Top Ten

10 Interesting Facts About Game of Thrones

Number Ten

Harry Lloyd, who played Viserys Targaryen for his short spell on the show, is actually the great-great-great-grandson of Victorian writer Charles Dickens, who is perhaps one of the greatest writers of all time.

Number Nine

Bastards wear their normal house colours, except inverted, therefore Jon Snow would wear a white wolf on a grey background, perfectly represented by his direwolf, ghost.

Number 8

Game of Thrones related baby names have shot up recently, in 2012, Arya was one of the most popular baby names for girls whereas Khaleesi was a common choice with over 160 parents. Scary!

Number Seven

Alfie Allen (Who plays Theon Greyjoy) is the brother of pop singer Lily Allen, who wrote this song about him, in which he is played by a disturbing puppet who does nothing but smoke drugs and play video-games.

Number Six

The horse heart that Daenerys ate during this unforgettable scene was actual a giant mass of gummy bears. I think if I was in Emilia’s shoes I would’ve thrown up more than she did.

Number Five

Actor Jack Gleeson, who plays Joffrey on the show, stated that after his role in Game of Thrones has finished, he’ll be taking a break from acting to pursue a different career path.

Number Four

The show is broadcasted in a grand total of 48 different countries, a number which not many other TV shows can compete with. Very popular indeed.

Number Three

This may not be too interesting to some of you, but to me personally, I enjoy this fact. Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran, actually attends a school not too far away from mine, and one of the art teachers at my school actually taught him at one point. I’m pretty impressed.

Number Two

Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, not only starred alongside co-star Sean Bean in the Silent Hill sequel but is also the descendent of King Charles II of England. The bastard has royal blood, who knew?!

Number One

The battle and struggle for power that the series is essentially based around, is based on the English ‘civil war’, the War of the Roses – according to the novel’s author George R.R. Martin

 

 

 

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Top Ten Video-Game Soundtracks

Feeling Musical? No? Well, now you will be – today I’m going to be running through my top ten video-game soundtrack pieces, in order! Some you will expect, some not so much – but you’ll definitely recognize most of, if not all of these entries, without further ado – let’s begin!

Number 10: Uncharted – Nate’s Theme

This combination of strong drum beats and an epic melody help sum up the Uncharted game series in one tune – definitely a contender for a higher up position but I felt that there were some more worthy candidates for the top spots.

Number 9: Skyrim – Dragonborn (Main Theme)

This epic battle-inspiring piece is certain to lead you, the Dragonborn, into glory and defeat the evil dragon Alduin. The nordic chanting and climaxing-melody provides the perfect accompaniment to this brilliant game!

Number 8: Modern Combat Domination – Main Theme

Perhaps the one you didn’t see coming, very Hans Zimmer-eque in style and sounds like it should be straight out of a Call of Duty game – this piece is superb, just a shame it isn’t available to purchase on iTunes.

Number 7: Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty Theme

MGS has always been good for it’s music, but I made sure that I only chose one piece per game franchise for this top ten – so I chose the Sons of Liberty Theme – give it a listen and unlike number 8, this is available to buy on iTunes! Yaay!

Number 6: Halo 3 – One Final Effort

Many of you would recommend other pieces from the Halo franchise but One Final Effort is my personal favourite – a combination of upbeat piano and epic battle theme – One Final Effort is not to be missed!

Number 5: Street Fighter 2: Guile Theme

Did you really think I’d miss this out? It goes with everything for god’s sake! This retro SNES tune is sure to provide a fitting soundtrack to anything you do on a daily basis – from making coffee to dealing drugs, wait, scrap that last part.

Number 4: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: Gerudo Valley Theme

When I remembered I could only pick one theme from the LoZ series, I knew I was in for a tough decision – I expected that the triumphant piece would come from Ocarina of Time… and here it is! The Gerudo Valley Theme – this fast paced tune has a nice clapping beat in the background with a lovely melody also.

Number 3: Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Icarus: Main Theme

It would’ve been so easy to rate this in second or even first but alas, it only managed third on my Top Ten. Icarus is the perfect epic theme to match Deus Ex – with melody which could inspire anyone to save Malik – Icarus deserves it’s place on my Top Ten.

Number 2: Tetris – Korobeiniki

Did you really think I’d miss out this? Out of all the music I had to choose from – I could not forget Korobeiniki, the Tetris Theme – the perfect fit to placing falling blocks. Get it? Perfect FIT? Hahaha – I’ll leave now.

Number 1: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Main Theme

Before I get called a ‘n00b’, ‘cod fanboy’ or whatever, I would like to say this: I’m not the biggest Call of Duty fan, I’ve played a few of the games, but only for the Campaign mode – I put this at number one – for two reasons. Hans Zimmer and How awesome the piece is. If this track doesn’t make you want to save your country – I don’t know what will!

 

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[SPOILER FREE] Ten Reasons Why The Last Of Us is One of the Best Games Ever Made

Hello Everyone! Today I’m switching things up from the norm and giving you a special post. I’ve recently been playing a game called ‘The Last of Us’ – a brand new, Zombie-survival-adventure game made exclusively for the PS3. Upon reading about all the hype surrounding this game, I bought it and instantly fell in love. In-fact, this is up there as one of my favourite games of all time. So, here’s 10 reasons why it is so brilliant.

1: Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog are known as the company responsible for some of the most popular games franchises ever – Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter and Uncharted. The two game directors for The Last Of Us: Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann both had major involvement with Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3 – two ground-breaking PS3 exclusives that also impressed me. Naughty Dog truly raised the bar with this masterpiece and I hope they don’t stop there.

2: Gustavo Santaolalla

This is the man responsible for the soundtrack of The Last of Us. The two-time academy award winner for best music created a unique blend of adventure and action into this score, which perfectly matched everything the game was about whilst being something that you can quite easily listen to outside of the game. The acoustics particularly impressed me, reminding me of the score to the BBC Show ‘Sherlock’

3: The Feels

This game had a clever knack of making anyone burst out into tears and bawl like a baby in the most random places – it catches you by surprise and hits you hard, right in ‘the feels’. I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t played the game but trust me, you’re in for one emotional rollercoaster when you do play it – all credit goes to Naughty Dog for producing a game which can, truly, make grown men cry.

4: Realism

Naughty Dog made sure that this game felt realistic to the player – almost all of the locations in the game were exactly the same as their real-life counterparts. Even ‘Lincoln High-School’, which you visit in-game is designed similarly to the real ‘Lincoln High-School’. Even the ‘Cordyceps‘, the fungus which infected and wiped out a majority of the world, are real. Cordyceps are fungus which take over the body of the host and control their every move, when the creature, typically an insect’ dies, the cordyceps sprout out, looking for a new host. It’s things like this, which make the game so realistic.

5: Joel and Ellie

Joel and Ellie are the main characters of The Last Of Us. Joel is an experienced man who is the main playable character for most of the game and Ellie is a Fourteen-Year-Old girl who Joel is tasked with the transport of to the ‘revolutionary group’ called ‘The Fireflies’. The characters are motion captured and voiced so perfectly, you can feel the emotion from the models, not to mention the fact that both characters are incredibly likable, which is always a plus.

6: Exploration

Don’t you hate it when you play a game and the only buildings you can explore are the ones which are key to the game progressing? Well, The Last Of Us has it’s limitations but a majority of buildings can be searched, explored and looted. This just adds to the immersion of the game-play whilst not delaying the entire story from progressing. There’s the perfect amount of accessible buildings which means you don’t spend your entire time looting buildings but still get that exploration element that so many games lack nowadays.

7: The Ending

So many games these days have linear, blunt and obvious endings which don’t leave the player interested once the game is over. However, the ending to the Last of Us is open and has many different interpretations. There is not much I can say without breaking the Spoiler Free element of this post but let me just say this, the ending will leave you hanging and desperate for more.

8: The Controls

I have never seen a control layout like this before and I must say, I like it a lot. It’s completely different to your average third-person action game and has a lot of nifty functions that are not available in many games. I dislike games with glitchy controls but The Last Of Us was brilliant – the fluid movement of the characters and unique combat controls made the game so much better.

9: Design and Graphics

The graphics in this game were absolutely phenomenal – it was almost movie-like how detailed and realistic the graphics were. Nearly all of the locations looked so aesthetically beautiful that I just had to stop playing for a while and admire the landscapes. This may sound ridiculous but I was truly amazed by the level of detail and design that this game had. Definitely one to look out for, for all you design-buffs.

10: The Main Menu

This is perhaps the most bizarre entry on this list but I have my reasoning. You can quite often tell the quality of the game by it’s main menu. The menu looked beautiful and just made me more excited about this game. I spent about two hours just listening to and watching the main menu. The ambiance in the background, the visual detail and quality, absolutely outstanding.

To Conclude, this is probably one of the best games you will ever play and I will certainly re-play this game a hundred times over.

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