicated. Playing Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was much different. The story was much more involving and featured much more heavily than older games. The puzzles required more thought and practice. The settings were interesting and the dungeons were themed.  The world outside of the main story was much more complex, there were collectibles, characters had their own stories and there were many areas to explore. Interestingly, some of these details had no affect on the plot, which was strange considering everything in older games were designed to influence the single story running through the game. This game demonstrated that games were not just a diversion for an hour or so, they could be story-telling mediums which used well-designed environments and allowed the player to explore. It was also interesting the impact of the game on the outside world. People, who I did not think ever played computer games, wanted advice on completing dungeons and friends would talk about their progression in the game.

9. “The Beatles or Led Zeppelin? (Or neither?)”

I prefer  The Beatles, particularly the later music. I like the way the music ranged from simple, peaceful music (“Here Comes the Sun”) to surreal (“Glass Onion”) to playful (“Octopus’ Garden”), which seem, to me, to represent sixties popular culture.

10. “Pie or cake?”

What is the intention for this question? I prefer to eat cakes than pies (cakes have icing).

11. “Favourite number”

I like the number ten. It was always easy to add, subtract, multiply and divide by ten at school and I have loved the number since then.

As part of the award, a group of bloggers are selected and invited to answer a number of questions.

These are the questions:

  1. Why did you choose the name of your blog?
  2. If you could go back in time to experience any event, where would you go?
  3. What subjects do you enjoy finding out information about?
  4. What is a mystery you would like to know the answer to?
  5. What is the funniest way that you have heard anyone mistake the lyrics for a song?
  6. What is the weirdest question you have been asked as part of a Liebster Award Nomination?
  7. What is the name of a dance song (which sounds like it was from the eighties) which features energetic music and a deep voice singing “Hold me”?
  8. How do you like to write blogs?
  9. What would you do if I sang out of tune?
  10. What is a song that reminds you of a specific time or place?

These are my nominated bloggers:

  1. mrpanda,
  2. evilwizardesq,
  3. LilSamuelJones,
  4. LightningEllen,
  5. AstroAdam,
  6. Anyone who reads this blog post

“Liebster Award” Nomination

I have recently been nominated for the Liebster Award a number of times. I have decided to produce blogs to respond to the nominations and answer the questions asked.

Thanks to The Well-Red Mage for nominating me, the following questions were asked by this blogger and I have provided my answers.

  1. D.C. or Marvel?

I prefer Marvel. Unfortunately, this is based on my knowledge of the films based on the characters, rather than the comics themselves and I know more Marvel characters than D.C. stories.

2. Favourite console?

I like the Wii, the console allows for unique gameplay and I enjoy the games released on it. It also caters for people who want to  play for fun at parties or to keep fit.

3. Favourite video game?

I enjoy Metal Gear Solid 3. I liked the epic nature of the story, the detailed plot, the well developed characters, the twists were interesting, a range of environments were used and it was clever to use the theme song in the game. It was also an interesting idea to feature the villain of the series as a hero in the game and to allow his personality to develop.

4. Favourite character or franchise that needs a comeback?

Ecco the Dolphin. I played the first two games in the series and was impressed by their difficulty. The exploration nature of the game would be interesting in 3D and the series should maintain their high difficulty level.

5. Favourite film?

I like Dark Knight. I enjoyed the thriller nature of the plot, seeing people making hard decisions and the film used familiar characters  from the series and developed them. For example, Commissioner Gordon isn’t just someone who calls Batman when situations are too difficult, but actually works with Batman and becomes haunted by his inability to save his friend. Making the Joker a mysterious character increased his sinister nature and makes him very threatening. It also involves the viewer more as they wonder what they would do in the film, not as an unrealistic action hero, but as an ordinary citizen of Gotham confronted with the frightening events.

6. Favourite Book?

I like The Shining. I originally read the book because I watched the film and thought the book would explain some of the strange aspects of the film. The way the book was written made it enjoyable to read and some of the eerie and created an idea of fear, rather than a straight-forward description. I like the way the history of the hotel was explained and used to build up the idea of the building keeping people within. I was also fascinated by the Horace Derwent character.

7. Favourite non-gaming pastime?

I play a sport. I enjoy the exercise and using my skill to win games.

8. Favourite thing about blogging and your blogging goals?

I enjoy describing computer games, books and films and explaining my opinions about the things I review. I have always enjoyed reading discussions about stories, how characters develop, how the plot progresses and what ideas feature, and I would like to use this mentality when reviewing things. I hope to develop my reviews and review games which are not normally reviewed by other bloggers.

9. Favourite thing you find most inspiring in life?

I find discovering people’s personal experiences and how events have helped them develop inspiring.

10. What can The Well-Red Mage blog do to improve?

I actually enjoy this blog, especially the detailed discussions about aspects of the game and the quotes that are relevant to the game. I would like more analysis of the plot in the game, such as the use of characters and what interesting plot points are used. I also like the range of games examined (from well-known classics to obscure games) and would like this aspect to expand.

11. What game should I review?

Star Wars: Bounty Hunter on the PlayStation 2. I have played this game much more than I probably should, considering it is quite simple to play and seems to be designed as an easy way of generating more money from the Star Wars series. The game is simple to play and has a strange story, which seems to resemble a complex thriller, rather than a science-fiction game. It also uses some interesting locations and can be quite scary during certain levels, but the graphics do seem a little lazy and it expands the backstory of less famous characters from the prequel trilogy.

For my nominees, I have decided to nominate many of my followers:

  1. veryverygaming,
  2. pine717,
  3. Particlebit,
  4. The Well-red Mage,
  5. benez256,
  6. Mussaku Laden,
  7. Blow In My Cartridge,
  8. Sven Wohl,
  9. laurensaysitall,
  10. mindset,
  11. Joe Seeber.

By the way, knowing that many of the nominees have already been nominated or are actually defunct, I am not expecting a 100% response rate. If I have nominated a group of bloggers, I do not mind which member of the team responds to the questions. Feel free to either answer in a separate blog post, or in the comments below.

These are my questions:

  1. What is a game/film/book you enjoy, but is unpopular?,
  2. What is a non-horror game/film/book that you find scary? (I will accept a horror story if there isn’t one that is suitable),
  3. What is a memorable place for you? (this can be because of a memorable event or place you associate with a part of your life),
  4. What is the most obscure game/film/book you own?
  5. How much do you think you can tell about a blogger from their writing alone? (such as their gender, ethnicity, nationality, etc.),
  6. What is the most surprising thing you have found out about another blogger?
  7. What is the biggest risk you have taken?
  8. What is the most surprising thing you have found in a game/film/book?
  9. Do you ever listen to “Driving Music”?
  10. What is your favourite post you have written?
  11.  Has anyone ever drunk a carton of “Um Bongo”?

Enjoy answering, I look forward to your responses.