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10:47 PM on 04.21.2009

Good times keep rolling, dance to escape now

Hey boy,
Hey girl,
Superstar DJs,
Here we go!

Two weeks ago, I attended the Rhythm Heaven promo event at the Scratch DJ Academy in Manhattan. For some reasons I still don't quite understand, a press packet, drink tickets for the bar and this tee were entrusted into my hands:

After the mandatory dash to get a free Corona, I and Power Glove joined the rest of the media/music/gamer "students" in watching DJay spin. For no good reason, we thought that the sounds from our Technics would sound just as sexy. Sadly, the results resembled the sounds the stray cats make in my fire escape but the event did end with a spin competition where the audience was somewhat redeemed. The winners were showered with:

-A new Nintendo DS
-Copy of Rhythm Heaven
-BOSE headphones
-A certificate to take DJ classes at the school.
-Glory, heavenly, rhythmic glory.


There were DS systems set up to test out the game afterward, thankfully at individual stations and with headphones for those that failed the previous spin lessons. The gameplay is simple: tap the screen with the stylus in time w/ music to make monkeys dances, move your little DJ's hips, swing paddles etc. As you get better the game rewards you with harder songs and challenges. If you meet with disappointment, you can always blame the game for your pending carpal tunnel syndrome later.

It seems based on the handy press releases provided that Nintendo expects the game to appeal to "Casual" gamers and hardcore veterans alike. Nintendo also borrows some tips from the infamous book, The Art of Mackin' as a description of the game claims it's "all about tapping, flicking, sliding and holding". I don't think that it's an accident that the objectives of Rhythm Heaven match Mr. Nasheed's.

Since I don't own a DS I won't be picking this up anytime soon, but I'd recommend it if you're looking for something to finally give your ass a rest from Wii Fit or if you're just looking for something fun to play. I would also look into taking classes at the DJ Academy if you're interested in learning how to spin for serious -- they're well equipped with Technics and staffed by seasoned professionals to help you become a true superstar. They have offices/classrooms in NYC, Miami and LA so you're outta luck if you wanna be the next Tiesto from Ohio.

(Sorry for the quality, I used a point and shoot and it was dark!)



11:26 PM on 03.10.2009

No Hero, that Glenn Beck.

I have no intention of using this blog as some sort of political soap box, but this rant full of flawed logic and video game blasphemy shall not go unnoticed. Granted, I was done with Guitar Hero once they made a deal with the devil and got Aerosmith involved, but this illogical rant is uncalled for!


If Hitler had played Guitar Hero though....whoo boy.

Article I found with the video:

PS: I'm not the creator/owner of so I don't claim to share their views, nor am I responsible for them.   read

10:58 AM on 03.09.2009

Zelda: A Link to...Auto Zone

I'm currently stuck on hold with the doctor's office and would much rather be stuck in traffic in this pixeled-out ride:

The car is currently for sale by Kathy on the I'd love to try and drive this thing on Broadway in the Heights. . . I would totally get shot. Considering the model of the car, the game and it's condition, tagging this as "Reto" is overkill : D


Is it Friday yet?   read

8:07 PM on 03.08.2009


Currently Reading: For the City Yet to Come by AbdouMaliq Simone
Currently (Re)Playing: Parasite Eve (PSX)
Currently Listening to: Tim Hecker, An Imaginary Country (2009)

Midterms suck! But they are as passe as the horrible Street Fighter movie from 1994. Yet as you may or may not be aware, I am in love with everything awesomely bad, especially when it comes to video games. To celebrate the release of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, I had a party last week at my apartment. The proximity of Washington Heights to downtown and the onslaught of midterms kept a lot of people from coming, but I did make a new drink:

Hodoken Bomb
-1 bottle of Hoegaarden
-2 quarts (or more) of lemon-flavored vodka
-1.5 quarts of blue Curaçao
-Packet of Kool Aid (or blue Gatorade)

1. Mix the blue coloring and liquor together, pour into shots.
2. Pour Hoegaarden into tall glass
3. Insert shot glass into tall glass
4. Drink!

It was rather refreshing, although drinking too much may cause your teeth to turn blue as I later learned :D


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