Hey cHEwY gum gums!

It’s that time of year again where I review my favourite songs, games and movies…well maybe not movies haha *sobs over Fast and Furious 9 being delayed*

One blessing from the pandemic has been the loads of free time during lockdown where I managed to get through some of my backlog of video games, especially on my Nintendo Switch.

Favourite games

I finally finished a few Japanese RPGs such as Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Ni No Kuni and Detective Pikachu on Nintendo 3DS.

I sunk over 200 hours into a Nintendo 3DS game called Puzzle and Dragons Z, an addictive puzzle game with adventure elements. So good!

But my game of the year is Minecraft Dungeons. I don’t play Minecraft, I don’t like the blocky graphics, but I am a huge fan of dungeon crawlers like Diablo 3, so this was right up my alley. Awesome fun with 4 players.

Favourite songs

Unlike movies, music artists were still working and bringing out new music. Hopefully one day we can see them live haha.

Harry Styles-Adore You

As an old 1D fan, I love Harry Styles. This song could have come out from the 70s or 80s, a timeless soft-rock anthem.

Don’t Start Now-Dua Lipa

Disco is back baby! I know technically was a hit in late 2019, but it was on high rotation during January this year. Such an unique pop song that doesn’t get old, Dua Lipa is on the rise.

Blinding Lights-The Weeknd

Yeah, the old is new theme continues with a nu-80s song with that classic synth. It’s the best tune to pump you up!

Favourite albums

Future Nostalgia-Dua Lipa

Future Nostalgia - Wikipedia

In a year where Katy Perry tries to find form on her latest album, the Pop Zeitgeist is with Lipa. The creepy vibes of Physical is another great lockdown fitness song. But minor singles, Levitation and Hallucinate are bangers too. Overall, it’s all killer, no filler.

Birds of Tokyo-Human Design

Birds of Tokyo - Human Design Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

Aussie Pop-rock darlings, Birds of Tokyo dominated the radio in the late 00s/early 10s with songs like Plans to Lanterns. Human Design this is a return to those days, with crafted classics like Good Lord, Two of Us and The Greatest Mistakes. They all deserved to be Top 10 hits! The two favourite songs are not singles, Dive is a slow-burner that Imagine Dragons fans would devour and When Home Calls hits me in the chest. It’s about coming home after a long stint of touring/travelling.

Tickets to my Downfall-Machine Gun Kelly

Tickets To My Downfall

As a Stan for Eminem, I feel like I’m betraying him by saying that I love MGK’s latest turn as a pop-punk artist. Blink 182 was one of my high-school bands, so it was heartening to see Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker working on this album. Pop Punk never sounded so fresh or perfect.

So what are your favourite games and music? Next week, I’ll be talking about my other thing I was doing during lockdown, reading books!!!


About the author

I'm an author, stand-up comedian and teacher. My books include Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, Punchlines and The Other Christy. I'm a massive Nintendo fan and love eating burgers. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram @oliverwinfree

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