Thank you to @TheGamingDiary for nominating The Codex: Online for the Sunshine Blogger Award! The Gaming Diaries is an excellent blog where the author invites readers to enjoy opinions and thoughts on not just gaming, but on life as well. A favorite recent post of mine is titled “Gaming, Hobbies and Time“, which speaks on an opinion of adult gamers and the concept of hobbies in general. This is just an example of the thought-provoking content that can be found on The Gaming Diaries; make sure to check out the rest!
The Sunshine Blogger award is a peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity, joy, warmth and any other emotions that you feel when you think about the sun.
I am excited for the opportunity to participate in the nomination process, which includes answering the questions posed by @TheGamingDiary and nominating some of my fellow bloggers who bring a little sunshine to my day. Here are the rules:
1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
1. What game have you played the most? What a question to start off with! I’ve played a lot of games and for a lot of time, though a few stick out clearly in my mind. In the end though, World of Warcraft takes the cake. I began seriously playing WoW sometime in 2005 and was around for the release of the original raids, the first battlegrounds and before Blizzard removed possibly the best line in any game, ever: back then, typing /silly on a Troll character would see the Troll respond with: “I kill two dwarfs in the morning. I kill two dwarfs at night. I kill two dwarfs in the afternoon, and ‘den I feel all right. I kill two dwarfs in time of peace and two in time of war. I kill two dwarfs before I kill two dwarfs. And ‘den I kill two more.”
Since release, I’ve played through every expansion, usually up to the point of whatever raid content is out at the time. My friends and I eventually fell into the habit of playing through and finishing the current end game content and then unsubscribing or becoming much more “casual” until the release of a new raid or content patch. 14 years later I thought I was done, however I find myself debating about whether or not I’ll be picking up World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.
2. Where would you go on holiday if you had the chance (and money etc)? I’ve always wanted to visit Western Europe, specifically Scotland and Ireland. Mountains, hills, beautiful weather, delicious food and scotch? Yes please.
The other vacation I’d jump at the opportunity to take is to New Zealand. Not only would it be the opportunity of a lifetime to enjoy the stunning landscapes there, but I could do so while on a Lord of the Rings Tour!
3. Dogs or cats? Both? I suppose I default to cats, since I’ve never owned a dog but have had two cats. With the way my life works right now, cats would also be a better fit since I couldn’t dedicate as much time to a raising a dog as I’d like. Ideally, I’d like to one day own a dog and a cat. As for dog breeds: either a Black German Shepherd, a Chocolate Labrador or a Cane Corso (think Game of Thrones). My favorite breeds of cats are the Russian Blue or the Bengal.
4. What is your favourite song? I’ve struggled with answering this question since time immemorial because my taste in music evolves as I grow. It’s not to say that I still don’t jam out to songs from my childhood or some of the angst-y tunes that got me through my teenage years; they just mean different things to me now than they did then. As such, I have a lot of favorites! I understand the question just calls for one song though, so… I guess if I had to name just one it would be “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd.
“We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year…”
A popular tune, “Wish You Were Here” is one of the first classic rock songs that I remember hearing and it’s also the first song I was able to play on the guitar. In fact, it is one of the songs that inspired me to learn how to play in the first place! As an adult, I recognize the messages about distance and detachment and understand that Roger Waters’ was inspired to write this song for Syd Barrett, a fellow band member who dealt with schizophrenia. As a younger man though, while I could feel the pain and emotion in the words, this song acted as a safe space that helped me deal with loss.
5. What is your favourite season? Winter. Being that I live in Miami, Florida though it’s hard to know what experiencing the seasons means. Apart from a dozen “cold” days or so (during which temperatures hit the high 50’s), it’s basically warm and sunny year round. I will say that I thoroughly enjoy cold weather and love the idea of winter acting as a new beginning each and every year.
6. What is your favourite blog post of yours and why? My favorite blog post of mine is My Favorite Game for Every Year I’ve Been Alive?. This was an event post in answer to the question posed by @theWellRedMage via the Asking Big Questions series. It is currently my favorite post because it was a lot of fun to put together and gave me the chance to really look back at many of the games I’ve played and lose myself in the nostalgia of it all, for a time.
7. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The idea of shape-shifting has always been fascinating to me. Specifically, the way the Animorphs could change from person to animal or even how a Druid from World of Warcraft can shape-shift: various animal forms for all occasions.
8. What is your all time favourite console? The original Xbox. It was the first console that I had to save up for and buy on my own (achievement much?) and was the first console that really introduced me to local and online multiplayer, as well some of my favorite games.
9. If you could turn a video game into a (good) film, what game would you choose? Chrono Trigger. To quote myself from a previous post:
“The game was a masterpiece and stands as one of my favorite RPGs, to date. With names like Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series; Yuji Horii, creator of the Dragon Quest series; and Akira Toriyama, who is best known for work with Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball, what would you expect? The story, the art, the gameplay and the music work and they work well.”
Chrono Trigger has already laid the foundations for what could be an incredibly exciting movie. Additionally, time travel as a theme can be tricky to develop in movies or games but when it’s done well it can offer thought provoking dialogue and head scratching paradoxes and conundrums.
10. Do you ever buy collectors editions for games and, if so, what is your favourite that you own? I do not typically buy collectors editions for games. The few that I have purchased in the past include: Halo Reach, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Diablo III. My favorite of those is probably Halo Reach – I still have the team of Spartans displayed proudly in my home office!
11. If you could work at one game company, what company would it be? If I could work at one game company, it would Bethesda or Blizzard Entertainment. Specifically, I’d like to write lore for either of two gaming giants. I’ve read and written my share of fan fiction for some of their more popular games and thoroughly enjoy the creative process involved: the chance to shape the future of a fictional universe.
My nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award:
- Kris and Rachel from Double Jump! I came across a tweet from these two geeky sisters about a fun post titled Would You Rather: Nintendo Switch Edition and immediately hit the follow button. They’ve got a ton of other great content, including a post about some delicious looking Pokemon cookies! This blog gives lots of reasons to smile ^_^
- Next up, is Thero from A Reluctant Hero! I am really enjoying reading through Thero’s Harry Potter Challenge and am looking forward to exploring her page more in the comin days. As an added bonus, her blog icon is a character from FairyTale (a favorite anime of mine) called Happy and spreading happiness is what this award is all about!
- “A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He reviews stuff precisely when he means to.” Gandalf would be proud! The next nomination goes to TheManCalledScott from WizardDojo. TheManCalledScott puts out a steady stream of great reviews and has excellent taste in games! Make sure to check out his many lists of top games too!
- MattDoyleMedia is a powerhouse of pop-culture content. Everything from reviews, to interviews with authors and compelling conversations with fellow bloggers about life and the love of gaming. An easy site to lose yourself in and so very worth your time.
- Luke from Start Your Meeples. He features and reviews board games, card games, RPGs, miniature games and much much more. This is such a great blog for me because I have so much to learn when it comes to the world of table-top gaming. Did you know that there is a Game of Thrones Card Game?
- The Obsessive Writer hosts an exciting page in which she posts opinion pieces and helpful blogging how-to’s, hosts poetry contests and writes exciting articles about traveling to places like Dubai. A big page that has a little bit of everything to offer.
- Astro Adam is up in the stars with The Video Game Nebula where he explores strange new worlds and shares with us all of the wonderful things he finds. When he’s taking a break from game space exploration, Astro Adam posts compelling questions to his readers like “If video games were illegal, what would you do?” and “If you could on play one game for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?“
- Particlebit is a sleek looking video game review blog that uses a really great scoring system for well written game reviews. Check it out and you’ll also find informative and very well organized game review compilations, as well as the makings of an expansive of table top collection.
My questions for the nominees:
- Favorite video game protagonist?
- What is the best part of your day, everyday?
- In your opinion, who is the most diabolical video game baddie and why?
- If you could share one successful blogging practice with the community, what would it be?
- Star Wars or Star Trek? Why?
- What was your favorite movie of 2017 and what movie are you most looking forward to seeing in 2018?
- This question will be Madlibs style. Fill in the blanks with the funniest/most clever answers you can:
After a quick trip to your local game store, you’ve just arrived home with your prize in hand. [This New Game Title] has everyone talking; it’s going to be the [Game Genre] of the year! The disc boots up without a problem and after taking a half hour to create your character named [Name Goes Here], you utter a single epic line of monologue as you take your first steps into a new world: [Insert Epic line of monologue here].
- Do you prefer to binge watch a new show or watch it over a period of time?
- Blink 182 once wrote that nobody likes you when you’re 23. For those who are over 23, how did that year of your life treat you? For those younger than 23, what do you expect? For anyone who is currently 23, how’s life?
- What are the top three to-do’s on your bucket list?
- If you could travel back through time to experience one event, meet one person or visit one place with no consequences of your being there: what would you like to experience, who would you like to meet and where would you like to visit?
Thanks so much again to The Gaming Diaries for the nomination! I’m looking forward to reading the answers to the above questions from those nominees who choose to participate.
Thank you for reading.