Did this month even happen? Where am I? Holy fuck. For real, I have no idea what happened to me this month. I guess I’d have to use my posts and videos to figure it out. At least most of what I remember was media-related, so this month should be a bit more exciting than the last two were.
Honestly, this journal is incomplete because I mostly listened to a shitload of music thanks to The Needle Drop, but most of it I haven’t had enough time with to really talk about. These Media Journals get more complicated to do every month I swear.
This week, I’ve begun work on my Top 50 Favorite Albums list; and if you know me, then you know that I take favorites lists entirely too seriously. With my friend Brandon Tolentino taking them just as seriously, however, it’s become a fun bonding exercise, as well as fueling my already prominent obsession.
The troubling thing is that it’s hard to listen to all of the one-hundred albums which are nominated for my list while getting anything else done—or in fact doing anything else at all. A lot of my spare time revolves around watching youtube videos, which is hard to do when you’re listening to music, so a different idle activity was needed. Something which could be done without much concentration, so that I could really take in the music as well. My initial solution was, of course, Minesweeper.
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I like Minesweeper a lot, but it’s not very engaging. Every game is essentially the exact same, never lasting more than five minutes, and it’s almost impossible to beat because it always comes down to a guess at some point. I can play maybe twenty minutes of Minesweeper tops before I’m sick of it, so after some of that, I went onto my friend’s Steam in search of something else to play. That’s when I noticed he got Darksiders in some kind of Humble Bundle, and I decided to give it a whirl.
Here I will I try and reconcile the fact that I didn’t enjoy Bioshock Infinite at all against its warm reception amongst reviewers. There’s an extent to which I can see the appeal of this game, but the qualities I see in it are what I’d expect to be a niche appreciation, and not the kind of stuff that drives a game to the level of love it receives.
This is NOT me trying to say that Bioshock Infinite is “overrated,” because I think that term is bullshit—my point here is to explain what I experienced with this game, and how it doesn’t line up with what I’ve heard about it.
Yet another month has gone in which media consumption was slowed by MLP and video making, though at least now it’s pretty close to resembling a full-time job, so it’s mostly a good thing. I spent the first two weeks of March deeply entrenched in making my Q&A videos, and then kinda retaliated by spending much of the last two weeks playing video games. (In my defense, some fairly successful livestreams came out of it.)
I feel like I should also link to the tons of youtube channels I learned of and subbed to this month, but I’m too lazy. I do have intentions of doing some kind of youtube mega-posts in the future, though. Also, I think I’m going to separate MLP fanworks into their own thing.
(Warning: most of this was written while drunk.) January got off to an unparalleled start in terms of media—I was handing three-plus scores out the wazoo. This more or less came to an abrupt stop when I started dedicating every waking hour to pony videos (not necessarily on purpose, it just sorta overtook my brain). I keep feeling like I’ve left something off the list, because it felt like I took in more media at the end of the month than I have listed, but it’s likely that I was just so busy with ponies and working on my upcoming Top 100 songs list and watching Game Grumps and shit that I just didn’t see that much new stuff.
If you’ve been listening to the podcast or reading my media journal posts, you may have seen mention of my intent to do a videocast of my friends and I playing Mario Power Tennis. That intent has become reality, but instead of just Mario Power Tennis, we’ve extended it into a channel for all Gamecube Games!
Gamecube Chats consists of myself, my brother Victor (Iconclasm32), and our friend Brandon Tolentino (whom you may know as my podcast costar). We’ve got two videos out so far and a bunch more recorded, so check em’ out!
Tonight I’m joined by two guests—borderline co-star Brandon Tolentino, and my best friend, Dang-san! This podcast is dedicated to the purpose of discussing video games at the request of Lucus-FariaaA.
I recommend skipping the first five minutes or so because you can hear someone eating Chinese food and it’s sort of grotesque. Also nothing of great importance is said except for the introductions. This episode is super long and covers all kinds of stuff, so the breakdown is gonna be huge!
What’s in this episode:
0:00 – Opening Song: Babs Seed (Assertive Remix)
0:28 – Intro
1:15 – We should talk about video games
1:45 – Brandon’s Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament
3:13 – Dang-san played Sleeping Dogs
4:13 – The word “gameplay”
4:46 – The phrase “game feel”
7:11 – I’m playing Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
(Part one: 7:11 – Steam Greenlight explained)
(Part two: 9:28 – The game itself)
(Part three: 12:06 – I rant on hating games about flow, loving modern platformers)
(Part four: 17: 37 – Back to the game itself)
19:16 – Dang-san never plays his Steam games
19:56 – DARK SOULS!
(Part one: 19:56 – Lead-in)
(Part two: 21:07 – Dang-san talk sabout Dark Souls, beautifully)
(Part three: 22:53 – Wake-up call bosses)
(Part four: 26:09 – How many times has Dang-san played through it now?)
(Part five: 27:42 – I brag about how awesome Dang-san is at video games)
(Part six: 30:51 – Dark Souls’ online community)
–33:34 – Here’s my Egoraptor/JonTron impression
(Part seven: 34:04 – Why I need Dang-san to help me do a proper Dark Souls analysis)
(Part eight: 36:08 – Dang-san’s Soul Level 1 run-through)
(Part nine: 38:09 – Playing blind)
(Part ten: 41:18 – So many ways to play/depth and pacing)
(Part eleven: 44:24 – Why I can’t talk about the game alone)
46:02 – My history with Dang-san
(Part one: 46:02 – His shitty writing)
(Part two: 50:20 – My whole history of knowing him)
1:04:00 or so – Meta stuff
1:06:14 – Brandon’s favorite game
1:10:13 – That one time they bought me a blow-up doll
1:12:06 – Who’s your favorite video game villain?
1:19:23 – Dang-san’s favorite game exists
1:21:31 – Playing online
1:24:42 – I have money now!
1:27:48 – Sonic sucks balls
1:32:44 – My favorite game?
As promised, this will not be nearly as big as last month. I’ve been working full-time for all of October, and in my free time I’ve been focusing more on art and playing Mass Effect than blogging and consuming media. Of course, this didn’t stop me from taking in a good amount of stuff.