The Best Romances In Media

You know how every now and then you’ll be watching a movie or TV show, or reading a book, and you’re blown away by the on-screen chemistry between actors, and/or the way they are written and all that?

It really nails home the feeling these characters have for each other, and makes it incredible to watch or read about, and makes it so very believable and awe-inspiring.

So today, I will be starting a running list of romances that I think are some of the best of all time.

Though forgive me, for I can’t think of too many at this time.

*Note these are in no particular order.*

Charles & Caroline Ingalls

(Little House on the Prairie TV Series)

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This is a very well written show, and the father and mother of the main family’s relationship is no exception.

Despite constantly facing hard times, working their butts off always or dealing with raising a handful of slightly troublesome daughters, they always manage to stay positive and cheerful.

There are many scenes where the two of them goof of and laugh together, and share sweet, tender moments, and it’s all so adorable and believable that this is a caring, loving couple whose bond holds their family together, no matter what happens.

 

 

Rocky & Adrian Balboa

(Rocky movie series)

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These two have an infectious chemistry right from their first scene together, despite Adrian saying two words to Rocky. Throughout the series, their bond grows stronger, and despite going through really rough times, and really great times, their love never wavers, but grows stronger. They support each other through the bad, and rejoice together when things go well.

The scene in Rocky II when they are walking through a park after they find out Adrian is pregnant, talking about what they want their kid to be like is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time. It’s so natural and simple, and so cute. It’s hard to believe they’re acting here, it’s that good.

 

Kara Danvers & Mon-el

(Supergirl TV Series)

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This is probably the best on-screen couple I have ever seen. Despite being from two rival planets, these two fall in love hard, and the interactions are jaw-dropping. Not even because of their lines, it’s way the look at each other, touch each other, kiss, cuddle… all of it seems so real.

And then I found out the actors were actually married in real life, so it pretty much was real. And it aided their fake relationship immensely.

Peter Parker And Mary Jane Watson

(Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy)

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This one has a lot to do with the way it’s written. This relationship is quite the roller coaster, and the actors nail every point, low or high.

The emotion of each character is so powerful, and portrayed beautifully. Each interaction has me practically holding my breath, for it’s so incredible to watch the points where they love each other, and yet has me full of anxiety during the edgy parts.

From their shy beginnings, when they are just friends, to the moment of climax when they fall in love, to when they fall apart, and come back, repeatedly, it’s all amazing.

 

And that’s all I can think of at the moment.

What relationships do you find extraordinary?

My Top 10 Video Games Series

Over the past few years, I’ve been churning out top 10 games on most of the systems I’ve owned, then went outside the box to do other lists, such as the top 10 most occurring years, genres, and developers, to find which were my favorite of those…in a way.

Now I bring to you the top 10 series that most occurred during all those lists, just to find what ones continually impress the heck out of me enough to make the top 10.

And as a bonus, I will even attempt to write up my own personal top 10 list, and see how they compare. So let’s get to it!

*Note that I will be separating some series, such as Mega Man and Mega Man X, as well as the dozens of Mario series like Mario Kart, Mario & Luigi, and Paper Mario.*

 

As usual with these lists, there are an abundance of ties here…so much so that every game in a series (that I am aware of) will appear on this list, so dig in folks.

#10 A lot

The following games had one game from their series’ appear on my list…

Joe & Mac

Super Mario Maker

Bayonetta

Xeno

Uncharted

Star Wars Battlefront

Dragon Ball Z

Call of Duty

Mega Man Legends

Transformers: War For…

No One Lives Forever

Darksiders

StarCraft

Shadow Warrior

Diablo

Red Faction

Mario Tennis

Golden Axe

Golden Sun

Fire Emblem

Project X Zone

 

Whew that’s a bunch!

#9 A Good Number

The next franchises had two games in their respective series’ makes my lists.

RayMan

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Final Fantasy

Star Wars: Jedi Knight

Star Fox

Kid Icarus

Viewtiful Joe

Pokemon

Wario

InFamous

 

#8 Just a Handful

These few had three games in their series’ make my lists.

Yoshi

Mario Kart

Resident Evil

Castlevania

God of War

New Super Mario Bros

#7 Just a Few

These had four…

Paper Mario

Mega Man

Mario & Luigi

Mega Man Zero (That’s the entire series!)

#6 A Couple

These two had 5 games from their series’.

Super Smash Bros

Kirby

 

#5 Two More

These appeared 6 times.

Mega Man X

Kingdom Hearts

 

#4 And Another Two

These ones appeared 7 times!

Metroid

Donkey Kong

#3 Sonic The Hedgehog

Holy snowsers! We actually have a single game! Sonic’s games made my lists 8 times!

 

#2 Super Mario

This massive series, the ones that start with Super Mario and are his mainline games, made my lists 10 times!

 

And the most occurring series of them all…

#1 The Legend of Zelda

This wonderful, long-running series trumps them all, with 13 of it’s games making my lists.

 

 

 

And as promised, I bring to you my actual top 10 series. This was pretty tough to do, but I think I’ve got a somewhat true list going on here.

#10 God of War

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This series redefined action gameplay. I haven’t played the newest one yet, but the rest have all been phenomenal and brutal.

 

#9 Super Mario

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This again is only for the game that start with “Super Mario.” Every single one of these games is fantastic, which is pretty amazing to say, given how many there are.

 

#8 Mario & Luigi

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Not only are these my favorite RPG’s, thanks to their superbly creative attacks, story, and settings, but they are also hilarious and bizarre.

 

#7 Donkey Kong

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This is largely thanks to the incredible Donkey Kong Country trilogy on SNES. Those are some of the best platformers to ever come into existence.

 

#6 InFamous

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This has some of the most addicting and diverse gameplay, with tons of awesome powers and abilities, great stories and characters, and the best exploration I can think of.

 

#5 Metroid

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These games are intense, with tons of action, items/power-ups, and exploration to keep you entertained for hours.

#4 Paper Mario

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There is something about this series. They’ve got a certain feel to them that I can’t explain. But I love the stories, the characters, the humor and the gameplay, which nowadays is changed up in every game.

 

#3 The Legend of Zelda

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This series always has some charming feel or vibe to them as well. Each of these games are very different, and yet the same, and they are all amazing, with tons of clever items, dungeons and characters to make each second entertaining.

#2 Super Smash Bros

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This series was a dream come true when it originated. Ever since, each game has gotten bigger and better, now by far the most enormous games ever made, with dozens of characters from every notable franchise, and even less notable ones, all duking it out on stages pulled from video game history.

 

#1 Kingdom Hearts

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This series just happens to have my favorite storyline, characters, music, combat, and gameplay of all time. I hit the lottery with this one.

 

And there you have it. My personal list is a bit different than my other list, but that’s okay, all these games are great and worth noting.

Super Mario Collaboration: Super Mario 3D World

This post is part of the Super Mario Collaboration, a massive group of hundreds of writers from around the world all sharing their thoughts and memories of video games’ most famous character. This collab is hosted by thewellredmage.com.

Every now and then, something comes along that fulfills all your hopes and wishes, exceeds expectations, and simply impresses the heck out of you. Who am I kidding, by saying every now and then? The chances of something doing all those things is the equivalent of winning the Mega Millions. But Nintendo managed to do all that for me with the Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World. If happiness and enjoyment were wealth, I’d be living in a mansion on the beach of some place in the southern hemisphere. I would have preferred winning the Mega Millions, but you can’t win em’ all!

Super Mario World for the SNES is the first game I have sufficient memory of ever playing, and also happened to be my favorite Mario game for my entire life. I had given up hope that a Mario game would ever surpass it in my eyes. but there must be something about the word “World,” for at long last, after more than 20 years, I found a game that could topple SMW’s long standing dynasty.

sm3dw beach

SM3DW had me hooked from the first level, all the way to the last. The diverse and creative level design, the new and old power-ups, the bright, colorful graphics, everything about it is an addictive treat. But what I loved most was being able to play as multiple characters, all with unique characteristics. Not only that, but I hate choosing characters, so they were kind enough to put a random selector, so that each character would be a surprise for each level.

sm3d

sm3dw items

Among the huge world are plenty of secrets, which open up new worlds and items and the like, which makes every single second absolutely wonderful. The game even keeps track of what characters beat each level, which adds to the replay value immensely.

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Playing through it just once though was enough to let me know I had come across solid gold. Suddenly, I was a four-year-old kid again, playing for the first time the SNES my grandmother bought me and my brothers for Christmas. And anything that can make me feel that young again has no choice but to be cherished.

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Three Things I’ve Learned About Humanity Thanks to Coronavirus

At this point in time, I believe this silly virus needs no introduction, so I’ll just get right to it.

Number One:

It is terrifying to see how completely unable we are at containing a virus. Imagine if this was actually something serious? Like a zombie virus or something with a high mortality rate? Most of the population would be completely wiped out…which honestly, is probably needed at this point anyway.

But due to the fact that everyone needs money, and our greedy bosses don’t allow us to use sick days, and all the day to day places we need to go spend money our hard-earned money at, the would never be under any type of quarantine or marshal law or simply a sick day used, or travel bans to stop the spread of disease.

Number Two:

This one I already kind of new, but maybe not to this proportion. How obsessive and easily swayed people are to the media.

People are freaking the hell out over this stupid thing. It’s not even that serious…like at all. But the media is hyping and exploding the whole thing way out of proportion, and the population is eating it up. Fearing this stupid virus will become a way of life soon enough, and all the while the media and medical distributors are going to keep feeding it to our mindless, hungry mouths, for they are profiting immensely off of these fears.

And this leads me to

Number Three:

People normally don’t use soap.

Everywhere you look, stores are running out of hand sanitizer, wipes, face masks, hand soap.

This tells me two things…people never clean themselves, or at least never wash their hands…which I would venture to say, for the hand-washing part, is true for at least 50% of people.

The other thing it tells me is people are incredibly stupid (and most of us are), and are setting themselves up for the long haul, getting cleaning materials to last them for years to safeguard them from this horrendous epidemic. But they will risk getting the virus so they can shop those good sales at the mall…as long as they use hand sanitizer after every time they touch something.

So thank you coronavirus for educating me further on what a pathetic species we are! Sounds to me like the flu is very similar, but we don’t cause an uproar over that. Maybe cuz it’s old news?

 

Kingdom Hearts III DLC: Ranking the 13 Limit Cut Bosses

The second chapter of the KH3 DLC is the “Limit Cut Episode,” one of the most difficult challenges in KH history.

In this episode, Riku is tasked with looking for Sora, so with the help of the Final Fantasy gang, they create data versions of Sora and the 13 darkness’, which thanks to Cid’s cynicality, are extremely murderous machines of pain and vengeance. (This isn’t 100% how it happens).

Thanks to these brutal bosses, I was forced to level to 99 (I was only 47) and get the Ultima Keyblade, two things I’ve never done before in any KH games. Once these two things are accomplished, only then can you stand a chance against such brutal bosses.

Fighting them at first seems like a grueling, unthinkable task, but as each boss falls beneath your keyblade, you feel an enormous sense of accomplishment, and then realize how expertly crafted each of them is.

At first, most of the bosses seem like an impossible entity that will slaughter you in seconds with their insanely over-the-top attacks and combos.

But as you continue the fight, you start to learn patterns and when they are vulnerable, and when to stay the heck away from them. So eventually, they seem not only beatable, but almost easy in a way!

I found myself slightly out of breath after each fight, for they are that intense, and I swear I had to morph my mind into a heightened sense of awareness to compete against these guys, which helped me defeat these tough cookies.

So for fun, I am going to rank them in order from easiest to hardest, in my opinion.

Note that I was playing this on Proud Mode…

 

XIII

Riku Replica

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This one has some awesome attacks, but he is almost always open to attack himself. I beat him on my first try without any strategy at all, and didn’t even have to use a Kupo Coin. So he’s pretty darn easy, compared to the others.

XII

Vanitas

vanitas

Very similar to his fight in Birth by Sleep, this one seemed kind of familiar, except he’s harder here. He managed to kill me once, but that was because I was shocked at how easy he was and got a little reckless.

What makes him easy is most of his attacks or easily avoided, and he leaves himself open a lot, making him easy to wear down quickly.

XI

Larxene

larxene

This is the only other one beside Riku Replica that I beat on my first try, except I had to use my Kupo Coin. She has a lot of intense attacks, but being aggressive without forgetting to dodge and block every so often will net you an easy victory.

X

Marluxia

marluxia

His trick is a timer that will kill you if you don’t wear him down fast enough. Otherwise, he’s not too tough, and took me only two tries to beat, and that was probably because I didn’t know what the timer would do if it ran out, and may or may not have been a little curious.

IX

Xemnas

xemnas

He can be pretty intense, but there’s nothing that hung me up on him. I beat him in two or three tries, easily enough when I learned his attacks.

VIII

Ansem

ansem

He’s got some vicious attacks, but isn’t all that bad either once you get acclimated to him. He took me three tries to beat.

VII

Young Xehanort

young xehanort

I had a really hard time with him, but that is probably because he was the first one I fought, and wasn’t used to how intense these fights would be. He killed me a good many times before I realized there are actually patterns and strategies involved to be able to take these guys down.

VI

Xehanort

xehanort

For being the last boss, he isn’t too bad. I mean, he’s a beast, but after getting accustomed to his attacks, I found they are sort of easy to avoid and counter. He took me three tries.

V

Saix

saix

These last five bosses are the most intense, unholy devils of the universe. Saix took me probably around four tries, if not more. His berserk is a relentless waiting/dodging game of death, and patience isn’t my strong suit, which is why I struggled against him so much.

IV

Xigbar

xigbar

This guy is a beast. He keeps you at bay with his long range attacks, making this more of a defensive fight, waiting for those few opportune moments to get close and attack, again, which isn’t my style. He took me around six tries to beat.

III

Terra-Xehanort

terra xehanort

This lad has some truly vicious combos and attacks, many that are unblockable until the end of the onslaught, making dodging and then blocking at the right moments essential for victory. He’s a brutal dude who can kill you quickly if you’re not careful. He took me four tries to beat.

II

Luxord

luxord

This guy frustrated the heck out of me. He’s not hard really, but figuring out his little games certainly is, and then getting lucky enough to find him among the cards is always a chore. But once you figure out each of his attacks and develop a strategy, he’s kind of a pushover. Unfortunately that probably took me over 10 tries to figure out.

I

Xion

xion

This one is unlocked with Xehanort after beating the first 11, and she is a relentless bitch.

The first time I fought her, I got her down to one bar of health. Then she proceeded to murder me like 12 times. I gave up and beat her the next day on my first try.

Her attacks are very vicious, and getting hit by one of them opens you up to get hit by a ton more. Specific timing is required to block and counter her attacks, and you have a very short window to hit her.

She constantly gives herself armor too, which prevents you from harming her main health, and she can lower your max health down to nothing so you die in one hit. She’s definitely the toughest in my book.

 

So there you go. Playing through them is rough, and I don’t think I had much fun, until after I beat them. Then I realized how well-designed the fights were and how accomplished I felt, which made it all worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Movies Series

I was recently challenged to make a list of my Top 10 movies of all time. That wouldn’t be very exciting, as most of them would all likely belong to one series or two. So instead, I will do my Top 10 movie series.

So without further ado, here they are!

#10 Halloween

halloween series

I haven’t seen the most recent film, but all the others I more or less liked, except Zombie’s Halloween II.

I really like the story and the development of the characters through each movie. The mysterious and intriguing relationship between Sam and Michael is very interesting, as well as the moments when Michael shows he might just have a soul somewhere deep down.

#9 Austin Powers

austin powers series

These movies get better the older I get, probably because I was too young to get half the jokes when they first came out. They do an amazing job spoofing the old James Bond films, and the goofy jokes, and wackiness of everything gets me every time.

#8 Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

spiderman series

I can watch this trilogy all the time. The third one took a while to grow on me, but the first two are still two of my favorite super-hero films of all time, and considering they are 20 years old now, and made in a time before technology for such films really got going, that’s a pretty amazing thing to say.

I love the stories, and most importantly, the character relationships. I find them very gripping, and the emotion behind each character is amazing.

#7 American Pie

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I already did a series ranked on these movies. I am only referring to the four main movies. I haven’t seen any of the spin-offs. What I like about these movies so much, besides the incredible humor, is that everyone probably knows someone similar to all the characters in the movies, and can relate to each and every one of them. Not to mention, despite it’s crude, adult humor, there are very emotional issues the characters go through, which are all things people in real life have to deal with, thus allowing us to relate even more.

They are very powerful movies, propelled forward by outrageous humor.

#6 Jason Bourne

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These are probably my favorite action movies of all time. I am excluding Legacy in this. I didn’t really like that one.

I really enjoy the story and characters. This, amplified by the non-stop gun fights, car chases, and assassins fighting each other in hand-to-hand combat, makes for a really thrilling experience.

#5 Rambo

rambo series

Speaking of amazing action films, these are five of the best. What makes these better than the Bourne movies is Rambo. I really like his character. He’s this traumatized victim, struggling to find his way in life. Naturally, he is a quiet, innocent man that doesn’t want any trouble. But when trouble knocks on his door, all hell breaks loose, and he turns into a relentless, unstoppable killing machine. I think 1-3 and 5 are some of the greatest films ever made. And 4 is really good too.

I also like that each one brings awareness to real world problems, and they don’t hold back, showing some rather graphic things from time to time.

#4 Star Wars

star wars series

With 9 movies and 2 spin-off movies, there is a lot to talk about with Star Wars. I like every single film made, and only one did I ever dislike until I saw it three times. I can go on for days talking about what I like, but the whole connecting themes through three trilogies, the characters and how they grow and change, and everything about the force are probably my favorite things about it.

I really enjoy Lucas’ world building, and the technology he’s come up with as well.

#3 Avengers

avengers series

Some of the best coordinated action can be found in these movies. The first two are two of my favorite movies of all time, the third isn’t quite there, but is still incredible, and the fourth…meh…I didn’t really like it all that much.

But thanks to the first three, I can always go back and watch some truly jaw-dropping action.

#2 Captain America

captain america trilogy

The first one is wonderful, the second is mind-blowing and intense, the third is easily the greatest action film ever made and will likely always hold that title in my heart. Steve Rogers is annoyingly likeable and it’s fun to watch how everyone he works with grows to like him, despite his often narrow-minded, tunnel-visiony sense of justice.

#1 Rocky

rocky series

I absolutely love everything about these movies. The emotion in each character can not be found anywhere else. It’s incredible to watch all these down-and-out characters grow personally, as well their relationships with others. The music is just as emotional and does an amazing job enhancing everything that happens.

Not to mention the training montages and fights are always exciting.

I will keep it short, cuz I could probably rant about these movies for a good long while. so let’s just say, it’s like seeing these movies for the first time every time I watch them, which is often.

One of my first posts ranks this series.

 

So ranking these was really hard. Rocky is absolutely my favorite series, and Halloween definitely belongs in the 10 spot, but the others are kind of up in the air as to what rank they place. Truthfully Jason Bourne and Rambo should probably be higher, but I don’t know. All I know is that these series’ have brought mucho goodness in my life.

Could Nintendo and Sega Be Gearing Up For A Fierce New “War?”

I can’t believe it. We have finally reached a time where video game movies are great!

What, with Detective Pikachu last year, and Sonic this year, and the likelihood of more movies from these and other franchises, we could be gearing up for a new war, but on a bigger screen now; a war reminiscent of the classic clash of the SNES and Genesis, when gaming was incredible for both companies, and video game movies were despicable.

And yes, I am saying the Sonic movie is actually quite good. It has jokes for all ages, and is really quite funny at times. The characters are all likeable, Jim Carey brings his classic acting back, and there are a few nice, and very subtle nods to various Sonic games.

I personally could have done with some more action, but it’s not really an action movie, so I guess it’s not what they were going for.

I highly recommend seeing it whether you are a Sonic fan or not. It’s good ol’ family fun!

I am excited to see if Nintendo and Sega will really try to outdo each other. We’ll have to see what the supposed Mario movie in the works has to offer!

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The Trouble With Speed Bumps, and Lack of Parenting

You know, besides them being incredibly annoying and overused, some speed bumps have designated mph to go over them. If you do not meet this number, and are going over faster, your vehicle will bounce like it’s on a trampoline, and you’ll break your back in the process.

What I don’t get is why these speed restrictions are typically slower than the speed limits on the roads they are placed on.

Take a road marked 25 mph. That is a disgustingly slow speed limit to begin with (which most don’t obey anyway). But if it is a packed residential street, you’ll likely find its littered with speed bumps that are marked 15 mph.

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WHY?!?!?!?

They might as well drop the speed limit to 15 then because on the more obnoxious streets, there’s a bump every 50 feet or so, so you speed up just to slow down right away, over and over again.

I understand why they are there, to prevent people from flying by and all that, but what I don’t understand is why the bump speeds aren’t made to match the street mph. That way you can casually ride along at the posted speed, instead of constantly having to adjust.

The only conclusion I can come to is that the wussy, cry-baby residents complained real hard to the town.

But it’s not just any residents…oh no…there are two types of people stupid enough to pull this, and I despise them both.

The first, senior citizens, the really old ones. These people are slowing down, living in a world they can’t keep up with, and about the only thing they can do is pick up a phone and complain, determined to keep their hold on the world they think they own, being oldest and all.

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The worse of the two however, are over-protective parents who need to shield their kids from speeding cars.

Here’s an idea, teach your kids to stay the heck out of the road, instead of attempting to bend the world around them, so they don’t grow up to be entitled little shits who think everyone will do anything for them, and thus the kid will never contribute anything beneficial to society, for they’ll be too busy expecting everything to be done for them.

If your kid is too young to be taught this, then either keep them away from roads, or restrain them from going near one when outside. I promise, not playing or running into a road is a pretty easy concept to understand.

The roads around my house are 25-30 mph, and so many times annoying mothers shout at me to slow down. Why? Because their dumb kids are playing where? In the @^%&ing street. And it’s not like these kids don’t have back, front and side yards to play in. Plus, I’m doing the speed limit, so shut up bitch. If your kid’s too stupid to avoid getting hit by slow moving vehicles, that’s not my problem.

We do have moron teenagers who ride quads and dirt bikes at like 80 mph on our road. Does this make me want to call the town to add speed bumps? Heck no! It just makes me look forward to the inevitable moment when a car pulls out of somewhere and these little speedsters plow into them, decimating themselves and forcing their good-for-nothing parents to pay for all damage and suffering they cause to the people they hit.

Anyway, f^&k the world, man, that’s all I’m saying.

Laws for the Sake of Having Laws: Stopping At Railroad Crossings

This law is so entirely stupid and pointless. School buses, propane trucks, any vehicle with the potential to explode, or carry kids that aren’t yours are all required to stop at railroad crossings.

Why?

I mean, I get why, but come on. Half the tracks in the world, at least around where I live, aren’t even used, or they are only overnight, like once a month. What’s more, is they have the gates and the flashing red lights and all that.

I get that these vehicles are supposed to stop in case these precautions malfunction, but the likelihood of a train actually zooming by at their time of crossing is so unfathomably small, it’s not really worth making pointless laws over. Besides, half of these train tracks you can’t even see very far down, due to bends in the tracks or trees and other such foliage.

I write this not in the hopes that things explode or children massacred, but just because of the unbelievable amounts of traffic this causes.

There are several RR crossings near me that cross busy highways, combine that with rush hour traffic and a a dozen buses, and just as many flammable trucks, and you’ve got yourself an extra 30 minutes of traffic to sit in.

Some of these drivers are cool and just kind of stop for a second and move on, but others, most of the buses, stop and I guess they have to wait 10 seconds legally before rolling on. What an absurdly long time! Especially when there’s a copious amount of buses sitting in front of you.

And they say trains move so fast, if you see one when crossing, you will likely get hit, especially if you’re driving a slow moving bus or truck. So why in the heck would they sit there for 10 seconds!?!? If there’s nothing going on when you pull up, then haul it over the tracks. If they continued at regular speed, they would cross the track in a second or two. But now they have to stop, then slowly build up speed going over it, essentially tripling the time crossing the tracks.

If a train was going to meet you in that second of crossing at normal speed, the driver would likely see or hear the train and stop anyway. So why in the world do they have to stop at all????

To me, it’s more dangerous, it’s more frustrating for other drivers, and creates more dangers due to the massive amounts of traffic it causes.

I hate when we have laws for the sake of having laws, and this is a huge one, just as stupid as the requirement of coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, even when you can clearly see no one is coming.

F these stupid jokes of laws.

 

My Top 10 Video Game Genres

Over the years I have been making a bunch of Top 10 lists for games on most of the consoles I own, as well as my out of the norm subjects, such as developers, and ESRB ratings.

Now I will be taking a look at all the games that have made my top 10 lists and finding out what genres occur the most often, for I am curious which genre’s I seem to favor, and this seems like a pretty good way to find out.

I’m gonna go nuts, and even break them all up into sub-genres.

So of all the many, many genres that have appeared on my top 10 lists, here are the most common ones!

#10- First-Person

The first-person genre is the first on this list. 8 games played through the eyes of the character you’re playing as made my top 10 lists.

#9- Action RPG

Action games with RPG elements made my lists 11 times.

#8- Japanese-Style, 3D, and Shooter

There’s a three-way tie for the number eight spot! Japanese-style, like JRPG’s, 3D games, usually associated with platforming, and types of shooters made my lists 12 times!

#7- Arcade

Anyone over-the-top, crazy fun time games made my lists 14 times.

#6- Open-World

20 games that allow you to wander over a vast world made the lists.

#5- Role-Playing

26 RPG’s made the lists.

#4- Action Adventure

Going on an adventure while killing a bunch of stuff? 33 games did this very well.

#3- 2D

Games played in the realm of two dimensions made my lists a whopping 56 times!

#2- Platformer

Good ol’ jumping around on stuff, making your way from left to right (usually). This classic genre made my lists 58 times.

#1- Action

Simple, yet effective. If there’s any type of excitement in the game you’re playing, chances are it’s considered an action game, which is why it popped up a massive 83 times among my lists.

 

And there you have it! Looking at these 10, I am not surprised by the results, and I am certainly pleased with them!

I will update this lists as needed in the future.