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  • RedSwirl 11:17 pm on December 8, 2012 Permalink  

    @sinfony Recently, most of the best “stories” I’ve seen in games are really just a bunch of lore that the developers deeply-embedded into the playable game world for you to explore at your leisure: The Shock games, Shadow of the Colossus to a lesser degree, Metroid Prime, etc. In those games it’s like instead of writing a story, the developers just wrote a world with a history and then put you in it.

    Like @rocgaude I make exceptions for genres that take the branch narrative to the extreme and really try to own it with good writing like adventure games and RPGs. Hell, the main reason I even enjoyed Mass Effect and Dragon Age was for the character interactions.

    What you guys feel though pretty much matches my feelings about JRPGs. Looking back, all of my favorite JRPGs are the ones that focus on the GAME. It’s not that I want no story at all in my JRPG. The reason I sung praises about Dragon Quest IX here before was because it knew how to convey a JRPG storyline without getting in the way of you playing the game. No 15-minute anime cut scene to start you off, just some dialogue and an explorable first area filled with characters who give you information you may or may not need.

  • unmanneddrone 10:50 am on December 7, 2012 Permalink  

    I’m wondering where the hell RAD Soldiers is, in regards to F2P iOS games! It apparently launched in Canada, so get on that, my Canuck brethren.

    I mentioned to @rocgaude that RAD Soldiers’ global launch into asynchronous excellence will get me back into iOS gaming that isn’t called Walking Dead.

  • mjpilon 4:33 am on November 28, 2012 Permalink  

    @rocgaude Our ISPs clearly agree with that fact….

  • Mohammad AlHuraiz 2:56 pm on November 26, 2012 Permalink  

    @rocgaude @angryjedi Yes! Forgot Hot Shots Golf. I was kind of curious about Need for Speed Most Wanted though.

  • Pete Davison 2:42 pm on November 26, 2012 Permalink  

    @rocgaude Yeah. That’s a solid Vita list, and I second the motion for Corpse Party if you’re into that. Gravity Rush is good, too, at least until the last hour or so, when it becomes rubbish. It’s awesome up until that point, though. Hot Shots Golf is great, too, as is Need for Speed Most Wanted.

    @feenwager P4 is much less grindy than P3, and there’s more variety in the dungeoneering. It’s lots of smaller dungeons rather than one massive one. It still has a very “slow” opening, though, so be warned, as that puts some people off.

  • Mohammad AlHuraiz 8:58 am on November 26, 2012 Permalink
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    @rocgaude You seem pretty set with that Vita list, I’d probably add Corpse Party, but not sure if it’s your kinda thing. I’d add Vagrant Story to that list in case you haven’t played that yet. As for Final Fantasy Tactics, are you going for the PSP or PS1 version?

    Edit: Velocity!

  • bowlisimo 12:29 am on November 19, 2012 Permalink  

    @rocgaude Didn’t touch it for months for whatever reason, then burned through RE4 for Halloween. Hoping for a good Uncharted deal this holiday. SotC/Ico HD would be nice to pick up as well.

  • Pete Davison 11:49 am on November 14, 2012 Permalink  

    @rocgaude You want guns, you knock yourself out. WITH THE BUTT OF ONE OF THE RIFLES YOU LOVE SO FUCKING MUCH etc

    My GOTY is School Days HQ. Not sure if it counts because the Japanese version is a little older, but it came out in English this year.

  • ckim 7:09 pm on September 30, 2012 Permalink  

    @rocgaude D’oh! I didn’t even think to check for anything Persona. That place was packed to the gills with stuff, but I didn’t bother to ask about anything Persona related since there was so much other stuff that I was interested in. Now I know better…

    Also, I got some dope ramen in Japantown for like $8. The bowl was the size of a wooly mammoth’s skull.

    I guess I should check out the RE6 demo since I’ve played every other RE game and this will likely not be an exception. (Whoa, I just looked it up and it’s 900 MB… Not too surprising given that I remember downloading the Japanese RE5 demo to a CD and playing it off of that.)

  • unmanneddrone 4:52 am on August 15, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager So that’s a thumbs up, it sounds like. You were a big fan of the original, if I recall…

    In regards to iOS puzzlers, been really enjoying Megacity HD of late. So much so that I recommended it to @rocgaude and, thus, to the rest of you fellows. Just a tidy little block and modifier game, quite neat and lovely little soundtrack.

  • ckim 4:54 am on June 3, 2012 Permalink

    @rocgaude Pfft, you know we’re all listening to it. It’s hot shit!

  • mjpilon 2:25 am on April 24, 2012 Permalink
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    Hey all! A few quick thoughts as I finally recover from a crazy 6 day long strep which torn me to shreds:

    • Only positive of being bedridden on Wednesday and Thursday? Having the chance to play probably around 8 hours of Fez. Got through the first 32 cubes without FAQs and actually figured out some of the game’s “language”. I have started my second playthrough and I’ll admit it…. I gave up on the alphabet after a few hours of trying and I looked up where to find the hint(s) for it. I completely MISSED it/them the 1st time so I would been running around for hours (which I don’t have) aimlessly. Figured it out and I am now working through everything without any more assistance. Just a wonderful experience and completely not what I expected in the end – Jeff Gerstmann ‘s “rant” about it on the last Bombcast sums up the whole thing nicely I think. Don’t think I will get as far as @bluesforbuddha or @gkokoris have but I will try as much as I can handle.
    • @zegolf Welcome back! Regarding the board games, I have also started to delve into the area mostly through iOS versions but I have played some in actual board form. I would highly recommend Ticket to Ride and Catan. Great starter games that should peak your interest nicely. I wish I had more to recommend but none of my friends really my interest past Catan and I haven’t really found a board game group in the area to join with to try games like Pandemic or Arkham Horror :p Either way, enjoy the plunge!
    • My fitocracy activity for our group will commence soon – my regular running up and down Mont Royal here in MTL will begin as soon as I am 100% from this damn sickness
    • Also, any free-ish Asynch multiplayer iOS to recommend? Hero Academy is satisfying me nicely right now but I’m always open to trying other experience. Which reminds me: what happened to our Carsassone group? I’m looking at you @angryjedi @ajguy @rocgaude 😉
  • Pete Davison 3:57 pm on March 23, 2012 Permalink  

    @redswir1 Yeah, no reason you can’t set up a Gears game. Like Bowley, though, I don’t have a copy of any titles in the Gears series. I know there are a number of people here who do though.

    As for DD, Saturday works for me. And yes, @rocgaude, Mac version is up and running with cross-platform play. Haven’t tried it as yet. If you’re up for it let me know.

    Drop me a message on Steam if you’re up for playing on Saturday. If I don’t respond, my TV’s probably on the other channel so I can play Shadow Hearts 2. If that happens, shoot me an email or iMessage.

  • unmanneddrone 6:58 am on March 4, 2012 Permalink |

    Squad Music Mix 3: Get Out the Map

    (More …)

    • CMWhittington 10:40 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink

      Half way through. There are some great cuts in there. Current predictions:

      @sinfony – Caspian & Mastodon
      @bowlisimo – Billy Joel
      @bluesforbuddha – Thin Lizzy
      @shingro & @angryjedi – Anything Japanese or video game related

    • unmanneddrone 12:39 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Crap, I misspelled Mastodon on both the poster and the MP3. This will haunt me.

    • bowlisimo 1:05 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Holy shit, whoever submitted the theme to Last of the Mohicans really threw me for a loop. I had to go to wikipedia to figure out why the hell you had it credited to Dougie Maclean. So, technically the track in the mix is by Trevor Jones from the movie’s original score, but based on The Gael by Dougie Maclean, who, according to a youtube commenter, also based it on a tune that goes all the way back to Vivaldi.

      You learn something new every day.

    • bowlisimo 1:08 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Edit: Nothing to see here.

    • Pete Davison 1:16 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      You can.

      EDIT: see?

    • unmanneddrone 2:17 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Bowley, it was a bit of a mess trying to figure out who to attribute what to, so I went back to ol’ Dougie. Don’t tell Trevor.

    • bowlisimo 3:02 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      It’s cool. I didn’t even know The Gael existed.

    • beige 2:49 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Fuck yes to whoever submitted Uncharted Worlds / New Worlds. Like Bowley, I knew this needed to be in there but I didn’t want to be the one to throw it into the pile. Have a lot of coding today so this is a perfect compliment to the day. Will listen, post thoughts later. As always, big ups to Alex C for his hard work.

    • impynickers 10:20 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      and that is why internet sourcing is wrong… doh! The mysterious individual who posted this one must be really sorry. He definitely didn’t get his source from a youtube soundtrack mashup. I am sure he checked the internet to make sure every detail was correct before submitting… yes … that sound like this mysterious person. *Shifty eyes*

      Ok Ok …. so the original song is by Trevor Jones, indeed. I later find out that the song I was listening to on youtube was a mashup of good old Trevor and Dougie. I had come across this a few times, and I hadn’t seen the movie in about 15 years so I couldn’t tell the difference. I feel a dope. That said, the original song is incredible as is.

      I have many appologies. To mr. Drone and the rest for depriving them of the challenge of guessing me. But lets face it…. I have left very little consistent trail from my other submissions. If you can find a link between this piece and anything else I have submitted… I will mail you a cupcake.

    • impynickers 10:21 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      There is however one left outstanding.

    • bowlisimo 12:45 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      @impynickers Ahh, that’s the track you meant to submit? The title of that (in your youtube clip) is actually “Promentory”, and there’s another version floating around from the film that has some more bass in it and is superior to the one they put on the cd (IMHO). Take a listen.

      Believe it or not, I used to hum that song in my head on the schoolbus in elementary school. That movie may be one of the major contributors to my fascination with that time period.

      Also, I would have accepted “The Courier” as Get out the map worthy as well.

    • impynickers 1:58 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      I knew there had to be another Nujabes fan out there. Haven’t a clue which CD Far Fowl’s is off of, but it is pretty chill. Hmmm… Red …. could it be you?

    • impynickers 2:06 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      Well now I just want to watch the crap out of that movie. I suppose that is what I will have to do. Thank you sage of all things last and mohican.

    • mjpilon 3:51 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      That Nujabes song is now on permanent play on my iPhone until further notice…. much love to the person you put that in

    • bowlisimo 5:45 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      Nujabes is 100% @redswir1

      If it’s not, I’ll be very surprised, especially after he pimped the guy on facebook. Japanese hip hop is pretty cool, it turns out.

    • Shingro 6:58 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      @rocgaude Well sure, but can you tell us apart? =P

      Alright! It’s that time again! I think this time I’m going to put my firsthand impressions down as I go through the mix.

      1. The Proposition: I’m desperately curious why this great instrumental was submitted, it sounds forlorn and the drums make me think someone’s doing a stentorian last walk to their execution D:. Good, but I can only think of my desperate curiosity at the impulse behind the submission
      2. Hee! How perfect! A complete shoe in, I’d put money that whoever suggested this theme also submitted this song, am I right? 🙂 (Though the comment about ‘I’m going to love while my love is young and strong’ can only fill me with a powerful regret over my hermit-ness during earlier years, bittersweet.)
      3. I have never ‘gotten’ rap, I guess that’s probably a surprise to no one. I like the rolling notes in the background but this key just doesn’t fit my lock.
      4. I really like those chimes… then it started to RAWK and I kinda got lost in it while I played King’s Bounty, a good sign =) The ending irrevocably makes me think of The Path.
      5. Man, that piano solo is something else, and those breathy voices melt my heart. ❤
      6. "screw 'em… ONWARDS!" Is what I think when I hear this song, it's probably that drum thump and the cadence of the song, well chosen =)
      7. I as admiring the rattly instrument when the drum came in I had a forced flashback to the Matrix. Trippy D: I didn't expect the drum to feature so heavily and so late from the start of the song. I like the celtic-esque pipes and cadence a lot =)
      8. Jolly! I love the lyrics~ it's a thing I'd sing out loud with a goofy smile on my face =D
      9. The way he ends his ns at the end of lyrics is driving me out of my mind because I know it reminds me of another musical styling, but I can't think of it D: She married an en-glish-mannn
      10. Another one I’m really curious what tie this has to the theme of the mix, my traditionally terrible ears cannot really make out the lyrics, maybe that’s it? There’s a really nice wibbly bit on the guitar solo =D having only the very basics of guitar in me, I can’t imagine how he did it, but am impressed o_O
      11. “I’m just a cowboy” ARE YOU? BECAUSE I SUSPECT YOU MAY ALSO BE A MUSICIAN! >:D *staaaare* I… I’m sorry c_c I don’t know what came over me D:
      12. Interesting and unique, does a lot of different things all together at the same time~ the title also makes it a shoe-in
      13. This one immediately makes me think of far off deserts and colored tents, some middle parts of the music has a sort of ‘strain’ to it, certain notes seem to come out then stretch as if pulled from both ends.
      14. So mellow… so… Cowboy! I was lulled so effectively I was pretty shocked when it got epic near the end, coulda almost been battle music o_O.
      15. PIANO! 😀 Footloose and fancy free~ made me smile =)
      16. Guar plains! What a great theme =) so much violin and changes ‘tone’ so much throughout the song, much much love ❤ That stop beat is great too, so varied I can't imagine getting bored listening to this in-game
      17. Respectable! I like a ;_; song every now and again and am a big fan of 'narrative' songs. (Though I will not ever understand why there always seems to be some sort of devil referance… Is it part of some 'slow guitar music' contract? @_@)
      18. I almost expected the crazy guitar and "FOXEH!!!" to blare out after that opening sting Ala Wayne's World. =D long one! I was real worried early this was one of those 'screamin' songs that doesn't let you hear the music much at all, but there's actually a fairly decent amount of range to it o_O

      Time to sleep, I'll finish up tomorrow

    • unmanneddrone 12:28 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      Some great guesses and impressions thus far, fellows. Keep it up.

    • Shingro 11:22 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      Impressions 2: Son of Impressions

      19. Another great instrumental piece that I’d love to know what it means to the person who submitted it
      20. The middle of this song always gets me~ love it.
      21. Snazzy! Makes me want to groove embarrassingly in my seat, which I suppose is exactly the point
      22. Weapons in the band, title, and lyrics! Pretty good, Would like to hear from the person who submitted it as to the theme connection =)
      23. Nice song for the squad in general 😀 Will forevermore make me think of the squad when I hear it.
      24. Mellow! I like it~
      25. Acapella?! D: I’m startled and fairly impressed. Dem tricorn hats XD
      25. A good closer to the album =D

    • mjpilon 3:33 am on March 7, 2012 Permalink

      Okay… here are my surely completely in-accurate predictions based on feel, intuition, guesswork and insanity 😉

      1. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – @unmanneddrone
      2. Indigo Girls – @rampantbicycle
      3. Aesop Rock – @redswir1
      4. Caspian – @Sinfony
      5. Ken Nakagawa & Akiko Shikata – @angryjedi
      6. Billy Joel – @bowlisimo
      7. Nujabes – @redswir1
      8. Alkaline Trio – @rocgaude
      9. Clutch – @feenwager
      10. Mastadon – @sinfony
      11. Thin Lizzy – @bluesforbuddha
      12. Yasunori Mitsuda – @shingro
      13. Ken Nakagawa & Noriko Mitose – @angryjedi
      14. David Newman – @impynickers
      15. Chuck Berry – Me
      16. Yasunori Mitsuda & Yoko Shimomura – @unmanneddrone
      17. The Boss – @rocgaude
      18. Iris – @feenwager
      19. Dougie MacLean – @impynickers
      20. Nobuo Uematsu – @shingro
      21. Voldmars – @cgrajko
      22. The Sword – @bowlisimo
      23. VAST – @cgrajko
      24. Jack Wall & Sam Hulick – @rampantbicycle
      25. Stan Rogers – @bluesforbuddha
      26. Willie Nelson – Me

      Highlights for me includes Aesop Rock, Nujabes, Clutch, Alkaline Trio, Thin Lizzy, Voldmars and Stan Rogers. A great mix all together. Good job everyone!

    • mjpilon 3:41 am on March 7, 2012 Permalink

      Also Stan Rogers just screams out submission from a Canadian…. Props to my fellow Squaddie Canucks (I hope…) 😉

    • RedSwirl 4:04 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink

      Impressive guys. Didn’t think I’d revealed any of my Nujabes love to the Squad.

      The reason I chose that track was because to me, it felt like it was symbolizing the end of a very long journey, or something like that. I guess that kind of fit, given that the song is actually from his latest posthumous album: Spiritual State, which came out not too long before I submitted the song.

    • bowlisimo 1:45 am on March 8, 2012 Permalink

      @rocgaude @mjpilon How the hell did you guys peg me on Billy Joel so quickly?

    • sinfony 4:10 pm on March 9, 2012 Permalink

      Seems people think I like Mastodon a bit more than I actually do.

    • unmanneddrone 2:21 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink

      Fellows, let me know when you want the BIG REVEAL!

    • feenwager 2:31 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink

      Dew eet!

    • unmanneddrone 3:20 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink

      I’ll let it go for another day…then I’ll pull back the curtains.

      Also, any guesses as to who submitted the theme?

    • mjpilon 12:24 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink

      I’ve got @bowlisimo for this one….

    • feenwager 12:33 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink

      I had @rampantbicycle pegged as submitting the theme.

    • unmanneddrone 2:50 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink

      Alright comrades, here comes an avalanche of truth!

      Get Out The Map – A @rampantbicycle Theme

      1. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – @unmanneddrone
      2. Indigo Girls – @rampantbicycle
      3. Aesop Rock – @cgrajko
      4. Caspian – @sinfony
      5. Ken Nakagawa & Akiko Shikata – @shingro
      6. Billy Joel – @bowlisimo
      7. Nujabes – @redswir1
      8. Alkaline Trio – @feenwager
      9. Clutch – @rocgaude
      10. Mastadon – @cgrajko
      11. Thin Lizzy – @feenwager
      12. Yasunori Mitsuda – @rampanybicycle
      13. Ken Nakagawa & Noriko Mitose – @shingro
      14. David Newman – @bowlisimo
      15. Chuck Berry – @mjpilon
      16. Yasunori Mitsuda & Yoko Shimomura – @angryjedi
      17. The Boss – @beige
      18. Iris – @sinfony
      19. Dougie MacLean – @impynickers
      20. Nobuo Uematsu – @angryjedi
      21. Voldmars – @redswir1
      22. The Sword – @rocgaude
      23. VAST – @unmanneddrone
      24. Jack Wall & Sam Hulick – @impynickers
      25. Stan Rogers – @bluesforbuddha
      26. Willie Nelson – @mjpilon

      Thanks to @rampantbicycle for providing a great theme. It certainly catalysed a rather nice blend.

      My submissions, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ “The Proposition #1” and VAST’s “Land of Shame” are not too outlandish. @shingro wanted to know the reason for the opener, and his inference that it sounded like a funeral dirge is not terribly far from the mark, I suppose. It’s a track from the movie of the same name, set in the outback in colonial Australia. The difference between the oft-romanticised Wild West of America and Australia was one of opportunity; America a veritable breadbasket of good agricultural lands and resources. Australia, to this day, remains a desolate and unrelenting land of failure and quiet solemnity. Almost every inland explorer ended up dead. This track, for me, evokes an incredible sense of lonely traversal and uncertain fate.

      And the movie is incredible. Incidentally, the script was written by Cave, and both him and Ellis are part of Grinderman. Little bit of trivia.

      And VAST’s “Land of Shame”? Well. I think we can all work that one out.

    • feenwager 2:54 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink

      Finally! My contributions weren’t so obvious!

    • beige 1:13 pm on March 13, 2012 Permalink

      Ha! You just beat me to the punch Alex, but I had you pegged as Intro Man.

      I knew that my wife was the only person who would have dared submitted the Indigo Girls to a Squad mix (unless someone is hiding an additional X chromosome I don’t know about) and “old yellow map” etc.

      Calin’s inclusion into the mix means that identifying the origin of metal just got more complicated. I had a sense that Willie might also have been from MJ – don’t know why… just a hunch. Billy Joel and Bowley seem correct together as well.

      For my own tracks:
      “My father’s house” is a song that I’ve got several versions of in my music collection. If you asked me “I need a song about the feeling of being utterly lost with no way to find my way back home”… well, there you go. I’m a big fan of the ending, too… like Heart of Darkness you get a Hero Walking Away into a world where nothing will be right again. Love Bruce’s wailing on his acoustic/harmonica there. So raw.

      Stan Rogers? I think it speaks for itself. Since I’m not the only one to submit nautical themed songs for our map compilation I think there’s probably something in the message of manly men singing acapella (!) about freezing to death in the Northwest Passage that is appropriate for this mix. Glad that we had Willie Nelson to cap off the mix though – I was slapping my head as soon as I saw that with a “I shoulda thought of this!” moment.

      In general, the Map Mix was exactly what I was hoping for. Breezy, ramblin’ road music appropriate for cruising down route 66 or wherever with the top down and a diner on the horizon. I’m continually impressed at the Squad’s musical acumen as well as our ability to tailor certain flavors to taste. Your feelings on folk music may vary, but with each one of these down I just get more excited about the next one. Great job everybody!

    • unmanneddrone 1:39 pm on March 13, 2012 Permalink

      Indeed, a fine job on every front. I mentioned this to @mjpilon prior that I do feel a bit self-conscious about providing the opener, but it didn’t really fit anywhere else without kinda killing the flow. If we were to sniff the cork slightly, maybe the title is somewhat thematically fitting…

      …the proposition, Squad, is get off the beaten track – either physically or metaphorically.

      And to follow that up, @rampantbicycle proffers the real kickstart with her fine choice.

      @beige I hope that Springsteen version was alright! Magic stuff.

      In a month or whenever folks’ feel like saying ‘now is the time’, I’ll unveil the next Squaddie-submitted theme and we’ll create another cracking mix.

      This next theme will be rather interesting…

    • cgrajko 6:50 pm on March 13, 2012 Permalink

      First of all, the phrase “get out the map” is way more evocative than it has any right being. @unmanneddrone nailed it: @rampantbicycle had a brilliant choice for the theme.

      My mind went in a lot of different directions when I saw the theme we were using. I initially thought about the type of songs that I would put in a road trip mix, but I worried that would be a bit too obvious for the type of high-brow, ultra-mosaic thinking necessary for The Squad. (Which, I was definitely right about, because there are some brilliant choices here.) So, I thought about the different possibilities for which one would “get out the map,” and I was torn between the idea that we need to get out the map because we’re lost/confused/taking off/etc… and the idea that we’re getting out some bad ass dusty old map to look for treasure (a la The Goonies or something).

      Ultimately, I chose one song for each possibility. The Aesop Rock song, “Skip Town,” was the first one that I decided had to be one of my two choices regardless of whatever else I chose or which direction I wanted to head. A lot of the lyrics here are based around the idea of transition and providing gravity for various moments in time. There isn’t a narrative, per se, it’s more of a post-modern exploration of what it means to travel and be in the mental space in which you need to travel. (As a sidenote, I love the way this guy uses language. He seems to repurpose and invert common phrases in really clever ways, and it makes me want to take a super active role when I’m listening.) I also assumed that a lot of people would include tracks that evoke the desert and wide open spaces, so I wanted something with a bit more of an urban, cityscape feel to it. The image on the cover for the mix is almost exactly what I envisioned when I chose this track.

      The Mastodon track was designed to evoke the idea of an epic adventure. The drums in the slower parts felt very Indiana Jones/Uncharted to me, and made me feel like I needed to have the map out in order to navigate my way through hostile territory. The spoken word part is actually a bit of a cop-out for me, as it ties it up a little too nice, thematically, but Blood Mountain, the album this track came from, is a concept album based around a journey. (To be fair, like three of Mastodon’s albums are about journeys: Leviathan is about Moby Dick, Blood Mountain is about an epic adventure to find a crystal skull, and Crack the Skye is about astral travel tied with Rasputin era Russian mysticism.)

      If anyone’s curious, I had some more folk/acoustic tinged songs that did not make the cut for one reason or another. I was going to submit “Road to Joy” or “Another Travelin’ Song” by Bright Eyes, but I ultimately decided not to submit either. I also almost submitted “Freddie Freeloader” by Miles Davis, but I figured that was a bit cliche and probably a bit too long.

    • mjpilon 3:23 am on March 14, 2012 Permalink

      My selections:

      To be honest, I had a heck of a time finding songs for this theme initially. In my mind, “get out the map” brought up Indiana Jones, Uncharted or some tropical adventure. I searched my music library for songs that evoke those franchises/ images but came up blank. Note that for these mixes, I try to stick to songs I actually have and avoid soundtrack music – I feel that is almost too easy depending on the theme, so I like the effort required to find other tracks to evoke the themes.

      After nothing came up, I froze for a while trying to find what I was looking. Then, my iPhone shuffle brought me to Route 66. Ding Ding Ding! Suddenly my view of the theme switched and it went to road trip and car rides. Nothing like this classic Chuck Berry hit to evoke that feeling. Just love this song. Suddenly, a bunch of songs came to mine although none as amazing as @Feenwager’s Movin’ Right Along (that song has been my go-to for about a week now…. and I am now looking for copies of the Muppet movies to watch as result). I ended up picking “On My Road Again’ because let’s be honest, it just HAD to be there and I guessed most of the Squad would avoid such an obvious choice.

      Just for fun, I consider C. W. McCall’s “Convoy” as a cheesy alternative for the mix but figured it was hard to drop either Willie Nelson or Chuck Berry just to ham it up some 😉

    • beige 1:26 pm on March 14, 2012 Permalink

      I came close to both ‘convoy’ and ‘truckin’ by the Grateful Dead except for the fact that ultimately neither of those are actually in my music collection. Try to stick to things that are actually representative.

      Movin’ right along was Jeff? Fucking fantastic.

    • RedSwirl 12:16 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink

      Now that we all know, I don’t think I have to point out the pretty obvious title to my Voldmars track. Strangely though, both of my submissions, to me, each feels like the end of its own journey, each one a different journey.

      In the case of the Voldmars track, kind of like a hip hop version of Dorothy triumphantly dancing her way home with the gang… or some weird shit like that. The song also reminds me of a racing movie that recently came out and I don’t really know why. So there.

    • Shingro 4:32 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink

      Ah, so much good music.

      For myself I was stumped for ages since I’d just submitted Utada Hikaru’s “Traveling” to the previous mix which would have been a shoe in for this. So weeks down the line I suddenly had that ‘oh man, video game themed board ‘get out the map’ Map musics! And from there it suddenly became incredibly hard to decide.

      In the end I cut things down to the music that I would actually ‘get out the map’ just to hear (enter that zone, go to the overworld, etc.) Chrono Trigger’s Corridors of Time is one such theme, Persona 3 and 4’s map music is another (Signs of Love, When the Moon’s Reaching out to the Stars, Etc.)

      The theme that plays in Croche’s Heart of Gaea is my easily my absolute favorite (Even if I liked Luca’s route better =P) That heartbeat at the start, and the wild piano solo, then the breathy vocals in Hymnos afterwards, for ages walking to work in the winter snow that song gave me the shivers =) (pretty sure that was the song at least, it does get a tad cold up here >_>)

      If I stuck to that theme my second would have easily been The World Ends with You’s Deja Vu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF_Q6nL1AoI I loved it enough to set that to main map music and I’ve played through TWEWY at least 3 times now

      … but I started thinking theoretical again, and wanted to add a theme that really transported me to another place when I heard it and since I was already in Ar Tonelico 2 land my favorite character in there MirJakuri’s theme whenever you visited her in camp put me in mind of strange Arabian, desert locations with sand and tents and whatnot. Like her the theme is strange and somewhat alien yet unique and interesting. So I had to include it as well

    • Shingro 4:33 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink

      Also, I’m greatly amused that @mjpilon managed to exactly switch all of Pete and my music selections =D

    • mjpilon 4:24 am on March 16, 2012 Permalink

      At least I got close…. I am right? :p

  • unmanneddrone 1:22 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

    @feenwager Cool beans. Plus, it’ll be easy to edit the lists and tick off/mark the conquered.

    EDIT: @rocgaude Will do. Might add a few more games to the list, then.

  • unmanneddrone 1:42 pm on February 25, 2012 Permalink

    Can I ask a question of ye fellows? Of all the DLC packs for your favourite heavy-hitter RPGs, how many were stand-out excellent?

    At the end of the day, if a choice had to be made, would you prefer no DLC and perhaps bigger, more ambitious sequels arriving earlier OR a slew of DLC, whereby inconsistency is perhaps more rife and a sequel perhaps taking longer to arrive? It’s not a particularly loaded question, as I reckon DLC packs are a great way to tinker with the established formula and see what a developer can commit in the next iteration.

    @rocgaude Sorry to drag this out, Squad Leader!

  • mjpilon 2:43 am on February 19, 2012 Permalink
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    @rocgaude Amen to that. Also, I await your response to my Hero Academy challenge. Decided to finally jump into that game – I need to find something to compete against you since Words with Friends isn’t going my way 😉

    On a related iOS note, anyone have Ticket to Ride? Been curious about the new asynchronous multi option and would rather play with friends than strangers….

    Finally, just got through all 5 threads of Katawa Shinjo so I am ready for the Squadcast experience. Pushing play as we speak 😀

  • RedSwirl 6:54 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink
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    @rocgaude I already bought vanilla Thiev at GamersGate some time ago. How much is the Gold update worth?

    What I’m really waiting for is Thief II, which isn’t available digitally anywhere.

  • RedSwirl 5:32 pm on January 22, 2012 Permalink
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    @rocgaude Anyway, just tell us when you get down to Horde.

    Edit: Actually, on the subject of multiplayer Source engine mods, am I the only one here who ever tried out NeoTokyo?

  • beige 3:12 pm on January 5, 2012 Permalink  

    @rocgaude If I’m using instacast and I can’t see the squadcast even though it says I’m “already subscribed” what’s up?

  • unmanneddrone 12:02 pm on January 4, 2012 Permalink  

    I’m curious to know if and how one could transcribe the Dark Souls “you had to be there” coalescing of punitive gameplay and lean triumph as simply a game experience that pushes all your buttons in such a combination OR if it’s simply a Dark Souls thing. I dunno. I enjoy a few games that take absolutely no prisoners and seem to echo the “I am completely unprepared for this”, but perhaps its a stylistic overture that makes for far more breathtaking encounters in the immediacy of hack and slash grandeur. The man versus goliath with nothing more than a sword and bucket helm.

    Do we all have our Dark Souls moments? I certainly would like to think so, not to douse or detract from the war stories inscribed on this very box by the three veterans, as it’s obvious it has had an impact.

    @rocgaude Man, if you’ve not played Bulletstorm, I think it’s a safe recommendation for you. Something tells me you’d get a kick (no pun, seriously) out of it. Feen has ushered a gem upon me and it continues to wow.

  • mjpilon 2:21 am on December 28, 2011 Permalink

    @rocgaude I have no doubts you’ve succeeded there 🙂

  • unmanneddrone 12:26 am on December 28, 2011 Permalink

    @rocgaude Keen as mustard! Did we ever finalise the end of year discussion? Either way, plenty to yarn about upon the deployment of the esteemed ‘cast.

  • RedSwirl 1:45 am on December 20, 2011 Permalink  

    @rocgaude People think that multiplayer shooters are the only thing that sells anymore, but I’ve noticed that the one genre to defy this rule has been WRPGs. You might have Bethesda to thank for that though.

    Shooters are big now because Gears and Call of Duty got in early. I guess Oblivion had the same effect for RPGs. That’s why Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Fallout have been able to do so well despite being almost the polar opposite of COD and the gang.

    So basically, if we want something else to survive next gen, devs need to calculat what they get in early. I think it’d be kinda neat if an adventure game flew in and turned shit around.

  • feenwager 11:51 pm on December 18, 2011 Permalink

    @rocgaude man up, son. If I can finish the game, you certainly can.

  • unmanneddrone 10:55 pm on December 14, 2011 Permalink

    @sinfony Aw man, that’s awesome. I love tales like that; intertwining airliners and whatnot. My own personal story was…actually, yes, going to Honkers for the first time and it was around dusk. Listening to Annie Nightingale’s syndicated electronica show on one of Cathay’s radio channels and Boards of Canada’s “A Beautiful Place out in the Country” came on. Man, talk about rich and awe-inspiring (despite the fact it’s about the Branch Davidians)…but @rocgaude had made his mark in the squadmix with “Telephasic Workshop”, so all was right with the world.

    And Young Team is mad-good. Good show.

  • ckim 7:48 pm on December 12, 2011 Permalink

    @rocgaude I’m ready to do this thing. This will also force me to figure out how to use the social components of GOG and Steam to see what the hell you all own and what’s on your wishlists. I don’t know how to do either of these at present.

  • bowlisimo 7:44 pm on December 12, 2011 Permalink
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    @rocgaude Aww jeaaaah. Watch out.

    @impynickers After sleeping on MGS2’s ending (as much as I could understand anyway), I’m currently wavering on whether or not to call that game effing genius or just a hot mess of ideas and undue levels of complexity, but it’s damn bold either way. Good stuff.

    (Best moment? Snake + Otacon handshake)

    Anyway, “The Kojima Funtime Show”, continues. What’s next? 1964? Fine. Perfect. Here we go poop camo.

  • feenwager 12:17 pm on December 12, 2011 Permalink

    @rocgaude There’s no Roger in this mix. That was last time around, brother.

  • bowlisimo 3:09 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink
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    @rocgaude Good stuff, man. Pishu rocks, I miss having his voice around here.

    That last piece of music in that video is Icarus by Trash80, nice choice.

  • Pete Davison 8:53 am on October 17, 2011 Permalink

    Ladies and gents. If any of you are getting (or already have) the fitness bug and want some friendly competition, I have a few invites for Fitocracy available. It’s a fitness tracking site that also has some social game elements — you get XP and levels for completing workouts and there are quests and achievements. There’s also a Group system where we can have competitions and whatnot. Mr @rocgaude is already participating, as if my brother.

    It’s in closed beta, so invite-only for the minute — if you want one, though, let me know the email address you want an invite sent to.

  • beige 3:02 pm on October 7, 2011 Permalink  

    @rocgaude For people like me who don’t actually have a cable package, MS’s TV makes a degree of sense. It’s not worth more than doubling the price tag I pay every month for net access to access TV I’m probably just going to download anyway. Sports and stuff, we’d have to see what MS is selling.

    FYI, the Internet shows that the soul price I have to pay for absolution (around 40k) is greater than the entire amount of souls I’ve accumulated to date so far in my playthrough.

  • unmanneddrone 10:52 pm on September 26, 2011 Permalink

    Folks, I seem to have buggered up a couple of submissions due to this first slapdash effort with the mix. Apologies to the fellows concerned. The next mix in whatever form will be easier to collate now the modus operandi is down pat. Seems like @shingro is not being honestly represented, given his tearful responses.

    I humbly ask for forgiveness, and also to @rocgaude for not conveying the “anything goes” submission non-rule.

  • unmanneddrone 3:10 am on September 25, 2011 Permalink
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    I think it’s really just that time of year…time to crack skulls and beats fools down. It must be said, outside the few exceptions, the mainstream does tight action like no other. I’m usually more than a bit snobby to ol’ Gears, but glad to hear it’s colourful and meets the standards. I still recommend folks to check out Space Marine if they’re in the mood for…I dunno…if you think Darksiders combat mixed in with heavy duty third-person shooting, it’ll satisfy. Our dear @rocgaude didn’t take to the demo, and like most things, you need to be in the right mood…but if you stick the demo on hard and revel in the quite nuanced mix of crowd-control in terms of balancing ranged combat with the up-close-and-rather-personal melee, it’s the stuff of legend.

    The Squad Mix is ready to go! Pulled a late nighter last night and am just organising with @beige where to slot it on some servers etc. Once that’s arranged, I’ll put up the details! Great work, everyone!

    EDIT: Bugger waiting, look up and HAVE AT YE!

  • unmanneddrone 5:21 am on September 22, 2011 Permalink  

    @sinfony My two podcast streamers are Podcaster (upon recommendation by @rocgaude) and Stitcher. Both are pretty good, but I use Stitcher the most for some reason. Just comfortable with its interface and it does line up a lot of good recommended podcasts after my selected ones.

    @rocgaude I hear you on the games front, but I can’t deny for those minutes that I do play a strange little physics game or some arcade reworking, it’s not a bad little time-waster. Seems to be the shareware of our day. Ascension continues to be good, low-impact gaming. However, yeah, the iPhone does get used more as a utility platform than a gaming one. Great bilingual dictionaries, AVPlayer is a godsend for me to catch up on shows, SkySafari to keep track of constellations and celestial bodies…plus your use of Instagram has gotten me considering doing a lot more quickshot photography as I wander about.

    Foursquare is really hit or miss here, though. A lot of restaurants don’t pop up in the location browser, which seems a shame.

  • unmanneddrone 2:40 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

    Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer is a good place to start. As @rocgaude and I have remarked, the ugliest card art you’re going to see this side of…hell…some of the more hideous slap-dash efforts from particular Rage cards (No one played that awesome, awesome World of Darkness werewolf CCG?), but it’s asynchronous card fun for many players.

    I’d also recommend the port of Majesty. And you may as well see what the hoo-haa is about with Game Dev Story, although on an iPad, I hear everything bar the max zoom is ugly as sin.

    Lots of great little strategy and card games, to be sure.

    Also, attention Shingro and anyone else who wants to submit a few music tracks to the Squad Mix, the deadline is in five days.

  • Pete Davison 9:13 am on September 16, 2011 Permalink  

    @rocgaude Ah, but you don’t need PS Move for EASA2! It comes with its own motion trackers and heart rate monitor.

    So far as iOS goes, Runkeeper allows you to track all kinds of fitness, not just running, and has some nifty social features.

    I’m waiting for Fitocracy, the fitness RPG, to open its doors to the public.

  • bowlisimo 2:55 pm on September 9, 2011 Permalink
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    @rocgaude How is it that I’ve never heard of “Offworld” in all the time that I’ve known you people? It’s a secret to everybody.

  • beige 8:59 pm on September 8, 2011 Permalink  

    @rocgaude Besides money I actually volunteered my services and web skillz to the development of Venus Patrol as well. It’s interesting that coincidentally just as I was wondering what projects I could put my hand towards that would have longlasting impact and genuine cultural clout in the game world something like this comes along.

  • bowlisimo 2:08 am on August 26, 2011 Permalink
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    @feenwager Just nit picking here, but I wouldn’t really call it trial and error gameplay. Pretty much any path will take you where you want to go, and as far as I’ve seen, you can mess something up and the game will just roll with it (To a point. It’s over if you straight up get shot to death). If you’re trying to be perfect, that’s when the quickload/quicksave cycle starts, but that’s a playstyle choice. Commandos is a series with trial and error gameplay, god those games are a bitch.

    Not trying to change your opinion, though. You’re probably better off with all the games that are coming up. What are you gunning for next?

    @rocgaude Bulletstorm is still on the list for me as well. Take a sec to drop your thoughts here when you get a chance?

  • mjpilon 5:08 pm on August 4, 2011 Permalink
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    @shingro Haven’t we already seen the results of catering to this slice of the market before with the PSP? Yes, I understand that the lack of a second analog stick may have played a role but I don’t think you can lay the under-performance of that system on that one system design – and that was before the widespread adoption of smartphones with credible gaming options to pull people away from this market segment.

    I agree completely with @feenwager and @rocgaude – I feel like a system like the PSP Vita is no longer feasible in the current marketplace. There may be a small niche of “hardcore” gamers who will buy and support the Vita but there are no longer enough of them to pay for and justify development of games and by association, the actual system itself.

  • cptcarnage 2:03 pm on July 12, 2011 Permalink

    @rocgaude I’d totally be down for a Hitman mission, I don’t think we need to restrict it to only Blood Money.

  • unmanneddrone 1:26 pm on July 12, 2011 Permalink

    @beige There’s a story in each X game, but everyone I know just pumps the throttle and burns off into the void to do their own thing. It’s one of those games. Kinda like Patrician in space?

    @rocgaude Sounds good to me. I’m up for a Hitman mission, on account of not having the other two (really should have rectified those glaring omissions during the Steam sale, but hey). And Frozen Synapse tourney? Let us indeed do this.

    For plannings’ sake, I’d like to scrounge up the Squaddie names who’d like to enter the SoS FS Summer Brain Freeze Tourney of 2011, for collating into a roster/league via Challonge and Random.org. We’ll have a week of mustering names, then kick off on Tuesday 18th of July. Rough dates, nothing set in stone. We’ll set a turn limit restriction of two days, with an auto-forfeit for the non-participatory party and that particular match going to the player who uploaded their turn.

    The winner will receive a game of their choice from GoG.com from yours truly, as I’m super thrilled the Squad are enjoying it as much as I am.

    Thus, if all prospective participants could list their FS names – even if it’s the same as your SoS title, it’d make for an easier assembly, as well as use the tag “FS Summer Tourney” to keep book-keeping easier.

    My title within FS is Pylon_Command. Looking forward to being in the crosshairs. No longer are these the lazy days of pre-release, I’ve felt the increasing sting of sharpened talon and the acrid stench of burnt cordite lingering over my aerated corpses.

  • unmanneddrone 12:46 pm on July 9, 2011 Permalink

    @mjpilon and @rocgaude, may you have fine birthdays! Many happy returns for the day.

  • mjpilon 12:21 pm on July 9, 2011 Permalink
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    Finished the LA Noire DLC yesterday and like @Feenwager, there are elements which kind of fall apart when doing cases individually outside the overall narrative of the story.

    I accidently completed the cases out of order (i.e I completed Nicholson Nickelplating before A Slip of the Tongue), so I went from hearing cops badmouthing Cole back to Cole being a golden boy and a hero. That was kind of weird and really took my out of the experience so to speak.. although it was funny to hear Cole’s little admission about liking blondes to his partner in Traffic while driving somewhere in the A Slip of the Tongue DLC. I enjoyed the size and scope of the Nicholson case particularly as I was going through it – although most of it (without revealing anything) felt relatively pointless in the end. Searching for clues in particular during that missions was quite the hassle. Anyway, I’ll still play Reefer Madness when it comes out since I paid for it already but I’m sure I’ll pay for more if any comes out.

    And finally, may I be the first Squaddie to wish a very happy birthday to one of our fearless leaders @rocgaude !!! May you enjoy this day – quite possibly the best day of the year, for reason which may or not may be associated to my birthday as well 😉 – to the fullest. Cheers!

  • bowlisimo 3:37 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink
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    @shingro It’s looking really good, though still not feature complete (no heavies, no onos), unoptimized, buggy and laggy. I’d say you’ve still got time to make your life boring.


  • feenwager 12:53 am on June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks to @rocgaude I have a copy of that Frozen Synapse stuff all the kids are playing.

    How’s this all work?

  • unmanneddrone 3:49 am on June 16, 2011 Permalink

    @rocgaude That’s awesome news. Looking forward to gaming on!

  • mjpilon 3:57 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink  

    I leave for 4 days in Chicago and come back to …. a new mission? new visuals? … Lots of things are afoot within the Squad 😀

    I also see I kinda open a bit of a Pandora’s box with my comments on the old squadcasts….. wasn’t the intend but what the hey…. if it brought about the notion of re-starting some missions somehow along side the current squadcasts, I guess it’s all good 😀

    BTW great job @rocgaude with the design adjustments

  • feenwager 1:14 am on June 13, 2011 Permalink  

    @rocgaude looks great, sir. Good work!

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