Games Meet Metal: December 2012

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Monday, December 24, 2012

8-Bit Metal Mondays: Happy Mass Consumerism Day!

Hey, my cynical side is showing through again! Gee, what are the odds?

Okay, so I may not be the biggest fan of the holidays (videos of riots at Walmart over cellphones ain't helping the cause), but my heart hasn't gone completely black yet. It's slowly inching there, but I might as well use the not-hardened part of it while I can. So here's wishing everyone a happy holiday, whether that be Christmas or Hanukkah or getting ridiculously drunk in your recliner while watching a Three's Company marathon. Everyone celebrates in their own way.

And now, the best Christmas song of all time:

Friday, December 21, 2012

Metallica Announces Next Year's Orion Festival.... IN DETROIT!!!!!!!

It's been four years since I've seen Metallica crush it live, and I've been chomping at the bit to see them again. For every St. Anger or Gigi these guys record, there's a ton of live material to help nearly erase the sting of those releases. And now we're getting them, and then some.

The Orion Festival was Metallica's answer to every other band having their own fest. A mix of contemporary rock acts and all-out metal, Orion had it's first year in New Jersey last year. There was doubt that the two-day show was even profitable, but I guess the millionaires in 'Tallica thought they made enough scratch to throw another. Good move putting it in Detroit, as we'll spend tons of dough on the guys, me included.

The show will be held on June 8th-9th, right before I have to fly out to E3. Hmmm, rough week.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Riff's Most Anticipated Crap of 2013!

So, I get all the time in the world, and I go and get sick. Life loves me.

In my time of pestilence, I decided to start and type up my Spike Gaming Awards Show recap, but I just wasn't digging how the article was coming out. Then I realized what I really wanted to do was what I was looking forward to next year, since the awards show had the usual super special reveal trailers revealing all the goodies gaming had coming in the near future. So that's what you're going to be reading instead.

On a side note, the Spike awards show was actually very watchable this year. Having Samuel Jackson dropping f-bombs definitely helps with the entertainment factor, and the awards presentations were actually half way classy. Too bad only a few awards were actually handed out. I guess Linkin Park needed all that  precious time. Plus, they dropped that lame "augmented reality" crap that they had going for a few years. A definite improvement, and let's hope they keep the momentum for next year's show.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fires Suck Ass

  So, let's set the reverse time machine back to last Monday morning around 9am, which is usually about an hour before I wake up. I get a phone call from my mom, and she's screaming into the phone saying," One of your brother's friends just drove by your work, and he said there's smoke billowing out it!" I was still trying to figure out whether I was asleep or still of in lala land, but after some head shaking and a splash of cold water, I regain my senses and make a mad dash to my store.

This is what I find:

So, yeah, fire. Lots of fire happened here.

According to the investigation team, a faulty appliance decided to release the flames of Hell while the opening manager was in the bathroom dropping a deuce. He's okay, but he still had to take a quick trip to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation. The store, however, is a total loss. The flames themselves didn't go too far, but the smoke damage is what really messed everything up. You can't even see inside the store in the first pic thanks to all the suet that's built up.  The other businesses in our little strip also escaped without damage, but the dry cleaners had to wash everything again thanks to the smell the smoke left behind.

So, wonder why there hasn't been any posts on the site in a bit? Well, there ya go. I'd say "FIRE!" is a pretty good excuse to take some time to get your affairs in order. For me, that meant inquiring into the store's insurance as to if  I'm going to be compensated and also going through the process of unemployment just in case things don't turn out well with the insurance. On top of that, I was in the process of building a little mancave in the basement to surround myself in all my evil goodies.

As of today, I've gotten okayed for unemployment as well as receiving  my last paycheck from the workplace, so I'm officially not starving. I was also able to finish the mancave, but I had to cheap it up quite a bit. It still needs a drop ceiling, new carpeting, and a section of the wall still needs some work. Other than that though, It's good to go. Just needs some posters.

What does this mean for the site? Well, I just got a shitload of time to provide you beautiful people with tons of content until a new job hits, and who knows when that's gonna be in this economy? At least I have money coming in until that fateful day. I believe I should start with a lot of the stuff I missed out on. There was the Spike Video Game Awards, which I heard was an improvement over other year's attempts. This past weekend was also the anniversary of the death of Dimebag Darrell, so a post praising the creator of the Black Tooth Grin is in order. Plus, I went slightly concert crazy with the free time, so a massive post of live show reviews is coming up...... after I attend the Sonata Arctica/Arsis show tomorrow night.

So, keep it glued here, as I have a lot of stuff to type up.