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901  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 31, 2011, 01:07:53 PM
Been playing Wild Arms 3 all day. I liked the first one. The second gave me a headache. So far, I'm enjoying this one.

The secret bosses in this Wild Arms 3 are a lot more tolerable than the others. I completed all them except two, which is saying a lot since I suck with 1/2-hit kill bosses. :3
902  Media / The Soundroom / MPR - Top Score (Video Game Music Podcast) on: May 30, 2011, 08:12:29 PM
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Minnesota Public Radio's Classical station has created a new podcast that takes notice of some of the fantastic work being done in video game scores by the myriad of composers working in the field today. Hosted by Emily Reese, the program is entitled Top Score. According to MPR, it "explores the inspiration, process and meaning behind the often beautiful and sometimes haunting music found in video games. Music has had the power to inflect different emotions in listeners for centuries, and video game music is no different."

So far the show has covered some interesting composers, including Inon Zur (Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II) and Jason Graves (Dead Space, Dead Space 2), and Garry Shyman (BioShock, BioShock 2).

What's great about the show is that it's not just a "mixtape" style podcast, where they play various tracks from a game's soundtrack. Reese actually brings the composers in the booth, and asks them thoughtful questions about both their creative process and how they hope their music interacts with the player's experience as well as playing selections from the game's soundtrack. As a sometime listener of Minnesota Public Radio Classical, it's great to see game composers being treated with the same respect and level of seriousness that the station affords to artists working in more traditional realms of classical and film music.

If you care about game music at all, it's well worth your time. The podcast is available for subscription on iTunes, and you can also listen to mp3s and or a stream of individual episodes on the link below.

Top Score homepage


Listening through the Bioshock interview and love it! This is exactly what I wanted in a podcast in regards to game music, to hear the composer talk about their techniques and styles in his soundtrack while hearing his thoughts on the game. Perhaps you might find this approach interesting as much as I do....

Link for iTunes podcast: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/top-score-emily-reese-minnesota/id434473316
So far, the episodes are free, and hopefully remain that way :3


* Info taken from game Informer post: Minnesota Public Radio Launches Video Game Music Podcast Top Score
903  Media / The Soundroom / Re: videogames affect a new generation of "classical" composers on: May 26, 2011, 12:21:08 PM
"Some musicians grew up with the Suzuki method. I grew up with the Uematsu method."

Greatest comment I've read so far this month. Great comment as well Ramza (Plus one reccommend ;))

Fascinating article, it reminds me of all the Game composers that borrows bits and pieces from "classical" music to inject into their own compositions. In essence, you are are getting "classical" music drilled into you whether you are aware of it or not. I won't even go into the different game music and what probable "classical" compositions they borrowed from, but one game track always reminds me of Verdi's Requiem Libera me [starting at 1:26] is the introduction choral singing from Duodecim's Cantata Mortis [0:39-1:06]

If anyone hasn't listening to Verdi's Requiem, you're missing out. :3
904  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Japan's Top 700 Video Game Music of All Time on: May 26, 2011, 11:49:40 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2fhyVuES8g

This fucking noise is one of the top 50 videogame songs of all time?  Really?  I'll take Fighting of the Spirit from Tales of Symphonia/Phantasia over that shit any day.

Perhaps they were looking in connecting with their inner-Avant-Garde. I'm sure Sun Ra would be proud of them [/gag]

Sun Ra is awesome:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQmc6_w2bTE&feature=related

Was gagging about their choice for the top choice, lol. I was always a fan of UFO. Also a fan of Free Jazz, Ornette Coleman's Civilization Day. RahXephon does a number in this manner in the track avant, ren dez vous, but that's a story for another time.

Back to the list, this list is definitely missing the credits music to God Hand. For shame.
905  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Japan's Top 700 Video Game Music of All Time on: May 23, 2011, 01:48:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2fhyVuES8g

This fucking noise is one of the top 50 videogame songs of all time?  Really?  I'll take Fighting of the Spirit from Tales of Symphonia/Phantasia over that shit any day.

Perhaps they were looking in connecting with their inner-Avant-Garde. I'm sure Sun Ra would be proud of them [/gag]
906  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 18, 2011, 09:47:34 PM
Guess who hates Romeo and Juliet with a passion now.

OH LET ME GUESS you read that for school and are reading West Side Story next.

No. I have to write a five page essay on it. At least West Side Story would be interesting.

Dancing > Emo Swordfighting

This must be a mistake, I thought Romeo and Juliet was a Comedy.
907  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Seller Review thread on: March 25, 2011, 11:30:07 PM
Thought a thread like this would be useful.

I recently contacted Wild Armor and bought a few games off of him. Shipped fast as hell, in great condition, and at a great price.

He has the Yoda Stamp of Approval



Haha, wow thanks! I do my best and I assume that my games make it to the buyer in one piece in good conditions. If anyone has their doubts, I've sold some of my games to someone in Sweeden and they said they received it fine too. :3 I think that deserves a pat on the back, or my buying of my things ;). But again, thanks.

And Dice, my game list will probably become increasingly small in the near future. I'm actually hoping to going even past games if they all sell. :3
908  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Wild Armor's Game Lot *January 20, 2011* on: March 16, 2011, 06:07:09 PM
Sent you a PM. Thanks.
Received and Responded.
909  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Wild Armor's Game Lot *January 20, 2011* on: March 15, 2011, 06:56:13 PM
Just to confirm, apart from the region free consoles, these are all NTSC, right?
From what I saw on all the labels, Yes.

Sent you a PM. Hope it worked!
Received and Responded.
910  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 15, 2011, 02:19:52 PM
Katamari Damacy Fan!




Forever Rollin'
911  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Anxiety and Terror in games on: March 14, 2011, 11:32:19 AM
I've never been a fan of games with count-down timers [visible or not] in which you die when it reaches zero. Games I can think of are The very last bit of Power Rangers the Movie Game for SNES, S.O.S., Sonic the hedgehog underwater levels, ect. Underwater level are a huge NO for me as well. I'm willing to play in disbelieve, that I can breathe underwater.
912  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Help! In need of relaxing OSTs/specific music tracks to listen to... on: February 17, 2011, 12:11:28 AM
Check out Mana Khemia's 1 OST. Usually anything Team Gust I like, examples being Atelier Iris 2 and said Mana Khemia.
Final Fantasy Crisis Core for a tiny bit heavier. A good relaxer is Fragile's ost and Final fantasy Chrystal Chronicle [Gamecube]. The Wild Arms series usually has a good group of relaxing and exciting tunes.
913  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So I just ordered a PSP... on: February 05, 2011, 03:40:28 PM
Seriously: I recommended Wild Arms XF and Brave Story. Fun games.
914  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So I just ordered a PSP... on: February 05, 2011, 01:23:19 PM
Dead or Alive Paradise. That should keep you busy for the rest of your life. ;)
915  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Test your game musical knowledge on: January 25, 2011, 08:06:47 PM
43/90.

Pretty fun. So happy I heard Grim Fandango!
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