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Return from Hiatus

It's been nearly a year and a half since my last blog post here on Destructoid. There's been several reasons for that. The first and most prominent being that I just graduated from college and my senior year was full of scheduling, applic...



”Critics who treat "adult" as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adults themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of bein...


A Critical Ear #4: Fight On!

There are two types of “epic” boss themes in video game soundtracks: those that say “Oh my god we’re facing down an avatar of phenomenal cosmic power that could easily grind us into dust if we piss it off”; and those that say “…and we’r...


A Critical Ear: Analyzing Music In Video Games

My article on Final Fantasy VI’s “Dancing Mad” got a lot more attention than what I was expecting, and it seemed like a lot of the readers in the comments wanted to see me write more on the subject of video game soundtracks. So I finally ...


There Will Be Brawl - Episode 7 is out!

Finally, after more than two months of delays, the seventh episode of the web series There Will Be Brawlwas released on The Escapist this Friday. And holy shit, it is definitely worth the wait. My jaw was open for about the last third of ...


I Suck At Games: Charge!

Hello, my name is SWE3tMadness, and I suck at strategy. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I know simple tricks like “Always aim for the eye,” and Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors, but that just means my whole meta-game principle pretty much amounts to...


The Top 5 Bowser Battle Themes Of All Time

Throughout the years, Mario has faced off with his nemesis, Bowser, countless times. And from the first time we dueled the spiky behemoth on a rickety bridge over lava, to the time when we booted him into a sun at the center of the galaxy...


My Thoughts on the GH:WT Custom Song Creator.

((Author's Note: Sorry about the huge wall of text, but I can't find any funny pictures to break up this article. If you want something less wordy and more snarky, check out my review of the movie Resident Evil: Degeneration which unfortuna...


Well, that didn't take very long...

Satch Boogie has been FC'd on Expert Guitar for GH:WT. Which means that now every guitar part for every song on the official setlist has been completed perfectly by the community at some point. And it only took roughly a month and a hal...


In honor of GH:WT's release today...

Well, in case you haven’t heard, Guitar Hero: World Tour finally hit stores last night. However, some very lucky players managed to get their hands on copies even earlier, and one of them has already posted video previews of the expert guit...


Fun with Hacking on the Wii

Some of you might remember a little gizmo called the Action Replay for the Gamecube that allowed you to manipulate games like putty. Well now through a homebrew program, you can use an application called Ocarina to do precisely the same t...


A Cast of Thousands: Count Bleck

((MAJOR spoilers ahead for those who have not completed this game.)) For some odd reason, these last few days in July have been particularly inspirational to the C-Bloggers here on Destructoid. I happen to be no different this time. But ...


About SWE3tMadnessone of us since 6:04 PM on 01.10.2008

-About Me-

A recent graduate in Biology, neverless my first love in entertainment and media has always been video games, even though I don't get a lot of time to play recent ones now. I still enjoy following the industry and gushing about the latest Nintendo releases.

A Critical Ear: Analyzing Music in Video Games

If there's one thing that I like more than talking about video games, it's talking about music in video games. As a classically trained pianist that has been playing for more than twelve years, I take a look at some of my favorite soundtracks and how they contribute to the gaming experience as a whole.

#0: Introduction
#1: Villain Themes and Leitmotifs (April, 2010)
#2: Anti-Music (June, 2010)
#3: They Wasted a Perfectly Good Song (July, 2010)
#4: Fight On! (August, 2010)
#5: More Than Just Noise: Nostalgia and Homecoming (September, 2010 Monthly Musing)
#6: While I Play Unfitting Music (November, 2010)
#7: Thinking Outside the Soundchip (December/January 2010)

-Other Promoted Articles-

Using Post-Modernism to Reinvent the Horror Genre
Final Fantasy VI's Dancing Mad - A Critical Analysis
The Wrong Thing: The Root Of All Evil
Other Worlds Than These: Pokčmon
Music and Rhythm Games: A Classically Trained Pianist's Perspective
Feel the Hatred: Zant (Twilight Princess)
Instant Replay: Guitar Hero III
The Start of the Affair: Super Smash Bros. 64