This proved to be extremely difficult, but here are, in no particular order, 30 favorite (of many, many) songs by Jack White and his many bands:
I've played, or been able to play, video games my entire life. Lines between generations were such that when I was a kid, my dad's Atari 2600, my cousin Corey's Nintendo Entertainment System, my Uncle's grad school P.C., a GameBoy, my cousin Timmy's Sega - all ready to go.
Having recently crossed a major grad school threshold, I've had a little bit more time than usual (even by pandemic standards) to game, and after realizing a glaring omission in my favorite movie's list (The Matrix for goodness sakes, what a damn fine trilogy!) I immediately pivoted to remembering the spectacular movie tie-in video game: the insanely good "Enter the Matrix" and well, here we are with a new list.
What follows are a non-exhaustive list of my 30 favorite video games, informed by equal parts objective game-goodness and, as always, the rose-colored glasses of memory.
Note: this list is limited to at-home console games only, not included are excellent and beloved arcade games like Frogger, Star Wars Arcade, Galaga, or Dig-Dug.
I excluded games from the current generation because this list was difficult enough to make, but some more recent games I've loved include:
I've spent a lot of words on the crowing achievement of American popular culture's triumphant film masterpiece Twister, so in lieu of replicating a million talking points anybody reading this blog has already heard at least a dozen times, I'll humbly share 30 of my favorite things about and/or from the movie, in a non-exhaustive, non-hierarchical list:
*part of why this list is so sparse is because I have one eye on the movie while I'm typing this.
Next month, I'm turning 30 years old - my how time flies when you're having fun, right?
I couldn't think of a better, more on-brand way, to ring in my 30th year than to rank a bunch of arbitrary stuff, using arbitrary criteria, following and contradicting my own arbitrary rules as if anyone other than me cares for how well I follow my own directions.
One perk to the late-winter, whole-spring, falling-summer pandemic is I've had lots of time to think about the stuff I love, loved, or hope to continue loving in my next 30 years. Pop culture reflection hopefully is the closest indulgence I get to some third decade crisis.
Hope you all enjoy following along!