Wednesday Link-Off: Goodbye 2013!

nina-agdal-beachbunny13-12Happy New Year! To officially close of 2013 and get us started into 2014, we’ve got a bunch of year-end lists and recaps for you in today’s links. And, as we are wont to do, we start off this post with our scientifically determined link-off woman of the year. This year, the honour goes to Danish model Nina Agdal.

While 2013 might not have been a perfect year for everyone, the team at Think Progress believes that this is the best year in human history. (Think Progress)

We’ve featured a lot of stories on our link-off posts but we haven’t covered them all. So here’s a list of 50 of the best long read stories on the internet last year. (Longreads)

Are you looking for something on paper to read? Then check out the best books of 2013. (TimeOut)

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The Lowdown Blog Annual: 2013

With another year having come and gone, I thought it was time to look back at the best of the past 12 months here on The Lowdown Blog. This year was a different one for us. We launched a sister blog, cut back a bit on the Man Lab posts and increased the video game posts. The result might have been a giant U-shape in the traffic over the course of the year but I’m happy with where the blog is today.

So let’s look back at the year with our most read posts from 2013 and the most read posts overall in 2013.

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My Thirteen Favourite Games of 2013

While everyone was looking ahead with (justified) excitement to the launch of Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles, they might have missed out on an absolutely fantastic year in gaming. While nothing world-changing has come out on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 so far, their predecessors had a fantastic year with some amazing games released over the last twelve months.

Since the end of the year is upon us, I think it’s only appropriate that I get in on the listing action and give you my list of my favourite games of 2013. They may not be the best games of 2013 but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t love playing them.
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Worst of Music 2013 Retrospective: United States of Pop

Well, it’s certainly been a while since I’ve done a Worst of Music post. I really need to bring these things back on a semi-regular basis. But do you know how bad music can be nowadays. I was going insane listening to “today’s big hits.”

But since everyone’s doing year in review type stuff, I thought that I’d throw the annual DJ Earworm mashup of the year’s big songs into the mix on behalf of the Worst of Music. So to look back on the year that was in music, both the good but mostly bad, here’s is a collection of mashups of the 25 biggest songs of 2013.

SI Swimsuit Issue 2013 Cover Odds

We’re back with this year’s edition of our trademark breakdown of the favourites to make this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover. The 2013 SI Swimsuit Issue is a milestone as it marks the 50th edition. There have been forty cover models over the first 49 issues starting with Babette March back in 1964.

Continuing with our annual tradition of Swimsuit Issue prognostication, today, we give you the official unofficial examination of who will make the cover of this year’s SI Swimsuit Issue. Continue reading

My Most Anticipated Games of 2013

Since it’s the start of 2013 and I’m done with my own 2012 lists, I thought it would be fun to look ahead to 2013. While I know that I’ve started a geek culture blog, I thought that this would make a fun extension to my favourite games of 2012 list. As good as 2012 was for gamers, I’m liking how 2013 is stacking up already. There are some good-looking games already confirmed for 2013 release that will be Day One purchases.

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Early SI Swimsuit 2013 Cover Odds

Next year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover odds bring us to a milestone in the history of the issue. The 2013 issue will be the 50th edition of the famed SI Swimsuit Issue. The first edition was printed in 1964 with Babette March making her first and only appearance on the cover. In the history of the Swimsuit Issue, 40 models have graced the cover.

Continuing with our annual tradition of Swimsuit Issue prognostication, today we take the official unofficial early look at who will make the cover of next year’s SI Swimsuit issue. Continue reading