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.

K Sawyer Paul’s Favourite Media of 2020

I’ve been keeping better track of the things I consume this year. I couldn’t have done it without Notion and this blog. Here’s my top lists for every category. If I remember to, I’ll expand each section with reasons for each. If I don’t, assume each one of things gave me some joy and got me through some of this year.

Note: I definitely consumed more media than this in 2020, but I tried to keep it to things that were released this year.

Favourite Movies

Favourite Albums

Favourite Live-action TV Shows

  • Lovecraft Country - It’s very good and a bit sloppy but so much fun and fast it doesn’t matter. Just a goddamn blast from beginning to end.
  • Perry Mason - I don’t care at all about Perry Mason but I will follow Matthew Rhys into oblivion. I wonder if this had been made in the 2000s it would have just been a 150 minute feature and forgotten by awards season.
  • Fargo - Fargo season 5 is the only TV show this year that should actually be required viewing.
  • Avenue 5 - This show seemed stupid in January but then super smart by March.
  • What We Do In the Shadows - This show is delight medicine. I hope it gets the Sunny contract and runs until the end of time.

Favourite Anime

  • Dorohedoro - Lightning in a bottle creativity. I want the backgrounds of this show as art on my walls. Having said that, it’s very, very niche and might not appeal to, uh, anyone but me?
  • Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken - A celebration of the creative process, animation, and that period of your life where nobody’s really paying attention to you and you can get away with the thing.
  • Somali and the Forest Spirit - Hey, you wanna good cry? Here you go.

Favourite Articles

Favourite Video Games

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Don’t listen to anyone who says this isn’t the game of 2020. There are no other games.
  • Hades - Don’t listen to anyone who says this isn’t the game of 2020. There are no other games.

Favourite Podcasts

Favourite Wrestling Matches

Favourite Youtube Videos