Yesterday, freecritique was nominated for its first award by An Aging Gamer, a great gaming-oriented blog which definitely deserves a visit for its interesting, insightful articles.
The Sunshine Award is an award that bloggers give to others who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere, and carries with it the following rules:
- Use the logo above in the post.
- Link to whoever nominated you.
- Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
- Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
- Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.
Given that freecritique is all about music, games and film, I have decided to use my list of ten to reveal some of my favourite titles:
- The game Toejam and Earl: Panic on Funkotron continues, to this day, to be my one of my all-time favourite releases. A title with a crazy plot and even crazier visuals, as can be seen from this psychedelic in-game footage.
- I’ve had Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality on repeat in recent days, one of the group’s all-time best. Eight songs and all are brilliant, even the interlude instrumentals. Check out After Forever.
- The Bioshock series stands out as my favourite of the last gaming generation. A unique blend of innovative FPS mechanics and an immensely philosophical narrative.
- As a writer for Sounds and Colours, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing lots of impressive, up-and-coming bands hailing from Latin America. Check out Peru’s electronic Dengue Dengue Dengue! and Colombia’s stunning Ondatrópica.
- Marc Ecko’s Getting Up was one of the most interesting games I’ve ever played, and one that I’d like to see get a sequel. It’s the first (and, to my knowledge, only) time a game wholly centred on street art and graffiti has made it onto mainstream consoles.
- The London-based band L’Orchestre du Montplaisant has some of the most impressive hand-drawn album art I’ve ever laid eyes on.
- The black-and-white masterpiece La Haine remains my favourite film to this day. A French-language film with a compelling plot about life in the Parisian suburbs in the wake of a damaging riot. A must-see.
- Forbidden Siren 2 on the PS2 is the scariest game I’ve had the pleasure (or displeasure) of playing. No HUD, barely any weapons, and the ability to hijack the sight of your foes to see them hunt you down. Spine-chilling.
- Rage Against the Machine’s eponymous début is my all-time favourite album. Strikingly controversial artwork enveloping equally thought-provoking tracks like the sublime Freedom.
- To round off, not another game, album or film but instead a book – Albert Camus’s La Peste (The Plague). A stunning novel which uses a metaphorical plague as a platform for subtle socio-political and philosophical debate. A must read.
And now for ten bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” All of the following blogs have been mentioned for their unique and innovative angles on their chosen fields, and all deserve a place in your bookmark list:
- Pippa Writes Things
- CK’s Top 100
- Playing the Canon
- Diario de Una Chica Gamer
- Wrong Hands
Thanks again to An Aging Gamer for the nomination, and please do check out the above blogs: all have something unique and interesting to tell you.