Music 2013: A Digital Dilemma
Now when I say dilemma I’m primarily considering the aspect of choice, there is a lot of it. From buying music to subscribing to a streaming service. From iTunes to Spotify.
Now my personal dilemma and issue is the attraction of price. My two considerations for streaming is either Spotify or Rdio. Spotify for clear reasons; being the most popular, excellent social aspects and the biggest collection of music. Rdio however is more appealing giving a more in-depth collection feature than Spotify in that you can add albums to your collection, rather than by playlists, and browse by artist. This feature is also in the mobile version while Spotify settles for a playlist based collection. This makes Rdio a much more iTunes like experience and being much easier to find the music you want to listen to.
Both services cost £9.99 with the ability to use their respective mobile apps.
What is the problem you ask? Well I own music that do not feature on either extensive collections, music from artists who self-publish and/or used as soundtracks. This is where iTunes Match comes as a more viable solution, a service which allows you to upload your music (or matched by their store collection) to the cloud. However research into this has educated me in some of its flaws, well its one sometimes major flaw. Some people have had issues with its matching feature, for instance it would skip some tracks by failing to either upload or match. This service however is £21.99 A YEAR.
Now you can see my dilemma.
There are other services similar to iTunes Match such as Amazon’s Cloud Player that I should really consider. The inconvenience of having to plug in a cable JUST to have some music is tedious. I would rather be able to access all my music in some shape or form.
The Colour of Money
Money is something dear to us all, we use it to pay bills, buy food and generally keep us alive and safe. It is also used to keep us entertained and occupied, collecting is a part of this.
As of recently I started collecting for the Nintendo Gamecube as it is one of my favourite consoles and holds nostalgic significance. However it is difficult to even maintain a steady pace when other payments get in the way and having to think of future purchases.
What I’m trying to say is we all seem to want to buy the things that keep us going and occupied but having to sacrifice that for more important items such as food, bills etc. Things that keep us alive. Just goes to show how crappy this world is.
Mutant Mudds (PC, iOS, Wii U, 3DS)
Even after the 30+ years of video games being a part of society, pixel based graphics are still going strong and an accepted form of art. Mutant Mudds is a strong example of this using all the simplicity elements in its art, music and gameplay to make a fun and compelling game that would have been a hit, at least i believe, in the old days.
Renegade Kid, who are known for games like Dementium and Moon on the DS, have put every effort in its development as any other game, in fact I would go so far as to say this is their best game to date.
In modern times it doesn’t seem like much however it brings a sense of nostalgia and charm with the added bonus of the gameplay being strong. So what else do you need? A chiptune soundtrack? It has that to!
Considering I played this game a few months ago I’m building this post by memory. But believe me when I say this game is awesome and should not be ignored. Viva la indie!
As we know life throws boulders which can create a cause and effect. Recently i have discovered my own cause and it has created quite a substantial effect.
Lets just say it is the primary reason i have stopped doing anything creative. The reason why i feel hopeless. The reason i feel defeated.
Clearly and hopefully a temporary setback. With the help of treatment i should be back on my feet and enjoying the things I usually enjoyed. I really should have listened to my ladyfriend in the first place as this could have been avoided. She is what keeps me happy.
Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (PC)
There aren’t many games out there that are produced for invoking laughter on purpose. Unlike TV or Film, comedy is not a genre in the video game world. However this doesn’t mean comedy can be an element.
Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is one of those games. Best described as a parody of The Oregon Trail, it takes a shooter spin on the life simulator and throws ridiculous situations for the player to tackle such as a Unicorn attack, being trapped in a tornado, being sucked into space and having a psychedelic experience. It is definitely not short of laughs.
As a game it is a lot of fun but difficult at first. Most parts are general shmups based while there are some arena shooter elements. Variety helps interest, though the ridiculousness does that already. Being arcade based there will be plenty of trial and error and because of randomization….there will be even more trial and error. You get the point.
With that said….go download it.
No I’m not quitting Tumblr already. I’m referring to something else, something a bit more significant.
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you would know that I decided to stop making music. Some people were not happy with my decision however I have my reasons:
- The passion is lost, I don’t find making music fun anymore.
- Having not produced anything in 6 months I have lost all motivation and inspiration.
- Due to a lack of self confidence and social communication it wasn’t actually going to get anywhere anyway. I never believed my work was any good so I stopped kidding myself.
- Despression. Yes really. Self explanatory really.
I still however play in a band but we only do covers so that doesn’t constitute ‘making’ or ‘producing’.
I may or may not return to production but I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon, like I said, I’m done with it.
1001 Attempts (iOS, Android)
I CANNOT PUT THIS GAME DOWN.
That demonstrates in a nutshell what I think of this game. A fast paced, adrenaline pumping arcade platformer where your only job is to survive and avoid dangers.
Graphically the game takes from Super Crate Box with its minimal approach, not that this is a bad thing. It makes a minature objects easier to spot and identify. Music however is presented in a one song loop which, believe it or not, does not get annoying anytime soon
A game of this nature requires tight controls, of course at first you’ll realize that physical buttons would be best. However I got used to the touch screen controls (accelerometer option is also available) and found it no different to play. Despite that there is an issue with the scheme, your thumbs will obscure the parts where the buttons are situated, meaning if there is an obstacle there (such as a spike) then you’re out of luck.
This is the type of game that will deprive you of sleep and boredem as you keep telling yourself “just one more go”, wasily one of the most addictive games to be released on iOS and Android.
This is a band I’m currently addicted to with their happy chiptune melodies and rhythms. Their songs can bring a smile to my face, this example is no exception.