My Top 50 Video Games, Pt. 2

Continuing with a list, counting down, of my top 50 video games. If you missed it, you can read part one HERE.

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My Top 50 Video Games, Pt 1 – UPDATED

A while ago I came across a blog that listed the writer’s top 100 favorite comic stories. I was struck by the idea and how hard it must have been to compile. Generally with these kinds of things once I’m past five everything is somewhat interchangeable. However, I also saw the merit in a project like this; it would force you to evaluate why you like something and what makes a thing important to you.

While I’m not sure I could whittle my favorite comic stories down to a list of 100, I thought I could probably manage a list of my top 50 video games. So, I set out to compile such a list. It was, as I had assumed, a tricky job. Many titles were added and removed and more still had their placement changed several times. However, I’m pretty happy with how the final list has turned out.

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Gemr – 5 Best Video Game Cartoons

I love video games and I love cartoons! Luckily, I grew up in the 90’s so I got to experiance the amazing combination of both! In my newest article for Gemr.com I look at five of the best cartoons based on video games.

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Dragon Age: Art Imitating Life

I’m quite a sucker for in-universe lore. I love learning more about the history of characters and the worlds they inhabit. One franchise where this is especially true is that of Dragon Age, the high fantasy RPG series from Bioware.

I bought the original game, Origins, upon release after being totally excited for it by the various magazine articles and videos that I saw. I even bought the Collector’s Edition of the game, something I did for its two sequels as well, including the huge Inquisitor’s Edition of the third title. I fell in love with the game and became obsessed with its world. As such, I’ve picked up every piece of extended universe media that Bioware has released and while some are better than others, I have enjoyed them all.

Recently, I read the Boudicca graphic novel, based upon the revolt of the Celtic queen of the same name against the Romans around 60 AD. I was surprised to learn that before one of the many battles she took part in Boudicca invoked the goddess Andraste. The reason for my surprise is that “Andraste” is also the name of the main – or at least most prominent – divine figure in Dragon Age. Intrigued, I decided to see what might tie these two goddesses together.


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Myst Collection

With Myst being one if my favorite video game franchises ever, it should come as no surprise that I’ve collected a few Myst items over the years.

While the collection isn’t huge – to be fair though, there isn’t a heck of a lot of Myst merch out there – I am proud of it. Mostly it’s variations of game releases, special editions and so forth, but there are a few other cool things in there as well.

I recently uploaded photos of all my Myst stuff to Gemr, so you can check out the collection HERE.

You can see all of my collections on Gemr.com

Lemmings Is Finally on Smartphones

Lemmings is one of the greatest puzzle games ever made. It’s easy to learn but hard to master, yet if you weren’t a gamer in the 80s or 90s there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Lemmings, much less played it.

Thankfully that can now change thanks to developers Sad Puppy who have released a reboot of the classic series to smart-devices.

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2018 Wrap Up

I didn’t do too well with my plans of posting a monthly wrap-up, so I thought that maybe I’d try something a little more manageable; a wrap up of the year that was.

2018 was quite a year for me personally. My wife and I moved from one city to another, I finally made the decision to get out of teaching and into another profession which, after roughly five months of very little work, happened. And I’m so much happier because of it. Oh, and I started getting paid to write articles on geeky stuff for Gemr.com. Awesome!

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Gemr.com – Myst & Doom: 25 Years of Influence

Originally this article was just going to be about the history of the Myst series which, as you’ll know if you’ve followed this blog at all, is one of my favorite video game series of all time.

However, as I researched the game I realised that it would be much more interesting to look at both Myst and Doom,  two games that came out the same year and had a huge amount of influence on the videogame medium, even though they couldn’t be any more different.

Hope you enjoy the article.

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Gemr.com – Sonic the Hedgehog and the Mascot Swarm

Another of my articles for Gemr.com recently went live. This one looks at various anthropomorphic video game characters that tried to cash in on the success of Sonic the Hedgehog. Some were good, some were bad, but all are wroth noting. Of course, the article doesn’t cover all of them, that would be nigh impossible, but I tried to have a decent cross section of characters.

This one was a lot of fun to research and write. I do enjoy these lighter articles and I’ve a similar one coming up sometimes next month. Please do take a look and let me know what you think.

Read the full article HERE.

P.S. I’ve added a Writings page to the site which lists, funnily enough, the various writings of mine that have appeared on several websites. It’s not 100% complete yet as I’ve not added the stuff I did while running ChonicleChamber.com. Everything else is there though. You can access it via that site’s main menu.