Preparing for the “Best of the Year” Lists

December isn’t that far away, which has me a little bit worried and yet thankful at the same time. 2015 has been a year of disappointments and strange happenings. Usually I wait until the last second to fill out my “best of the year” lists such as “best CD” or “best video game”, but this year I happened to notice that I’ve got just the right amount of time to really sink my teeth into it all.

It seems like a common occurrence when looking at other people’s lists or even when I create my own lists that entries from the beginning of the year tend to get overshadowed by things that blow people away at the end of the year. It’s not necessarily because those last entries are actually better, it’s just the freshness that drags us to it. This year I’m fortunate to remember enough of the earlier entries and know what to look forward to toward the end of the year. I’d like to add that with this year being full of delays in both the gaming and music industry, a lot of big contenders won’t be released until next year which actually makes this year both easier and harder. This year hasn’t grabbed me. I haven’t found a CD that leaves me humming it’s catchy melodies or any games that I just can’t put down. I’ve noticed that I’ve found more disappointments in products in which I had high expectations. Companies or artists that usually put out consistently solid content decided to either play it safe or throw a curve ball and neither tactic seemed to work.

Either way, I’ve done my homework, set up playlists, and I’ll soon make a list of games I need to finish before the end of the year. I’m pretty excited to see what surprises I’ll find.

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