Sunday, August 21, 2016

Twenty Five Years of Super Nintendo

Original image credit to JDLinus

Twenty-five years have passed since Nintendo introduced their 16-bit behemoth, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Those days were dominated by buzzwords like “blast processing” and “Mode 7” to give the 16-bit giants (sorry TurboGrafx-16) a 1-Up on each other. The Super Nintendo was my first home console but second overall video game system after the Game Boy, which I owned.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Devour Me 2016 Tour Report



Live shows are always a treat because you get to see talented musicians perform your favorite songs and you are sometimes treated to special moments that you otherwise won’t get from an album. Agalloch performing “Sowilo Rune” live for the first time as a tribute to Christopher Lee was an amazing experience. The performance of Ne Obliviscaris from their Devour Me tour yielded a similar experience.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

GameOn Expo 2016 Report



Hails and pixels metalhead gamers! I just got back from a long day at the second annual GameOn Expo! This is a convention started by YouTuber Gamester81 that celebrates all things video games. I went to the first one last year but only for the opening day as I got busy with work on that weekend. I also didn’t go for the full weekend this year but the day was filled with fun, games, friends, and my fiancĂ©e. Hit the jump to read all about it!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Yasunori Mitsuda and Dream Theater Together?!



Wouldn’t it be amazing if Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Xenogears) collaborated with Dream Theater? Well, I think that there might be some evidence to this baseless claim that I may or may not have come up with! Dream Theater recently released their dystopian rock opera epic, the Astonishing, and all around it’s a fantastic double album. But there’s a song on there that sounds very similar to a track that would appear on the Chrono Trigger soundtrack. Don’t believe me? Just take a listen to the intro!




Now listen to this Chrono Trigger track.




They sound very similar. It sounds like that Yasunori Mitsuda and Dream Theater indeed collaborated on the Astonishing.

Monday, December 7, 2015

PlayStation Experience 2015


The PlayStation Experience took place over the weekend and I would have just glossed over it were it not for some of my friends on Facebook who posted about it. The company sponsored event actually had some decent surprises including gameplay footage of the Final Fantasy VII. Here are the games that piqued my interest from the event.

Friday, December 4, 2015

End of the Year 2015 Metal List



The end of 2015 is nigh! Repent, for the end is near! Well the end of the calendar year, not the end of the world, just yet. This year has been very good to metal with some very strong releases. There weren’t a lot of standouts for me which made it all the more difficult to whittle down my list to just fifteen selections. Apparently I have managed to like 96 albums from this year including several non-metal releases. But after much deliberation with myself, several self-induced fistfights with myself, bars being trashed, I have determined which albums are my favorites this year.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fifteen Years of Playstation 2



Fifteen years ago, Sony released the sequel to their mega-popular PlayStation console, the PlayStation 2. Being many families’ introduction to the DVD player at the time (including my own) the PlayStation 2 utterly dominated the sixth generation of video games. It’s really not difficult to see why when you look at the vast library it supported, its DVD player, and backwards compatibility to the original PlayStation. The PlayStation 2 holds a special place in my heart in part because it is the first console that I paid for myself.