Games Meet Metal: October 2011

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Monday, October 31, 2011

8-bit Metal Mondays: My turn!

Finally, after a week delay because of a broken down truck, I'm finally all set and ready to go after my second move of the year. This time I made doubly sure that there isn't some mysterious 3rd party whose name is on the house and who will kick me out on a moment's notice. Honestly, twice in one year is good enough.

While we're at it, happy Halloween! So, for some return bleepiness, let's do some spooky stuff. Also, look out in the next couple of days as I try to get everyone caught up to speed on everything I've been playing and listening to these past few weeks. Until then, enjoy some bleepy Type O Negative.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Last Week In Video Games

The turkey has worn off and now it's time to recap the happenings of last week. In my own gaming news, I got a Sony Xperia Play on Friday and I've been loading it up with a ton of stuff. It comes pre-loaded with a few games, but I've only really tried out Crash Bandicoot. It plays just fine thanks to the built in controller and the graphics were given a slight facelift to remove all of those ugly pixels from the original. Really the only disappointment I have with the phone is that Sony had mentioned that there would be a lot of games available only a few months after launch, yet here we are and they still only have 7 titles which were available right from the start. So here's one gamer crossing his fingers for more releases. Castlevania Symphony of the Night anyone?
  • Looks like Street Fighter X Tekken will be out a little sooner than expected. How's March 6th, 2012 sound?
  • Resistance 3 failed to perform, selling only 180,000 copies.
  • Blizzard is auctioning off some original WoW servers for charity. In other news, Blizzard is padding it's online security to look for fake servers in WoW.
  • The iOS game Infinity Blade will been seen on 46" screens across North America. Look for them the next time you go to Dave & Buster's.
  • Rock Star planning to release GTA 3 on some iOS and Android devices in celebration of the game's 10th anniversary.
  • A new smaller Wii will be released in North America this month. Other than the size difference, this new model also loses its Gamecube backwards compatibility.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Time to re-emerge

Hi kiddies, miss me? Well, I missed you, and if I could, I'd give you all snuggles! And five bucks.

So, where's Riff been? Well, life threw me a bit if a curve ball a few weeks back when I was informed that I needed to find a new place to live. Now, this wasn't like last time, where I had something planned out. This was eventual homelessness! So, I had to take a hiatus from the site and get on the horn to potential room renters. Let me tell ya something: if you ever want to run the gamut of weirdos, call around about renting rooms. You'll never meet more potential homicidal maniacs or suicidally depressed people in your life. Or maybe that's just a Michigan thing, I don't know.

Eventually, I did find a place, but it's with family. At least the rent is cheap and I'll be living with people who are at least as equally coocoo as I am. I hope to be moved in and ready to go by next week, or the beginning of the following week at the latest. Then, GMM can get regularly updated by yours truly again.

Big ups to Sturby for keeping the site alive. Hopefully I can catch Opeth when they come around here in a couple weeks so I can view the awesome.

Until then, keeps those horns raised and those buttons jamming.

Riff

PS: Amongst all the all the hooplah, I was able to whip threw Rage for the 360. Not to give too much away, but you may want to make that a rental, not a purchase.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

8-Bit Metal Mondays: Giving Thanks For Opeth

It's been three days since I saw Opeth and I still feel like I missed something from the show. While talking amongst my friends it seems like I should have enjoyed it a lot more than I did. I can never really come up with a negative thing about the show, other than there were a few songs I would have rather heard than what was played. But the same could be said for any concert. So am I becoming on of "those people" that only like a band for a few of their songs and could care less about the rest of their catalog? I sure hope not.

Truth is, it's been a while now since I've listened to an Opeth album from start to finish (other than the new one which I've listened to twice now). Going back, I need to remember that Opeth has been known for mixing up their brutal music with melodic pieces and it's been happening more and more often since 2001's Blackwater Park. That's 10 years of melodic and brutal Opeth that I've loved every minute of. So why am I so surprised by Heritage and the acoustic set in their latest show? By all means I shouldn't be. Yet here I sit, still on the fence about Opeth's current musical direction. I don't know what it's going to take to win me over again, which is just rediculous with what I have planned for the 8-bit song this week. Here's what Opeth's Harvest would sound like if it was on your favourite 8-bit console:



Please help me.

Last Week in Video Games

I apologize that I am a day late, but I have a fairly good excuse. This weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada, so it was filled with food, family and watching sports. Not a lot of time to get to my PC and do anything really. So here's a Thanksgiving edition of what happened last week in video games.

For a while now, pretty much everything coming out of the Nintendo camp is how awesome the 3DS is and why you should go out and buy one. You know, cause now you can hold a Red DS that will burn your eyes out. Anyway, I was delighted to see a little bit of gossip regarding the Wii U recently. Word has it that EA loves it and will be bringing some of their key franchises to the new console. Specifics weren't given of course, and really it shouldn't come as much of a surprise. EA is kind of known for porting games across multiple platforms, so it would be uncharacteristic for them to turn their back on Nintendo's latest console. Oh well, sometimes stating the obvious is all that's needed in the gaming industry. This just in: Mario will have a new power in his new 3DS game! WHY HAVEN'T YOU BOUGHT ONE YET?!

Other than nothing really new from Nintendo, the rest of the gaming world is still just counting down the days til they can start counting all of their Christmas money. Hopefully I'll have something awesome for you next week. But for now, check out these tidbits.
  • A lot of sources are reporting that the writer's behind Toy Story will be writing a Farmville script. Hopefully this is one of those scripts that never sees the light of day.
  • The Raving Rabbids from the Rayman universe will have their own TV series on Nick Toons soon. Not too sure how that's going to work out.
  • A sequal for Transformers: War For Cybertron (titled Fall of Cybertron) was announced. No dates hinted for its release though.
  • Screenshots? Check out Battlefield 3, Super Mario 3D Land, and Of Orcs and Men.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Opeth w/Katatonia: Another Disturbying Concert Review

Tonight Opeth rolled through town playing at the legendary Burton Cummings Theater. The BCT used to be called the Walker Theater and it was originally opened back in 1907. This building is gorgeous. Obviously its original design was not meant for metal shows, but since the demand for metal concerts has gotten bigger, bans have to look to other venues to sell more tickets. The BCT holds about 1700 people and the sound is excellent. It was designed during a time where there amplifiers of any kind did not exist. The only real problem with the venue is that there are so many seats so you can really start a mosh pit, or crowd surf. I've seen good number of concerts at the BCT and I always look forward to hearing a band play there. Plus, it's probably only venue where you can smell some dude's weed a couple rows ahead only to have it over powered by fresh popcorn being made at the bar. But enough history, let us talks abouts metals.

Monday, October 3, 2011

8-bit Metal Mondays: Be gentle, it's my first time.

Howdy. Riff's been MIA for a while so I'm gonna try my hand at 8-bit Metal Monday. Only I'm going to double the bits and play a song from Rock n' Roll Racing. That's right, I'm going 16-bit this week. What's that, you've never heard of Rock n' Roll Racing? Well, come here you young gamer you, and Sturby will tell you all about it.

In short: It's a racing game where your cars have weapons that allow you to edge out your opponents while you zip around tracks to classic rock songs. And not just a classic rock inspired soundtrack. Full blown MIDI covers of awesome rock tunes. Plus, the game art, tracks, cars and characters were all heavily inspired by hard rock and metal bands. This game was just 100% amazing. It was originally released in 1993 for the SNES and Genesis and then re-released on the GBA in 2003. It is a must play title and if you find it anywhere, you should just by it and your awesome points will go up by 9,000.

Hope that gives you a little incentive to pick up this classic. If not, here's Highway Star as done by Rock n' Roll Racing.



You can also race to Bad to the Bone, Born to Be Wild, Paranoid, Peter Gunn, and Radar Love and each one of them is as great as Highway Star.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Last Week In Video Games

Heeeeeeey. I remember these things. I apologize for the long break that these weekly posts took. I figure I would take a week off during E3 but then that turned into a few months. Well, summer's over and weekend events are coming to a close. Time to hole up in my house on the weekends and prepare for a brutally cold winter of listening to metal, playing video games and watching movies, TV shows, hockey and football. Which is kind of a good thing because we're just about to get into the video game industry's Christmas season. A ton of high profile games are about to be released and most likely a ton of deals on the horizons. So, lets take a look at what went down last week.