Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks to Red Metal @ Extra Life Reviews for the nomination of this award. It’s really appreciated, and I enjoy doing these sorts of things 🙂


The rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions they ask you
  • Nominate 11 blogs and write them 11 questions
  • List the rules and display the logo in your post and/or on your blog

Q1: In which cases would you deem the manga superior to the anime on which it’s based?

As someone who doesn’t really read manga it’s very hard to say. Honestly I may have to skip this question because any possible answer I could give would only prove I don’t know what I’m talking about! Maybe I should read some more Manga huh!

Q2: Which game do you feel has the best soundtrack?

Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Master System closely followed by it’s sequel. With more modern games I don’t pay much attention to the soundtrack I just find the sound tracks in retro games to stand out so much more and much catchier. Alot of the games I play now are open world adventure games and they have some amazing music, but nothing sticks in my head quite like 8-bit music on the Master System which was my favorite system as a child.

Q3: If you could revive a dead video games series, which one would you choose?

Well some on this list are technically still alive.. but not how I’d like them to be alive:

  • Tony Hawks Pro Skater (Because 5 doesn’t count)
  • Portal
  • Katamari Damacy (A completely new one as opposed to a remaster)
  • Elite Beat Agents / Ouendan
  • Midtown Madness

Q4: What game did you have a particularly difficult time adding to your collection?

Definitely Super Mario Sunshine because it’s really expensive, the cheapest version in reasonable condition was $70 AUD. I ended up biting the bullet and getting it because I really wanted to play it. It took me a long time to work up the nerve to pay the money though, but I used an eBay gift card my wife gave me for it. Apparently some people don’t like this Super Mario game but I loved it.

Q5: Do you prefer to see a film at home or in the theaters?

At home usually, however I can appreciate why people enjoy seeing one at the cinema’s and if I’m in the right mood it’s an appealing option. But I just prefer at home so I can pause it and run to the loo, prepare a few snacks, relax, shout and talk and carry on, be myself.

Q6: In what cases did you find yourself siding with critics over fans about a work’s quality?

Hmm the best way I can handle this question is instances where the game was objectively good but maybe it deviated from what fans were after in the game. But it’s hard to pin down a game that the fans collectively didn’t like, if I were to pick some I’d say Pokemon Lets Go, Final Fantasy XV and Super Mario Sunshine. All great games, but personally I’ve seen some fans of the franchises be kinda frustrated or annoyed with them usually because it was a deviation from expectation or something like that. But I enjoyed all these games alot.

Q7: In what cases did you find yourself siding with fans over critics about a work’s quality?

Probably the later Sonic games like Sonic Forces, Sonic Boom, Sonic Lost World, I enjoy all of these games, critics generally dislike them, many fans of the older Sonic games also dislike them. But there are heaps of fans out there that appreciate the new Sonic games flaws and all, I’m one of those people. A better example might be the newer NFS games, iuno. I’m pretty easily pleased with franchises I’m familiar with, but I tend to avoid games with poor reviews and ratings if I’m not familiar with them. I’m a bit weird like that.

Q8: What is the most difficult game you’ve completed?

In recently memory the first thing that pops into my head is the final boss battle from Beyond Good and Evil, I say recent because I only played it last year for the first time. I found Crash Bandicoot Remastered on the PS4 particularly difficult. Also Tropical Freeze on the Wii U. It’s hard to pin down the most difficult but in recent memory, these ones had me banging the controller against the couch numerous times out of frustration.

Q9: Which game series have you been following for the longest amount of time?

Definitely Sonic the Hedgehog… I mean I’ve been following other franchises too but Sonic’s the only one I never took a break from following. I didn’t necessarily play all the Sonic games (I’ve only recently started playing the ones only available on consoles) but I’ve kept up with them and watched footage of them and read up about them, gone back and played the classics numerous times etc.

Q10: In what ways do you feel video game critics to be ahead of their film-loving counterparts?

I’m not a film critic really nor reviewer of film so I guess I’m not particularly the kind of person who should answer this question but if I was to take an uninformed stab. I simply feel like video games are really dynamic and interactive and have alot more moving parts and these interactive moving parts are also a huge part of what a critic must look at and assess. Whereas a film reviewer can also look at the moving parts that a filmmaker would’ve used to create the film, but in terms of critiquing the film vs a video game it’s a completely different level. Like the most important thing in a film is the story that’s told, but the most important thing in a video game is the game play and I feel like the game play has alot more moving parts than the story which a critic must assess and express to their audience. Apologies if I’m completely wrong, but this is just how I see things. Feel free to correct me in the comments 🙂

Q11: How does hype factor into how you ultimately feel about a work?

This is an interesting question. I think a huge amount of people buy games (or watch films) based off the hype surrounding them. If I was to comment from my perspective, I personally think that hype really influences me, probably too much and certainly more than I’d like.. but also probably less than other people I follow and friends etc.

I guess the number one thing hype does for me is it makes me curious, I never simply go out and buy a game because it’s popular, but I’ll google it, watch game play, seek out reviews and read up about it etc. more so than a game that had no hype. I feel I’m pretty good at making a decision based around my interests, however I feel like I’m definitely swayed toward the research of finding games that suit my interests.

And beyond that if there’s a sale on at Ebgames (Or Game-stop if you’re American) and I see a game that had in the past recieved alot of hype I’ll pay $5 for it no questions asked because I generally do want to see what the hype is about, especially if it’s still receiving hype 2 years or more after being released. I’m always open to playing games I wouldn’t necessarily think I’d be into as I’m open to finding new genre’s and kinds of games that I’ll enjoy.



  1. Which game got you into gaming?
  2. What is your favorite game franchise?
  3. Favorite game to movie adaptation?
  4. Favorite game developer and why?
  5. Most memorable video game?
  6. Favorite genre of video games?
  7. Which game were you most excited for prior to it’s release?
  8. What game do you keep coming back to even though you’ve already 100%’d it
  9. What games in your backlog are you most looking forward to play?
  10. If you could be a character in a video game for a day which character would you be?
  11. Since you first started gaming until now which console (or device) do you think you’ve spent the most time gaming on?


  • Sunshine blogger award picture taken from Extra Life which is also the WordPress site that nominated me
  • Super Mario Sunshine image was taken by the Author of Gaming Detour


  1. Sonic certainly has no shortage of good music; even the subpar installments have great soundtracks to them.

    Yeah, THPS5 was a transparent ash-can cash grab, and a new Portal game would be nice as well.

    I managed to hold onto my copy of Super Mario Sunshine this whole time, but I can sympathize with how difficult it would be to find one. Nintendo really ought to release GameCube games in a digital format.

    A lot of people seem to want to watch films only at home. I myself am lucky in that most of the theaters I frequent tend to be visited by rather quiet audiences.

    Video games are quite a bit different from most mediums in that it can get away with not having a good story (or any kind of story). The only other medium that can get away with that is music.

    Ultimately, I feel hype factors very little into my final assessments. I want to say I’ve praised lauded works a little more often than I’ve decried them.

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