Ask A Gamer: Shreya Shanker
Welcome to Ask A Gamer! Each week I post a series of questions and answers from gamers to show just how similar or different we all are. My aim is to highlight the positivity in the gaming community and share what we love doing most: gaming.
This week’s gamer is: Shreya Shanker
Introduce yourself and your blog/social media page
Where did your love for Gaming begin?
I’ve loved gaming since I can remember being alive. I had an N64 that I used to play a Mickey Mouse racing game and Donald Duck platformer on as a 4-year-old. I drifted away from gaming a bit as I grew older, but I’ve come back to it in recent years!
What is your earliest gaming memory?
My first gaming memory is watching over a friend’s shoulder as he played Pokémon Crystal – or maybe playing Pokémon Stadium at the same friend’s house.
What was the first game you remember playing?
Probably that Mickey Mouse racing game.
What was the first game you ever purchased with your own money?
The first game I purchased with 100% my own money was Animal Crossing: New Leaf!
Which is your preferred platform? (No judgement here!)
I grew up mostly a Nintendo girl – I had a PS2, but other than that, all of my consoles were Nintendo. I just got a PS4 a few months ago, though, and I’m really really loving the feel of having a real console for the first time in a while, not just a handheld.
What is your all time favourite game and why?
My all-time favorite game… this is a tough question! I really love a few franchises, like Pokémon, Civilization, and The Sims. But if we’re talking about a stand-alone game, I’d probably have to say Splatoon 2. This might change tomorrow, but right now, Splatoon 2 is the game I’ve sunk the most hours into, and even though I’m not great at it, I adore the game design and mechanics. It’s just so fun!
What is your favourite genre of game?
I really like tactics and strategy games, and I enjoy RPGs. But honestly, I’ll play anything. I love trying out new genres and games.
What Game(s) are you most looking forward to this year?
The new Animal Crossing and the new Pokémon game!! As of the time I’m writing this, the Pokémon Direct is tomorrow morning and I’m SO excited!! (I told you I was a Nintendo girl, haha.)
Which game made you realise that video games are a powerful storytelling medium?
I have written too much Pokémon fanfiction to give any other answer for this question. But in terms of standalone games telling beautiful stories, I really enjoyed my experience with Return of the Obra Dinn. That game combines design, sound, voice acting, and mechanics to tell a story in a really interesting, unique way. It’s an incredible experience.
What, in your opinion, is the most important aspect of a game (level design, music, story etc)?
There can’t be one most important aspect! They all come together to make games work well. I have to admit that story is really important to me, though. As long as a game has a good story, I can push through boring mechanics or level design to get to that next cutscene or bit of lore. (Music is definitely a close second!!)
Which game would you love a remake of?
Pokémon Platinum. This is no surprise to anyone who knows me. Gen IV gave me my favorite Pokémon games, and I would die to have a remake of Pokémon Platinum on the Switch.
Which game do you feel not enough people know about?
What is your favourite video game movie?
Honestly, I haven’t seen that many video game movies. My favorite is probably one of the Pokémon ones – maybe Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.
If video game movies were largely good, which game would you like to see on the big screen?
I would love to see Earthbound on the big screen. It’s the first game I streamed when I started on Twitch last year, and I think it’s so weird and fun that I’d love to see a good adaptation of it!
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