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Longplay Video List


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There are a lot of unique categories of videos to choose from around YouTube videos.  Entertainment reviews, how-tos, and music playlists are just a few of many types of videos I watch on a weekly basis.  Whether I just want to kill a little bit of time or have something on when doing writing work, I can always find an assortment of videos on YouTube.

Lately I have been getting into a new subcategory of YouTube videos out on the internet.  They have become my new favorite types of videos to watch every so often.  It takes one of my favorite hobbies and augments the experience even further.  I am talking about… Longplay videos.

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A longplay video features a video game being entirely played out to the very end.  Each video showcases the player going through every and any aspect of the game for 100% completion.  Every objective, item, and bonuses are collected throughout the game with barely any mistakes made.  The longplay video is a smooth sailing throughout the entire journey of the game; it is opposite of a speedrun video where the player beats the game as fast as they can.

This year I have watched through great longplays featuring some of my favorite games from childhood.  Here are a few great longplay videos I watched through:

Super Mario All-Stars

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The first longplay video I watched was from one of my favorite video games of all time, Super Mario All-StarsSuper Mario All-Stars was an all-in-one bundle featuring Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3.  The longplay clocks in at over four hours and fifteen minutes, going through each game.  It was nostalgic and heartwarming to watch one of my favorite childhood classics being played out to the fullest.  

Paper Mario

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Next longplay on the list was Paper MarioPaper Mario was a CLASSIC staple for the N64, being one of the best Mario games around.  I have certainly beaten this game multiple times, but it was great to discover the hidden treasures I missed beforehand.  This longplay clocks at over nineteen hours and eleven minutes showcasing every battle, bosses, badges, star pieces, quiz shows, recipes, letters, and any other small tasks were deemed necessary in the game.  While it was one of longest longplays I have ever been through so far, it certainly was quite the trip down memory lane.

Donkey Kong Country

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It was time to move away from Mario and into Donkey Kong with Donkey Kong CountryDonkey Kong Country was one of the first (and greatest) games of the Donkey Kong series.  Donkey and Diddy battle through baddies in order to fight K. Rool.  This was one of the shorter longplays of the game itself, clocking itself at over an hour and fifty-one minutes.  I have personally beaten this game more times than I can count, but it certainly was enjoyable to watch it played out this way.

Donkey Kong 64

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Last, but not least, is Donkey Kong 64.  Donkey Kong 64 was one of the best 3-D platformers I played for the N64.  Donkey, Diddy, Tiny, Lanky, and Chunky band together to defeat King K. Rool.  Currently I have started a little over an hour of this longplay that is over thirteen hours.  Even after just one hour alone, I have already been enjoying this longplay so far.

Those were some longplays I have watched over the past months on YouTube.  They may be long (some VERY long), but they are definitely worth the nostalgia trip.  Longplay videos are worth checking out if you want something casual to watch.

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Hot Cross Buns on Recorder Meme


I don’t usually create a post centered around one specific meme around the internet.  There is an overwhelming number of memes all around that it is tough to find one worthy of writing about.  But every now and then, I will stumble onto one that just hits the nail right on the head.

Funny Recorder Meme

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Earlier last week I found a hilarious tweet from @whatsupboosh that got me feeling nostalgic about elementary school.  The meme poked fun at the recorder, a small flute device used for making music.  To me, learning the recorder was one of the most useless instrumental lessons I was ever taught about in elementary school.  Better yet, it was one of the most unnecessary pieces of information I ever needed in life.

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Taxes?  Yeah, I still don’t have that down yet.  Credit Score?  Haven’t even gotten that far for that.  Choosing the right healthcare plan? Just… NOPE.  But hey, thank god I know how to play HOT CROSS BUNS on the recorder.

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Ah yes, hot cross buns on a recorder.  One of the most basic and preposterous musical lessons I learned as a kid.  Forget about jamming out on an electric guitar or hitting the drum set.  Learning hot cross buns on the recorder was apparently THE quintessential life lesson every kid in elementary school needed before moving into the real world.

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At this point, I am not close to the point of being an adult.  Taxes are still a mystery to me, I don’t know what a good credit score looks like, and I don’t know which healthcare plan is right for me.  Not to worry though – I know I have the skills necessary for the real world because I know how to play HOT CROSS BUNS on a RECORDER.

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So what exactly did we learn from this humorous tweet?  Nothing about taxes, credit scores, or healthcare plans whatsoever.  You can thank our glorious educational system for teaching young adults (like this aspiring writer right here!) to play HOT CROSS BUNS on a RECORDER during elementary school.

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If you ask me about credit scores, taxes, or anything related to healthcare plans, I will have no answers for you.  All I can offer you is a peaceful serenade of HOT CROSS BUNS on a RECORDER.

The Witness – Solving the Maze 3 Years Later


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It’s still hard to believe that MakeSandcastlesNotWar has been around for THREE years now.  Three years of writing blog posts that discuss the latest and the greatest of the entertainment world.  PR nightmares, TV Criss-crosses, philosophic journeys, and even PR miracles are a few of many pieces that have been crafted over the years.  Even as time goes on, there are always many hot topics to discuss here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

However, there has been one specific video game that has been discussed since the very beginning.  It was the first ever video game being discussed during the first year at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  What seemed like a typical video game review turned out to be a popular game full of exciting topics.  This is Jonathan Blow’s The Witness.

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The Witness is a puzzle adventure game created by Thekla, Inc.  Players enter this abandoned island where there are no enemies or characters whatsoever.  You observe your surroundings everywhere you go, figuring out why you are there in the first place.

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As you roam around the island, you find puzzles that are scattered all across the area.  Each puzzle features a certain grid where you connect the dot to the end.  Once the puzzle is solved, the wire lights up and turns on the next puzzle nearby.  As you progress through the levels, the puzzles become even harder as more unique features are inserted into the grid.

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Other than mind-boggling puzzles, audio logs were also scattered around the island.  These audio logs featured quotes from the greatest thinkers around.  Areas of science, philosophy, religion, and even art were deeply discussed throughout these quotes.  Each quote coincides with the designated part of the island you were in.

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After three years of playing, I can definitely say that The Witness is still one of the greatest video games I have ever played in my life.  The Witness was this simple, yet complex game that provided an incredible journey where you roamed around this mysterious island full of audio logs and puzzles.  It makes up for its non-linear story line with a strong sense of mystery, curiosity, ambition.

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This game is about so much more than solving random puzzles around the island.  Unlike most video games, The Witness takes you to a serene environment where your forced to stop and look around everything around you.  One of the obvious aspects is the fact that some of the environment becomes a solution to the puzzle itself; but it also touches on a deeper level where you start trying to make sense of all of this.  You start asking questions like, “what purpose does this island hold?” or “what do all of these puzzles mean as a whole?”.

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To this day, The Witness remains so much more than a game.  For MakeSandcastlesNotWar, The Witness featured numerous ideas for blog posts after hours of playing it.  One great example of this were the audio logs themselves scattered all around the island.  Better yet, these logs ended up making for special posts for the blog as well.

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With that, The Witness will always be a memorable game here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  There is so much to discover when you first enter the island.  Some of those findings ended up making for great blog posts in the long run.

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If you’re looking for a game with a sense of curiosity and wonder, look no further than The Witness.

MakeSandcastlesNotWar Turns 3!


On this day, March 14th, a new type of blog surfaced WordPress.  The blog combined many elements of entertainment from different spectrums.  Television, movies, music, video games books, fashion, social media, cannabis, and other forms of entertainment were discussed throughout the course of the blog.  Slowly but surely, new features of entertainment would be added on throughout the years.  In some cases, those forms of entertainment would even mash up with various concepts of business.  This blog is currently known as… MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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MakeSandcastlesNotWar – The PR blog funneling you into the world of entertainment.  Every category of entertainment is mentioned yearly here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  There is always much being discussed on a weekly basis.

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Today’s post is truly a special one.  This day marks the third year (that’s right, THIRD YEAR) since the creation of MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  The very post was published back in March 14th, 2016.  Since then, it was the beginning of one wild ride.

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Here we are… three years later.  Three years of PR nightmares, PR miracles, marketing tactics, daily adventures, quotes, philosophy passages, TV criss-crosses, Summer Reading Series, product reviews.  Public relations, marketing, advertising, branding – all of it covered within a span of just THREE years here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Whatever news is sweeping the nation, both the good and bad, it always ends up making for a great entry.

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And to think that this whole blog kicked off with a look at Jonathan Blow’s The WitnessThe Witness was a complex puzzle adventure game that had so much to offer.  There were so many mysteries to be found while roaming among every area of the game.

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Just like the game itself, MakeSandcastlesNotWar featured its own mysterious posts waiting to be read every week.  Every week presents itself a new story, a new agenda for the type of flow you can expect to see.  Maybe there will be a slew of PR nightmares or various philosophy posts that will magically string itself somehow.  There’s always some new exciting adventure happening each moment of the blog.

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The journey continues even further just three years later.  More exciting adventures are on the horizon.  New PR nightmares will resurface into the media.  Other TV/movie criss-crosses are yet to be discovered.  There are even more intriguing books that need to be discussed in the future.  As we delve into the third year at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, you won’t be seeing this blog slowing down anytime soon.

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When you stop and think about how much has happen over that span of time, you realize how tremendous this creation has become.  What started as a small blog pertaining to typical trends ran itself into new and exciting territories.  There is no telling what form of entertainment will pop up next.

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It’s the readers, readers like YOU, that help make this happen.  Thank you for your interest in reading posts from MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Your interests helped propel the blog even further, reaching new grounds as time goes on.

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With that, it’s time for next chapter as we dive into the third year here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  You can expect the typical category of posts and even MORE.  More PR nightmares, philosophy, reviews, TV criss-crosses, and other adventures are sure to come real soon.

All that is left to say is… Happy three years to MakeSandcastlesNotWar!

Queer Eye Season 3 (#YASS)


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Ok folks – so lately there’s been a surge of nostalgic content being brought back into the mainstream media.  Martha Stewart is springing back with her own CBD products (waiting on her branded cannabis brownies in the future) and Bob Ross’s ‘happy little trees’ are being spread all around social media.  Speaking of social media, there was that eerie game called the Momo challenge that was similar to other dangerous games lurking within the internet (Momo challenge turned out to be a complete HOAX, FYI).  Whether this random content was real or not, there was still something to be learned in the end.

Our next nostalgic miracle takes us to a familiar heartwarming TV series featuring five gay men helping out some of the American people.  Over ten years after ending and Netflix rebooted it for yet another season.  Today’s featured miracle is on Queer Eye.

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Queer Eye is returning for season three.  Tan, Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, and Karamo help out even more participants in the popular rebooted series.  They’ll help each of them with areas of cooking, fashion, food, design, grooming, and many more important aspects of life.

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As mentioned earlier, Queer Eye first made its way on the Bravo channel back in July 2003.  The cast featured Kyan Douglas, Ted Allen, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez.  It made a great run for four and a half years.  Luckily Netflix created a rebooted series with the new Fab Five, marking major success among its audience.  Many people can’t get over how amazing it is.

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More than fifteen years since landing on Bravo, Queer Eye is still in the rage among its audience.  The Fab Five will be returning this month with all new success stories.

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With that, another nostalgic content being talked about here in 2019.  Queer Eye is already generating exciting buzz within the social media realm.  Here’s to waiting until March 15th to seeing the Fab Five.

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Be sure to check out Queer Eye coming out March 15th on Netflix.