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12:14 AM on 07.07.2008

Why we need places like GAF.

Playing devils advocate can be a real bitch sometimes, this isn't one of those times. I'm not naming any names, but a certain few people have a hard time appreciating what these gaming forums do for them. Forums give them a general consensus of how their related product is viewed, which can be detrimental to how a game or product is received by we, the consumers.

Forums like GAF takes this whole concept (possibly inadvertently) and push and voice concerns that could be well put. It's folly to think that a haughty developer of a product would care so less about their "masterpiece" not to listen to a negative opinion as long as it holds some perceptive merit to it. Not paying attention to their audience and critics alike is what holds back a work from being as good as it could be.

I encourage developing and producing companies to look more into the range of opinions we call these series of tubes. We of the internet may not be certified in any way to professionally preview your piece of soft/hardware, but as humans we have the same thought process as any who are in the practice. Workers of the trade are to scrutinize the product to prevent it from being an impotent piece of shit (pardon), but the people tend to see the big picture and the whole of those parts. I don't know why I do it, but I tend to simplify my thoughts on something into a single sentence.

Example: "Crysis is a good game, but I can't run it on my computer"
I could put more effort into talking about how badly optimized the game was, but thinking about it get's me confused since there so many damn games these days.

As the makers of our entertainment, the developers need to take a step back from the "enormous depth" and see if it is even fun, or if it even plays well. Both of those can observed in motion and subsequently judged upon by the viewer.

In conclusion, no matter how callous a remark or concern is to your product, embrace it and don't ignore it. God forbid you challenge an opinion on the grounds of someone else's more "qualified" opinion. Gamers are just looking out for ya'.

Well, that's that. This is merely what I think of the current situation of how developers should view the public as a useful companion and not a throwaway. Fee; free to post yours as well.   read

1:02 PM on 05.15.2008

NIN gave us The Slip.

Well, while it isn't that time again ( 2 months ), Nine Inch Nails offers the music gods 'The Slip', a full length studio album for the price of FREE. Yes, Reznor has gone off his knockers and released 2 albums for nothing in a span of 3ish months. In many ways this is a mash up of sounds attributed to his older albums. Oh you thought I was talking about Pretty Hate Machine and The Fragile? Sorry, no I was speaking more about with teeth and Year Zero .

The album starts with a usual instrumental intro that lasts a minute and a half A.E. Hyperpower! , but 999,999 (Yes that's it's name.) makes for a better intro and transition than the former. The next piece 1,000,000 (see what he did there?) makes a subtle transition, yet an aggressive one at the same time and it keeps pace through measures. I swear this man is a walking metronome. The usual static synthesizer sound solos (which are still awesome) make their appearances, though not as prominently as YZ's "solo a minute" route they seemed to take.

Going through Letting You , the next track on the 'album' takes that angst and numbness that the Rez seems to have and elaborates on it a bit more while sounding all the more angry at what he is doing. When I get to Discipline I see a pattern in the beginnings of the songs in how they all start with a percussive beat that permeates throughout the entire song.

The tone seems to settle down in the track as it moves to Echoplex , a "matter of fact" tone that The Great Rezino seems to go with during the piece almost gives off a bit of sarcastic vibe. Kind of just makes me want stop doing everything knowing that whatever I do in life won't really amount to anything. Yeah... this review had it coming anyways. I'm off to smoke some pot and "expand my mind"...

Alright, so I might as well finish this off, Head Down's Lyrics make it sound like someone is getting raped, really. It just sounds so good though! It easily makes my favorite song on the 'album'. Yeah, that's as much explaining as you'll get for that song. You just have to listen to it to understand >_>

Lights in the Sky is basically Something I Could Never Have 2, a dramatic piano ballad about some sentimental stuff. Eerie and chilling to the bone, the notation is as good as Rezzy will get, until he surprises me again. It serves as a masterful intro into the next two songs Corona Radiata and The Four of Us are Dying , both are instrumental and I won't dig into them for the sake of Tl;dr. Just be ready for a cat somewhere between the two.

No really, I'm serious.

Demon Seed finishes off the collection which is free if I haven't told you yet. He gains his angst back after cooling off, seemingly impatient with everyone around him while something, then it just ends. Yes, it just drops off at the note and ceases to exist. Sounds just like NIN to me.

This album is anything short of generic. In the influx of crap, an artist devoted to his fans releases a varied and riveting sound for nothing but a thanks and a bit of help passing it on to others. He only attaches a single comment to the release "thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one's on me". Well that's one less thing I have to buy this year.

Get it from Here   read

8:56 PM on 05.14.2008

Wow. It's a blog.

This is one of the things I would have never expected to do in my lifetime, a blog. Just one of those "listed" activities you would never have expected to get to do. Well I'm a long time viewer of D'toid and its' various blogs, but a short and first time user. So to introduce myself I have taken the responsibility of constructing a formal hello of sorts. So hey to everyone who cares to read my first ever blog post, it's going to be an experiment as of right now and that is very comfortable for me as a person. Journalism as an experiment?! Who would have though?

I assure you I will also take to developing exactly what I'll be writing about just as soon as I find something to write that might be important enough to warrant the time alloted.   read

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