The Hotline Miami series, with its synthwave/retrowave-drenched soundtrack, has served as a potent musical discovery engine for me, as well as undoubtedly many others. Remarkably, that extends to songs and artists that never even appeared in the games.
Just as true in 2017 as it was in 2013, check the YouTube comments to any video of thing song, and one thing you’re guaranteed to see is some variation of “OH YEAH this was my jam in Hot Wheels Turbo Racing!!!” And yup, just like them, that’s how I first heard of this one.
This past Thursday, practically out of nowhere, television and streaming platform Hulu released their app for the Nintendo Switch. As far as I am concerned, this could not have come at a better time.
Back in the plastic instrument glory days of music gaming, DJ Hero was a boldly weird experiment that focused on multi-song mashups and scratching routines. The first game, with a mix that does the latter, gave rise to one of its genre’s best boss battles.
It’s been eventful recently, to put it lightly. Friends’ wedding here, Queens of the Stone Age concert there, and oh yeah! Spending three weeks of a four-week period away from home thanks to traveling throughout the USA on account of my job!
Of all the instruments that grace music, the bass guitar may be the one that gets the least love. Such impropriety extends to its role in rhythm games as well. But occasionally, you get those few songs where the bass gets to act as the centerpiece, and at least one of them made sure to milk the opportunity for all it…
SimCity seems to always fit in some breathtaking soundtracks, and so even if I’ve never played some of the games (such as, at the original time this was written out, 4), I’ll still happily hear and enjoy its music.
Sure, one COULD simply soundtrack a video game featuring cyborg demons armed with jetpacks and shoulder-mounted rocket launchers the same way they soundtrack other video games. But where the hell is the fun in that?
Two weeks ago, I wrote about my intent to make the best of traveling for work by, among other things, bringing the Nintendo Switch along as a travel companion. Last week, I performed said travel. But there is yet more to do, and very soon at that. Like, “I’m flying back out tomorrow morning” soon.
Cromartie High School? Simply hilarious. The opening credits capture the series’ absurdity perfectly, including its eccentric choice of song.
Naoki Maeda was the longtime prime original musical architect for Dance Dance Revolution. On occasion, however, one of Bemani’s other in-house musicians, Yuichi Asami, would contribute reinterpretations of some of Naoki’s tracks. This is one of the highlights.
I am a big fan of Azumanga Daioh, and that extends to its soundtrack, because it too is wonderful. And out of a whole album’s worth of miniature toy orchestra gems, this song stands atop it all as my favorite piece.
Sometime in the next couple to few weeks, I am set to board a couple of planes for a week of work on customer premises in Dallas. It will be my first work travel trip since acquiring a Nintendo Switch, and you best believe that I intend to bring it along for the journey.
Considering how my first two exposures to the main theme of a video game series were a digital flatulence mess and an improved though still not stellar electro-symphonic version, imagine my surprise at finding out that the original from which they spawned is pretty fantastic.
Football season in the United States of America is BACK, baby!!! And so are the tweets about the New York Jets from Kotaku writer and self-avowed Jets fan Jason Schreier!
DJ SHARPNEL’s brand of otaku J-core is very hit-and-miss for me; depending on the song, it could be either noisy useless clunker or a brilliantly loopy endorphin rush. Given the context, should be no surprise where I think this one right here falls...
They were so on board and prepared for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst to be a mainstream success and the jump-off point for a new franchise, they even commissioned a theme song for their video game.
This past weekend was host to the tenth annual International Lindy Hop Championships. It is one of my more eccentric fascinations, to the point where viewing some of its events has shaped up as a personal tradition over the past several years.
So you’re booting up Command & Conquer, selected to do the GDI campaign, you’ve watched the first cutscene briefing, and the whole time rarin’ to start kicking some Nod ass. Then the cutscene ends, and poof...