Video Game Journals is a Liebster Award Recepient

I am happy and humbled to have been nominated for a Liebster Award by Chris Hodges of The Chi-Scroller, who was also a recent winner! The Liebster Award lets bloggers recognize and spread the word about their peers. I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog and given it likes and comments. ❤

The Liebster Award grants nominees 11 questions to ask whomever they nominate. These are the 11 questions that Mr. Hodges put forward to his nominees:

What is your favorite gaming era, and why?

A good question. I’m torn between the 16 and 32-bit eras. I’ll give the slight edge to the 16-bit era out of nostalgia.

What “dormant” video game franchise would you most like to see get a new installment?

Is it bad if I still want Silent Hill to make a comeback? ;-;

Describe your dream video game in ten words or less.

Castlevania with RPG elements and a story by BioWare.

Gush about one specific favorite pop culture (but not game-related) thing of yours – Band, movie, TV show, author, athlete, comic book character, etc. Dragon Ball is my favorite anime/manga franchise (though I kind of prefer the anime). I’ve been watching it for at least 20 years now. I didn’t start reading the manga until 2000 or so when Viz started releasing the graphic novels. Why do I like DB? It’s fun with crazy characters. Over time, the series gets more serious and epic and the cast gets more badass.

In your ideal scenario, would your blog be your full-time, financially-supportive career, or do you prefer it as a hobby?

I prefer it as an extension of my gaming hobby.

If you could write/could have written for any one game magazine, past or present, which one would it be/have been?

Another good question. I’ve fantasized about writing for many game magazines in the past. I think that I would have liked writing for play because they ditched review scores shortly before the folded, and I would have liked to have written reviews without scores.

What is your biggest vice/worst habit/etc (that you’re comfortable discussing)?

Maybe buying new games? 😛

What time of day do you feel more creative?

In the daytime or early evening.

If you had to choose one extreme temperature for to live in for the rest of your life – hot or cold- which would it be, and how does it compare to where you currently live?

I hate muggy heat, so I will choose the cold. Hopefully, there would be more snow. It would be colder than where I live now, which may not be as cold as you may expect. There isn’t much weather here at all anymore. :/

Name one song, movie, video game, TV show, or book that people who know you well would be very surprised to find out that you love?

I can’t really think of anything.

Starting the day you answer this question, you have to make a choice: For the rest of your life, you to either a) only play new games that come out after this day, or b) only be able to play games that have come out up to this point. There’s no going back once you’ve made your choice. What do you choose?

What a question! I choose A because there are still so many games that I haven’t tried yet that I wouldn’t want to abandon…

These are the blogs/bloggers that I nominate for Liebster Awards:

Cilla vs. Games

FemHype

Kantopia

My questions for you:

  1. What was the first game that gave you feels?
  2. If applicable, what are your favorite love interests in games?
  3. If you could make one game character real, which one would it be and why?
  4. Have you ever learned any lessons from a video game?
  5. If you could give yourself one skill, what would it be?
  6. If you wrote an autobiography, what it be titled?
  7. Favorite color?
  8. Any guilty pleasures (games, movies, TV shows, etc.)?
  9. What made you want to blog?
  10. Do you have any favorite influences?
  11. Do you have a favorite YouTube channel? If so, why?
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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Final Thoughts: When is a Ten Not a Ten?

Trigger Warning: This post analyzes and discusses the game’s use of suicide as a plot device.
The only review that I remember seeing for MGS4 was Game Informer’s, which gave it a rare ten out of ten. I let it raise my hopes about how good the game would be, but the more I think about MGS4, the more I think that it didn’t quite measure up. How can that be? Let’s look at Kojima’s history and his attitude towards this creation of his for answers.

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VGJ Quickie: What Does Gamerankings.com Have to Say About the Games Covered Here?

This is a quickie post that collects the aggregate scores of some of the games covered on this blog from Gamerankings.com.
1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: 93.53
2. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia: 85.67
3. Soulcalibur IV: 85.43
4. Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days: 84.27
5. Condemned 2: Bloodshot : 82.31 (jeez)
6. Star Ocean: The Last Hope: 74.43
7. Soul Nomad and the World Eaters: 73.13
8. Silent Hill Origins: 72.41
9. SaGa Frontier: 70.55
10. The Last Remnant: 67.85. Ouch.
Aggregate Score: 79.15
There you go. Some official maths on the blog. I think that the next game will raise the average a little. 😉

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – March 12th-13th: Take Me Home

March 12th, 2010: Shoot Screaming Mantis’ doll of Psycho Mantis and pick it up. Then, you can use it to defeat Screaming Mantis.

Her faceplate and six extra arms flew off. The shimmering bodysuit was revealed. The Screaming Beauty begged for mercy. She banged on an invisible wall until she regained her composure.

Now… Set me free.”

Screaming Mantis
Screaming Mantis

Once Snake “set her free”, she screamed horribly. Her bodysuit became rough, and she curled up in the fetal position. Then, her equipment rose up-

-as Psycho Mantis.

He tried to read the Memory Card, but there was no card to read on the PS3. He made the controller rumble before Screaming Mantis’ equipment exploded.

Then, the Sorrow – the Spirit Soldier of The Boss’ Cobra unit, and her lover – said, “The spirit of the warrior will always be with you.”
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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – March 1st-3rd, 2010: No Strings on Me

March 1st, 2010: The facility was infested with Scarabs. When Snake destroyed them, they kind of screamed… What the heck is this, Silent Hill? God, I only wish that could be more like Metal Gear.

Yeah, about that…

But it’s kind of cute when Scarabs are alerted. Their little musical cue is higher-pitched than that of other enemies. BREEP!

In REX’s hangar, Snake and Hal realized that Liquid just needed REX’s rail gun – and this REX’s rail gun was already removed.

Then, Vamp appeared. Naomi caressed him. Vamp promised that the gun was long gone, as his “Queen” wished, and that Suicide Gekkos were on their way. “Soon, there will be nothing left of this place.”

I’ll leave the rest to you,” Naomi told Vamp before she left.

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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – February 28th, 2010: The Return

FEBRUARY 28th, 2010: Mission Briefing

The yolks in Sunny’s frying pan join together like cells as she sang in Japanese.

Metal Gear Mk. II caught footage of Liquid talking about his next plan. They need to destroy JD, the segment of the System that controls WMDs. Meanwhile, the entire world’s guns have been forced into a cease fire.

Liquid planned to use Metal Gear REX – created before the System and free from its control – to destroy JD in orbit.

And to get a REX, there was only one place Snake could go.

Shadow Moses Island.

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