Andy’s Top 30 Video Games: 20-16

The Sims 3 (2009, PC) – 44.8/60 Gameplay 8.4 Building your world and telling your own story is something The Sims pioneered, capitalizing ultimately on Maxis’ original intentions when they created the Sim____ franchises in yesteryear.  I enjoyed this particular version of The Sims over previous editions because graphically it could finally offer a bit…

Andy’s Top 30 Video Games: 25-21

Age of Empires II (1999, PC) – 43.1/60 Gameplay – 8.5 Man, did I have a blast with Age of Empires II.  I can’t speak for the campaign/quests – I didn’t do too many of them, honestly.  I would constantly play skirmishes against the AI, trying out a variety of civilizations and their unique units,…

Andy’s Top 30 Video Games: 30-26

QUALIFICATIONS:  These are both console & computer titles.  Nostalgia does play a factor in these games, but I did my best not to let it influence my scoring too much.  The ranking of these is not at all influenced by other “Best Of” lists, and is ranked entirely by my affection for and experience playing…

The Quagmire of Offseason Melancholy

The central crux of being a sports fan, particularly of a historically bad franchise, is to hold out hope that one day we can be there to see our team win it all.  The Cubs history-smashing title this past November was one for the ages, and is a shining example of what bad teams want…

Jimmy Garoppolo & The Quest For Truth

It’s about time we talked about this, because for Bears fans, Jimmy Garoppolo is a name that has swirled in undefined suspension for months now in various forms of emotion: Hope for the possibility that an Illinois kid can come home and take the Bears to the promised land. Fear that the cost for acquiring…

AFI Top 100: Review & Thoughts of 90-81

Let’s continue on down the list of my AFI Top 100 countdown. 90.  SWING TIME (1936):  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers delight in what is generally a forgettable bit of novel and overwrought cinematic ham that gets counterbalanced by charming exhibitions of remarkable dancing and singing ability.  In the era of the 1930s, movies were…

AFI Top 100: Thoughts & Review of 100-91

My roommate and I are film junkies, and what better challenge than the AFI Top 100?  The American Film Institute updated their list in 2007, so that’s the one we went with.  It’s been a couple years and we still aren’t done with the list, but we’ve put an enormous dent into the daunting face of…

Stardew Valley: Cozy Times on the Farm

I’m not much for going outside these days. I enjoy putting my pale, lumpy butt on display during vacations a few times a year, but mostly I’m the type of person who prefers to be cozied up in my tree.  There’s no denying, however, that the few times I go on walks or runs, or…

I hate Aaron Rodgers.

The title pretty much sums it up.  I hate this guy. I hate him because I’m jealous.  I’m jealous of the Green Bay Packers for having a guy this talented fall into their laps late in the 2005 NFL Draft; I’m jealous because he’s gone 33-19 against the NFC North with a ridiculous 111-21 touchdown-to-interception…

Mornings, Then & Now.

Waking up early is fantastic. Er, fantastic in so much as long as you have the morning off of work or don’t have to be anywhere until the afternoon.  Let’s try this again – waking up early is fantastic on weekends or days off.  I’m going to work under this context for the rest of…

Hearthstone: My Experience, Enjoyment, & Disappointments

Given that the Bears are a couple months away from Free Agency, we’re distancing ourselves from Christmas, and the only other thing going on is the Blackhawks chugging along in preparation for another potentially awkward playoff run, I woke up this morning with a hankering to write about Hearthstone. Hearthstone, for those not aware, is…

Bears Offseason Crystal Ball

The 2017 Chicago Bears are currently in an amorphous state – a primordial soup of elements that haven’t yet become the mudfish scraping its way along a sandy shore, gulping its first breath of air.  Free agency and the draft will give us a clearer picture about this team’s immediate future, but before the 2016…