Super Specific Sunshine Award IV

It’s been a while since the last Super Specific Sunshine Award — three months and over 100 new followers, in fact! But, leave it to the amazing The Gaming Diaries to break the dark spell! Also, they are contributing to Games That Define Us, so that’s pretty cool.

If you’re just joining us, the way I do things is a bit zany, so here’s a tiny outline:

  1. I answer the questions presented by our dear nominator.
  2. I select ten amazing bloggers to take on my questions.
  3. I come up with ten of the most outlandish, super-specific, interrogatory concepts my weird brain can conjure.
  4. I snicker at my own deviousness (this part not included).


I guess ten questions just isn’t good enough for The Gaming Diaries. You had to go with eleven! What did the number ten ever do to you?

Name 5 things that make you happy.

  1. Pizza
  2. Pizza
  3. Pizza
  4. Pizza
  5. Pizza

Oh, sorry. My WordPress Premium Plan decided my list was unacceptable, along with the Amazon music playlist I tried to embed, custom CSS I tried to implement, Google Analytics tag I tried to place…

I seem to be getting off-track. That’s the subject of next Wednesday’s post, not today’s.

Things that actually make me happy:

  1. Watching the clouds change shape while looking out the top floor of a building.
  2. Randomly discovering a coupon for something I buy anyway.
  3. Talking to an extremely kind person in a place you wouldn’t normally expect.
  4. Watching the season cliffhanger of a TV show, and then immediately watching the follow-up episode because it’s already out.
  5. Doing anything in the world with Nikki.

Favourite video game character?

Sanic teh Edgehog…
is not an actual video game character.

Actually it’s Wind Waker Link. He wasn’t the chosen hero. He wasn’t granted divine power by the gods. He wasn’t trained for years to defeat the land’s evil.

He was just a boy.
Trying to save his sister.

Wind Waker Link is awesome.

What was the last game you played?

I’m pretty sure everyone’s last video game, myself included, is Octopath Traveler. I’m also pretty sure we’re all still on Chapter 1.

If you could experience one game again for the first time, what game would you choose?


But more specifically, Kirby’s Adventure on the NES. It was my first video game, and I’d love to experience those feelings again.

Are there any games that you wish had got a sequel?

Ristar on the Genesis! I don’t understand why Sega hasn’t given this game a proper sequel, especially in today’s climate of platformer experimentation.

Favourite way to play: PC or console?

Console! I can’t stand playing on PC. I know that’s blasphemous, but I just don’t understand how people sit at a PC for hours at a time.

*types a 1,200-word blog on a PC*

Home console or handheld (or in the case of a switch – docked or handheld)?

For the Switch, my preferred method is handheld, even if I’m in my apartment and have easy access to the TV. I am strange.

If you could have a video game character as a sidekick who would you choose?

I’m trying to imagine Tails trying to fly me to inaccessible places, only to realize I’m a 6′ 7” (2.05 m) guy who’s far to heavy to be propelled in that manner. I’d still like him along, though, if only for the free hits on enemies.

Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon?

Cryro the Bandigon!
or perhaps Spysh the Drandicoot.
I’d play the heck out of Spysh the Drandicoot.

Crash, but they are two different genres. Nikki, however, is preferential to Spyro.

Pikachu or Eevee?

Eevee, but only because the name is a palindrome. Can you tell I’m not really into Pokemon?

Games based on films or films based on games?

Not sure, but whatever Wreck-It Ralph was, I want more of that!


To obtain a Normal Happenings Super Specific Sunshine Award, not to be confused with a Strange Occurrences Sunshine Award, a Sunshiny Sunshine Award of Awesome, or simply a Sunshine Award, the following ten of you are requested and required to answer my ten super specific questions in a separate blog post. Consider this your official invitation.

*Blue team!
**Mirror Match!
***Also unknowingly part of the blue team.
****Self-referential name is self-referential.
***** This footnote intentionally left blank.

Super Specific Questions

I know that if I don’t say it, someone else will. Yes, pedantically, some of these aren’t proper questions. But, if you like, you can add the words “will you” to the beginning of any command sentences and form questions. Problem solved.

  1. This one should be fun! Ask a person you’re close to how their doing, either in-person or over text messages. Then, as they reply, spend the next few minutes repeating back everything they say as a question. For example:
    Friend: Are you just repeating back everything I say?
    You: Everything you say? 
    How did they react? How long did it take before they wanted to kill you?

  2. How would you finish this joke?
    A paperclip, a sticky note, and a pair of scissors walk into a bar…

  3. What is your favorite hour, of your favorite day, of your favorite month, of your favorite season? (Make sure you show your work — it helps to read this question backwards.)

  4. And suddenly, you wake up. Real life has been a dream this whole time, and you’re actually living in the world of a book or video game. What’s more, it’s your wedding day. What character in what work is your soon-to-be-spouse?

  5. Story time! The last thing you ate comes to life! Oh bother. Craft a story of five sentences or less with that sentient consumable as a central plot mechanic.

  6. I have a spider that has decided to make it’s home on the corner of my front door. It keeps rebuilding its web no matter how many times I knock it down. What should I name this resilient arachnid?

  7. Oday ouyay igpay atinlay?

  8. Useless Superpower Bedbug: The Return!
    Which of the following useless superpowers would choose and why?
    – The ability to become invisible, but only when nobody is looking at you
    – The ability to teleport anywhere within a 100 yard (91.4 m) radius… but the process takes longer than it does to walk there
    – The ability to type backwards at the same speed as typing normally

  9. My desktop background bores me once again. What should I change it to this time?

  10. Describe how you feel about my super-specific questions, but give me the exact opposite of your true feelings.

If you weren’t nominated, that’s totally okay! Play along in the comments! If I like your answer, I may nominate you for a  future super specific award. I’m looking forward to seeing your responses!

*snicker snicker*

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    • Hey, if there’s one thing I know, “fifth favorite Zelda game” is still an incredible experience.
      I feel like you honestly have to be a bit older — a person with more life experiences and deep-rooted fears — to truly appreciate the subtlety behind Wind Waker. That, while on the exterior it’s a cutesy game about a kid saving the word, it has some of the most mature themes of any video game ever made. That’s probably why the game is bailing upwards on my list of favorite games as I enter my late twenties.


      • That is precisely why I gave it an 8/10 when I reviewed it. Its art style belies a mature story. I may not like it as much as the other console 3D Zelda games (other than Skyward Sword, which The Wind Waker is definitely better than), but it’s a solid experience. I get why people complained about sailing, but in all honesty, it was better handled in The Wind Waker than it was in Phantom Hourglass.

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  1. I don’t even know where to begin with these questions- but I’ll do my best! 😀

    Also Tails is a solid answer, no matter your height (though 6’7″? There’s a fun fact to know!). When I was younger, I loved Tails and have carried that with me to place him at Favorite Sidekick position pretty much for life.

    Loved the other answers, too, but I didn’t want to go on forever when I clearly have my own to start devising! Have a great day/weekend!


  2. Ah the super specific nature of your questions will be fun to answer.

    I’m a console person too. I have games for the PC to play but if I’m given the option I default to console. Also high five for playing the switch as mostly handheld even if you are at home.

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  3. I’m super jealous of everyone playing Octopath Traveler. I feel like the uncool kid in the cafeteria *waaaah D:* I was going to pick it up this weekend, but decide I needed to wait until my next payday because adulting UGH. I didn’t just want to go to Target or Best Buy and use a credit card…but then I just did that today on Amazon to get stuff for my cats so responsible? I don’t know, but I really want to play it, and I’m trying to convince myself not to use magical credit card, but it’s so difficult. I, too, love playing Switch handheld. I don’t know what it is about handhelds; I just find them so much easier to pick up and play. With a console I have to go in the other room, turn on the TV, turn on the console, and it just seems like more work. It’s weird.

    Congrats on the award 🙂

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    • Hey Shameful Narcissist! Thanks for stopping by! So I wouldn’t fret too much. This is one of those games, similar to Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which no one in the world expects you to beat the week it comes out. Instead, it should be broken out when you have plenty of time and dedication, and enjoyed over the lifetime of a system. It’s a grind, but the best kind. I guess what I’m saying is you don’t necessarily have to start your journey right now, especially if you’re not in a position to pick it up. Begin when you’re ready! 😀

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      • I would up buying it 😀 I’m glad I did (even if my wallet is sad) and spent most of the night playing through one character’s story. I love long RPGs like this where there’s so much to do, so much story to see, and so many characters to meet ♥

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      • I started with Olberic then picked up Primrose, Alfyn, Therion, and H’aanit. I went back to the area around Cobbleston to get the merchant girl whose name is escaping me right now hehe. What I find interesting is some of the path actions are complimentary. Olberic and H’aanit are similar, but if you fail to win with the latter, your reputation suffers. Therion can steal the same things the merchant can buy. I’m very curious if there’s some kind of morality barometer in the game, because some of the people Olberic can challenge don’t always seem to want to fight, and it feels wrong to beat up someone with a 1 strength rating at the level I’m on. And for Therion the thief, the fact that you can steal from that pauper girl in the town he comes from just felt icky. Then in Rippletide you can also steal the spear the fisherman’s widow was holding onto. I hope I’m not messing up my moral rep!

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      • Hey! First I wanted to say thank you so much for becoming a patron! You are seriously the best. I know I’ve said it on Twitter, but I wanted to say it here as well. I’ve added you to the amazing people page: 😁

        Sounds like you’re enjoying the experience! I’m so glad to hear that everyone is enjoying these kinds of RPGs again.

        I started with H’aanit because she is good with the bow, which I always look for in a character. She’s pretty interesting. However, in retrospect, I’m more interested in the story of Tressa — the merchant girl. So I may restart my playthrough with her.

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      • Glad I’m able to help! Patreon is one of those things that gives lower dollar amount options and I’m not going to miss $3 a month. That’s less than a cup of coffee 😀

        I like started with a tank because the best defense is often a good offense. Ophilia is a good healer, but I need to be able to defeat enemies, so I began with Olberic. H’aanit would’ve been a good choice, too. She’s another freaking tank.

        In terms of story I’m very interested in Primrose’s revenge saga, but I think my favorite character for battle is Olberic because he can just wreck shit.


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