Video Games in Fiction

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Way back when we first started this blog, I had the idea of doing reviews of books that took place in video game settings. In fact, one of my first solo blog posts back in February 2016 was reviewing “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, which is now a movie. Since then, I’ve kind of amassed many books that take place in virtual reality or where video games just take a major role. Considering both Rachel and I enjoy reading, we thought of bringing it back.

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We’ve decided to add a new feature to Double Jump by writing book reviews based on the subject of gaming. We review games in all shapes and forms as well as movies based on the topic of gaming, so book reviews seem like a great thing to add.

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That and it’ll give me more of an excuse to read and buy more books, haha! We figured that video games are becoming so much more mainstream in media that we may as well celebrate them further by exploring where else they are featured. Popular games like Minecraft have gotten whole series dedicated to them as fictional adventures in books, and we think it’ll be interesting to explore more.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s also has a couple of books. I will never play those games, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious about what the books are like. There are so many out there and we’re definitely looking for more to try as well.

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There are series dedicated to Halo, Resident Evil, and — while not specifically based on video games — Dungeons & Dragons. Aside from these acclaimed franchises, there are plenty of authors who have written books and graphic novels that take place in fictional video game worlds as well. Even if we can’t buy all the books, our library is reopened again and I’m aiming to use my library card more often.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Oh, for sure. I think this is a great opportunity for us to branch out in new book genres as well as authors. It’ll allow us to broaden Double Jump a little more as well. It’s a win-win for all! If anyone has any special recommendations, let us know!

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Gaming Debate Woes

Gaming Debate Woes | Video Games | Blogging | Gaming | Gamers | DoublexJump.com

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As you may have noticed, Rachel and I occasionally do debates. We try to aim for at least one a month and even had a fantastic brainstorming session to figure out potential topics. The only downside to these debates? Rachel and I tend to have very similar tastes when it comes to video games.

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Yes, we have debate topics for at least the rest of 2019. However, it’s been hard to choose topics and to even write the debates because we agree on most things. Sorry to burst your bubble, but a lot of our debates have been us agreeing on the same thing but one of us just playing devil’s advocate.

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On the plus side to playing devil’s advocate, writing for the other side is great practice! There haven’t been too many debate topics where we actually took different sides, where there? I think physical versus digital games and, of course, Harvest Moon versus Animal Crossing, was one of the few.

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There are some obvious debates where our opinions were different, but most of them not so much. We’re just too similar. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing and you’re right, playing devil’s advocate can be fun. Still, we’re on the hunt for some new debate topics.

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It’s not a bad thing at all, especially when we consider how often we play video games together. It’s great that we have so much in common so we don’t argue over what games to play often. In any case, it’d be great if we could get some topics where we actually had solid, opposite opinions on.

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I think it’s funny, actually. I think the only time we really have differences is some indie games that we’ve gotten review copies for and have played. If you’re not too into a game, you’re just done whereas I like to go just a little bit farther.

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In those cases, while I do my best to take the time to get used to a new game, but if I’m not into it, I’d rather spend my time playing a game I enjoy. So many games, so little time! Other than that, though, there still aren’t too many differences between us, but it’d be great to actually have more debate topics and see where we fall on the subjects.

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So, with all that said, if you have any debate topics for us, please feel free to drop them in the comments below. We’re constantly thinking of new debates and challenges for each other, so we’re definitely interested to see what you guys think.

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Goodbye, 2018!

Goodbye 2018 | New Year | 2019 | Gaming | Video Games | Blogging | DoublexJump.com

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I feel like 2018 was both really long and really short. There’s been a few changes and shiny new features that we’ve done this year for the blog. One of the most exciting developments for Double Jump is that we’ve started streaming on Twitch! It’s been fantastic connecting with others, both from the blog and from the streaming community, just chatting about video games and life while we attempt to be good at games.

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2018 was weird for sure. It definitely felt long and short at the same time. I can’t believe we’re already prepping for 2019 though. But yeah, we started streaming on Twitch in August and it’s been a fun couple of months playing new and old games and connecting with friends through there. We’ve done a lot this year and we played through a lot of games, especially on the Nintendo Switch.

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The Nintendo Switch has definitely become one of my favorite consoles, both with its hardware and its games. While its online mode is a bit… lacking, we’ve used Discord to make up for Nintendo’s Online chat, connecting with even more people this year such as Justin at TWOTALL4UFOOL and Jett at InThirdPerson.

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2018 was filled with collabs with others between blogging and streaming. Jett hosted a 24-hour live stream for charity which we were apart of. That was definitely a fun and great experience. We hope to be able to do that again in 2019! We’ve also contributed quite a bit to Miketendo64 and Pure Nintendo with game reviews.

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Our reviews also branched out a bit with adding some card and board game reviews to go along with video games and movies. After all, we created this blog in order to connect with others with our love of games and, while our main focus is video games, why not go a little further and find other types of games to enjoy?

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Yeah, I’ve enjoyed reviewing board and card games, both old and new. I want to expand our board games collection. We have a lot more planned for 2019 and we’re excited to share our ideas! We’ll updating some old stuff and adding some new stuff.

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We believe we beat our score of game reviews from last year, too! Last year we did a little over 50 game reviews, whereas this year we’ve done about 50 on our blog, not to mention several others on Miketendo and, in Rachel’s case, Pure Nintendo. Here’s hoping 2019 is a great year for games!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
One thing we need to do is get into a better routine when it comes to playing! I want to allow myself more time to sit back and play the games. But I’m hoping to review even more games in the next year. I think 2019 is going to be great!

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Rachel’s Favorite Games Played In 2018

Rachel's Favorite Games Played in 2018 | Video Games | Gaming | New Year | DoublexJump.com

10. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

This was a game for the Xbox One that Kris and I played with two of our friends. We didn’t get the chance to beat the game, but it was a 4-player co-op game and it was a lot of fun to play with others. It was stressful but we had a good time.

9. A Case of Distrust

This is a visual novel-like game. It’s a mystery with satisfying music and cool visuals. This is a short game and it was slow to get into the story, but it was a good game nonetheless.

8. Miles & Kilo

I had a lot of fun playing this game. Miles & Kilo are trying to fix their ship. Kilo, the dog, automatically runs at top speed and you have to jump a precise moments. It’s a fun, satisfying game and harder than it seems.

7. Overcooked 2

This is another game Kris and I love to play with our friends. We love the first game and a lot new mechanics were added to the second game. This game is so frustrating and stressful, but it’s a good one.

6. The Lion’s Song

A point-and-click sort of game, The Lion’s Song tells a wonderful story through the eyes of four different characters. Each character is a creative – an artist, musician, mathematician, and a writer. Each of their stories are told within the same world and they all intertwine. It’s a great story-telling game and I hope there’s more some day.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Kris and I streamed this Gamecube game on our Twitch channel. It’s a game we played a long time ago and it was awesome to get the chance to play it again. It’s no secret we love The Legend of Zelda so having a co-op Zelda game is great.

4. Luigi’s Mansion

This is one of my favorite games. I was able to get the Gamecube going and play the game again but also having the ability to play it on the 3DS was a treat. I enjoyed the updated graphics and just getting the chance to play the game again regardless of whether I was able to get the Gamecube to work or not.

3. Detective Pikachu

This is a game that I had been looking forward to for a long time. I was so excited to finally get the chance to play the game when it came out. I don’t normally pre-order games for myself, but I did with this one. It was a nice change of pace from the typical Pokemon games. I love Pokemon and mysteries, so it was so much fun to experience this one.

2. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

I mean, I don’t know if I need to explain this one. This is another game that I have been eagerly awaiting for a so long. There were some things, such as the Spirit mode, that I was iffy about, but now that I’ve played the game, I’ve fallen in love with every bit of it.

1. Let’s Go Eevee!

Let’s Go Pikachu goes along with this one, but I technically haven’t played the Pikachu version yet. I’m so happy to have the chance to visit the Kanto region once again. I love having my Pokemon follow me around and I can ride and interact with them. It’s awesome to see Kanto in a new light and I can’t wait to complete my Pokedex and go shiny hunting!

What are some of your favorite games that you’ve played in 2018? Have you played any of the games I listed? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sunshine Blogger Award [x2]

We were nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award twice! A huge thank you to Dragon’s Tea Party and Free Time = Game Time!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • 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 and/or on your blog

Since we were nominated twice, we have 22 questions to answer instead of 11. To save a little space in this post, we’ll be answering the questions like rapid-fire. Kris’s answers will be bolded and Rachel’s answers will be in italics.

Our Answers to Dragon’s Tea Party:

1. Sci-Fi or Fantasy?

Fantasy | Fantasy.

2. You’re being attacked by a zombie! You grab the object to your right to use to defend yourself. What is it and how do you use it to kill the zombie?

There’s nothing to the right of me! Does my right fist count? | I’d most likely miss or grab and then drop it in a panic and get killed.

3. What was the last song you sang along to?

“Settle It in Smash” by Yungtown and Garrett Williamson, or Pokemon anime theme songs | Anything from The Greatest Showman soundtrack.

4. You can have any Pokemon you like as your starter (excluding legendaries and evolved Pokemon). Who do you choose?

Gotta have my Treecko!I’m still going with my Charmander.

5. Who would win in a fight between Link and Mario?

Link!Link.

6. Which villain (book, game, movie, whatever) do you sympathize with the most?

Bowser — he’s just misunderstood! | Ganondorf, even though I don’t like him.

7. Which game franchise do you think has the best music?

Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, and Ace Attorney. I can’t choose!Animal Crossing, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon. Yes, I cheated and chose three. Sue me.

8. Besides gaming, what’s your favorite element of “geek” culture, or something you’d like to get more into if you had the time/money?

I’ve always loved comic books, and I’d love to get more into the art aspect of “geek” culture, like visual and cosplay. D&D is grabbing more of my attention now, too! | I don’t know what my favorite is, but I would love to learn more about D&D, Magic: The Gathering, and playing Pokemon competitively.

9. You stumble across a magic lamp and awaken a genie who offers to help you create the video game of your dreams. What genre do you create and what’s the basic premise of your game?

Some sort of epic RPG or adventure game. Something with magic and plenty of exploration! | A mystery visual novel game. Mostly because Kris and I are already planning this.

10. What’s the coolest dinosaur?

PterodactylA long-neck.

11. If you were to get a tattoo, what would you get?

The Sheikah Eye on one of my shoulders. The Triforce on the back of my hand.

Our Answers to Free Time = Game Time:

1. What is your Hogwarts house and do you agree with the stereotypes of that house?

Gryffindor, and I’d like to think so. | Hufflepuff and yes, definitely.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Power Rangers? (Explain.)

TMNT. Power Rangers as a concept were interesting, but never really watched them. | TMNT. I never watched Power Rangers and never cared to.

3. The last thing you ate, and did you enjoy it? Or did you only eat it to sustain your human vessel?

Leftover steak and cheese calzone for lunch. It was yummy! | Since it’s morning, I’m drinking my smoothie. It’s good, but I’ll admit I mainly drink it to keep myself alive.

4. What is your favorite part of playing video games?

The art styles, characters, and stories. The vast worlds and storytelling.

5. Biggest pet peeve?

Bigotry/prejudice. Why can’t we all be nice to each other? | When people assume things about other people.

6. You open the magic wardrobe that is the door to Narnia, plot twist is the door is to the one video game world you have always wanted to be in. Which world is it and how do you survive/what role do you play?

A Legend of Zelda game, and I would hope I’d be helpful to Link somehow. Perhaps work with animals or weapons. | I’d be in the Pokemon world, journeying along collecting Pokemon friends.

7. In a zombie uprising, what role do you fill on your zombie survival squad?

Probably the overprotective one when it came to others, always counting to be sure the rest of the squad was okay. | Sacrifice. Seriously, I’d panic too much and accidentally get myself killed.

8. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

Electricity or communicating with electronics. With how heavily influential technology is nowadays, I’d be very powerful, haha! That, and I’d be so much more productive with my creative projects. | Fire powers most likely. I’m not sure why, it’s just always been my go-to thing ever since I was little. That or communicating/turning into animals.

9. If you could have one video game job (in-game jobs) what would it be? (Get creative – the treasure hiding guy, the guy who hides all the secrets, store clerks, etc.)

Probably blacksmith or rancher. A bodyguard or traveling merchant would be fun too! I’m sorry, I’m going to be boring and say I wouldn’t mind being Officer Jenny in Pokemon. Mystery and Pokemon – okay!

10. Coffee or tea?

Tea.Coffee.

11. Do you have a pet?

Please see Rachel’s response.Oh, yes. A dog, Chip, a cat, Chase, a turtle, Raph (See? TMNT), and a fish tank with a variety of fish.

Our Questions:

1. What was the first video game you ever played yourself?
2. What made you decide to start blogging in general or blog about video games?
3. What’s your favorite form of gaming? (Consoles, PC, tabletop, board/card games, etc.)
4. Do you prefer to hang out indoors or outside?
5. Out of every animal in the world, which would you love to have for a pet?
6. Outer space or the ocean?
7. If you were an NPC in a video game, what would be your pre-programmed phrase/saying?
8. What is your go-to song to rock out to or to get you pumped up?
9. Would you be the “I have to save the world” protagonist or the “I did not sign up for this crap” protagonist?
10. What would you be like as the protagonist’s sidekick?
11. Which is better in a battle: speed or strength?

Our Nominees:

1. Later Levels
2. The Well-Red Mage
3. Nintendobound

Again, huge thanks to Dragon’s Tea Party and Free Time = Game Time! If you’re reading this, feel free to participate as well.

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The Liebster Award

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The wonderful TWOTALL4UFOOL has nominated Double Jump for the Liebster Award, which is an appreciation of other bloggers for their hard work and dedication in the blogging world. Thank you, TWOTALL4UFOOL! Be sure to check out his blog, he’s great!

Rules:
-Display the award, explain it, and thank the person who gave it to you linking back to their blog.
-Answer the questions and create your own for the people you nominate.
-Let the people you nominate know you’ve thought about them for the award. (We’re kind of boring and don’t typically nominate people, we like people to join if they choose. Plus, there are too many bloggers for us to mention!)

What made you want to start blogging?

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It honestly just seemed to be a fun way to connect to fellow writers and readers. I’ve enjoyed writing since I was in my early teens, if not before then, and blogging seemed to be a great outlet to share the love. Since then, my main focus is Double Jump to connect with other gamers and writers.

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I originally started blogging about six years ago and it was mainly to be an author platform for myself. I still don’t have any books published, but I’m getting closer each day. My blog has grown so much and there are some days where I wonder if I was meant to be a “blogger” more than an “author.” I started this blog a little over two years ago because I love video games, I wanted to do something creative with Kris, and similar to my writing, I wanted to share my love of video games.

What is something you’ve learned from blogging that has been valuable to you?

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It’s definitely a time commitment, something that I’ve needed to kick my butt into gear with my goals. Between working full-time and my flair for procrastination that I haven’t grown out of from high school (I’m working on it), having the commitment and passion for blogging has been valuable to me.

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Blogging is a lot of hard work and no “get rich quick” scheme. I’d like to make a steady income from my blog, but no one should blog because they want to make money out of it. It shows and it’s not easy. If you don’t have the passion for it, it’s just going to be work.

Any blogging advice you care to share with the blogging community?

krismii
Keep being passionate about your work. Don’t pander to the masses or do what you believe to be “popular” at the time you start. Write about what you love, have fun, and you’ll make real connections with others.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Connect with people and keep our blog updated. It allows people to know you’re still around and you also make a lot of great friends who share the same passions as you.

What are you passionate about?

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Creativity — writing, gaming, art — is one of my top passions. Animals as well as equality among people (sexuality, gender, race, everything) are a couple of others. I also am really passionate about people being nice to each other.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Writing, video games, anything creative pretty much. I’m not picky when it comes to the arts.

What motivates you to keep blogging?

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Rachel, haha! Aside from being able to do something creative with my sister, connections with other gamers keeps me going. I’m always interested to share my thoughts and see what other people think of regarding the posts that we throw out there for everyone to read.

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The people I’ve “met.” I’ve made friends with so many writers and bloggers alike as well as people who absolutely love video games and basically anything I love. I’ve also met people who have similar mental health issues as I do and it’s great to have others to talk to and relate to about that.

What was your favorite TV show growing up?

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How young are we talking about? As a little kid, there was “That’s My Dog,” which was about a friendly competition — talent show, a maze race, an obstacle course — between two dog contestants and their families. One of my favorite episodes was the Great Dane versus the chihuahua! Batman: The Animated Series and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were also favorites of mine.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Pokemon, of course. But I also loved Tom and Jerry. I want the DVDs of that show, I haven’t seen it in a while.

What’s your favorite sport?

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Martial arts, really. I’ve never really played or watched sports while growing up, but my superhero-obsessed self loved the idea of having a black belt. I’ve done a couple of “free trial” classes for martial arts, but haven’t found a place to stick with just yet. Archery was fun too, does that count?

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Dancing. I’m not one for hockey or baseball or anything like that, but I love watching people dance and I enjoy dancing myself.

If we were to hang out for one day, what would we do?

krismii
Movies and video games are always good for a fun time, but if we want to be somewhat social, I’m cool with taking my/our dog(s) for a walk or getting ice cream.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Probably play video games or watch people stream. Or we could stream together!

Do you prefer to wear dress shoes or sneakers?

krismii
SNEAKERS.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Sneakers. Hands down.

What is your guilty pleasure?

krismii
Probably writing self-insert fanfiction, haha! Does blasting music from musicals and singing at the top of my lungs when I’m home alone count?

Rachel Mii Double Jump
I don’t know if this counts, but it’s the first thing that popped into my head… I love collecting things, most notably Pokemon cards. I have no idea how to play the card game, but I love collecting the cards and hope to “catch ’em all” someday.

Here are our questions for you to answer…

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1. If you had to change blog topics, what would your new blog be about?
2. What is your current favorite soundtrack or musical artist?
3. What book has been the longest resident on your bookshelves?
4. If you could switch places with any character from any medium (book, video game, movie, etc.) who would it be and why?
5. Are you an early bird, night owl, or afternoon sparrow?

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6. How long have you been blogging for?
7. Where do you think your blog will be 5 years from now? Or where do you want it to be?
8. What’s your favorite video game?
9. How did you get started in your hobby/passion/job? (Whether it be writing, playing video games, or something else.)
10. Pineapple on pizza: Yay or Nay?

Thanks again to TWOTALL4UFOOL for the nomination! Feel free to do these questions yourself!

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Unique Blogger Award

Unique Blogger Award

NekoJonez was kind enough to nominate Double Jump for the Unique Blogger Award! He runs a wonderful blog over HERE about all things gaming from his opinion and views to the gaming industry as a whole. Please go check out his blog and give him some love. Thanks again, NekoJonez!

If you were able to erase all memories from one game to be able to fully experience it again, which game would it be and why?

krismii
My obvious response to this question would be a Legend of Zelda game for how epic some of their stories and game play are, but… I think Pokemon Yellow would be my answer for this. It was my first game on my first handheld, the GameBoy Color. While I had grown up watching my uncle, and sometimes my father, play video games, Pokemon Yellow was the first game that I experienced on my own where I could figure out how to move forward while making friends with my Pokemon team. It opened up what video games could be, and despite how strong the Pokemon franchise still is, the basic formula for the games are all the same. Being able to relive all that magic would be amazing.

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I would love to fully experience Breath of the Wild again. There’s still so much we have to do in the game, especially with the DLC, but I would love to turn on the game for the first time again. I was amazed at the music and the graphics, let alone the main storyline as well as the gameplay. Even going into Hyrule Castle for the first time… It was so epic!

If you were allowed to help in the production of a game, which role would you take on and why? The role of producer, voice actor, writer, designer…?

krismii
Writer and, perhaps, designer and programmer. I love writing and I want to get better with my art, so designing a game would be a good way to do that, haha! I’m decent at programming as well, and I wouldn’t mind taking on the task of weeding out bugs in a code to ensure a smooth gaming experience.

rachmii
I’d love to be a voice actor and a writer. Writing is my career so I couldn’t imagine not contributing to the script. Voice acting is always something that’s been in the back of my mind. I’d love to give it a go and I am pretty decent at doing multiple voices.

What is one of the earliest video game memories?

krismii
Probably bothering my uncle to play video games so I could watch when I was barely in kindergarten. It was always either Super Mario RPG or Ocarina of Time that I bothered him to play, loving the characters and the stories of both. He was one of the main influences that I picked up a controller on my own (that, and my mother, who decided that I should play the games on my own rather than wake up my uncle, who was usually napping to prepare for his third shift job!).

Rachel Mii Double Jump
This is a tough one. I remember playing the SNES at my grandparents’ house – Street Fighter, Super Mario Kart, and watching Kris play Super Mario RPG. However, the first game I played and completed myself was Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64. Those were certainly good times.

FOR THE UNIQUE BLOGGER AWARD, WE NOMINATE…

1. Mr. Panda’s Game Reviews
2. Miketendo64
3. Musings of a Grouch

OUR QUESTIONS FOR YOU…

1. If you could have one item from a video game character/series in real life, what would it be and why?
2. 
What is your favorite video game platform and why? (Console, handheld, PC, etc.)
3. What is your favorite video game soundtrack and why?

Thanks again to NekoJonez for the nomination! It’s been fun!

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