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916  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Wild Armor's Game Lot *July 25th, 2011* on: July 26, 2011, 05:06:43 PM
Hi. I don't have time for games at the moment but would you be interested in trading Metal Gear Solid, Chrono Cross and MGS Portable Ops? Please see my thread for items available. Thanks.

Responded to your PM. :3
917  Media / The Soundroom / Re: What are your likes in Video Game Music? on: July 25, 2011, 07:44:18 PM
My my, that IS FFVI!

I'd secretly thought VI and VIII had a lot in common, musically. Thanks for the confirmation. :)

Oh, no problem. ;) When it comes to video game music, nothing can hide from me :3
918  Media / The Soundroom / Re: What are your likes in Video Game Music? on: July 25, 2011, 07:23:07 PM
Moorish/Spanish progressions

So, one of the defining chord progressions for the entire FFVIII soundtrack is most prominently showcased in the song you cited. And you're on the nose regarding geographical/ethnic root to the progression's popularity.

In music theory detail it's a four measure pattern that looks like this:

measure 1: a minor chord. For this example, let's use A minor itself (I think the piano collection arrangement is in this key). So that's A, C, and E.

measure 2: take the 5th of that minor chord, raise it a half-step to F. Now you have A C F, which is an F major chord, inverted. So far, this is extremely common chord progression. It's not Am's relative major, but it fits the key signature (Am / C), so we went vi to IV in terms of the Roman Numeral system.

measure 3: take that same note we raised, and raise it ANOTHER halfstep. THIS is what makes it unique and brings out that Spanish flavor. Your chord is now A C F#. Fill in the Eb and you can clearly see a full diminished chord.

measure 4: descend back to the F inverted chord from measure two.

This pattern is awesome. It's entrancing. It's much of what makes me adore the FFVIII soundtrack. In terms of scales, adding the F# takes you from Aeolian mode (that is, a natural minor scale) to Dorian mode (minor scale with raised 6). If you also include the Eb for the fully diminished chord (and the main melody hits that Eb!) you're making some sort of crazy modal scale that is best described as Spanish/Moorish. Modern music, esp. jazz, owes its roots to "experimental" ideas like these. After all, the diminished 5th / augmented 4th (A to Eb, to fit this illustration) is "the devil's harmony" and wasn't allowed in many Christian sanctuaries for centuries.

You can see this "hold the bass/foundation note, raise the other notes to create new chords" concept also in Blue Fields, Find Your Way, and other great pieces from the soundtrack.

Get chords you talked about, and play them descending at a fast speed.

F# C A

FF6 boss theme intro chord outline. ;) Genius. I giggled in glee when I read your post Ramza. That's what I was thinking the whole time.
919  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Wild Armor's Game Lot *July 25th, 2011* on: July 25, 2011, 05:29:59 PM
New games added. New additions are marked in Yellow. If you have any questions, shoot them my way :3
920  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 21, 2011, 09:01:23 AM
Starcraft Joke was funny. A person a couple street down from me owns a Starcraft Boat and I could not compute.
921  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 19, 2011, 04:55:00 PM
Beat Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Crystal Bearers.

At the end of the game, I forgot I was playing A Hybrid of Tron and Silver Surfer. Nice Game, lol.

Now on to Suikoden IV when it comes in and Portrait of Ruins. Almost done with Rune Factory 3, then I'll be done with the series for life. Not touching Oceans or 4, my future children can play em... I want nothing to do with this series, I'll leave it on a good note.
922  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 18, 2011, 10:10:13 AM

Umm... chasing cheese down a hill...sport....myeah.  AWESOME.

What did they do, spray that hill with WD-40?
923  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 13, 2011, 10:44:18 PM
The amount of Classical music in this game is absurd. See if you can name them all without looking it up :3
924  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 13, 2011, 01:08:59 PM
Started Crystal Chronicles two weeks ago.

It's goofy and I lol every time someone starts talking.
Backtracking isn't that bad at all. Just master the double-dodge- roll
and you're set. ;)

IN FACT, I'm thankful there are hardly any random encounters. Most,
if not all, fights are completely optional. I'm burning right through this game
and expect it to be done within this week or early next week. (I have only 7 hours
in it right now)

Also, started up Phantasy Star 0 and Finishing up Rune Factory 3. Beat Rune Factory Frontier
Last week. Completely spent over 130+ hours on RFF, but man....Master Chef.
925  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I'm done buying games! on: July 12, 2011, 10:46:16 PM
This may sound strange coming from an RPGFan writer, but I'd have no issue giving up ALL my gaming stuff tomorrow.  I'd be just fine with it.

926  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: emotional RPG's ? on: July 12, 2011, 11:39:49 AM
Fragile Dreams (Wii). That game makes people cry. Not because the controls are awkward (we'll, there's that too...) but because the atmosphere (especially the feeling of loneliness) is so strong and the few people you meet during your travels truly make a difference.

Also, the thing about Fragile is that you pick up items that you can hear the final conversation-thoughts of the owner before they perished. A lot of it is sad.  The ending is....
927  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Should Random Battles Be Done Away With? on: July 11, 2011, 11:53:30 PM
RE Eradication?

Yes - for Adults who have better things to do than grind and enter a battle every X amount of Steps
No - for Children to taste what it was like for us when we were younger....and to keep em occupied.
928  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I'm done buying games! on: July 11, 2011, 11:48:53 PM
That does it, I can't let this backlog get any larger.  Believe it or not, part of me is actually annoyed by Sony's welcome back PSN program.  As if I needed free games!  I can't even finish the games I paid money for.  Heck, I have a demo backlog...I have lots of demos I've downloaded intending to try out but I don't even have time for them.  Where did all the hours go...

I've decided to implement a policy where I won't buy a new game until I finish two games I own.  I'm not sure how I should count PSN/Android stuff in that, though, since they tend to be shorter.  Argh, whatever...

Seeing how Catherine is coming out soon I'd better get to work...

Don't lie to yourself, it'll creep up on ya on a boring day, and then....

Your wallet is missing...

My backlog is actually decreasing, not because I'm buying and playing games, because I'm selling them. WIN-Log if ya ask me. :3
929  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 11, 2011, 11:45:55 PM

I thought you were going with THIS

But this is equally as funny :3
930  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 11, 2011, 02:49:47 PM
May have been posted, but not sure....if not:

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