Episode 95 WRaP-ing Up 2013

What fun will 2014 hold for Game on Girl? Give us your suggestions!

This week, writer Mark and podcast editor Ryan join us to discuss our favorite TV shows, movies, games, and books from 2013. Listen and see if we included your favorite! If not, let us know in the comments! 2014-Numbers-free-Happy-2014-New-Year-Image-Wallpaper-001Until next time, game on!

Regina & Rhonda & Mark & Ryan

Regina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek culture is Regina’s favorite thing to do when she’s not reading student papers, dancing an excessive amount of calories away, or chasing after her daughter. Inclined towards mobile and social gaming online, Regina also loves a good round of 7 Wonders, Qwirkle, Small World, or Lords of Waterdeep. Someday, she hopes to actually take part in a D&D campaign so she can officially “roll” a character and role play her as a devious, highly intelligent mischief maker, which would be nothing like she is in real life.

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  1. TV – I've really enjoyed Sleepy Hollow, Orphan Black, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I've been enjoying Almost Human – it reminds me of Fringe in some ways, but it's no surprise because JJ Abrams was involved with both – but it's not as good as I'd like it to be. I loved Orange is the New Black, like most everyone I know who watched the entire series. Bomb Girls (sadly canceled before its time), Lost Girl, Bob's Burgers, and Archer are all amazing shows that I discovered on Netflix.

    Movies – The only movie I watched in theaters was Pacific Rim, which I loved.

    Books – Out of all the books I read in 2013, I enjoyed the Partials series by Dan Wells and the Princess series by Jim C. Hines (Regina, I think the Jim C. Hines series is right up your alley! Just disregard the names of the books and read for the characters). Both young adult, but one of them is dystopian, while the other is fantasy. And I'm currently listening to Ready Player One on audiobook because the audiobook was much easier to get through my library than the book. I was pleasantly surprised when I picked it up and saw Wil Wheaton's name on the cover!

    Games – I really enjoyed The Walking Dead game and Gone Home. I completely understand all the accolades that those two games have received, but I'm probably the exact kind of person those games were aimed toward (crossing my fingers for season 2 of The Walking Dead game to go on sale on Steam). I was in tears at the end of both games. Papers, Please was fun, in a crazy, monotonous, "oh man I feel like a horrible person" kind of way. I've only played a little of Lilly Looking Through, but it's a gorgeous game.

    Board games – My friends and I have a semi-regular game night where we play Cosmic Encounter, which is delightful but turns us against each other so easily during each round. Settlers of Catan and Cards Against Humanity will make appearances at our next game night. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I've played way too many hours of Sims 3 because I got it in a Humble Bundle. I was pressured into playing Candy Crush and play it much too often.

    I'm STILL waiting for Plants vs. Zombies 2 to come out on Kindle Fire because that's where I play the first one. It looks like I could be waiting quite a while longer for it to come out!

  2. TV – I'm in Finland, so we are sometimes a bit behind on the TV-series. A new one I enjoyed this year was Elementary. I like crime and detective stories. I also liked the British show Call the Midwife.

    Movies – Gravity gets a vote from me. Excellent storytelling.

    Books – Master of Crows by Grace Draven. A dark and broody fantasy book with a strong romantic element. An other book in the same style, a strong romantic fantasy but with a MM romance instead was the excellent book Brute by Kim Fielding. A strong story about a man with a disability who learns to love himself while taking care of somebody else.

    Games – I know it came out in 2012, but I played Dishonored in spring of 2013, and I have to say it was the big studio game I enjoyed the most during the past year, and still play every now and then. And the game introduced me to a new genre of games, the sneak about ones. But my game of the year title goes to a small Indie game called The Swapper. I really liked the story, the environment, the atmosphere and the puzzles. All around a great experience.

    Board Games – No new board games for me this year, but then again, I'm more of a jigsaw puzzle builder. A few new ones have found their way into my collection again.

  3. What great collections! Thanks to you both for sharing! I am going to go look up several of your suggestions here. 🙂

  4. Here's a small sampling of my 2013….

    TV
    The Walking Dead
    Orphan Black
    Modern Family (you almost forget just how good this show is)
    Justified
    Orange is the New Black
    House of Cards
    Parks & Recreation

    Movies
    Star Trek Into Darkness
    Anchorman 2
    Mandela
    Gravity
    (and then A LOT I haven't seen yet like Fruitvale Station, Enough Said, etc)

    Books
    Double Down

    Games
    Gone Home
    Bioshock Infinite
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    GTA V (despite it's disturbing content and misogyny there is some fun gameplay)
    Tearaway

  5. It was a good year, wasn't it Chris? 🙂

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