Our favorite games of 2016, part 2

Every December, instead of searching for a group consensus, Gameological looks back at the year in games through individual perspectives. These are the staffers’ personal takes on a few games that have stuck in their minds for whatever reason—big or small—and does not represent any sort of institutional expression.…

The best games of 2016 so far: A Gameological catch-up guide

Nobody has the time to play all the great video games that hit the market. Between the increasingly even distribution of big-budget releases throughout the year and Steam’s ever-flooding selection, exemplary or intriguing games pop up on a constant basis. So with the year half over and the busiest video game season…

From 17 to 55 years, authors took their time with these long-awaited book sequels

When Richard Russo published Everybody’s Fool last week, he joined the club of authors who waited more than a decade before publishing a sequel. Whether this group took their time creating a rich fantasy world (like J.R.R. Tolkien), checking in with characters to study the passage of time (à la Harper Lee), or for no…

Killing above your weight class: 26 unexpected assassins

The Wire’s Omar Little (Michael K. Williams) earned his status as a fan favorite for his unique mix of competence and bravado, which allowed him to make a very successful living robbing Baltimore’s most dangerous drug dealers. Despite numerous attempts on his life, he survives until the fifth season when he goes to…

Surely you can’t be serious: 16 movie parodies that still hold up

Parody films are ephemeral by nature. Take Fifty Shades Of Black, the Marlon Wayans Fifty Shades Of Grey parody that comes out this weekend: Based on its trailer, it’s practically guaranteed to feature at least one gag involving someone farting during sex. It’s also practically guaranteed to be forgotten before the…

Beyond Making A Murderer: 18 more true-life injustices brought to light in pop culture

Netflix’s runaway hit documentary series Making A Murderer is currently raising the ire (and pulses) of viewers across the country, but it’s far from alone in the ranks of real-life injustices that have been documented in hopes of raising awareness among the general public. Here are some other infuriating—and…

Our favorite games of 2015, part two

Every December, instead of searching for a group consensus, Gameological looks back at the year in games through individual perspectives. These are the staffers’ personal takes on a few games that have stuck in their minds for whatever reason—big or small—and does not represent any sort of institutional expression.…

The bad dinosaurs: 14 regrettable works of dino-themed entertainment

The Good Dinosaur is the rare dinosaur movie that has managed to stir hopeful expectations among film critics (its troubled production history aside). The project’s reputation is buoyed by its prestigious studio, Pixar, and by its 20-year distance from Hollywood’s last dino craze. There was a stretch, peaking in the…

Home sweet wasteland: 7 perfectly livable post-apocalyptic communities

As Matt Gerardi noted in his review this week, the nuke-ravaged world of Fallout 4 places a greater emphasis than ever on community—a point that Matt extends in the first entry below. Fallout 4 is part of a long tradition in games where indefatigable survivors carve out a tiny slice of heaven in a world sent to hell.…

Traveling tunes: 10 methods of gaming transport and their moving themes

Even more than catching monsters or pitting them against each other for profit and glory, Pokémon is really about adventure. The most fundamental draw of the series’ premise is not necessarily collecting cool monster companions, but living in a place where any 10-year-old can strike out on their own, see the world,…

“If you love me, you’ll drink this”: 7 movie cocktails you shouldn’t try at home

According to Hollywood legend, acclaimed film composer Bernard Herrmann wasn’t interested in scoring Taxi Driver. But Martin Scorsese did enough arm twisting to make Herrmann read the script, and when the maestro got to the scene where Travis Bickle pours schnapps onto his breakfast cereal, he realized that he had no…

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