It’s that time of year again. A little later than I intended to completed it, it’s time to look back on the year of gaming that was in 2014 with the annual list of my favourite games of the past twelve months. They may not be the best games of 2014 but they are the ones that I loved the most.
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. We had our second major redesign in our six years online. We started integrating more video game and entertainment content. The Man Lab made a bit of a comeback. Jackie killed it with his movie reviews all year long. No, this might not have been our most read year in the blog’s history but I’m quite happy with the content we’ve been putting out.
So let’s look back at the year with our most read posts from 2014 and the most read posts overall in 2014.
And, as always, the year-in-review linkdump also coincides with naming our woman of the year. Using the scientific analysis criteria of the blog’s traffic, posts, comments and so on, our 2014 woman of the year is Anna Kendrick.
A lot of people had bad 2014s but few were worse than Barack Obama’s. (Washington Post)
There were new scandals every day of the year as people got outraged over something and took to social media to share their outrage. (Slate)
It wasn’t just in Washington that people had bad years. Some folks in Toronto had bad years too. (Torontoist)
While this year was a quiet one for Worst of Music posts on the blog (the only one was Avril Lavigne’s Hello Kitty), that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a whole pile of bad music this year.
Since most of the internet has gone into year-in-review mode, I thought that we’d do our usual retrospective of the worst music of 2014. But why do I have to do anything when I can use DJ Earworm’s annual mashup of 25 of the top pop hits of the year to recap the year in bad music.
Sports Illustrated has reached the 50th anniversary of their immensely popular Swimsuit Issue. While the magazine itself isn’t quite as good as it once was, the Swimsuit Issue hasn’t really diminished as a cultural icon and pop culture force.
Over fifty years of the Swimsuit Issue, it has featured 40 models on the cover. I don’t think that this year’s 50th anniversary issue will add to that tally though. I explain in The Lowdown Blog’s annual examination of who will make the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
I suppose that it would only make sense to start 2014 the same way that we ended 2013: With more lists. To follow up on my recent Best of 2013 post, I thought that it would only be appropriate to look ahead at the upcoming twelve months with my most anticipated games of 2014.