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Question Corner #9 – 8/11/2016

Question Corner #9 - 8/11/2016

Hello everybody, SlimKirby here, and welcome to another edition of Question Corner!

Like I said during the last Question Corner, there was a bit of a backlog I was working with, so I am not surprised at all that this issue came out as soon as it did. I don’t expect the next one to be as immediate though. With that being said, if you want to submit a question of your own, please go to the Contact page and send one.

As usual though, make sure your question is appropriate before you send it. Leave all personal and private matters out of the equation. Also, try to avoid very basic “yes” or “no” questions and questions that have a very narrow topic; like questions that ask if I’ve played a certain game series and what my opinion on that game series is (especially if it requires me to play that series, because chances are that I have not played it yet and cannot give an opinion on it. Let’s get started though.

Q: “What would your reaction be if Nintendo went out of business or got bought out by Apple?”
A: Honestly, I would be sad if Nintendo went out of business. I’ve grown up with Nintendo my entire life and it would absolute devastate me to hear that there would be no more Nintendo games. I mean, even I agree that Nintendo hasn’t been making great decisions lately, but I still enjoy their games regardless. So yeah, it would devastate me. Also, I am ignoring the secondary “Apple” question because…reasons. I just really don’t want to think about that possibility.

Q: “On a scale of 1-10, how cute are lumas?”
A: They are an out-of-this-galaxy, ’11!’ So freaking cute!

Q: “What’s your current opinion of Shigeru Miyamoto?”
A: I think he is a straight-up, honest and lovable guy. Do I think he is as great as he once was in the video game world? Probably not, but I give credit where it’s due and he’s been a part of some of the greatest video games of all time and I can’t ignore that. I think it would be cool to meet him and shake his hand someday, but we’ll see.

Q: “Have you thought about doing a personal documentary for your 10th year anniversary?”
A: That sounds more like a project for when I ever decide to throw in the towel, which won’t be anytime soon.

Q: “In what room do you film your 1-up Box videos?”
A: I normally film them in my office. The room I used in my May video (and one other video) was my bedroom, and the one I used in my July video was the living room.

Q: “What are your favourite levels on both Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie?”
A: In Banjo-Kazooie, my favorite level is probably Freezeezy Peak. In Banjo-Tooie it is definitely Witchyworld. I will give shout-outs to Gobi’s Valley and Grunty Industries for being solid runner-ups though.

Q: “Do you like cats?”
A: Cats are fine. I do like how they aren’t as chaotic as dogs in terms of energy, but I am probably still more of a dog person. At the end of the day though, I probably wouldn’t own either unless it was an absolute requirement of my future spouse, whenever that becomes relevant.

Q: “Do you remember the Fruit Vendor on Seinfield?”
A: Yes…why is this a question?

Q: “Do you see any value on tackling the Super Mario Advance GBA remakes on your channel?”
A: It’s really hard to say just because while there is some unique content for each game…they are still pretty much the same games at the end of the day. Super Mario Advance 1 is probably the most unique of the series, but even I’m not crazy about doing it. I’ve already done the secret levels of SMA3 on my channel as SMW2:YI extra videos. Super Mario Advance 4 has the E-Reader levels (but that’s it). And Super Mario Advance 2, while I think it does have the least amount of changes…it is a port of my all-time favorite game with a mediocre sound chip. So honestly, I have no idea how I want to handle these games, IF I ever even want to do these games.

Q: “What things scare you?”
A: I don’t have any big fears. There are things that can freak me out, but never to extent where I can’t function. Insect infestations, heights, being trapped in a small, secluded space, being alone for a long period of time, dangerous animals…again, all things that are perfectly harmless until the point where I’m actually having to deal with them, which in most cases won’t even happen.

Q: “If you could choose the gender of your child, what would you want first?”
A: Honestly, I would want a boy first just so I could continue the family name. Otherwise, it wouldn’t matter too much and I wouldn’t be disappointed if I ended up only getting girls as my children.

Q: “What is your favourite thing and least favourite thing about making Let’s Plays?”
A: Quite simply, my favorite part of making Let’s Plays is just being able to play the games that I love all over again! As for the things I dislike…the inevitable rough recording sessions where everything goes wrong and makes me feel “meh” about what I’m playing at that moment.

Q: “Should Mario Kart have a drag-racing mode? And as a follow-up, should Mario Kart have racing venues from the real world, like Daytona and Indianapolis?”
A: No. I just don’t find drag racing very interesting. As for the real world racing venues, I feel like the realism would take away from the cartoony and fun fantasy world of the Mario series, so double negative for this question.

Q: “What conventions do you see yourself attending in the future?”
A: As far as 2016 is considered, I’m done with conventions. I’ve already spent all of my available funds for trips this year and need to start saving for next year. As far as next year is concerned, Magfest will be top priority. I am also interested in attending Con Bravo to see some of my Canadian friends, but there is no guarantee yet. Momocon might also be a possibility yet again as well.

Q: “Do you think they should have made a Pokemon Snap 2?”
A: Honestly, I think it’s something that could have been done for sure. Heck, even the Wii U Gamepad software would have been perfect for that. Not to mention that there are over 700 Pokemon and the first Pokemon Snap only had 63. So yeah, I think there would have been plenty of potential for it.

Q: “Do you enjoy taking photos in real life of anything and everything?”
A: I’m not really a big camera or photo guy. If I see something interesting or funny, I’ll usually take a picture of it with my phone or something, but that’s really about it.

Q: “Who is your favorite sage in Ocarina of Time?”
A: Honestly, I like all the sages with exception to Rauru and Nabooru. Rauru just seems so boring and unlikable and Nabooru was basically just, “We need someone to be a sage for the desert area, so let’s just make it this character we just met.” If I had to pick one I really liked though, I guess I would have to go with Darunia. I just like his attitude when you meet him in the Fire Temple, where it’s like you both are working together to stop Volvagia and save the gorons.

Q: “Have you ever watched an LP of yours and thought, ‘Do I really sound like that?’”
A: All the time. In fact, I think that’s a common feeling anybody has to watching their own work. I think it’s because you spend your entire life with your voice, so when you hear it back, you are completely underwhelmed because there is no mystery to it. It’s just like… ”well, this is just me,” opposed to watching a video by someone else, hearing their voice for the first time and just having that initial reaction of taking it all in.

Q: “How is everything in Indiana?”
A: Uh, it’s fine, I guess? The weather is starting to get cooler, which is good because I hate hot and dry summers. We’re losing our terrible, terrible governor that has ruined our state for too many years, which is always a good thing. In general, I don’t mind living in Indiana, but there are times where I yearn to live somewhere different.

Q: “Would you want to see more of the United Kingdom?”
A: This question is in reference to me talking about Brighton in one of my Super Mario Galaxy videos. Basically, I went to the UK during my senior year of high school for a class trip. We spent about one week in England (and a miserable day in France (it was only miserable because it was a very gloomy day and we literally only got to see like…2 hours of Paris)). We saw a lot of stuff and went to a lot of places during that week (most of which I can’t really remember), but some of the highlights were Brighton, Stonehenge, Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, and various places across London. It was a really cool trip, I got to go with a lot of my friends, and overall was just a really good time. Would I ever want to go back and see more of the UK? I would definitely not be against it, but I wouldn’t be disappointed if I never got the chance to go back either.

Well guys, thanks for joining me for another Question Corner! I will see you guys next time when I get enough questions!

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Question Corner #5 – 3/18/2016

Question Corner #5 – 3/18/2016

I feel I must apologize for the lateness of this entry. Not because I didn’t do it, because this has been ready for weeks now, but for some reason, it just kinda slipped my mind that I hadn’t put this up yet. It’s like going out of your way to make a really good pasta for dinner, but then just forgetting that you made it and you accidentally put a pizza in the oven instead. Entry #6, which might be ready soon, should be up sooner than this one because of this random delay.

Before we get started, as usual….if you would like to submit a questions of your own, go to the Contact page and send me a question for the Question Corner. Questions only focusing on “What LP will I do?” or “When will you LP this game?” will not be answered, so do not make a habit of asking those questions. And of course, please leave out questions that I’ve answered before and anything personal that doesn’t really belong on this website. Thank you!

Q: “What was your childhood dream job?”
A: Honestly, just making a job out of video games in some fashion would have been satisfying for my younger self. Whether it was making them, playtesting them, or even what I’m doing know with making videos on Youtube; anything that would put me in the field would have been just dandy.

Q: “What is your least favorite Let’s Play that you have done?”
A: Aside from the really bad camcorder projects of the old days, probably my blind run of Kirby’s Dream Land 3. Mario Party 3 is also pretty bad, but that KDL3 playthrough was just…ugh! I just get a bad feeling from even thinking about that one. Just the fact that it was a blind run, with post commentary just made it seem like it was very unprofessionally done. I’m glad I went back to redo that project at a later date and time, because the redone project was a lot better. Still wasn’t super crazy about the game, but I would have much rather had that new playthrough than the old one.

Q: “What are your 10 favorite characters from the Simpsons?”
A: Homer Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, Troy McClure, Sideshow Bob, Lenny Leonard, Carl Carlson, Professor Frink, Fat Tony, Dr. Hibbert, Rainer Wolfcastle. I think that’s 10! Don’t feel like going into too much detail though, so I’ll just say this; The Simpsons is a great show with many great characters.

Q: ”What would you do if you won the lottery?”
A: First I would pay off ALL of my student loans so I would never have to worry about those ever again. Then, honestly, I would just save a lot of the money just in case I would ever need it for a rainy day. You never know when it could come in handy.

Q: “What did you think of Futurama being cancelled again?”
A: Honestly, I don’t have much of a problem with it this time. This time they were able to end it with a proper finale, they got two pretty good quality seasons out of it being on Comedy Central, and I feel like it has met its goal this time. I’m personally someone who doesn’t mind the newer seasons of The Simpsons, but I do agree that the quality is much lower than what it used to be, and I think if Futurama tried to squeeze a few more seasons out, it would have started going down the same path.

Q: “What is your opinion on Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts?”
A: I’ve personally never played it, so I can’t give you an actual opinion of the game, but based on what I have seen of it, it’s disappointing because it doesn’t really deliver on what made Banjo such a great series (at that point). Whether the actual game itself is good or not, it’s not what many faithful BK followers bought an Xbox for, and it wasn’t really what Microsoft was paying for when they initially bought Rare. Think of it this way…you bought a steak, but instead were given a salad. Maybe the salad is really good, but it’s not what you paid for. That’s what many people seem to have an issue with in regards to Nuts & Bolts. Given, a part of that might be on the consumers and not Rare, because it was pretty clear that Nuts and Bolts was not going to be that new Banjo game everyone wanted, but I feel like the development was not necessarily denying that false identity either. Or rather, they didn’t do enough.

Q: “How far are you from getting a 3DS Capture Card and where can I donate to the cause?”
A: I’m still a few hundred away, but I’ve collected a lot of really great donations from the Star Warrior community so far! If you would like to donate, here is a link to my donation page!

Q: “Have you considered getting into the Mario Party development team?”
A: If it were that easy, then yes, I would totally get on board and make changes and get that series back on the right track. I really don’t see how NDCube continues to screw up on these games because the Mario Party fanbase has been quite vocal about what they want and what they don’t want. Mairo Party 10 was a huge oversight on their part and they could have made an excellent game if they actually did their research.

Q: “On a scale of 1-10, how cute is Kirby?”
A: Kirby gets a freaking 10, no questions asked!

Q: “For your best of/worst of Mario Party series, did you get the ideas for the skits from the games themselves?”
A: Pretty much, at least for Mario Party 5 and onward. I didn’t really have any themes in mind for MP1-MP4. I was just winging it for Mario Party 1, and my skits for Mario Party 2 were based on the viewer response from the skits in the first set of videos. Mario Party 3 was just an experiment I wanted to try on having a guest on board. Mario Party 4 was kind of relevant since there was the mini-mushroom and everything, but really I just didn’t want to spend much time on the skits that time. Everything else tried to feature something from the games I was covering, like the dreams of MP5, the night/day of MP6, the vacation of MP7, the candy of MP8 and driving around in a car for MP9.

Q: “What is your favorite food?”
A: I am a sucker for Italian food, whether it’s pizza or pasta (which explains the pasta scenario I made at the beginning of this post). I am also a big fan of seafood too. There’s an amazing seafood restaurant in my area that we go to for my birthday every year and I look forward to that day every year because of that. Those are definitely my favorites though.

Q: “What are your thoughts on the passing of David Bowie?”
A: Truly heartbreaking! David Bowie is one of my all-time favorite musicians and musical artists and his death hit me pretty hard. I used to listen to his music for hours during my teenage years and it got me through some pretty tough times.

Q: “Do you plan to use face-cam on any of your videos?”
A: If it’s a project/game that would be enhanced by the usage of a face cam, like Slender, Five Nights At Freddys, or many of the other reactionary horror games out there, I’ll consider the idea, but it’s more than likely going to be a straight “No!” I don’t really think facecam adds anything to a Let’s Play and those who “think” it does, only think that way because multi-channel networks tell them that it does, or just think “Well, pewdiepie does it,” so it’s automatically a successful idea that needs to be incorporated (which is also something MCNs will tell you). I mean, I suppose it could add a bit of a personal touch to some videos, but they are mostly used successfully when it’s a game like Amnesia (the horror game, not the dating sim) or Outlast, where Pewdiepie is screaming his head off and the viewers have a visual aid to laugh alongside with. That’s the only time it really works, in my opinion.

Q: “Have you considered stopping Youtube altogether?
A: In terms of just randomly thinking “You know what, I don’t want to do this anymore,” no, I have never really considered it. However, in terms of thinking “Well, there might come a day where I will need to put this aside for more important things,” yeah, I wonder about that all the time. Hell, there are recent days where I have to start thinking about that stuff. As far as what I’m doing about it, I’m just taking it one day at a time and if I need to stop, I will. However, it’s going to be really hard to get me to stop completely. I’m sure I’ll find a way back to this somehow.

Q: “What are your thoughts on the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games?”
A: I think the games are really good in their own right. I would rather play the handheld adventure games because that is where the series shines most, but the MD games are very interesting spinoff titles. I’ve never been able to completely get through a Mystery Dungeon game, but I think it’s because I always approach the games in the worst way possible. Like for RetroAchievements where I expect that I need to do every single sidequest and optional mission in order to get everything. I should honestly just play through the games.

Q: “What kind of movies do you like to watch?”
A: I’m not a very big movie guy, but only in terms of going out to see them. These days I often have a lot more fun watching movies with friends on Netflix, or having a group movie night with my Skype friends. I can watch or pretty much get into anything as long as it’s not super long or boring to the point where I get distracted by the piece of dust in the corner of the room. Some of my favorite movies though are classic movies like Forrest Gump and The Right Stuff, but I’ve gotten into a number of movies very easily. I am also a fan of classic Adam Sandler movies like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison.

Q: What kind of books do you like to read?”
A: Someone was really, really driven on getting the very basic and broad questions out of the way because I think he asked the previous question too. Anyway, I’m not really that much of a reader. I think it’s because I get distracted really easily and sometimes if I’m not feeling it, I start slurring words together in my head to get through the page/chapter faster. Recently I read through the Hunger Games trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed it, although I only got interested after watching the first movie. I think my favorite book though is “The Three Kingdoms” by Luo Guanzong, which is a novelization of the “Three Kingdoms” saga, which is the same saga the Dynasty Warriors games are based off of as well, so I had a lot of fun reading through that because I had some prior knowledge through the games. That’s all I can really say about books though.

Q: “What was your college experience like?”
A: My college experience was…decent. I wouldn’t say it was a great experience because I kind of felt like the things I did learn were great tools for the real world and I learned a lot about myself as well. However, the things I did go to college for, and by extension, the things I paid thousands and thousands of dollars for, really weren’t that worth it for me. I don’t feel like my professors (most of them anyway) were really that great and a lot of things I did learn were things I had to self-teach myself and it’s debatable if I even left the institution with all the knowledge I did need (at least in relation to what I was studying). Some of the best things I learned were “how to keep a solid budget,” “how to properly schedule your tasks,” “how to keep your living space in order,” “how to deal with (bad) roommates,” and let’s face it, I did all of that stuff while also balancing a Youtube channel that was starting to become moderately successful during those times. Those are all good things, but not things I went to college for. So at the end of the day, college ended up feeling like a fifty-thousand dollar expense that I will never get back and I’ll be paying that expense for the next 10 or 20 years. Not to mention that I don’t really feel that prepared for the real world either. Maybe I just had a bad major choice for my particular institution (I went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana), so I’m not going to say college is not good, because there is definitely some value to it. It’s just not worth the thousands and thousands of dollars you have to pay for it, especially considering that college isn’t for everyone.

Q: “Have there been games that you didn’t like as much, but after Let’s Playing them, you liked more? And the reverse?”
A: I’m glad I got this question during the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze playthrough because that game is slowly becoming the perfect model for your question. I was not really into the game that much during my first playthrough, but now, after playing through about 60% of the game for the LP project, I’m finding that I’m enjoying it a whole lot more and it’s slowly becoming one of my favorite Wii U games as a result. Mario Party 7 was another game that I wasn’t too crazy about either, but I liked it a lot more after the LP as well. As for games I found I didn’t like as much after finishing….it’s hard to say. I don’t feel like there have been any games I’ve just not liked anymore after LPing them. Super Mario Sunshine was kind of demoralizing, but that was moreso because I went through the game 100% three times in a span of like 2 or 3 months, not really because of the game or project itself. Mario Party 10 was also a disappointment, but I was already kind of not digging that game anyway.

Q: “Should Masahiro Sakurai be replaced as the main developer of Smash Bros?”
A: No, definitely not. I don’t like some of his decisions, and I think he needs to stop giving ‘so much’ special treatment to his own series, but like it or not, he is a good developer. I just think he needs a little direction in some cases. But as far as being the main developer, I don’t think that should be taken away from him and he doesn’t deserve to be “Kojima’d” for lack of a better term.

Well, that’s it for another Question Corner! Thanks to everyone for the questions and I will see you guys next time!

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Diddy Kong Racing

Diddy Kong Racing

Game: Diddy Kong Racing
Start Date: February 10th, 2015
Videos: 15

Diddy Kong was one of Rareware’s finest creations and on the Nintendo 64, he featured in a pretty sweet racing game that was pretty darn close to topping the Mario Kart giant that had become the king of racing games at the time. It’s time to collect some bananas and balloons and memorize those silver coin locations, because it is Diddy Kong Racing time.

Diddy Kong Racing was a game I had in mind for awhile at this point, but I didn’t want this game to be looked at as another weekend racing project, seeing how I had just completed Mario Kart: Super Circuit a few weeks prior. I held off a small bit, but at a certain point, my nostalgia just couldn’t handle it anymore as I drove back into this gem of a racing game.

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Banjo-Tooie

Banjo-Tooie

Game: Banjo Tooie
Start Date: March 10th, 2014
Runtime: 13 hours
Videos: 39

Gruntilda the Witch had met with a very unfortunate end after the events of Banjo-Kazooie, being trapped under a boulder in the ground. However, after two years of being trapped under Banjo and Kaoozie’s victory, Grunty breaks free and is out for revenge, and will do everything necessary to make sure she wins again! Banjo and Kazooie will have to extend to greater heights to beat the witch this time, learning new moves, exploring new areas, and possibly splitting up to achieve greater success.

I really enjoyed the Banjo-Kazooie playthrough from last year and was very much looking forward to starting this LP as soon as possible. It wasn’t until 2014 that I could get this going, but whenever you start a playthrough of a really good Rareware game, expect to hit the ground running and taking it all the way to the end!

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Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo-Kazooie

Game: Banjo-Kazooie
Start Date: April 8th, 2013
Runtime: 7 hours
Videos: 22

When people think Nintendo 64 platforming, they think of Mario, and they think of Rareware. Not only did Rare have Donkey Kong 64 and Conker’s Bad Fur Day, but they also had another legendary series that also started on the Nintendo 64; the Banjo series. Banjo’s sister Tooty has been kidnapped by an evil witch and it’s now up to Banjo and his partner Kazooie to rescue her on this magical and classic adventure.

Banjo-Kazooie is a game that has always been very close to my heart, coming out in what I define as a golden age for gaming. It’s also a game where I feel, despite Super Mario 64’s best and amazing efforts, showed that Rareware was the king of making amazing platformers, even more amazing than the red-capped plumber. I was really excited to do this playthrough for you guys and was a project I felt embodied the best of my channel in 2013.

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