I’ve been nominated for the sunshine blogger award and challenge, which was a pretty lovely thing to find out about as I’d never heard of it before nor been nominated for any award in a very, very, long time. So for those of you like me who hitherto hadn’t heard of its existence, here is what it is all about, summed up;

“The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.”

I’d like to say thanks for the nomination from Red Metal, it means a lot to me as I value these aspects in blogging and life in general, so nice to see I’m thought of in that way by a peer.

Red metal of Extra Life Reviews is a brilliant independent blogger who writes thoughtful and in depth game reviews.  I find their work is always interesting, well written and thought provoking. I particularly like the engaging questions they pose to their readership in their ‘A Question for the Readers’ series, as it’s good to see writers getting others involved to voice their opinions. So again, thanks to them, for the nomination and the chance to respond to the set of fun and interesting questions they posed. They were also one of the first from the community to interact with me and make me feel part of a wider network, so I’d just like to thank them for that as well, they truly are a ray of sunshine.

Sunshine bloger award


  • Thank the Blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 Questions The Blogger asked to your blog.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post or on your blog.

So without further ado here are the questions posed to me and my responses. Have to say before I even began writing this I was enjoying formulating and recalling these answers in my head, some nice memories there that I’m glad to share.

 My Answers

  1. What is the dumbest competition you ever got in with your friends?
 I’d have to say without a doubt it was a race/competition to see who could drink the most milk the fastest without puking. We were about 11-12 and home alone with a fridge full of milk. What were we supposed to do, can you blame us? Well I suppose. I won and no one puked, think it was about 4 pints that I managed (A gallon.)

  2.  If you could form a band, which genre of music would you end up playing?
 That’s a hard one, I have no musical inclination and am awful at it, so probably a genre where the triangle is prominent. But ideally I’d say Ska or Reggae, I like the sounds of that. Although in a hip hop band would be amazing too.

 3. What is the first film you ever watched in theatres?
Well the first film I can remember watching was the Lion King, as I remember the trauma of watching Mufasa die. Yes I cried!
4. What is the oldest film you’ve watched all the way through?

The Man With The Movie Camera, which used ground breaking techniques and a documentary style, following life in a 1920s Soviet City. Directed by Dziga Vertov, it was a massive innovation for the time with amazing camera work. If you’re going to watch it, try to watch the version with the accompanying score by The Cinematic Orchestra. Absolutely superb and engrossing for an entirely silent movie.
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5. Have you ever fallen asleep watching a film before?
Oh countless times but my first memory of this was when I convinced my friends’ step-dad to allow us to rent Beavis and Butthead Do America at the tender age of 12. Good yet awkward times as he watched it with us grunting dissaprovingly.

6. What is your personal record for most number of films watched in a day?
 I think it was all three of the Lord of The Rings movie trilogy, this is the most I can clearly remember. Although Star Wars rings a bell and I may have watched all three originals and episode 1 in a day but I could be making this up. Not very impressive I know.
7. What is the single most heretical opinion you hold when it comes to video games?
Hmmmm, this is tricky. I’d have to go with this one as everyone disagrees with me on it when I bring it up. TF2 absolutely destroyed the Team Fortress franchise and took away everything that had hitherto made TFC great. You can’t change my mind.

 8. What is your proudest achievement playing a game?
 I’d have to say any time I am successful at Squad Leading in Squad, it’s just so difficult to do well and takes a lot. It feels good to lead a group of players turned soldiers to victory using your own initiative, tactics and strategy to adapt and overcome the odds.

9. What do you believe to be one of the few advantages that gaming critics have over film critics?
You can choose the experience and mould it somewhat when you’re playing a game, you are involved and interact with it. So you become an extension of it in essence and that makes it a lot easier to interpret, experience and report on critically.

10. Have you ever binge-watched a show?
Countless times, Trailer Park Boys is the most current! Usually with my partner, we are suckers for soaking up some quality shows en masse.

11. Do you follow any webcomics?
Sadly not, I used to like Cyanide and Happiness quite a bit growing up, but comics haven’t been my thing for a long while, web or otherwise.

Blogger Who I Nominate

As part of the challenge you are asked to tag 11 other bloggers who you feel deserve nominating for this community award. I’ve only been on the scene since February of this year, so for me finding 11 who haven’t already done it would be hard. So I am going to make one definite choice of the blogger who I think sums up the tenants of the award and who I would like to see answer my questions. And they are – Kim of the blog Later Levels.

They made me feel welcome to the community too by interacting with me and I love their writing style in general, the blogs tagline absolutely resonates with me as I’ve learnt with every passing year – ‘XP comes with age.’ I love the way they write as it feels very personable and inclusive of the reader, for example their Question of the month competition where readers and their peers pose questions to them to be answered in a blog post. Check out their latest addition to this series here which is both a great question posed (what three video game characters would they choose to help them survive the icy zombie apocalypse) and a good read! For all these reasons I think they are a ray of sunshine in the blogging community and would like to thank them for their work.

Also to Kim specifically, don’t feel any pressure to respond at all I’d hate to make you feel obliged!

My Questions

After answering your set questions, the next part of the challenge is to come up with your own set of questions for your nominated bloggers. I am going to ask these questions;

  1. If you had to play one game for the rest of your life what would it be?
  1. If you had to kill off one of your favourite video game characters who would it be and why?
  1. What do you find the most rewarding aspect of blogging to be?
  1. What is your proudest achievement in blogging?
  1. What is your favourite genre of game?
  2. If you could set up an office to blog from anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
  3. The worst movie you have ever seen?
  4. The best band or artist you’ve seen perform live or if you haven’t, who would you most like to see?
  5. If you could have a sidekick companion from any game who would you choose and why?
  6. Who is the most misunderstood enemy/boss in video gaming?
  7. Nintendo or Sega?

I hope you found my answers and questions interesting, feel free to answer my set of questions in the comments section if you like them enough to give them a go, as I am interested to see readers answers. Once again thank you to Red Metal and well done to Kim, I really love both their work. Keep an eye out for my upcoming articles on State of Decay 2 as well as Post-Scriptum, two games I’m looking forward to experiencing and sharing those experiences with you!

8 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award Challenge”

  1. Ah, thanks for your kind words! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my reviews that much.
    Now that competition is a new one on me; I’m impressed/surprised that anyone could drink an entire gallon of milk in one night.
    A Reggae band, huh? Nobody else so far has given that as an answer, so awesome choice!
    The Lion King was the second film I saw in theaters. The first one I saw was Blank Check, which is a very of-its-time comedy that rode the coattails of Home Alone’s success (in other words, it’s garbage).
    I’ve seen snippets of Man with a Movie Camera; those were some really interesting filming techniques for its day.
    As a kid, I once fell asleep at an outdoor screening. I forget which film it was, though.
    I don’t know – watching all three Lord of the Rings films back-to-back is pretty impressive. That’s practically six films in one day.
    I haven’t played much of either Team Fortress, though I can see how somebody could favor the original over the sequel.
    I once managed to complete Metal Gear Solid 3 with a kill count of zero by the end. I had to restart several times, but that remains one of my favorite achievements.
    I would say one of the few ways in which gaming critics can claim to be better than film critics is that they have a bit more variety in what they consider “Game of the Year” material. Film award ceremonies, on the other hand, tend to reward films for doing very specific things.
    I once binge watched Fullmetal: Alchemist once the plot started rolling; I really enjoyed it.
    I read a few Cyanide and Happiness strips, but not enough to fully get into it.

    1. You’re very welcome, even when I know nothing of the game I enjoy reading your articles because of the way you approach them and discuss them. Good quality.
      Man that metal gear solid 0 kill playthrough would have been agonisingly difficult?! Bravo to you that’s one exploit!
      I actually managed to chug the gallon in under an hour I’m a bit of a beast with putting food and drink away.
      Reggae is just so chill and funky would imagine jamming out would be pretty relaxing.
      I suppose they are some long movies and the first was the directors cut! So bloody long.
      What web comics would you recommend?

      1. I haven’t read it in a while, but Penny Arcade was pretty good the last time I checked. Brawl in the Family was good as well. Otherwise I have to admit I don’t follow a large amount of webcomics, though I did read through Nimona recently, and I quite liked it (even though the full comic isn’t online).

  2. Aw… thank you so much for the nomination! Some good questions here so I’ve got some thinking to do – expect some answers later this month. 😀

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