My New Favorite Mobile Game

I’ve never been the type to harp on mobile gaming. I’m far from the sort of elitist gaming purist that considers mobile apps the lowest form of entertainment. I enjoy a good time-waster. While I may be slightly annoyed at the not-so-subtle ways these apps try to drain the users’ wallets, I’m not too bothered by it to get a few moments of enjoyment before choosing to wait out whatever lockout/timer necessary to continue playing for free.

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I typically have a couple of puzzle games on my phone, the kinds that keep adding levels at a rate way faster than you can beat them. They are my fall-backs when I have a few moments of nothing else to do. I never thought a game on my phone would hold my attention to the point where I would actively take the time out to play it, but that’s what MyNBA2K17 has done to me.

I’m not sure how I came across this app. Odds are the subject of this video, which demonstrates the easiest way to get virtual currency for the real NBA2K17, had something to do with it. I’ve seen other video game tie-in apps (does anyone else remember Call of Duty Elite?), but this isn’t just some tangentially related product that merely lets you view stats for the proper game. MyNBA2K17 is a pretty decent game itself. It’s a stats-based collectible card game, which has events related to the current NBA season.

Someone managed to marry my love for basketball and card games with the urge for completionism that is one of my strongest drives. I have no desire to buy NBA2K18 this year; 2K17 will probably last me a long time. However, I will definitely be looking forward to the next mobile iteration though and I’m excited to follow along when next season starts up.

“My Shot” from Hamilton

My YouTube channel is getting off to a pretty good start. It’s wonderful to be gaining viewership, but the pressure is on to put out more content. This particular video went live about a week ago, but I haven’t had the opportunity to post it here yet. So here’s the emblematic hit from my current musical obsession, “Hamilton”.

Favorite Lines

  • “Poppin’ a squat on conventional wisdom…” – haha, the imagery
  • “A bunch of revolutionary manumission abolitionists” – say that 3 times fast.
  • “I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory” – straight poetry

“Guns and Ships” from Hamilton

There are differing opinions on whether or not this is the fastest song in the history of musical theater, but it is without a doubt breakneck speed at points. I try to read along to spot mistakes when I make these videos, and I had to pause more than a few times. I hope people see/hear some lyrics they couldn’t get before.

A note: I’m not sure if he actually says “fluent in French, ami” (most sites have it as “I mean”), but that’s how I’ve always heard it et je l’aime comme ├ža.

Favorite Lines

  • Everyone give it up for America’s favorite fighting FRENCHMAN!!!
  • Makin’ red coats redder with blood stains.
  • No one has more resilience or matches my practical, tactical brilliance.- and all the aspiring rappers out there just got day jobs.

“Satisfied” from Hamilton

Another color-coded lyrics video from Hamilton.

Renee Elise Goldsberry is now one of my favorite performers of all time and this song is a big reason why. Listening to these songs as intently as I have been has been an extremely gratifying experience and her performance is incredible. From the phrasing to breathing, it’s easily one of my faves.

Favorite Lines

  • “He’s a bit of a flirt, but I’ma give it a chance.”
  • “It’s Ben Franklin with a key and a kite.”
  • “The gossip in New York City is insidious.” – Try saying that 3 times quickly.

“Take a Break” from Hamilton

I’m starting to add lyrics videos to my YouTube channel. I love reading along to my favorite songs and couldn’t think of a better place to start than the Hamilton soundtrack. I started with “Take a Break” because it’s relatively easy, but I’m definitely going to be adding more soon.

Favorite Lines:

  • “You can write rhymes, but you can’t write mine.” – super cute
  • “John Adams doesn’t have a real job anyway.”
  • “Screw your courage to the sticking place.” – always good to brush up on some Shakespeare.