Games Meet Metal: 8-Bit Metal Mondays: Not a Good Week, Opinions, and an Anniversary

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Monday, September 20, 2010

8-Bit Metal Mondays: Not a Good Week, Opinions, and an Anniversary

Wow, what a messed up week last week turned out to be. First was the return of my insomnia, coupled with the usual goofy work schedule. But the big metaphorical sledgehammer came when I found out that my father, who I haven't seen or talked to in a good 16 years, was found dead earlier that week. That pretty much took the wind out of me. The rest of my time was spent trying to get my head straight while our family tried to figure out what our next step was.

Big ups to Sturby for covering me on the Metroid: Other M review, as my thoughts were truly elsewhere. Still, I was able to play through it,  so here's my two cents in bullet point form:
-Good story marred by bad voice acting
-Good graphics, yet vanilla scenery
-Excellent combat!!!!!
-Challenging boss fights
-Still didn't feel like a true Metroid game, thanks to how you earned your power-ups
-Too short!
Also, good on Team Ninja for holding back on the jiggle physics. I suspect they'll compensate for that in Ninja Gaiden 3.

During all the drama, I missed that Games Meet Metal is officially a year old! You may throw the colored confetti of your choice into the air now. While there were bumps along the way, I am glad what the site has accomplished so far. Building relationships with the bigger record labels, getting to know some good pr people in the music business, and giving a few of my buds a chance to spout their opinions. In the coming year, I hope to build the website to an even bigger status. Maybe move to Wordpress, a dedicated server, and maybe even get that damn podcast going that I've been wanting to do for so long.

The real big thing I hope to accomplish would be trips to both PAX events and E3 next year. PAX would be the easier route, as they're not press exclusive. E3 is, and that might take a little more work to get into.

Okay, time for this week's bit of bleepiness. Since I'm still on a bit of a Metroid high, I might as well throw out some Metroid Metal yet again. Here's the band doing a live live dealio at PAX 2009.

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