Games Meet Metal: September 2011

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Toxic Holocaust, Holy Grail, and The Krum Bums: The Riff Live Review


Wednesday, August 24th @ The Magic Stick

Funny thing old, burnt out computers. They make you think you lost a bunch of stuff. In my case, I thought I had forever lost the photos to this show. That was something I was very bummed out about, as the show was a hell of a lot of fun. Well, luck be to thee, as I have finally recovered said photos from the old comp's hard drive and are now resting comfortably in my heavy duty external drive, begging to be used. So, even though it may be a month after the show was played, we can still take a look back, so shall we?

Monday, September 19, 2011

8-bit Metal Mondays: So how do they move around in those suits and all those steroids?

Today is a special day for me and my nerd brethren. It's the release of Gears of War 3, one of the big blockbuster games to come out before the holidays truly start. Gears is kind of an odd series fame wise, in that it sells gazillions of copies, and yet still hasn't got the same respect as the Halo or Call of Duty has gotten. Oh, it's gonna make the developers some loot, that's for sure. Just get back to me after the sales numbers come back for both Gears and the new Call of Duty, and we'll see which one made more bank.

One fact about the game that has been crammed down our collective throats is that Ice-T is voicing a character in the game. Now, I love Ice-t. He's one of the greatest rappers ever in my mind, and he had a pretty decent metal band with Body Count. Having said that, when the hell did he become such a nerd? The man used to be a pimp and a drug dealer! He rapped and screamed about being a copkiller! Now he brags about his gamerscore and the freebies he gets from game companies. Granted, getting a Lancer replica for free is pretty gangsta. You just don't expect to hear it from someone who's faced incarceration on multiple occasions. In the end, I guess you can just lay it upon the altar of having a successful life. Hey, people have done lamer things once they became financially wealthy.

Now, onto the bleepy stuff! Since there doesn't seem to be any 8-bit remixes of Body Count stuff, here's their promo song for Gears of War.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Looking Back With Bloodshot Eyes: A Series Retrospective!!!

This generation of video games might as well be called the re-hash period. Companies are going ga-ga over re-releasing many of their older catalog titles in glorious HD. For some, it's a chance for often forgotten classics to get a second chance. Beyond Good And Evil is a fine example, as it found new life on Xbox Live and PSN with beefed-up visuals for a budget price. The Ico/Colossus package also gives Ico a chance to stand equally with it's spiritual sequel instead of being overshadowed by it. Other times, it gives older titles in established franchises a chance to be rediscovered by fans that became involved later in the series. Metal Gear, Sly Cooper, Splinter Cell, Resident Evil, and eventually Devil May Cry are all guilty of double dipping. However, one series had to start the trend, and it just happens to be one of the best of all time. Since it's second collection of HD remakes just came out today, let's take a look back at the first collection and make our way to the end of the series.

Ladies and germs, I present the God of War Retrospective Part One!!


Monday, September 12, 2011

8-bit Metal Mondays: Finally, tranquility!

Hell just didn't seem to stop for me. After several weeks of crap upon crap dumped on me, I was given three days off in a row last week! Mini vacation, right? Well, my ass ended up being called in. Every. Single. Day. Let me tell ya, that'll just kill any motivation you have. But now the shit is over with for now, and I have some major catch-up work to do.

One of the things that has been holding me back is not having access to my music library. I'm a pro at setting up gaming consoles, but my skills with a new computer are generally pretty crappy. So, when I was forced to upgrade to a new laptop recently, I couldn't get the damn thing to access my external hard drive and give breath to the oodles of awesome metal that lay within. Turned out I just needed to rewire my usb hub. So, yeah, I'm an idiot.

Now that I've finally got access to my tunage, the first thing I did was listen to new stuff. For me, that was the new Trivium. Yeah, it's not new now, but I haven't listened to it, so it's new to me. Damn, that title track is a great slice of harmonious metal! I still have to give it a few more spins, but it's looking like a contender for album of the year.

So, in honor of Trivium being awesome, let's do some bleepy music from them. Here's In Waves.