Music Theory #12 – A Day To Remember

New week, new music! Let’s go!

Artist: A Day To Remember

Latest Album: Bad Vibrations (2016)

Genre: Metalcore/Pop-punk

Favorite Track: Best of Me (see above)

Other Recommended Tracks: I’m Made of Wax Larry What Are You Made Of?, All Signs Point To Lauderdale, Right Back At It Again, Sometimes You’re The Hammer Sometimes You’re The Nail, Leave All The Lights On, Paranoia, Naivety

Why I Enjoy Them: My first exposure to A Day To Remember was when I went to a Rise Against concert and they were the second band of the line-up. I was impressed by their live performance and ended up checking out Common Courtesy (their most recent album at the time). After coincidentally ending up seeing them live a second time (opening for Blink-182 this time) and buying their latest album Bad Vibrations, I became a big fan of their music. You have to like both screaming and the pop-punk style of the 2000s to really enjoy all their music, but it fits right into my wheelhouse and I recommend their stuff if you’re looking for something a little different.

Episode 27 – No Font Pics, Please

This week on Make Me A Gamer, TMan and HarveyZ have a debate on the merits of mustard and mayo before discussing the leaked Sonic the Hedgehog design from the upcoming live-action movie. This leads into a discussion on video game movies and other movies in general that they both enjoy. TMan ends the episode by talking a little bit about Battletech, the latest game he’s been having a lot of fun with. (This episode was recorded March 7th, 2019.)

*NOTE: Due to a technical oversight, the last part of this episode was cut off and so it ends kind of abruptly. Thankfully, not much was lost except for the usual outro so please check out our links below to find us other places on the internet!

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RE: New Zealand Terrorism

Please note I wrote most of this on Friday when everything was fresh. I took the weekend to take a breath before posting, but I still stand by all of it.

50 Muslim people are dead in Christchurch, New Zealand. A white supremacist terrorist walked into two mosques and used guns to kill innocent people.

He livestreamed the attack, using a camera mounted on his head so it looked like a first-person shooter.

He said “sub to PewdiePie” on his livestream before killing people.

He mentions video games and uses internet memes in his mainfesto.

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that at some point there will be a video games and violence narrative in relation to this terrorist attack.

So because I’m upset and angry and feeling helpless and useless, I’m going to do what I can and write about the internet culture that has produced radicalized white supremacists like the Christchurch terrorist(s).

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Music Theory #11 – Bullet For My Valentine

It’s yet another week in our inexorable march through time, so why not sit down and listen to another music recommendation?

Artist: Bullet For My Valentine

Latest Album: Gravity (2018)

Genre: Heavy metal/Post-hardcore

Favorite Track: Your Betrayal (see above)

Other Recommended Tracks: Scream Aim Fire, Fever, Pleasure and Pain, Temper Temper, Dirty Little Secret, Army of Noise, Skin, Gravity

Why I Enjoy Them: I was introduced to Bullet For My Valentine by Guitar Hero: World Tour, where I got to shred Scream Aim Fire on a plastic guitar. And while I really liked the vocals and awesome guitar riffs of that particular song, it wasn’t until their next album Fever that I really got into band. Fever, Temper Temper, and Venom are a trilogy of albums that I can play from start to finish whenever I’m in the mood to thrash, headbang, and play some wicked air guitar. They’re one of my top metal/rock bands and while their latest album Gravity was a slight genre shift and not as great (in my opinion) it has a few alright songs and I still consider Bullet For My Valentine a favorite band of mine.

Episode 26 – LEEEEROOOOOOY BAPTISTE!

Sorry for the day delay, but here’s this week’s promised episode of Make Me A Gamer! There’s a lot of news to cover in this edition, so TMan and HarveyZ discuss Reggie Fils-Aime’s retirement, the new starter Pokemon, the new Overwatch hero, and THQ Nordic’s weird and ill-advised AMA. Then to top it all off, they get back to their roots and share XCOM 2 stories and TMan gushes about his new obsession: Battletech! We hope you enjoy! (This episode was recorded February 28th, 2019.)

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Some Podcast Recommendations!

The latest episode of the Make Me A Gamer podcast was delayed and won’t be coming out today. No problems with editing or anything like that this time – I was just really, really tired, and my brain was not functioning in a capacity conducive to audio editing. So the podcast will be delayed by a day, but should be out tomorrow!

In place of myself and Harvey Z’s wonderful podcast, here are a few other podcasts I listen to that amuse me and make me happy. A lot of these were the inspiration for my own podcast, so here’s me giving some suggestions for you to fill your time until the next episode of Make Me A Gamer comes out!

Make Me A Gamer – Okay, am I cheating putting my own podcast first? Sure, but just in case you got this far and somehow DIDN’T know – I host a weekly podcast with my friend HarveyZ where we talk about video games and all sorts of other random stuff that comes to mind! There may not be a new episode today, but there’s twenty-five old episodes plus some extra content just waiting for you to give them a listen!

The Dollop – A comedic American history podcast hosted by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Dave tells a story from American history that Gareth knows nothing about. They’re often very funny and very enlightening from a historical perspective. The first podcast I ever listened to.

Waypoint Radio – Waypoint is a division of Vice that focuses on a more nuanced side of gaming, taking into account politics, culture, and emotions as well as if a game is fun to play. Their podcast is very entertaining and they talk about a wide variety of topics, not just limited to video games.

What’s Good Games – The three ladies behind this gaming podcast are amazing and relentlessly positive. They sum up weekly news in the gaming industry and talk about games they’ve played and were a huge inspiration for me to start Make Me a Gamer. I highly recommend listening to them as they (and their community) are wonderful people.

What a Time to Be Alive – This podcast is three comedians counting down five of the weirdest, funniest stories that happened in general news this week. They’re hilarious and often having me laughing out loud at work as I listen to their antics. I’ve never not been in a good mood after listening to them.

Sneak Attack! – A D&D podcast done by five regular ol’ friends and the other big inspiration for Make Me A Gamer. This link takes you to their new Volume 2, but they have the completed first campaign Volume 1 available as well. Even if you don’t know D&D, everyone on this podcast is hilarious and entertaining, and the overall story leads to some great moments.

372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back – If you want a little homework to do with your podcast listening, this is the podcast for you. Conor Lastowka and Mike Nelson from Rifftrax find a really, really bad book and each week they go through a section of it and take it apart with hilarious results. It started with Ready Player One but has moved on to some really, really awful tales, but it’s worth it if you can enjoy making fun of awful writing.

Humans Who Make Games – I just started listening to this, but this is a great series done by Adam Conover where he interviews game developers about the ins and outs of video game development. Fun and informative, just like Adam Ruins Everything!

Review: Kingdom Hearts 3

I’ve been of two minds about finally doing a KH3 review. I finished the main story a few weeks ago and had mixed feelings about it. As time passed, my feelings ebbed and flowed like a river of Heartless. Sometimes reflection is needed after a game before final opinions come into focus.

So now I think I’m comfortable with my final thoughts on the game. I already talked about how I was disappointed with how the Disney worlds played out in an earlier post, so I’m not gonna harp too much on those themes again (but they will probably still come up). I’ll also try to avoid any specific story spoilers, but there will be general spoilers of what happens all the way up to the endgame.

Now let’s get into it.

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