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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #19 Dragon Age: Origins

In ascending order, here are the top six reasons I consider Dragon Age: Origins one of my two or three favorite video games ever. 6. World After working with Star Wars and D&D worlds for a decade, BioWare entered Dragon Age with a clean slate, eager to create a massive world with a sustainable franchise.…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: Where Were We?

I took a summer hiatus from putting together my Top 100 Everything, as my full-time job has a considerable uptick in stress and effort required during June, July, and August. But now that it’s back-to-school season, I can start planning my autumn free time, which will include a significant number of hours wrapping up my seemingly…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: Breakdown By Medium

As I’ve been putting together my Top 100 Everything, I’ve thought about not only where items place in the “Everything” but in its own specific “Thing.” Thus, I decided to make this page, a breakdown of the Top 100 Everything by each medium. I will be updating this list as I count down to #1.…

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A Plea to Our Screenwriters

What is the most pervasive, systematic flaw in mainstream movies and television? What’s the common thread?  Everyone bemoans Hollywood’s over-reliance on existing source material.  We criticize the general soullessness of many movies, the sophomoric humor of many sitcoms, the disaster porn that passes for action.  But I’d propose that the biggest problem has been hiding in plain…

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A Much Too Serious Ranking of Pop-Emo Bands

As most music fans know, rock music is hardly the most popular kid at the table these days.  Yet even while rock as a whole has lost some of its prominence in our culture, one strand has recently flourished : pop-emo, a ’90s/2000s movement that crystallizes the transformation of emo from Rites of Spring’s thrashing…