This week, Matt welcomes Dan Colonna: gamer, podcaster, writer, and YouTuber from Brooklyn, NY. The creator of (and writer for) the website/blog NerdPundit, Dan is also behind the YouTube channel Hit Buttons! (a source for Let’s Plays and gaming vlogs). He can also be found on the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast along with his co-hosts Mark Magro and Dave Grima — a podcast described as the equivalent of a book club, but mostly focused on independent video games. With Matt, Dan chats about the origins of his website, YouTube channel, and podcast, and how they each compare as avocations in terms of content production and workflow. They also get into gaming and talk about Nintendo’s 2017 domination and the return of Mega Man with his 11th game. And so, from more on the games they’ve been playing to what they look forward to, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Dan Colonna.
You may have some catching up to do (or some skipping to do) if the following doesn’t tickle your fancy… Video game music! Today, we’re looking at a smattering of the old and the new (mostly old). But no, this isn’t a fit of nostalgia, nor a “best-of” playlist; it’s a collection of remixes, specifically of select projects by the popular YouTuber Smooth McGroove whose multi-layered ‘a cappella’ game theme covers seemed all-too-ripe for the not-so-tender techno touch. Released through GameChops, the album Smooth McGroove Remixed features the work of ten different producers who’ve worked tirelessly to bring these themes from your childhood, and from YouTube fandom, to, of all places, the dance floor! In the course of our analysis, we’ll be expressing our individual experiences with each iteration of the evolving theme-work before tackling a hefty post-album discussion on the mounting importance of Creative Commons.
This week, Crash Chords undertook a slightly heavier project. We’ve rejoined the wondrous world of soundtracks—our first in over three years. This time, it’s to discuss the sparse yet pointed soundtrack to the video game ‘Life is Strange’ by DONTNOD Entertainment. Chronicling the story of an 18 year-old girl named Max who discovers her ability to control time while attending the Blackwell Academy, ‘Life is Strange’ is a story about friendship, right & wrong, and most of all, about consequences. Today we’ll be strolling through the game, dissecting its myriad of outcomes, and finally attempting to “get a feel for it” from the songs that were chosen to adorn some of the game’s key scenes. So either pick up, rent, or watch the game (via this 5-episode no-commentary Let’s Play of ‘Life is Strange’ by Xenonz Kenway), and help us wrestle with the implications of Max’s time-shattering actions together. We highly suggest it, as, you see…
THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
This week we tackle our first video game soundtrack: the Halo 4 OST. Then we get into a discussion on originality in film & video game scores, and the importance of compelling themes and vivid imagery.