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Question of the month: May 2017 edition

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:

Poll answers:

  • 3 votes: ‘Romero’s Head’ in Doom II: Hell on Earth, submitted by Kevin from The Mental Attic
  • 3 votes: ‘There are no Easter Eggs up here’ in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, submitted by Tim from GeekOut South-West
  • 3 votes: ‘Ask me about Loom’ in The Secret of Monkey Island, submitted by Kim from Later Levels
  • 2 votes: ‘The End’ in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, submitted by Chris from OverThinker Y
  • 1 vote: ‘Makemeapirate’ in Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine, submitted by NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog
  • 1 vote: ‘Dog ending’ in Silent Hill 2, submitted by Luke from Hundstrasse
  • 0 votes: ‘React Gwen’s Head’ in Borderlands 2, submitted by Nathan
  • Additional answers:

  • ‘The Easter Egg Cheat’ from Indy3D
  • ‘Dark Souls Sword’ in Overwatch
  • ‘Mario pictures in Zelda’s Castle’ in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, submitted by Geddy from nostalgia trigger
  • ‘Star Wars Kid’ in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2, submitted by Kiara Everglot
  • ‘Nightmare levels’ in Wolfenstein: The New Order, submitted by Rob from I Played The Game!
  • 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!

    16 thoughts on “Question of the month: May 2017 edition

    1. I think that if you’re genuinely giving the controller to someone who’s never played a game before, it needs to be something that’s both easy to play and something that shows what games can be do.

      Games like Monument Valley, or INSIDE/LIMBO. Games that don’t require an in-depth knowledge of a controller, or ask the player to spend hours upon hours performing difficult or confusion tasks to experience the best of them.

      However, I’m going to offer up PORTAL as my choice. Whilst I think Portal 2 is a better all-around game, the original is a tight, immensely enjoyable package with good writing, easy to understand control scheme and a core hook that exemplifies what games are so f*cking good at.

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      1. Portal was one of the first games I properly played as well, but I wasn’t sure how a non-gamer would cope with the puzzles. But actually now I think about it, it’s perfect because it’s not violent (for the most part) and the beginning seems like a simple puzzle game, then when you get to the last testchamber that idea of safety is thrown out of the window and the player sees that the game is actually asking deep questions. I would hope that that would intrigue a player enough to want to play more games like that! 🙂

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        1. Portal is a great choice – something which seems simple at first and gets more complex as it progresses. It shows that video games can be ‘clever’ and aren’t just all about mindless violence!

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    2. Great question! It would really depend on the person’s personality. I always like to recommend shooter games to relieve stress lol. Sounds morally wrong when you think about it but Gears of War was and is my favorite game because it allowed me to relieve my stress in “Adulting.” When the game came out I was finishing High School and working for the first time (taking College courses as well) so needless to say it was a little stressful for me at the time, exciting but stressful. Playing this game helped me relieved stress and allowed me to meet friends that I still have until this day!

      -Luna 😀

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      1. This reminds me of a study I read a few years back… let me dig it out… *rummages through archives*

        Aah here we go: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0956797615583071. A couple of years ago, a team at the Medical Research Council found that a dose of Tetris after being exposed to a traumatic experience reduced the number of subsequent flashbacks. Gaming can have so many benefits: psychological, educational, charitable and social.

        At the end of a difficult day, a good video game can give your mind the holiday it needs for a couple of hours so you can get back to solving problems in the ‘real world’ with renewed strength and energy.

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    3. For me, I’d argue a game that’s in the person’s range of interests. More importantly, one that can be played together. A co-op game that allows you to support the person you’re playing with whilst not taking over can work wonders. Fifa was that game for my wife, and now she loves a good co-op game!

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      1. I can see how that would work: give a non-gamer something they could play with you, so you can help them through the tough bits and they can also see the social aspect of video games. Steer clear of Final Fight though… ouch.

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    4. Some of these games that were recommended are tough! Something like BioShock would be a nightmare for a non-gamer! You need to remember that to us, something like moving around in the third person feels totally natural and we get acquainted with it very quickly.

      I would absolutely recommend something colorful, fun, and a 2D platformer. Rayman Legends (any system ever), New Super Mario Bros 2 (3DS), heck, even Guacamelee! might pull a new person in. That’s just what I would pick, though, and I think catering to the person’s interests might be a good idea, like iPlayedtheGame mentioned about.

      For example, a person who likes music might be wow’d by something like Lumines, because it’s super simple (modified Tetris!) with bangin’ music in the background. Takes seconds to learn, but it difficult to master. But it’s still fun on the interim.

      I’ve still been trying to find the key game to get my fiancée into gaming, so coming from a place of 100% failure maybe my suggestions aren’t the best afterall! 🙂

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      1. I can see where Nathan is coming from with his ‘BioShock’ answer – I mean, it’s an awesome game that contains elements of many different genres – but I have to agree with you here. If it was the first video game I’d given a go, I think the controls and fast-paced-ness of it may have put me off trying anything else. Something ‘gentler’ could possibly be better for a non-gamer’s first experience.

        Keep trying: you’ll get your fiancée there eventually! 😉

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    5. Ah man, this one is gonna be hard to vote in, there are some good answers here!
      On another note, how does one get involved in these Question of the Month events? Is there a quest? Do I need to kill a dragon?

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      1. Drop us an email (details are on the contact page) whenever you’re ready and we’ll add you into the group. We’ll start thinking about the next question in a couple of weeks and then publish the answers at the beginning of June.

        Welcome on board! 😀

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