the-inbetween monthly archives for: December 2009

The Decade of the Weblog

While I look forward to the start of a new decade and all that comes with it, I am somewhat sad to see this decade of zeroes end. It was the kind of decade where everything fit into place. I turned twenty in 2000, was twenty-five in 2005, and end it at twenty-nine in 2009. As of tomorrow that nice alignment fades away and as the twenty-xxs continue on I, in a month’s time, begin my thirties. The 00s began…

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Most Overlooked Game of the Decade

I’m glad that this Wired list of the 15 Most Influential Games of the Decade exists since it proves yet again why Chris Kohler is one of my favourite people writing about video games and because it reinforces one of my opinions. A few other end of the decade video game lists left me rather disappointed but Guardian’s top 50 left me completely baffled. Four Grand Theft Auto games and not a single Sims game? Really? More disappointing still was…

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Albums of 09: The Final Frontier

Late in the year I realized that one of the dominant themes amongst some of my favourite albums of 2009 was a sort of forward-looking futurism. That’s not to say that the music itself was inherently new, much of it is informed by post-Apollo 70s era krautrock and early electronic work, but it had an other-worldly voyager character to it that points at a novel, if nostalgic, trend. Long and slow synth lines enter and recede, low-fi blips and old…

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A Super Mario World Champion’s Sweatshirt

I’ve previously mentioned my official and certified title of regional Super Mario World champion. I still have the proof, in writing, from Nintendo itself. As it says there, my skills and talents won me a sweatshirt. During my cleaning and packing prior to coming to Paris, I found it. I photographed it. I reminisced about winning it. Super Mario World The first thing you might notice about the above form letter is that I was the high scorer of Super…

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