I count Pink Floyd as my favorite band. When it was announced that they would be releasing their first studio album in 20 years, which was based off of material recorded for "The Division Bell" album, I was skeptical. To be honest, I figured it would be the trash from a very 'meh' album's outtakes.
Instead, The Endless River offers up a nice overture of the Floyd catalog. It starts out sounding like Wish You Were Here, invokes some of the Wall and the Final Cut, moves back to Dark Side of the Moon with some Meddle and even a little bit of Saucerful of Secrets type music thrown in. The ending is more recent (post Waters) Floyd, but it works.
Very happy to say that after 4 listens, I'm really digging this album. The one vocal track isn't all that great, but Gilmour's voice does sound older which gives it a bit of a different feel from when we heard him last on Division Bell. One of the bonus tracks (and I'm horrible with track names, especially when most are instrumental) Nervana I believe, is quite rocking for a Floyd diddy, kind of reminded me of the Nile Song.
I really just expected this to be a one listen and done type album. Something I would buy out of "obligation" to my favorite band. In the back of my mind, I had no faith this album would deliver the goods. Happy to say I was wrong.
added bonus - it makes for a nice backdrop to running Guardian Rifts in Diablo 3! A sort of beauty amongst chaos vibe.
After doing some calculations and looking at my expenses through the rest of the year....it doesn't look like I'll be making the jump to current gen consoles anytime soon. At least not this year. A little bummed about that. But ah well. Such is life.
It may be for the best anyways. I honestly don't know what system I'd go for first. I'd like to get both for different reasons. The PS4 for The Order 1886, Last of Us and a few other exclusive re-releases that I never got on PS3. And the Xbox One for Halo Master Chief Collection, and the next Gears of War title.
My worry is...that once I can finally snag a Xbox One, no one will be playing the Halo MCC anymore...Halo 5 may be the new bread & butter. I don't know.
And I'm a little annoyed about Destiny. I apparently got it on the wrong console (xbox 360), so won't be getting any new strike missions until later next year since they are Playstation exclusives. Maybe by then I'll feel like going through and starting over again on the PS4 if I do get one. Just sucks to get burned and then find out to get the real (best) experience, you need to re-buy the game on a different console and rebuy the DLC that you're getting screwed out of on the first console you bought it on. I may just hang it up. I enjoy playing it...but damn I'm tired of the strike missions already. They are really the only way to get anything decent other than doing the raid. Which I honestly don't want to do right now. I guess I just got burned out on it too quickly.
In other news. Starting to put together a schedule and content for my Youtube channel. It's pretty fun. Dunno if it's something I could do full time. But who knows. At least it's fun. I'll post links and updates as I get things done.
Catch you all on the flip side.
Hey all. Just wanted to give you guys a bit of an update - things are well.
Work is good. I have a new supervisor - the guy is cool as fuck, and knows how to call me out on my bullshit.
Gaming is enjoyable... except for the flaming turd that is Destiny. The PS3 has been catching my eye a bit - I want to finish the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix before 2.5 lands next month. A friend also lent me The Last Of Us, so I could finish that (since a coworker returned our office's only copy somewhere else... the dumbass). I also got to reconnect with a couple of friends I hadn't talked to in about a year, so I'm also enjoying the people I'm gaming with (which is important for me).
The GeekDig Podcast is going strong. It hasn't been a flawless effort - Mason landed & started a new job, which kicks ass, but our schedules are incompatible. I've been getting some tremendous input from fellow podcasting buddies - these guys have helped me find better recording equipment, put out my name & endorsement a bit, and it's paying off. I'm still working on a permanent Intro & Outro, but that's nearly resolved (thanks to a YouTube buddy who's allowing me to use his stuff).
That's about it for now... about to crash. Game on, and stay thirsty, my friends.
It's been over a year and a half since I blogged. Last one was painful and the pain, though reduced is still there. But no crises now. My cancer continues grow but after 19 years and many surgeries and treatments, it's hard to get excited about it. Been playing a LOT of Destiny, looking forward to the new COD on tomorrow and, of course, HALO MCC next week! So Destiny may take a back seat for awhile. I hadn't played much Xbox for awhile with only an occasional over 50 Halo night until I got the Xbox One, Titanfall and then Destiny. It's been fun to get back into gaming and reconnecting with fellow gamers!
See ya' on the battle fields!
Why are video games and gamers are alike? They both get better with age of course.
For most of us here on 2old2play we started playing games during the late 70’s and early 80’s. This was an era when gameplay really did trump fancy graphics and music. Without your imagination it’s hard to get excited about your knight/spaceman/hero when in reality they’re represented by a pixelated block. Much like reading a good book, our imaginations filled in the gaps.
The enduring nature of video games from this period is explored in a new book by Brett Weiss called “The Best 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987”. It’s clear that classic video games are a passion for Weiss and the knowledge he possesses of the subject shines through in this beautifully produced hard back volume. The book consists of a rundown of the “best” games of this decade as selected by Weiss himself. As you’d expect the usual suspects are there such as Pac Man, Legend of Zelda and Metroid, but there are also some gems that you most likely have never heard of before such as Killer Bees! and Escape from the Mindmaster. All video games consoles are covered (no computer games sorry) including Atari 2600, Odyssey2, Intellivision, Vectrex, ColecoVision, Atari 5200 and NES. The attention to detail is quite remarkable. Each game gets 2-3 pages during which Weiss presents a brief description of the game, some of his own opinions as to the merit of the game and a justification as to why it should be included in the list (if your particular favourite isn’t included, don’t worry it most likely made the 100 “next best” list Weiss includes as an appendix). Rounding out each chapter is a recap of review scores the game received on its release, a list of any reissues and remakes, and in many cases quotes and anecdotes from some of the programmers and people involved in making the game.
Weiss has done a remarkable job in putting all of this together and his love for the games shines through. It’s also clear that he has played each game - there are no fillers here. The graphical presentation is top class and each page has at least a couple of game-associated images. One could be critical of the lack of screenshots for the games; I can only assume related to copyright issues. Instead we get box art, cart art (if there is such a thing) and also my own personal favourite, original print advertisements from the era.
For anyone interested in the collecting aspect of older games, Weiss includes a commentary on the rarity and value of a particular game, when relevant, as well as a rough price guide. It’ll be interesting to the see the impact the digital download era has on classic game collecting in the next few years.
Overall, I can’t recommend this book enough, especially for gamers reared during the emerging years of video games. It would make a really great Christmas gift and who knows, waking up Christmas morning this year you may just be able to justify to your kids exactly why Joust is better than Destiny.
Now join us over at the 2old2retro forum to continue the conversation………..
Since we're a community that started with Halo, what ideas do you guys have for the release of Halo's MCC? All night customs? 2o2p Match making? Let me know!
Let's see new job, new girl in my life.. I'm still a gamer at heart and would love to play but lately some events has made me put these things on hold for the time.. Me and th new women need to find a new place to live and unless I live like 50 miles away from Boston its just really expensive. So I've been working on that and my Xbox & laptop are in 2 different places so my internet use comes from work or my phone..Hopefully when I get a new place I'll have internet and be able to play MCC with everyone ..But anyways I wanted to check in and give you all an update ..Hope everyone is doing well
I told myself I wouldn't do it, but I couldn't help myself. When I imported my GT to the one, i used the wrong email, new gt=Bee Silver (old xbox silver account). Please add it or whatever it is you do on the xboxone, looking to just do some missions and take it slow, I already feel like I'm drowing in deep water on the game, don't really get it yet.
Well...my first youtube video ever. There's issues with it....I know. But not bad for a first attempt. I've seen worse. I'm still ironing out details on how to capture the footage AND get the best quality I can out of it. Right now I'm using Open Broadcaster, but it's very buggy when you start capping high-def video to your hard drive. So the quality isn't quite where I'd like it yet.
But anyway. Check it out and lemme know what you think.