Nostalgia Trip: July – Dog Days of Summer

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Welcome to Nostalgia Trip! This is your guide to all the fun movies, TV shows, books, and video games from yesteryear that are worth revisiting. Each month, we’ll go over some need-to-see options that you either have forgotten about from your childhood, or that you missed out on completely.

Summer is about to come to a close – well, as far as school goes, anyway (thanks, Georgia) – and everyone’s getting ready for school to start back up. Still, I know you’re trying to squeeze out the last few moments of enjoyment and free time that you can before papers and homework start flying at you from all directions. Here are a few great pieces of art that are sure to give you some fun before summer is well and truly gone.

Movies/TV Shows

Mad Max Series

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Source: Amazon

We all know about the Mad Max movie that came out a couple of years ago, but there were also other movies in the series that came out earlier. If you like the Fallout video game series, then you should give the older Mad Max movies a watch to see the similarities.

Hackers

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Source: Amazon

Hackers is exactly what is says on the tin. It tells the story of fictional hackers and their subculture. The visuals of the movie are stylish, and the whole theme is very cyberpunk. If you enjoy crime movies or the cyberpunk subculture, then I’d definitely recommend this movie for you to watch.

Apocalypse Now

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Source: Wikipedia

Apocalypse Now is an Academy Award-winning film that should be a cultural staple for all Americans. Stemming from the ideologies surrounding the Vietnam War, Apocalypse Now follows a military assassin that sets out to kill a crazed colonel who lives in the Cambodian jungles.

Books

Discworld Series

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Terry Pratchet’s Discworld series doesn’t have a main character. Instead, it follows the life and happenings of the people that inhabit the fantastical Discworld. The characters are goofy but well-developed, and the humor is unparalleled. If you’re a fan of fantasy humor, then look no further than the Discworld series.

The Wheel of Time Series

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The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan is one of the most well-known fantasy series of all time. It’s also probably one of the longest. The first was written in 1984, and the series wasn’t complete until its fourteenth book was published in 2013. If you’re looking for a long lasting series, then look no further than The Wheel of Time.

The Dresden Files Series

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Source: Amazon.com

Have you ever wanted to read about a sarcastic, alcoholic wizard who lives as an on-call private eye for the Chicago PD? Well, here’s your chance. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher mixes fantasy wizards, noir detectives, and dry humor into one great read. There are also plenty of books in the series, so get comfy, as you’ve got a bit of catching up to do.

Video Games

Psychonauts

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Psychonauts is a 3D platformer game created by Doublefine that follows a young psychic at a summer camp for other psychically powerful children. This cult classic has been praised by critics for its clever gameplay and unapologetic weirdness. This game is one you don’t want to miss out on.

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg

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Source: Wikipedia

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is a 3D platformer game that came out for the Nintendo GameCube. You play as Billy, and your goal is to hatch eggs and use the animals inside to complete the puzzles of the level. This is one of those games that flew by completely under the radar, but it’s one of the best games of all time for both single and multiplayer. If you get the chance to play this game I would highly recommend it.

Myst

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Source: Wikipedia

Myst is a 3D puzzle adventure game developed by Cyan in 1993. The player journeys around a mysterious island, solving puzzles and uncovering the mystery behind the island as you do so. If this sounds similar to The Witness, the puzzle adventure game created last year by Jonathan Blow, then it should. Myst was the first of the puzzle adventure genre, precursor to point-and-click games, and did it very well right form the start.