A Ray Of Sunshine: The Sunshine Blogger Award

One of the most rewarding things about blogging is its community. The simple act of reading, commenting, and following other bloggers, whose interests are similar to your own, leads you to life long friends and supporters you never would have connected with otherwise. And what’s especially great about the WordPress community is the overwhelming warmth and kindness that unfailingly greets you every time you come online, which can sometimes inspire your fellow peers to nominate you for a blogging award.

Cary of Recollections of Play passed on the Sunshine Blogger Award to me, which she got chosen for as well, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve followed her blog since the time we were both new to blogging and I’m glad to call her a friend.

Blog awards tend to have a certain set of rules that go with being nominated and accepting them. Those rules can be modified slightly from blogger to blogger, and honestly, who even knows what those original rules were when the award was first created? Blog awards are its own new form of the chain letter people used to pass around via email in the earlier days of the Internet, except these are a fun way of asking your favorite bloggers questions that will help you get to know them better after you have shared some information about yourself.

Cary decided that instead of her nominees answering eleven questions like she did, she asked one very specific question for her nominees to answer:

You are stranded on a deserted island. Choose 5-10 instances of the same type of entertainment that you would like to have to pass the time until help arrives. (Assume that no matter what, you magically have whatever TVs, cable outlets, game consoles, movie players, music players, etc. that you might need.)

It’s a really interesting but hard question Cary posed, but I gladly accept the award from her and the challenge to answer.

I took some time to think a lot about the question. Same type of entertainment, huh? If I were deserted on an island, which form of entertainment could I be happy with until rescue (hopefully) arrives? As much as I love watching TV, listening to music, or reading books I easily had to go with video games. If I’m going to be stuck on an island for God knows how long, it better be something I can lose myself in for hours and encourages engagement/interaction of some kind.

Now I’m guessing there’s no limit to which consoles would be with me in this scenario. If there is, well, too bad. I’m going to pretend I have access to all the consoles/portables on this island. The choice of games I’d take wasn’t difficult to think about. I would of course want to have my all-time favorite games to keep me company, but I would want games that I can replay over and over again without getting bored. In no particular order, these are the games I’d be playing on my deserted island:

1. Dragon Age (Xbox)

2. Mass Effect (Xbox)

3. Final Fantasy XV (Xbox)

4. The World Ends With You (Nintendo DS)

5. Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS)

6. Ace Attorney (Nintendo DS)

Here’s where I may be cheating again. Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Ace Attorney are part of a series of games. But I’m counting each of them as sort of one whole game in a set of an ongoing story or world that can’t be played without the others. Besides, no where does the question say limit it to one game from a series. You can see I thought a lot about this question before answering it.

My choice of games make a ton of sense to be the only ones I can play on my hypothetical island because what all these games have in common are as follows:

A. High Replay Value

B. Strong Story

C. Exploration/Open World Gameplay

Probably the Ace Attorney series is a bit of a stretch to call it an open world game, mostly because it isn’t. But it does have an exploration component where you have to interact with objects in the scene during the investigation portions of the game. Looking for clues and evidence is a big part of the Phoenix Wright games, and it does take time to look for everything you need to build a solid defense for your client. It’s the same way it takes time in an open world to look for resources, level up by killing enemies, or complete tasks. You have to explore the area a bit before you can move onto your next objective.

These games have fantastic stories and characters that will keep me occupied for several days or years on an island. Whether it’s going on a road trip in Final Fantasy XV or slaying Darkspawn in the Deep Roads of Dragon Age, it offers exactly what I need—pure escape from a less than ideal situation. Not to mention the worlds you get to wander around in are absolutely gorgeous. Have you seen the worlds in Dragon Age Inquisition or Mass Effect? Breathtaking.

To close off this post, it’s time to nominate a few bloggers to pay this award forward. Here are some bloggers who deserve to be recognized:

I’m going to follow Cary’s lead and just ask one single question instead of multiple ones. And because I’m lazy. If my nominees are up for the challenge, here’s my question:

Which fictional character (books, movies, video games, etc.) would you pick to spend a single day with and where or what would you be doing? If your day means spending it in their world or yours, I want to know details. Are you eating ice cream on the streets of New York City? Or are you fighting alongside them on a battlefield? Go wild with your imaginary scenario. The more fantastical, the better!

Thanks again to Cary for the award and the fun question to answer!

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11 thoughts on “A Ray Of Sunshine: The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. I’m a little late with Monday’s post, but I guess I know what I’ll be writing about now~
    Your list of video games was amazing, btw! I’d DEFINITELY bring the Phoenix Wright series too! Those games are great! Plus, I’m also a nerd for video games that are story-heavy!
    I can’t wait to think about your question and answer it!
    Thanks, once again, for the nomination. You really made my night~

    1. You’re very welcome! I know I’ve already said it on Twitter, but I have enjoyed the posts I’ve read on your blog. I look forward to reading more from you. 🙂 And I’m with you there. A strong story and characters really draw me in, and it’ll come in handy to occupy you for hours in a desert island situation. It’s part of the reason why I got into gaming! I can’t count all the times I fell madly in love with a game because the entire experience has left an unforgettable impression on me.

  2. Congrats on the award, and thanks for the nomination! Video games make a lot of sense for a desert island (well, one where you have technology haha), because as you say, you’ll get bored after awhile and need the entertainment. Games can be long and immersive which is great, and can really help you escape. And I have to agree with you on your picks of Dragon Age and Mass Effect, but I bet you could have guessed that! 🙂

    1. Thanks! Yeah, video games have plenty of advantage over other kinds of entertainment because it’ll leave you immersed for hours. I kind of feel like movies, TV, and books can only occupy you for so long before you kind of don’t feel like watching or reading anything anymore. At least with a video game you have your story and the incentive to actually do something rather than nothing. It’s very much an active entertainment form rather than a passive one. And nope, I’m not surprised that those would be your picks too! We do have similar taste in games after all. 😉

  3. Congrats on the award! And thank you so much for nominating me 🙂 I’m touched to be included!

    As for your question, I’ll go ahead and answer it here. I would want to spend a day with Balsa of the anime Guardian of the Sacred Spirit. From the beginning, I was in awe of her physical and mental strength. I’d love for her to teach me how to do self-defense in hand-to-hand combat, primarily, though picking up some spear basics might be fun, too. I’d also want to hike with her to meet Tanda where he lives and learn about natural medicine. If you haven’t seen that anime, I highly recommend it!

    1. Thanks for answering my question! I’m not familiar with the anime, but I’ll certainly add it to my list. I find that I discover some good ones from your own blog posts. 🙂 Just need to find time to watch them all!

  4. 🙂 I love your take on the question. Both the full ME and DA series would keep me plenty busy as well on that ol’ island. (In fact, so much so, that if help came along early, I’d have to pass it up until I finished e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!) Including The World Ends with You is such a great choice, too. Not only is the game expansive and interesting enough to keep you busy for many days, but its kickin’ soundtrack is perfect for dancing alone on the beach, haha!

    1. Haha, that would be something huh?

      Rescuers: Everything is okay now. You’re saved! Time to go home.

      Me: Eh…can you come pick me up after another week? There’s this game I still have to finish (even though I’ve played it a billion times). 😛

      With games like ME and DA, how can you get bored?

      I definitely agree about TWEWY. Great gameplay and story with a soundtrack to match. That kind of covers gaming and listening to some tunes at the same time without having a music player on hand!

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