While scanning my Reader feed the other night, after a break from writing posts, I ran across a post from The Shameful Narcissist over on The Shameful Narcissist Speaks. I admittedly haven’t been following her for long (compared to my total tenure on WordPress), but her work is something that I’ve determined I have been missing out on. After all, she covers a metric crap-ton* of topics and puts a lot of work into each post. Truly a thoughtful creator, and worthy of being on just about anyone’s list of followed bloggers.

With that said, let’s get into the mystery meat of this post!

Rules and Stuff:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people
  • 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)

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

*The award was created by Okoto Enigma*

“Mystery Blogger Award”  is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

Q&A From The Shameful Narcissist

1. The Doctor shows up in the Tardis.  Are you going to the future or the past?  How far would you go in either direction?

I might be putting a little too much thought into this, but hear me out. It seems that every episode where the companion picks the destination, things go to Hell really quickly (Rose wanting to meet her dad for instance). With that in mind, I’d probably just trust the Doctor to pick a suitable time and place for us to visit.

Also, I’d have to make sure that he brought Jennifer along, because she’d kill me if I didn’t.

2. Barring black or white, if you had to wear one color for the rest of your life, what color would that be?

This one is easy. Blue is my favorite color, so I’d definitely go with that.

3. Tea or coffee?

Coffee, of course. Black coffee to be precise. None of that sissy sugar and cream crap.

4. Do you prefer urban, rural, or suburban?

Probably a mix between rural and suburban. I want to be able to live in a house with some space. I’d still want to have the benefits of living in a larger city (like having decent internet), while having the luxury of not living on top of my neighbors. I did the big city thing, and I’m not for it anymore.

Living on the floor above the crazy cat lady’s apartment (who sings loudly to her cats at 12am) is a little too much for me.

5. What do you think there should be a wiki for that there isn’t already (I guess this is the weird question)?

I can’t really think of something that I have wanted to be able to look up that I can’t already, so I’d have to say that a wiki of other wikis would be nice to have. Something that helps you find other wikis, complete with summaries of them? That’d be a good idea I think.

Best Post?

I will have to side with my nominator on this one. What makes my “best post”?

For all time highest number of views, it’s my post about why VR Isn’t Worth It. I did put a decent amount of time into it, though I think the bulk of my views on it came from folks that were upset about me not having a glowing perception of VR as a platform. So far, I still don’t think that VR is a proven platform.

My best review so far has been my Horizon: Zero Dawn review, which I think deserves special recognition since reviews is kinda what Falcon Game Reviews is about. I also think that I still need to praise Horizon: Zero Dawn even more. It’s an excellent title, and I can’t believe that it isn’t a bigger deal than it is already.

My most liked post so far has been Why I Prefer Physical Copies, which I feel has spurred a good discussion on the subject. It’s definitely a contentious one, that’s for sure.

However, the posts that I’ve enjoyed the most are the ones that I’ve put the most creative thought into. Those would have to be from the series of The Long Dark Survivor Stories. They play into my creative writing love, and have convinced me that I should put more effort into actually writing my book.

Three Things About Myself

I have made many statements about myself over the course of running this site, so I’ll try to come up with stuff about myself that I haven’t already disclosed.

Let’s see…

  1. I’m a Christian. Though I’m probably not what most people think of when they consider what a Christian is. I believe in God, but I acknowledge that evolution is a very real thing. I don’t deny science just because I believe in a higher power, because I don’t think that science and faith are at odds with each other. Instead, my faith guides the way I live my life. I choose to try to be a good person. To give of myself, to be kind and understanding, and to try and make the world a better place. All just one small gesture at a time.
  2. Meeting Jennifer is easily the best thing that ever happened to me. Even a cursory glance at my blog would give a pretty good indication to readers that my wife is a big part of my life. She’s my best friend, my partner in everything I do, and the biggest inspiration I have. She’s always been there for me, always encouraged me, and constantly tells me how great I am. And let’s face it, she’s definitely right. I’m pretty damn great.
  3. I have skin cancer, but I don’t care. I know it sounds odd. I mean, I still make sure I wear sunscreen when I go outside, go to the doctor when I need to, and Jennifer checks me for new spots on a regular basis. It’s more just that I don’t remember that it’s something that I suffer from. I just forget that I have cancer, because I don’t feel like it is the type of cancer that so many others are afflicted with. It feels wrong to me to tell people that I have cancer, because it only is in my skin. It isn’t lymphoma, lung cancer, or a brain tumor after all, and it isn’t actively killing me. I don’t think I deserve sympathy or recognition for it when so many others have it so much worse.

I know… That got a little deep.

Call Outs

This is getting more and more difficult. I picked through some of the most recent additions I’ve made to my followed sites, and below are only a sample of the list. Please take a moment to check out these sites!

Beyond The Loading Screen

Musings of a Mario Minion

Gaming At Heart

Recollections of Play


Power Bomb Attack

Nostalgia Trigger

One Depressed Gamer

Later Levels


Teila’s Blog

Mr. Panda’s Video Game Reviews

Game, Complain, Repeat


Old and New Reviews

Sublime Confusion

Vahrkalla’s Video Games

Beat That Backlog

Sublime Reviews

Emon Yagami


Now, to conclude, I present the questions that I have for the folks I’ve listed!

  1. What’s something that you know you should give up, but haven’t; and why haven’t you?
  2. Name something that makes you truly happy. Not something you merely enjoy. Something that fills you with joy.
  3. What’s the proudest you’ve ever been of yourself, or someone else?
  4. What is your favorite video game weapon (realistic or ridiculous)?
  5. What is the strangest thought that has entered your brain? Don’t act like there hasn’t been one…

With that, I leave you to the rest of your day! Thank you for reading, and thank you again to The Shameful Narcissist for mentioning me! Now to play some more Cities: Skylines! Or Forza Horizon 3. Or This War Of Mine. Maybe The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion? But… Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst… And Fallout: New Vegas.


*Not an officially recognized unit of measurement

Posted by Shelby "Falcon509" Steiner

I'm just a gamer that enjoys talking about my hobbies. I do a little more than that too. I love cooking, grilling, being outdoors, going target shooting, etc.


  1. I don’t know you or the person who nominated you but I still enjoyed reading your post. Well done on getting nominated. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read this 🙂

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      1. Sure thing. I am always interested to see what fellow bloggers write.

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      1. You are welcome, please do make some time to visit my blog.😄

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  2. Congratulations, and thank you so much! I’ll have to get thinking about those questions… 🙂

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    1. I have a feeling that you won’t have too much trouble 🙂

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  3. Stuart McEwan April 25, 2017 at 09:39

    I’m sorry to read about that from the third part of the Myself segment but it gladdens me that you haven’t allowed it to derail your life. Well done for that.

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  4. Woo! Congratulations!

    …So… I’m guessing that you and Suvi got along pretty well on the Tempest?? I like that take on religion and science. In my humble little opinion that no one cares about, I don’t think there’s any reason for the two to be at odds.

    Thanks for sharing your three personal facts. Everyone always has something bubbling behind the scenes that is a big part of who they are, but it’s just “their lives” to them… So it was nice of you to recognize Jennifer!! It’s nice seeing two people so obviously a good match 🙂

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    1. I really did like the way that the character Suvi handles the idea of faith and science. It’s very similar to the way that I feel.

      I do like learning more about the folks whose blogs I read. It’s interesting to see the side of people you don’t normally see 🙂

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  5. thanks for the shoutout!

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  6. Lovely! Congrats 🙂

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  7. Congrats here, and thanks for the mention! I shall respond in kind sometime soon. Or as soon as I have some time to dwell on your round of interesting questions. 🙂

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  8. Congratulations on the award! Well-earned!

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    1. Sorry, I meant to say more, but my computer decided to post early. But I wanted to let you know that it’s incredibly brave of you for sharing that deep stuff, and I’m very happy you did. It’s very encouraging, not to mention cute, especially the part about Jennifer. I’m very happy for you, and I wish you the best in health, happiness, love, and success! Thank you so much for the mention! I will be definitely post about it in the future, and feel free to remind me if I forget, haha! Congrats again and keep up the awesome work! 😀

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  9. Yay! Happy to have nominated you 🙂 Wow, your answers are amazing. I completely forgot or just didn’t do the three things, because well, I talk about myself WAY too much hehe. I was just having a conversation with my dad about skin cancer. Not because I have it, but more because I avoid the sun like the plague. I break out in, I suppose I could call them, hives? Itchy bumps? If I stay out in the sun for too long without sunscreen. I won’t burn due to melanin being great sunblock hehe, but I will break out and it sucks, plus wrinkles (I pretty much look the same as I did ten years ago and I’m only a few years from 40 omg…). Plus I have really sensitive eyes, so I tend to avoid the sun. This means I have low vitamin D, but I’m okay with that. I hate the sun… #gothalert I’m glad you take care of yourself with it. I’ve heard skin cancer is extremely common, but it can be managed much easier than many other cancers so long as you keep on top of it, which it sounds like you’re doing. Hugh Jackman has gotten skin cancer like four times or something like that, and he’s a champion for sun care I believe.

    I used to drink coffee flavored cream and sugar :p, then I completely cut both out and drank it black; now I split the difference and do one packet/packet’s worth of sugar and a little bit of cream. I also like English breakfast tea the same way. I can drink coffee black though, which many people can do so team high five!

    Meta wiki! Such a great idea. A wiki that shows where other wikis are.

    I like the convenience of the suburbs but the trees of rural living. I like in Pennsylvania, which is exactly what it says on the tin. It is really sylvan hehe. I went to Vegas on vacation and there are like NO trees. I was so confused, because I can’t look out my window in PA without seeing trees everywhere. I do also live near the biggest mall in the country, so there’s that.

    You’re exactly the type of Christian I respect! I think some people have trouble reconciling the fact that you can believe in both science and some higher power. I myself am agnostic, because I literally do not know. My Christian friends and I usually have a mutual respect. I remember seeing this meme or anecdote (who knows if it was true; it is the internet after all) about two friends, one was Christian and one was agnostic or possibly atheist. When the Christian friend was experiencing hardship, the non-theist friend would offer solace to them by bringing up God, and when the non-theist friend was in dire straits, the Christian friend wouldn’t do so. That’s pretty much where I stand. There’s been a bunch of deaths in my extended circle recently, and I’m not going to begrudge someone anything that helps bring them peace.

    I’m happy I got to know you in these past months even if we both kind of missed each other until now in our blogging journeys lol. I had no idea WP was such a thriving and amazing blogging community, and the surprises have all been pleasant 😀

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