(Another) Inconvenient Update

Hello again.

Unfortunate as it is, my current situation with my laptop has not been totally settled. Days after I successfully replaced my battery, my charger has completely stopped charging the laptop. After attempting to buy two replacement chargers—neither of which worked—I’ve come to the conclusion that it is the charger port itself.

So once again, for the time being, there will be no articles uploaded to this site until my laptop can, well, turn on. My apologies to anyone inconvenienced by this (more likely I than anyone else). I sincerely wish this would stop happening.

Thank you for your time. Have a better timezone than I’m having.

Inconvenient Update

Hello. I am typing this from my close-to-dead laptop.

Posts on this blog, including planned reviews on the latest Aharen-san episode and a few reviews on games I’ve finished in the last couple weeks, will be delayed. As evidenced by the opening line, my laptop’s battery is close to calling it quits and will need to be replaced. Even typing this right now is a near-miraculous effort without my PC randomly shutting off.

I do not anticipate the delay being too long; perhaps a week or so, maybe more depending on how long it will take for the battery to deliver or if I accidentally get the wrong one. Until then, please bear with me.

Thank you for reading. Have a great timezone (and Easter if you celebrate).

Top 10 Highest Quality SiIvaGunner Rips (2022 Edition)

Hello. Welcome to another Top 10 list detailing the highest quality of SiIvaGunner rips I’ve found. If you have never read this before, know that SiIvaGunner is a channel dedicated to supplying your eardrums with magical gaming memories that will last you the rest of your days. As of writing, the channel has over 19,000 videos, most of which are high quality rips.

With so many to choose from, it’s astounding to think that I, alone, can go through everything in order to ascertain quality to make these lists. Alas, I must admit: I listen to maybe ten to twenty new rips within a month’s span, ’cause ain’t nobody got time for that. Nevertheless, many new rips have supplied themselves into the chambers of my memory bank, nestled firmly in place with love and affection.

There are no specific ruleset to make this list; I simply have to adore the tracks. Though this is a “2022 list,” it does not have to have come out in 2022 to qualify. (I’m pretty sure zero tracks I’m going to cover were published in 2022.) This also isn’t meant to insinuate that these tracks are better than others I’ve documented previously. Consider it ten new high quality tracks for a full new year.

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Ranking The Oscars 2022 Best Picture Candidates

Last year, I spoke about how, initially, the nominees for Best Picture seemed pretty solid, but the opportunity to watch all of them proved to be lackluster. This year was kind of the opposite. At first, the nominees seemed very… we’ll say “odd” to me. Then, after viewing most of them, I’ve come around on them more than last year’s batch. It’s more consistently solid, though perhaps not entirely sensational.

Note that I said I saw most of them this year. Unlike last year, I did not have the same opportunity to see every nominee. As of writing, I have not seen Licorice Pizza (which, to me, seems like the frontrunner), CODA, or Belfast. As such, they will not appear on this list. Should that ruin this ranking for you, by all means, close the tab.

As frequent readers are aware, I did view a few Best Picture nominees during my currently continuing March of the Movies block, so I will simply link to those reviews for extended thoughts. All other extended thoughts on individual films will have links to their parent sources. (I believe I have reviews for all of them somewhere.)

And if, for whatever reason, you with to see prior years’ rankings, you can see my 2018, 2019, and 2020 lists before this one. (The 2021 list is linked in the first two words.)

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Highlighting My Picks for the Entire 2021 NFL Season

Two articles in a row about football? It must be a dream. Indeed, I’ve come to decide that, while currently in the mood to speak on football, I may as well take advantage of the high and go over some things regarding it. This will be something of a unique post, with the only article I’ve done in the past to compare it to was when I looked at data pertaining to my anime-viewing activity. This will cover something entirely different: highlighting my picks for the entire 2021 NFL season.

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NFL Pick ‘Em: Super Bowl LVI

Around this time last year (the extra week to the Regular Season ensured it wouldn’t be exact), I made a Super Bowl pick, as I try to do every year. At that time, I was terribly conflicted: Do I go with the powerhouse Chiefs or the Brady-led Buccaneers? I ended up wrong last year, though I take solace in knowing that my heart wanted to pick the Buccaneers.

This year, my brain and heart are saying the same thing. This year, I’m confident.

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A Collection of Anime OPs/EDs I Actually Like (Volume Three)

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done one of these. Was my desire to write another motivated by how few ideas for posts I have at the moment? I’ll let you decide. Regardless, this is the third post I’ve made on the topic of anime OPs/EDs, so you’re welcome to check out my prior two posts on the subject if you’d like to know my tastes going into this one.

And to clarify for anyone new: I skip OPs/EDs 99% of the time when I watch anime. Indeed, I am a dirty skipper. For me, I’m more interested in the content of a series; those three minutes saved by skipping the music adds up in the long run. Even if I didn’t, I also don’t really care for a lot of anime-associated tunes. Finding something I’m actually willing to spend more time on is immensely rare. Maybe that’s why these posts are spread out so far in date…

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Merry Days of Anime 2021

This post’s title was, in fact, inspired by the Daniel Craig introducing The Weeknd meme.

When I made up this impromptu block of anime-viewing festivities, I half-wondered if it would end up being a yearly thing. Here we are in year three; I think it’s safe to say that it’s here to stay. Probably helps that I don’t watch much anime nowadays, ensuring that by this point I’m actually willing to indulge for a little while. Join me as I go back to the topic that used to be my blog’s central focus.

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Top 10 Favorite Games After Four Years With KeenGamer

I mentioned last year that my productivity in terms of titles reviewed was fairly low. While I cannot remember the exact number, this past year was pretty low, as well—only twenty games. This would imply that the ten games I cover today will make up a clean half of the games I’ve reviewed between September 30th, 2020 and the same day, 2021. Nevertheless, there’s a solid selection of titles I’ve come across that make up the best games I’ve played in year four of my KeenGamer career.

No personal input from me this time around; life’s been relatively good. Work has been steady and I have no major complaints. If there’s been any reason for the lack of games reviewed, it could just be the increased responsibilities I have now that I work for Keen full-time. That said, I’ve already published a Metroid Dread review since the cutoff and will likely have another review out in the coming days. Off to a good start for next year!

Small and maybe unwarranted note, but I don’t receive review copies for everything I review. Also, since I’ve formally reviewed all games in the following list, I won’t go into substantive detail here.

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July Will Be a Month Full of Odes to Twitch Streamers

Hello, everyone. A short post today, aimed at further elaborating on what the title already conveys. All throughout the month of July, I will be writing Ode-type posts to Twitch streamers I have since become enamored with and/or believe deserve shouting out.

For those unaware, I have written about my newfound experience with Twitch before, and it has become a comfortable part of my day to listen in to a few streamers daily. Does this end up filling up my day from beginning to end? Generally, yes. Does it get overwhelming? Generally, yes. Nevertheless, many streamers have become important to me, and I felt the desire to showcase my affection through the only means I know I’m moderately good at: writing.

I will be writing a post of varying size every other day in July, starting with July 1st. So July 1st, then 3rd, then 5th, and so forth. Whether or not I do this up until the 31st is currently undetermined, though it’s guaranteed to at least get to the 27th.

And for those who want a slight taste of what these “Ode-type” posts will look like, you can take a look at my latest Ode-type post. (Wow, it’s been nearly two years…)

Thank you all, as always, for your continued support and time. I hope my unfiltered affection manages to make for quality blogging content.