Jaysla over at Cannot Be Tamed has put up a gaming questionnaire on her site. I’m not sure if this was intentional, but her timing is perfect as a whole bunch of us Blaugust folks are getting near the end of the month and potentially our topic wells are starting to run a little dry.
There are 21 questions so I’ve decided to split up my answers over two days.
- When did you start playing video games?
The first minute I could get my hands on them! I think I was probably 5 or so when my neighbor got an Atari 2600.
- What is the first game you remember playing?
Burger Time, on the above mentioned console. After that was probably Montezuma’s Revenge on my uncle’s console.
- PC or Console?
PC, baby! While growing up my family didn’t really have the money to buy a console, although we’d rent them sometimes. It was easier to justify getting a home PC for the educational benefits. I grew up a PC gamer, and I’m set in my ways.
- XBox, PlayStation, or Wii?
I currently own an XBox 360, a PlayStation Vita, and an original Wii. The XBox came with the TV I bought almost a decade ago now. I got the Wii and attendant Wii Fit thingy a couple of years back, used it for about a month, and then stopped. I still love my Vita, though, and use it exclusively for playing old PS One games.
That all being said, I’m planning on buying a PS4 during the holiday sales! It has some good games coming out and I like all the indie stuff Sony does.
- What’s the best game you’ve ever played?
Oh man, that’s a tough question. I guess it all depends on your definition of “best”? I’ve put more hours into World of Warcraft than any other game. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was the first game that I ever truly loved and it will always hold a special place in my heart for that. If I could only take one game with me to a desert island, it would have to be SpaceChem because I could play it for a million years. I can’t pick just one!
- What’s the worst game you’ve ever played?
Ugh, I hate anything that does wacky physics, like Surgeon Simulator or Octodad. It was amusing for like 2 minutes in QWOP but now just stop it, industry.
- Name a game that was popular/critically adored that you just didn’t like.
SKYRIM. I HATE SKYRIM. I’ve tried like three times and every time I rage quit because I get lost in a cave or spend an hour hiking up a mountain only to be eaten repeatedly by a yeti and just like screw it man! Screw it.
- Name a game that was poorly received that you really like.
While I totally agree that the “both sides are equally wrong” message was dumb and racist, a lot of critics called Bioshock Infinite one of the worst games of the year for all kinds of reasons aside from that and I don’t agree. I liked the combat, I liked the setting, I liked Booker and Elizabeth, and the ending is one of my favorites in a game — thoughtful, sweet, and a little sad.
- What are your favourite game genres?
MMOs, RPGs, puzzles.
- Who is your favourite game protagonist?
“My name is Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite protagonist on the Citadel.”