Just Charlie http://www.justcharlie.com sights, sounds, life Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:14:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Reddit’s Favorite Games http://www.justcharlie.com/reddits-favorite-games Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:59:55 +0000 http://www.justcharlie.com/?p=11673 I recently discovered a sub-reddit (community on the website Reddit) called Random Acts of Gaming, which is for donating online game keys. Since I have a large number of Humble Bundle keys sitting around, I decided to give some away to the community with a stipulation: name your favorite game. I did this for a few [...]

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Steam logoI recently discovered a sub-reddit (community on the website Reddit) called Random Acts of Gaming, which is for donating online game keys. Since I have a large number of Humble Bundle keys sitting around, I decided to give some away to the community with a stipulation: name your favorite game. I did this for a few reasons:

  1. It’s a challenge to select just one. It’s like selecting your favorite artist or album: we all have many artists, albums and games which have deeply impacted us.
  2. It helps me to gauge which games have been most impactful to a large number of people: the sub-reddit has about 60,000 subscribers of what I’d describe as hardcore, knowledgeable gamers.
  3. It is a simple way for me to select a winner to receive the key, which in this case was for The Witness by Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid. After 24 hours of receiving hundreds of replies, I used a random number generator to identify the winner of the key.

Here is the original post on Reddit: post on r/randomactsofgaming

List of Favorite Games

Some of the games listed below were mentioned more than once, those are at the top of the list. Everything below those is listed alphabetically. It’s a long list! Interestingly, even some very new games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild were mentioned, which I would attribute to the recency effect).

  • 5- Skyrim
  • 4- The Witcher 3
  • 4- Portal 2
  • 3- Fallout 3
  • 3- Zelda: Link to the Past
  • 3- Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • 3- Starcraft: Brood War
  • 3- Counter-Strike
  • 2- Civilization 5
  • 2- Deus Ex
  • 2- Dark Souls
  • 2- The Binding of Isaac
  • 2- Terraria
  • 2- Super Mario Sunshine
  • 2- DoTA 2
  • 2- Team Fortress 2
  • 2- Life is Strange
  • 2- Fallout 1
  • 2- Rocket League
  • 2- GTA: San Andreas
  • 2- Red Dead Redemption
  • Spelunky
  • Silent Hill
  • Contra
  • Homeworld: Cataclysm
  • Planetside 2
  • Baldur’s Gate 2
  • Warcraft 3
  • Battlefield 1
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun
  • Guild Wars
  • System Shock 2
  • Metal Gear Solid V
  • Harvest Moon
  • Master of Orion
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Battlefield 4
  • Bioshock
  • Bioshock 2
  • Braid
  • Super Smash
  • Bloodborne
  • Alpha Centauri
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Smash Bros. 4
  • Bastion
  • Kingdom Hearts
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowwind
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Hidden & Dangerous 2
  • Mega Man Legends 2
  • Starsiege Tribes
  • Portal
  • Hitman: Blood Money
  • Resident Evil
  • Age of Mythology: Gold Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed 2: Brotherhood
  • Xenogears
  • Xenoblade
  • Final Fantasy III / VI
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Command & Conquer
  • Pokemon Yellow
  • Gran Turismo 4
  • Overwatch
  • Suikoden 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Everquest
  • Diablo 2
  • Planetscape Torment
  • The World Ends With You
  • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
  • Secret of Mana
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Borderlands 2
  • Fran Bow
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Titan Quest
  • The Talos Principle
  • Shenmue
  • Kya: Dark Lineage
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Half-Life 2
  • Dwarf Fortress
  • Halo
  • Stardew Valley
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Europa Universalis 4

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3 Photos from Instinct’s 2-Year Anniversary http://www.justcharlie.com/instinct-anniversary Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:24:51 +0000 http://www.justcharlie.com/?p=10913 Last weekend I went down to Chongqing (the fourth time this year) to play at the Instinct 2-year anniversary. As expected, it was a blast. It was very dark, but I came back with a few photos of the event.

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Last weekend I went down to Chongqing (the fourth time this year) to play at the Instinct 2-year anniversary. As expected, it was a blast. It was very dark, but I came back with a few photos of the event.

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Fall 2016 Photos from Tokyo http://www.justcharlie.com/tokyo-fall-2016 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:40:20 +0000 http://www.justcharlie.com/?p=10896 I recently got back from my second trip to Tokyo this year, and had an even better time on this trip, being able to more deeply explore a city which I've recently been getting to know. A few photos here with a link to more below. More Fall 2016 Photos from Tokyo

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I recently got back from my second trip to Tokyo this year, and had an even better time on this trip, being able to more deeply explore a city which I’ve recently been getting to know. A few photos here with a link to more below.

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Another Listen: Anger Mixtape feat. Trump http://www.justcharlie.com/anger-mixtape Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:16:39 +0000 http://www.justcharlie.com/?p=10891 After months of following the presidential election season unfold, it's almost over. Today is Tuesday, November 5th in China, and polls open in just a few hours in the United States as voters will begin to stream in to cast their ballots. It was ten months ago that I joined a group of friends in [...]

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Just Charlie - AngerAfter months of following the presidential election season unfold, it’s almost over. Today is Tuesday, November 5th in China, and polls open in just a few hours in the United States as voters will begin to stream in to cast their ballots.

It was ten months ago that I joined a group of friends in a mixtape project where we represent a randomly assigned emotion through a collection of eight songs. My assigned emotion was Anger. And so I made this mixtape, with the central theme being the rising popularity and divisive nature of Donald Trump’s newfound popularity. The mixtape starts with Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Trump at a rally in January 2016, the week that I recorded this. A list of other samples is below.

Looking back on this ten months later, the anger has not abated, it has intensified. And it’s not just political opponents and adversaries of a potential Trump presidency, it is on both sides of the aisle.

Happy election day 🇺🇸

Download Link

“Anger” Mixtape MP3

This mix is 32 minutes long, 320kbps, and 78 megabytes in size.

Tracklist

  1. Black Sun Empire – Wasteland (feat. SPL)
  2. Bob Dylan – Masters of War
  3. Bassnectar – Seek & Destroy (Remix)
  4. Metallica – Seek & Destroy
  5. Black Flag – Rise Above
  6. The Eagles – Peaceful Easy Feeling
  7. Carly Simon & James Taylor – Mockingbird
  8. John Lennon – Gimme Some Truth

Sampled on this Mixtape

  1. Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump
  2. George Carlin on “The real owners”
  3. Bill O’Reilly “Doing it live”
  4. Howard Beale rant from Network (1976)
  5. “I hate the fuckin’ Eagles” from The Big Lebowski (1998)
  6. “Who needs the radio?” from Dumb & Dumber (1994)
  7. “You can’t handle the truth” from A Few Good Men (1992)

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Photos from Hangzhou http://www.justcharlie.com/photos-from-hangzhou Sat, 05 Nov 2016 10:05:47 +0000 http://www.justcharlie.com/?p=10781 Last weekend I returned to Hangzhou for the second time to perform with Kafe Hu at the Xihu Music Festival (西湖音乐节). This trip reminded me of what a beautiful city Hangzhou is China - in close proximity to Shanghai but uniquely lush and tranquil, with trees everywhere. A few photos below with a link to [...]

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Last weekend I returned to Hangzhou for the second time to perform with Kafe Hu at the Xihu Music Festival (西湖音乐节). This trip reminded me of what a beautiful city Hangzhou is China – in close proximity to Shanghai but uniquely lush and tranquil, with trees everywhere. A few photos below with a link to the rest below.

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More Fall 2016 Photos from Hangzhou

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The Best iOS Games http://www.justcharlie.com/best-ios-games Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:36:24 +0000 http://www.justcharlie.com/?p=10699 It took half a decade of working in mobile games to appreciate the deep pool of amazing work in the market. But despite the brilliance of so many developers around the world in making amazing game experiences on iOS, they are often overshadowed by the sheer quantity of garbage in the App Store. To address [...]

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DownwellIt took half a decade of working in mobile games to appreciate the deep pool of amazing work in the market. But despite the brilliance of so many developers around the world in making amazing game experiences on iOS, they are often overshadowed by the sheer quantity of garbage in the App Store. To address this, Apple has rightly put a lot of attention on the issue of discoverability, making it easier for average users to locate exceptional apps.

With this in mind, I’ve authored what will be a persistent list of what I think are the Best iOS Games. Currently there are a few dozen in the list, but I will be adding to it. In the future when people ask what my favorite games on the platform are, or what I have installed on my iPad, I will just refer them there.

My List of the Best iOS Games

Note: I also replaced the header link on this website which previously went to my 85+ Best iOS Games of 2015 with this new page, which won’t go out of date.

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“Electrifying China” Documentary Trailer http://www.justcharlie.com/electrifying-china-documentary-trailer Fri, 07 Oct 2016 04:12:58 +0000 http://www.justcharlie.com/?p=10621 Earlier this year some Dutch documentarians got in touch and did some research on the underground music scene in Chengdu. This is the trailer for their film, which is being first shown at Melkweg in Amsterdam on October 21st, 2016. I am looking forward to checking it out! If you haven't already, check out the [...]

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Earlier this year some Dutch documentarians got in touch and did some research on the underground music scene in Chengdu. This is the trailer for their film, which is being first shown at Melkweg in Amsterdam on October 21st, 2016. I am looking forward to checking it out!

If you haven’t already, check out the Chengdu Underground Vibes documentary which was released just a few months ago: Chengdu Underground Vibes

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Song of the Day #200: Anvil http://www.justcharlie.com/lorn-anvil Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:32:59 +0000 http://www.justcharlie.com/?p=10617 Lorn - Anvil Lorn is a Milwaukee based electronic producer who signed with Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label in 2009. This stupendously well produced music video includes the description: The year 2100. In an effort to combat overpopulation, the postmortem social network "Anvil" is released and made mandatory to all. A fusion of both Japanese and [...]

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Lorn – Anvil

Lorn is a Milwaukee based electronic producer who signed with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label in 2009. This stupendously well produced music video includes the description:

The year 2100. In an effort to combat overpopulation, the postmortem social network “Anvil” is released and made mandatory to all. A fusion of both Japanese and Belgian comics inspirations and sensibilities, such as Ghost in the Shell, Akira or Peter & Schuiten’s work. “Anvil” invites us on a journey through the eyes of a young woman in her final moments on earth.

Song #200

Well, this is it. I think I’m done with this project. It has lasted more than 6 years, starting with Beck’s Deadweight (released almost exactly 20 years ago, in 1996 on Odelay). It has been a lot of fun to look back on these songs even now, which I’m sure will only become more interesting as more time passes.

I will create a page/post to list all of the songs soon. And then perhaps create a series of mixes to include all of the songs (which was the original idea when starting this project).

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Talking About China on The Third Eye Podcast http://www.justcharlie.com/third-eye-podcast Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:37:25 +0000 http://www.justcharlie.com/?p=10611 Last week I met up with some new friends and was a guest on their podcast, called The Third Eye, to talk about China. They record and publish new podcast episodes every week, half in English and half in Chinese. Both of these guys speak very good Chinese. What was interesting and different about this [...]

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Last week I met up with some new friends and was a guest on their podcast, called The Third Eye, to talk about China. They record and publish new podcast episodes every week, half in English and half in Chinese. Both of these guys speak very good Chinese.

What was interesting and different about this podcast (different from say, the Chengdu Living podcast) is that there was no pre-determined subject or direction for the conversation to go in. Thinking we were just chatting, I asked nine minutes into the podcast: “Are we recording?”

Here’s a link to check it out, or you can listen below on the embedded player: The Third Eye Podcast – Chengdu Living

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Chengdu Underground Vibes & Dojo http://www.justcharlie.com/chengdu-underground-vibes Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:33:47 +0000 http://www.justcharlie.com/?p=10606 Dojo has been one of the most exciting projects that I have been involved with in the last five years. So recently when a pair of local documentarians (Deven & Harry) produced this short program about the underground music scene in Chengdu, I was excited to participate. It is great to see the story be told [...]

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Dojo has been one of the most exciting projects that I have been involved with in the last five years. So recently when a pair of local documentarians (Deven & Harry) produced this short program about the underground music scene in Chengdu, I was excited to participate. It is great to see the story be told and to have it reach a wider audience, and I love the ending. I hope that you enjoy. If you didn’t get a chance to attend a Dojo event, you missed something special.

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