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Mystery Blogger Award: Acceptance Speech!

During the last month, I had the honor of being nominated for the “Mystery Blogger Award” by both Robert Ian Shepherd of Adventure Rules and herrdelta of Split Screens!

Robert’s blog, Adventure Rules, discusses everything gaming, including reviews, impressions, and he answers a bunch of fun questions about his gaming experience!

herrdelta’s blog, Split Screens, features a great mix of reviews and news on games, tv shows, and movies!

I want to take a moment to thank you both for nominating me! It’s been great meeting you, and I hope we can continue sharing opinions on gaming.

Without further ado, let us begin the post!

The Rules

– Put the award logo/image on your blog

– List the rules

– Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

– Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

– Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

– You nominate 10-20 people (I’ll only be doing 5)

– Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

– Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

– Share a link to your best post(s)

Background of the Award


Okoto Enigma is the creator of the Mystery Blogger Award. It was made as a way for undiscovered bloggers to be recognized and to create a greater community for bloggers to connect with each other. You can find the full description of the post here.

A quote from the official post: “Mystery Blogger Award”  is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

3 Things about Myself

1. My official undergraduate degree states that I studied English, but I was also a pre-med! Which means I’ll be forever confusing everyone when it comes to explaining what I studied in college. Originally, I intended to go to med school, but I ultimately decided to follow my heart and pursue writing. I feel really comfortable jumping between writing and science, however, and it’s probably why I get really excited about stories that examine science and science ethics.

2. I used to draw a lot as a kid and in recent years, I’ve picked it up again. I’ve been thinking about starting a series on here where I draw fan art from games I’ve played.

3. One of my favorite things about writing is coming up with original characters, whether it be in a character creation setting or just in my own writing. I love figuring out who they are, making headcanons, and just generally figuring out how they fit into the universe.

The Answers to the Questions

(Okay, usually it’s only 5 questions, but since I’m answering both Robert’s and herrdelta’s questions, it’s going to be a little longer….)

Robert Ian Shepherd’s Questions

1. What made you decide to take up blogging?

For the past couple of years, I’ve gotten into gaming in a way that was very different from my childhood. I was playing a lot of games that had deep stories and characters that I just wanted to talk to everyone about. I also wanted to start exploring more games so I wasn’t just replaying the same handful all the time. As a result, this blog was born!

2. What’s your favorite video game?

I have a hard time choosing just one game, but I split my favorites between the Dragon Age series, the Fire Emblem series, and the Persona series. Dragon Age and Fire Emblem feed directly into my love of medieval fantasy, and Persona games are fun modern day supernatural stories that have this really cathartic feel to them.

Since I’ve started this blog, I think Transistor will now also have to be added to the list too….

3. Why should people read your blog?

I think I bring a different kind of gaming review to the community. It’s more focused on the narrative aspect of the game itself and how well the developers use a video game medium to tell their story better than any tv show, book, or movie could. It’s also the kind of thing that I’d like to see people’s opinions on; agree or disagree, I want to know what they also got out of the game’s experience.

4. What video game item do you wish you had in real life?

The timepiece from Dishonored 2. Imagine going to historical sites with that!

5. If you could set up two characters from different games on a blind date, who would you put together?

Oh, hmmmmm, I’m having a lot of trouble deciding which characters would be good to pair up, mostly because I usually already ship them with someone else in their own respective games. That being said, I would love to see D.Va from Overwatch and Futaba Sakura from Persona 5 meet. They could talk about video games and computers and it’d be great.

herrdelta’s Questions

1. Who is your biggest video game crush and why?

Without hesitation: Alistair Theirin from the Dragon Age series. He’s a lovable sweetheart, and I loved his sense of humor. And as cheesy as it was, I was a sucker for that rose moment with the Warden.

2. If you could pick one game to be remastered, what would it be?

POKEMON SNAP. Without question. But I want all the new Pokemon in it, too. Nintendo, please make this happen for the Switch, I beg of you. It would be an automatic system seller for me.

3. What got you into playing video games?

As a child, I loved the new kinds of challenges video games presented and how each game brought something different to the table. As I grew older, my love of the stories was what turned me into the gamer I am today.

4. Outside of gaming, what is your favorite fandom or franchise (be it a comic, film, tv show, etc)?

I think the Harry Potter fandom will always be near and dear to my heart. I met a lot of wonderful people during my days there and I just remember the whole experience as being a lot of fun.

5. Is there any particular scene in a video game that you really wish you could rewrite? If so, how would you rewrite it?

Interesting question! As much as I love Dishonored, I hated the Non-lethal Option for “Lady Boyle’s Last Party.” Surely there were better ways to “Neutralize” Lady Boyle than shipping her off with the guy who was obsessed with her…. If I were to rewrite it, I would have focused a lot more on the fact that she was also the Lord Regent’s financier and not just his mistress. To Neutralize her, she would have been disgraced among her circles, so much so that she could no longer be trusted to be even near the Lord Regent and therefore cutting off his finances. That, or find a way to completely the deplete the family of their fortune, also cutting off the Lord Regent’s income.

And the Nominees are…

Michelle Anneliese, A Geek Girl’s Guide: Renowned Explorers: International Society Review

I really like Michelle’s reviews on games because she usually talks about different games I’ve never heard of before. It’s no different with Renowned Explorers: International Society, where she discusses the game’s unique “combat” mechanics and how quick and repayable the game is with the different ways players can approach the game. I haven’t played it yet, but she definitely made me want to check it out!

IamRhinos, IamRhinos: The Importance of Timing the Games You Play

I’ve often felt that after I’ve really enjoyed a game, I need to give myself a break before changing gears to another game, so I can give that new game the enjoyment and focus it deserves. IamRhinos writes a great article on this exact topic, acknowledging the fact that sometimes you need to play a game at the right time to fully appreciate it.

Hope Eliza, Nerd Out Word Out/Hope Eliza Blogs: Review- Little Nightmares

While I usually try to stay away from horror games, Hope Eliza does a fun review on the game Little Nightmares and explains that while she also stays away from horror, she couldn’t help but enjoy this spooky adventure. Her review does a good job explaining the style and all the elemental details that make this game interesting. I’ll have to be sure to add this game to my list!

M Weaver, Objection! Network: Night in the Woods Hits Too Close to Home, Wrecks Young Adults Everywhere

I have heard some truly excellent things about Night in the Woods, and M Weaver gives a wonderful overview of the game. Most compelling about the review is the discussion of what themes are made prevalent throughout with the heavy concentration on characters. I’m looking forward to trying this game out for myself!

Jon Wisniewski, The Legend of Pixels: Life is Strange Season 2: Thoughts and Speculations

Jon describes my exact thoughts when it comes to predicting what we will see in Life is Strange 2. With the first game having such self-contained elements to it, it seems highly likely that we will be seeing many new features in the sequel. I recommend checking out his post on the matter!

My Questions for You

1. What’s the funniest video game in-game moment you’ve had?

2. Con season is coming up (is here?), so have you ever been to a comic book/video game/etc convention? If so, which as been your favorite? If not, which one would you want to go to?

3. Favorite video game of 2017 so far? (Either that came out in 2017 or that you’ve played in 2017)

4. What video game have you replayed the most/have the most hours clocked into?

5. (Weird Question) You wake up to find that you are in your favorite video game universe. Which game is it and what is your first course of action?

My Best Post

So I don’t really have a lot to choose from, ha ha.

I’m quite proud of my first Dishonored post and my Dex post. With Dishonored, it was fun going through the different definitions of “dishonored” and seeing how they applied to the story as a whole. As for Dex, the game had an interesting method of handling dystopian/sci-fi themes in a way that was fascinating to explore in my first official post.

In closing up this very long post, I’d like to thank Robert and herrdelta again for nominating me for this award! It’s been really great meeting everyone so far in this blogging community and I’m looking forward to what new games and ideas may come in the future.

As for the nominees, I’ve greatly enjoyed reading your posts and I hope this nomination brings more people to your blogs!

Happy gaming!

~ M

2 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award: Acceptance Speech!”

  1. Great acceptance! I too would love to have the timepiece from Dishonored 2 – I also second your point about redoing the Lady Boyle non-lethal elimination. The implications of sending her off in a boat with her stalker are definitely a bit disturbing…

  2. Excellent speech! And third on that Lady Boyle point… definitely a disturbing end note. I liked your suggestion of actually utilizing her background as the Lord Regent’s financier. I think that would have made a more compelling narrative for sure. I would also be overjoyed if a new Pokemon Snap was announced!!!

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