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Allow me to fill your ears with win.

Ahhhhh, new blog format. So fresh, so shiny. How I've longed to use it since Niero showed off the beta and I saw it could let me embed videos to my heart's content. Now people can see just what the hell I'm babbling about directly without having them constantly redirected to Youtube. I can whip out my obscure gaming and sometimes music preferences in full view without making you open new tabs. Welcome, blog reformat, my you live long and prosper... until Jim Sterling violates you in some cruel way like Jonathan Holmes.

So, ya like music? Silly question. Everyone likes music. Some people are picky, but my parents dumped me in rollerskating rink for an after school program at a young age, so I was made to listen to all kinds of stuff and ended up enjoying the full spectrum of genres... as I was tricking the Nintendo coin-ops in the arcade into taking nickels rather than quarters.

Anyway, let's get started. I'm gonna give you a nice little playlist to work with here from games and various remixers I've come across on the web just because its something new to do with this blog reformat. in fact, I'll probably be finding some of this on the fly since any good mix should flow. Here, have a baby polar bear.

First off is a song based off a save point theme. Not many games have a save point theme, but Ico did and a fellow named Super Green X liked it enough to make a lengthy trance remix out of it, which can be found on OC Remix, obviously.

I've been playing Metroid Prime again lately. Actually have some things I want to blog about this one since its actually an interesting time to be doing it, but I'll save that for later this week. That aside, Famouskoifish of Youtube makes use of Mario Paint Composer to do a pretty faithful rendition of "Phendrana Drifts"

The "Underground" theme of Super Mario Bros, has remained probably my favorite song from any Mario game. While I've pretty much gotten used to the version with the hip-hop beat since Super Mario Bros. 3, Dimmer of OC remix does rather inspired rock version and we need a little rock after all that breezy, trancy mellowness.

You were probably waiting for a {i]Final Fantasy[/i]theme of some kind to pop up eventually. Well, even though i didn't plan it, I felt one might fit after that Mario rock. No, not "One Winged Angel." Screw that overplayed theme, everyone defers to that. Gilgamesh has the best FF boss theme and this is proven by science. The Black Mages and "Clash on the Big Bridge" forever!

And really, if there was another boss theme that I personally feel trounces "One Winged Angel" outside of Final Fantasy, It's "Battle for Everyone's Souls" by Shoji Meguro from Persona 3. In fact, we'll be playing more of him later, but just this for now.. Seriously, anything that can just work in the Velvet Room theme is a winner

Ok, time to bring it back down, but let's stay frosty. Very few songs can keep their heads down, take cover and still shoot things but Halo once did with Martin O'Donnell's "Under the Cover of Night." This "Cloaked in Blackness" update comes from Halo CE Anniversary.

A good gaming playlist wouldn't be complete without something from Donkey Kong Country. It's not a rule, but should be. "Aquatic Ambiance" has always been a favorite of mine and DJ Ephixia has, well, my fix for that: Its sped up a tad, but actually still works.

To close up, I'm going to do some more Shoji Meguro. I don't know who mixed this Nico Video medley, but whoever it is they freaking love the guy even more than I do and have culled his work from Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne, Persona 2, Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4, Maken X, Digital Devil Saga, Devil Summoner (Raidou versions PS2), Soul Hackers SMT Strange Journey and Trauma Team... and it stays amazing for sixteen minutes. So enjoy this "Recarmdramix."

And that's all for now, that was probably only like 40+ minutes of your life, right? That was actually kinda fun. Might do it again sometime.

Stay classy.
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About The Silent Protagonistone of us since 1:33 AM on 10.06.2009

I've been into games since I was able to reach the joystick on the Pac-Man arcade cabinet. That was 1982 - ever since that day I knew gaming and I would be bound by fate in some way, shape or form that I've still yet to figure out.

Until then, I've decided to just play games, enjoy them, blog about games and otherwise not shut up about them. Well, I do think about other stuff, I just keep coming back to the whole games thing.

Metroid is probably still my all-time favorite series. Its the one I keep coming back to year after year despite which version it might be. Super Metroid and Metroid Prime 2 are my favorites of the series and I also often enjoy anything Metroid-like. I enjoy the solitude and exploration of such games.

I also enjoy Shin Megami Tensei, Fallout, Deus Ex, The Elder Scrolls - pretty much anything with a lot of solitary exploration and a large world makes me a rather happy camper. To contrast this I usually need some lighter and happier games as well, which could be anything from a Pokemon game to a fashion game. Retro games of most stripes are something I still enjoy. Sometimes you just need that sort of contrast to keep going.

My platforms of choice tend to be handhelds, I'm starting to consider dropping any non-Nintendo console in favor of PC since Sony's IPs don't appeal to me and Halo just ends up on PC at some point anyway. I don't hate Playstation per se, I just hate what its become under the current Sony.

I do keep a PS2 handy to revisit Playstation's glory days. Great console, easily one of the best platforms aside from SNES, DS and Dreamcast.

As for other things about me, I guess we'll find out, won't we?