Blog a Day 338of365: The 30 Day Gamer Challenge in 2 days

One of my back up plans for the latter half of OneADay was to use the 30-Day Gamer Challenge to give me inspiration. Eddie Inzauto has been participating in that over at GamerNode and it’s a great idea.

I became bored of the 30 days of film thing. I love films and I love talking about them, but for some reason I wasn’t enthused to write about them in this blog. Too many films felt like I could either write just one sentence on them or thousands upon thousands. There was no in between annoyingly.

The 30-Day Gamer Challenge is rather enticing though, but I’ve run out of time to do so. While I could save it for a blogging project next year, instead I thought I’d complete it over two days – today and tomorrow to be exact.

I won’t be writing reams upon reams on each game. Instead I’ll be writing a brief amount for each answer. The first 15 questions will be answered here. The final 15 will be answered tomorrow.

Your current favourite game
This is a pleasantly tough one. I’m currently enamoured with two games that remind me just how fantastic gaming can be: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Donkey Kong Country Returns. I’m thoroughly impressed by AC: Brotherhood, especially so considering I was unimpressed by previous Assassin’s Creed games. The pacing feels just right and I love the freerunning, it all just clicks right compared to previous titles. Donkey Kong Country Returns is sublime. The level design is perfect. While it is hard in places, it’s never unfairly so, it’s simply your fault if you die. Love, love, love it.

The most underrated game you’ve ever played
Future Cop LAPD on the Playstation One. I know hardly anyone who’s played it and no one in ‘real’ life who has. Hopefully I’ll have a flurry of comments now to dispell this and that it is actually really well known. I loved it at the time. Not the main mode exactly, but the one (I’ve forgotten the name) where you can conquer your enemy’s base and you have to gain a foothold and erm stuff. I’m crap at explaining this. It’d be funny if it turns out that it’s actually crap now, wouldn’t it? In which case, maybe I should say Suikoden instead…but that was highly rated but no one locally knows it. Hmm.

A game that makes you really happy
Guitar Hero/Rock Band. Doesn’t overly matter which one as they instantly distract me from all my troubles and cheer me up a treat. 🙂 Music on the whole does that I guess.

A game that makes you sad
Games don’t really make me sad. They’re generally my escape route from sad things in life. That and games haven’t really reached that level of emotive storytelling just yet. Having said that, Lost Odyssey’s dream sequences were frequently rather sad. The themes of loss in particular was rather heart wrenching, made all the more so by the fact that I played it during the summer immediately after my Dad died.

A game that really reminds you of someone
A lot of games remind me of people. It’s just how my brain works. Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, Final Fantasy VII, Streetfighter II, many others – remind me of Tom, a good childhood friend as we played them avidly together. Metal Gear Solid reminds me of my other childhood friends Sian and Gaurav as we used to do silly Snake impressions in the park. Columns and Bubble Bobble remind me of my Mum because we used to play them together. Call of Duty 2 because my Dad would watch me play it. See? So very many games indeed. I can’t pick one, I could go on forever about countless games and memories. Maybe I will one day.

Your favourite flash/internet game
I don’t really play flash games. Never seem to have the time nor the inclination admittedly. Zuma Revenge through Facebook is rather good fun though.

The most surprising game plot twist or ending

Gremio dying in Suikoden. Aeris dying in Final Fantasy VII didn’t really bother me as I didn’t like her or feel in any way attached to her. Much preferred Tifa. Gremio though – that was harsh. He sacrificed himself for someone he loved and even though he was irritating at times, he was still more likeable than Aeris ever was. That and Suikoden didn’t feel like that sort of game. I didn’t expect it to kill off a main character at all.

A game that you’ve played countless times
Suikoden. More times than Final Fantasy VII in fact. Probably because it’s shorter. It’s brilliant though. The more that time goes on, the harder it is to choose between those two in terms of what I love the most.

The game with the best soundtrack
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2. Fantastic soundtrack, so many great memories too.

A game you’ve played but never finished, and wish you had
Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I’ve seen it to the end with Tom, aforementioned childhood friend, but I’ve never played it to the end myself. I’m hoping to rectify this with the 3DS next year as it’s an amazing game.

The game you can sit and play the longest
Any Football Manager game or any Sims game. Huge timesinks. Much more so than an MMO I’ve found. I haven’t played Football Manager in a while, don’t even own FM2011 sadly. That’ll change soon.

A game that you hate
I try to forget games that deserve hate. I actually can’t think of one right now. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is pretty deserving of hate but that’s too easy to say as I’ve only just finished reviewing it.

The game that you are most content watching someone else play
I like watching pretty much all games. Always have. Maybe it’s from a childhood of taking it in turns to play single player games with friends. Love watching Counterstrike videos too even though I haven’t played it in years.

A game that changed your opinion about something
Guitar Hero on the PS2 a few years ago at a good friend’s house. I didn’t see the point in playing with a plastic guitar. Then I played it and was hooked. I try not to judge quite so readily now.

A game you constantly want to replay
This changes often. Currently I think it has to be Final Fantasy VII though. I’ve been desperate for ages to replay it again but I never seem to have the time. I used to replay it every summer and I haven’t done so in a long time. One day. One day…

2 thoughts on “Blog a Day 338of365: The 30 Day Gamer Challenge in 2 days

  1. Pingback: Setting a challenge for 2011 « DaveyPitch

  2. Allan

    I would like to say that I have played Future Cop LAPD since it was on an Ultimate PC Demo Disc in 1998 on and off.

    And you’re right. Precinct Assault against the Sky Captain (I think that was his name) was goddamn awesome.

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