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Essential Reading List

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Decided to make an essential reading list for anyone interested in reading what I consider the greatest of classics.

Dante - The Divine Comedy, La Vita Nuova, The Convito, basically anything you can your hands on because he's brilliant
Carl von Clausewitz - On War
Homer - The Odyssey
Arrian - The Campaigns of Alexander
Xenophon - The Expedition of Cyrus
Plutarch - Parallel Lives
Cicero - Political Speeches & Defense Speeches
Ovid - Metamorphoses
William Shakespeare - Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, et al. All of the tragedies + The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III & Twelfth Night
Aeschylus - Oresteia trilogy
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime and Punishment
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
Herman Melville - Moby Dick
Virgil - Aeneid
Niccolo Machiavelli - Discourses on Livy & The Prince
Lewis Caroll - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass
John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath

And some modern stuff that's fantastic if you have even a passing interest.

Modern writers
Tom Holland - Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic (probably the best and most readable novel about the last 50 years of the Roman Republic)
Kenzaburo Oe - A Personal Matter
Ivo Andric - Bridge on the Drina
Ross King - Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
David McCullough - 1776
Jean Edward Smith - FDR
Jean Renoir - My Life and My Films
Rick Atkinson - An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943
Doris Kearns Goodwin - Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
R.W.B. Lewis - Dante: A Life

I, too, got BioShock Infinite.

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Yup. And at full-price too, smh. First game I bought full price this year and won't be the last. I'm still at the very beginning and will be playing more today after the World Cup qualifying matches are done. Also, I think I'll be playing with my 360 controller. This game's mouse sensitivity is waaaaay too loose and I just prefer the 360 controller in single-player FPS.

bonus: read my sh1tty BioShock review from when it first came out. fvck that game now

What I've Been Playing - 24/03/13

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Yo. I don't blog as often as I do anymore because it doesn't seem like many people read blogs anymore here but fvck it YOLO, I'm bored right now.

Metal Gear Solid - Never played it before. I'm up to Sniper Wolf and it's pretty awesome so far. Granted I suck at stealth games (which is why I'm playing on Easy). The story is pretty dumb yet oddly entertaining. Once I finish I'll play 2 and 3 since I have the HD Trilogy on 360.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Ughhhhhh this game. I love it and hate it. The highs are "OMGAMAZING" but the lows are "Yo what the fvck were they thinking?!". I'm almost finished with it and I plan to reply Twilight Princess, my favourite Legend of ZERUDA.

Dota 2 - I'm always playing this because the game is too damn addictive. Of course I also fvcking hate the people on it but that's for another day. Also, fvck you Valve for taking years to release new heroes.

That's what I'm playing now!

25 Favourite Games

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Because I'm bored. One per series.

1. Resident Evil 4
2. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
3. System Shock 2
4. MOTHER 3
5. The World Ends With You
6. Super Mario Galaxy
7. Bayonetta
8. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
9. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
10. Silent Hill 2
11. Final Fantasy V or XII, can't decide
12. SSX 3
13. Viewtiful Joe
14. Ikaruga
15. Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening
16. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
17. Super Castlevania IV
18. Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
19. Gitaroo Man
20. God Hand
21. Chrono Trigger
22. Persona 4
23. Pokemon Gold/Silver
24. FEAR
25. Gradius V 

The films of 2012.

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Since this year is coming to a close, it's time to reflect on the films released over the year. The most hyped, the surprises, the disappointments, and everything else in between.

I've watched an ungodly amount this year in theatres so I'll rank 'em in order from best to worst:

1. Pieta
2. Amour
3. Skyfall
4. Silver Linings Playbook
5. Lincoln
6. Argo
7. Moonrise Kingdom
8. Looper
9. The Master
10. Django Unchained
11. End of Watch
12. 21 Jump Street
13. Seven Psychopaths
14. Coriolanus
15. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
16. The Secret World of Arriety
17. The Avengers
18. The Dark Knight Rises
19. The Hobbit
20. The Grey
21. Cloud Atlas
22. Ted
23. The Bourne Legacy
24. Prometheus
25. To The Wonder

I still have more films to add but it'd be an odd number like 31 lol. There's a few others I've yet to see aswell but I got the main ones released this year. Feel free to comment on my list!