October 29, 2015

8-Bit Minute: Gaming Questionnaire

Oh hi. How ya been?

So I was poking around Pam's website, Cannot Be Tamed, and I stumbled upon this questionnaire she posted for others to complete. I mostly depend on my charming wit in lists and wrap articles for you guys to get to know me, but I thought it might be a nice change if I just straight up answered some questions that get to the root of the... uh... me. So here we go!

When did you start playing video games?
As soon as I could mash buttons? I was "blessed" with a much older brother who was a sucker for all things technology, so it wasn't long before he depended on me to handle the other paddle so he didn't have to play alone. I still beat him.

What is the first game you remember playing?
This is a tricky one. Much of my childhood is a blur so I'm really not certain and no one seems to have logged the occasion. All I've got to go on is that my earliest gaming memories involve a ColecoVision. Sadly, I have absolutely no idea which game it could have been. Pick one for me! I'll run with it!

PC or Console?
Consoles. All day e'ery day.

Xbox, Playstation, or Wii?
All of the above? If I have to pick... I guess Playstation. 'Lotta history and a lot of RPGs there.

What's the best game you've ever played?
We're going to be here a while…
Gunshot answer: Shining Force 2.

What's the worst game you've ever played?
I'm surprised to report that I had to think long and hard on this one. I really don't sink a lot of time into games I'm not relatively certain I'll like. I suppose I'll take this opportunity to say pretty much any sports game ever. There are a few exceptions, of course, but as a rule I don't enjoy sports games - especially the older ones - so they only ever see a few minutes of play before I toss them across the room. Feels like a cop out of an answer but it's the best I can do without more provocation. I do like sports, though!

Name a game that was popular/critically adored that you just didn't like.
Tomb Raider (the 2013 Crystal Dynamics one).

Name a game that was poorly received that you really like.
Kay, I'm gonna cheat a bit here. There is one game that I've had in my collection for a very long time, and it's kind of considered rare but nobody will admit that because it's terrible: Action 52. Say what you will about 52 (technically 51) games made in MS Paint but I've played the shit out of this cartridge and I will never let it go!

What are your favorite game genres?
They don't call me the RPG Queen for nothin'…

Who is your favorite game protagonist?
Dammit, Pam! Deadpool. Screw you, that counts!

Describe your perfect video game.
Japanese RPG. 50+ hours. Beautiful, colorful design. A solid cast of characters, all necessary and well-developed. A classic story that you work hard for but is easy to follow. A fun battle system. A ton of sidequests that don't feel like menial work. Unforgettable soundtrack. Does not cost $70.

…Or, like… Super Metroid. Whatever.

What video game character do you have a crush on?
Y'know… I wrote a whole article on that.

What game has the best music?
This is another impossible question, so I'm just gonna pick the first one that pops into my head: Blue Dragon.

Most memorable moment in a game:
Believe it or not, I've actually got an article in the works on this, too. But for now… nah! I don't wanna spoil it!

Scariest moment in a game:
Gosh, I suck at being scared. But I know people who are great at it! I was at a friend's house one day, fixing their computer, while another friend of ours played Fatal Frame (or FF2... I can't remember which). While I raged away at the PC, the sheepish gamer turned around on the couch to face me:
"Um… Lo?"
"Can you uh… C-could you, like… walk in the room for me?"
"Say what?"
"I know there's a boss in there, and it's going to scare the shit out of me. I'll do the battle, I just need you to walk in the room and find her!"

Most heart-wrenching moment in a game:
I killed Seymour (Final Fantasy X). It was awful. I called my friend crying. No I'm not joking.

What are your favorite websites/blogs about games?
Got a whole list of them sittin' in my side bar there. --->

What's the last game you finished?
At the time of writing this: Bastion. It was awesome.

What future releases are you most excited about?
Uncharted 4, Uncharted 4, Uncharted… 4, and uh… Uncharted 4.

Do you identify as a gamer?
Sure. Why not? It's not the only thing I identify as, but it's certainly a big part of who I am.

Why do you play video games?
Video games are the most exciting form of entertainment I know. They literally pull the best things from books, movies, television, music, technology and more into one place. They're the most rewarding style of story telling I can speak of, and they teach/hone so many other skills that you don't even realize. They've never not been a part of my life and I don't know (or want to know) how to live without them.

So there you go! Some rapid-fire answers to some great gaming questions. I have no idea how much staying power some of these answers have but oh well! It was fun to think about some of these for the first time. Feel free to pay it forward - as it were - but shoot Pam a tweet and let her know she's infected the whole world!


  1. Hey, thanks for answering the questionnaire! Your description of your perfect game sounds great - I wish they still made JRPGs like that. I haven't found one I really liked since Lost Odyssey, though my aversion to super cutesy looking characters and handhelds means I miss a lot of newer JRPGs. So many seem to be confined to the 3DS. Are there any recent JRPGs you'd recommend?

    I love the Deadpool game it's so much fun, the first hour or so of that game is just perfect. I read your Tomb Raider review, funny how we had completely opposite reactions to that. I thought TR had the most smooth, natural controls of any video game ever. I really need to play more Uncharted, I've only played the 1st one so far and the mechanics of it were a bit janky, though I've heard that everything is better in the second one. I probably won't get to Uncharted 4 for a while until I've played the rest.

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  3. Ohhh, nice! I'll have to do one of these up myself after Halloween!

    Great answers, Lo! I especially liked your perfect game!

    Pam, if you haven't tried Xenoblade Chronicles or the Wii, that might worth a shot. It's like a kajillion hours, though. It might be pricey to find, but it had a 3DS port and I've heard rumblings of a Wii U VC release coming soon.

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