Best Video Game Series: (25) Donkey Kong

Life can be confusing sometimes, but rest assured, everything is fine. You are fine. I am fine. And video games are fine. That’s why when the good people of the Objection Network (formerly At The Buzzer) invited me to participate in a Top 25 countdown of favorite video games series, I was more than happy to oblige. This post here kicked off the Top 25 with everyone’s favorite pixelated gorilla: Donkey Kong. Click on through to view this post and to join the list-mania over on Objection Network!

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This is Objection Network’s countdown of the top 25 video game series of all-time. We’re counting down to the best franchise ever on March 31. For more info on the voting process, click here.

25) Donkey Kong (3 votes, 54 points)

Chris: The first member of the DK crew snuck into the top 25 on the strength of the Country games alone. All three people who voted for the series mentioned Country specifically, and it’s no surprise — all three Super Nintendo games are highly regarded, and Returns and Tropical Freeze also received good reviews. That’s not to say that Donkey Kong’s other outings have been worthless; the original Donkey Kong is one of the most well-known games ever made, and 64 had its charms (and a million collectibles). Plus, Diddy Kong Racing technically falls under this umbrella as well. We’re just going to pretend that Donkey Konga (and…

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ATB’s Top 25 Comedies: (17) Blazing Saddles

The wonderful people behind one of the best sites on the Internet, At the Buzzer, recently invited me to partake in another grand listing event. This time round, it’s all about our favorite comedies! Yes, those movies that make you laugh, cry-laugh, cringe-laugh, and everything in between. Here I’m sharing number 17 on the list, the always amazing and utterly un-PC Blazing Saddles. And be sure to follow ATB where you’ll find other great lists, a great podcast, and great set of gaming videos, and plenty more!

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This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.

And now, our number 17:

17) Blazing Saddles (4 votes, 144 points)

I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists.

…Could you repeat that, sir?

Chris: One of the prevailing types of comedies — and one that has already been featured multiple times on this list, with more to come — is the parody. Some films get a lot of mileage out of taking a genre or motif and breaking it down to the point of ridiculousness. Sometimes the satire…

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ATB’s Top 25 Animated Movies: (4) Aladdin

All month long, the wonderful people behind At The Buzzer have been counting down their favorite animated movies. In order to create such a stellar and fun list, they called upon a few associates to help, and I was more than pleased to heed to call. This post here talks all about number 4 on the list, Aladdin, which is a “must” when discussing animated movies, but later today will be revealed the number one animated movie of all time ever in the history of ever! What will it be? Stay tuned to ATB to find out! And while there, be sure to check out the top 25 and honorable mentions!

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Our top 25 animated movies list heads down the final stretch, the five best films ever made. This quintet separated itself from the pack with a ton of support from multiple members of the panel. Tomorrow: #3.

4) Aladdin (7 votes, 314 points)

Shaun: It’s weird how highly I regard this movie, considering much of the second part I don’t like. Everything in the beginning? Stellar. Great characters are introduced, the villain is menacing, the stakes are real, and the hero is humble, charming, and relatable….

….until he turns into a douche in act 2. Now, I get it. Anyone with the nearly limitless power that is three genie wishes would probably be a little changed. And it’s not like act 2 doesn’t have its great moments with a flying carpet, or that Aladdin doesn’t redeem himself. It just portrays the character in a way I don’t care for, and…

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At the Buzzer’s Top 25 Zelda Items of All-Time

It’s the start of a new year, and that means that the good people of At The Buzzer are kicking off another countdown! Last year, they were kind enough to extend to me the opportunity to participate in their top video game characters lists. This year’s list is all about items in the Legend of Zelda games. And when the invite came to cast my votes, I just couldn’t say no! I mean, you can probably count on one hand the number of immortal game series that boast item inventories as robust as those in the Zelda games. Below is the introductory post that explains the whos and whats. From there you can link to all the current posts in the list. Follow along for the big reveal of the WORLD’S* NUMBER ONE FAVORITE ZELDA ITEM OF ALL TIME EXCLAMATION POINT at the end of the month!

*not an exaggeration…maybe.

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PREVIOUS TOP 25s: Video Games, Pokemon, Male VG Characters, Female VG Characters

With the new year comes a brand-new ranking, something a bit different than what we’ve done before: the top 25 Zelda items of all-time.

This is a bit of an odd bird compared to our other lists. Like our picks for the best Pokemon ever, this ranking has a finite number of choices. After sifting through the inventory screens for each Zelda game in the series so far, I narrowed it down to about 220 choices. Pretty much anything that you can acquire is eligible as long as it shows up on one of those screens, with the exception of the Triforce of Courage. So tunics, swords, shields, weapons, bottles, Tingle Tuners, etc. were all possibilities.

Though we’ll discuss this a bit more as we reveal our choices, a few items were combined if they…

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At the Buzzer’s Top 25 Characters of All-Time

Just like and good, red-blooded, organizationally-inclined American, I love me a good list. So when the awesome folks behind At The Buzzer invited me to join in making a list of all-time favorite video game characters, of course I said YES! (They’ve enlisted a whole bunch of great folks for the task, including the wonderful @simpleekgrl of Simpleek!) Here I’m reblogging the introductory post to the whole shebang. This month the countdown starts with favorite male characters; female characters follow next month. Click through to head over to ATB where you can follow, comment, and vote on the list as it happens. Who’s cuisine will reign supreme?! Err…uh, I mean, video games! (Though I am a little hungry right now…) Which video game character will rule our hearts forever and ever? You’ve got to follow along to find out!

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Last year, we assembled a team to decide the 25 best games of all-time. Then, in March, we selected the 25 best Pokemon of all-time. Now? Now we’re expanding our horizons a bit.

We’ve decided to go through the hundreds of thousands of video game characters ever created and make our picks for the 25 best. This is going to be a two-month endeavor, because we’re going to break it down in a battle of the sexes. First up in August is the males, then the females will take center stage in September, before our final group list comes together in early October.

We’ve put together a panel of ATB stars and guests and friends of the show to narrow down the list. Today is just an introduction. Starting tomorrow, we’ll count down all the way to the best male character of all-time on Aug. 31. And you’ll…

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Crossing Over: Video Games Meet Hollywood

Although I completed Beyond: Two Souls nearly a month ago, it’s consistently been on my mind for a number of reasons, one of which I expounded upon in this #Voluntines post I wrote for one of my favorite sites, At the Buzzer. (Also, FOLLOW THEM! NOW!) There are several things that make BTS unique among today’s games, such as its use of professional actors who not only voiced the main characters but also underwent the fascinating and, I can only imagine, grueling process of performance capture. The results are impressive, if not perfect, and I hope they’re signs of things to come in games.

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post from cary at Recollections of Play for Voluntine’s Week. You should go read more things at her site because she writes interesting things and she was way more voluntiney than we were.

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Beyond: Two Souls (BTS) has been on my mind a lot. I played through the game last month, and it’s popped back into my thoughts here and there for a number of reasons: its story and the way it was told, the characters and the ways they were presented; its glaring and irksome imperfections. The game is quite memorable for elements both good and bad.

BTS is initially played through in flashbacks. Once all the chapters are opened, presumably you can go back and play through them in order. I didn’t have the chance to do that, but I really wish I had. Because despite some flaws in storytelling, BTS is…

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This one goes out to the ATB crew

"When Chuck Norris gives the thumbs up, 5,000 angels get their wings." (source)
“When Chuck Norris gives the thumbs up, 5,000 angels get their wings.” (source)

June 27th is this Thursday. And it’ll be just another day, right? Just another day where some of us start to close out the work week. Just another day to celebrate some famous birthdays like Ross Perot (1930), J. J. Abrams (1963), and Tobey Maguire (1975). Or maybe you’ll spend this Thursday remembering the founding of the Smithsonian (1829), or the incorporation of Atari (1972), or the United States’s entry into the Korean conflict (1950). Those are all fine reasons to celebrate this Thursday; but here’s one more. This Thursday, June 27, 2013, will go down in history as one of the most celebrated days of all years since the beginning timekeeping, for it marks At the Buzzer‘s 100th podcast!

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My Childhood and Mastering Slams on Saturday Evenings (A guest post)

Join me in welcoming Chris from At the Buzzer and his recollections of Saturday Night Slam Masters.  They nicely fill a void here since I’ve never played a wrestling video game. In fact, my wrestling-related memories don’t extend much beyond WWF and Sunday mornings in the 80s.  See, professional wrestling was on before a delightful block of Godzilla and/or kung fu movies and after an equally delightful bunch of Three Stooges shorts.  Yeah, all that plus church were pretty much how Sundays went in our house.  Yep…Sundays. Boy, that was boring.  But not to worry!  Chris’s article will allay your boredom — read on and share in his story.

Saturday Night Slam Masters box art © Capcom, Nintendo
Saturday Night Slam Masters box art © Capcom, Nintendo

One of the primary focuses here on Recollections of Play is a trip down nostalgia lane to video games played in one’s youth. I played a lot of classics back then, like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI, but there were also some lesser-known games like Brawl Brothers of which I’m not so proud.

So here’s my dirty little secret about my childhood that I don’t talk about much: I’ve kinda liked professional wrestling for a long time.

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