Digital sunshine: Sunshine Blogger Award

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.

PIXELDUMP’S questions

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…

Rezzed, expo, event, video games, Martin Bruusgaard, Kim, Ragnar Tornquist

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.

  • Luke from HundstrasseCharacter Gender Equality: Are We Just Treading Water?
  • Tom from Me & NintendoA Parent’s Guide to the Nintendo Switch: A Dramatization
  • Nick the Gent from Deconstructing Video GamesMario Kart Wii Retrospective
  • The Well-Read MageWhat I Learned from the Best and Worst Video Game Parents

  • 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:

  • 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 PIXELDUMP, and congratulations to all of the blogs above. I’m looking forward to reading your answers!

    11 thoughts on “Digital sunshine: Sunshine Blogger Award

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    2. Thank-you so much for the nomination! I’ve really enjoyed reading the content over here at Later Levels so it means a lot to me that you thought of me in your nominations section. I have literally just done a Sunshine blogger award post ( … and actually nominated your good selves myself! 😛

      … having said that I really like the questions, so I’ll answer here if that’s ok:

      1. “Point-n-Click” … probably because I spend a disproportionate amount of time walking into rooms and forgetting why I’m there then have to try and discover what I was supposed to be doing! 😛

      2. The Raccoon City Police Station: I know that place so well, I love the pre-rendered backgrounds of the early RE games and it would be amazing to just stroll through the halls (maybe without the zombies) looking at things, maybe flicking through the papers on the desks of the STARS members, or playing with the moving bookcases in the library (seriously, when was the last time you saw a police station with a library).

      3. Claptrap from Borderlands… seriously… I would take being stuck in the lift with any boss character or unspeakable creature of evil over the claptrap.

      4. “Just Act Naturally”, a first person high tension adventure where you have to pretend to be a relatively sensible person holding down a job without coming across as weird…

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      • The answer to the last question: it’s just perfect. I’d so buy that game. XD

        And thanks so much for the nomination, we hadn’t seen it! I’ll grab Ben and get onto answering your questions in return.

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    3. I loved the Longest Journey games myself, I remember renting it time and time again from the library, and then some kid ruined the disk and they did not have it anymore, I felt so sad that I would not be able to play it again. Such clever puzzles, still one of my favorites in the genre. So I really love your experience.

      I totally get the Guybrush crush as well, I mean I realised I dont support the team he is on nowadays, but his third outing I really felt that I could go for a guy like him, even 4 was nice.

      I played most ( point and click) adventures that came out here. I still regret not playing Simon the Sorcerer 3 and can not find that anywhere now


      • Weirdly, I still have my original copy of the third Simon the Sorcerer game! I bought it when it was released but didn’t actually finish it… I made it right the way up to the final section before getting stuck, and then didn’t go back to it. I keep telling myself that one day I’ll resolve that. 😉

        You have great taste in games!

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