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Notice of Absense

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So, I’m getting married very soon and then going on an amazing Japanese honeymoon. Therefore I will not be posting any posts on here for a month. There will be some posts about the wedding and the honeymoon (since they will inevitably cross a few things off my lists), but those won’t be going up for a few months. The benefits of getting ahead eh?

Anyway, the posts will be starting up again on November 9th with some pictures of my awesome centrepiece since I am ludicrously proud of them.

Until then!

 

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Schedule Change

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I don’t know why I’m using a picture I took of the class skeleton back in 2007… but I just felt like it.

Basically, this is just a small announcement on how the blog is going to change slightly. Instead of my normal scheduling (Monday: album, Wednesday and/or Thursday: other and Saturday: food) I have decided to go a bit more random and just post what I want every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The problem I have been having is that either album or food would scream ahead leaving me to play catch-up and focus on something rather than let it happening naturally. This might mean that there is a run of movie post, album posts or food posts, but if that’s what is happening in my life then so be it.

The final straw for me is the post that is to come today for when I read King John. In real time this happened less than a week later than Julius Caesarbut due to how scheduling happened they are a month apart and that is just stupid.

Thank for for reading. As always Kirby and myself are grateful.

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What Is The Best Video Game Of All Time? 289 Lists Later And There Is An Answer!

What is the best video game of all time? It’s a question that I have been looking into forming an answer for over the last six months and I finally have an answer that I am really happy with.

How? Well I spend countless hours finding ‘best of’ lists from around the internet and forming a combined list. This included lists that dealt with best of year, best of decade, best of generation, best of genre, best of console and (of course) best ever.

In total I combined the ratings of 289 lists from sources such as IGN, Gamesradar+, Kotaku, Eurogamer, Retro Sanctuary, Retrogamer, Complex, Arcade Sushi and (the now sadly defunt) Official Nintendo Magazine.  Using a half-life method to calculate points depending on position, list length and whether it was ranked or not I am happy to share the up-to-date list of:

The 100 Most Acclaimed Games Ever

Rank Name Year
1 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998
2 Resident Evil 4 2005
3 Super Mario 64 1996
4 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991
5 Super Mario World 1991
6 BioShock 2007
7 Chrono Trigger 1995
8 Super Metroid 1994
9 Half-Life 2 2004
10 Tetris 1985
11 Final Fantasy VII 1997
12 Super Mario Bros. 3 1990
13 Mass Effect 2 2010
14 Shadow of the Colossus 2005
15 Super Mario Bros. 1985
16 World of Warcraft 2004
17 GoldenEye 007 1997
18 Red Dead Redemption 2010
19 Minecraft 2011
20 Portal 2 2011
21 Halo: Combat Evolved 2001
22 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2002
23 Portal 2007
24 Super Mario Kart 1992
25 Metroid Prime 2002
26 Metal Gear Solid 1998
27 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011
28 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997
29 Fallout 3 2008
30 Resident Evil 1996
31 Grand Theft Auto V 2013
32 Deus Ex 2000
33 Doom 1993
34 The Last of Us 2013
35 Street Fighter II 1991
36 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003
37 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007
38 Okami 2006
39 The Walking Dead 2012
40 Final Fantasy VI 1994
41 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2009
42 Yoshi’s Island 1995
43 Pokemon Red/Blue 1998
44 Final Fantasy X 2001
45 Super Smash Bros. Melee 2001
46 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004
47 Sonic the Hedgehog 1991
48 The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 2000
49 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 2004
50 Dark Souls 2011
51 Diablo II 2000
52 Super Mario Galaxy 2007
53 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2006
54 Batman: Arkham City 2011
55 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 2001
56 Donkey Kong 1981
57 Braid 2008
58 Secret of Mana 1993
59 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003
60 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002
61 The Legend of Zelda 1986
62 Ico 2001
63 Grand Theft Auto III 2001
64 Earthbound 1994
65 Pac-Man 1980
66 Tomb Raider 1996
67 Soul Calibur II 2002
68 Half-Life 1998
69 Mega Man 2 1989
70 Final Fantasy Tactics 1997
71 Silent Hill 2 2001
72 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006
73 Team Fortress 2 2007
74 Starcraft 1998
75 Beyond Good & Evil 2003
76 Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010
77 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars 1996
78 Space Invaders 1978
79 Punch-Out!! 1987
80 Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008
81 Perfect Dark 2000
82 Resident Evil 2 1998
83 Mario Kart 64 1996
84 Mass Effect 2007
85 Dead Space 2008
86 Rayman Legends 2013
87 Tomb Raider 2013
88 Kingdom Hearts 2002
89 Burnout 3: Takedown 2004
90 Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag 2013
91 Baldur’s Gate II 2000
92 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
93 NBA Jam 1993
94 God of War 2005
95 Limbo 2010
96 Banjo Kazooie 1998
97 F-Zero 1990
98 SoulCalibur 1999
99 Animal Crossing 2001
100 Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009

List Item: Play 100 of the greatest computer games
Progress: 43/100

Of course when it comes to these lists it is all based on opinion, but in the end there was no question, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time just ran away with it completely.

Do you disagree with this list? Is your favourite game not on here? Do you have random ‘best of’ lists that I might have missed and should include when I update this list next year?

Would you like to see the extended list (I have a pretty stable list of between 400 and 500 games) on its own website with more details?

Please feel free to sound off in the comments!

Goal Change – Film List

1001 movies 2014 book coverSince the first edition of this book came out (if I recall correctly it has Kill Bill Volume 1 as one of the final entries) I had a little bit of an obsession to see as many films on this list as I could. Thanks to my mum’s love of classic films and her subscription to Sky+ I was able to devour a lot of these films in quick succession. It even lead me to Sunset Boulevard and My Neighbour Totoro which stand as my top two favourite films of all time.

And then, Roger Ebert died. I changed my priorities temporarily, but I have decided to switch back to my original goal of the 1001 list.

Why? Firstly, it’s a longer list which means that I think it is more worth a bucket list place. The main reason is that it regularly updates with new films being added to the mix. Yes, it means it is more volatile, but it also has a lot more variety due to the purpose being a guide to see all different angles of cinema.

Also, since I am now fast approaching a year since this blog started I am also looking to add/extend some longer running lists, with this being the first to more than double in size.

If you have any suggestions of other things please comment below!

 

15 in 15: Albums

At the beginning of the year my mum had the idea for us to come up with Top 15 lists of songs, albums and movies over the last 15 years (aka since the beginning of the millennium). As a change of pace to this blog I thought I would share these three lists seeing how we are at the in-between stage of the years. Today: Albums.

Treats#15 – Treats by Sleigh Bells (2010)
Body_Talk#14 – Body Talk by  Robyn (2010)
PipettesWeAreThePipettes#13 – We Are The Pipettes by The Pipettes (2006)
TheKnifeSilentShout#12 – Silent Shout by The Knife (2006)
St_Vincent_artwork#11 – St. Vincent by St. Vincent (2014)
july-flame#10 – July Flame by Laura Veirs (2010)
Stories_From_The_City,_Stories_From_The_Sea#9 – Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea by PJ Harvey (2000)
Funeral#8 – Funeral by Arcade Fire (2004)
Janelle_Monáe_-_The_ArchAndroid_album_cover#7 – The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe (2010)
Florrie_-_Late#6 – EPs by Florrie (2010-2014)

(I know this is a bit of a cheat, but she has never released a full length album… and these four EPs are some of the best pop music out there so I consider them as a combined double album)

Ys_cover#5 – Ys by Joanna Newsom (2006)
Grimes_-_Visions_album_cover#4 – Visions by Grimes (2012)
41E7jdntfGL#3 – Strange Mercy by St. Vincent (2011)
Sufjan_Stevens_-_Illinois#2 – Illinois by Sufjan Stevens (2005)
BjorkVespertine#1 – Vespertine by Bjork (2001)

This post has had the extra benefit that allows me to cross off two albums from the Top 250 list.  Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea by PJ Harvey and Ys by Joanna Newsom are now considered crossed off.

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 40/250

15 in 15: Movies

At the beginning of the year my mum had the idea for us to come up with Top 15 lists of songs, albums and movies over the last 15 years (aka since the beginning of the millennium). As a change of pace to this blog I thought I would share these three lists seeing how we are at the in-between stage of the years. Today: Movies.

#15 The Secrets in their Eyes (2009)
LordOfTheRingsFrodo2#14 The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Crouching-Tiger-Hidden-Dragon-2147#13 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
#12 Finding Nemo (2003)
#11 The Dark Knight (2008)
#10 Kill Bill: Volume One (2003)
volver_penelope_cruz#9 Volver (2006)
Juno-screencap-michael-cera-1692934-1200-692#8 Juno (2007)
aseriousman1#7 A Serious Man (2009)
1710492-meet-the-man-who-gave-black-swan-wings-rotator#6 Black Swan (2010)
#5 Planet Terror (2007)
littlemisssunshine123#4 Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
028#3 Moulin Rouge (2001)
amelie2#2 Amélie (2001)
spirited-away#1 Spirited Away (2001)

 

One Day Until NaNoWriMo

List item: Complete a work of fiction (novel, novella, play etc.)
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List item: Complete NaNoWriMo
Status: 0/50,000

Today may be Halloween but tomorrow comes the start of something even more scary; NaNoWriMo. Whilst I have completed scripts in the past, which were all deleted due to them being bloody awful, I don’t count them towards this list item.

I have been wanting to write my current idea for a book over the last year and, since this is a place of honesty, I only got around to writing ~1000 words of the thing. Considering how NaNoWriMo (aka the insane challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel within the month of November) imposes certain time and word restrictions I figured that this would be the best way to actually get me to write the damned thing.

I know that this means that any attempt at a social life in November will be in the toilet since you need to complete ~1667 words a day to stay on track! This also means that during this month I will not be posting much on this blog minus some updates on how this book is going.

Any support would be greatly appreciated throughout this insane month of writing, especially since I am going to save any editing until after the month so I might end up with 50,000 words of absolute tripe. Wish me luck!!!

Notice of Less Posts + A New List Item

Right, this post today is not me ticking off another item on my bucket list nor is it an update about me getting closer to accomplishing one of the longer list items.

Since I started this blog about a month ago there have been posts every day since there are a number of things that I have already done and I wanted to get myself a bit up to date. However, I am beginning to run low on things that I have already done so instead of leaving this blog a ghost town with a post every fortnight I will start to ration out the updates which allow me to be more timely when I actually accomplish something.

In other news, I would like to thank one of my readers TeeJay for sending in a suggestion for something to be added to the list:

 You’ve never smoked your own Meat/Fish/Cheese and that is definitely something that needs to be added to your bucket list 🙂

So, as of posting this the bucket list now has a new item on it and I will be looking at how much a smoker is.

Any suggestions?

Books-and-CDsSince I love cinema and have a critic that I admire above others (Roger Ebert, you are still greatly missed to this very day) I have a very certain idea about which films I will be hitting up when completing those items on this list.

However, alongside the realms of cinema I also have the target of 100 great works of fiction, 250 of the best albums and the 100 greatest computer games. I have done some research and found a good site for albums with Acclaimed Music (which is great because it updates every year or so) but can not easily find equivalent sites for books or games.

Please comment (or Facebook me if you have me) if you have any leads or suggestions of what I would need to cover to get a good spread for both games and books.

A Piece of Disclosure

I want to open this up with the following piece of disclosure: I did not make this bucket list because I am dying or because there is some genetic time bomb waiting to go off. If I am being honest I made this list in response to someone commenting that I had never really lived; something odd to say to a 22-year-old.

This comment rattled in my head until I realised that I did not use my time before 22 to do the things that many others did. I never went on a gap year, never backpacked, never got drunk, never done anything bad really. Everything from entering primary school until I left university was all about doing what needed to be done to make sure I could get a good job and not die penniless, due to exposure or from dog attack.

Pretty much anyone who is currently in their twenties will know that this link between getting top grades and getting a super amazing dream job is a convenient lie. Or at least it was to our generation. So whilst the comment did make me feel inadequate it also made me rather angry since I figured I had done what I had needed to do.

So after a mixture of seething with anger and listening to Jeff Buckley’s version of ‘Hallelujah’ I decided that I would do something that I first saw in a rather awful movie a few years previously; create a bucket list. I don’t want to live to a ripe old age and for people to think that I had never done anything. Therefore I decided to both create a list and find a way to cross it off so that I make sure to keep going.

In making this list I tried to make a general list of things that maybe everyone needs to do or see at one point for the sake of growth, greater understanding and some weird-arse stories. A list like this is organic and will grow as I go along but as of starting this blog I have around 320 items (comments for other list ideas and how I could do them will be seriously considered).

I will update this blog with how I achieved them, when I achieved them (if in the past/before writing this blog) and try to demonstrate some proof (scans, videos, I haven’t really thought how for each one). Feel free to play along since we never know when we will run out of time before we kick the bucket.
In the words of one of my all time heroes, “Take chances, make mistakes”.