The Frostilyte Blogger Award Special!

Frostilyte recently took it upon themselves to nominate me for both the “Real Neat Blogger Award” and “Sunshine Blogger Award” within just a couple weeks of each other…even if it was an accident 😛 But I absolutely love these kinds of posts as they challenge me to think about questions I don’t normally consider on the daily, stretching some of those creative muscles that don’t always get used! So I’m dedicating this post to the awesome Frostilyte! Please be sure to check out her blog if you don’t follow her already! She’s doing some awesome work ruining peoples’ favorite Pokémon!! But without further ado, let’s get at those questions!

What is a game coming out in 2020 that you’re excited for?

I actually keep a note folder on my phone of all the games coming out that I want to buy, along with their release dates. At this point in time I am most looking forward to Ori and the Will of the Wisps! The first was a superb adventure through a vibrant world and I can’t wait to see how Moon Studio builds upon its Metroidvania formula in the sequel! Although if Hollow Knight: Silksong gets pushed to 2020, that would usurp this spot entirely 😛

Ninjas, or Pirates? Why?

The skill, stealthiness, and all-around focus that ninjas purvey has always led me to side more with them in this eternal “rivalry.” I was always drawn to the Tenchu stealth games growing up, and my absolute favorite manga of all time is Naruto (I own every volume). This battle wasn’t even close for me. Despite Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag being an amazing voyage upon the high sees, nothing can replace the decades of ninja love I hold in my heart.

You won a life time supply of the last thing you spent money on. What is it, are you excited, and how do you intend to use your comically overstocked collection of this commodity?

Oh. My. Lord. I just purchased coffee and quiche at a local cafe to enjoy as I wrote this! I had no idea I’d be blessed with a lifetime supply!!! I couldn’t be more thrilled to have unlimited breakfast food! I swear to use this overwhelming abundance responsibly by only keeping a small portion of my daily helping to myself, then donating the rest to local charity organizations, offering it to friends and family, or giving whatever is leftover to coworkers. Unless I receive all of it in one giant, bulk donation…then I’ll bring it all to food pantries in some of the larger cities near me so they can freeze it for later use!

God almighty above. They were right! AI took over the world and started building mecha-style enforcers out of the factories. Which billion dollar software company is responsible for ending humanity and do you submit to our AI overlords, or rebel against them?

I’m going to go on a limb and pin this catastrophe on Disney! They have their hands in nearly every honey pot available to man, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they came out with some “friendly” AI that backfires entirely. I would fight back to the best of my ability for humankind! I mean, how epic would it be to go out fighting a giant mech?? Fruitless? Perhaps. Epic? Absolutely.

What was the reason you started your blog? Feel free to be as detailed as you see fit with this one.

I started The Brink of Gaming as a means of using my love of writing to gush about my life-long infatuation with video games: it’s essentially scratching two itches at once! My intent was originally just to spout out ideas and have people read along, but I didn’t consider how many fellow bloggers I’d get to know little by little in the process and it’s changed my aim entirely! Now I just love getting to interact with numerous lovely people on a daily basis about a medium that burns like a passion in my heart, whether about serious or silly topics. I’m very introverted by nature but also greatly enjoy socializing with friends: seeing replies on a post or comment I’ve made just makes my whole day! I try to reach out as much as possible, but it can be tricky on busier days.

You wake up one day and find that you are now your least favorite character from your favorite television show (use a video game if you don’t watch TV). Who are you and how do you feel about it?

Ugh…I would be Nazeem from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I would promptly run out to the plains of Whiterun and place myself under a giant’s falling club. I’d show Nazeem the REAL Cloud District…

What’s a skill you wish you had, but can’t find the time in the day to learn or master?

I would love to learn to play an instrument: preferably the guitar, bass, or drums to go along with my love of metal. I tried guitar when I was younger and piano just a couple years ago, but it was difficult to consistently make time each day to practice when I had several other adult responsibilities to take care of and hobbies to enjoy.

You’ve become the leader of your country for a day. You have the power to make one item illegal for purchase for the rest of time. What do you choose and why?

Truthfully, making an item illegal often just increases the demand for it (see Prohibition-era America and all the problems that caused). So let’s make this a lighthearted answer: pineapple at pizza restaurants 😉

You will receive five million dollars (USD), but for the next year you will always feel like you have to use the washroom and won’t be able to tell the difference between a false alarm and the real deal. Do you take the money? Why or why not?

I would absolutely take the money! Adult diapers are cheap: a nice house is not 😉 In all seriousness though, I would wear the shame of emergency bathroom trips, Depends, and baby powder for a year so I could my family up in a nice spot financially, invest some to ensure regular, steady returns for myself to live humbly, and then donate the rest to charity. I don’t want a bunch of fancy stuff: a nice cabin home with a sweet TV and video games to play is good enough for me!

You remove the existence of an entire genre from video games | film | music | anime | television (pick one). What genre do you ax out of existence and why?

Reality TV. Some of it can be mildly entertaining, but it has completely saturated every single channel to the point of stagnation. Even the flipping History Channel focuses on reality television over quality biographies and specials. I realize that some reality shows have value, like cooking competitions that teach you various recipes. But Jersey Shore? The Kardashians? Real Housewives? That crap is pure toxicity.

What superpower do you want to help solve your mundane everyday problems?

I’ve always wanted to be able to teleport! Having the ability to go anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye would free me up to do anything I want with very few time restrictions! Drinks at an Irish pub over lunch? Check. A relaxing afternoon on the black-sand beaches of Iceland? Done. Taking a weekend trip to the Japanese countryside? Count me in.

Many of us would like to go back in time to give our younger selves advice. Instead of doing that, what skill would you trick yourself into thinking you had so the younger you would actively pursue learning said skill?

Going back to a previous answer, I would brag about how good I was at playing the drums or electric guitar to encourage my younger self to get into playing music.

Toilet paper roll over, under, or pine cone?

If you don’t say over, you’re wrong. Or maybe a bear if you chose the latter.

If you could take credit for any invention and have everyone believe that you indeed created it, what would you choose and why?

I would want to be known as the man who invented coffee. So many people would hold me in the highest regard for helping them start their morning each day! Here in America, I’d be hailed as a hero.

What is your favorite beverage with alcohol in it? If you don’t drink booze, same question sans the alcohol.

This is a very tough question! I’m not a heavy drinker by any stretch, but between beers, wines, and liquors, there are so many choices! I’ll divide things up to make it easier on me, while also limiting it to not get TOO out of hand lol:
-Beer: There’s nothing quite like a refreshing Peach Kolsch
-Wine: Blueberry wine is pretty freaking fantastic
-Liquor: Nothing beats a bourbon eggnog at Christmas time

You wake up in a cold sweat. What a terrible nightmare. You were surrounded by that thing you have an irrational fear of. Then you hear a noise in the looming darkness. You turn on the lights. OH NO! IT WASN’T A DREAM!? What thing, that you have an irrational fear of, is in the room with you?

I don’t know how a FREAKING SHARK got into my room, but at that point, I’m not sure I would want to know!!!

Without looking up the answer, which of the following headlines do you think is false and why?

  • Aspen man hires stuffed owl as his defense attorney
  • Man allegedly assaults homeless man over cheeseburger
  • Woman missing, since she got lost
  • Woman allegedly assaults sandwich maker over ‘Too Many Pickles’

I would take a guess at “Woman Missing, Since She Got Lost,” but I’ve seen an unfortunate number of stupid headlines over the years that would make me believe any of these to be true. (Side note: I was not correct! hahaha)

You’ve decided to help combat the inevitable global climate change that will kill us all by eating vegetarian once a week. What is one new meal you’re excited to prepare and consume?

I don’t know exactly how strict on vegetarianism this hypothetical scenario is (vegan, pescatarian, etc.), so I will play it loosely and choose fried rice (with eggs, chives, onions). I could honestly eat it every single day!

That wraps up my time with Frostilyte’s questions, but now it’s time for me to nominate others to answer my own questions (in tradition with the Sunshine Blogger Award). I will challenge some of my newer friends on here. Don’t feel obligated, but it would be fun to hear your responses! 🙂

Gaming Nitemare
Rants and Rambles
The Strong Style Smark
Prudent Gaming
The Well-Red Mage
The 3rd Player
Why We Play Games
Twin Sticks

My questions are as follows:
1. What is your favorite color, and why?
2. Which part of a video game do you believe holds the most importance: gameplay, story, graphics, controls, or something else entirely?
3. In your opinion, who is the most badass video game protagonist?
4. Conversely, who is the most “cutesy” video game protagonist?
5. Of your favorite video game genre, which game do you consider the best, and why?
6. Has there ever been a game/book/movie that you agreed more with the antagonist than the protagonist? What was it?
7. If you could have two different series (of any medium) cross over with each other, what would you choose?
8. Assuming that it would be a high-quality product, what older game from a past generation would you want to see remade with modern touches or changes?
9. What tv show, movie, or book would you love to see turned into a video game?
10. Likewise, what video game/franchise would you love to see turned into a tv show, movie, or book?
11. What console’s controller is your favorite to use across all generations?

Thanks for reading, friends, and game on!


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