Check it out everyone! Someone thinks I’m real neat! But seriously, thanks to Red Metal of Extra Life for nominating me for this award. I had a lot of fun answering these questions. This is only my second time receiving a community nomination for a blogging award, so it’s nice to feel appreciated. You da man.
Before I move forward, I want to apologize to a great blogger named Matthew who runs the blog Matt-in-the-Hat. He nominated me for one of these awards late last year, and I never followed through with a post. I was feeling particularly lazy around that time and let the opportunity slip through my fingers. I want to let you know that I appreciated the nomination and am sorry for not fulfilling my end of the deal.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, on to my answers!
Question 1 – What is your earliest gaming memory?
This may seem farfetched, but I assure you it’s true. My earliest gaming memory dates back to when I was still sleeping in a crib. My brother had a SEGA Genesis and a copy of Mortal Kombat II. I can’t remember exactly how old I was, but I do remember climbing out of my crib to play the brutally violent fighting game. Probably not the best content for someone that young to consume, but hey, I turned out just fine. Right…? Right?!?!
Question 2 – When did you start blogging and why?
My first go at blogging was back in 2012. I used blogspot.com to create a blog called Midwest Gamer: News and Reviews. At this time I was hell bent at being a professional games journalist (lol), so I figured I should have something to practice with and put on my portfolio. Sometimes it’s nice to take a trip down memory lane and see how far I’ve come as a writer. Some of those old posts are pretty cringeworthy, but they’re a good reminder that there is always room for improvement. I’m sure I’ll be cringing at the stuff I’m writing now six years down the road as well.
Question 3 – What feature do you wish any of your consoles had that they currently don’t?
Easy. The Nintendo Switch needs Virtual Console. I was incredibly disappointed to hear that there was no immediate intention of bringing it to the popular new console. One of the biggest draws for me was the prospect of being able to play both console-quality and classic games on the go. I hope Nintendo reconsiders its decision and decides to implement Virtual Console on the Switch in the near future.
Question 4 – Name a movie that you wish had a video game made after it and what developer would you want to make it and why?
El Mariachi, Desperado, or Once Upon a Time in Mexico. I would love to see these all made into games, or to see a developer leverage the characters and lore to create a game with a related storyline. There is an unfortunate lack of gaming content that tackles criminal underworlds, especially those set in foreign nations. Making a game (or multiple games) based off this series would be a great way to do so with an iconic, gun-slinging anti-hero.
Since the first time I watched El Mariachi, I’ve been enamored with the character. He is bold, stylish, and a complete badass. There is so much potential to further explore his character with a game or series of games starring him. I also think Mexico would be a great setting for an open world if done right. Moreover, I would love nothing more than mow down a group of hitmen with a machine gun disguised like a guitar case.
Although Naughty Dog is my favorite developer, I wouldn’t want them involved. Their games have become very serious over the past several years, and while I love that, it wouldn’t be good for this game. Instead, I’d rather see a studio like Sucker Punch Productions or Insomniac Games take it on. I think they would do a better job capturing the spirit and style of the films. Hell, I think Rockstar Games would even be an ideal choice considering The Warriors is the only good game based off a film that comes to my mind.
Question 5 – Do you have a games room/corner? If so, let us see it and show your favorite thing in there?
Unfortunately, I do not have a dedicated game room. My current living situation is with three other people, so all of my gaming is done in my bedroom. However, I’m about to close on a condo at the end of the month, so I will soon be able to build the dedicated game room I’ve always wanted. I’ll be sure to post pictures when I’m finished.
Question 6 – Do you have a child or a pet? Which character did you name it after?
I have an incredible dachshund named Shabba. He isn’t named after a character; he’s named after a song by A$AP Ferg, which is named after the musician Shabba Ranks. At just under 30 lbs, he is one of the larger dachshunds you’ll ever see, and he’s surprisingly super athletic and playful. Food is his greatest passion in life, but he also loves walks, toys, snuggling, and barking (trying to teach him to not love that so much…). He’s the best friend I could ever ask for. $400 very well spent I’d say.
Question 7 – What keeps you going when gaming?
It’s sad to say, but I’ve started to see my passion for gaming dwindle. I’m not sure if this is because I’m getting older and have less time, or if it’s because there aren’t as many games I’m interested in playing. Perhaps I’m just going through a phase. I hope that’s all it is because younger me would be very disappointed if not.
What keeps me going is having new stories to experience, new worlds to explore, new characters to connect with, and new lore to delve into. However, there aren’t many new games that I’m chomping at the bit to play. Even this year’s E3 hasn’t done much for me, mainly because there aren’t too many fresh IPs that I’m excited for. I feel like we are just getting more of the same. Another Halo, another Fallout, another Call of Duty, etc. Cyberpunk 2077 is the coolest thing I’ve seen. Where are all of the other games like that?
Once again, I want to thank Red Metal for nominating me for this award. I had a blast answering these questions. Now enough about me already; here are my nominees. I look forward to reading their responses to these questions if they choose to answer them.