The world of video games continues to be ravaged by craziness, absurdity, and flat out ugliness these days. Which is why, alas, more than a few friends and colleagues are currently not in the best of spirits.
So maybe the above might help? At least those who can be aided by the soothing mystery that is autonomous sensory meridian response. It’s the latest and greatest by the doctor himself, Doc Future to be precise.
Producer/DJ/Hero Grimecraft just released the above guest mix for Shifty Rhythms. And since Diego and I have been featuring him almost weekly on our Portable Weekend Mixes, I thought it was a good time to get to know the tender soul behind some of our favorite beats.
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What’s the optimal way to enjoy your latest mix?
After a long night of playing games or the beginning of a stressful day making games. Maybe even after an annoying day of fighting off internet trolls and/or audible sighing at your twitter feed.
Remember Mystery Mansion? That dude (real name Jonathan Sirlin, BTW/FYI) who can totally relax your ass with a combination of animated gifs and catchy tunes, in just 0.06?
Well, he’s finally decided to make songs that go beyond a few precious seconds. Behold The LEM EP, which can be enjoyed in its entirely above!
Though it’s totally deserves a place in your music library.
Woah! We’re runnin’ a little late on this one, but here are some choice tracks from the past couple of weeks, sure to make you (ʘʖ̮ʘ)~
Recommended carts to slam in while ur jammin':
(ʘʖ̮ʘ) – Super Smash Bros (3DS)
(ʘʖ̮ʘ) – Hohokum (Vita)
(ʘʖ̮ʘ) – Survival Kids (Game Boy Color)
Image by Michael Shillingburg
If you lived in Pennsylvania between the mid 90s to early 2000s, and not only enjoyed video games but was also an insomniac, then you’re probably familiar with the late night local TV staple above. There are numerous many reasons why the TNT Amusements infomercial is so compelling, and many of them are as plain as day, so trying to even articulate a few feels silly.
But to me, it’s oddly heartwarming to watch a television program that depicts something that’s as youthful and hip and contemporary and edgy as video games, yet presented by someone who is essentially one’s “cool uncle”. The one who says that same dumb joke over and over again, expecting a laugh each and every time, and yet you can’t help but play along.
Plus anything that reminds me of the good old days in which a kid didn’t need an iPad to be content, but instead an old Bugs Bunny cartoon (projected no less), along with a small business owner who knows how to sell, sell, SELL also makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
I’ve actually written about the wondrous Todd N. Tuckey once before, back in the day for GameSetWatch; there was actually a second infomercial, and for my super detailed rundown, simply hit this link. And thankfully since then, TNT himself has uploaded this other infomercial onto YouTube; part one stars here.
Hard to believe, but it’s true.
Diggin’ In The Carts, produced by Red Bull Music Academy of all people, kicks off a very simple slice of truth: “For many of us, the music of video games played more in our households growing up than any other form of music at the time.” And each episode seeks to trace its roots, which is firmly entrenched in Japan.
The entire thing is slickly produced and presents the facts ma’am in easy to process bits that are equally enjoyable to digest. But that’s to be expected with almost any documentary series these days. The most important thing is how it delivers on its promises by shining the spotlight on the men and women who pioneered the medium
Some are household names to those who are interested in such things, whereas others are finally getting the recognition that’s long overdue. There will be six episodes in total, and we’re basically at the halfway point. Episode one explains how Namco is “the godfather of game music” according to chiptunes virtuoso Hally, and also includes an interview with Hip Tanaka, who discusses his groundbreaking work on the Game Boy sound chip plus his love for reggae.
Episode two is a love letter to Konami, as well as tips the hat to Sunsoft, whose Famicom soundtracks are still largely unappreciated. Finally, the just released episode three is all about the move from 8 to 16 bits. I can’t decided what my favorite part is: Yoko Shimomura describing the last minute bit of inspiration that led to Blanka’s theme, or Hitoshi Sakimoto’s story about how he used to record audio from arcade games with his Walkman as a kid.
You can watch the whole thing here.