Welcome to the 2011 Flushies! The Flushies are Bio Break’s own award ceremony to recognize some of the highs — and lows — of the past year in MMOs and gaming culture. They’re solely my own opinion, and many of the categories are made up on the spot and will never return again.
This year the Flushies award ceremony will take place in four parts, with today’s focus upon… let’s call it “geeky” stuff. These aren’t necessarily related to MMOs, but have to do with my personal interests as a geek. So what’s on the docket?
Best Book: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Martin’s extremely long-awaited fifth book in his Song of Ice and Fire series overcame the lameness of A Feast for Crows and brought back the awesome characters and stunning twists that the series is well-known for. While it concluded all-too-soon with some characters almost standing still, it entertained cover to cover.
Best iPhone Game: [tie] Tiny Towers and Tiny Heroes
This was a surprisingly competitive category this year, and in the end I had to settle on a tie between the pixelart-tastic Tiny Towers and the Dungeon Keeper-esque Tiny Heroes. Both are addicting, highly replayable, and very much worth your time if you have an iOS device.
Best Movie: Super 8
Not exactly the best year for movies in general, I was underwhelmed by many that came out. While I certainly haven’t seen them all, the best that stands out in my mind is J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, which is a loving sendup to E.T., The Goonies, and 80s childhood flicks in general (even though it’s set in the 70s). Very entertaining and a must-buy for me.
Runners-up: Bridesmaids, The Muppets
Best TV Show: Game of Thrones
Another difficult category to narrow down to just one show, but to be utterly fair, Game of Thrones deserves to be crowned (ahem). It was the talk of the blogosphere last spring as its brutal yet excellent production values stayed fairly loyal to the books and had viewers hanging on every twist, plot and bare piece of anatomy.
Runners-up: The IT Crowd, Parks and Recreation, Community, The Walking Dead
Best Toy: Star Wars LEGOs
I know they’re not new, but dang it if Star Wars LEGOs aren’t the most addictively attractive things in the world. And expensive. I’m always looking to collect all of the original trilogy sets, but some of them are well north of $100, and that is really hard to justify. So for now I’m sticking with the mini-sets and occasional gifts from relatives.
Best Meme: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Why must Ponies be so awesome even though they’re targeted at little girls? Why did such a huge community swell up around this show, including adult male “Bronies,” that love Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity without shame? We’ll never know, but it became one of the biggest meme hits of the year. Mods are asleep, post ponies!
Best Webcomic: xkcd
While it might be full of stick figures, obscure mathematical and geek references, xkcd never fails to delight with humor, dazzling charts, and nerdy doodles. I always love seeing new comics come out of this workshop, and I really need to get an xkcd t-shirt one of these days.