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My Top Ten Favorite (updated as I play) ...

... Role-Playing Games:
1. Final Fantasy VI
2. Mother 3
3. Chrono Trigger
4. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
5. Final Fantasy IV
6. EarthBound
7. Lost Odyssey
8. Kingdom Hearts
9. Paper Mario
10. Final Fantasy IX

... Adventure Games:
1. Day of the Tentacle
2. Full Throttle
3. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
4. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
5. Sam & Max Hit the Road
6. King�s Quest III: To Heir is Human
7. Grim Fandango
8. King�s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
9. The Secret of Monkey Island
10. Professor Layton and the Curious Village

... 2D Action/Adventure Games:
1. Super Metroid
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
3. Cave Story
4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
5. The Legend of Zelda: Link�s Awakening
6. Fez
7. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
8. StarTropics
9. Shadow Complex
10. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime

... 3D Action/Adventure Games:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Shadow of the Colossus
3. Beyond Good & Evil
4. God of War II
5. God of War
6. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
7. Metroid Prime
8. Okami
9. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
10. Ico

... Survival Horror Games:
1. Resident Evil 4
2. Dead Space
3. Resident Evil 2
4. Dead Space 2
5. Resident Evil
6. Dino Crisis 2
7. Resident Evil 5
8. Alan Wake
9. Silent Hill
10. Dino Crisis

... Open World Games:
1. Red Dead Redemption
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
3. Bully
4. Grand Theft Auto IV
5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
6. inFamous 2
7. inFamous
8. L.A. Noire
9. Prototype
10. Crackdown

... 2D Action Games:
1. Contra III: The Alien Wars
2. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
3. Gunstar Heroes
4. ActRaiser
5. Contra 4
6. Ninja Gaiden
7. Gunstar Super Heroes
8. Viewtiful Joe 2
9. Snake Rattle 'n' Roll
10. Viewtiful Joe

... 3D Action Games:
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2. Uncharted 3: Drake�s Deception
3. Gears of War 2
4. Bayonetta
5. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor
6. Ninja Gaiden II
7. Gears of War 3
8. Vanquish
9. Gears of War
10. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

... Strategy Games:
1. Valkyria Chronicles
2. StarCraft
3. Fire Emblem
4. Pikmin 2
5. Advance Wars
6. StarCraft II
7. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
8. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
9. Pikmin
10. Plants vs. Zombies

... Sports Games:
1. Punch-Out!!
2. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
3. Wii Sports Resort
4. Wii Sports
5. Super Punch-Out!!
6. Mario Golf
7. Mario Tennis
8. Pilotwings 64
9. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
10. International Superstar Soccer 64

... First-Person Shooters:
1. Half-Life 2
2. Portal 2
3. Portal
4. BioShock
5. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
6. Singularity
7. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
9. Resistance 2
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops

... Racing Games:
1. Uniracers
2. Mario Kart DS
3. Diddy Kong Racing
4. F-Zero
5. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
6. Mario Kart 64
7. Wave Race 64
8. F-Zero GX
9. Excitebike 64
10. Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

... 2D Platformers:
1. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
2. Super Mario Bros. 3
3. Super Mario World
4. Super Meat Boy
5. Rayman Origins
6. Donkey Kong Country Returns
7. Mega Man 2
8. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
9. Mega Man 9
10. LittleBigPlanet 2

... 3D Platformers:
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
2. Super Mario Galaxy
3. Banjo Kazooie
4. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
5. Super Mario 3D Land
6. Super Mario 64
7. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
8. Jak 3
9. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
10. Jak II

... Fighting Games:
1. Super Smash Bros. Melee
2. Mortal Kombat
3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
4. Street Fighter IV
5. Super Smash Bros.

... Puzzle Games:
1. Tetris Attack
2. Planet Puzzle League
3. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
4. Meteos
5. Puzzle Quest 2
6. Tetrisphere
7. Tetris DS

... Variety Games:
1. Journey
2. World of Goo
3. Shatter
4. Wario Ware: Twisted!
5. Katamari Damacy
6. Pac-Man: Championship Edition
7. Devil�s Crush
8. Flower
9. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
10. Boom Blox

... Rhythm Games:
1. Elite Beat Agents
2. Parappa the Rapper
3. Rock Band 2
4. Rock Band
5. Guitar Hero
6. Um Jammer Lammy
7. Guitar Hero II
8. Karaoke Revolution - Volume 2
9. Karaoke Revolution Party
10. Karaoke Revolution

... Shooters:
1. Ikaruga
2. Star Fox 64
3. PixelJunk Shooter
4. Gradius III
5. Air Zonk
6. PixelJunk Shooter
7. Galaga Legions
8. Space Invaders Extreme
9. R-Type III: The Third Lightning
10. Omega Five

... Party/Multiplayer Games:
1. Mario Party
2. Mario Party 2
3. Scene It?
4. Mario Party 6
5. Mario Party 7
6. UNO
7. Mario Party 3
8. Pac-Man Vs.
9. Mario Party 5
10. Mario Party 4

... Simulations:
1. Roller Coaster Tycoon
2. Animal Crossing
3. Roller Coaster Tycoon 2
4. Nintendogs
5. Animal Crossing: Wild World

... Light Gun Games:
1. Link's Crossbow Training

... Collections:
1. God of War Collection
2. Metroid Prime Trilogy
3. God of War: Origins Collection
4. The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
5. Final Fantasy Anthology
6. Final Fantasy Origins
7. Final Fantasy Collection
8. Sonic Mega Collection

... Beat 'em Ups:
1. Castle Crashers
2. River City Ransom
3. MadWorld

... LEGO:
1. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
2. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
3. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
4. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
5. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
6. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
7. LEGO Batman
8. LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
9. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

... NES Games:
1. Super Mario Bros. 3
2. Mega Man 2
3. Mike Tyson�s Punch-Out!!
4. StarTropics
5. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
6. Castlevania III: Dracula�s Curse
7. The Legend of Zelda
8. River City Ransom
9. Ninja Gaiden
10. Snake Rattle �n� Roll

... Super NES Games:
1. Super Metroid
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
3. Final Fantasy VI
4. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
5. Contra III: The Alien Wars
6. Chrono Trigger
7. Final Fantasy IV
8. EarthBound
9. Super Mario World
10. Uniracers

... Genesis Games:
1. Gunstar Heroes
2. Earthworm Jim
3. Sonic the Hedgehog
4. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
5. Shining Force
6. Beyond Oasis

... TurboGrafx-16 Games:
1. Air Zonk
2. Devil's Crush
3. Neutopia II
4. Neutopia
5. Bomberman '93
6. Bonk's Adventure
7. Alien Crush
8. R-Type
9. Cho Aniki
10. Bonk's Revenge

... Nintendo 64 Games:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Paper Mario
3. Banjo-Kazooie
4. Super Mario 64
5. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
6. Goldeneye 007
7. Star Fox 64
8. Conker's Bad Fur Day
9. Banjo-Tooie
10. Diddy Kong Racing

... PlayStation Games:
1. Final Fantasy IX
2. Metal Gear Solid
3. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
4. Final Fantasy VII
5. Resident Evil 2
6. Final Fantasy VIII
7. Spyro the Dragon
8. Parappa the Rapper
9. Dino Crisis 2
10. Ape Escape

... GameCube Games:
1. Resident Evil 4
2. Beyond Good & Evil
3. Pikmin 2
4. Metroid Prime
5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
6. Pikmin
7. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
9. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
10. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

... PlayStation 2 Games:
1. Shadow of the Colossus
2. God of War II
3. God of War
4. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
5. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
6. Kingdom Hearts
7. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
8. Ico
9. Final Fantasy XII
10. Okami

... Xbox Games:
1. Halo
2. Ninja Gaiden

... Wii Games:
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
2. Super Mario Galaxy
3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
4. Donkey Kong Country Returns
5. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
6. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
7. Kirby's Epic Yarn
8. Punch-Out!!
9. Wii Sports Resort
10. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

... PlayStation 3 Games:
1. Valkyria Chronicles
2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
5. LittleBigPlanet 2
6. Demon's Souls
7. LittleBigPlanet
8. God of War III
9. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
10. Final Fantasy XIII

... Xbox 360 Games:
1. Half-Life 2
2. Portal 2
3. Portal
4. Lost Odyssey
5. BioShock
6. Red Dead Redemption
7. Rayman Origins
8. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
9. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
10. Batman: Arkham City

... PC Games:
1. Day of the Tentacle
2. Full Throttle
3. StarCraft
4. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
5. StarCraft II
6. Sam & Max Hit the Road
7. King�s Quest III: To Heir is Human
8. Grim Fandango
9. King�s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
10. The Secret of Monkey Island

... Game Boy/Game Boy Color Games:
1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
2. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
3. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
4. Metroid II: Return of Samus
5. Final Fantasy Adventure
6. Final Fantasy Legend
7. Golf
8. Tennis

... Game Boy Advance Games:
1. Mother 3
2. Fire Emblem
3. Wario Ware: Twisted!
4. Advance Wars
5. Drill Dozer
6. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
7. Metroid Fusion
8. Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising
9. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
10. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

... Nintendo DS Games:
1. Mario & Luigi: Bowser�s Inside Story
2. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
3. Elite Beat Agents
4. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
5. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
6. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
7. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
8. Contra 4
9. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
10. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

... PSP Games:
1. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
2. God of War: Chains of Olympus

... Nintendo 3DS Games:
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
3. Resident Evil Revelations
4. Mario Kart 7
5. Pilotwings Resort

... WiiWare Games:
1. Cave Story
2. World of Goo
3. Mega Man 9
4. Fluidity
5. Mega Man 10
6. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

... PSN Games:
1. Journey
2. Shatter
3. PixelJunk Shooter 2
4. PixelJunk Monsters
5. Flower
6. PixelJunk Shooter
7. Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
8. PixelJunk SideScroller
9. Noby Noby Boy

... Xbox Live Arcade Games:
1. Super Meat Boy
2. Limbo
3. Fez
4. Shadow Complex
5. Spelunky
6. Pac-Man: Championship Edition
7. Braid
8. Plants vs. Zombies
9. Costume Quest
10. Castle Crashers
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Welcome, everyone, to the first annual Amazees!

What are the Amazees!, you ask? Well, I love awards shows, making lists, and talking about things I love, so I decided to combine them all and celebrate the stuff that made me happy this past year. Oh, I also like using the word “amazing.” And, thus, the Amazees! were born!

Check out this sophisticated artist rendering of what an Amazee! looks like:



Fancy, huh? You know you want one.

Some people may not know this, but I love movies almost as much as I enjoy playing videogames. Of course my tawdry love affair with videogames will never quite be matched, but, I have to say, there is something about seeing a great movie that really tickles my fancy.

Because of this obsession with movies and videogames I decided to present the Amazees! in two parts: today will focus on my favorite movies of 2008 and tomorrow will be dedicated to my favorite videogames of the year.

Keep in mind that these awards only involve movies and videogames that I have seen or played. If something incredible is missing it is probably because I just haven’t experienced it yet. Don’t yell at me!

So, without further adieu, I present to you the first annual Amazees!:

*applause*

*girls taking off their tops*

*applause for girls taking off their tops*

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



Wait, the tears streaming out of my face at the end of this movie have something to say:

“The music ... so good ... so moving ...”

There you go. Tears don’t lie.

Runner-up: WALL-E



Cloverfield



Although the entire movie is technically impressive, the sound effects in particular in Cloverfield are exceptional.

Runner-up: The Dark Knight



The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



Honestly, I just decided to add this category at the last minute just so I could talk about how freakin’ amazing the makeup in Benjamin Button is. Wow.

Runner-up: The Wrestler



The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



The cinematography in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is absolutely gorgeous. And, yes, be prepared to read the name “Benjamin Button” a lot throughout the rest of these awards.

Runner-up: Slumdog Millionaire



Slumdog Millionaire



It is very rare for me to notice how well a film is edited, but after seeing Slumdog Millionaire I remember mentioning to a friend how amazing the editing was. The remarkable style and frenetic pace of the movie are born almost entirely from the incredible editing.

Runner-up: American Teen



The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



Um, they digitally inserted Brad Pitt’s face on another actor for almost half the movie. And it looks amazing. Yeah, this award could not have gone to any other film.

Runner-up: Cloverfield



The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



How many times have you ever said a movie is better than its source material? For me, only a small handful. And one of those movies is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Runner-up: Frost/Nixon



WALL-E



WALL-E is the definition of a perfectly structured movie. From the opening, wordless portion on Earth to the surprisingly deep commentary on the human race’s obsession with consumerism that closes the movie, WALL-E impresses and never ceases to blow me away with its endless creativity.

Runner-up: Slumdog Millionaire



Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)



As Queenie, the incredibly kind adoptive mother of Brad Pitt’s Benjamin, Taraji P. Henson is marvelous. No other actress this year (supporting or lead) embodied a role better. Every scene she was in filled my heart with such joy -- if I wasn’t laughing out loud I had a giant smile on my face.

Runner-up: Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married)



Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)



I know, giving Heath Ledger this award is so obvious. But, man, all these months later I am still thinking about his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. My favorite scene has to be the part when Ledger’s character walks out of the hospital dressed as the nurse. That little hop he does off the curb sealed the deal for me.

Runner-up: Ayush Mahesh Khedekar (Slumdog Millionaire)



Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)



The rehearsal dinner scene alone in Rachel Getting Married wins this category for Anne Hathaway. No other movie this year made me feel more uncomfortable than Rachel Getting Married, and it’s all thanks to Anne Hathaway’s tragic performance. And I mean that as the highest compliment.

Runner-up: Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)



Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)



Gosh, this was a tough category. Between Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino) and Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) I truly didn’t know who to pick!

In the end, though, Mickey Rourke gave the most affecting, physically demanding performance I have seen all year. Um, he took a staple gun to the chest. MULTIPLE TIMES!

Honorable Mention: Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon)



Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)



While David Fincher’s direction in Benjamin Button is flawless, I have to give the slight upper hand to Danny Boyle for his remarkable work on Slumdog Millionaire. Not only is Slumdog one of the best films of the year, it is also one of the most stylish and well constructed movies of all time. The direction truly is perfection.

Runner-up: David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)



The Curious Case of Benjamin Button



When I first saw Benjamin Button more than a month ago I was obsessed with it. Instead of proclaiming it the best movie of 2008, though, I decided to let the experience sink in a little and see it again when it opened on Christmas Day. I did. And it is still my favorite movie of the year.

As much as I adore Slumdog Millionaire and WALL-E, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button affected me on a level no movie has in years. The first time I saw it I continued to cry for at least ten minutes straight after the closing credits rolled. That’s one powerful piece of art! David Fincher’s masterpiece is like a modern day fairy tale, displaying some of the most technical wonder -- from the jaw-dropping visual effects to the stunning camera work -- I have ever seen on the big screen.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a movie I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life.

Honorable Mentions: Slumdog Millionaire, WALL-E

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And, if you are curious, here is a list of my Top Ten Movies of 2008:

Top Ten Movies of 2008
1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2. Slumdog Millionaire
3. WALL-E
4. The Wrestler
5. Milk
6. Gran Torino
7. The Dark Knight
8. Frost/Nixon
9. Rachel Getting Married
10. Cloverfield

Congratulations, The Curious Case of Benjamin! You are the big winner, taking home seven Amazees! Nice job!

Check back tomorrow for the Amazees! for best videogames of the year!



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