I updated the original article to finish the awards. Read it and be amazed at those things called… opinions!
Also, 2013 is going to be a great year, and you should be happy about it. Happy New Year, everyone.
I updated the original article to finish the awards. Read it and be amazed at those things called… opinions!
Also, 2013 is going to be a great year, and you should be happy about it. Happy New Year, everyone.
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!
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.
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.
Spelunky (360), Fez (360), Nintendoland (Wii U), Pikmin 2 (Wii re-release) (yes I’m counting this, it deserves it)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Joseph Gordon-Levitt- Looper – A fantastic performance in a fantastic film.
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.
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.
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 – 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 – 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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
Avengers vs. X-Men
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!!!!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.
There are a bunch of movies that are coming out that I want to see! I will detail them below, in order of release, and why I think they might be awesome. And if I remember, I’ll make an update a few months from now, adding new ones and commenting on how the movies actually turned out, if I saw them.
November 2 (My birthday!):
Wreck it Ralph- This is a given. Any video game fan ever will want to see this movie, and I am almost certain that it will live up to the hype. There’s a football game that night, so I won’t be able to see it on my actual birthday, but I will definitely see it as soon as I can on Saturday.
The Man with the Iron Fist: This movie looks like it’ll have some of the best fight scenes out of any movie for the rest of the year, and the soundtrack is already out (http://soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-man-with-the-iron-fists-deluxe-ultra-pak) and is great.
November 9 (I will be in New York City this entire weekend, so I won’t be able to see any of these until later):
Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning- Universal Soldier is back! Let’s see if this thing ends up being a decent action flick, because I love the premise. (Fun Fact: I always get this and Full Spectrum Warrior, a game by Pandemic Studios, mixed up.)
and luckily, there’s a break in December, with relatively few movies coming out for most of the month. This will mean that I can see maybe even most of these in theaters!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- I don’t have to explain this.
Django Unchained- A western movie plus a 70s Blaxploitation flick, directed by Quinten Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson. I can find nothing to not be excited about in this.
Kick-Ass 2: It’s going to be good. Don’t worry. (Fun Fact: I am a Mark Millar Fan. I may be somewhat biased.)
That was really long and took several hours. I feel like I just went through the future, from next week all the way to 3 years from now.
(Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. School, Band, and Senior Year in general have been taxing on my free time, to say the least. But there will be more posts soon. Homecoming Week is coming up, and you have no idea how amazing this place will be because of that. Anyway here’s a story.)
(written at 2:30 AM 9-30-12 as part of a challenge to write a story after Band Contest and have it ready before 8 AM. Writing at 2:30 AM is really hard)
Primed to go in her teal dress, which she bought especially for this very occasion, Jaydon Bagley was finally about to embark upon her very first date. There were, of course, other boys in the past, but none of them serious enough to actually be considered a boyfriend. He was the first one to ever ask her out, and she was so excited. She had only just put on the finishing touches of her foundation makeup when she heard a knocking at the door, and rushed down the stairs to answer it.
To her delight, it was exactly who she thought it would be. Kenny Herndon was suited up in the finest dress clothes he could scrounge up, which admittedly wasn’t much, but Jaydon still thought the red striped polo was cute on him, with his tiny stature and long hazel hair.
“Time to go already?” She asked. “I wasn’t quite ready, Kenny. Uhh… Wanna come inside for a minute?”
Kenny seemed pretty nervous about this. It was his first date too, if she recalled correctly, which was weird because she could have sworn he has something of a ladykiller reputation among her circle of friends. “I don’t know….” he seemed a bit antsy, though not too much. He was about to keep at least some of his cool. “The movie starts in about 15 minutes. We’ll miss it if we don’t hurry.”
“Well, I need to finish putting on my makeup. It’ll just be a couple minutes; 5 at the most.”
“Oh come on, Jaydon. You look beautiful already. You don’t need any of that stuff.” Jaydon blushed. That was so sweet. And he even meant it entirely sincerely, as he began pulling her arm towards his car.
Kenny was right about the movie though. All their preparation to dress fancy for a silly movie would have gone to waste if they missed the movie! She hopped in the shotgun seat of his 2005 Ford Taurus and the two of them drove off towards Fort Oglethorpe, and to the movie theater.
As Kenny turned on Cystamethaquins and began to jam out to its “sick beats”, Jaydon began pondering. How had the two of them ended up in such a position? It seemed like only a few months ago that they were almost constantly at odds.
Kenny was the trumpet section leader, and while Jaydon respected him for that, she always picked on him, acting as silly as she could just to make him angry; he was definitely the cutest when he was angry, though he usually also cussed her out. She never thought that this mild passive-aggressive friendship could evolve into an actual relationship. But somehow it did.
They arrived at the Carmike Cinemas 10 a few minutes later, and hurried out of the car and into the theater, so they could have enough time before the movie to grab a popcorn and a drink.
With not a moment to spare, Kenny and Jaydon sat down in the top row, put their 3D glasses on, and began watching GI Joe: Retaliation. It had received very negative reviews, but both of them were able to appreciate the value of a rotten action movie; to entertain and no more. And that it did. There were more guns fired in the movie than in the entirety of the Invasion of Grenada, which was all that really mattered.
During one scene, somewhere close to the climax, Kenny and Jaydon, having finished devouring their bucket of popcorn, began to hold hands. His hand was about the same size as hers, and it was really warm. Her heart started beating faster and faster just thinking about the fact that she was holding hands with the boy of her dreams. She was actually doing it.
Jaydon turned her head a bit to look at Kenny and his gorgeous eyes, but was met with something certainly unexpected. His lips. It was only a kiss on the cheek, but it felt like Heaven to her. His lips were as soft as cotton; like nothing she had ever felt before.
She returned the kiss, this time on the lips. Though only for a few seconds, their embrace of love lasted a lifetime for the both of them. The movie stopped mattering. For the rest of the film’s running time, they sat in their seats holding hands. Jaydon was basically in a daze after the kiss- the most exhilarating thing she had ever felt.
Though this was only their first date, she already knew that Kenny was “The One”. Prom was in a few weeks, and it just so happened that Kenny was now in the 11th grade. This was going to be the best month of her life.
It’s my second album; a 14-track rap album. And it is amazing in the worst ways possible. Listen to it, and download it, because there are 4 bonus tracks, including an alternate mix of the ever-popular “BOHEMIAN RAP-SODY” track.
Also: Features a song written by upcoming hit artist Wert_Ac, called “EMO SANTA”, performed and produced by me.
Stay chillin’, y’all.
Avengers West Coast #69
Honestly, the only reason I bought this is because it has USAgent in it. But this comic is good; it covers a bunch of backstory, exposition, and character development, along with a cool fight scene all in about 20 pages. Comics today could not do that. Something about comic decompression has made it to where everything has to be fleshed out so slowly! That is not a particularly good thing all the time. For the fight scenes it is, but for the story… not always!
Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn
It’s a… one-issue TPB, I guess? Not sure, but I got it for just one dollar. It is an intro to the X-men team Excalibur. They all get together after some really creepy alien things attack them. It’s cool I guess. I just realized though that there are 3 girls and 2 guys; when does that ever happen in superhero teams? :0
Darkhawk fights Savage Steel, some ruthless guy who thinks he is a villain for some reason! And he takes off his mask while transformed into Darkhawk for the first time. Apparently it is really scary and stuff. So lesson is… Don’t be Darkhawk.
Dumb boring Punisher comic. shoot shoot shoot
Then there’s a backup story about a bar fight. punch punch punch
Then another backup story that has no purpose and terrible art. shoot shoot curb stomp heads shoot
Punisher: War Zone #1
Less shooty I guess. Punisher actually spares a guy and tortures him with a popsicle stick (though he makes the guy think it’s a blowtorch). The next issue is probably shoot shoot shoot though.
Amazing Spider-Man #365 (30th Anniversary Issue)
The cover is very reflective and probably cost Marvel a lot of money to produce! Why don’t they do that any more 😦 But in this issue: A bunch of stories. This comic was $4, back in the day when comics were normally $2.50! The main story is the Lizard finally being cured (also Peter Parker’s parents), but there’s also recap stuff for Spider-Man’s origin, Gwen Stacy, and the publication history of the series. There’s also a dumb Prowler backup story and a preview of Spider-Man 2099, which I shall prattle on about at a later date.
is the greatest site for finding new music and new artists to enjoy. I know I sound like a huge hipster, but mainstream music is just not that good, generally. ESPECIALLY in the electronic genres. Good dubstep is almost a paradox in regular music, but I have actually found some that is enjoyable, along with a bunch of other stuff.
(hint: click on the album covers to go to the albums)
Screamcatcher aka KalibrationLTD aka Robert Blaker is really good at basically every electronic genre ever and it is so cool to listen to. He makes the grittiest dubstep still somehow sound listenable. All 4 of his albums are of a very high quality.
Sojourn is an awesome orchestral soundtrack in the spirit of every old fantasy game that you could imagine. It has pretty mid-quality MIDIs as the only instruments, but that is the whole point. It is sickeningly nostalgic, almost. Also, these pieces are so long! Like an average of around 5 minutes per song.
This is some weird fake band thing like the Gorillaz, except with a video game theme. Their album Pixelated Planet is apparently for a future game they are releasing, but I like it just for the music. The music is great is why.
Apparently the Marchfourth Marching Band is pretty famous! It is not actually a marching band but a big band; do not be fooled. But the band’s variety of styles makes it unpredictable for every song, and the whole thing is just damn fun to listen to. I recommend this band more than any of the others on this article, as a matter of fact. Too bad each of the albums is like 15 bucks 😦
This is just some of the music that I have discovered recently. There is more that I may post in the future!