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The Top Movies And Games of 2015, According to Simon

Posted by Simon on January 01, 2016
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Happy New Year! As you may have noticed, we had a quiet second half of the year here at Awesome Friday, but that’s not to say we weren’t busy. It’s the opposite, actually; between work, and kids, and writing an entire bloody book in November, I’ve barely had time to indulge in my twin pleasures of games and movies, let alone write about them. Looking back over the year, there are a number of titles that I wish I’d had the chance to watch and play, but I also discovered I engaged with enough entertainment to put together a list.

So, here is it: my Best Of 2015.

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E3 2015: Nintendo Liveblog

Posted by Simon on June 16, 2015
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Nintendo’s Digital Event kicks off the second day of E3. What can it do to possibly top Sony’s ridiculously gratifying show last night? Let’s find out!

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The Opening of Bayonetta 2 Is Perfect

Posted by Simon on October 27, 2014
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Bayonetta 2

There is an annoying tendency for over-explanation at the beginning of games.

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Great Moments Of The Generation: Wii Bowling Takes Over

Posted by Simon on December 02, 2013
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The Nintendo Wii holds an unique honour in my gaming lifetime. It’s the only console I’ve ever sold – twice – while its been in the middle of its life. There’s has been no other console that has left me feeling so totally angry and ambivalent about its core mission and design. The lack of HD, the foggy motion controls, the dry spells between Mario and Zelda games filled with tumbleweeds; it was something that I just new I wouldn’t able to connect with. I bought two Wiis and sold them both, head shaking harder the second time for believing that there might have been some redeeming long-term feature I’d missed.

There wasn’t.

However, the Wii may not have had the longevity I required but it did have one thing that was unbeatable. So good, in fact, that it was the prime reason for my purchase each time I threw money at it. Because, as it turned out, there really ain’t ┬áno party like a Wii Bowling party.

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I Wonder Where The Wonder Went

Posted by Simon on October 19, 2013
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The first time I completed my all-time favourite game, Sega’s astounding Rez, it was on a semi-stolen projector. I mean, stolen is probably too strong a word, but it’s definitely safe to imply that I shouldn’t have had it hooked up in my games room instead of being tucked up safely in a dark recess of my work office.

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