Archive for October, 2011
I’m someone who loves music and can get great satisfaction out of listening to it. For example in the morning going to work or maybe when I’m out cycling and it starts to rain. Other people tend to hurry home frustrated, I’ll find myself enjoying the trip with music. Probably aided by the fact that I don’t mind getting rained upon much, but the fact is that music makes everything better or at least more bearable. It’s something you can always fall back on when you’re feeling down or to give you hope or sheer pleasure.
Speaking to other people though, I don’t normally get the feeling that other people see it as much more than something to listen to. That is something I have never quite been able to understand, as I’ve loved music for many years now. To give an example; I play a bunch of games over others because I can mute them easily and listen to music instead. Even when I’m lying in bed after just waking up or sitting at work, or at any other moment I’ll likely have a song in my head.
One of the things I also love about music is that what you get out of a song will often change with time and as such many people will have a completely different opinion on what a song is about. This is what makes it such a personal and powerful thing and something that truly has no equal.
As for my music taste; I basically listen to metal and the seemingly endless subgenres the genre has. More focused on the symphonic/melodic types than others. But it varies from deathmetal to folkmetal to thrashmetal. To a lot of people it all sounds the same, but to someone who’s been in the genre it’s as different as it gets. I don’t think this really matters, except for the atmosphere at concerts/festivals. I noticed in the comments that you guys mentioned moshpits (&circlepits), which I don’t go in anymore. I tend to be right in front of or slightly to the side of them.
As such I’ve been going to concerts for a pretty long time now, my first being when I was 13 in 2003. Ever since that concert I’ve loved going to them and the experience is always good to absolutely exhilarating. There is something about them, maybe it’s the people who share a liking, are maybe like-minded or the sheer release of living in the moment. Everybody is open to talk to anybody and you’ll often find yourself talking with a group of essentially strangers, which is something that otherwise simply doesn’t happen in the Netherlands.
Other than that there is the fact that you can completely lose yourself in the music at concerts, sure it’s loud, sure there’s (usually) thousands of people directly around you, but that doesn’t matter. When a band comes up on stage and starts playing a song you’ll just rock out/shout along with the song and at that moment in time; nothing else exists in the world. It’s such a release that I can’t even explain it, I’ve been sitting at this sentence for a good while and can’t find any sentence or word that would even approximate that feeling.
At the same time there are people standing in front of the concert who are just standing there, not moving, not participating at all. I always have to wonder what these people are doing there, especially at the front where the real fans normally are. This is also one of the reasons that I’m wondering if music just simply doesn’t mean as much to others as it does to me, if people are perhaps afraid of letting go, even at concerts among other fans? To me there isn’t a place where I would feel more safe or at ease than at a concert, I always think others feel the same way.
So I have some questions for you:
- Do you merely listen to music or does it mean more for you?
- Do you go to concerts, and if so, what type of concerts (think genre)?
- If you go to concerts, how do you behave there?
There’s a good chance that you haven’t heard of this game as frankly roughly a week ago I hadn’t either. It showed up on Steam and looked rather curious to me. It seemed like an interesting mix between DDR and an rpg, furthermore it had a seemingly nice looking artstyle. So I did as I usually do and look at some footage and found some of the initial moments and really liked what I saw so I took the plunge and boy, am I glad I did!
Just like I did roughly 2 weeks ago with Renegade Ops; I bought a 4-pack of Dungeon Defenders on Steam which is cheaper and you guys can just donate the money to me and I’ll gift you the game through steam. Send me 9euro through the donate button on the sidebar or send it to email@example.com through paypal and include your e-mail/steamname, another option would be international bank transfer, but that’s not preferred as it’ll take a while and is simply less convenient. Last time you all contacted me through steam chat; that works too.
No copies left.
Rage, id software’s latest game was very highly anticipated before release and got a very mixed response from people at launch. Since it’s developed by id software I was very curious myself so I figured I’d do a write-up myself, especially since I’ve gotten some questions about it when I was playing it. At the time of this writing I have not finished the game, but feel like I’m at least towards the end and have put 10 hours into it.
The origins of Aeterna? Many might not even know what that means, I’m referring to my let’s playing origins; these videos I did on a game I loved; Little Big Adventure 2.
Since both the first and second game have just released on Good Old Games, I feel like I should really give these games a second chance since recording them initially proved to be quite a challenge. But I was new at all this let’s playing business and am still very curious to see if my memories of these games hold up. I must say that I have much better memories with the second game than the first, especially because I remember not getting stuck or not knowing what to do as often in it.
Saying that; I don’t remember ever completing either games, despite truly enjoying them. I’ll be giving recording them a shot soon and hope I’ll get it to go smoothly.
So I just recorded some footage through dosbox using it’s zmbv codec and I can play it just fine. However Sony Vegas doesn’t recognize the video part from the files, despite me having the codec installed. I tried appending the files in VirtualDub to convert them into something Sony Vegas would understand. However, this fails since the files are recorded at different sample rates.
So as I see it there are 3 options to fix this:
So Steam has it on Pre-order for a short while now and it costs 13 euro. But there is also a 4-pack for 25euro which is a great deal. So I went out and bought the 4-pack and have 0 spare copies. So if you want Renegade Ops for 6 euro, just send me the money through paypal and I’ll gift it to you.
You can send it through the donate button on the sidebar, but you’ll have to let me know. Otherwise you can send it to me via paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org, then you can specify your e-mail address/username. Otherwise international bank transfer is also possible, but I figure paypal is easier.
I’m glad that I could help some of you, went shockingly fast too.
With there being a couple of big music services out there currently offering unlimited streaming plans, web-based clients, phone clients and being able to download the music to your mobile devices it seems like it would be time to maybe switch over to one of these services as they’ve gone pretty mainstream. Reason for this was that I recently spoke to an intern at work who swears by Spotify. I had checked that service out when it went beta in the UK(and wasn’t available here yet) and it seemed pretty good, except the library of music they had seemed lacking to me. But he claimed that he’d never ran into a band/song that he wanted to listen to but wasn’t available, this sounded very hopeful to me.
So what’s happening next week then? It starts off with the Portal 2 patch/dlc being released on tuesday. This will bring some singleplayer content as well as some multiplayer stuff. The latter being what I’m mostly looking forward to. I loved playing through the co-op levels, it was simply so much fun trying to figure out some of the puzzle rooms and solving it step by step, helping each other to ideas to solve it. You really need to have voice communication though.
The second reason next week’s going to be good is that Rage will release on Friday(for Europeans). I’m looking forward to it a lot and from what I’ve seen it looks like it’s going to be a blast. I actually have not been reading up on the game much, but have picked up some stuff from interviews and pieces of gameplay footage. What I heard and saw it looked really good though, except maybe the boomerang which looked a tad silly in my opinion. I might just make that my next let’s play.
Next reason would be that I have a concert on sunday. Namely the Heidenfest tour 2011, which is actually an extended show. This means its starts at 3pm, going all the way to roughly 11pm. It also is pretty much a Viking/Pagan/Folk metal show and it includes the following bands:
Wintersun, Finntroll, Turisas, Alestorm, Arkona, Trollfest, Skalmold, Dornenreich & Todtgelichter.
I have to say that I’m really going for Turisas and Alestorm. But I’m also interested in Arkona as I’ve heard good things about their live shows. Then there is Finntroll which I think is one of those bands that you just have to have seen at least once. So this show is probably going to be quite awesome, considering the duration. Though I probably won’t be there the entire time seeing as there’s a bunch of bands that I don’t really care for.
I also have to point out that the venue-website points out that there will be patdowns and checks for any spiky objects, such as swords, axes and drinking horns.