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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 22, 2014, 11:26:46 PM
Suikoden 3 - Finished Geddoe's chapter 2. Started on Thomas Ch. 1. I WANT TO SNUGGLE MUTO :<<<<<

Also Cecile is a girl?

Ah, didn't see you are playing this. Have fun with Suikoden III! I played this game to 100% completion and loved every second of it. I enjoyed three a bit more than Suikoden IV, but not by too much.

Playing through Wild Arms IV, and boy, whenever they bring in those moving cutscenes (opposed to still image dialog boxes), they really know how to put tears in my eyes...that is, make me laugh uncontrollably. For those who played the game: take in Jude's riding a biking stupid fast and making ridiculous faces while he tries to catch up to a train. It's a beautiful thing.
2  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: April 22, 2014, 11:17:38 PM

I love this one.  The start of it really gets me pumped.  Even though.....  Ah, whatever, excellent homage to the grate Morricone! 
Shit, that reminds me, the album quality of the Wild Arms OST (the first game) was out of this world.  FF7 sounded like dogshit midi half the time, but the Wild Arms OST was a real cut above the rest.


http://youtu.be/Qs8CpvKLRvA
Twilight Princess Boss Music --- Link's "Winning" Theme. 
Short, but I loved this as "Zelda's version of Shadow of the Colossus' winning theme.  It's not as impressive, but I find it's catchy and really worked in the heat of the moment.

With respect to OCRemix....argh, I'm torn.  Too much stuff goes to OONTZ OONTZ OONTZ, it drives me crazy.  Naturally, the bits I do like I *love* and have served as awesome alternates to more "old school" sounding game tracks.

Yep, Naruke did a great job synthesizing that Morricone Flavor into her WA soundtracks. It's funny you bring up that video, because it's the same video I start off people wanting to know more about WA music or Naruke's influences. What's even better is when a composer borrows from themselves and haves fun with their themes and make new ones. I refer specifically to these two tracks:

Wild ARMs 3 - Only The Night Sky Knows
Wild ARMS 4 - Starlight and the Passing Breeze

Beautiful melodies.

I'm still waiting for my Wild Arms 4 soundtrack to come in the mail...anticipating it greatly. I've been playing the game since last week and enjoying every moment. It's odd, because originally I wasn't impressed too much with the soundtrack, but now I can't put it down. I'm very pleased with it as a whole, especially the battle themes (very typical of me ;)). One particular track I adore is "The Shining Spear Pierces the Darkness"

The overall track is incredibly pleasing to me on a passive and attentive listening basis. Passively, this track kicks all kinds of butt. Literally riddled with 'orchestral hit' samples, timpani, percussion, great wonderful cymbal crescendos, electric guitar, rock organ--and those infectious rhythms! Attentively, I love that intro (0:00-0:04). It's a F# Hexatonic Blues scale (F#, A, B, B#/C, C# [no e in this intro however]), no? Another special treat about this track I love is that they use the music box instrument (starts at 0:33) that is heard whenever Kresnik opens the music box he carries with him. That's it for me for now about that track...

It's funny, but that Link 'winning theme' is very goofy sounding to me, like it doesn't belong in Twilight Princess (perhaps wind waker?). I think it is that the boss music that plays is very menacing and when this pop up, it just breaks that suspense/ambiance.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 20, 2014, 10:23:30 PM


This poor little guy genuinely looks upset with this.
4  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: April 16, 2014, 10:10:06 AM
Wild ARMS 4 OST - Gun Blaze
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 16, 2014, 10:07:55 AM
Spring Cleaning! My room is more or less complete, minus the closet. Today, I'm going to clean around the Living room and game consoles. Hopefully I can find my copy of Wild Arms 2 and 3 while doing this...for whatever reasons I can't find them anywhere in the house. Did I sell them? And speaking of westerns...

The season of Spaghetti Westerns is here again! For the past couple of years, I've always dedicated a month or two to everything Spaghetti Western: Movies, Games, and Music. Usually it starts in May/June, but I want to start it a liiiiiiiiiiittle bit earlier this year.

In the past week, I've watched the following: 'Once Upon a Time in the West', 'A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More', 'The Magnificent 7, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'. This Friday I'm expecting 'Duck, You Sucker' (aka A Fistful of Dynamite) (super excited!).

For games, I started up Wild Arms 1. I'll be playing this until I either find or replace Wild Arms 3 or when Wild Arms 4 arrives in the mail.

Music-wise: any of the soundtracks list from the game/movies above, plus compilation ones that include western tv shows.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 14, 2014, 10:17:54 PM
Since we are posting silly robot pics:

7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 11, 2014, 11:30:15 AM
Started Summon Night Twin Age this week, beat it yesterday.

WELL, that certainly was a game.

8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 10, 2014, 09:51:47 AM
"walking out of an exam you knew you failed"



"It’s like an infomercial"



I feel like this one was posted earlier....but what the heck:



EDIT: add this one too...

9  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: April 09, 2014, 01:58:18 PM
another fantastic thing about Terrible Monster Wrecking Crew is around  is that around 2 minutes, you get a few phrases of the original Wild ARMs' boss theme. OH MAH GOD

Where exactly in the Wild ARMs Boss theme are you referring to? I can't quite seem to put my ear on it (perhaps I'm loosing my hearing sooner than thought!). :)

And since we are talking about one of my favorite series, here's my contribution: Wild ARMS Advanced 3rd "Wild Bunch" (extended ver)

Whenever this track turns up on my music player and my sis is around, I hunch my shoulders over and start snapping my fingers (the reaction is always priceless). I do this because once it gets to the battle part of the track (~0:59) I always get a West Side Story vibe. I can imagine the seven fighting, with a group of thugs surrounding them and amusingly snapping their fingers while grunting. You got the Morricone flavor, might as well add a pinch of Bernstein. ;)
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 08, 2014, 09:16:30 PM
I was writing a blog post last night, probably in the 2500 to 3000-word range.  This afternoon I was making a few final edits and copy/pasted some revised sections into the browser version of the post. 

Deleted.  All of it.  Couldn't salvage it, after nearly an hour of trying.  The only parts that I had left intact were the most recent revisions, which were 3 out of 19 paragraphs.  **** it all.  Currently in the rewriting process. 

That's rough! :( Definitely take a break and take another whack at it! Who knows, maybe you'll think of new ideas that seasons the post wonderfully. :D

I'm actually very impressed you spent the time writing a lengthy blog post. I usually have troubles writing a great deal without repeating myself or being satisfied with what I wrote. Reasons like that, and being a little too hard on myself, causes not only my blog posts from appearing in the public sphere, but also kills off some posts here and on vgmdb.net. I'll end up writing a very informational post, then ax it at the end. I think it might also be that If I'm not in a mood, it'll stop me from taking another write-up (sometimes the mood to write in a particular thread might leave and never come back).
Thanks.  I'm actually cracking at it again now, and I want to try and finish it tonight.  It's a little easier now that I'm doing most of it a second time. 

I feel that writing lengthy blog posts is liberating and fun, even if I know that nobody reads them.  I mean, I've posted unnecessary TL;DR stuff on this forum on occasion (Exhibit A).  I'm embarrassed by a lot of what I write too, but that shouldn't prevent anyone from writing.  You shouldn't always be writing for a potential audience; write because you want to write, and if you're worried that it isn't good, write some more.  That's how you get better. 

Haha, I'm guilty of TL;DR posts on here as well. ;) I'm sure that once I loosen up and quit judging my pieces so harshly my writing will see the light of day. :D
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 08, 2014, 07:45:30 PM
I was writing a blog post last night, probably in the 2500 to 3000-word range.  This afternoon I was making a few final edits and copy/pasted some revised sections into the browser version of the post. 

Deleted.  All of it.  Couldn't salvage it, after nearly an hour of trying.  The only parts that I had left intact were the most recent revisions, which were 3 out of 19 paragraphs.  **** it all.  Currently in the rewriting process. 

That's rough! :( Definitely take a break and take another whack at it! Who knows, maybe you'll think of new ideas that seasons the post wonderfully. :D

I'm actually very impressed you spent the time writing a lengthy blog post. I usually have troubles writing a great deal without repeating myself or being satisfied with what I wrote. Reasons like that, and being a little too hard on myself, causes not only my blog posts from appearing in the public sphere, but also kills off some posts here and on vgmdb.net. I'll end up writing a very informational post, then ax it at the end. I think it might also be that If I'm not in a mood, it'll stop me from taking another write-up (sometimes the mood to write in a particular thread might leave and never come back).
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 28, 2014, 03:07:09 PM






Wow, that Cruella gender swap came out very awesom.e
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 27, 2014, 01:15:09 PM






14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 25, 2014, 07:46:44 PM
Beginning my dive into Jazz Theory (Text). See ya next year.

Also, I cannot for the love of me understand why the spiral bond costs so much! My college had it used and was WAAAAY cheaper than what amazon is offering for the paperback new. Go college, you did good in this regards.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 25, 2014, 06:23:01 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWjPlrZGarU
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