Games Meet Metal: October 2009

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Well..... that was quick.


See that picture full of awesome up there? That's the special edition of God of War III, and it' s humdinger of a set. The case itself is supposed to be a representation of Pandora's box. Damn thing looks so metal that you'll probably need 7 union workers and a forklift just to carry the thing around. Also included is an art book, a movie/documentary on the making of the game, a Dominus skin for Kratos, and a downloadable Challenge Arena that you can mess around with once you beat the game.

However, there's two more digital goodies that bear some extra attention. The first is a best-of compilation of the series's best musical tracks. I generally frown on game soundtracks, as even my huge nerdiness has it's limits. I can let it slide here because GOW has always had great symphonic moments in its music legacy, and having some of it close to me is a-o-k in my book. The second is Sony answering my request for a copy of the new Trivium song that's going on the game, but yet so much more! We're getting a full-out EP metal tribute, courtesy of Roadrunner Records! Along with Trivium, we'll be getting tracks from Opeth, Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater, and Taking Dawn! No word yet whether the rest of the bands will be doing original stuff or if it'll just be b-sides, but that's some evil metal thinking on Sony's part. Plus, someone there must of read my previous blog and wanted me to be oh so happy today. Thank you kind sir! You get a sunny sticker!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Kratos is gonna get melodic on all y'all asses!


 
"The band that everyone loves to bash on....  except me", Trivium, announced that they were recording an original tune for God of War III. It's become a pretty well known fact that lead singer Matt Heafy is quite the gamer nerd. He's professed his love of Final Fantasy several times and is not shy about bringing a ton of gaming gear on tour with him. I'll lay good money that Matt squealed like crazy when this opportunity came his way.

The song title is unknown as well as exactly where the song is gonna be placed. During the game? Opening menu? Closing credits (my bet)? No matter how it ends up in the final product, it would be super if it were included as an mp3 download with the not-really-secret super special edition Sony's putting together. Please Sony? We'll be spending $90 or more on the damn thing, so including a free song won't kill ya. I'm sure Roadrunner Records wouldn't mind the publicity.

8-bit Metal Mondays-Bleepality

I was talking to a friend yesterday as she was going through quite the family emergency. She was listening to Slipknot and we shared some pleasant words about Duality, the song that debuted their more arena sound. So, here's to you, babe.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yes Mr. Drake, clowns are scary.



I'd like to preface this review by saying thanks to Riff for inviting me to contribute to this blog. Having been a Playstation 3 apologist pretty much since launch, I'll have to say it's about damn time that there are some top tier exclusives coming out. (Metal Gear 4 notwithstanding) Having played the ever loving hell out of the first Uncharted, I'll have to admit I was a bit skeptical about this title. It took a little bit of convincing from the guys at my local Gamestop to get me to pre-order this title. I had seen a few write ups on line regarding the game and was kind of on the fence as to whether or not I was going to get this game. I want to say thank you to those guys as Uncharted 2 is easily the best single player experience I've had since the all-mighty Bioshock.

Friday, October 23, 2009

I love it when targetted marketing is done RIGHT!!

One of the long term goals of Gamesmeetmetal.com is to host game demo stations at evil metal shows. To me, these things go hand-in-hand with each other. Most of today's metalheads have a 360 sitting around, so why not try to appease their gaming sensibilities with demos in between band sets? Ozzfest did this for a while, hosting Playstation kiosks on festival grounds. One year, they had the E3 demo for God of War 2! Of course, they also had Kingdom Hearts, so it wasn't perfect. Then Ozzfest got cheap, then stopped, and all the gaming goodness went away at metal shows. I had a real inkling to bring that back, that feeling of playing GOW2 before anyone else, all with the pumping sounds of some form of death metal blaring behind me. It's a marvelous dream, one of beauty and magnificence.

Wouldn't you know it? Electronic Arts beat me to the punch.

This past Wednesday night was the Dethklok/Mastodon tour at the Fillmore, and it ruled six ways till Sunday (review forthcoming). While the show itself ruled, there was a bit of gaming glitz thrown over it. Electronic Arts put some serious money forward and placed several demo stations with the 360 version of Brutal Legend!! It's the same demo that's available on the 360 and PS3, so no super exclusives game wise. Swag wise, however, it was bumping. All concert goers scored free game posters and old-school iron on patches!! Bonus points for the pointy tips.


 

Man, with this and the free Dragon Age prequel browser game (which nets you free in-game items even on the consoles), EA, well..... you're just looking damn sexy! We should go out some time. Some fine wine, maybe some chocolate covered strawberries. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge!

Ubisoft must of seen the Mario Bros. movie too.



Let's face it: for the most part, movies based off video games really suck. There's only a couple I can stand. Silent Hill was great, but people just keep argueing it down. Then there's Doom, which I enjoy for its sheer crapness.Well Ubisoft doesn't want another Doom on their hands, so when they decided to do a 3-part live action Assasin's Creed mini-movie, they said, "Hollywood? Screw that noise!", and just did it themselves. they enlisted the help of the guys who did all the good bloody stuff in 300, so expect a whole lot of killing. Hopefully, though, a lot less oiled up abs. The story itself revolves around Assassin's Creed 2's Ezio's afther, who was also quite the shiv=sticker himself.

Assasin's Creed 2 drops November 17, with the mini-movies popping up on Youtube before then.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Is it possible to get one's "tribal" on?




Soulfly, Prong, Cattle Decapitation, and Mutiny Within @ Harpos, Friday, October 16


Ah, Harpo's. A mecca of Eastern Detroit. A home away from home for any reasonably sized metal band. An absolute shithole. It's the kind of place where crackheads openly smoke their rocks in plain view outside the venue's doors, and no blinks an eye. Probably because they would drop their pipes in the process. Despite what you think of it, Harpo's is one of the places to go to catch most metal bands as they pass through the Motor City, and tonight is quite the jumbled asortment.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

NHL 2K10 (Wii): Another Disturbying Review


Background: Being Canadian, it should come as no surprise that I'm nuts about hockey. When it's hockey season, I'm pretty much glued to the ol' futon watching as many games as I can. During the off-season, I try my hardest to surround myself with hockey. I keep track of the draft and trades as well as any other hockey news I can get my hands on. Being an avid video gamer, hockey video games are right up my alley. The only issue is that the only console that I own (at the moment) is the Wii, and so far there haven't been a lot of hockey games for me to choose from. Last years NHL 2K9 fell a little flat, and Wii owners missed out on the Online content that were included with XBox 260 and PS3 versions. Without dwelling too much on the past, lets just say that I was really looking forward to this years release since it was announced that online play would be available to Wii owners. Maybe my expectations were set a little too high...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Would you like some Dyer's Eve to go along with your frogs legs?



Confession time: I'm a Metallica nut. I've got everything they ever released on cd, along with a nice library of bootlegged stuff. I've seen them at every tour stop in Detroit since 1994 (except for that stupid invite-only deal with Garage Inc.), and I'll be spending more of my hard earned dough on the guys in the future.

Which brings us to the picture above. 'Tallica filmed a concert at Paris's Arenes de Nimes for a dvd release. Hey, all well and good with me, especially since it'll have Dyer's Eve live!!! However, there's a small catch: the only way to get a physical copy at a store is if you live in France. Yep, the smelliest nation in the world gets an exclusive and us totally awesome North Americaners are left in the wind, with only the power of the tubes of the internet to procure a copy.

However, if you do want a copy, get ready to pay. A link to the order form can be found at Metallica's website, but take a closer look at those prices. Yep, those are English pounds, not super awesome American dollaroonies. The standard edition translates out to about $25 U.S. (which is about average for concert dvd's these days), while the doesn't-really-look-worth-it deluxe edition will set you back over $90 U.S.!! And that's before taxes and shipping are added on.

Damn it guys, I really do want to support my capitolist tendencies, but you're making it way too hard at the moment. You could make it up to me by doing Binge and Purge 2 here in Detroit. Oh, pwetty pwetty puhweeeeze?

8-bit Metal Mondays: RE! duh de DUH du SPECT!

I like to think that Vinnie Paul was a gamer back in the prime years of Pantera. I could picture him, waging through Contra, Dimebag making bets with everyone around him for whether Vinnie can beat the boss, Rex practicing his golf swings in the background, and Phil...... eh, doing whatever Phil does. Plus, if you squint, old school Vinnie looks like Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons. Just saying.

Now hit play and listen to some Walk.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pre-order new Slayer, get wallpaper



Slayer's newest blasphemous effort, World Painted Blood, Won't be out until Novermber 3. However, Slayer.net has got you covered. They have a pre-order deal going right now where they'll throw in a pretty big 24X36 map of the skull map covers that adorn the special edition copies. That's Right! No needing to buy all four covers just to get a bunch of bloody skulls. Then there's the blood-red t-shirt you can slap down for a few bucks more. Just type of thing to show the wifey you support her during that time of the month.

Already got mine in the sack. How about you?

World Magnetic Tour: A Disturbying Concert Review

I just want to start off by saying that Riff has invited me to be a part of his Games Meets Metal blog as his "Canadian Correspondent" of sorts. Lately Winnipeg, MB has been getting a number of amazing metal shows which (for some odd reason) seem to skip over Detroit Rock City. For those who don't know, Winnipeg is known for being the coldest city with a population over 600,000 and stragely enough we're also the Slurpee capital of the world, which is pretty impressive considering winter lasts for about 13 months of the year. So, whenever we get the chance to see a band like Metallica, or even Opeth, we make sure that they're given a warm welcome since it's so effin' cold outside.

Now, I'm sure Metallica has performed in Detroit this past year, but when they ventured North of the border they decided to bring Gojira and Lamb of God along for the ride. Gojira took the stage right at 7:00pm, which is a little unfortunate because that's when the doors opened. 16,000 people slowly made their way into the building and either went straight for the merchandise tables or to the bars setup around the perimeter of the venue. But, for those who did make their way to their seats, they were greeted with Gojira's furious performance. The crowd gave a generous applause after each song but you can tell they were clearly there for Metallica. The show was sold out in 7 minutes and Metallica was the only band on the bill at the time. Gojira left the stage as the newly converted fans looked on while the crew started to set up for Lamb of God.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Nerds With Too Much Time On Their Hands Bring The Awesome


What you see there is NOT a photoshop! It's a carved out NES cartridge with a monitor and controls, and it comes with enough memory to store a ton of old school NES, Game Boy, and Game Boy Color ROM's. And the thing works like a charm.

Down side to this wonderful contraption is that the maker exhausted his funds creating the thing, and now has it for sale. So how about you go visit his website and show him some nerdy gamer love?

8-bit Metal Mondays: Giving Satan His Due

Yeesh, even Deicide has it's 8-bit fans hanging around and making bleepy covers of their songs.

Enjoy paying Homage To Satan!


Friday, October 9, 2009

So, you wanna schtoop a band member?

But going to a concert is to much trouble for ya? Don't worry, because Rammstein has your naughty bits in check.

Just an advisor, this is VERY NSFW!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I'm beginning to really miss Crowbar


Back in 1995, myself and a group of friends went totally gonzo for the first Down record. It was our first intro to the NOLA sound, and we were all over that shit. Especially the booklet for the cd. That thing had trippy pics for every song on the cd. It also had an inlay picture of the band members. Phil Anselmo and Pepper Keenan were easy to spot, but then a question arose. That being, "Who are the dirty hippie and the two fat guys?"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Sillines (And High Cost) Of The PSP Go

Well, the site's only been up for a short bit, but we've already gotten some neat. hits. Sao Paulo, Brazil, for example. (Hi Sepultura!) It's great to see some international metal gamers popping up. Now, where are all you Europeans at? C'mon guys, I love me some Scandinavians. You guys know your metal very very well.

And now, onto business.

Monday, October 5, 2009

8-bit Metal Mondays!!

One of the best ways the intarwebz have united games and metal has been converting metal anthems into bleepy 8-bit Nintendo tunes. Most sound just perfect for a round of Mega Man, or just a cursory listen while wondering how much effort went into making something sound so grand in scope got turned into robo tunes.

Most people have already gotten used to Raining Blood going all bleepy, so how about some Mastodon instead?


Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Promises of Gamesmeetmetal.com

Consider this list a primer of sorts for what we hope to build with this site. Note these are "promises." Not laws, commandments, decrees, or orders shouted from way up high while wearing a silly outfit. I'm too polite to shout stuff like that.

1. No copying and pasting a gazillion news articles

One of the first bits of advise I got was that if you're gonna start your own blog, then do something more than just repeating the same news bits that tons of other blogs already do. You really want the news? Go to Blabbermouth.net (the mother of all hard rock/heavy metal news sites) and Kotaku (Blabbermouth for games).

2. Honesty with our opinions

Long story short: if there's something we like, we're gonna gush, a lot. If there's something we hate, it's gonna get trashed. Honesty can go a long way, even if it's an unfavorable opinion.

3. Be honest with us

The first amendment goes both ways here. Think we're a bunch of pricks? A group of mama's boys? Think we smell funny? (note: we do, but keep it to yourselves, k? :)) Then by all means, let it fly. There's an email address listed and a comments section, so go nuts. The crazier the better, we could use the comic relief.

See? Simple and direct, the way Satan intended it.

About Gamesmeetmetal.com & Contact Info

Greetings!!

Hello and welcome one and all to Gamesmeetmetal.com!! I'm Riff, the webmaster/editor-in-chief/schmuck who ponied up the money for his own web domain. What will follow now and hopefully into the distant future, is the great and wonderful merging of the worlds of heavy metal and video gaming, in glorious blog form. Our capable crew of writers and myself hope to bring our own bit of wit and patented form of not-really-patented form of dropping f-bombs. If we're super duper lucky, you may even enjoy it a bit. If you any questions or concerns, you're more than welcome to slide an email to info@gamesmeetmetal.com.

Take care,

Riff

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