Games Meet Metal: May 2011

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

8-bit Metal, what day is it now? Hell if I know, I've lost track.

Moving a bunch of shit can do that to ya. Also, it can wreck your back. Remember kids, lift with your legs.

So, it has finally happened. With the exception of one case full of books and a decent-sized subwoofer, I am officially moved in to the new homestead. One big plus is having cable TV for the first time in forever. Now I just need to plan for those all-day Cheaters marathons that G4 runs every now and then. On the downside, I had a sacrifice in the form of my external hard drive disappearing into the ether. A good chunk of my music collection was on that thing, so now I'm regulated to what I have in physical copies.

With the hard drive loss, the whole moving thing, and prepping for my E3 visit, I haven't had much time to listen to the evil metal and get bleepy ideas. However, one game trailer did catch my eye, as well as a few million other people. Whoever got the idea of combining Gears of War with Black Sabbath deserves a Coke and a smile.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Last Week in Video Games

Another week goes by and still no Playstation store. What the balls guys? I mean, I understand that the downtime wasn't anyone's plan but it's starting to get a little ridiculous! Did you know that the XBox Live Marketplace went down last week? NO? Well it was only down for a few hours, so you may not of noticed. Anyway, lets see what else is going on the video game world.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Where the hell has Riff been?

Moving. That's what he's been doing.

In a sad state of affairs, I am joining millions of other Americans in having their home foreclosed on. It's been a bummer of a time, but something that I have to deal with. That's why I haven't been on the site, as most of GMM HQ has been disassembled and put into moving boxes.

Fear not for me, as I do have a place to go to. It's just a matter of lugging all my crap over there. Who knew after all these years I would of accumulated so much nerdy and evil metal stuff? As of now, I have half of my stuff at the new homestead, with the rest needing a truck.

That's the major stuff for now. Just wanted to get the word out there that I'm not dead, and that I hope to resume normal site work by next week. Oh, and E3 is still on, so be sure to watch out for that.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Last Week (and day) in Video Games

Sorry for the lateness of my weekly update everyone. It was a long weekend here in Canada and it was also the weekend of my brother's wedding. Lots of family. Lots of booze. Lots of fun. Not so many video games. Because I am still slightly hungover I am only going to post a few tidbits of the big stories from last week. Enjoy!
  • Spike TV to air Microsoft's E3 press conference - LIVE.
  • Keep your eyes open for a Duke Nukem Forever Demo on June 3rd
  • Valve is reportedly not showing any new games at E3
  • Lego Harry Potter years 5-7 to come out this Christmas. 3 Lego games in one year, and I thought Guitar Hero was bad.
  • Dragon Age III has been announced by BioWare staff member.
  • Carmageddon's website has a countdown ending June 1st. I wonder what that could be?!?

Monday, May 16, 2011

8-bit Metal Mondays-Looks Like I'm Not The Only One Back Up

Well, my downtime was a hell of a lot shorter than I thought it was gonna be. Less than a day, it turns out. Then, the jinx fairy cast a spell and threw Blogger under the bus for several days! WTF, man? Is this seriously happening? Well, Blogger did eventually pop back up, but not without a few bugs (posting pictures sure is a bitch). The funny thing is that as Blogger got it's ass in gear, the Playstation Network was slowly turning itself on after close to a month of being dead and in the ground. Rejoice, people! Right now, all the online play stuff is up and running, but the Playstation Store is still down for the moment. I keep reading about "welcome back" packs for PS+ and regular PSN users. Sliding me a few free games would be super nice. Hey, just saying.

Now for your bleeping amusement, I figured we'd go in a different direction this week. instead of music, how about a guy who drinks beer, swears profusely, and causes large amounts of destruction? How about the Angry Video Game Nerd?!?! I discovered the Nerd a few months back, and like the rest of pop culture, I was several years behind every one else. With all the other crap down, i cooked up some hot dogs and caught up on some very entertaining Nerd rage! Here's one of my fave episodes, where the Nerd gives a ripping to the Atari 5200.

Remembering a Great Musician

Last year Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November 2009 and after treatment after treatment he was unable to fight on. A large memorial service was held in his honour which attracted some of the best metal has to offer to pay their tributes. The man who brought "the horns" to metal fans was one of the best (if not the best) vocalists in metal history. With his small stature and his frail frame, everyone was amazed at the sound that he was capable of making. Because of this talent, he attracted many fans to see him perform in Elf, Rainbow and when he took over the singing duties in Black Sabbath in the early 80's. After leaving Sabbath, Ronnie formed the band Dio and continued to do what he did best; belt out some of the epic lyrics ever to be written.

Well, they say that life's a carousel
Spinning fast, you've got to ride it well
The world is full of kings and queens
Who’ll blind your eyes and steal your dreams
It's heaven and hell

And they'll tell you black is really white
The moon is just the sun at night
And when you walk in golden halls
You get to keep the gold that falls
It's heaven and hell

Cheers, Dio! Hope to have a drink with you somewhere in the afterlife!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Last Week in Video Games

Man oh man, what a week! There's some flooding going on in Louisiana and Manitoba. Round two of the playoffs finished with Vancouver and San Jose advancing to the Western Conference final. Gas prices are going up. Arnold Schwarzenegger's marriage was Running Man'd (I think that's the correct reference). And a certain company's network has finally been reactivated.

Yup, after three weeks of downtime the Playstation Network is back up and running. Well, almost. Looks like the store is still down and we still haven't been given details on the "Welcome Back" package that people will get because of the downtime. But, a new patch has been released forcing members to change their password in order to access their account again. You'll be able to watch Netflix/Hulu, chat with your friends, compare trophies and play games online again. HOORAY! With all this exciting PSN news, surely there can't be anything else to talk about...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Looks like I'll be experiencing my own downtime.

I'm typing this from our local library. The reason is pretty silly, but the connection rate here is even sillier. It's slower than a bill for gay marriage going through Congress. Our civil services obviously need more donations.

Anywho, long story short, the fellow who was supposed to be paying the cable and internet bill decided not to, and thus, I'm going to the library to get my internet fix. With the slow-ass speed, doing anything constructive is almost impossible. Hell, this page took a couple minutes to load, just to type some damn text!

So, hopefully it'll only be a few days to a week until I can get back in gear. until then, please make your own PSN/GMM jokes in the comments below.

Monday, May 9, 2011

8-bit Metal Mondays-Still no PSN in sight

Oy, vei, Sony! We're beyond three weeks of the PSN shutdown. Now this is after they said they would have a bit of it up and running last week. Now, we're hearing that the whole shibang may not be ready until the ass end of May! Honestly, I shouldn't be bitching so much, as I usually used the PSN for it's perks other than online play. Playstation Plus, demo access, Netflix, and whatever else you wanna throw in there. But this time around, my wanting to go online with Mortal Kombat and Portal 2 has been put on indefinite hold.

I've already stated that Sony's presentation at E3 just got really interesting to watch. Now, with this latest delay, I'm pretty sure it's turning into a make-or-break moment for the company. I think that if the head Sony guys don't do anything short of committing honorable semmpuku on that stage, then a lot of people are gonna abandon the PS3 real quick.

You know who else is interesting in seeing self-induced disembowelment? GWAR! Yeah! That's a segway that totally makes sense! Honestly, I think blood, I also think Gwar. They just go together. So, for this week's bleepiness, the maggots of the Earth get Womb with a View.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Last Week in Video Games

Happy Mother's Day! I'm not really too sure how many mothers we get on this site, but now you can't say that we here at Games Meet Metal don't care. Hope you enjoy your new Sex In the City whatchamacallit and Michael Bubble CD. Anyway, in the midst of buying stuff for our moms and doing all of our chores by ourselves, let's see what went down in video game land.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Summer Slaughter 2011 Tour!

No, not that horrible 80's hair metal band called Slaughter. Wow, they were bad. Never heard of them? Go look up Fly to the Angels on Youtube. Don't worry, I'll wait.

dum de dum dum da da do dee da la la la

So, throwing up through your ears yet? To think I listened to that shit religiously. I gave you that little piece of self trivia so you didn't have to know why I know of the band Slaughter. Know thyself.

Anywho, this tour looks incredible! Black Dahlia headlines, Six Feet Under and Dying Fetus bring the old school flavor, and Powerglove gets a mid show super spot! Well, almost perfect. As Blood Runs Black are only kinda sorta good after falling from their spotlight a few years ago. Then there's Oceano, who are on here for the sole purpose of letting everyone get a bathroom break in.

Two sore spots aside, this baby's money in the bank big time. Spend your money and get a ticket now! dates after the jump.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Riff Youtube Video Game Review: Xbox Live's Outland

Hey, only took a couple hours this time! I are good with tech stuff! Durr!

Monday, May 2, 2011

8-bit Metal Mondays: Did you hear someone shot and killed that Bin Laden guy?

Well, I didn't until eight hours after the fact. Thus proving that the internet can't always get to us all of the time. Now, maybe we can pull those boys out of Afghanistan and Pakistan now, okay? Job's done there, let them have a break. On a side note, did you see the place where Osama was held up? Looks like a shanty in the middle of Alabama. He wasn't in the  Middle East, he was having running contests with Forrest Gump outside of Montgomery!

Getting back to more metal news, The Black Dahlia Murder released a new song last week from their soon-to-be released album Ritual. The new tune's called Moonlight Equilibrium, and it rips! According to the band, the whole album has a theme around satanic occults and devil worship. They're really trying to bring that point home with the special edition of Ritual, which has it's own Ouija board, incense, and, um.... coffin nails? Zuh? What, they expecting to bury people here?

Before you go and start channeling the dead spirit of whoever, you might as well listen to some bleepy tunes first. First is the new one, and second is the 8-bit version of Everything Went Black.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Last Week in Video Games

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Back again to give you a run down on the biggest news stories that surfaced in the video game world. Of course the biggest news is that Sony admitted to everyone that their network was hacked and then shut down. During the hacking, it is possible that everyone's personal information was up for grabs. However, Sony is unable to determine if anything was indeed stolen. US Congress has asked that Sony notify them why people weren't immediately notified that their network was hacked and Sony also has to say for certain if subscriber's credit card information was accessible. Sony has said that the PSN should be up some time this week and that they have taken security measures to make sure this doesn't happen again.

I don't really blame Sony for any missteps because this type of thing could happen to anyone. Hell, I'm sure Microsoft and Nintendo have to deal with potential hacks every minute, just like Sony has. This time the hackers won and that's really all there is to it. But, the PSN hacking story wasn't the only thing going on, so lets take a look to see what else you need to know.