gamey game on this list by a long chalk.Nintendo’s Animal Crossing
doesn’t care about high scores or developing skills or solving puzzles or
interactive narratives.It cares about
relaxing and having fun in a little virtual town.
Describing AC to someone who’s never played it makes it sound terrible.“You move into this little village,
yeah?And you get a mortgage.And you pay the mortgage off.Then you make your house bigger and you get
another mortgage.This goes on for a
while.When you’re not trying to pay off
your mortgage, you can wander around a bit, um...talk to the other
villagers.Do a bit of fishing.Plant a garden?Dig up fossils.Maybe design a dress.Stargaze.Just...stuff.There’s no real
goal.No end.Just...enjoy yourself.”
It’s joy.I played it at least once a day for well over a year, and still pop in
occasionally.Apparently the 3DS
version, New Leaf, is the one to get,
but Wild World will always be my Animal Crossing.To switch to another version feels like
MAGIC MOMENT: Blathers, the
jolly-good-old-chap-wot-wot type owl that runs the museum.He’s an endless bundle of delight.
Well, it may be two months too late but I've found my favourite movie sequence of 2013. In my defence, I only saw the supplying film, Disney's Frozen, yesterday.
The sequence, as anyone who's already seen Frozen may have guessed, is the "Let it Go" musical number. It's up on Youtube - I was going to post it here, but it really needs to be seen a) in the context of the whole film and b) on the biggest screen possible (and probably in 3D, unfortunately I could only get to a 2D screening). It's basically a perfect storm - great song, stunning vocal performance (both technically and emotionally) from Idina Menzel, and some utterly astonishing animation. And by astonishing animation I don't mean the ice powers (although they're great) - I mean the actions, reactions and emotions of the character Elsa. Rarely if ever have I seen such a jawdropping example of animated acting. The moment where she throws her crown away and lets her hair down is just incredible.
The rest of the film has a few flaws (the script feels underdeveloped in places, some of the songs are notably weaker than others) but overall it comes recommended. Even if you just watch it for that four-minute sequence.