About a year ago, I was browsing through the iTunes library looking for some awesome and nostalgic video game music to get me through the year. I eventually made my way to Square Enix’s collection deciding that, after making my way for the umpteenth time through the OSTs for both Final Fantasy VII and FFVIII plus their spin-off collections (i.e. piano collections, etc.), it was high time I pick up the OST to FFIX. I found it easily enough, but alas, the full album was outside of my budget. I couldn’t bring myself to pick the watered-down American version of the album, I wanted the full Japanese collection.
I resolved to hold off on the music until I had some more iTunes credit. At the time, I was winning iTunes gift cards with some regularity through various competitions at work so I figured it would not be too long a wait. My patience paid off because Continue reading →
Okay, readers, it’s go time. The Kickstarter campaign for Lori and Cori Cole’s new game, Hero-U, just seven days shy of completion, but they still have a ways to go to reach the $400,000 goal that will guarantee the game’s release (right now they’re at about 60%). Trust me on this, these guys know what they’re doing in the way of game development and I have full faith in their ability to make a humorous game that is addictive, challenging, and, most of all, unique. If you haven’t pledged already, head over there now and secure your copy of the game. For a little extra, you can even secure a copy of the game’s sequel! We just have to get this one made first.
Many of you may already be familiar with Lindsey Stirling, the former America’s Got Talent quarter-finalist turned YouTube sensation who combines hip-hop and pseudo-ballet dancing with her beautiful violin arrangements. Stirling is a BYU alum (or at least a former student) and while I hate (but not really) BYU with a passion (GO UTES!), I could probably hit the school with a stone if I stood outside my office and so I sort-of feel like she’s family. She has done a handful of video game music covers, including an awesome rendition of the Skyrim theme with Peter Hollens, but I have to admit I have formed an addiction to her latest, a terrific arrangement of the Assassin’s Creed 3 theme. Check it out below:
IGN just reported that BioWare has a new Mass Effect game in the works, though it is currently in very early stages. Casey Hudson unofficially confirmed the project via this tweet, though speculation has been flying around since, well, Mass Effect 3 launched earlier this year. What would you like to see in the next entry in the venerable space opera franchise?
Happy N7 Day, everyone! Today marks the 5-year anniversary of the release of the original Mass Effect (one of my all-time favorite games). BioWare is celebrating the occasion with a few different events including in-game rewards for anyone who logs into ME3 mutliplayer. You can learn more about the festivities over at their official page:
I’ll be coming back to this in more depth a little bit later, but I had to get the word out that the Hero-U Kickstarter page is up and pending approval before it goes live. Those of us anticipating the games release can get a look at some of the game’s early artwork, some awesome music in the Kickstarter teaser trailer, and some insight into how the final game will play. Of course, you can also check out all of the awesome rewards the team has planned for backers. At $50, they’ll even throw in the entire QFG collection so head over there and check it out. Now!
Update: As of this update, $110,082 have been pledged to the cause which is little more than 25% of the ultimate goal, $400k. There are still 28 days left in the campaign, but these guys really need our support to get the game off the ground. Really, if you’re not sure they deserve it (c’mon, $25 nabs you the full game!) seriously–SERIOUSLY–check out Quest for Glory. Whether you buy the collection at GOG or just download the free remake of QFG 2 over at AGDI, I promise it’s worth at least a fraction of your time.
Update #2: If you haven’t seen them already, check out the Hero-U reward tiers in this nifty new video:
If you haven’t heard already (as in, if you just woke up and decided to make themarriedgamer.com your fist stop on the Internet), Blizzard just announced a release date for Diablo 3–5/15/12. Sounds like it’s almost time to send the Prime Evil back to Hell. You can view their announcement at http://diablo3.com
It’s been a while since I had the chance to write anything on the ol’ blog, so I thought I’d shout out a quick update. I upgraded my PC last night with a second Radeon HD 5750 and was very happy to see that the Witcher 2 ran on high in 1080p without any drop in frame rate (something my PC was unable of really doing before). It’s not a gaming behemoth, but it should handle Skyrim nicely in the coming weeks.
On a side note, I am planning to post a series of short stories that I’m working on to the blog under a new section of the page. The stories are intended to create some context for a novel I’d like to pen by developing main characters, settings, etc. As I have envisioned it, the novel will be of the fantasy genre, but shouldn’t come off as another LOTR clone.