We here at Perpetual Geek Machine think life as a nerd has been pretty spectacular in 2012. Great movies, games, tv shows and more. We’ve made friends with Nicole Kline, and then put her to work writing here! Rich got engaged, Dan bought a house. There’s a good chance Ryan and/or Bryan did something adorably Canadian. Kevin spent most of the year brewing beer and Adam made it through the latest Mayan apocalypse mostly unscathed!
Just like last year to celebrate the end of this trip round the sun we got together to run down our top 5 favorite things of the year. We then presented those during part 1 of our spectacular year end podcast. In part 2 of that podcast we whittle out lists down to a Top 5 to represent the site as a whole, and then 1 singular item that is Perpetual Geek Machine’s favorite thing of 2012. Last year The Muppets was our winner. What will take the crown this year? Listen to the podcast to find out!
#5. Tyrion Lannister – “Those are brave me knocking at our door. Let’s go kill them!”
Right up to the drive to Kevin’s to record the show my number 5 pick was the show Game of Thrones, despite it already being on the site top 5 list last year. As I sat in traffic that clogged everything near the mall that was on my route, I went over all my pics in my head. I quickly realized my absolute love of the show could be traced to Tyrion Lannister. Even without him it’s a great show, but he puts it over the top for me. Tyrion is well read, quick witted and would make a fantastic best friend. I am unbelievably envious of Bronn.
The way ‘Blackwater’ ended for Tyrion immediately snapped me back to last season where the second to last episode had me devastated. I was glad the result was less permanent this time.
#4. Nate Silver – nerd prognosticator.
I couldn’t leave off two of the biggest events of last year entirely. Since the Olympics did nothing for me, the US presidential election it was. For entertainment purposes Herman Cain almost made it. If you haven’t seen his various appearances on The Daily Show after he dropped out of the race, go google it, I’ll wait. See, he would have made the greatest president ever.
Since I have a degree in mathematics, the way Nate Silver used statistics and polling data to declare a victory was all but guaranteed for President Obama was eye opening. The way he stuck by the data, despite so many media outlets trying to make the race seem much closer than it was, was inspiring. There are times in your life that you know you are right, stick to your guns at those times.
The cherry on top that guaranteed Nate Silver was on my list was the meme he inspired. Here are my three favorites:
“Drunk Nate Silver writes a one-sentence letter to PETA: ‘Don’t worry, Schrödinger’s cat is fine.” @copyblogger
“Drunk Nate Silver sends you a text at 2:00 am that says ‘It’s 9:32 am.’ And that’s when you read it.”– Shelby
“Drunk Nate Silver points at the night sky. The star he is pointing at flickers then dies.” @alan_maguire
#3. Lords of Waterdeep – Dungeons and Dragons themed boardgame, YES PLEASE!
In hanging out with much of the PGM crew for the last year, we played a lot of games. I knew one of those had to make its way onto this list as well. Unfortunately for me, when it comes to games, theme really influences my first impression. Given my decades long love of D&D, I couldn’t help but have an affinity for Lords of Waterdeep after just hearing the name, let alone reading the box. This was far and away my favorite game released this year. I know I will want to play this game for many years to come.
#2. The Avengers – Years of set up movies pay off huge.
I liked or loved the movies that covered the origin stories for all the main characters, so I was very hopeful for The Avengers. When I heard Joss Whedon was going to write and direct this movie my expectations went through the roof. I am a huge fan of his original works. Put him to work in a universe of characters and history I already love and there was little chance I wasn’t going to love it. Like it or not, comic book movies have a certain stereotype. The Nolan directed Batman series of movies took them in a different direction, but The Avengers embraced the fun parts of the stereotype.
Funny dialogue, action sequences where you could tell what was happening and… who the hell am I kidding, this movie had the freaking Hulk rag-dolling a ‘God’. They could have showed that scene fist and I would have been perfectly happy to get up and walk out. Certainly this movie is never going to appear on an AFI list, but it was the most fun I had at the movies all year.
#1. Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm – Apparently, Mickey found the lack of a third trilogy disturbing.
I still remember scrolling to the bottom of the announcement, looking for an Onion or College Humor link, only to see it was from the AP. Ten year old Adam erupted from my consciousness and ran around shouting, “Oh my God STAR WARS!!!!”
This pick is chock full of potential. There is a chance I may have to go back and retroactively lower it if the movies that get produced turn out bad, but I don’t believe that will be the case. Not only am I among those who didn’t feel burned by the prequel trilogy, I don’t even fear that Disney will ruin the franchise. Did you read my number two? Yeah, Disney really hosed up what Marvel had going didn’t they?
Good luck 2013, you have a lot to live up to.