The I Played The Game Award Spectacular!

I like the bloggers on WordPress.  There are so many wonderful bloggers who love to give credit to other writers, no matter how big or small, as a way of growing the games blogging community.  From time to time, other bloggers even recognise my *ahem* talents in this regard and nominate me for one of the various blogging awards.  I am, however, lazy and pretty lax when it comes to responding to them, but I’ve tried to keep track of the ones I’ve been nominated for this year and I’ve decided to collate them into one crazy award festival that celebrates…well, me!  I am overdue a celebration I suppose.

If for whatever reason I’ve missed one that I have been nominated for, then I can only apologise to the person who honoured me with the mention.  It’s most likely that my colossal disorganisation has lead to me losing track.  With that proviso in mind, let’s see what lovely people included me!

The Zerathulu View Sunshine Blogger Award!

The rules for this award are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.  I’ll happily thank the lovely Zerathulu for nominating me and recommend you go take a look at their writing.  There’s plenty of varied and interesting content.  Click the link above!
  • Answer their questions.  Yep.  That’ll happen.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and write 11 new questions.  I’ll do this at the end of the four(!) awards.

1. You’re stuck on a desert island and may choose one video game character to help you survive.  Who and why?

Obvious answer here!  The Minecraft chap!  I’m sure he has a name but I have no idea what it is.  Whatever it may be, he has the skill to punch trees to get wood to build benches to make pick axes to get ore to make swords to…  I’m sure you get the idea.

2. What’s you’re favourite line/quote from a game?

This is tricky.  There are a lot of silly ones I could go for, but I’m taking the G-Man’s opening monologue from Half-Life 2, culminating in the line “Wake up Mr. Freeman.  Wake up, and smell the ashes.”  Chills.

Half Life 2
Forever unsettling

3. Mario has been fired from his job as a plumber.  What new job do you think he would be suited for?

Funnily enough, I think I read somewhere that Nintendo had confirmed that he was retired from plumbing.  At any rate, he seems to be able to turn his hand to pretty much anything based on his video game career.  So let’s go for hired killer.

4. Your gaming system is malfunctioning and is about to bring your most feared boss/villain into the real world.  I hope it’s not…

Shao Kahn.  That bastard cheats and would be ripping out my spine before I could say “I’m sure you’ve spelled Khan wrong.”

5. Which video game character would be your favourite to cosplay as.

My wife thinks cosplay is a bit silly!  So I’ll show her by cosplaying as Ornstein from Dark Souls.  Good luck fitting me in the car with that lance in tow!

6. If you could go back in time and tell one developer/studio one thing, what would it be?

Peter Molyneux.  And I’d tell him to stop talking.

7. Supersonic speed or the ability to fly?

Flying.  NEXT!

8. What’s the most number of times you’ve replayed a narrative driven game?

Mass Effect, and 7 times.  I was going through an achievement hunting phase.

9. Which game would you most like to play in VR?

I don’t have a VR set, so any game really.  Having said that, any of the Forza games would probably be incredible in VR.

10. Which upcoming game are you going to buy instantly?

There’s quite a few, but I’m super excited for the remake of Call of Cthulhu.  There’s also The Sinking City on the way (I like Lovecraft), and I’m always a sucker for Soul Calibur games.

11. You’re walking down the street and come across Chell’s Portal gun.  What’s the first thing you do with it?

Make portals, obviously.  Now whether I use them for good or evil is another matter…

Red Metal‘s Sunshine Blogger Award

Once again, thank you to Red Metal of Extra Life.  If you’re interested in incredibly in-depth break downs of legendary games, then this is the place to go.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen this level of effort in gaming criticism before!

1. Have you ever watched a critically acclaimed show only to find it didn’t live up to the hype?

Easy.  Game of Thrones just didn’t do it for me.  I read the book, I watched the first four episodes and decided that it didn’t do enough to grab me.  To be fair, I enjoyed the book somewhat, but I found reading it hard work at first.

2. (Paraphrasing) What could movie critics do to improve themselves?

To my mind, this is simple.  Not every movie needs to be a world-changing art piece.  If a film sets out to be a silly comedy, holding it up to a multiple Oscar-winning movies doesn’t seem like a fair comparison really.

3. What’s the most obscure album in your collection?

Hmmm.  Possibly We Should Have Gone To University by Reuben.  Or maybe Two By Three by the same band.  There’s also the Gitaroo Man soundtrack, but I don’t know if that counts.

Gitaroo Man logo
I miss you U1…

4. What film do you consider “so bad it’s good”?

I suppose a guilty pleasure film?  I do enjoy watching Doom, and that’s a terrible film!

5. What do you think the ideal length of a game should be?

For me, somewhere between six and fifteen hours.  But it really depends on whether your game is still fresh enough after x hours.  If the mechanics are dull then 8 hours might be far too many.  I have some 2-hour games I really enjoy.  Hard to answer this one really.

6. Have you ever cleared a game whilst traveling abroad?

I do very little overseas travel these days, so no!

7. What is your favourite decade in films?

I do like the 80s for all the ridiculous horror films that came along that are a lot of fun to watch now.  Having said that, I don’t think I could pick just one as there are great films from practically every era.

8. What game do you feel doesn’t get enough credit?

Alpha Protocol would be a good pick here.  It was really good fun, and the way the game adapted to your choices meant that playthroughs were genuinely different in significant ways.  It was a bit buggy though.  Special mention for the insane Deadly Premonition.

9. What lesson do you think film fans should learn from gamers?

This is difficult, and I feel I’m not answering this in the correct kind of way but here’s my thought.  Stop judging games on the same merits as films.  In games, there can be great stories, but the way they’re told is different in so many ways.  Interactivity is a powerful tool in story telling, so saying a game’s story is bad may be ignoring how the story is told.

10. What good work do you feel had a negative impact on its medium?

For me, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.  I doubt many would argue that it was a cracking first-person shooter with an impressive multiplayer suite.  Then every single game had to be a gritty modern military shooter with an online level-up system for the next 5+ years.

11. What bad work do you feel had a positive impact on its medium?

Difficult, as I tend to avoid “bad” games (and yes, I am sticking with games).  Something that crosses my mind is Lawbreakers and Radical Heights, and these may not have had a positive impact yet.  Having said that, they were big name failures (commercially for certain) that were entirely guilty of trying to pursue the current trend and being surprised when the audience already had what they wanted.  Hopefully, other developers will see these failures and start creating something new, rather than desperately clutching at the ever-shrinking pieces of pie.

Radical Heights
This was meant to be the next big thing in spite of the fact that there were already two big enough things.

NekoJonez‘s Sunshine Blogger Award

The ever lovely Neko Jonez of Arpegi is someone who not only writes great content but is also incredibly supportive of other bloggers.  Go support him in return!

1. At what point do you decide a game is worth writing an article about?

I don’t!  If the feeling takes me then I’ll write about something.  If not, I won’t!

2. How would you describe your own writing style?

I would describe it as bad.  I write how I talk and I talk how I think, so things tend to be quite bitty and quite off-the-cuff.  Some people seem to like it though, so no complaints there!

3. What would you write about if you weren’t allowed to write about games for a year?

I’d like to write about teaching, being as it’s my job and I do like it (in spite of how I may come across at times).  It’s a hard topic to discuss though, as being a good teacher is difficult to describe.  I suppose I could go on about good resources and techniques.  I’ll have a think about it.

4. Would you wait for the DLC release of a game, or do you review the DLC later?

I review the game that is in front of me.  If I happen to have the DLC included, then I’ll include it.  If not, I’ll review the base game, not the game that it could become.

5. What inspires you to come up with ideas for articles?

That’s tough to answer.  Sometimes things will just pop into my head, whilst other times I’ll see/watch something elsewhere and want to give my take on it.  Occasionally, friends and family will give me good ideas to work with!

6. How do you write?  Do you come up with a draft, or just start writing?  Do you write whilst listening to music?

I tend to just write (hence the whole “writing how I think” thing).  I can write with background noise, but I don’t really put on anything that could distract me directly.

7. Do you have hobbies you do outside of writing or gaming?

I like board gaming.  Is that different?  I’m quite fond of watching films and TV.  I enjoy running too, but I’ve been finding myself doing less of that lately, and just doing work outs in the gym.

8. What games are underrated/not well known enough?

As I mentioned before, Alpha Protocol and Deadly Premonition deserve more recognition and should be played by more people.


Sheer madness, but it has one hell of a cult following.


9. Are there genres you don’t like reviewing?

Puzzle platformers.  I just don’t get on with them most of the time and I sometimes struggle to recognise a good game in the genre simply because I don’t enjoy them.  Thomas Was Alone was good though.

10. Would you consider writing/blogging as a job?

If it paid as much as being a teacher then yes.

11. What do you dislike most about writing/publishing an article?

There’s always the concern that no one will read it.  I’ve found I’ve had fewer views for certain posts than I’d have expected this year, and I always find it disappoints me as I can’t figure out why that would be.

The Brotherhood of the World Bloggers Award from Moe Gamer

From the lovely MoeGamer’s blog.

The rules here are similar to the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate 10+ bloggers (again, I’ll do this afterwards)
  • Provide a new set of questions.

Thank you to the lovely Moe Gamer for the nomination.  I always enjoy reading what you write!

1. Have your tastes in games changed since you were young and why?

Yes, but I think that may be because there’s a far greater range of video games than there were when I was a lad.  Then again, I used to play a lot more RPGs than I do now, simply because of time constraints.  I think being an adult changes a lot about your tastes due to necessity as well as genuine changes.

2, You’re provided with a video game commonly considered to be “bad”.  How do you approach it?

Knowing me (I’ve known me my whole life) I’d probably go in with some preconceived ideas that I would try to keep under control whilst playing it.  To be honest, I’ll play pretty much anything, but if it does turn out to be bad I’ll happily drop it and confirm that everyone else was right.

3. What makes you immediately know you’re going to enjoy a video game?

A fun, different feature that makes the game stand out.  It could be a novel mechanic, a beautiful art style or an incredibly fitting soundtrack.  It simply needs to be something that stands out to me in the sea of similar titles.  Titanfall 2 stood out to me in the FPS genre because of how it manages to keep things fresh by adding interesting mechanics but not then running them into the ground.

4. If you could make your blog a full-time job with a living wage, would you?

As I said above, if it paid me what my current job does, then absolutely!

5. Which of MoeGamer’s mascots is Best Girl? (Midori is the redhead, Yumi is the brunette, the less frequently seen catgirl is Penelope.)

Well, I’d have to go for Midori!

Up next!  Questions and nominations for whichever award you choose!

1. Your greatest video game nemesis approaches. What video game weapon from a different game do you equip?

2. And whilst you’re at it, which video game character are you riding on as you charge into battle?

3. Which video game do you think would make a really good movie?

4. Who is your favourite YouTuber (of any theme) and why?

5. Which video game character do you want a plush of?

6. Which canceled video game are you most disappointed about?

7. Microtransactions are terrible.  Loot boxes are just the worst.  DLC needs to go.  What monetisation methods do you feel would be most suitable for video games?

8. Classic Doom, or Doom 2016?

9. October is coming up soon.  What horror game would you recommend I play?

10. What would you consider to be the most overrated video game?

11. Which video game series needs to make a comeback?

Here are some nominations (sorry if you’ve already been nominated elsewhere)!  All of them are worthy of your reading time!

Home Button – Always worth a read, with plenty of reviews and some nice screenshots to boot.

Reggie Reviews – I’m amazed at how many reviews they manage to get out!

HannieBee Games – Games, games, and more games!  There’s a wealth of good content to read here.

16-bit Dad – Lots of games, and lots of family-based content too.  A big focus on retro gaming and obscure titles.

Arthifis’ Place – Anime-zing!

Twotall4ufool – You won’t find many bloggers who update this regularly with interesting opinions on gaming.

Start Your Meeples – Long form board gaming content!  I do like me some board games too.

A Geeky Gal – Regular content on plenty of topics.  Who says it has to be all games all the time?

Double Jump – I love the conversational format of their blog posts!

Virtuanaut – Someone who not only writes content worth reading but also takes the time to engage with other people’s content regularly too.

The Dragon’s Tea Party – I challenge you to find a cuter site logo.  I also challenge you to find much better content than you’ll find here!

Thank you for making it to the end!  I know I rambled on a bit!


17 thoughts on “The I Played The Game Award Spectacular!

  1. Hey, I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my reviews that much!

    It’s interesting because a lot of people answered Game of Thrones when I proposed this question.

    Yeah, when I compare them to music critics or video game critics, film critics seem to take their craft way, way too seriously for their own good. There’s nothing wrong with being passionate about a subject, but there is a real lack of fun to be had in many of their critiques, and that makes them far less personable than their counterparts in music and video games. I used to think they were better than video game critics, but now that I’ve truly gotten into the medium, I no longer think that’s the case (at best, their advantage isn’t as substantial as one would think).

    I have quite a few answers for this question. One of them is In den Gärten Pharaos by Popol Vuh.

    Yeah, that’s pretty much what I’ve heard about Doom; it’s mindless fun.

    I would say it really depends on the game. Some, such as Breath of the Wild are justifiably 50+ hours long while others, like Uncharted 3, were less than ten hours, and I still felt a significant portion could’ve been cut out.

    That’s too bad. Then again, I haven’t traveled abroad in quite some time. Even so, I have cleared a game in every foreign country I’ve visited.

    Ah good, I’m glad I’m not the only one who had a difficult time answering that question. I’m not sure how film critics can pick given there have been many great films in every decade since the 1920s.

    I’ve never heard of Alpha Protocol, but there are a lot of names I’m familiar with behind it.

    Yeah, that is something those not versed in the medium need to learn; film critics especially seem to have a difficult time grasping that there’s more than one way for a work to be good. Not to mention that making them interactive doesn’t automatically ruin a story’s ability to be a story.

    Not only is that a good answer, it’s probably the best answer when it comes to video games. It was a good game, and it led to the Western AAA hitting a patch of creative bankruptcy for the longest time.

    To be honest, I couldn’t think of an example when I wrote that. Usually when a bad work has a positive impact on the medium, it’s because it took down a tenuous genre as a result of its failure.

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    1. The thing I immediately spit there is that you aren’t familiar with Alpha Protocol. It surprises me how few people know it as it’s basically spy Mass Effect, but a little janky. I always suggest people give it a go because the choices you make make a significant difference by the end.

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  2. I’m glad I’m not the only person who waits until they’ve received three or four of these things and then shoves them together all at once! Makes me feel less guilty about it. 😁

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  3. Well deserved post celebrating you! Your writing style sounds very similar to mine! I just write down whatever is in my head. It didn’t sound right if I tried to write differently, almost a bit forced, so it’s good people seem to like that sort of thing.
    Thank you for the nomination!

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  4. I quite like you’re writing style and if you write how you talk, than I like your speech style, too!

    In the spirit of October I want to give some horror game suggestions. SOMA is what I ALWAYS suggest for horror because to this day more than a year letter, I’m still messed up. Also The Witch’s House, Little Nightmares, Oxenfree (definitely Oxenfree), and Bendy and the Ink Machine, which has it’s final chapter coming out next month. I watch a LOT of horror games because I’m too wussy to play them myself.

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    1. I loved Oxenfree, and I very much enjoyed SOMA. Little Nightmares was interesting but it didn’t grab me in the same way Inside did. You’ve mentioned The Witches House before, so that’s one I really should check out. I’ve been curious about Bendy for a while, but because it was episodic I’ve left it for now.

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      1. I understand that with Bendy. You want to play the entire thing all at once, and Chapter 4 does end on a big cliffhanger. I’d love to know what you think of The Witch’s House.

        Have you played Five Night’s at Freddy’s yet? I just watched that one and I’m currently buried in theory videos about the lore. It’s such a simple concept with such major implications.

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