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Liebster and Cthulhu’s Blogging Apocalypse Awards

After being very kindly nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the awesome PIXELDUMP at the end of last month, we were extremely humbled – and surprised – to find out that we’d been nominated for two other awards also*. The WordPress community is one of the best to be in and we’re very thankful to everyone for welcoming us back here: there are so many amazing writers around and it’s inspiring to see all of this talent.

The Liebster Award from Hundstrasse

If you’re not already following Hundstrasse, you should be. Author Luke has some interesting insights on video games, being someone who has seen many generations and genres, and his way with words makes his posts a joy to read. In fact, we like him so much that we recently chose his site as one of our Sunshine Blogger nominations.

As part of the Liebster Award, the recipient has to answer questions set by their nominator in order to reveal more about themselves. Unfortunately Ben wasn’t available (or was he scared?) so let’s see how I fare with this little lot on my own…

  • If you came to visit, the one place I’d take you to locally would be the arcades at Southend-on-Sea. They’re full of retro classic and there’s a place nearby that does an amazing chicken-katsu burger for dinner.
  • The game I like, despite it having serious shortcomings, is Typing of the Dead: Overkill. I should hate it for its crassness, profanity and terrible characters – but it’s just so addictive!
  • An aspect of video games I feel is under-appreciated is the emotions they can evoke and how much they can make you feel. It’s something the gaming community itself gets but outside of that, gaming is often still considered as mindless entertainment.
  • That word you just made up, ‘klirturting’? It’s that embarrassed feeling you get when a blogger who’s way more awesome than you nominates you for an award.
  • If I was to imagine I worked in a mysterious sci-fi futuristic facility, the thing I see happening on the fifth floor is the IT Department. Although in the real world we’re more likely to be shoved in the basement.”


    The Cthulhu’s Blogging Apocalypse Award from Falcon Game Reviews

    Shelby from Falcon Game Reviews was recently nominated for an unknown award, so what did he do? He rebranded it in the visage and splendor of everyone’s favourite old-god and world-ender: Cthulhu. The Cthulhu’s Blogging Apocalypse Award is about expanding each other’s visibility and seeing talented bloggers recognised for their work.

    Shelby definitely deserves to be recognised – if you aren’t following him already then you should head straight to Falcon Game Reviews and do that now. His For Honor beta impressions was his 100th post, and we’re looking forward to reading the next 100.

    As part of our nomination we need to give some advice for new bloggers, and this got me thinking: what’s the most important thing I’ve learned since starting blogging a few years ago? It’s hard to sum it up here because there’s so much you could say; so instead I’ve written a separate post dedicated to the subject in order to do it justice, which will be published in the next week or so.

    Our nominations and questions

    The hardest part of any award is nominating other blogs to receive them also: there are so many amazing sites here within the WordPress community that whittling them down to just a few can be quite a challenge. It’s taken us a while to come up with the following list but we hope it’s a celebration of sites both old and new – and we’ve even picked out some posts to get you started on exploring them.

    Liebster Award nominations:

  • Geeks Play GamesGeeky Ink: Don’t Judge a Person by Their Fandom
  • I Played The Game!Modern Gaming Is Actually Pretty Good
  • OverThinker YFirst Test [CC3]
  • Way of the GeeksCartoons You’ve Probably Never Watched
  • Cthulhu’s Blogging Apocalypse Award nominations:

  • gamingatheartIndie: Lost Ember
  • GeekOut South-WestTop 10 ‘Useless’ Protagonists
  • geeksleeprinserepeatGeekly Review #168
  • The Mental AtticPuzzle Design – Narrative vs Challenge
  • Here are our gaming-related questions for our lovely nominees:

  • How would you describe yourself if you could only use gaming terms?
  • If you could visit any location from a game, where would you go?
  • Who would be the worst video game character to be stuck in a lift with?
  • If a video game was made based on your life, what would the title and genre be?
  • Thank you once again to Luke from Hundstrasse and Shelby from Falcon Game Reviews. And congratulations to all of the blogs above – we’re looking forward to reading your answers!

    *NB: since writing this post, we’ve found out about another award! Rather than adding it here and making it even longer than it already is, we’ll write about it very soon.

    17 thoughts on “Liebster and Cthulhu’s Blogging Apocalypse Awards

    1. Thank you very much for the nomination! It’s always nice to receive them and to read the answers people give! I love Typing of the Dead: Overkill, it’s completely insane that a typing/light gun fusion should work. I remember having the previous one (Typing of the Dead 2) when I was at university.

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      1. So glad to hear I’m not the only one who loves Typing of the Dead ha ha ha! I feel a stream coming on… 😉

        If you haven’t tried it already, Epistory is worth a look too.

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    2. Thank you so much for the nomination! I completely agree with you on the fact that emotions in video games are completely underrated. The storytelling ability of games has come a long way from the days of ‘Pong’. If anyone says games can’t have emotion or deep meaning/value, show them the first 20 minutes of “The Last of Us,” video game storytelling perfected.

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      1. The Last of Us, The Longest Journey, BioShock… the list goes on. There are so many video games out there with amazing stories, and they have the ability to immerse the player to such a deep level. I’d much rather play a game than read a book or watch a film!

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    3. Thank you all for enabling me. I appreciate all the attention I can get! Seriously though, I do appreciate the kind words you have for me. I can’t wait to get some new ideas down into written form.

      Oh, and you totally deserve the recognition. This is a great site!

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    4. How would you describe yourself if you could only use gaming terms?
      A pixelated adventure, a little difficult to control at times yet immersive when getting over its oddities.

      If you could visit any location from a game, where would you go?
      Post-apocalyptic NYC from The Division, Though I haven’t played it in quite a while, I’d like to think I could survive fairly well; with a hot water bottle.

      Who would be the worst video game character to be stuck in a lift with?
      For them or me?! Voldo from Soul Calibur. Even if you could avoid being in an enclosed space without him spinning his hand-blades of death into your personal body space (literally), he doesn’t say a single word.

      If a video game was made based on your life, what would the title and genre be?
      Ironically educating with games.

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