In case you didn’t notice, there wasn’t a blog post this past Monday because even though I wanted to keep up my 5 days a week posting, I was a little busy over Super Bowl weekend and wasn’t able to write anything up for Monday. Hopefully going forward I’ll still be able to stick to the schedule, but don’t be surprised if there are a few days here and there where I take a break just for my own breathing room.
With that said, let’s go ahead and get into the next Music Theory – this week it’s one of my favorite bands ever!
Band: Electric Six
Latest Album: Bride of the Devil (2018)
Genre: Alternative rock/Dance-punk
Favorite Track: After Hours (see above)
Other Recommended Tracks: Danger! High Voltage, Gay Bar, Boy or Girl, Down at McDonnelzzz, The Newark Airport Boogie, Clusterfuck!, Late Night Obama Food, When Cowboys File For Divorce
Why I Enjoy Them: Electric Six snuck up on me as one of my favorite bands after I realized I had all their albums (and enjoyed most of them) and had seen them live every year for seven or eight years running. They’re one of my favorite bands to see in concert live (obviously) and their unique style of rock is hardly replicated with any other band. They have a weird sense of humor and often times the lyrics to their songs are catchy but don’t make much sense. They have a special place in my heart even though their last album or two have been more miss than hit. That being said, they release a new album every year which means they have a huge catalogue to go through and I’m sure there’s something for everybody within their songs.
It’s already February, but Make Me A Gamer is still truckin’ along! On this week’s episode TMan and HarveyZ talk about the new Smash Bros Ultimate and also relive their glory days of playing Smash Bros Melee. Then they finally, actually, talk about Scythe the board game before getting into the news of Metro Exodus becoming a timed exclusive on the Epic Games store. Then they end the episode with their usual brand of off-topic insanity. Enjoy! (This episode was recorded January 31st, 2019.)
Last week I talked about my five favorite Robot Masters from the Mega Man series. Now, as a continuation, we’re going to be starting off February with the five worst Robot Masters! Then I promise to take a break from Mega Man for a while and thrill you with some other amazing Top 5s!
Without further ado, let’s get to those wily Robot Masters!
Before I begin, I’d like to say that this is being posted on January 31st, which means I have officially made it through the entire month of January with posting some sort of content on my blog on every weekday. That is an accomplishment I’m very proud of and nobody can take it away from me! Aha!
Now with that out of the way and before I get completely sucked into the thrall of Kingdom Hearts 3, I’d like to focus your attention on this wonderful indie platformer game that I got on the Switch called Pikuniku. Devolver Digital published it and I saw an ad for it via their Twitter earlier in the month. The short minute and a half ad was so charming that I knew I had to get it when it came out.
And I’m really glad I did. It’s quirky and simplistic but amazingly fun. I haven’t quite finished it yet, but from what I understand it’s a fairly short overall experience. But if you’re looking for a quick 3-4 hour game that has a lot of humor and heart I highly recommend this one.
Well, I guess I’m getting ahead of myself and spoiling my own review, but who cares! Pikuniku is great!
So this week’s Music Theory is a little different than the previous ones. Instead of highlighting a band with albums, I’m going to be highlighting one of my favorite YouTube music creators/remixers. DJ The S does some pretty awesome remixes of different video game tunes and he’s become a staple in my playlists.
Favorite Track: Let’s Get Cereal (Yoshi’s Island Boss Theme Remix, see above)
Other Recommended Tracks: Return of the Brilliant Thief (M&L Superstar Saga Popple Battle Remix), Welcome Aboard (Donkey Kong Country Boss Medley), Cheetah’d (Ace Attorney Cornered Remix), X Vs Zero (Mega Man X vs. Zero Remix), Disciple of Life and Death (Multiple Songs Remix including Battle For Everyone’s Souls and Megalovania)
Why I Enjoy Them: I stumbled across DJ The S many years ago because of the above favorite track of mine – the Yoshi’s Island boss & final boss themes are some of my favorite boss music of all-time, and so I went searching for good remixes of them on YouTube. I found DJ The S and became a huge fan due to his style of remixing lining up with how I liked remixes to be: fast and techno with a rock attitude. He also remixed the Popple Battle from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, which is another rarity but another one of my favorite tunes. The fact that he likes to select tunes on occasion that aren’t well tread ground is one of the reasons I’ve followed him for a long time. I highly recommend going through his collection on YouTube if you like video game music, there’s sure to be something in there you enjoy.
It’s another week which means another episode of Make Me A Gamer! TMan and HarveyZ hit every type of game under the sun in this one! First they talk about H.Bomberguy’s charity stream then they get into some sportsball talk, followed by a discussion about a sportsball-ish game they’ve been playing. Then they shift gears and talk about Civilization V and VI and try to talk about a new board game they played called Scythe, but end up talking about Magic: The Gathering instead. Video, board, card, and sports games are all covered in this episode so if you like games, there’s something here for everybody! Enjoy! (This episode was recorded January 22, 2019.)
Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out tomorrow and it will become the primary focus of my gaming free time for the foreseeable future. Which means R.I.P. to any games I was trying to finish before then. There’s quite a few games I’ve started and put several hours of time into but I haven’t completed. Is there a chance I’ll eventually finish them? Sure. But I haven’t done a full review in a while so I thought I’d combine the games I’ve played but not completed within the last month or so into one big review.
The games in question offer a wide variety of genres – I’ll be talking about The Witcher 3 (about 8-10 hours of play on PS4), Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 (about 10 hours of play on the Switch), Darksiders 3 (about 10 hours of play on PS4) and Valkyria Chronicles 4 (about 20 hours of play on the Switch). An Action RPG, Strategy, Action, and Strategy RPG. Got just about all my bases covered.
I’m going to try and take a slightly different format with this review as I’ll talk about my experiences overall with them – what I enjoyed about them and why I found myself not finishing them or eager to return to them. Most of the reviews I posted last year were games that I really enjoyed and wanted to gush over, while games that I only played for a little bit and didn’t like I ended up not talking about that much. I also fell away from my mini-reviews of what I’d played each month after I got busy during the holiday season – I’ll likely be returning to them in February but I’m not going to bother with January because this mostly covers everything I played (except for one other game which I will also make a review for and will talk about later this week).
Okay, with all that out of the way, let’s talk about games.