The year of the bow and arrow

My favorite game of the year is THE LEGEND OF ZELDA BREATH OF THE WILD

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Developers Weigh In On The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Brilliance

Additionally I can't say enough good things about how great PREY is, one of the few games that actually propelled me to beat it.


Another stellar game from the same studio that came out this year: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 
 
This year seemed to be quite the year for archery in games....

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Assassin's Creed: Origins
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just you, and you are not mine

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+ The 10 Best U2 Songs of the 21st Century

“Stateless” (2000) Before they "returned to form" that fall with All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2 offered one last glimmer of hope for a headier, more nonlinear direction with the music they contributed to longtime friend Wim Wenders' 2000 film The Million Dollar Hotel. And while the song they co-wrote with Salman Rushdie was a collaboration that surely piqued our curiosity, "Stateless" unveiled an all too promising glimpse into what U2 in the 21st century could have sounded like if they continued down the path of their oft overlooked 1995 side project Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1.

U2 + Howard Stern

Bono + Edge on Howard Stern: Get Out Of Your Own Way.discussion + performance
In the scheme of things this song seems like a sequel to Original of the Species which was also dedicated to one of Bono's daughters.
+ The Howard Stern Show December 4, 2017 Bono & The Edge (mp3 download)
+ U2’S BONO AND THE EDGE ON CREATING THEIR HITS, HANGING WITH SPRINGSTEEN AND MCCARTNEY, AND THE ONLY FIGHT THEY’VE EVER HAD

+ U2's 'Songs of Experience' Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart U2 side by side
+ Amazon Music: U2 Side by Side - commentary on the album and other songs


Dreaming in Nabokov

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+ The New York Times: “Lolita is disgusting” - A 1958 REVIEW OF NABOKOV'S REFINED DEPRAVITY

A new Nabokov book is out that I'm interested in: Insomniac Dreams Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov

+ “But Maybe?”: Immortality, Time, and Nabokov’s Dream Diary

In Insomniac Dreams: Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov, the scholar Gennady Barabtarlo considers Nabokov’s ideas on dreams in detail. The basis of the book is a previously unpublished dream journal that Nabokov kept in 1964, after reading aeronautical engineer John Dunne’s early 20th-century treatise An Experiment with Time. In that book, Dunne sketched a theory that human consciousness was capable of tracking events both forward and backward in time, so that dreams might reflect future events in a perfectly logical sequence. He claimed that dreams contain “images of past experience and images of future experience blended together in approximately equal proportions.” This idea, Dunne argued somewhat ambitiously, “contains the first scientific argument for human immortality.

+ Vladimir Nabokov's dream diary reveals experiments with 'backwards timeflow'

For a period of 80 days, the author of Lolita wrote down everything he could remember of his dreams as soon as he woke up, amassing 118 index cards recording 64 dreams. The text is reproduced in the book Insomniac Dreams, alongside material placing the experiment in the context of his life and writing.

+ Best books of 2017 – part oneUtterly fascinating.


a violent stab of loneliness

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“But even so, every now and then I would feel a violent stab of loneliness. The very water I drink, the very air I breathe, would feel like long, sharp needles. The pages of a book in my hands would take on the threatening metallic gleam of razor blades. I could hear the roots of loneliness creeping through me when the world was hushed at four o’clock in the morning.” – Haruki Murakami

U2 & SOE

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+ Bono finds what we're looking for The music, credited as ever to all four members of U2, soon gets under your skin. + Experience counts on U2’s return to form Thematically, the new album breaks from the claustrophobic nostalgia that made Songs of Innocence heavy going. + Songs of Experience by U2 ranks alongside the band's greatest work This is truly a cracker of an album on first, second and third listens. Living with it for an extended spell will determine whether it hits the heights of a Joshua Tree, an Achtung Baby or the cruelly underrated Pop. 
Back from the brink | Hot Press
Rolling Stone: U2 Faces Down Mortality, Reconnects With the Power of Music
+ DailyMail: Bono finds what we're looking for
+ BONO TO APPEAR ON JIMMY KIMMEL'S (RED) SHOW NOV. 28 
+ BONO AND EDGE ANSWER QUESTIONS AT U2: AN EXPERIENCE OF SONGS IN L.A.
+ U2's Songs of Experience is full of desperation and meaty hooks in equal measure
+ Bono’s brush with death: ‘I was clinging to my own life’
The band’s latest is their best since “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb."

The 15 Best Songs From This Century That Wouldn't Exist Without U2: Critic's Picks

The Little Things That Give You Away Live from the Joshua Tree Tour
+ U2 & Lady Gaga - Ordinary Love.live


Wednesday panels.Remembrance of things Rorschach

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The Rorschach cover got my attention and I ended up liking this fist issue. We shall know in a year how they stick the landing on this.

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+ 7 THINGS WE LEARNED IN DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1
+ The Watchmen Sequel Is Off to a Good Start, Whether or Not You Think It Should Exist
+ DOOMSDAY CLOCK’S GEOFF JOHNS TALKS REIMAGINING WATCHMEN
+ DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 REVIEW: The clock is still ticking.


HighDef Nabokov

Lolita Blu-Ray
The last Lolita film recently had it's 20th anniversary and I've been waiting for an American blu-ray release of "Lolita" forever and a day.  I had given up but then I ran into a great release from Germany that was was the upgrade I was looking for. Here's the image difference between the DVD and this blu-ray.

+ Lolita: Behind the Scenes
SEEING 'LOLITA':"The remake of "Lolita" may never open in America" 
+ Interview: Dominique Swain, ‘Lolita’ Star in 1997 Remake 
+ NYT: Revisiting a Dangerous Obsession
+ ADRIAN LYNE’S LOLITA
+ Ennio Morricone - Love In The Morning / Lolita
Nabokov and the Movies

Essay: Lolita - Girly: Sarah K. Cleaver on Tumblr nymphet

Lolita Starter Pack


game awards picks '17

My picks for this year's game awards 

Game of the Year

Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

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Best Game Direction

Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Narrative

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Tameem Antoniades, Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe / Ninja Theory)
Horizon Zero Dawn (John Gonzalez / Ninja Theory)
NieR: Automata (Yoko Taro, Hana Kikuchi, Yoshiho Akabane / Platinum Games)
What Remains of Edith Finch (Ian Dallas / Giant Sparrow)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Jen Matthies, Tommy Tordsson Bjork / MachineGames)

Best Art Direction

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Score / Music

Cuphead (Kristofer Maddigan)
Destiny 2 (Mike Salvatori, Skye Lewin, C Paul Johnson)
NieR: Automata (Keiichi Okabe, Keigo Hoashi)
Persona 5 (Shoji Meguro)
Super Mario Odyssey (Naoto Kubo, Shiho Fujii, Koji Kondo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata)

Even tho I'm going with Zelda, special mention to this track that I love from Destiny 2:

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2 (Bungie)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Performance

Ashly BurchHorizon: Zero Dawn (As Aloy)
Brian BloomWolfenstein II: The New Colossus (as BJ Blazkowicz)
Claudia BlackUncharted: The Lost Legacy (as Chloe Frazer)
Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (as Nadine Ross)
Melina JuergensHellblade (as Senua)

Best Ongoing Game

Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG. Corp)
Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
Warframe (Digital Extremes)

Best Independent Game

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
Pyre (Supergiant Games)
What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive) 

Best Handheld Game

Ever Oasis (Grezzo / Nintendo)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)
Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam / Nintendo)
Monster Hunter Stories (Marvelous / Capcom / Nintendo)
Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (Good-Feel / Nintendo)

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Best Action Game

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Nioh (Team Ninja / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Prey (Arkane Studios / Bethesda)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Action/Adventure Game

Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

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Best Role-Playing Game

Divinity: Original Sin II (Larian Studios)
Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix Business Division 2 / Square Enix)
NieR: Automata (Platinum Games / Square Enix)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft San Francisco / Ubisoft)

Best Fighting Game

ARMS (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Ent)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (Capcom)
Nidhogg 2 (Messhof Games)
Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Family Game

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
Sonic Mania (PagodaWest Games, Headcannon / Sega)
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)

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Best Strategy Game

Halo Wars 2 (Creative Assembly, 343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
Total War: Warhammer II (Creative Assembly / Sega)
Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (Firaxis Games / 2K)

 

Best Multiplayer

Call of Duty: WWII (Sledgehammer Games / Activision)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Fortnite (Epic Games)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game

God of War (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Monster Hunter World (Capcom)
Red Dead Redemption II (Rockstar Games)
The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

 

 

 

 

Best Debut Indie Game 

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Golf Story (Sidebar Games)
Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)
Mr. Shifty (Team Shifty)
Slime Rancher (Monomi Park)

The Golden Joystick Awards 2017

-Mexican Mario
-Cappy
-Breath of the Wild
-Fire Emblem


Leonard Cohen Memorial

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+ Damien Rice Famous Blue Raincoat
Lana Del Rey & Adam Cohen - Chelsea Hotel No. 2 
+ Seth Rogen Recites Field Commander Cohen
+ K.D. Lang: Hallelujah
+ U2 Pays Tribute to Leonard Cohen in Toronto , U2: Bad/Suzanne
+ So Long Marianne, Adam Cohen & The Webb Sisters
+ Adam Cohen with the closing speech and the song Coming Back To You
+ Everybody Knows, Courtney Love
+ Dance me to the end of love, Sting
+ The Future, Elvis Costello


Eisley is dreaming

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I used to keep up with Eisley but they had a new album come out this year and I just realized it last week. I kinda of fell off after their last album didn't grab me. I still don't know how I feel about this new version if the band but I did like this song below right away. Their album "Combinations" is coming up on its 10th anniversary this year, I love that one.



Memory, some say, is fate's shorthand

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Direct interference in a person's life does not enter our scope of activity, nor, on the other, tralatitiously speaking, hand, is his destiny a chain of predeterminate links: some 'future' events may be linked to others, O.K., but all are chimeric, and every cause-and-effect sequence is always a hit-and-miss affair, even if the lunette has actually closed around your neck, and the cretinous crowd holds its breath. Vladimir Nabokov, Transparent Things


[ My favorite games of 2 0 1 6 ]

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 It's OVERWATCH, that's the game of the year, period. It was also the game my PS4 playing pals and I agreed was the GOTY.

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Dark Souls 3

Not an evolution...nostalgic to the first Dark Souls..still pure joy. Some of the best Co-Op gaming this year for me.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Best ending/epilogue to a series....best game ending this year...best game ending since Last of Us.

BioShock: The Collection 

It's Bioshock. Next year will mark a decade you've been listening to me talk about it, 'nuff said.

+ Inside the Making of 'BioShock' Series With Creator Ken Levine

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Dishonored 2

I don't want this game to end. Good thing you can/should/are meant to play it twice as the different characters.

+ PC Gamer:  Game of the Year 2016 — Dishonored 2
+ Book Review: The Art of Dishonored 2

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I really got into Mr Robot this year and this is kinda Mr Robot the game BUT it's the countless hours I've spent having fun in the seamless Co-Op and PVP modes that really got me. I even made it to Master in the leaderboards for Hacking Invasions which are so satisfying when pulled off. This was the "whatever I'll try this game...whoa its great....damn i'm obsessed" of the year for me.

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Darkest Dungeon

An acquired taste of Art, Style, Lore and Game Play that finally made it to PS4 this year.

+ Best RPG 2016: Darkest Dungeon
+ GAF Official Thread

Invisible, Inc.

I thought my favorite strategy game of the year was going to be XCOM 2 but this one consumed me way way more. 

Forza Horizon 3

Best racing game since my second best fave racer Dirt 2. Honorable mention: The best racer ever, Burnout Paradise, is now backwards compatible on Xbox One. Finally! 

+ (Deal) Forza Horizon 3/Dead Rising 4 $30 @ Best Buy

Shout to my PS4 pals, the dynamic duo of Jafku & BaraSailey who made the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided  NeoGaf OT