Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs

What may be contrary to popular belief is that I am not an apathetic curmudgeon when it comes to the holidays. Christmas is my favorite holiday—the cheeriness, the romance, the snow; I’m privy to the “magic” that comes around this time of year. Much of that is owed to the type of music played, which can range from wonderful to “Please, God, make it stop.” In the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to detail my ten favorite Christmas songs ever, because why not?

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Thoughts on Super Metroid

In case it was not apparent enough by the five Metroid-related posts since April and the multiple statements of Metroid being my favorite game franchise ever, Metroid is my favorite game franchise ever. Despite this, there always remained a sort of lingering absurdity with this claim. Prior to the other night, I had never finished what many consider the series’ magnum opus: Super Metroid.

Note the “finished” wording in the prior sentence. Prior to recently, I had actually attempted to play through the game via emulator with an off-brand SNES controller. The controls were floaty and occasionally unresponsive, and I could never get the hang of the game’s expectations. Such events soiled the initial impressions I got from it—not being able to defeat Phantoon didn’t help matters, either.

Hot off the heels of Dread, my desire to play through not just Super, but pretty much every Metroid title ever (including the pinball game; would not recommend) has skyrocketed to levels unlike anything felt in my adult life. Thus, on a whim, I booted up the subject of today’s post on the Switch Online SNES library and just went to work. It was here I learned that my first go at the fan-proclaimed masterpiece detracted me from something appropriately beloved.

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Top 10 Games I’m Looking Forward to After E3 2021

I truly missed E3. After being cancelled last year, 2021 returned with all the lovely game announcements and surprise reveals that I once cherished as a gaming connoisseur. While my tastes and standards have shifted since 2019, I still viewed the Wholesome Direct, Xbox/Bethesda Showcase, and Nintendo Direct in full, and otherwise kept a pulse on the E3 “hype train” on social media.

So many games… I can barely keep my head on straight (not that I could before). Now that most of the celebration is done and gone, what’s there to look forward to? What games am I, specifically, foaming at the mouth to get my hands on? These are the ten games that I’m most looking forward to post E3 2021.

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Top 10 Most Visually Appealing Animal Crossing: New Horizons Characters

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Twitter is kind of an Animal Crossing hellhole right now. I mean that in the most respectful way, I swear. Going through the #AnimalCrossing hashtag will flood the viewer with all sorts of screenshots, videos, and fanart of a large variety of villagers from the latest installment: New Horizons. Many people have opinions on these villagers; I, included. After playing the game daily for over a month now (have not missed a single day), I’ve come to the conclusion that I think a lot of the villager list is cute. But who is the cutest? You will not find out here, because I go for the more vague “visually appealing” moniker. Continue reading “Top 10 Most Visually Appealing Animal Crossing: New Horizons Characters”

Top 10 Anime So Good That I Forgot Everything About Them

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Has this ever happened to you? Starting off that anime ride, you end up devouring at lightning speed, racking up your total anime-viewed count like it’s a drug addiction. Eventually, you start getting a big head, so you rate all of them and start ranking them in a notebook based on enjoyment and objectivity. Then years go by and that notebook is long abandoned. You don’t have the appetite you used to, and all those impactful titles that you used to hold dear are but vague images, dancing in your subconscious. Awful, isn’t it? Such a specifically common occurrence that totally wasn’t just describing me. Continue reading “Top 10 Anime So Good That I Forgot Everything About Them”

Top 20 Best Films of the 2010-19 Decade

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Watching films as a hobby isn’t quite as highlighted on my blog as anime, but in all honesty, I almost prefer it. More vast of a history behind it, typically shorter amount of time spent, and the indie scene is far more rewarding. According to my letterboxd profile, I’ve logged 397 films since January of 2015, around five years ago. That’s a much higher rate than the 450 anime I’ve logged since mid-2012. As such, I felt I could add to another discussion of the best films I’ve seen this decade, even if I started somewhat late. As always, this is a personal list and I have not seen everything. If an omission upsets you, make your own list. Continue reading “Top 20 Best Films of the 2010-19 Decade”

Top 20 Best Anime of the 2010-19 Decade

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It only seems appropriate for me, as compartmentalized my mindset is, to indulge myself in extravagant lists of opined flavor. I’ve seen numerous publications do “decade lists” that note the best of various subjects throughout this soon to be disintegrated ten-year stretch. That essence of finality is intoxicating to me, so I decided I want to do it, too. What better way to start than with the medium I have paid careful attention to (to various degrees over time) for the last seven-plus years? These are the twenty anime series I consider to be better than the rest. And as always, this is a personal list and I have not seen every anime ever. If an omission upsets you that greatly, make your own list. Continue reading “Top 20 Best Anime of the 2010-19 Decade”

Top 10 Most Impactful Game Soundtracks of My Childhood

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Last night as I was toiling away at work, a certain track invaded my headspace. Alluring and uplifting, it gave way to the creative flow that churned my mind to focus better, and it expanded to other tracks that made me feel similarly. All led to the realization that I have not spoken much about music on this blog, aside from the yearly SiIvagunner Top 10’s. And nostalgia with video games is something I (secretly?) find immensely enamoring. Continue reading “Top 10 Most Impactful Game Soundtracks of My Childhood”