Well, it’s happened again! The Sunshine Blogger Award has once again been tossed to me like a hot potato, this time by Red Metal of Extra Life! Be sure to check out his excellent, highly-detailed reviews of both video games and movies! Thanks Red Metal! Now, on to some questions!
1) In which cases would you deem the manga superior to the anime on which it’s based?
I don’t know if I’ve ever watched a manga based on an anime, but if I were to simply choose a manga that I enjoyed more than its accompanying anime, I would pick Naruto. It’s probably my favorite manga of all time and I own the entire series. The anime dragged things out way too long for my liking, especially with all the filler at the end of Part One (seriously…almost two years straight of filler episodes!). Also, several of the series’ most important fights were poorly animated, the worst of which to me was Naruto vs. Pain. I’m not sure who decided to use the exaggerated art style they chose for the action scenes in those episodes, but it was horrendous.
2) Which game do you feel has the best soundtrack?
I’ve made it no secret on my blog that I adore video game music. I could go on an on about the character, atmosphere, and nuances that are provided by several of my favorite games’ soundtracks, but I’m going to keep it simple and go with Chrono Trigger. It is simply perfect from start to finish.
3) If you could revive a dead video game series, which one would you choose?
Fable. The first two were amazing, and then the third entry felt like it took a bit of a nosedive in some areas (graphics, weapon/armor options, less freedom for customization) while vastly expanding upon others (intriguing story, vastly-improved locales). And that Royalty system in the late game was AWESOME! I’d love to get this series back with a fresh entry on modern hardware!
4) What game/film/album/book did you have a particularly difficult time adding to your collection?
Not to repeat an answer, but Chrono Trigger. I tried getting my first SNES copy from eBay in the early 2000s. I was using money I had saved up myself, but no matter how many options I bid on someone would always outbid me at the last second. I eventually stumbled upon a random copy (just cartridge) from a now-defunct game store for 60 dollars. I was 12. I still consider it one of my greatest gaming purchases…although I was a moron and got rid of it at some point. UGH. What I wouldn’t do to still have my original file with several New Game+’s and my level 80+ characters…
5) Do you prefer to see a film at home or in the theaters?
While seeing a movie at home is fun and relaxing, going to the theater is an experience. The ticket purchase. Candy. Soda. Popcorn (Yes, of course I want the buttery topping!). A dim, cool room. Comfortable seats that recline back. Trailers for the newest movies coming out. And the booming surround sound. Going to the theater wins for me by a long shot!
6) In what cases did you find yourself siding with critics over fans about a work’s quality?
My most recent instance of this was Red Dead Redemption II. I can understand why a lot of people dislike the game’s slow pacing, but I found it almost therapeutic. The game forces you to take your time with it, teaching you numerous intertwining systems that all interact with each other in complex ways. It doesn’t play as a crisp third-person shooter because it’s not supposed to be: it’s the epic story of Arthur Morgan’s search for his life’s meaning that just so happens to take place in a time period with guns (although personally, I never had any trouble with the combat).
7) In what cases did you find yourself siding with fans over critics about a work’s quality?
In a somewhat stereotypical choice, I would have to say Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I certainly didn’t hate the film: the dynamic between Rey, Luke, and Kylo Ren was incredible, and the lightsaber fight in Snoke’s throne room might be my favorite of the entire series. But I felt that much of the movie jumped ship on the ideas begun in The Force Awakens. Almost no questions were answered about anything that had been established in TFA and in their place were entire story threads that wasted good characters and introduced newer, pointless ones. I really hope that J.J. Abrams can right the ship with Episode IX, especially after the entirety of the Expanded Universe was demoted to “Legends” to make these movies happen.
8) What is the most difficult game you’ve completed?
In the context of clearing a game 100%, I’m going to go with Super Mario 3D World. While much of the game was lax and light-hearted, the later levels can be punishingly-brutal. And Champion’s Road…my friend and I spent well over 400 lives (yes, we kept track) as we co-oped our way through its obstacle course of death. And that’s JUST ONE LEVEL. We had to beat the entire game three times over to account for all five characters. It was a daunting journey, but one that I look back on with nothing but good memories!
9) Which game series have you been following for the longest amount of time?
The very first video game that I ever played (probably in 1993) was Super Mario Bros. for the NES and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve played and beaten almost every single one of the main games as well as completed a good majority. Super Mario Odyssey showed the world that our favorite mustachioed plumber is still as relevant as ever. And after 25-ish years of mushrooms, warp pipes, and Koopas, I’m not anywhere close to being tired of him!
10) In what ways do you feel video game critics to be ahead of their film-loving counterparts?
To be fair, my knowledge of film critique is near non-existent. I do feel that game critics are able to give a more subjective approach to their medium, but that can also be a double-edged sword regarding game genres and player preferences. That’s my best answer lol
11) How does hype factor into how you ultimately feel about a work?
I try not to let public hype factor into my own excitement for a game. Lots of games receive critical acclaim upon release that I simply have no interest in and so the hype washes over me with little impact. I create my own hype for myself (and try to spread it to my friends lol). And when I get excited for a particular game, it will consume my thoughts until the release date!
And now for my own nominees and questions!
- Do you tend to be more optimistic or pessimistic?
- If you could wake up tomorrow having mastered a talent or skill that you don’t currently have, what would you choose?
- Which of the four classical elements (Earth, Air, Water, Fire) do you feel you resonate with the most, and why?
- What was your favorite animated cartoon as a child?
- You are only allowed to eat one kind of food for the rest of your life: if given the choice, what food would you choose?
- What is one of your greatest challenges with blogging?
- What is one of your greatest strengths with blogging?
- If someone offered you enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life and pursue your greatest passion full-time, what would you choose to do?
- What is your favorite video game console of all time?
- What is a music album that, in your opinion, has no bad songs?
- If you could meet any person throughout history and have a conversation with them, who would you meet and what would you ask them?
Thanks again to Red Metal for the fun opportunity to write about some intriguing questions! And thank you all for reading!