Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nostalgia Bomb - Video Games Edition: Portal and Shadow of the Colossus

These games are pretty old but as your grandfather may have inappropriately yelled when picking you up from kindergarten, "Older is always better. I hate you kids."

The problem with puzzle games is that a lot of the time they lack replayability. Portal mostly got around that with novel gameplay mechanics, a challenge mode and excellent writing which is nearly as rare as sober me.

This is the other way you get stunted puzzle game replayability: make it an ACTION-puzzle-platformer-thing with a concrete story, incredible soundtrack and characters whose motives you can comprehend. This is Shadow of the Colossus and it's really great.

There's an HD remake coming out on the Playstation 3, bundled together with Ico, Team Ico's other classic. Its existence is near-reason enough to pick up a PS3.

Alternatively, listen to the soundtrack while you climb playgrounds and hit the structures with a stick.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Albums/Songs You Might Like: Team Teamwork's Videogame Mashups

If you like videogames and music you'll find this post interesting! The same can be said for most of the blog actually. Oh well!

So basically Team Teamwork is this gent who mixes rap and hip-hop with videogame music. Thus far he's done Ocarina of Rhyme and Vinyl Fantasy 7, which should give you a good idea of how much mileage you're going to get from this. They're really great.

All the tracks are fantastic, but this is one of the better pieces off Ocarina of Rhyme. Jay-Z is pretty badass. Is heavy vocalizing a phase pop music is going through that we're going to look back on and laugh, like the 80s?

Anyway so he's got a new album out. Super Nintendo Sega Genesis. Hit that shit.