Good Movies, December 2021-January 2022

Link Blog, January 2021

You Chose Poorly S02E08 - WiiU

Mikey and Sawyer detail the history of the Wii, the WiiU, and the Switch, and why one just quite isn’t like the others.

Links:

The Best of Youtube, 2021

Youtube is a bad place, but every now and then a good video appears. Because I can’t seem to stop going there, I can at least make it easier for you (and future me) to see what was worth it. Here are my favourite videos of this year.

Link Blog, 2021

My favourite articles of the year:

My favourite wrestling matches of 2021

The shortlist

  • Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi, January 4 2021, Wrestle Kingdom 15 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Sasha Banks vs Bianca Bel Air, April 10 2021, WrestleMania 37 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Utami Hayashishita vs. Syuri, June 12 2021, Stardom Tokyo Dream Cinderella Special Edition - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • The Lucha Brothers vs The Young Bucks, September 5 2021, AEW All Out 2021 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Kenny Omega, September 22 2021, AEW Dynamite #103 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The longlist

  • Shingo Takagi vs Jeff Cobb, January 5 2021, Wrestle kingdom 15 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Raquel Gonzalez vs Rhea Ripley, January 6 2021, NXT #437 - New Year’s Evil - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Match - Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Bayley, Billie Kay, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Dakota Kai, Dana Brooke, Ember Moon, Jillian Hall, Lacey Evans, Lana, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Mickie James, Naomi, Natalya, Nia Jax, Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce, Rhea Ripley, Ruby Riott, Santana Garrett, Shayna Baszler, Shotzi Blackheart, Tamina, Toni Storm, Torrie Wilson, Victoria, January 31 2021, WWE Royal Rumble 2021 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Finn Balor vs Pete Dunne, February 14 2021, TakeOver: Vengeance Day - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Io Shirai vs Mercedes Martinez vs Toni Storm, February 14 2021, TakeOver: Vengeance Day - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Ryo Mizunami vs Maki Ito, February 15 2021, AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Riho vs Serena Deeb, February 17 2021, AEW Dynamite 73 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Io Shirai vs Zoey Stark, February 24 2021, NXT 444 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Ryo Mizunami vs Nyla Rose, March 3 2021, AEW Dynamite 75 - The Crossroads - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Darby Allin & Sting vs Team Taz, March 7 2021, AEW Revolution - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Miro vs Darby Allin, May 12 2021, AEW Dynamite #85 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Kenny Omega vs Orange Cassidy vs PAC, May 30 2021, AEW Double or Nothing 2021 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Io Shirai & Zoey Stark vs Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez vs Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart, June 29 2021, NXT #461 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • The Elite vs Adam Page & The Dark Order, July 28 2021, AEW  Dynamite #96 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Christian Cage vs Kenny Omega, August 13 2021, AEW Rampage #1 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Giulia & Syuri vs. Momo Watanabe & Saya Kamitani, September 5 2021, NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam in MetLife Dome - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • CM Punk vs Darby Allin, September 5 2021, AEW All Out 2021 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Yujiro Takahashi vs Kota Ibushi, September 18 2021, NJPW G1 Climax 31 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • KENTA vs Yujiro Takahashi, September 23 2021, NJPW G1 Climax 31 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Shingo Takagi vs Zack Sabre Jr., September 23 2021, NJPW G1 Climax 31 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Becky Lynch vs Bianca Belair, September 26 2021, WWE Extreme Rules 2021 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Shingo Takagi vs Kota Ibushi, October 3 2021, NJPW G1 Climax 31 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs KENTA, October 9 2021, NJPW G1 Climax 31 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Minoru Suzuki, October 15 2021, AEW Rampage #10 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Taichi, October 20 2021, NJPW G1 Climax 31 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Jeff Cobb, October 20 2021, NJPW G1 Climax 31 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr., October 21 2021, NJPW G1 Climax 31 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Kota Ibushi, October 21 2021, NJPW G1 Climax 31 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Hikaru Shida vs Serena Deeb, October 27 2021, AEW Dynamite #108 - ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Bryan Danielson vs Eddie Kingston, October 29 2021, AEW Rampage #12 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Kenny Omega vs. Adam Page, November 13 2021, AEW Full Gear 2021 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Adam Page vs Bryan Danielson, December 15 2021, AEW Dynamite #115 - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Good TV, 2021

My favourite new TV shows from 2021

My favourite continuing shows that aired in 2021

My favourite TV shows I watched from the before time

Good Movies, 2021

My favourite movies released in 2021

Ten older movies I watched and loved in 2021

Video Game Time, 2021

Games finished

Games I played, did not finish, but will likely try again

  • Super Metroid, Super Nintendo, played on Nintendo Switch Online, 60%. Rating: 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, played on Nintendo DS, 50%.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Nintendo Switch, 50%. Rating: 5
  • Coffee Talk, Nintendo Switch, 30%. Rating: 3
  • Nier Automata, Playstation 4, played on Xbox Game Pass, 30%. Rating: 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077, played on Good Old Games, 20%. Rating: TBD
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantsasy: Curtain Call, played on Nintendo 3DS, 20%. Rating: 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Nintendo Switch, 15%. Rating: 4
  • New Super Mario Bros., Nintendo DS, played on rom, 70%
  • Cozy Grove, played on Nintendo Switch, 15%. Rating: 3
  • Undertale, Steam, played on Nintendo Switch, 5%. Rating: TBD
  • Final Fantasy IV, Super Nintendo, played on Nintendo DS, 0%. Rating: TBD

Games I played, did not finish, and likely won’t try again

  • Panzer Dragoon Remake, Sega Saturn, played on Nintendo Switch, 50%. Rating: 1
  • Wario Land II, Nintendo Game Boy Color, played on rom, 50%. Rating: 1
  • Fantasian, Apple Arcade, played on Apple Arcade, 10%. Rating: 2
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Playstation 3, played on Xbox Game Pass, 5%. Rating: 2
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Columns, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 2
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 2
  • Decap Attack, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Flicky, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Gain Ground, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Galaxy Force II, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Kid Chameleon, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Shining in the Darkness, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Sonic 3D Blast, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Sonic Spinball, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 2

Games I played too much of but are they ever really done?

Notes & thoughts

  • The ratings are out of 5. My rating system for games is the same as my rating system for wrestling matches.
  • I recorded and edited a video for almost every game I beat. I did not mean to do this!
  • Most of the games I tried but won’t return to are from the Sega Genesis Collections bundle. I think this says more about the nature of bundled game collections than anything specifically about the Genesis. I purposefully put aside a few games in that collection to enjoy later, but that doesn’t show up in the data.
  • 2021 was a year I subscribed to Xbox Game Pass for a few months, Apple Arcade, and the Nintendo Online service (I’m a sucker who upgraded to the expansion pak as well). I can’t help but think that subscriptions to game collections are only going to become more of a thing as time goes on. For the purposes of my own organization, I categorize games from these collections as if its a separate system entirely. That’s why there’s Nintendo Switch” and Nintendo Switch Online.”
  • I played roms mainly to try out mods and hacks and cheats, because I spent a few months this year being very interested in how they work in terms of enjoying games using fresh perspectives. I still might make a video about that sometime.
  • I beat” Project-X-Zone 2 this year, but I played 99% of it back in 2016. I had just left the game at the final boss without having finished the thing. You ever just stop watching a TV show before the last episode? It’s like that. You’ll come back to it when you’re ready for it to be over, not when the creators are.
  • My video game spreadsheet lives on Airtable, which is pretty perfect for things like this.