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30 Questions – Jack Joly

Following on from Michael Irving’s set of 30 answers to these testing questions, here are my thoughts with regard to the 30 gaming questions:

Q1 – Your first video game

Pokemon Red on Game Boy

Q2 – Your favourite character.

The President “Shacho” – Pikmin 2

Q3 – A game that is underrated.

Mario Kart: Double Dash

Q4 – Your guilty pleasure game.

Hexic HD

Another excellent puzzle game from the creator of Tetris, to me this is an absolutely classic puzzle game which comes close to reciprocating the genius behind Tetris in a totally different way.

Q5 – Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).

Rafael Nadal (Top Spin 4)

Q6 – Most annoying character.

Resetti (Animal Crossing) Honestly, you have a shovel throughout the game so why doesn’t the game give you the option to smash his head in with it. You’ve even got an axe to chop his body into little pieces and then throw him in the river afterwards (I just want to clarify, I’m not psycho)

Q7 – The game you’ve spent the most time playing.

Halo 3

I’ve invested far too much time into Halo 3 multiplayer than I have record of, or would care to disclose even if I did. The best online multiplayer around, although I feel I’ve played it to death now.

Q8 – Best soundtrack.

Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage

Maybe not the highest quality soundtrack, but the guitar riffs are very catchy, meaning you’ll cling onto the music long after you’ve finished with the game. It suits the action perfectly too.

Q9 – Scariest game.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

There’s a little story behind this one; in Diagon Alley you had to sneak through a shop to retrieve something, and if the grouchy old shopkeeper caught you, would cast a spell on you, accompanied by the chilling words of “Didn’t you hear me? I said we’re closed!”. Very creepy, and even though it probably was made all the scarier by the fact I was younger at the time, even today I imagine the childhood memories would make it an unnerving experience.

Q10 – Best game play.

Super Mario Bros. on NES The weight of the world of this game just feels so perfect, to the point where all other 2D plat formers just seem like a worse-off altered version

Q11 – Gaming system of choice.


Some people didn’t see this as a proper gaming system as it looked like a children’s lunchbox, but I found the size and handle meant I could happily take it to a friend’s house. Also, the library on offer is what sways it for me, as it was home to many great games and mainly had to rely on first-party support from Nintendo themselves.

Q12 – A game everyone should play.

I don’t believe people should be forced to play games. They definitely aren’t for everyone.

Q13 – A game you’ve played more than five times.

Gears of War

I have played through the campaign numerous times – once on each difficulty alone, then extra times on co-op.

Q14 – Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.

Gears of War

Q15 – The game you’re playing right now.

Microsoft Word

(although I wouldn’t really call it a game)

Q16 – Game with the best cutscenes.

Gray Matter

The game just had a very strong story, and although the gameplay wasn’t great as the point ‘n’ click nature of play didn’t suit the Xbox 360 controller, the not-even-fully-animated artistic cutscenes kept you going.

Q17 – Favorite antagonist.

Bullet Bill

Q18 – Favorite protagonist.

Captain Olimar

Q19 – A game setting you wish you lived in.

Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings)

Q20 – Favorite game to play with friends

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Q21 – Game with the best story.

Gray Matter

Q22 – A game sequel which disappointed you.

Gears of War 2

I had such high expectations for this, that is was almost always going to be a disappointment unless they simply kept everything the same as in the original Gears of War and just added new levels.

Q23 – Game you think had the best graphics or art style.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Q24 – Funniest game moment

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime robot boss battle – the game is so broken that you can just push this huge robot around by walking into him and sliding him across the floor, despite supposedly being several tonnes of metal.

Q25 – A game you plan on playing.

Pikmin 3

My most anticipated game by a long shot. It’s a little sad to see it has skipped out the Wii, as then there could have been the option of playing with the Gamecube pad, but hopefully Nintnedo don’t mess it up on Wii U by trying to implement some awful control scheme using the touch screen.

Q26 – Best voice acting.

Anonymous passer-by #4 (Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest)

Running past them to hear them greet you with “Frodo Gamgee”, seconds later followed by “See you later, then”.

Q27 – Most epic scene ever.

Gears of War 2 – finding Maria underground.

Q28 – Favorite game developer.

Nintendo for software as they have so many great mascots and series. Microsoft for consoles simply because Xbox Live is a totally unrivalled online experience.

Q29 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.

It’s hard to say as I don’t usually play games that don’t interest me.

Q30 – Your favorite game of all time.

Pikmin 2

Jack Joly
Jack Joly
I've been playing videogames since I was about 8 years old. The first ever console and game I got was a red Gameboy Pocket with Pokemon Red.