Just wanted to let everyone know that the Mass Effect 3 Ending Roundtable ShotCast is coming soon. There are many opinions about the Mass Effect 3 ending, but only ours is the right one, and you will hear it soon.
In the meanwhile, here are three short Mass Effect 3 Machinima’s made by YouTube user PhunnyNeon.
PhunnyNeon, or PhN as he probably doesn’t like to be called, uses Gary’s Mod and character models from various games (mostly Team Fortress and ME3) to create hilarious shorts.
His style of animation reminds me of Ren and Stimpy. Absurd, chaotic, clever, and occasionally violent. I love it. Check them out, then head to you YouTube page to check out the rest of his videos.
Back when Peer-To-Peer File Sharing was all the rage it was my primary source for video game music. And as I mentioned in a previous article, I’m a huge fan of Sonic the Hedgehog. So one fateful evening I went on a download binge and acquired as many megabytes of Sonic music as I could find. It was mostly stuff I’d heard before, but one new and unique gem stood out amongst the fodder: a song entitled Her Azure Eyes.
The melody was familiar, but this definitely wasn’t lifted directly from the score of Sonic the Hedgehog 3. And it was a far cry from the typical techno and hip-hop remixes I was used to finding online. This song was clever and talented. It was fresh and fascinating. It was sexy. But where did it come from? It took the totality of my keen detective skills to uncover its origins.
The site had since been renamed http://ocremix.org, but the premise was still the same. OverClocked ReMix was a website where music composers can post their fan ReMixes of video game music. And as I mentioned before, these aren’t the typical ‘drop a bass and drum break beat behind a ripped video game melody’ remixes. These are professional grade arrangements, based off of music from video games, but reinterpreted into a new piece with a style and genre all its own.
It’s less like dipping a nutritious apple in viscous caramel, and more like turning it a delicious apple cobbler. It may require a lot more talent and patience, but the results are well worth it.
The range of OverClocked ReMix’s library is mind blowing, featuring songs drawn from a wide variety of games being converted into an assortment of genres, from electronica to hip hop to classical orchestra. Since their inception, they have evolved from only collecting individually submitted tracks to concentrated efforts to create full length albums.
And have I mentioned they provide all this music do this all for free!? I can’t say enough about how much I love these songs. Warm and familiar, yet new and exciting. It’s something you need to hear for yourself, so here are a few tracks from my favorite albums to binge on. Enjoy!
The well known music of Street Fighter II Turbo, creatively reworked in this album: Blood on the Asphalt.
The quality of that album was so impressive that Capcom contacted OCRemix to compose the official soundtrack to the Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix game they released for Xbox Live Arcade.
And lastly, but certaintly not least, OCReMix’s latest and most legendary release: 25YEARLEGEND
Not everyone’s taste in music in the same, but every album has the same range and depth as the site itself. If you love video game music, you’ll love this site. And at the low low price of absolutely nothing, you can afford to give it a shot.
November 2nd 2011 was a very important day. It was the first palindromic date in recent history (11-02-2011), the next one won’t be until February 2nd, 2020 (02-02-2020). It was this humble writer’s birthday, shared with fellow iconic celebrities such as Steve Ditko, Jim Cummings, and Pat Buchanan. And it was the debut of the Grand Theft Auto V trailer.
And it looks like Rockstar has done it again.
Admittedly, the trailer doesn’t give us much aside from the location, but that alone is enough to get me salivating. Los Santos, the City of Saints. A brand new expansive city to run around and cause mayhem in. And I’m confident that the other mainstays of the Grand Theft Auto series will be present, stories and characters and hedonistic criminal fun. I’m tingly with anticipation. Or that might be the hangover from my birthday celebration I’m feeling. Hard to say. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…