A Little Rambling on Games & Real Neat Blog Award Tag

I remember I felt disappointed reading reviews on major video game websites because they don’t always reflect my taste in what I find aesthetically pleasing. I can only surmise popular opinions dictate what sort of games are being produced and sold as I recalled my friend’s husband mumbling about creating games for a particular market as if it was a painful chore.  He wasn’t too enthused about being a part in the making of a shooter game (Halo 4)  because he hates gun, and I don’t blame him.  I guess that might explain one of the many factors to why we see franchise like the Resident Evil morphed into an action game.  I’m assuming shooter games may be more appealing to the mass than games with a lot of puzzles, although I personally think solving a puzzle is impressively cool!

Part of the reason I have respect for game director like Yoko Taro is his outlook on games.  He knew that his games appeal to a particular type of audience–the weirdos (a.k.a passionate gamers who voluntary lock themselves in their room).  There is some truth to his statement.  I did locked myself in my room in the summer of 2010 playing Nier Gestalt which happens to be my all time top favorite game!  It’s a shame that some people couldn’t get passed the gameplay and terrible graphics back then.  I am so happy that my brother recommended this game to me.  Now that Nier Automata has sold more than 3 million physical and digital units, according to PlatinumGames twitter account–it just shows it takes a passionate group of people to make great things happen, generally speaking.

Anyway, this is my little spill on videogames on this fine Sunday morning.   Recently,  Red Metal nominated me on a fun tag. I enjoy reading his critique on games and movies and glad there is someone like him who is brave enough to challenge mainstream opinions, and he’s very civil about it. I stumbled upon his site after reading a review on Metal Gear Solid 2, another favorite game of mine.  I must say, he has very good taste in games and movies.

  Okay let’s get started with the fun questions! 🌻

 

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What is your earliest gaming memory?

The earliest memory is  Friday the 13th for the NES because my brother always like to remind me how we couldn’t make it passed the loading screen as soon as Jason’s face popped up. Throughout my childhood, I  have many fond memories of playing games with my brother.  We spent a lot of time together because Mother was very strict with us having friends outside of school.

      2. When did you start blogging and why?

I actually registered this blog back in 2013, but it was for poetry purposes.  I cannot believe it’s that long and I have not even published over 50 posts.  July 2016 is when I became active on WordPress. I started writing my thoughts on what I think about the soul series after completing Dark Souls III.  I didn’t expect to engage in the blogging community as I am bit weary of how big this blog can get. Fear of harassment is the major reason.  But I decided to become more engaging with other game bloggers because I genuinely like playing and talking about games.  It makes me happy.   So here I am voicing my opinion on my favorite hobby and I have no shame in it.

      3. What feature do you wish any of your consoles had that they currently don’t?

Honestly, I don’t think about it.

      4. Name a movie that you wish had a video game made after it and what  developer would you want to make it and why?

Event Horizon

Event Horizon would make a scary survival horror game. Maybe?  It has such a low rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Haha. And the folks who created Silent Hill 2 should make it.

5. Do you have a games room/corner? If so, let us see it and show your favorite thing in there?

I am not a hardcore game collector where I have a library full of games. My stash of games are hidden and not organized.  Sometimes games do peak out in the living area on the floor. Sometimes on my kitchen table.

 6.  Do you have a child or a pet? Which character do you name it after?

This question made me laugh. The answer is neither.   I have stuffed animals and a plant and they were all given to me from the people at work if that count.  But if I were to have a pet dog, I probably name it Hewie, the dog from Haunting Ground.  Perhaps having a dog would be nice.  I would have a companion to accompany me on a nice walk.

 

Haunting Ground

7.  What keeps you going when gaming?

My parents have drilled inside my head since I was a kid to be wise on what I choose to purchase.  Out of guilt, I completed games because I spent money on it.

Now for the nominees:

Cary

The LDG MAG

Lise

Log1932

Otaku Judge

Pine717

Rei

Thank you again Red Metal for nominating me.  This was a fun tag!

8 thoughts on “A Little Rambling on Games & Real Neat Blog Award Tag

  1. Nier and the Souls series have proven that if given a chance niche games can become profitable in te long run. I’ll answer the questions here, as I rarely post non-review stuff on my blog.

    1. Playing on my dad’s Atari 2600.
    2, August 2013.
    3. Wish you could link the Vita to the TV with a cable.
    4. Shaun of the Dead made by Telltale could be funny.
    5. Nah. I play in my living room or in bed.
    6. Neither.
    7. The gameplay or stories.

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  2. I hated haunting ground because Fiona seemed to me like a Barbie in a horror house, the panic mode made me nervous mostly XD thank you for the nomination

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  3. Hey, you stole my answer for question four! I’m not kidding, as a fan of the WH40k franchise I’d pay a lot to play a video game adaptation of Event Horizon. Travelling through the Warp as the first human being in history (and becoming an insane genocidal maniac on the way) would make a great game.

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  4. Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my stuff that much.

    And yeah, I definitely think that among the video game critical circle, there’s a fear of treading off the beaten path. It might be as a result of the uncomfortably close relationship they and publishers share. I also think what’s disappointing about them nowadays is how after two decades of saying graphics don’t make the game, they’ve gone against that mantra several times in the 2010s (e.g. The Last of Us).

    By that token, I think the problem when people offer a dissenting opinion is that they’re not at all civil about it. For example, I agreed that Gone Home was not the quiet triumph in storytelling Polygon thought it was, and giving it a 10 was a big mistake on their part, yet I find negative reviews impossible to get behind because 95% of them are fueled by genuine bigotry. I think detractors kind of go into challenging mainstream opinions with an “any means necessary” mentality when in reality, expressing a heretical opinion requires more effort than that. It usually results in something people who agree with the conclusion can get behind, yet offers nothing to anyone who wouldn’t. If anything, I tend to be tougher on opinions whose conclusions I can agree with because if it’s something I believe in, I want it to be as eloquently expressed as possible, not churned out in ten seconds for a quick laugh.

    I actually had Friday the 13th on the NES myself; it was one of the first times I recognized a game being tense.

    I know what you mean; it took me some time to finally start posting regularly as well. In my first year, I only posted about eight reviews. From what I’ve seen, this is a pretty civil community, so I don’t think harassment is much of an issue.

    Yeah, I didn’t have an answer for that one either.

    From what I’ve seen, Event Horizon would make a great survival horror.

    My gaming room isn’t really anything flashy either; it’s just a den.

    That’s a valuable life lesson. Then again, I also think it’s possible to learn that from video games considering how, even in Dark Souls, you have to learn to spend your fictional finances wisely to be successful.

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    1. You are welcome! You put a lot of effort into your writing, and thank you for your thoughtful comment!

      Yes, like you, I have a hard time taking negative reviews seriously as they don’t offer a solid argument to why they hold a certain opinion. But even positive reviews–I have a hard time taking in as well, especially with Last of Us. I remember how it received so much praise. Strangely, I want to play the game so I can better understand your article. I got the game for free when I bought PS4.

      Glad to hear the WordPress community is quite civil.

      When you mentioned that you don’t have posters on your wall, I laughed. Because hardcore game collector/gamer must have those game posters. Glad I am not the only one who is not flashy.

      Very true. In Dark Souls 2, the Blacksmith always remind the players to be wise on how to spend. He is almost like a father figure in the game.

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