Sunshine Blogger Award #2: We Answer Some Questions

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Sunny. But also cloudy.

Extra Life has handed us an extra life (rather aptly) in the form of an extra life. Hurray! We put some of our other content back a bit so we can go right ahead and answer the following questions.

Brace yourselves. You’re about to learn way too much about us right here, right now.

In which cases would you deem the manga superior to the anime on which it’s based?

The mango superior to the animal? Well, that’s a strange case to debate over. I’m not sure I can claim mangoes are better than, say, shrews. I like both.

Which game do you feel has the best soundtrack?

Cripes, we’ve done a lot on this recently. See Ode to Video Game Music. Also, the Rayman Origins soundtrack.

It’s an immensely tough call. On a nostalgic level it’s Donkey Kong Country 2, which is David Wise’s masterpiece. But there’s really so much creative genius going on we’re happy to say it’s a collective thumbs up to 99% of modern video game composers.

So, we’ve linked to Ori and the Blind Forest up above there – that’s from one Gareth Coker. We’re betting he didn’t snort too much coke to compose that.

If you could revive a dead video games series, which one would you choose?

Earthworm Jim – perfect for the modern indie era.

A lot of surreal fun and some challenging 2D platformer stuffs, we had a blast playing this back in the SNES era. And we’d really love to see a new one.

What game/film/album/book did you have a particularly difficult time adding to your collection?

Sorcerer by William Friedkin. It bombed at the box office because of the first Star Wars film and, only in 2018, became widely available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Streaming.

We had to hunt the damn thing down on some obscure streaming torrent to watch it.

Do you prefer to see a film at home or in the theaters?

You really can’t beat the big screen experience, it’s something else. It’s just a shame you have to share it with a bunch of dribbling imbeciles checking their Instagram accounts.

In what cases did you find yourself siding with critics over fans about a work’s quality?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Good fun popcorn entertainment, accosted by a rabid, potentially insane, fanbase who think what’s essentially a childrens film can be destroyed by one director trying something a bit different.

The reaction was utterly pathetic and left us aghast at how grown adults can spend, quite literally, hundreds of hours of their lives dissecting the media text for YouTube clips explaining why it’s an abomination.

All the while, failing to comprehend what subjectivity is.

In what cases did you find yourself siding with fans over critics about a work’s quality?

Ravenous upon its release in 1999. Although it has more widespread acclaim now. But in 1999 the critics hated it.

But we think Antonia Bird’s quirky little film really left its mark – it just took 20 years for the realisation to kick in.

What is the most difficult game you’ve completed?

We’ve managed to win races in Mario Kart 8‘s insanely competitive online mode. We deserve plaudits.

Which game series have you been following for the longest amount of time?

Mario and Zelda, surely? Yes. Metroid as well. Roll on Metroid Prime 4… in 2022.

But it’s probably the Mario series as our parents got us the NES back in the late 1980s and Super Mario Bros. is almost certainly the first game we put some serious time into.

Super Mario Bros. 3 has commanded a vast amount of our spare time over the years.

In what ways do you feel video game critics to be ahead of their film-loving counterparts?

Film critics can watch a film once and then make a decision, so it’s a more expedient experience.

Whereas game critics play a game over far more time than a 90 minute running period and can, potentially, offer greater insights into the text as a result.

Or just go, “its for crap noobs lol” or whatever.

How does hype factor into how you ultimately feel about a work?

Very little. We’ve been around long enough to be able to judge what we like when we see it.

Like when we first saw a few preview clips of Yoku’s Island Express. We immediately knew it was going to be fantabulous. There was zero hype behind the game, really, but then it was bloody fantabulous. So, all was well.

9 comments

  1. So close, Mr. Wapojif, so close.

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is a solid choice. It was the kind of atmospheric soundtrack you really didn’t see much back then, and it still holds up today. I’m going to need to try out Ori and the Blind Forest at some point.
    Earthworm Jim really doesn’t seem like he’d be out of place among the quirky indie titles of the 2010s.

    It’s pretty frustrating when a good film bombs because then you can expect it to not show up in Blu-Ray form. I remember having a difficult time finding a copy of Orson Welles’s The Magnificent Ambersons for that exact reason.

    The people around my area tend to be quiet as church mice in the theaters, so I want to say my theatergoing experiences tend to be more positive than most of my peers’.

    I had my problems with The Last Jedi, but I agree that the backlash went too far. It really shows how toxic fandoms can get – not that the critics’ reaction to the backlash was much better.

    If Ravenous is as good as you say, I may have to check it out.

    Mario Kart 8 is a great game that had a better grasp on what constitutes a legitimate challenge than Mario Kart Wii.

    For me, it would be Mario, though Zelda isn’t too far behind. I actually didn’t discover Metroid until quite a bit later.

    I think a video game critic’s insight as to why a video game is good tends to be more defensible than a film critic’s insight for their own medium. Film critics tend to get distracted by visuals or technical aspects, which mean nothing if the story is garbage (just look at Avatar).

    And I’m with you there. Hype tends to factor very little into my own final judgements. I’ve praised hyped works as often as I’ve criticized them (if not more often).

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    • If you want a flame war, then you’ve got one!! A few notes:

      – Ravenous: Yeah, try it out but it does get divisive reactions. I think the first hour is classic stuff, but the second act takes a big dip in quality.

      – Ori and the Blind Forest: Yeah, I bothered Lightning Ellen for ages to play it. And it seems to be one of her favourite games now. It’s a bloody masterpiece.

      I’m interested to know your soundtrack of choice.

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