Happy new year! This post has nothing to do with the new year, but I hope these album recommendations will help start your year off on the right foot!

These albums are either sending shivers down my spine every time I listen to them (because when you go indoors to escape the cold outside, what else would you rather do than shiver there too?) or otherwise being put on my playlist on repeat:

Olafur ArnaldsÓlafur Arnalds. Just. Ólafur Arnalds. More specifically, these two are my faves from our collection:

Island Songs by Ólafur Arnalds (streaming on hoopladigital only)

Re:member by Ólafur Arnalds is also amazing, but Island Songs is what originally got me into Arnalds and really listening. Literally sent shivers down my spine as I listened, as well as making me very emotional at times throughout the album. (Also, what a beautiful story behind the album!)

How to describe Arnalds’ music? I think he describes it this way himself in the insert to Re:member (though I don’t have the CD in front of me and can’t verify this, so take with a grain of salt), but it feels as though I’m listening to the soundtrack of a film, except there’s no film that it follows. Ambient music? Soundtrack? Instrumental, I guess. However you categorize it (if we must), it is beautiful.

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PK Fire

nessAs requested by my lovely co-worker I am continuing my foray into Smash characters… Alyssia, if you didn’t think I would follow through you have gravely underestimated me.

As I contemplated which character I would write about on this fine winter day I decided it was Ness’ time to shine. (My heart called for Luigi but, frankly, if I write about Luigi it will turn into a heartfelt discussion about his character development, as well as my excitement for Luigi’s Mansion 3 in 2019 – the world just isn’t ready).

Anyways, back to Ness – Ness is a character that I find to be commonly underutilized in Smash. I remember encountering him in the original Smash on the N64, and facing off against him again in Melee. Sometimes the call of “PK FIRE” still haunts my dreams. Continue reading


SmashSmash is here for the holiday season so you may now once again either wreck (or be wrecked by) your family, as is tradition.  I myself am still feeling the sweet vindication over the fact that Kirby has come out as the sole survivor of the Nintendo Apocalypse in the game’s World of Light story mode. To this end, I can still remembering playing a Kirby game for the first time on the Nintendo 64, and experiencing the sheer cognitive dissonance involved with trying to ensure that my new strong, beautiful, and kind pink child survived the wrath of an eldritch monster that sought to consume Ripple Star. When people first see Kirby they think that he’s an adorable fluff character. This is simply not the case. For anyone who has ever played Smash they know that Kirby came here to conquer.

If you’d like to check-out the new (massive) roster of characters included in Super Smash Bros Ultimate for yourself this season please have a look at our catalogue and make your wishes come true.