Nice Job Badges | August 3

“You know what I’m really looking forward to?
August.
I just love August.”
– said no one ever. 

Happy August everyone, the absolute most boring month of the year.

Hey, boring can be a good thing! It helps you appreciate everyday life. If everyday was a spectacle, that itself would become a source of stress and would decrease the quality of life.

Monthly musings aside, on Wednesday I plan to release a very important update on Normal Happenings. Don’t worry, it’s a really good thing that can only make this halcyon blog even better! Until then, though, I will leave you in a state of eager anticipation.

I have to say, I’ve been very impressed with people’s blogging skills lately. There was a time back in June when I feel like there was a bit of a slow spell, but for now I’m having trouble picking just five entries for Nice Job badges. But alas, it must be done.

It’s Nice Job Badge time! These are five blog links from this week that deserve a high-five and a “nice job!”

THINGS:

  • If someone makes an amazing post one week, then makes another the next, I will feature them two weeks in a row.
  • I will not typically feature the same blogger twice on one list, unless I’m really blown away.
  • The posts will all loosely be from the current seven day period.
  • They are in no particular order because they’re all great.
  • Hey, you should totally put the badge on your recognized piece with a pingback to this post!


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My One-Hundred Eleven Favorite Games! | The Well-Red Mage

How I decided games for this list: I considered factors like the overall enjoyability, the lifetime impact, the number of times played, how much I’d want to play it right now, and iconic-ness. I was skeptical of flash-in-the-pan emotional reactions toward games I played very recently that didn’t have the time to simmer in my thoughts.

I’m kind of stunned. When I consider the sheer scope of this list — to compile a list and review 111 games, all in one post — I’m left a bit flummoxed. What have I just witnessed? What adventures have I gone on in my mind as I read through what must be at least 5,000 words of textual nostalgia? Even if their original form was separate Tweets, a compilation like this doesn’t come everyday. We are truly living in the golden age of long-form entertainment.


Also, stuff like this is the reason I’m a proud Green Mage supporter of The Well-Red Mage on Patreon! I sincerely enjoy the content they put together, and am a huge supporter of long-form media analysis. Check it out if you’re given the opportunity.


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Let it be you! | Vibe a Little

I’ve lost myself in the conundrum of , “Can people really change?”.  We are human. We make mistakes. We also learn and grow, is there a rule book somewhere that justifies a fair fight? How many times does someone get to overstep boundaries before the refs calls a personal foul? Or maybe I need to look within for the answers.

I must admit, I like feeling puzzled by introspective analysis. I am an introspective analysis blogger, after all. I like reading a post about the soul and thinking, “I could learn something from this — I’m just not sure what it is.” Well, I’m in luck, because the new follower I received this week, Vibe a Little, does that in every post. I’m still trying to make heads or tails on the meaning of these posts, but I have a feeling that’s the whole point. Regardless, what I can tell you is that each one is very well-composed.


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The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition: My Experience & Review | Candis Barbosa

Disney animation was one of my inspirations to become a Graphic Designer. Although, Graphic Design isn’t animation, Disney inspired me to go down the creative path that I have today. As a lover of Disney and animation, I was thrilled to see an Instagram ad for The Science Behind Pixar. From the ad, I discovered that The Science Behind Pixar was a new exhibit at The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago.

This post is just so beautiful and brilliant — Candis, you outdid yourself on this adventure catalog of your visit to the Pixar exhibit at the The Museum of Science and Industry. Not only is the subject matter fascinating, but this post is incredibly well-organized. Concise but detailed, I feel absolutely certain I’ve been there personally despite only adventuring from behind a computer screen. Add in spectacular photo quality to boot, and I’m only left scratching my head at why this impressive blogger only has 29 followers.


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The Cavern of Me | Starkite Poetry

It is a journey I must do alone
for only I can unlock the entrance,
like placing the shape and print of my hand
upon the stone to be personally let in.

It’s poetry! And it’s really good poetry! And it’s long poetry, which I appreciate. I love the visual imagery in this piece, a secret underground cavern — a metaphor for your mind — which must be explored and conquered. Starkite’s form of self-discovery is through their poetry, much like mine is through my own writing.

You guys are absolutely determined to make me like poetry, aren’t you? Well, whatever you’re doing, it’s working.


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Let’s Get Physical! | Power Bomb Attack

No, this post isn’t about the super catchy Olivia Newton-John song… It’s actually about a recent change of heart I’ve gone through about how I collect my games. It all started with me building my shelf for my Blu-ray and DVD collection in my basement. I’ve had my DVDs and Blu-rays in garbage bags for the past while… Makes sense given the popularity of digital downloads and streaming services these days.

Finally, newcomer and collab contributor Imtiaz from Power Bomb Attack starts up the conversation about purchasing digital versus physical games, and explores his own paradigm shift on the topic. As a person preferential to physical media myself, I found myself relating tremendously to this post.


Did I miss any links you think deserve recognition? Do a Nice Job by sharing them with us in the comments!

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Matthew Estes. STL-based Blogger. Graphic Designer. Happily Married. One day I'll actually complete a book I'm happy with. I love pizza, video games, and using way too many ellipses...

3 thoughts on “Nice Job Badges | August 3

  1. Why is August so boring, though, right?? I think it’s because there aren’t any major holidays as in no days when people could potentially be off work. Though I can only speak for the states since that’s where I am. My favorite month is September. There’s just something about summer’s end.

    Love this Nice Job Badge idea. TWRM’s list of games is such an epic feat and accomplishment. It’s making me want to attempt my own, and I’ve seen a few other bloggers work on the same like Cheap Boss Attack!

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