Mystery Bloggers Award: Acceptance Speech


A couple weeks ago I had the honor to be nominated by for the “Mystery Bloggers Award” by Robert Ian Shepard over at Adventure Rules. If you haven’t checked out his site specifically designed for helping heroic adventures, go check it out now and trust me your life will be better for it. Adventure Rules is full of fantastic reviews, updates, impressions, and adventures in the gaming world!

Thank you for the support Robert, it really means so much!

And with that being said, it is time to keep spreading the love. First off…

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog (Check!)
  • List the rules (Ta-Da!)
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog (Again, all the love to Robert and Adventure Rules!)
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You nominate 10 – 20 people (I’m only doing 5)
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

The Award

The award was created by Okoto Enigma as a way to help bloggers discover each other and further build their audience. Here is an excerpt from about the award from Okoto:

I created the award because there are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet. And, most of these blogs deserve recognition. For that reason, I decided to make my own award; and nominate people who can also nominate others; and so on. This is one of the best ways to create a friendly community and build a link between bloggers in the blogosphere; as everyone gets nominated and they too can spread the fun by nominating more people for the award.

A Little About Me

I always have a hard time talking about myself or giving fun facts. It feels so weird, but for the sake of fun, sharing, and community…

1. This actually isn’t my first nerd-culture blog. I started another called “Evolve Today” while I was still in college (I love Bioshock, can you tell?). It was more of a personal blog where I did mostly game reviews, but I just didn’t keep up with it between classes and extracurricular things. I decided to start Split Screens because I’ve always been a writer and I missed blogging/talking about nerdy things. I also wanted to start a blog that was inclusive and community driven; something that could inspire others to write about nerd-culture and the fandoms that they love.

2. I don’t just write blogs, reviews, and social commentary. My writing career actually started with spoken word and poetry back in high school when I performed for a high school slam. Writing is what helped me to break out of my shell. Since then I’ve become a recent MFA graduate from Naropa University (Boulder, CO) where I graduated with my Master’s in Writing and Poetics. I’ve expanded my writing from spoken word and poetry to prose, plays, comics, song writing, and now back to blogs and articles.  I’m also a proficient singer and actor which I wouldn’t have tried my hand at if it wasn’t for writing.

3. I’m an experienced event coordinator/manager and I’ve been working on events since my undergraduate years. Mainly I’ve worked on arts-related events such as readings, open mics, workshops, poetry showcases, and so on. It is actually my love of the arts that pushed me to pursue a career in event planning. I look at both as being quite similar in a lot of ways; both the arts and event planning are about making space for something necessary whether that be community, empathy, intelligent dialogue, or just plain fun. For my day job I’m currently an event coordinator at Brown University in Providence.

Five Questions from Robert Ian Shepard

So part of this acceptance speech is answering a few questions from the person who nominated you. Thankfully Robert has come up with some really fun, and tough, questions…

1. What made you decide to take up blogging?

When I made my first blog it was purely for me, but with Split Screens I’m much more community driven. As an event coordinator and an artist I’m always looking for ways to create space for empathy, acceptance, and experience which is what I aim to do with this site.

2. What is your favorite video game?

For the past several years I’ve been saying the original Bioshock, but now I think it is a toss up between that and The Witcher 3. Bioshock’s world took my breath away back in 2007, and it still does today as I play the Bioshock Collection here and there. Very few game stories and plot twists hit me the same way as Bioshock’s does (you know what I’m taking about).

As for The Witcher 3, it has been my game of the year for both 2015 and 2016. The game and its expansions are just that good. The world is astonishing gorgeous and the lore is just so rich and dense. Absolutely love it!

3. Why should people read your blog?

This is a really tough question actually. There are so many other blogs out there creating similar content to what I’m creating. I think people should visit this site if they are actively interested in writing about nerd-culture and engaging in good conversation and critique. I want this to be a site where someone could read an article or a review and decide “Hey, I don’t think I agree with this, so I think I’ll write my own article in response and submit it.”

I name this site “Split Screens” since I want it to represent the fact that we all have differing perspectives, but we all play in the same world. My dream for this site is for it to be a community hub for all different types of fans. I want it to accurately represent all of the incredible communities that love gaming, comics, film, tv, and so on. A place where we all can engage in well-thought out and healthy debate. A place where we can love our fandoms, but also critique them and push them to be even better.

4. What video game item do you wish you had in real life?

The portal gun from Portal… I mean really, who doesn’t want a portal gun?

5. If you could set up two characters from different games on a blind date, who would you put together? (Weird Question)

Ok this is a tough one too. I think I would have to say Aloy from Horizon: Zero Dawn and Geralt. It would be adorable if the two had hunting dates in each other’s worlds. I love to see how these two characters would react to facing each other’s monsters.


Anthony Armstrong (The Nerding Grounds) – My Move Back to Single Player Gaming: I really related to this article quite a bit. There have been many different periods where I have stopped playing the single player games that I love in favor of playing MMOs and MOBAs with friends. Many of my friends play only one or two online mulitplayer games regularly, so I often don’t get to catch up with them unless I go online. It always goes the same way though… I get highly invested in the game my friends are playing (League, WoW, or whatever) and then I stop either because I’m not as competitive, the grind is boring as hell, or I’m sick of the other toxic players.

M (The Gamer’s Journey)No Surprises Here: A Persona 5 Review: I feel that this review from Mercedes is spot-on and a very balanced look at Persona 5. I also couldn’t agree more with her critique regarding how the game needs to do away with certain jokes and stereotypes.

John Wahl (Mega Dads) – Nintendo Hasn’t Forgotten About the Kids: I really appreciate this article! As older and more mature players, we always seem to forget that younger children like playing games too. Gaming is for everyone, so the kids need to be able to get in on the fun with us. John’s article goes into excellent detail about how current Nintendo titles make it easier for younger kids to play and learn.

Hope Eliza Bellingham – Creating My Perfect Animal Crossing Game: Who doesn’t love getting lost in a good Animal Crossing game? The villagers are just so cute and I want to be friends with them all! Hope’s article provides an in-depth look at features that have made past Animal Crossings so great and why she feels all these features should return to make a perfect Animal Crossing experience.

Alastair Millar (Queery and Praxis) – Horizon: Zero Dawn and the New Human Narrative: A truly fascinating philosophical examination of Horizon‘s scifi, post-apocalyptic narrative. I think I will leave it at that… just read this wonderful piece for yourself and be amazed at how amazing Horizon is.

Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

  1. Who is your biggest video game crush and why?
  2. If you could pick one game to be remastered, what would it be?
  3. What got you into playing video games?
  4. Outside of gaming, what is your favorite fandom or franchise (be it a comic, film, tv show, etc)
  5. Is there any particular scene in a video game that you really wish you could rewrite? If so, how would you rewrite it. (Weird Question.. at least I think so. Maybe random is a better word.)

My Best Post

I would have to say that my best post thus far is the article I wrote called “Women and Marginalized Groups are Not Ruining Your Games.” In the article I talk about the harassment Bioware developers faced after the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda and how some fans felt the game’s social justice themes were the cause of its issues. This article was an opportunity for me to present why hate-speech is never acceptable and discuss the actual issues effecting the quality of games. This is an article that I put quite a bit of time into and I really happy with how it turned out.

Ok, I think that about wraps it up! I couldn’t be more honored to be nominated and be a part of such a wonderful community of bloggers. Thank you so much again, Robert!

And to all the nominees, I hope this brings you all a little bit more love!


3 Thoughts

  1. Great reply!
    I love the ideology behind the name Split Screens. It’s catchy and meaningful all at once. I enjoyed reading your answers to my questions (really though, who doesn’t want a portal gun?) and I think you asked some very interesting questions as well. I’ll have to keep an eye on your nominees to see what they come up with!


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