From ‘The AP Party’: The Crucial Moments From Each Season of ‘Game of Thrones as Season Six Awaits

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In preparation for the sixth season of Game of Thrones, I broke down the key moments of each season for The AP Party.

Game of Thrones begins its sixth season this Sunday (April 24) and it will mark the first time that the show’s plotlines move past George R.R. Martin’s five novels. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have added, removed, and rearranged scenes from the novels, but now we will see scenes based only on the details Martin has passed to the duo. As the series has grown in popularity, every “big” moment has been analyzed, inspiring countless comments and think-pieces.

I recently rewatched the entire series in anticipation of the new season which, unsurprisingly, adds a new perspective to the early seasons because Game of Thrones is extremely dense with backstory, characters changing their allegiances and the ensuing betrayals that follow. Those moments still hold their original weight, but hindsight gives them more defined context. Over the course of the daunting 50+ hour experience, I found there are a handful of such developments in every season. Below are those moments that defined each of the five seasons thus far.

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From ‘The AP Party’: With Only One Foot in the Digital Distribution Door, Amazon Fails Where Netflix Succeeds

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Last week, I examined Amazon’s non-committal nature when it comes to the culture surrounding digital distribution in a piece for The AP Party. Link to the full article below.

The digital revolution isn’t coming; it’s been here for a while. For many, the decision to watch a movie or TV show hinges on whether they can find it on streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Video. Now, each service is making sure that we can ONLY see shows and movies on their service by producing their own content.

Almost two weeks ago, Netflix released the Aziz Ansari dramedy Master of None, to both critical and audience acclaim. On Friday (Nov. 20), Amazon will release its most ambitious series to date, The Man in High Castle, based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. Yet it’s unlikely Amazon’s show, predicated on the idea of “What if the Nazis and Japan won WWII?” will garner the same attention as Ansari’s collection of relatively small, short films. Read More…

From ‘The AP Party’: Microsoft’s E3 Conference Shows One of the Most Robust Exclusive Lineups Ever

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Last week, I wrote an article for The AP Party, recapping Microsoft’s E3 2015 presentation. Link to the full article below.

Microsoft took to the stage for its 2015 E3 Press Conference Monday at the L.A. Convention Center. Along with most of the games I mentioned in our expansive E3 Preview, we got some welcome surprises for the Xbox One platform that also raised some questions. Read More…

From ‘The AP Party’: The Massive E3 2015 Preview You Have Been Waiting For

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I wrote a new piece on The AP Party previewing last week’s E3 Conference. Link to the full article below.

The biggest week of the year is upon us… at least for gamers. Next week, the Electronic Entertainment Expo — more commonly known as E3 — will descend upon the L.A. Convention Center, where publishers and developers will showcase all the video games we can look forward to in the fall and beyond. Read more…

From The AP Party: ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Perfect for ‘Mad Men’ Fans Seeking Next Workplace Drama

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I wrote a piece over at The AP Party on the AMC drama Halt and Catch Fire which starts its second season Sunday, May 31 and the first season is currently streaming on Netflix. Link below.

If the countless reviews, recaps and retrospectives haven’t made it clear yet, television’s “Golden Age” officially ended May 17 with the final episode of Mad Men, leaving a monster hole in our DVRs. With hundreds of cable shows that sit in the comfortable zone between “decent” to “good,” it’s near impossible to find the great ones. Read more…

From MXDWN and The AP Party: Two ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Discussions

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This week, I participated in two discussions on Avengers: Age of Ultron. I really enjoyed the movie and you can read them both over at MXDWN Movies and The AP Party. Let me know what you thought and if you agree or disagree with my take in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

Ocarina of Time Diary

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Confession Time: I have never finished a game in “The Legend of Zelda” series. Until recently the only series installment I have ever played was The Legend of Zelda: The Oracle of Seasons and after a while, I grew bored of trying to figure out how to get to the next dungeon. Yet upon purchasing a new 3DS, my library that consisted of Super Smash Bros. and Mario Golf: World Tour – two excellent games – had grown a bit tired. Enter The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Like the rest of the world with internet access, I watch “Game of Thrones,” and with the fifth season fast-approaching, I was itching to get my fantasy fix. Now, I understand there is a vast difference between George R.R. Martin’s cynical fantasy saga and the classic hero tale in the Shigero Miyamoto’s 16-game series but I was also ready for a narrative-driven game on my new handheld.

A little personal history lesson: until I won an OG Xbox, my only dedicated game machine was in a Game Boy, along with its pocket, color and advance iterations. Even with entries like “Links Awakening,” I never got into the series. It was only after seeing the story cutscene in “Oracle of Seasons” at a Best Buy trial kiosk, that I decided I was ready for an adventure. As I said before, that adventure only lasted so long.

Ocarina of Time is widely considered to be not only one of the greatest games in the series but one of the greatest of all time. With the series being a gaping hole in my gaming history, I thought if any of games in the series would bring me in, this would be it. Throw that in with a traditional third-person adventure being more welcoming than a top-down view and I was ready to go.

After braving the inside of the Deku Tree, Dodongo’s Cavern and Inside Jabu-Jabu’s Belly, I’m sold. Granted, I found the Inside of Jabu-Jabu’s Belly to be a bit cumbersome and I had to resort to a walkthrough more than once but as the mechanics become more apparent, the more the game has me hooked.

I’ll have more as move through the adventure to save Hyrule.