LESSONS I LEARNED FROM VIDEO GAMES (feel free to add your own!)

  • Mass Effect: There will always be people telling you the fight is impossible. Fight anyway.
  • Assassin's Creed: Heroes can come from anywhere.
  • Fez: Sometimes solving a puzzle only takes looking at it from a different angle.
  • inFAMOUS: Give people second chances. They might surprise you.
  • Journey: The road may be long, but you don't have to walk it alone.
  • Civilization: Not all victories are the same.
  • Borderlands: Sometimes, you just need to laugh at yourself.
  • Minecraft: There is no limit to your imagination.
  • Skyrim: Practice makes perfect.
  • Pokemon: Friendship can overcome amazing odds.
  • Katamari Damacy: Even the smallest person can do something great.
  • Bioshock: Appearances can be deceiving. Even something that appears perfect can have deep flaws.
  • Dragon Age: Some things can't be changed. What matters is how you adapt to them.
  • Fallout: Even after the worst disasters, things can be rebuilt.
  • The Sims: No one man should have all that power.
  • The Last Of Us: Sometimes redemption comes from the most unexpected places.
  • Tetris: Do the best you can with what you have.
  • Portal: If you can't find a way, make your own.
  • flOw: Adaptation is the key to survival.


"How Could You Leave Us?" John Ottman, SUPERMAN RETURNS. Seriously one of my favourite pieces of music of all time. This could be called pastiche, of course - it’s the most complex re-purposing of music from John Williams’ score for the original SUPERMAN that Ottman undertakes in his score for RETURNS - but it accomplishes that task flawlessly, and just as flawlessly builds, develops, and completes the emotional arc of the scene it underscores. It’s the most emotionally resonant scene in the movie - I’d argue even the haters would have trouble finding fault with this sequence - and this is a stunning musical poem about choices, loss, and enduring love.

The Future/Main Titles


The Future/Main Titles
John Ottman
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Until Days of Future Past, the series never really had a unifying theme as each film had a different composer who provided the musical scoring. Hearing the franchise’s most memorable tune after Patrick Stewart’s opening narration provided the geeks in the audience some fits of excitement and was an early indication that the movie was indeed going to be great. It felt as if Bryan Singer cleared the crowd saying, “Step aside bitches. This is how you do an X-Men movie.” :))

The theme was written by John Ottman, who also provided the musical scoring for X2 and is the first composer to score two X-Men films.

This music was such a “fuck yeah” moment for me when I saw the film