It’s time for part two of Jasyla’s twenty-one gaming questions – and my sincerest apologies for misspelling your name the first time around. I copied it from Liore who didn’t quite copy it correctly and it ended up being one of those elementary school things where the teacher asks you to whisper something in your neighbor’s ear and by the time it gets to the last student in the last row the message is completely different from the original.
I would like to put in a bit of Guild Wars 2 news first, though – it appears ANet has relented and commander tags will now be 300g for the full set of four colors. I would like to specifically give kudos to Zach and Tyler for working over the weekend to make this change happen. (Thanks!) I briefly considered buying gems and snagging one at 100g before the price goes up, but I decided against it. I think if I really want to command something (probably EotM when nobody else has tagged up) I should have to “earn it” – that is to say, by earning the gold in-game. I think I’m finally getting the hang of this “sandbox” thing where you set your own meaningful goals. To a certain extent, anyways. So, now that I’ve rambled for a bit, here are my answers to the second set of questions:
11. Describe your perfect video game.
A long-play MMO with layers of meaningful progression, good mechanics, the ability to perform any role on a single character, decently-written lore and characters, and a believable world with nice graphics.
12. What video game character do have you have a crush on?
Grace Nakimura from the Gabriel Knight series. I’ve never actually played it, but I did relive it vicariously by reading Syp’s playthrough of Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. In the game’s stunning FMV (Full-Motion Video – remember when we called it that?) Grace was played by actress Joanne Takahashi.
The acting in GK2 was overdone, to say the least, but I did admire Grace for her intelligence, forthrightness, dedication, and ability to speak passable German. She’s the type of research assistant I wouldn’t mind having around on a permanent basis.
13. What game has the best music?
Guild Wars 2 has excellent sweeping orchestral themes. WildStar combines every type of futuristic and techy bit of music I’ve ever heard from previous games. Which soundtrack would I listen to if I had never played the game? I have no idea. There’s just too much good music out there for me to pick one. No, seriously, there is so much awesome music out there. For instance, this rocking version of Contra – Jungle Jam:
14. Most memorable moment in a game:
Listening to “Eyes On Me” on Disc 3 of FF8. The million dollar song that was the centerpiece of the game.
15. Scariest moment in a game:
I thought I was going to say when you open the door to the final boss in Wolfenstein 3D and he shouts “Guten Tag!” but I just watched a video of that game and wow…that stuff is fairly comically dated. Probably just any time I messed up and got frozen in place by a ReDead in Ocarina of Time.
16. Most heart-wrenching moment in a game:
My buddies and I were playing TMNT2 the morning after sleeping over at a friend’s house. My mom called me up and told me we were going to my aunt’s house for the rest of the day. Oh, man, that was rough.
Oh, in a game. Well, when Aeris…oh, forget it. I’ve already been talking about that particular franchise too much. I just can’t remember playing anything else. My mind is stuck at the moment.
17. What are your favourite websites/blogs about games?
Check out my blogroll on the right.
18. What’s the last game you finished?
The Queen’s Jubilee in GW2. Seriously, I don’t remember. It’s been so long since I’ve played a game that you can actually win. It must have been a game I played on an emulator. Maybe it was Ocarina of Time.
19. What future releases are you most excited about?
World of Corecraft. Um, I really wish I had a better answer to this one. Minecraft for Oculus Rift? John Carmack always comes up with good stuff. Depends on whether Notch will let him have it.
20. Do you identify as a gamer?
Not really. I am a person who plays games as a hobby, and a very narrow range of games at that. I’d say a gamer is someone who has at least a somewhat broader range of gaming interests than I do and doesn’t just play games primarily alone. Could I become a gamer? Sure, and I probably will once we win the lottery and I decide to connect with my kids via my gaming past. Nowadays I’d call myself an MMO junkie more than anything. I’m not excited about consoles or console games; I don’t really care about FPS or shmups or platformers or tabletop games or D&D or any of the cool stuff that lots of other passionate bloggers talk about at length with depth and sincerity. I just play MMOs on repeat.
21. Why do you play video games?
As a form of relaxation after a hard day’s work. To spend some time within my inner world and ponder the meaning of whatever spreadsheet-based story I’m playing. To escape reality. Usually not to connect with other people, which I should really be doing but probably won’t. It’s a nomadic, hermetic ritual for me.
This is my post for August 21st. You can read more about Blaugust on the Blaugust Initiative Page.