The Sunshine Blogger Award


I am honoured and humbled to have been chosen by not one, but two wonderful bloggers to receive the Sunshine Blogger Award just in time for Spring!  Thank you so, so much to my nominators, the first being  Triform Trinity.  Triform Trinity’s site has a great mix of older and newer gaming content, and I first dove in after reading this review of Dark Cloud, a game I’d personally like to see burn in hell but felt a little more tolerant of after reading this balanced and objective review.  My second nomination came from 3PStart.  Though I’m new to The3rdPlayer, I’ve been slowly moving backward through the blog and catching up on some articles. One of my favourites I’ve checked out so far is this one describing memorable moments in select games, and it’s something I feel like I’d like to do myself.

Edit: I’ve also had a third not-so-secret nomination for this one that I missed (sorry again, I’m been horrible at keeping up with blogs lately) from Matthew at Normal Happenings. He had a Super Specific Sunshine Award Nomination just waiting for me, and I’m going to form a separate post to attack those super specific questions!  Thank you so very much!

Both blogs are wonderful and you should check them out if you haven’t already.  Honestly, I won’t be at all offended if you stop reading this and head over there straight away.

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  • Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate new blogs to receive the award and write them new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


I’m on to questions now.  I’ll start with the ones posed by Triform Trinity first.

If you could choose one type of food to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?

Probably pizza. It’s one of my favourite foods and it’s so diverse that I think it could serve me well for many years. I don’t know how I’d say goodbye to hamburgers or meatballs, though.

Oh, I forgot, please introduce us to you in a way as if we saw a movie in the theatre.

A quiet girl lives far, far up north somewhere in Canada.  She likes video games, especially the older ones.  But something is looming in her home… a backlog so big that it very well may consume her. And all she keeps doing is playing the same five games over and over again…

Would you write in diary or record one instead? Why?

I think I would write.  I’ve always been a fan of writing by hand and I kept a journal for the majority of my teenage and early adult years.  I do sometimes keep a gratitude journal to help focus on the positives.  I’m also not a big fan of speaking my feelings aloud, even if it’s just to myself.  Once you let it out into the universe, it’s out there forever.

What is your favorite commercial you can remember to this day?

Definitely something from the 80s. The Grape Escape commercial was always really catchy and comes back to me often.  I also have this very vague, fuzzy memory of two men pulling bits of hamburger patty off of a giant hamburger and tasting it.  It still makes my mouth water even though I haven’t seen it for at least two decades and have no idea what it was for. Probably Burger King or something.

I am in a bind and in need of a book to read before going to an event, can you recommend me a great one?

I haven’t read a book in a long while, but one that really stuck with me when I first read it was Misery by Stephen King.  I used to read a lot of “horror” novels growing up, so my recommendation would probably something from that genre.

You can travel where ever you want…where would you like to go?

I’d like to see more of Canada.  It’s such a huge country and I haven’t seen much of it.

Let us know the quote that best describes you as a person.

Chin-up, buttercup.

What is your favorite genre in film? Why is that?

I really like psychological thriller movies, sometimes with a touch of sci-fi.  Either those, or 80s Arnold Schwarzenegger/comedy movies.  Some of my favourites I’ve seen lately are Alien, Silence of the Lambs, Drop Dead Fred, Groundhog Day, etc. I don’t really enjoy new movies much.

Being in the mood for good old classic games, what would you recommend me?

Hmmmm.  No matter what kind of game you’re in the mood for, I’d probably always recommend Faxanadu for NES.  It’s got everything!

Rats or spiders?

Definitely spiders. Rats are more unpredictable and I can run away from spiders knowing they won’t damage my home.

Congratulations! You are now the new designer for the next new jingle and burger that McDonalds will use from now on. What will you do?

I would write a little song that goes something like this: A moment on your lips, a lifetime on your thighs… if anyone tells you differently they’re just spewing lies!

Just kidding. I like a little McDonald’s once in a while.

Onto the questions from 3PStart!

What TV show, book or movie would you want to see turned into a video game?

Definitely something Peanuts. Lots of the Peanuts games we got in North America were meh and I’d like to see a proper game come out of that series.  Snoopy Concert was a Japan exclusive that looks like so much fun! I wish we had something like that here.

Are you a fan of any particular voice artists/actors?

I really love Dominic Armato, the guy that does Guybrush Threepwood in the Monkey Island series.  His delivery of those lines just kills me and he really makes the games shine.

Which game do you feel gets little to no coverage, retrospective or otherwise, that you feel deserves more love?

Faxanadu! It’s one of my favourite NES games and nobody talks about it much.  It’s honestly an amazing game that I think everyone should play.

What is a vocal song, licensed or otherwise, that you loved as a part of the game it was involved in?

Memories of Life in FFIX.  I haven’t played a lot of games that have vocals in them, but man… after the weep-fest that was the end of FFIX and hearing that song play in the credits, I was a puddle of mush for the rest of the night.

One title from your favorite series absolutely has to be deleted from memory and history, but you get to choose which one. Which would you choose?

One of my favourite game series is The Legend of Zelda, and I think I’d vote to delete A Link to the Past. I know people are probably readying their rotten tomatoes to pelt me with, but it was one of the Zelda games I just couldn’t get into when I was younger.  I found it really long and frustrating compared to other titles in the series.  Maybe I just need to try it out again, but that’s my answer for now! *runs for cover*

Once again, thank you very much to my two nominators. I’ve nominated some folks that I’ve known for a while here, and also some I’ve been getting to know only recently.  Either way, you should definitely take some time and scoot over their way to take a look-see and what they have to offer.

My nominees:

A Reluctant Hero

Nerd Thoughts Blog




Here are some questions for my nominees! I’m not a very good question-maker, but I hope these pique someone’s interest!  If anyone I wasn’t able to nominate feels so compelled, feel free to answer these. You’re all lovely folks and it’s too bad that I can’t just list everyone’s blogs that I love under the nominees section.

  1. Which food item in a movie/television show/video game used to make your mouth water?
  2. If you could only recommend one game to someone to play, what would it be and why?
  3. When you were in elementary school, what was your favourite class or subject? Is it still that today?
  4. What’s the longest road trip you’ve ever taken?
  5. Mario or Luigi?

Hope you’re all off to a wonderful week and that you are enjoying the warmer weather!  I have a few posts to write up in the next little while, so stay tuned for those.


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10 Responses to The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. You didn’t miss it! 😀 I just posted it.
    I can’t wait to read your responses.

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  2. The3rdPlayer says:

    Awesome answers!

    I’ll have to try out Faxanadu when I get the chance since you mentioned it in each of your response sets. I’ve heard of it but I know nothing about it aside from it has some connection to Nihon Falcom. I’ve enjoyed a lot of their games, so I can assume I’ll enjoy this one too!

    Definitely interesting to hear the Link to the Past comment (and no judgment, I promise!). While I really enjoy it, I could see how it could be a little tough to get into- though I hope if you try to play it soon, you enjoy it more!

    Keep up the awesome work!


    • hungrygoriya says:

      😀 I’m glad you enjoyed the answers. Thanks again for nominating me! I’m always grateful to be meeting new people here, and I’m excited to see where your blog goes over the next while.

      Faxanadu is an absolute must in my opinion. It’s a mix of adventure, great music, an interesting aesthetic for an NES game in that it’s dark and gritty rather than bright and colourful, and it’s fairly short for an action RPG. You could crank it out in a day or two if you’re learning where to go, or a few hours if you know what needs to get done. I could talk Faxanadu all day long, but I hope you enjoy it.

      I could never get into A Link to the Past when I was a kid. I remember being obsessed with buying it and finally did in my late teens. When I got around to playing it, I was pretty disappointed and it felt like a real chore to finish. Maybe I just didn’t have enough patience at that point in my life, but the completionist part of me just wanted to throw it and all its tough-to-find heart pieces out the window. I’ll likely give it a spin again sometime, if not to remind myself what all the fuss is about.

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  3. There’s isn’t a lot of Faxanadu! And I noticed when I watched your Let’s Play the similarities it shares with FFVII, so I’m vicariously outraged for you. The story is actually really interesting. There’s definitely some Tolkien inspiration involved in there with the Dwarfs versus the Elves and of course some Norse with the World Tree. Now that I’m talking about it here, maybe I should write a review 😀

    I’ve been watching so many Mario & Luigi Let’s Plays and Luigi is much better lol. He actually has a personality, better jumping ability, and he gets SUCH a raw deal.

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Ohhhh it sounds like an essay is in order! If you need any info about it or a manual scan, just let me know. I’m happy to send that your way if you need it, if it doesn’t already exist online!

      And I agree. Luigi is where it’s at!

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  4. Congrats on your award! Great answers 🙂 I could definitely get down with eating pizza for the rest of my life, though I would really miss potato chips and french fries!

    I’m the same way with journaling. I kept a journal for many years but then I realized that while I wrote a lot of positive things, I also bitched about things and that was no fun to look back on. Now I have a gratitude journal that I only write positive things in. 🙂

    Oh and between Mario and Luigi, I would definitely vote for Luigi!! I think my heart may belong to Wario though, haha!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I still have journals from my angsty teenage years and they’re just awful to read. So much drama. So much horribleness and gossip. I can’t bear to get rid of them though. It’s like a little time capsule!

      I think Wario is cooler and cooler the more I see him in games, but I don’t know if I could get over him having a fart noise as a horn. That’s pretty embarrassing… 😛

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      • Oh my gosh, me too! I ended up putting all my old journals in a box… I will never get rid of them, but I don’t really want to revisit them lol!!

        Haha oh you’re right about Wario… plus, he has an unhealthy obsession with garlic. 😉

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