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Best of 2019 Closer

And so we enter a new decade, full of fresh promise and plenty of as-yet uncertain change. At the end of the ’20s, what will all these mediums look like? How many of the movies we watch will debut on streaming services? Will we have another new console generation or will the next ones stand longer with half-upgrades? Who even knows what K-Pop will look like?

In any case, this is how the 2010s closed out for me; my favourite videogame, K-Pop and movie stuff of 2019:

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1. Top 10 Disappointments

2. Five Special Awards

3. Top 15 K-Pop Singles

4. Top 10 Movie Characters

5. Top 4 Game Consoles

6. Top 10 Movie Scenes

7. Top 10 Gaming Moments

8. Top 11 K-Pop Albums

9. Top 15 Games

10. Top 10 Movies

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Best of 2019 Intro

In just over 10 days the decade comes to an end.

As far as the stuff I write about here, 2019 did a pretty decent job of closing that decade out. It wasn’t quite a year of all-time classics, but the duds were few and far between. Despite the fact we are now under a year away from the next videogame console generation, 2019 still hit hard and often with giant releases, surprisingly good games, and quite a few instances of both at once. K-Pop finally started to give proper attention to the potential of solo performers, and Disney had its biggest year ever, releasing enough movies to fill an entire Top 10 list all on its own. But don’t worry – I won’t be doing that. Even though I seriously considered it. But no. Anyway, there was plenty to enjoy and plenty to discuss with friends. Which is what it’s all about, really.

Aside from one necessary movement of a point and a renewed attempt at semicolon usage, the 2019 lists are going to feel pretty familiar. The line-up is unchanged for the first time in years and I feeling pretty settled about it for now. However little you read this year, thank you for indulging me in one of the things that gives me life.

On that note, disappointments list up tomorrow.

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VR BEST OF 2019 DISCLAIMER

These lists represent my opinion only. I am not asserting any kind of superiority or self-importance by presenting them as I have. My opinion is not fact. To agree with me 100% is rarer than an EA game without microtransactions. Respectful disagreement is most welcome.

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Guest Week Volume III

It’s mid April once more, and that can only mean one thing! Vagrant Rant’s third annual

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Normally this would be my chance to take a break from blogging, but I’ve just been so busy lately that this will be the most posting activity I’ve had on my blog all year. I am super grateful to the seven writers you are about to read over the next week. This is absolutely one of my favourite times of the year.

Please enjoy.
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The struggle.

 

The Home Stretch, 2014

I’m not going to lie – it’s been very difficult to get any sort of blogging done lately. With my new employment situation piling up on top of my other commitments, my personal posting goal for 2014 looks further and further away. I will still do my best to get there, and there’s a big series of end-of-year countdowns coming as per usual, but there are many obstacles in the way right now. Not to mention ALL THE GAMES that keep releasing, a significant percentage of which I feel compelled to purchase for some reason. At last count, I believe I’ve bought nine games since I finished up with Destiny in late September, some of which I haven’t even played, and none of which I’ve even been close to finishing. And I’m not even done. Leaving all semblance of common sense behind, I’m still excited to grab the following ten gaming items before the end of the year:

This is consumerist irresponsibility at its very best, folks.

A Thank You

Vagrant Rant‘s second guest week was a resounding success! I am deeply grateful to the seven people who agreed to write for my blog and I am once again amazed at what people are capable of producing. I am inspired.

Thank you to Soapman, CrAk3rs, Krispy, Blizz117, XVSting, Opinion_Invalid and BrotherMiles for your inputs. More of the good stuff coming up right here!

Guest Week! Again!

Ladies and gentlemen, here we go! Vagrant Rant’s second-ever (maybe annual)

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If you’re getting tired of the way I constantly prattle on about how you should spend your money, you’re in luck, because for the next seven days this site will be hosting some out-of-the-ordinary entertainment media content written by folks other than yours truly.

Please enjoy.

It’s someone else’s turn.

Kickstarted and Moving Up

There are many opinions floating around on and off the internet about the merits (or lack thereof) of Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website designed to help people get their creative ideas off the ground and into the hands of those who wish to benefit from said ideas, by relying on donations from fans. Plenty of projects have failed (some before they get funded, others afterwards – see the OUYA Android game console) while others, like the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and the recently released Veronica Mars movie, have reached their desired funding goals and then some, really taking off in a big way.

As of now I have only ever donated to two Kickstarter campaigns. One is the multi-platform WayForward videogame Shantae: Half Genie Hero, which looks rad. The other is Zach Braff’s long-awaited (by some) Wish I Was Here, the spiritual successor to his directorial debut film Garden State from 2005. The first teaser trailer for the film just dropped, and it hasn’t yet been sent to any major news outlets, so here it is:

Garden State is one of my all-time favourite movies, as it did a great job of capturing the emotional highs and lows experienced by the average Western twenty-something. Braff promises that Wish I Was Here will do something similar with the thirties, and by the looks of things, he’ll be telling his story in a similarly quirky way this time around. The soundtrack of Garden State won a Grammy award, so I see no reason why Braff’s music choices won’t markedly enhance the onscreen action here as well. It appears, at least, that he still adores The Shins.

Man, I hope this movie is good.