One A Day Picks of the Week: 18th – 23rd May

So, after six seasons and many, many more unsolved mysteries, Lost has finished. In a few hours, 24 will have too. But One A Day rumbles on, continuing to provoke emotion and rabid internet discourse. Well, a few Twitter retweets and blog comments, but I can dream, can’t I?

Enough with my words, anyway, and onto those of everyone else. You should start your catch-up by reading Pete Davison’s piece about three games he’s played recently, which is 849% better than I’m making it sound. It’s worth it for the picture of 3D Dot Game Heroes alone. Trust me.

Those disappointed with Lost’s ending should perhaps read Adam Englebright’s review of this week’s Doctor Who to see what a genuinely bad episode of a TV show is like. Or Rhiarti’s critique of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to see what a genuinely bad film of a video game is like.

Jennifer Allen has always had a knack of writing stuff that’s incredibly true and wise, and her piece on that new game smell is another example of very astute observation. She’s right: promo copies don’t smell the same.

Meanwhile, Ian Dransfield tells us all about his fear of the summer (“For all I laugh at the poor fools allergic to peanuts or cats, at least they’re not allergic to the fucking planet” is one of my favourite lines of the week) while Mike Grant discusses the crazy people that go to car boot sales. Apparently including himself.

Elsewhere, Andy Johnson invites Clint to make his day,  while Krystian Majewski relays a tale of how he killed Monster Hunter Tri’s Barroth. Meanwhile, George Kokoris’ terrific entry on Alan Wake was very close to being my personal pick of the last seven days, even if I’m not entirely in agreement with him on the game’s quality.

Post of the week – and a hearty congratulations – goes to Mat Murray, whose proposal to his girlfriend is the most enjoyable story-led entry I’ve read this week. I’m a hopeless old romantic deep down so his delightful tale tugged at the heart-strings. The outcome may be obvious, but it’s the journey that’s important.  Ain’t that right, Lost fans?

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