Bests Of The Year

My Game Of The Year is Fez. You can read why here. (Runners up: Sound Shapes, Borderlands 2, Diablo 3, Syndicate)

My Assorted Video Game Related Awards are here. I have 10 categories this year ranging from Best Humble Bundle (Botanicula Debut) to "Ability I'd most like to have in real life." (Blink after playing Dishonored)

My Film of the year is Looper. It was a really well crafted movie about Time Travel that touched me in all the right ways. I was very very impressed with it on many levels and it has the air of a film that a man spent a lot of time perfecting. It's fun in all the right places, intriguing in all the right ways, profound in a few very important spots, and it has a humdinger of an ending which worked perfectly for me and, in many ways, tied the whole movie together thematically and practically. I have to give it props. (Runners up: Avengers, Dark Knight Rises)

My Film I've Never Seen Before 2012 which came out before 2012 of 2012 is Porco Rosso. Porco Rosso is the fucking best you guys. Oh my god, it's a relatively subdued and grounded Miyazaki film which tells the story of a Airplane Bounty Hunter in the Adriatic between WWI and WWII. This bounty hunter happens to be a pig, which more relates to his world view and how he feels about the war than it does any fantastical nonsense. The way it's treated and the way he bears his curse is amazing and it really makes the movie shine. I would compare it to Brave only Brave's use of Bear was much more contrived and awkward where in Porco Rosso it feels perfectly natural in an amazing way. You seriously need to watch it if you haven't already. (Runners up: N/A)

My TV Show Of The Year is Breaking Bad. Obviously. (Runner up: Game of Thrones)

My Non Media Acquisition Of The Year Is my new Lenovo Yoga. It's just the best in so many ways and I absolutely love it. (Runners up: C5 Earbuds, eInk Kindle, Vibram Five Fingers)

My Book That I Read For The First Time This Year is Steve Jobs. That was a damn good biography. (Runners up: The Essential Difference: Male and Female Brains And The Truth About Autism, Halo: The Fall of Reach, Seductive Interaction Design, Killing is Harmless: A Critical Reading Of Spec Ops The Line*)

*Note: Haven't read this book yet as I intend to have played Spec Ops the Line before reading it but I want to include it as it's really interesting to see long form video game criticism & analysis pop up in book form. Doesn't feel right to sweep it under the rug because I haven't read it yet because I want to read it the right way.

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My Game Of The Year is Fez. You can read why here. (Runners up: Sound Shapes, Borderlands 2, Diablo 3, Syndicate)

My Assorted Video Game Related Awards are here. I have 10 categories this year ranging from Best Humble Bundle (Botanicula Debut) to "Ability I'd most like to have in real life." (Blink after playing Dishonored)

My Film of the year is Looper. It was a really well crafted movie about Time Travel that touched me in all the right ways. I was very very impressed with it on many levels and it has the air of a film that a man spent a lot of time perfecting. It's fun in all the right places, intriguing in all the right ways, profound in a few very important spots, and it has a humdinger of an ending which worked perfectly for me and, in many ways, tied the whole movie together thematically and practically. I have to give it props. (Runners up: Avengers, Dark Knight Rises)

My Film I've Never Seen Before 2012 which came out before 2012 of 2012 is Porco Rosso. Porco Rosso is the fucking best you guys. Oh my god, it's a relatively subdued and grounded Miyazaki film which tells the story of a Airplane Bounty Hunter in the Adriatic between WWI and WWII. This bounty hunter happens to be a pig, which more relates to his world view and how he feels about the war than it does any fantastical nonsense. The way it's treated and the way he bears his curse is amazing and it really makes the movie shine. I would compare it to Brave only Brave's use of Bear was much more contrived and awkward where in Porco Rosso it feels perfectly natural in an amazing way. You seriously need to watch it if you haven't already. (Runners up: N/A)

My TV Show Of The Year is Breaking Bad. Obviously. (Runner up: Game of Thrones)

My Non Media Acquisition Of The Year Is my new Lenovo Yoga. It's just the best in so many ways and I absolutely love it. (Runners up: C5 Earbuds, eInk Kindle, Vibram Five Fingers)

My Book That I Read For The First Time This Year is Steve Jobs. That was a damn good biography. (Runners up: The Essential Difference: Male and Female Brains And The Truth About Autism, Halo: The Fall of Reach, Seductive Interaction Design, Killing is Harmless: A Critical Reading Of Spec Ops The Line*)

*Note: Haven't read this book yet as I intend to have played Spec Ops the Line before reading it but I want to include it as it's really interesting to see long form video game criticism & analysis pop up in book form. Doesn't feel right to sweep it under the rug because I haven't read it yet because I want to read it the right way.