For those of you who don’t know, the talented folks over at Later Levels host an event called Question of the Month. As the name implies, a question is asked each month and a group of great bloggers submit answers. These answers are then compiled into a poll for everyone to vote on, and a winner is chosen based on the results. Sounds like a fun and friendly competition, eh? It sure does!
I’ve been following & voting for a couple months now. Recently, I decided I wanted to throw my pink wig into the ring. Kim was nice enough to let me in on the action when I asked, so here I am with my answer to this month’s question:
Who’s the most memorable video game NPC?
Unfortunately, my true answer was already taken (meaning I’ll likely be voting against myself), but I went with my next best childhood memory: Taj the Genie from Diddy Kong Racing.
I’m sorry Mario, but in my nostalgia filled eyes, Diddy Kong had the superior kart racer on the good ol’ Nintendo 64. Sure, the story was kinda nuts – A giant, very evil, space pig randomly takes over a defenseless little tiger’s island, and the only way to stop him is to race people for, uh, balloons…? It made no sense at all, but it really added to the game’s whimsical charm! There were angry animal bosses to race, a beautiful island overworld to explore, unforgettable racetracks, secrets to uncover, and most awesomely – DAVID WISE MUSIC! I can’t tell you how many hours I spent on that island as a kid, and to this day, I still declare it my 4th favourite game of all-time.
Your best friend during this crazy racing journey was Taj, the island’s resident genie. In just 100 words or less, can I convince you just how memorable he is? Let’s find out! I like to be wordy, so this is going to be a challenge..
“Hello there! I am the genie of the island. I’m here to help you.” The first words I heard in a game, and Taj was always there for me after that. EVERYTIME I won a race, he flew over on his magical carpet and awarded me a shiny balloon. EVERYTIME I needed to change vehicles on the overworld, I had to crash into him, or honk on a giant picture of his face on the ground. No matter how much I sucked, he always told me what a great racer I was. I’ll never forget the big blue elephant guy!
Wow! One hundred words sure goes fast. Well, there’s my first attempt at Question of the Month. Check out Later Levels at 06:00 GMT on Sept 1st to see the official post, and also the poll you can vote on.
Wannabe Writer’s Notes:
– Hey! I just went a whole post without saying Lightning…. never mind.
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