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Sure. Why not?

But it probably won't happen soon.
terabient: by <user name=xfreischutz site=tumblr.com> (ameto)
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smile :)

terabient: by <user name=xfreischutz site=tumblr.com> (Limbo: Spider)
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LIMBO, LIMBO, LIMBO

Gorgeous, truly inventive graphics; so intuitive the game needs no instruction manual or tutorial; a near-perfect learning curve; excellent use of the normally stupid achievement mechanic to add difficulty and replay value without being discouraging; and what it does with symbolism - how the developers considered player interpretation and interaction, allowing a player to use their own experiences and knowledge to color the 'story' - look, let's just say that LIMBO is the only game that has left me *bawling*, despite having no cutscenes and no text aside from the XBL description:

Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters Limbo.

I love this game like you wouldn't believe.

And this reminds me, I still have to write that "Why LIMBO is the best game ever" post, huh.
terabient: by <user name=xfreischutz site=tumblr.com> (Limbo: Searching)
So my methodology for this "Blog once a day" thing goes like this:

1. Wait until 10pm or so
2. Realize I only have 2 hours (usually less) to post something mildly interesting
3. Waste 3/4 of the time left dicking around youtube/google looking for videos and pics which i ostensibly need for said post, but really don't
4. Vomit all over keyboard as time runs down in the hopes that, like monkeys flailing at typewriters, something profound will emerge
5. Click 'Post'
6. There is no number six

Clearly, I am the master of unlocking weblogging.

When I first started, I had some vague idea of doing something more structured - there are a lot of things I want to blather on about in an extremely pretentious manner, like uh I dunno, "Games: Potential for Artistic Expression" or "Evolutionary Psychology: Everything everyone says is wrong, unless I say it" or "Dear Fandom: Stop offering so much fucking advice" or...

Well.

Obviously I haven't written about any of these things. Mostly because it's like, all hard and stuff to properly wank about these not particularly important things, especially when you are trying to write it in fifteen minutes or less.

I think I need to tackle this with a more structured plan than 'Open LJ, think about something for 10 minutes then write about it in 5.' So - more for me than anything else - here is a list of things I want to blog about.

Format: Colons followed by too-long descriptions )

I probably won't get around to any of these topics, but I have them in the back of my mind...at least...

Who am I kidding, I am just going to post pictures of crap around my house or internet memes for the rest of the month. :Db
terabient: by <user name=xfreischutz site=tumblr.com> (Iroha)
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I had a really hard time with this one - there are a lot of covers I prefer over the originals, but I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call them better. The covers that I like listening to are the ones that do something completely different in sound and interpretation when compared to the original, and I feel picking one over the other is...missing the point.

For a cover to be better than the original song, I think it needs to keep close to the original version in arrangement and interpretation while surpassing it in technical performance. Basically, it does what the original did (or wanted to do) but...better. Obvious, but many covers are intentionally performed with the idea of answering, changing or rebutting the intent of the original song. The quality of the new version is tied to the old one in a way that makes it hard to choose one over the other.

Anyway, the point of that pretentious verbal vomit is to say: Mary J. Blige's cover of Stevie Wonder's Overjoyed knocks Stevie's version out of the park.



The thing is, the MJB version is practically identical to the Stevie Wonder version. She just sings it so much better. Part of it is that the song as-is plays very well to Mary J's vocal strengths, but also...the Stevie Wonder version is just too sweet and syrupy to be more than pleasant background music. There's something in Mary J Blige's voice that makes me feel like she's gone through absolute hell just before coming into the absolute best time of her life through the song. The Stevie Wonder version, by contrast, sounds like he's going from 'okay' to 'yay!' which is....nice.

Another cover I really enjoy (though I hesitate to call it better) is Raphael Saadiq's version of The Spinners' It's A Shame. I absolutely adore both versions of this song - I think they both showcase the best qualities of 70's soul - but I lean towards Raphael Saadiq's cover a little more. I think part of it might just be because it's NEW AND SHINY, but more seriously, the increased prominence of the bass and the clarity of Saadiq's voice (particularly in the lower registers) makes the song pop in the way the Spinners' version doesn't.

Also I might have a huge, embarrassing music crush on Raphael's voice/bass playing skills, and unashamedly love any and everything he does. ^___^;;

Whatever, I'll just post both versions and let y'all decide which is better. :D





Just in time for my not-at-all serious deadline, again! I feel mildly accomplished!
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