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.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer Slaughter 2015

Summer festivals are like a sampler platter that you would get at a restaurant or a cocktail party - a little taste of something different but not enough to satisfy your craving for that particular appetizer. For the ninth Summer Slaughter tour, it was a mix of technical, brutal death metal, a smattering of deathcore topped off by melodic death metal sweetness. It’s been five long years since I last attended a Summer Slaughter and I was given the chance to go to this year’s show thanks to my significant other in the form of a birthday gift.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Tribute to Satoru Iwata

The gaming industry lost a tremendous figure on July 11. Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, passed away due to bile duct cancer that he had been battling for a few years. He was one of the few CEOs who was humble, seemed to care about his workers and consumers, and understood where his games came from as a former designer and programmer. People who have known Iwata on a personal and professional level have already given their tribute to him and while I have never met him, I’ll write about how his games influenced me growing up.

Concert Review - Mac Sabbath

Being a parody band can be a tricky thing. You have your gimmick and the music. The parody might be in just the image or it might be in the music or it could be a combination of both. Unless you are as clever and as good as someone like Weird Al Yankovic you probably are not going to go far. Mac Sabbath manages to get the image and the sound right. An Ozzy-era Black Sabbath tribute band with McDonald’s themed lyrics, Mac Sabbath has it all to be a successful parody band. They came to Phoenix for the first time on a Friday, July 10. With a couple of friends and my girlfriend in tow, we set off to see this hilarious and fun band.