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.
- 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:
- The Well-red Mage,
- Mussaku Laden,
- Blow In My Cartridge,
- Sven Wohl,
- 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:
- What is a game/film/book you enjoy, but is unpopular?,
- 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),
- 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),
- What is the most obscure game/film/book you own?
- How much do you think you can tell about a blogger from their writing alone? (such as their gender, ethnicity, nationality, etc.),
- What is the most surprising thing you have found out about another blogger?
- What is the biggest risk you have taken?
- What is the most surprising thing you have found in a game/film/book?
- Do you ever listen to “Driving Music”?
- What is your favourite post you have written?
- Has anyone ever drunk a carton of “Um Bongo”?
Enjoy answering, I look forward to your responses.