Sunday, February 20, 2011

Music.... ugh

Muse: One of the last true innovators!
I love music, I really do. The state of the music industry? I am not a fan of it though. Everything now is manufactured(in a bad way), overly formulaic, and often rips off 5 other acts at once. I know there are a few acts that change the game in a way that pays tribute to the past and what it had to offer(musically at least).

Is it too much to ask for someone that changes up the game? I DON'T MEAN LADY GAGA OR JUSTIN BIEBER, THEY ARE THE PROBLEM! I mean, the only thing Bieber did that was noteworthy in my eyes was get shot to death on CSI. Other than that he is just a cheap Aaron Carter rerun. Lady Gaga? If you look at her theatrics, her antics, EVERYTHING.... She rips off Alice Cooper, Madonna, Cher, Marilyn Manson, Peter Gabriel, Rob Zombie and all the other theatrical musicians out there... It would be one thing were she to pay homage to them.... but to blatantly rip them off, and even steal their music(chord progressions, vocal hooks, etc), we need laws to make her music illegal.
If you don't know who this is you KNOW NOTHING!

I'm not saying nothing good has come from this new generation of musicians. We have Deadmau5... the electronica artist who calls DJ's cunts(ooh dirty word dirty word run home to mommy!). He is an innovator in his field, offering a sort of progressive electronica. Kinda like techno for smart people, only it's better. Plus his various Mau5 masks are pretty cool.

Linkin Park recently came under fire about their latest album "A Thousand Suns" being too much of a stylistic departure when compared too their old works. Somebody tell me what the fuck they know?

Anywho, ima close this out with a picture of Deadmau5 simply because he's awesome.
All Glory to HypnoMau5! 

Your ever musically cynical friend

Monday, February 14, 2011

No... This is not about the grammy's... This is about Test Drive!

This post isn't about Lady Antegagum, Cee Lo Green's funny performance, or Katy Perry's Crotch projected wedding movie; It's about the game Test Drive Unlimited 2. Now unlike everyone who reviewed the game on day one, I waited a few days and put in some serious time on it. And after doing so, I am thoroughly pleased with this game. Now, I will say, I DID NOT PLAY ONLINE AT ALL YET... I've been focusing on the single player aspect and working on my car collection before jumping online. So there are some aspects i don't cover in the individual segments that will be covered in the overall review at the end.

Graphics: While not quite on the same level as Gran Turismo, The graphics still give you the feeling of being on a lush island paradise. The cars are all rendered beautifully inside and out, with exacting detail. The headlights even act like real head lights.... actually projecting light onto the road.... instead of just self lighting and letting one projector handle the lights. Each car with it's own individual style of headlights projects different light patterns onto the ground. Say a car with 20 LED's for headlights... Each of the LED's actually acts as a light emitter, which is a pretty big deal. The house and Shop interiors are also well rendered, and are quite a treat to look at. Sadly character models look kind of plastic and even move as such. That's permissible though as the game is about the car, not the mannequin behind the wheel. One more note, the weather effects look great as well
 graphics rating: 8/10

Early concept art for the game 
Gameplay: Now whilst graphics are important, gameplay is paramount. First off, The game takes place on two islands, IBIZA, Spain, and Oahu, Hawaii, rendered from real GPS and satellite data. That's well over 2000 square km of roads! The cars all handle amazingly, each with it's own specific handling model. The driving is tight and precise, and a fuckload of fun! The on foot controls function much like a stripped down first person shooter, and at most times are avoidable. The menus are quite cumbersom and often make getting to what you need an arduous task. That aside the GPS system in the game does it's job beautifully.... i'd say it's the best ingame GPS since Need For Speed Underground 2.
Gameplay rating: 7/10

Sound design: Not much needs to be said other than, This game is an absolute treat to the ears in 5.1 surround sound. The cars all purr, snarl, and growl in a matter that is pleasing to the ears, and the weather effects even have a surprising amount of depth and authenticity to them.
Sound design rating: 10/10

The interiors are rendered beautifully
Soundtrack: This is the one place where I find the game is really lacking. It's sad that there is only one song I know in the whole game (Ghosts n stuff (instrumental) by Deadmau5(awesome tune =D)), but it's not all bad. Some of the songs, although rather unknown to the masses, are not bad in the least. Sadly the rest just falls flat on it's face and drags down the rest of the experience by a considerable amount....
Soundtrack rating: 5/10

driving at any time of day is a feast for the eyes
Overall summary: The game is a feast for the eyes, and ears. The graphics are gorgeous and the gameplay tight. While there are kinks and bugs, they don't drag the game down completely. The soundtrack could use some work. The day and night cycle is realistic, and the realtime shadows are impressive. A few minor fixes and this game should be a real game changer!

Overall review. 8/10

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

For the past year or so i have been making electronic music...

So i decided to create a Myspace to upload and share my music....

so find me here (Acedia at myspace)

Check out the really bad music i've made... .and know there is more on the way

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Great songs you've probably never heard ( cause you were born in the mid to late 90's)

Holy SHIT the likeness is UNCANNY!
Ok I was born in the 90's too, but it seems different upbringings foster different tastes in music. But we need to learn to draw the line with what gets marketed positively. I mean apparently the music companies need to tell us how much we NEED to like lady "Gag-Gag" or Justin Bieber. Don't they make enough money off of terrible music? I honestly think music companies need to do more then pander to a specific "SCENE" and begin marketing all genres equally. If you look at it the right way, Kids will grow up with more diversified tastes in music, INSTEAD of growing up to be a bunch of lameass Gangstah wannabes. It is quite IRKSOME (see that rina? proper use and spelling of IRK... try harder when using unconventional language please!) I especially advocate music that atleast promotes using the WHOLE WORD. Not any of that stupid "wit da bois in da hood yo blah blah blah shizzle dee whizzle." Now i'm not racist.... i'm an equal opportunity hater. People will tell you I am brutally honest when it is really necessary. Incredible acts of stupidity bother me..... ok this has veered off course for long enough! back to the topic at hand! the songs!

Robert fripp... a true guitar hero
Roundabout by YES
Essentially the ultimate prog rock tune. Various stylistic shifts and displays of utterly amazing skill mark the band YES as one of the all time greats

Candy Store Rock by Led Zeppelin
A sort of fit of Elvis inspired PURE ROCK AND ROLL this song, for some odd reason still remains underplayed..

Burn by Deep Purple
 There is really no better description for this song than, is what Chuck Norris plays in his head when round house kicking random assassins in the face.

One More Red Nightmare by King Crimson
 This prog rock tune keeps you constantly entertained with it's classic rock stylings, jazzy execution and fever dream vocals.

The entire Apostrophe/Overnight Sensation album by Frank Zappa
Not a bad song in the bunch, with Zappa's passing though, music seemed to die with him.... but unlike him, it doesn't seem to want to live on in history as it should.

This was just a few songs, I am too tired and it's almost 6 in the morning.... I may do more later..... either way.... enjoy a picture of frank zappa.... or is it jesus.... OH MY GOD! FRANK ZAPPA WAS THE SECOND COMING!!!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I hate the weather around here.... I really do

Perhaps going to the store to get milk was a bad idea...
YES! they will all be jealous now!
I love snow and I think it's beautiful..... but 2 feet of it in less than 24 hours? FUCK NO!!! "Aaw Naithan why do you hate the snow so much?" you may be asking. My answer, "I have to fucking shovel my driveway and that of my neighbor... so of course i hate 2 feet of snow!" Especially since our snow blower is fucked up and I really don't wanna be out there for longer than I have to be. I'd much rather go out sledding.... but we can't get any where on these fucking roads right now since the city couldn't keep up with the snow using their plow trucks. I'm almost tempted to strap a flamethrower to the front of my car to see how fast it would melt the snow. I really don't wanna wind up like the poor suckers in the picture to the left.... under like EIGHT FUCKING FEET OF SNOW! But complaining will get me nowhere.... ima post a few videos later showing you just what we got and why it's so frustrating that we can't be tough like Russians... But what can we do? The short answer is shovel ourselves out and do it again. The llong answer is to Build your shovel from scratch, making sure to build the most AMAZING SHOVEL EVER, only to realize your neighbor built a better one. Then kill your neighbor and steal his MOST AMAZING SHOVEL EVER, claiming it as your own. Proceed to shovel the snow only to get the idea for the GREATEST SNOWBLOWER EVER. then build it only to realize after 3 hours of wasted labor you already had a pretty fucking awesome snowblower. finally you fucking dig yourself out. Once you're done Shoveling, Snowblowing, what have you... PROCEED TO BUILD THE SNOW HARLEY AND MAKE ALL YOUR NEIGHBORS JEALOUS OF YOUR BITCHIN' MEANS OF SNOW TRANSPORT!

Anywho, if you read all of this, I thank you for putting up with my blizzard induced insanity....

Your snow hating blogger friend....
~The Abomina- i mean ~Naithan~