In December last year, after too long an absence from both writing and WordPress, Ben and I took the difficult decision to leave our old home at 1001Up. We carefully put our consoles and controllers into a metaphorical-suitcase, closed the curtains and shut the door behind us for the last time, venturing out into the blogosphere to see what new adventures await us.
Later Levels has now been up and running for just over a month. It’s great to be back within the community and things have changed since we were last here: there are so many new writers around and it’s motivating (as well as a little intimidating) to see all of this talent. It’s therefore humbling to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by PIXELDUMP, given to those who ‘are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers’. I’m completely and utterly flattered.
If you haven’t yet visited the PIXELDUMP website, I’d highly recommend heading over there straight away – this post about cooperative gameplay is a great place to start. From one ale-drinking-IT-working-mint-icecream-loving gamer to another, I salute you sir.
One of the rules of Sunshine Blogger Award is that the recipient has to answer questions set by their nominator in order to reveal more about themselves. I’ve already vetted those posed by PIXELDUMP and there isn’t anything too graphic or gratuitous (phew) so on with the answers.
Question 1: What was the first game you remember playing?
Like many of my generation, the first titles I remember playing were Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt on the NES back in the 1980s; but the first I played for myself was The Secret of Monkey Island on the Amiga 500 after receiving the machine as a Christmas present. My nine-year-old mind was blown after realising that worlds I thought only existed in books could be brought to life in video games. That day begun a two-decade-long crush on Guybrush and I’ve been a huge fan of adventure games ever since.
Question 2: What is your most memorable experience of playing video games?
My answer for this one was an experience in ‘real life’ rather than in video games themselves, so I hope I haven’t broken the rules here…
I had the opportunity to chat to Ragnar Tørnquist and Martin Bruusgaard from Red Thread Games when they were at Rezzed 2013 to present a developer session on the progress of Dreamfall Chapters. Well, I say ‘chat’ but it was in all likelihood incoherent mumble as I was completely star-struck, having loved The Longest Journey for so long. They then remembered me when I saw them the following year and invited me to the pub for a drink, and Martin sent me an email the following day; they’re such lovely guys.
Question 3: Who is your most hated in-game character?
I really struggled with an answer here as there aren’t any characters I’d say I ‘hate’, so I’ve instead gone with one I ‘dislike’: Nicole Collard from the Broken Sword series. I know many people will disagree with me on this! Don’t get me wrong, I admire her spirit and desire to always seek out the truth, and it’s awesome to see women in video games who aren’t simply damsels-in-distress. But she’s just so rude and sarcastic all the time – and who in their right minds would let George Stobbart jet off around the world and have all the fun while they sit in their apartment?
Question 4: Which game has your all-time favourite soundtrack?
My favourite song from a game is Everything’s Alright by Laura Shigihara, taken from To The Moon by Freebird Games. It’s such a beautiful track and I’m really looking forward to Finding Paradise coming out later this year.
My nominations and questions
And now comes the hardest part of the award: nominating other awesome blogs to receive the award also. In just a month back on WordPress, my reader is already becoming full of amazing sites and it has therefore been really difficult to whittle it down to only a few. I’ve enjoyed reading the following so far and have picked out a post from each as a good place to start exploring them.
I’d also like to add a ‘worthy mention’ here: Stuart from Forged From Reverie. The only reason I haven’t given him a proper nomination is because he was nominated by PIXELDUMP too! If you haven’t read it already, go check out his post on what would happen if the dead roamed the earth.
Here are my four gaming-related questions for my four lovely nominees:
Thank you once again to PIXELDUMP, and congratulations to all of the blogs above. I’m looking forward to reading your answers!
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.