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Best of the Year 2012 Awards (Games, Movies, Music, Comics, Etc.)


2012 sure looks like it was a really great year for a lot of stuff! What did I think was the best of the best? Well, let’s see!

Games

I did not actually play very many games in 2012. And I didn’t play any bad ones, so this list is far from complete. However, I am confident this does encompass some of the best games of the year regardless.

Game of the Year:

Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS)

As you may have read in my absolutely glowing review of this game, I find it hard to believe anybody could think that this isn’t one of the best games of this year. I find it to be the best; I even still play it today, playing my favorite chapters, grinding away to finally get the perfect weapon, and then battling out in multiplayer.

Runners-up:

Mass Effect 3 (Wii U, PC, PS3, 360)

Despite my negative opinion of the ending (that was migitated by the Extended Cut, but my main complaint was far from erased), this game was an absolute masterpiece, and one of the greatest experiences of my life for 90% of it. Playing three games in a row where your choices matter and everything you do carries over is brilliant; I encourage all story-based games to do this, as it really makes the series experience that much more worthwhile!

Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)

This game, even though it’s on the Wii, is gorgeous, has great voice acting, an even better story, and an almost-addicting battle system. Everything I hate about JRPGs is addressed here, and I love it to death.

Honorable Mentions:

Spelunky (360), Fez (360), Nintendoland (Wii U), Pikmin 2 (Wii re-release) (yes I’m counting this, it deserves it)

Movies

This category is a bit bigger than the others, due to the fact I’ve seen a ton of movies this year in theaters; 18 in total (okay that doesn’t sound like much but it’s 15 more than I usually see). So There are a couple awards I will give here.

Best Picture

Avengers

I don’t feel like I need to say anything, really. Avengers was one of the most perfect films I have ever seen, and I’ve never met a person who says much differently.

Runners-Up

The Dark Knight Rises

It was everything I had hoped for and more; the most satisfying ending to any trilogy, really. I actually thought it was better than The Dark Knight, which is a very unpopular opinion, but it is mine. Bane didn’t top Joker as a villain, but the overall plot was fantastic, and the ending was so brilliant that I almost stood up and clapped after it was all over.

Looper

While the time travel mechanics were frustrating at times, they worked well, and they told a beautiful story of a man, his future self, and the fate of the planet. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis both did standout jobs here.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

While I simultaneously think it was one of the biggest pieces of trash this millennium so far, Ghost Rider 2 was absurdly entertaining in all the best ways. Even if it isn’t categorized as one, it was by far the best comedy I’ve seen in a long, long time.

Les Misérables

Having not read the original material or seen the musical, I had no idea what to expect in this film, and wow, I was impressed. It was much closer to an opera than a musical, but that’s not a bad thing. Everyone in the film gave their best performances, especially Jean Valjean himself Hugh Jackman, and Russel Crowe was totally a good singer. I don’t care what anyone says.

Honorable Mentions:

Prometheus: Grand in scope, and the best kind of scary.

Dredd: It’s like a generic cop movie… but with great gritty comic book-vibes. My favorite action movie in a while.

Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The much more light-hearted feel than Lord of The Rings makes everything much more fun to watch, with much less drama. It certainly isn’t better than Lord of the Rings, but it’s still a great film, and I expect the next two to be even better.

Skyfall: The best James Bond movie in years! And I never expected them to actually delve into the origins of the character. Woah.

Man With the Iron Fists: It was cheesy, it was violent, and it was a damn fun movie to watch. RZA’s Director/Actor/Writer/Soundtrack debut was great, and I hope he makes many more movies.

Other awesome movies: Men in Black 3, Amazing Spider-Man, Resident Evil Retribution

Best Actor/Actress

Joseph Gordon-Levitt- Looper – A fantastic performance in a fantastic film.

Runners-up:

Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables

Michael Fassbender – Prometheus

Tom Hiddleston – Avengers

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – The Dark Knight Rises (Yes, again)

Nic Cage – Ghost Rider 2

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: It was easy to forget that in most of the scenes of the movie, two of the main characters Iron Man and Hulk were just CGI creations.

Hobbit and Dredd are the runners-up. Both were certifiably amazing, as well.

Best Score

The Hobbit wins this, which is easy to say considering it’s a Lord of the Rings movie. Man with the Iron Fist had a very unique and well-crafted soundtrack as well, and Avengers was top-notch.

Music

There were an incomparable amount of amazing albums this year; I can barely pick my favorites outside of the top two or three. Hopefully I don’t forget any!

Album of the Year

Preschtale cover art

Preschtale – C-Jeff

This musical odyssey was the most pure fusion of Prog Rock and Chiptunes, and some of the most fun stuff you’ll ever hear. It came out on January 1st, 2012, and it has been the by-far winner of this award for me ever since. Only one album reached its status, and got this award as well in an awesome tie:

One Year Older cover art

One Year Older – Jit

All Homestuck albums are great (you’ll see more later, I promise), but this one…. (pff)… takes the cake. The closest any music has ever made me to crying. The Scratch and Skaian Shrapnel are the best of the album.

Runners-Up:

Induction – Svix: Wow. This thing is awesome, and is a great use of musical motifs. I usually am not a fan of autotuned/robot singing and all that, but Induction is completely different.

Comfortable Bugs – Bowman: Barely released a couple weeks ago,

Ithaca – Bowman: Bowman’s debut solo album didn’t make as much of an impact as Mobius Trip & Hardon Kaleido, but it was sure as hell great.

The Earthen Scar – Eidolon Orpheus: How Eidolon Orpheus could make an album out of a few original songs and some songs from a scrapped album is beyond me, but he pulled it off, and this fantasy journey is totally rad.

Blueshift – Protodome: Another late release, but this third entry in Protodome’s series of chiptune jazz albums is the most polished one yet, and even has vocal songs this time!

Fez – Disasterpiece: Atomspheric, ambient, and very peaceful. I love it.

We Are All Sattelites – Clark Powell: Plazmataz sure has a way of making music amazing, and this album is no exception.

Honorable mentions (No particular Order):

I Miss You: Earthbound 2012 – Ubikitune

Do Without – Screamcatcher

Homestuck Volume 9 – Homestuck

Omegalodon – RJ Lake

Genesis Frog – Albatross Soup

Nightlife Nightlight – hrmnzr

ColoUrs and Mayhem A– Homestuck

Stray Cat ~Walkabout~ – Cat Boss

ColoUrs and Mayhem B – Homestuck

Starhaven – Block Monster

Spelunky OST – Erik Suhrke

Chiptune Inferno – SuperVolcano

Spiritwake – Solatrus

Jazz and Masks – Cat Boss

Make Music, Throw Music: A Yoshi’s Island Tribute – Ubikitune

And a super-special shout out to Chiptunes = Win and its first three albums this year. I am looking forward to seeing the group expand this coming year!

Comics

2012 was a huge year for the comic industry, with the Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises all coming out this summer, and in the comics themselves, DC’s New 52 relaunch completed its first full year, and Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men shocked the world. What were my favorites?

Comic of the Year

Homestuck

Yeah yeah, I had no indication that I was counting webcomics, but I am. Homestuck has only gotten better in its third year, as the end of the comic draws nearer and nearer, With its insane fanbase, monumental Kickstarter, and more storytelling scope than anything I’ve ever seen, Homestuck is the winner of this award for good reason.

Runners-up:

Gunnerkrig Court: It’s slowly building itself up towards a gigantic climax, and though it isn’t quite at Homestuck level, it’s getting there. Tom Siddell’s writing is top-notch, and his art is beautiful.

Dinosaur Comics: Still the funniest comic ever, even with its gimmick being almost a decade old.

Honorable Mentions:

Amazing Spider-Man

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Green Lantern

Hawkeye

Darths & Droids

Moe

Red Lanterns

Avengers vs. X-Men

Romantically Apocalyptic 

Best Events of 2012

Not really in any particular order, nor are they actually the best things that happened this year.

Act 6 Intermission 3 (Homestuck)

Three nearly hour-long (each) flash games, along with one ten-minute ending movie, all released this fall in Homestuck, expanding the lore of the comic tenfold, introducing twelve new characters, and giving tons of character development to some of the major characters. I wouldn’t be surprised if these games alone convinced tens of thousands of people to start reading Homestuck, after seeing so much about it on tumblr and other places.

Humble Indie Bundle V

Yes, there had been many Humble Bundles before it, but this one was the one that catapulted the service into gigantic popularity. Four of the best games of this generation (Limbo, Bastion, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Swords & Sorcery) and one of the best games of last generation (Psychonauts) were on the table to start with, and it later expanded to include Super Meat Boy, Braid, and Lone Survivor. All for around 8 bucks, and it included their complete soundtracks and everything. I don’t think this bundle will ever be topped for several years, if ever.

The World Didn’t End!

Of course, this is the greatest thing to happen to us! The Mayans spared us…. Now, what other doomsday prophecy is about to pass that will definitely never come true?

This is… all of the awards I have. Thanks for reading, and have a happy 2013!!!!

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Extreme Marvel Comics Torrent


At Demonoid, I now have a 28GB+ torrent of nearly every comic from Avengers Disassembled to Siege! Go see it and down it! I would also like help on completing the collection for real, if you want to.

https://www.demonoid.me/files/?uid=7303046&seeded=2
(It’s the one called Modern Marvel Comics up to Heroic Age, of course)

Thedude3445’s Annual Video Game Census Part 2


Moar Updates:

-Wii: 25 Games
Super Smash Bros. Brawl- 2008
Super Mario Galaxy- 2007
Boom Blox- 2008
Wii Sports Resort- 2009
Lego Batman- 2008
Mario Kart Wii- 2008
NiGHTS: Journey into Dreams- 2007
No More Heroes- 2008
WarioWare: Smooth Moves- 2007
Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga- 2007
New Super Mario Bros. Wii- 2009
Star Wars: TFU- 2008
Animal Crossing: City Folk- 2008
Pikmin: New Play Control- 2009
Zelda: Twilight Princess- 2006
Mario & Sonic @ The Olympic Games- 2007
Zack & Wiki- 2007
Rampage: Total Destruction- 2006
Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree- 2007
Red Steel- 2006
Need For Speed: Carbon- 2006
Elebits- 2006
Mario Party 8- 2007
Rayman: Raving Rabbids- 2006
MySims Kingdom- 2008
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition- 2007

Nintendo Gamecube: 59 games

Sonic Gems Collection- 2005
WarioWare Inc. Mega Party Games- 2003
Mario Party 7- 2005
Super Monkey Ball 2- 2002
Super Smash Bros. Melee- 2001
super Smash Bros. Melee (2)- 2001
Tetris Worlds- 2002
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon- 2003
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup- 2003
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness- 2005
Timesplitters: Future Perfect- 2005
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour- 2003
Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO- 2002
Midway Arcade Treasures 2- 2004
Mario Kart: Double Dash- 2003
Mortal Kombat: Deception- 2004
Star Fox Assault- 2005
Star Wars: The Clone Wars- 2002
Kirby Air Ride- 2003
Ultimate Spider-Man- 2005
Pikmin 2- 2004
Mario Party 5- 2003
Star Wars: Rougue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2- 2001
Super Monkey Ball- 2001
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3: Rebel Strike- 2003
Defender- 2002
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg- 2003
Star Fox Adventures- 2002
Timesplitters 2- 2002
Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters- 2002
Pokemon Colosseum- 2004
Odama- 2005
Smashing Drive- 2002
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game- 2005
Crazy Taxi- 2001
Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest- 2001
Pac-Man World 2- 2002
Pac Man Vs- 2004
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes- 2004
Mario Party 4- 2002
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2- 2006
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun- 2003
Spider-Man 2- 2004
Animal Crossing- 2002
Mario Party 6- 2004
Shadow the Hedgehog- 2005
Wario World- 2003
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door- 2004
Baten Katos Origins- 2006
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles- 2004
Tales of Symphiona- 2004
Vewitful Joe- 2003
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance- 2005
Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut- 2003
Super Mario Sunshine- 2002
Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures- 2004
Luigi’s Mansion- 2001
Sonic Heroes- 2004
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle- 2002

Traded in/sold: 13 games

Pigglet’s Big Adventure (GCN)- 2003
Rocket Power ?(GCN)- 2002
Pikmin- 2001
Resident Evil 4 (GCN)- 2005
Metroid Prime- 2002
Metroid Prime 2- 2004
Resident Evil Zero- 2002
Beyond Good & Evil (Xbox)- 2003
Star Wars: The Clone Wars/Tetris Worlds- 2004?
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (Xbox)- 2005
Spider-Man 2 (DS)- 2004
Sonic Mega Collection (GCN)- 2002
Elmo’s Number Adventure (N64)- 2000?

Xbox: 9 games

Star Wars: Battlefront 2- 2005
Fable: The Lost Chapters: 2005
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time- 2003
Halo 2- 2004
Daed or Alive Ultiamte: Dead or Alive- 2004
Dead or Alive Ultimate: Dead or Alive 2- 2004
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith- 2005
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: Game of the Year Edition- 2003
Halo: Combat Evolved- 2001

PS2: 1 game
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter- 2003
(Bought it for my little bro TDB’s friend’s birthday party but never finished it.

CONSOLES: 20 Consoles
-N64 x 4
-Gameboy x 2
-Gameboy Color x 2
-Gameboy Advance SP
-Nintendo DS x 2
-Nintendo DS Lite
-Atari 2600
-GCN x 2 (One has a broken fan or something)
-Xbox 360 x 2 (One is currently RRODed)
-Nintendo Wii
-NES (Original version)
-Dreamcast
-PC doesn’t count but whatever
(Note, by the time I’m done, hopefully, I’ll have no doubles in anything except DS and GB/C.)

Next time I’ll probably do Xbox 360, GB, GBC, and DS, then after that, N64, NES, Atari, and Dreamcast. Then I’ll get the rest, any I know I’ve lost, and ect, before finally finishing phase 1 of the census.

Nintendo City statistics


Also vs. All your Base.

The Losers #4


Presidental Portrait Loses

Apparently this is the Presidental Portrait of James Buchanhan. Not that anybody remembers his though. But I’m so glad somebody went and made an unofficial portrait:

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Games 008 and 009- Soul Calibur II and Mortal Kombat Deception


UPDATED 01-12-12: Apparently I was going to review these two games, but I never actually typed them, and for some reason this blank article was published anyway? I have no idea. Maybe someday I will find the reviews for these games that I wrote and will post them.

Coming soon…


Four awesome things coming soon to the Backblog:

-The Mushroom Kingdom, a comic series in which I have never found a suitable medium to publish through, until now.
-My favorite Shadow the Hedgehog comic strips will all be put on here, just for fun.
-Cool ideas for games (besides those that I could copyright and use myself) will be posted, and hopefully some game companies will see this site and make the games!
-M.U.G.E.N. ‘Nuff said.

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