It has come to my attention that today was the 4th of July. Unfortunately for you, I am unapologetically not-American. Today didnít hold any special significance for me, and it didnít even register until Striderís recaps yesterday that it was Independence Day. Regardless, I hope you all had a good time doing whatever it is that you do on the 4th of July. I know fireworks are involved, and if Calendar Man is to be believed, so are barbecues. Those are usually good fun, so hopefully you all had a goodíun. Iíll leave it to bbain tomorrow to talk more about it, Iím sure heís better at it than I am. In the mean time, Iím going to do my utmost to marginalize this most sacred of holidays.
Either way, I guess I went on a bit of a rant last week. I wasnít feeling like myself, so I felt like venting. I already feel a lot better now. Met back up with a bunch of my friends, played video games and just in general had the entire week to myself. It seems I needed that even more than I realized. And there was another thing this week that helped cheer me up: I got my hands on the new Lordi album! Woo!
If you donít know, and itís likely that you donít, Lordi is a Finnish metal band which I was first introduced to years ago. They have a gimmick in that every band member is always dressed up as a monster of some sort, and everyone has their own character to play complete with creepy backstory. Lordi is rarely seen without the costumes, as they even do interviews in them. †The vocals are done by a guy called Mr. Lordi, who is some sort of demon thing and the bandís figurehead, thereís a minotaur, a mummy, an alien, those kinds of things. They continuously update their insanely intricate costumes as well, ensuring that the band never looks the same for long. They even made a movie! The band members star as the monsters and itís a stroke of genius. GENIUS I TELL YOU. Iíve heard it said that Lordi is pretty much like GWAR, but I couldnít tell you because I donít know them.
- Lordi as I was first introduced to them. The current lineup is a bit different.
Their songs are mostly hard rock and/or heavy metal, and invariably deal with some kind of monster theme. One song on the new album is about the Grim Reaper trying to outdo Satan in a rock-off (itís similar to Tenacious Dís ďTributeĒ in that sense), several songs are about cannibalism, grannies and doctors going on killing sprees, girls being possessed by demons, ghosts, zombies, and so on. You name it, Lordi has a song about it. Itís all in jest, though, obviously. Songs about eating people are kind of hard to take seriously when they include lyrics such as ďCalled up your folks and theyíll join us for brunch/Nice day for a picnic/Theyíll be delighted only they are the lunch!Ē and are being performed by a bunch of guys in monster suits rocking out.
Apart from game soundtracks, Lordi is pretty much the only thing I listen to nowadays. I donít know what to tell you, I think theyíre hella fun, and I love that they donít take themselves too seriously. Lordi is the only band I consistently like, and the only band I have a hard time with to come up with a bad song. I guess theyíre not the most sophisticated around, and Iím sure music buffs will tell me I have terrible taste. It doesnít matter to me. I like Ďem and thatís that.
The new album is called ďTo Beast or not to BeastĒ (Lordi kind of has this thing with puns), and Iím really liking it. The first time I listened to the new album I hated it, but it has grown on me much like the previous albums have. Because of the way Mr. Lordiís voice sounds itís difficult to make out the lyrics, but upon repeated listening you get a sense of what the songís about. That really helps, because otherwise it just sounds like a mess of guitar riffs and grunts, which is what turned me off at first. Now that Iíve listened to them enough, out of 10 new songs 4 have earned a place in my increasingly huge list of favorites, and the other 6 are either okay or good. My favorite is ďCandy for the CannibalĒ, but I also really love ďSchizo DollĒ, ďHappy New FearĒ (what did I tell you about the puns?) and ďThe RiffĒ. A great new album all around; it looks like that even after the many years since I first heard of them, I havenít gotten over Lordi yet. And I wouldnít have it any other way.
And on that note, letís get to the c-c-caps!
- I donít think this clip has anything to do with the song. Do you still care after dat ass?
It feels like it's been a decade since we've seen the rise of the crowdfunded game. I'm always surprised when I remind myself that crowdfunding has been a thing long before the first crowdfunded video game, but nowadays a crowdfunded game seems like a dime a dozen.
Of course such a phrase is an incredible disservice to some of the great games that have come out thanks to websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Games like FTL, Shovel Knight, and even Undertale are around thanks to crowdfunding; thanks to people gathering around and literally putting their money where their mouth is, a game they want gets funded and inevitably the greater landscape of gaming benefits from it. Most of the time the landscape gets to benefit from it anyways.
Don't worry though, this month's bloggers wanted prompt isn't an exploratory thesis on the effects of crowdfunding on video game development. We just want you to talk about your favorite games, as long as they were crowdfunded. This topic can be simultaneously broad and narrow, because you can talk about whatever game you want, however you want, as long as it was crowdfunded.
For me, FTL is the original crowdfunded game, and it was great. It was somehow minimalist and incredibly detailed at the same time, and it was all done because a man wanted to do it, but needed the money, and thousands of other people wanted to see where his idea would go. Shovel Knight to me feels like this natural evolution of the classic 8-bit gaming of yore without also throwing myself back to a time when gaming was honestly comparatively archaic. And everyone's talked to death about Undertale, so we all know where I'd go with that.
To participate in this month's bloggers wanted, just start a blog! Oh, and title it "Crowdfunded: [your blog title here]." I bet this month is going to be pretty diverse, since it's basically writing about your favorite crowdfunded game. So I hope to hear about some good games revisited or amazing games no one has heard about.
Remember: Persona 5 was not crowdfunded, but excuse me as I plow through it.
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