Real Neat Blogger award: a personal adventure

Last month, Bandicoot Warrior nominated Later Levels for a Real Neat Blogger award. Head over to his site so you can stay up-to-date on his progress towards convincing me to finally play Fallout! He himself was nominated in December by Hailey from A Dame’s Gotta Game, and she came up with some great video-game-related questions which put us in the centre of the adventure as the main character.

Bandicoot Warrior opted to stick with Hailey’s questions so here’s how our story begins: “You awake in a strange house, surrounded by things that seem familiar, yet new in their own way. Your head hurts and you can’t remember who you are or anything about your past, but the memories soon begin to flood back and you begin to be able to piece together qualities about yourself and your life by looking at the objects around you.” It looks as though we have a big adventure ahead so let’s find out where this journey takes us…

Question one:

After getting out of the bed you just woke up in, you begin looking around the room and notice a framed family portrait on the mantle. You glance in a mirror on the wall and back at the family portrait. The person in the middle of the photograph is clearly you, but the people on either side of you look familiar, but you can’t remember much about them and who they are. You assume that they must be your parents and you suddenly remember them from a game. Who are your gaming character parents?

Night in the Woods, video game, kitchen, cats, conversation, Kandy, Mom, Mae

Dad would be the Hero from Fable, because he’s a master of Strength, Skill and Will; plus everyone would want to be your friend after seeing him turn up at the school gates in his armour and wielding Avo’s Tear. And mum would be Candy Borowski from Night in the Woods, because the random stuff she comes out with reminds me of the stuff that my real-life mum says. I might need to rethink this combination however, considering the Hero has a dog and Candy herself is clearly a cat-person… hmm.

Question two:

After figuring out and remembering a bit about who your parents are, you hear a loud growl from your stomach. You are starving! After a quick trip to the kitchen, you open the fridge and your eyes widen at the assortment of foods on the shelves before you! Everything looks delicious, but you notice your favourite video game food and it just looks too tempting not to eat first! Which video game food do you choose to eat first and what makes it such a delicious treat?

The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild, video game, Link, fire, cooking pot, recipe, hut, trees

This question is similar to one posed as part of 2017’s Creative Christmas collaboration. For day eight we had to come up with a menu made entirely from video game food and, although there were a number of tasty options, the one I’d be most likely to eat in real-life would be the Hearty Salmon Meunière from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If I was still peckish afterwards I’m sure I could make some room for a slice or two of Butterscotch-Cinnamon Pie courtesy of Undertale, because it sounds as though it would be amazing.

Question three:

Now that your stomach is satisfied, you realise that you are so thirsty! You head back to the fridge and peer inside once again. You spot your favourite video game drink on the shelf, ice cold and looking delicious! You grab one, pop it open, and take a big drink. Which video game drink did you choose to satisfy your thirst?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, video game, sweetroll, cake, lizard, plate

Following on from the menu above, I also included a couple of beverages within my Creative Christmas post but neither are what I’d want to drink. Both grog or root beer are horrid so instead, I’d go for something different but still alcoholic: Honningbrew Mead from The Elder Scrolls series. I had the opportunity to try mead for the first time as a Christmas market a few years ago and really enjoyed it; plus the alcohol in it would provide some much-needed Dutch courage for the rest of this adventure.

Question four:

Now that your thirst has been quenched, you decide to look around the house a bit more and see what you can remember about yourself and the world around you. As you step into the hallway, you hear a loud crash and many other terrifying noises. Fearing for your safety, you step into the nearest room and close the door quietly. As you turn and place your back against the closed door, you glance up and see a terrifying creature standing before you. You immediately recognise the monster from a video game and begin trying to remember it’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities to help you survive! Which creature and from which game stands before you?

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, video game, zombie, face

Which creature appears in so many video games, even those where you’re least expecting them? Zombies. Even quieter non-action titles such as The Vanishing of Ethan Carter have their fair share of the shuffling corpses. Fear not though because I’ve done an awful lot of research on the zombie apocalypse and evidence shows that gamers are well-equipped to survive the undead horde. All we need to do is stay out of the cities, aim for the head and blame the pharmaceutical conglomerates for all of this mess.

Question five:

The creature growls and positions itself to attack! You glance to your right and see a formidable weapon. You recognise it immediately from a game and quickly grab it before attacking the monster and ultimately winning the battle. Which weapon did you see and what makes it your main choice?

The Secret of Monkey Island, video game, ghost, pirates, LeChuck, Guybrush Threepwood, root beer, grog machine, Stan's Previously Owned Vessels, boatyard

Root beer has long been known among voodoo practitioners to be a powerful weapon; and with that well-stocked fridge mentioned in question three above, there’s bound to be crates of the stuff in this place. LeChuck exploded into a firework display when sprayed with the stuff at the end of The Secret of Monkey Island – but perhaps that was less to do with this beverage’s anti-zombie properties, and more to do with the fact that it tastes simply disgusting. Who knows?

Question six:

After cleaning yourself up from the battle with the creature, you decide that it’s time to get out of this house and to find someplace safer! You find the door to the garage and upon opening the door, you find a variety of vehicles, mounts, and transports, all of which are vaguely familiar. You only have time to choose one, so choose wisely! Which video game method of transport do you choose and what makes it the most reliable for ensuring a safe getaway?

The Last Guardian, video game, Trico, animal, beast, phoenix, griffin, boy

This one is easy: it would have to be Trico from The Last Guardian. He can provide transport over long or high distances as well as support; he’s loyal and strong; and all that fur would be great for keeping both of us warm if we have to venture into colder climates on this adventure. When you’re trapped on the other side of a canyon, he’ll mewl at you to give you the confidence to make the jump and catch you just before you plummet. Now that’s a relationship built on trust.

Question seven:

As you speed away from the house on your chosen method of transport, you notice the scenery around you is also familiar and you spot a familiar person. You are unsure if this person is a friend or a foe, but currently, you can’t worry about that. You need help! Which video game character do you see first and what makes them a friend or a foe on your journey to the unknown?

Horizon Zero Dawn, video game, woman, warrior, Aloy, mountains, sky, photo mode, clouds

Aloy has plenty of qualities to make her an amazing friend and she’s someone you can’t help but admire. She laughs at anyone who doubts her skill; tells men her ‘eyes are up here’; questions the rights of the matriarchs to take power; and pulls apart any stupid traditions that don’t make sense. Plus she always looks perfect regardless of the situation so maybe she could give me some tips and do my hair. She loves a bit of technology too so maybe she’d be up for some co-op gaming on the sofa after battle.

That’s it: we’ve completed our adventure and arrived safely in a new world! Thank you to Bandicoot Warrior for the nomination, and to Hailey from A Dame’s Gotta Game for a set of awesome questions. How would your own adventure pan out?

Video game items that need to exist in real life

I may have already written a response post to a very kind Sunshine Blogger Award from Ian over at Adventure Rules in response to his question about endings and beginnings. But he asked another one of his nominees that deserves some consideration: which magical item or technological marvel from a video game would you use for completely selfish purposes in real life?

Ian himself said he’d choose the Ocarina of Time from The Legend of Zelda for several very good reasons. He’d be able to teleport to work so he could sleep in then make the day go faster to get home sooner; and as I’m sure many other parents could appreciate, hold the ability to instantly put his son to sleep whenever he needed a nap. This got me wondering which items other bloggers would pick – so it’s time for a little collaboration article!

Pokéball from the Pokémon series

Chosen by Lucius P. Merriweather from A Most Agreeable Pastime

Pokémon, Let's Go, video game, Pokéball, stars

“The first item I thought of was the hidden blade from Assassin’s Creed for some reason. Probably just because it looks cool. But then I actually thought about what it would be like in real life and I quickly realised that having a hidden blade would be a terrible idea. I’m sure it would keep going off at inopportune moments. I could easily see myself spearing the toaster by accident while making breakfast, or gouging a hole in the sofa as I reached for a cup of tea.

“But then I thought of something that would be really useful – a Pokéball. Granted, there aren’t many Pokémon in Darlington, but the physics-defying properties of these seemingly magical balls would be useful in all sorts of other ways. I’m presuming that they’re able to suck in things other than Pokémon, in which case they could have all sorts of uses. Struggling to move house? No worries, just suck the sofa into a Pokéball and spit it out in your new house. Can’t afford two tickets to a concert? Easy, just capture your friend or spouse and then extrude them again once you’re safely inside the gig. The possibilities are endless.”

Radiant armour from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Chosen by Luke from Hundstrasse

The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild, video game, Link, amour, glowing, skeleton, Radiant, rain

“… and up next we have a very special item; Link’s Radiant Armour from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Yes, this item has freshly been shipped into our warehouses directly from the Gerudo Town Secret Club and until this moment was exclusive to that location, but can now be yours for the low price of two-thousand, four hundred rupees and of course the nine luminous stones required to produce this dazzling and classy effect. So let’s take a look at it in action!

“As you can see this is clearly evening wear with the glowing skeleton motif being visible only in the hours of darkness. I guarantee that from the moment that you slide this form hugging ensemble on you will feel compelled to bring mischief and mayhem to any and all settlements on your route. The anonymity afforded from the hood and the playful yet far fetched visage of a glowing skeleton climbing over rooftops, looting chests, and cooking fried wild greens will undoubtedly aid you in remaining both anonymous and mythical. That’s not all, order now by calling the onscreen number and we will enchant the item to afford the wearer an extra level or stealth! So what are you waiting for, call in now for the finest costume available in the Hyrule region!”

Navigator Head from The Secret of Monkey Island

Chosen by PiecesOfKate from Musings of a nitpicking girl

The Secret of Monkey Island, video game, voodoo, dead, head, eyeballs, Navigator Head

“I would love my very own Navigator’s Head from The Secret of Monkey Island. Navigation isn’t my strong point, so I would find it very handy as my own, personal GPS system for getting around. Not sure what street to turn down? Simply check which way the head is pointing. No more relying on having a fully-charged phone with internet connection – as long as I’ve got my head, I’m sorted.

“Of course I’d have to carry it around in a Sainsbury’s bag or something, so not to alarm people. And when I’m not using it I’d display it in a cabinet and tell people it’s an artefact from pirate history. It’d make a nice alternative to a pumpkin at Halloween – and no, it’s not watching you as you walk down the driveway, you’ve just had too much punch.”

Chocobo from the Final Fantasy series

Chosen by Pix1001 from Shoot the Rookie

Final Fantasy X, video game, Chocobo, bird, chicken

“If I could choose any item from a video game to have in real life it would have to be a Chocobo from the Final Fantasy series. Strictly speaking this is a bird, not an item, but I don’t just want it as a pet. They have practical uses too.

“As someone who doesn’t drive, having a Chocobo would allow me to get around town easily without wearing through shoes or getting squished using public transport. It would also allow me to travel out of town. I live pretty near some really beautiful places, but at the moment it is difficult to get to them because of things like rivers, mountains, lochs and other forms of wilderness. Some Chocobos however can cross rivers and climb mountains and even cross seas, which would really open up the world. Whilst out exploring they also have an uncanny ability to find treasure, so it would be good for my bank balance too.

“When travelling in these inhospitable environments it is possible that we might meet scary creatures like lions or bears, but a Chocobo would come in handy here too, as some of them will actually help you out in battle. Finally though, as I said at the start, they are not just items; they are also wonderful companion animals and if I had one I think it would be the start of a beautiful friendship.”

Plasmids from BioShock

Chosen by Nathan from Hurricane thought process

BioShock, video game, plasmid, fire, hands, palms

“The item I have chosen to bring into the real world would be the plasmids from BioShock. Not only would they make life a bit more fun, they would also have their uses. Just think about the fire and telekinesis powers, along with the swarm or bees! And as for the side-effects of going insane, well I think I’m already halfway there.”

The Groovitron from the Ratchet & Clank series

Chosen by Chris from OverThinker Y

Ratchet & Clank, video game, Groovitron, disco, dance, robots

“I think it’s kind of heartening that, while Ratchet spends a lot of his time shooting aliens with a variety of shotguns, laser beams, flamethrowers, missiles, plasma whips, and, uh, beams that turn people into ducks or sheep, one of the most powerful tricks up his sleeve is the power of dance.

“The Groovitron is a recurring gadget in the Ratchet & Clank series, and it’s basically a portable disco: engage the device, and it’ll shoot out a floating disco ball complete with party lights and funky beats. Every enemy in the area will just be compelled to get their groove on, including a lot of bosses, which leaves you totally free to wail on them until they explode in a shower of funk. The fact that the Groovitron works on almost any enemy in the series, and will give them a unique dancing animation to boot, makes it one of the single most useful bits of kit in Ratchet’s arsenal, proving that sometimes you’ve just gotta take a break from blowing stuff up and have a bit of a boogie.”

Paraglider from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Chosen by Carla from Pop Culture Literary

The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild, video game, Link, Hyrule, flying, trees, sky, hang-gliding, Paraglider

“If I were to choose one video game item to use in real life, it would probably have to be Link’s hang-glider from Breath of the Wild. I’ve always liked the idea of being able to fly, and jumping off of things and gliding is a very close second to this concept. Yes, I know there are real hang gliders that I can learn how to operate. However, based on video game logic, Link’s glider seems to collapse instantly into a pocket-sized item, and it pops open equally quickly. You can’t exactly make a quick escape out of a tall building and pull out a real-world hang glider to save your life mid fall!

“I would understand, however, if the powers-that-be wouldn’t grant me the glider due to popular demand. My second choice would have to be the pocket tool from the LittleBigPlanet games. Imagine having a closet in your pocket all the time? Sudden wardrobe changes for breakout musical numbers would never be a problem again. This tool also offers environment-enhancing decorations that would allow me to do any number of things, from beautifying my surroundings with baubles and stickers (hey, it’s not vandalism!) to manipulating the landscape to my advantage (I’d have a pop-up hiding place anywhere I went! And fences would no longer be an obstacle).”

Dubstep Gun from Saints Row

Chosen by Brandon from That Green Dude

Saints Row, Saints Row IV, dupstep gun, dancing, twerking

“I choose the Dubstep Gun from Saints Row IV. It allows you to defeat your enemies with the power of dubstep. It’s a really funny and cool weapon and even though you are just shooting music at people, it’s incredibly powerful.

“There is DLC that allows you to change the genre and I would choose rock and metal. If I could shoot people with the power of Jimi Hendrix’s music, Motörhead or Queen, I would be very happy.”

Pip-Boy from the Fallout series

Chosen by Edu from Random Select

Fallout 4, video game, Pip-Boy, computer, arm, screen

“I chose the Pip-Boy. The main reason is that with smartphones and wearable sensors today, it seems more likely than ever to have a device that monitors your vitals, can tell how you’re injured, and how much XP you’ve collected (based on age and other metrics like your job, marital status, etc).

I’d love to have the added functionality of managing my inventory: I’d like to know how I’m doing with groceries before having to reorder (or, you know, go scavenge at the local supermarket). Most of all, I’d love to be able to keep track of all places I’ve visited, see places nearby that may be interesting to visit, and of course FAST TRAVEL!!”

Save points from most video games

Chosen by Kim from Later Levels

Rise of the Tomb Raider, video game, Lara Croft, base camp, save point, fire

“They say you should never have regrets in life but we all have at least one. Whether it’s that time you called your teacher ‘mum’ in school in front of your friends, texted the worst possible message to the wrong person or walked out of the ladies with your skirt caught in your knickers, we all have an experience we look back on and feel embarrassed. You don’t have to worry about that any more however with your very own portable save point!

“Go back in time and correct those mistakes using this handy tool. A save point would allow you to record a ‘version’ of your life so if an event didn’t work out in quite the way you wanted it to, you could return to the past and make whatever corrections you needed to. And if there was a particularly awesome day you wanted to relive, you could experience it all over and over again providing you don’t save over your previous file. It’s like time-travel but without the messy space-time-continuum thing.”

So there you have it. I think we can all agree that there are some excellent items here, none of which could possibly cause any kind of accident or harm to life in the real world… ahem. Which video game object would you pick for yourself?

Creative Christmas: let’s eat

It’s day eight of the Creative Christmas collaboration, where a group of bloggers are joining forces to tackle 12 video-game-related questions all based around a loose festive storyline. Following on from yesterday’s entry about the perfect Christmas present, the next we’re facing is:

It’s now time to head out to the kitchen to put on your oven gloves and start preparing Christmas dinner. It consists solely of video game food; what’s on the menu?



Kim’s Kitchen

Hors D’oeuvres

Crunchy Chicks, courtesy of Fable
The perfect amuse-bouche for the evil among us: a perfectly-seasoned feathery morsel, with a chicken after-taste and beak garnish.

or

Holy Tofu, courtesy of Fable
For those watching their waistlines (and alignment), a block of coagulated bean curd pressed in holy water with an extremely subtle flavour.

Appetiser

Vegetable Soup, courtesy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Restore both your health and stamina with this warming soup, full of healthy seasonal vegetables. A classic Dark Brotherhood favourite.

Fish course

Hearty Salmon Meunière, courtesy of Breath of the Wild
Perfectly-pink and crispy-skinned, a fillet of salmon with a texture in a class of its own. Recommended by a famous green-suited hero and talented blogger.

Main course

Wall Turkey (and all the trimmings), courtesy of Castlevania
The star of any Christmas feast: a roasted bird served in the traditional manner. Accompanied by Floor Potatoes, Window Vegetables, Door Stuffing and Ceiling Gravy.

Dessert

Butterscotch-Cinnamon Pie, courtesy of Undertale
Decorated with dog-prints, the perfect dessert for determined heroes who can’t decide whether they prefer butterscotch or cinnamon.

Cheese course

Hidden Cheese, courtesy of Perfect Dark
A triangular selection of cheeses from all over the world, including the windowsill and behind a door. Served with biscuits and grapes.

Drinks

Grog, courtesy of The Secret of Monkey Island
One of the most caustic and volatile substances known to man, a popular pirate pick-me-up created from kerosene, battery acid, rum and pepperoni.

or

Root Beer, courtesy of The Secret of Monkey Island
For the designated drivers and sailors of the evening, a sparkling non-alcoholic beverage to wash down all that festive food and fend off zombie ghost pirates.


Other answers

🎁   Thero159 from A Reluctant Hero
🎅   Athena from AmbiGaming
🦌   Morgan from Fistful of Glitter
🎄   Luna from GamersUnitedGG Blog
🎮   LightningEllen from LightningEllen’s Release
👗   Log 1932
🤞   NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog
🎉   Dan and Jon from nowisgames.com
🎁   Chris from OverThinker Y
🎅   Retro Redress
🎶   Pix1001 from Shoot the Rookie
❤   Brandon from That Green Dude
🎄   The Gaming Diaries
🦃   Kevin from The Mental Attic
🎮   The Optimistic Gamer

The Creative Christmas collaboration is open to everyone and further details can be found in this post if you’d like to join in! Tomorrow’s question: The presents have been opened and dinner has been eaten, so you’ve got a bit of time for gaming while Gran is snoozing on the sofa. What’s the best video game to play during the holidays?

Creative Christmas: need for speed

It’s day six of the Creative Christmas collaboration, where a group of bloggers are joining forces to tackle 12 video-game-related questions all based around a loose festive storyline. Following on from yesterday’s entry about cheeky mistletoe kisses, the next we’re facing is:

You’re woken from your drunken haze by another frantic call from Santa, who’s worried he’s not going to make all his deliveries in time. Which video game item or vehicle would you recommend for him?


My answer

There are over seven-billion people in the world, meaning that Santa has an awful lot of stops to make on Christmas Eve. It’s therefore no wonder he’s fretting that the reindeer won’t be able to move their butts quickly enough! What we need here is top speed over a variety of terrain and there are plenty of video game vehicles and objects to give the man in red a bit of a boost (sorry Rudolf).

Super Mario, video game, Mario, pipes, warp zone

Both Chris from OverThinker Y and Kevin from The Mental Attic picked up on great ways to travel in December’s question of the month. The fast-travel option in games such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will instantly teleport you anywhere you’ve already been, making zipping around the world an awful much quicker; and the warp pipes from the Super Mario series would take Santa straight into people’s houses without the need to sneak down the chimney.

World of Warcraft, video game, vehicle, Mekgineer's Chopper, chopper, bike, sidecar

In terms of rides, how about the Mekgineer’s Chopper from World of Warcraft? Activate the sidecar and there’s room inside for plenty of presents and perhaps an elf with a mince-pie or two. Or if something more animal-orientated is to Santa’s tastes, there’s always the Strider from Horizon Zero Dawn; this horse-like machine can be overridden and will come whenever you whistle if you have the Call Mount skill (which the big guy obviously does, because reindeer).

The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild, video game, Link, fire, cooking pot, recipe, hut, trees

There’s also the option of taking a little something-something to boost your speed – and it can be healthy at the same time. The Energizing Glazed Vegetables from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will instantly refill your Stamina Wheel and are a healthy antidote to all those mince pies (check out this recipe from Teri Mae at Sheikah Plate). And the Potion of Swiftness from Minecraft, as recommended by my stepson, will increase your speed by 20% so drink up.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, video game, sweetroll, cake, lizard, plate

No child will be left disappointed on Christmas morning: there’s no way Santa can be late in making his deliveries with this range of video game items at his disposal. And the thought of that nice tankard of mead and sweetroll waiting for him by the fireside at home will make him move all the faster.

Other answers

🎁   Thero159 from A Reluctant Hero
🎅   Athena from AmbiGaming
❤   ClanGeek
🎄   Luna from GamersUnitedGG Blog
🎮   LightningEllen from LightningEllen’s Release
🤞   NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog
🎉   Dan and Jon from nowisgames.com
🎁   Chris from OverThinker Y
👪   Austin from Reaper Interactive
🎅   Retro Redress
❤   Brandon from That Green Dude
🦌   The Dragon’s Tea Party
🎄   The Gaming Diaries
🦃   Kevin from The Mental Attic
👗   The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

The Creative Christmas collaboration is open to everyone and further details can be found in this post if you’d like to join in! Wednesday’s question: Your help must have worked, because it’s now Christmas morning and presents are under the tree! There’s a fancy box with your name on it; which gaming-related item are you hoping is inside?

Question of the Month: November 2017 edition

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 found itself standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. 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!

Results: if you needed a mercenary, which video game character would you hire?

We received 21 votes in our September poll and you lovely people voted for the following…

question of the month, QOTM, votes, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Devil May Cry, Grand Theft Auto IV

Congratulations to Athena from AmbiGaming and the Iron Bull from Dragon Age: Inquisition for being our winners! A big thank you to all of our competitors for taking part and to you amazing people for voting. Now let’s see the competition start to heat up for the next question of the month

November’s question: which game character wears the least appropriate clothing for the activity they’re doing?

We’ve all made a dodgy fashion choice at least once in our lifetime: greying socks with sandals; brightly-coloured velour tracksuits; shell-suits that rustle when you walk. But there are video game characters who dress even more inappropriately for their job! Let’s reveal our contenders for the November 2017 trophy…

Answer 1: The Xanthous Set from Dark Souls

Kevin from The Mental Attic says: “It really doesn’t matter how skilful a warrior the chosen undead is, or how many souls they’ve acquired and consumed, because wearing a cloth armour with a headpiece that looks like a gigantic yellow lollipop (or a giant wooden spoon) is bound to get in your way. It has to mess up with your balance at the very least… it also offers no real protection to speak of and try to get up after falling, your massive head will make sure you can’t! The Xanthous Set, look at it and laugh.”

Answer 2: Alice from Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

Want to know why Ian has chosen Alice as his answer this time around? Go say hello to him over at Adventure Rules and read his argument for this character.

Answer 3: Donkey Kong from the Donkey Kong series

Head over to Power Bomb Attack to visit Imtiaz, where he’s discussing why he’s chosen Donkey Kong as his answer this month.

Answer 4: Vega from the Street Fighter series

This month, Luke from Hundstrasse has decided to go for Vega as his answer. Head over to his site to read about his reasons why.

Answer 5: Jack from Mass Effect 2

Kim from Later Levels says: “Jack from Mass Effect 2 was way ahead of her time when the game was released in 2010. Seven years later, it’s estimated that a third of the UK population have at least one tattoo; and celebrities such as Kate Hudson and Cara Delevigne are making the buzzcut popular. But wearing just a set of thin leather straps to cover your modesty? It’s surprising that someone as private and troubled as Jack could wear such an outfit. Forget her being wanted for crimes including piracy, vandalism and murder – what she should really be banged up for is crimes against fashion.”

Answer 6: Link from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog says: “There is an armor piece that explains my point: how does this protect Link against the heat of a desert?! While the armor sets in Breath of the Wild have a nice look to them, they seem unpractical to carry the huge inventory you can carry in the game. You would think that he has a carrying bag or something, but he seems to put it all in his side pocket. Why does Link have no survival outfit?”

Answer 7: The Boss from Saints Row IV series

Chris from OverThinker Y says: “The Boss of the eponymous Saint’s Row crew gets up to a lot of fun things over an illustrious career. Gang leader, bank robber… oh, yeah, President of the freakin’ US of A. When we join the story in Saints Row IV, the Boss is wearing a hilariously bad suit, as befits a ridiculously unqualified leader of the free world, but pretty soon events conspire to trap them in a simulation world run by evil aliens. Once you’re in the simulation, you can change the Boss’s appearance and wardrobe as you like, meaning that you can quite easily create a POTUS who’s beating up aliens with a dildo bat in full gimp gear, a panda suit, or naked as the day they were born. Fitting accouterments for a ninja superhero gang boss alien murderer, less so for the most powerful person in America.”

Answer 8: Violette Summer from Velvet Assassin

Athena from AmbiGaming says: “Really obscure, but Violette Summer from Velvet Assassin, who is a character based on WWII British spy Violette Szabó. During special bullet-time sequences, all her clothes fall of and she becomes inexplicably more powerful. I mean, it ‘makes sense’ in the game insofar as it’s given an explanation but, when playing the game it’s really weird.”

Answer 9: Ada Wong from the Resident Evil series

Adhiraj from Gamers’ Nation says: “If you love survival horror games then you would have definitely heard of Resident Evil. For us this is definitely one of our favourite franchises. Part of this very franchise is the character Ada Wong who is by all means a complete and total badass. However we feel she has to be one of the most inappropriately dressed characters for the task she is doing, considering that most of the time she is fighting or killing zombies, monsters or some weird combination of the two. Ada is always dressed in cocktail gowns and hot V-neck blouses, like she has to go to a ball but needed to kill zombies before going. Now of course we don’t know what the real reason for her dress sense really is and we may not find it appropriate for the task, but you won’t find us complaining while paying the game.”

So who’s got it right, and who’s got it so wrong that they deserve to wear armour that barely covers anything for the rest of eternity? Place your votes in the poll opposite or give your own suggestion in the comments below, and we’ll reveal the most popular answer on Friday, 01 December 2017 along with the next question.

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Question of the Month: September 2017 edition

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 brought it on like Donkey Kong. 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!

Results: which video game has the best idle animation?

We received 17 votes in our August poll and you lovely people voted for the following winners…

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Congratulations to Ian from Adventure Rules and Pokémon Snap for being our winner! A big thank you to all of our competitors for taking part and to you gorgeous people for voting. Now let’s see the competition start to heat up for the next question of the month

September’s question: who’s the most memorable video game NPC?

Non-player characters (NPCs) add colour to a game’s world and every now again, one comes along who’s a little different from the rest: they make us sit up and take notice when they speak (even if they only have one line). But which NPC deserves to receive just as much fame and adoration as their protagonist counterpart? Let’s reveal our contenders for the September 2017 trophy…

Answer 1: Taj the Genie from Diddy Kong Racing

We have a new contender: LightningEllen from LightningEllen’s Release! For her first question of the month, she has chosen Taj the Genie and you can find out why here.

Answer 2: Cranky Kong from Donkey Kong Country

In a shocking twist, we have another new contender: this time it’s Geddy from nostalgia trigger! Read his reasons for choosing Cranky Kong this month in this post.

Answer 3: Shouty Guard from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Chris from OverThinker Y says: “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has very few NPCs, because the game opens with almost everyone being turned into horrifying sand beasts. Yet somehow, one of the royal guard, locked in a room with a really weird puzzle, survived, and this man was forever etched into legend as The Guy With The Best Voice Of All Time. His only role in the game is to bellow orders at the Prince in what I can only describe as the greatest and best-acted scene of all time. If you ever played this game, you remember this guy.”

Answer 4: The Merchant from Resident Evil 4

Head over to Power Bomb Attack to visit Imtiaz, where he’s discussing why he’s chosen the Merchant as his answer this month.

Answer 5: Moneybags from Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!

What’s this, yet another new contender for the question of the month crown?! Say hello to TriformTrinity, and find out why he’s chosen Moneybags as the answer for his first entry.

Answer 6: The Announcer from Team Fortress 2

This month, Luke from Hundstrasse has picked The Announcer as his answer. Head over to his site to read about his reasons why.

Answer 7: Murray the Skull from The Curse of Monkey Island

Kim from Later Levels says: “Murray may have had his skeletal-body blown to pieces by a cannon but did he let that hold him back? No. Many would have been crushed by this tragic accident but he turned it into the opportunity he’d been waiting for: to become a demonic overlord and conquer the land of the living. Despite his reduced state, he still considers himself to be an object of pure evil and dreams of spreading chaos throughout the Caribbean – showing that sometimes all you need is a positive mental attitude. This is one skull who’s got his s**t together and is going places.”

Answer 8: The Old Man from The Legend of Zelda

Athena from AmbiGaming says: “The Old Man from the original The Legend of Zelda taught us something very important: it’s dangerous to go alone. Every hero needs a good NPC to back them up, and the Old Man is the epitome of this: he doesn’t know Link from Adam, yet dispenses advice and a weapon to help the hero on his quest. And even though his lines are few, his legacy is long! Not only has this recognizable and memorable NPC from 1986 been immortalized as a meme, but is seen ubiquitously on t-shirts, mugs, and more. No other NPC can boast such staying power!”

Answer 9: Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog says: “The character of Zelda in the series has been quite something. In various games, she is a damsel-in-distress that needs to be saved each title. Yet, in Breath of the Wild, she is defending Hyrule from total destruction. Without aging for some strange reason. I really liked Zelda in the latest title. She is more human than in previous games, and I like that. Truth to be told, I think that the Zelda from Skyward Sword is a close second.”

Answer 10: Navi from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Want to know why Ian has chosen Navi as his answer this time around? Go say hello to him over at Adventure Rules and read his argument for this title.

So who’s got it right, and who’s got it so wrong that they deserved to be cast in the role of an NPC for the rest of eternity? Place your votes in the poll opposite or give your own suggestion in the comments below, and we’ll reveal the most popular answer on Friday, 06 October 2017 along with the next question.

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