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6:48 AM on 07.30.2011

My Favorite Music

An introduction: I am in no way a music expert. I could probably do a lot better and gain better taste in the art. But alas, I am but a wee lad and don't really care to. So here's my current list of favorites. I am quite fond of Alternative rock. I also like a little Jrock, Jpop, Jazz and a bit of Rap. I dislike American Pop, mostly attached to Japanese pop and Europop. This list is in no particular order, split up into two sections – Video game soundtracks and regular music. I might add notes on some of them and leave others bare. As a side note, I think a lot of newer games' soundtracks are transcending “regular” music. In fact, some games even have fully orchestrated soundtracks, and they're damn good. Let us begin.

Every day music:
-Red Hot Chili Peppers – I love RHCP. My favorite song would be “Can't stop.” Reminds me of California.
-Metronomy – Ahh, some of their songs are way up there on my list. Very nice Europop. I especially like “Heartbreaker,” “The Bay” and “Radio Ladio.”
-Scatman John – Extremely soulful, with an earnest message. R.I.P. John Larkin.
-Mindless Self Indulgence – Gotta love those vulgur vocals about dames and drugs. But I still like it.
-RIP Slyme (Japanese) I don't understand what the hell they're saying but the rap has good flow about it.
-The Pillows (Japanese) Same goes for this one, only it's not rap, it's Rock. FLCL (Fooly Cooly/Furi Kuri) brought them to my attention. The two go so well together.
-Anamanaguchi – Any gamer has to appreciate the 8bit chiptune music that is Anamanaguchi. Using a hacked NES is just that much cooler.
-Gorillaz – What can I say? I love them.
-Franz Ferdinand
-Daft Punk

Original Soundtracks:
A few of these games I've never played before, but I can still love the music.
-Jet Set Radio/Jet Grind Radio/Jet Set Radio Future - A slew of artists and musical styles. Very funky.
-999 – The music completely set the game's tone in stone.
-Trauma Team
-Gyakuten Saiben Orchestra/Phoenix Wright – A very epic orchestrated soundtrack, and I rarely use the word “epic.”
-Catherine – This game has remixes classical music. Splendorous.
-Persona 3 & 4
-Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey – a vast soundtrack.
-Okami – I like this because the music gives you that “mythical” feeling to the game.
-Banjo Kazooie – Pure nostalgia.
-The World Ends With You - It's hip, it's got rhythm, it's got style.   read

3:58 AM on 07.29.2011

Favorite moments in games

My favorite moments in games.
There's too many of these to count, but I will attempt to. By the way, major spoiler warning for these games (999 and Persona 4).

999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors is choc full of crowning moments of awesome. I'm going to pick two from my favorites. The first being when Junpei tricked Ace by saying he was Santa. A little background, Ace has Prosopagnosia. This means he cannot recognize faces. The point being, he ended up proving that he had tried to kill someone. Junpei is a clever one.
The second one is the very ending, the last puzzle, the true ending. After all of your trouble, you find out that Junpei hasn't really been doing all the work, it was actually June, from a different time. But at this very moment, the DS screens flip. You must complete a 9x9 Sudoku puzzle upside down. This signifies that you're actually playing as Junpei. Coupled with the song “Morphogenetic Sorrow,” it's a tear jerker. The weight of both characters' fates weighing down on you, growing antsy over time, trying to play the game as if there was a time limit.

Another awesome point in a game would be Persona 4, at the very end again. This takes place on the true ending route, during the fight with Izanami no Okami. You just figured out that Adachi was the killer, and this woman... This thing gave him (and you) that power. A sick mind. Only, the entire world is counting on you, not just the lives of 8 people. Music starts playing, “The Genesis” I believe it's called. Certain parts make you nervous and feel as if all will be lost, whilst other parts reach the crescendo of the song, with bright and hopeful music.
And then it happens. Your party members get dragged down to the depths of hell (quite literally) all while trying to save you. You're everything to them. Eventually, you get dragged down too. However, the power of friendship is on your side and you bounce back. Beat the monster, save the world.   read

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