When Fez released on PC in May of 2013 I adored it. I was fresh out of grad school, looking for a job, and had time on my hands. I quickly played through the game and loved it so much that I completed every optional puzzle, finding every collectible, unlocking every secret until I had every achievement, and saw every room.
I love a good horror film and October is a great season for watching a spooky flick. I tried not to overthink this list and went with my gut, letting my intuition drive my rankings. Like most things, this list is super subjective because what frightens and works for some people is not going to work for others. It could make a fun marathon one year to revisit all of these favorites.
Spelunky is my favorite video game and I could write some deep, critical analysis of it but part of my love of the game is connected to how it helped me in a specific time in my life. Today is the day Spelunky 2 releases on PS4, a game I didn’t expect to exist and I hope will be delightful as the original game.
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If you’re reading this, there’s a strong chance you enjoy the work I do. For that I am grateful. When I started writing movie reviews on my Xanga (remember that site) I didn’t expect anyone but my parents and maybe a few friends to read them. Now I’ve got complete strangers who’ve turned into friends because of my writing about movies and many other forms of media.
James Baldwin is one of the great discoveries I’ve made in my adult life. A well-known African American writer/speaker in the ‘60s, he existed in a strange space in history, not gaining the notoriety or influence of contemporaries like Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X in large part because he positioned himself more as an academic writer and less as a political activist. Baldwin documented life as a Black American rather than take up a leadership role in the movement itself.