It’s that time again: the question of the month is back and will see us attempt to answer a quandary that has been puzzling the gaming community since it first turned on the NES. We’re going up against our friends and blogging neighbours in order to find the ultimate response in less than 100 words – and we’re asking you to choose the winner by voting in our poll.
But first, let’s take a look at last month’s question and find out who won…
Last month’s results: what’s the best Easter-egg within a video game?
We received 18 votes in our poll – slightly less than in previous months but still great nonetheless – and received a range of additional answers from the community. Here’s the breakdown:
So it was a tie last month! A big thank you to everyone who voted, and now let’s see some competition going for the next question…
May’s question: what video game would you recommend to a non-gamer?
One of the best things about video games is that there’s an experience out there for everyone: from explosive releases for those who want action, to narrative adventures for individuals who prefer a good story. But what title would you suggest for somebody who has never picked up a controller or been interested in gaming? Let’s reveal our contenders for the May 2017 trophy…
Answer 1: BioShock
Nathan from Gamely Giving says: “This one was a tough one for me at first, then I was reunited with my game of choice during the Gamely Giving marathon stream! BioShock is such a well-rounded title. It covers a big chunk of gaming genres – FPS, RPG, horror, action, adventure – so as a first-time gamer, you’re sorted. Who doesn’t love running around Rapture making hard choices, trying to figure out what went wrong whilst hacking machines and gaining powers to defend yourself against the dreaded splicers! It’s a great seed which grows and branches out into the great world of gaming. Big Daddy out!”
Answer 2: Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars
Kevin is a geek and proud of it: no matter the situation, no matter the environment or the people around him, you’ll hear him discuss novels, games and films with anyone who’ll listen. He’ll also discuss his answer if you ask him nicely and you can find out why he chose Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars on The Mental Attic.
Answer 3: Journey
Kim from Later Levels says: “Video games are usually assumed to be competitive, violent gore fests, so what better way to show a non-gamer otherwise than by giving them Journey? With no weapons or enemies as such, your aim is to make your way across the sparkling desert using only your chime to occasionally communicate with other players. It’s a great example of how it doesn’t take a complicated control scheme or non-stop action to pull you in; and it shows that video games can be beautiful experiences that invoke plenty of feeling and emotion.”
Answer 4: LEGO Jurassic World
Luke’s biggest gaming blunder was lending his Tomytronic 3D Sky Attack game to a neighbour… then the neighbour moved away… and now he misses those LCD tanks and TRON-esque aliens. He also posts a gaming blog over at Hundstrasse and has chosen LEGO Jurassic World as his answer this month. Head over there to find out why.
Answer 5: Tetris
NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog says: “I would recommend a game that’s easy to pick up and play. Like Tetris or Super Mario Bros. They are great games to introduce non-gamers to the world of gaming. Maybe a game that’s easy to learn but difficult to master.”
Answer 6: The Last Guardian
Chris from OverThinker Y says: “For this one, I thought about something simple like Mario or classic like Tetris, but I’m settling on The Last Guardian. While it isn’t perfect and it can be frustrating at times – and I can see a non-gamer having real trouble with the camera – the basic gameplay is simple enough not to distract from the genuine emotional connection the game fosters between Trico and the protagonist (and by extension the player). It’s a great advertisement for the kinds of stories games can tell if given a chance, a real surprise to any non-gamers who think it’s all either Call of Duty or Guitar Hero.”
So who’s got it right, and who’s got it so wrong that they deserve to never be allowed to play video games again for the rest of eternity? Cast your votes in the poll opposite or give your own suggestion and we’ll reveal the most popular answer on Friday, 02 June 2017 along with the next question.
Got a question you’d like to see us struggle over next month? Or would you like to join in and add your own answer into our polls on a regular basis? Leave us a message in the comments below or get in touch!
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