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August Update

August 11, 2010 1 comment

A HUGE thanks to everyone that helped me get over 2,000 views last month!

It’s nice to know that my posts are actually interesting.

So this month I have a lot to say; First post will be tomorrow, so lets keep this short and sweet;

  • Audio Tragedi 10 Tracks To Hear This Month
  • Audio Tragedi Introducing:…
  • The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang Album Review
  • How I Became A Cyber Stalker…
  • How To Be A Bastard In Games part 4
  • Projected Twin – Earth To World Album Review
  • Foals – Total Life Forever Album Review
  • How To Become Anonymous part 2
  • From The Mind Of Live Longer
  • Red Dead Redemption Review

And lots more!

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18 Ways To Be A Bastard In Games Part 3

7. GRAND THEFT AUTO IV – HOSPITAL DESTRUCTION

Niko dies mid-crime spree.

You’re annoyed and want to vent.

Rockstar happen to respawn him in a nearby hospital, laden with patients napping on their guerneys….

The words ‘shooting’, ‘fish’ and ‘barrel’ come to mind.

Oh, and ‘bastard’.

8. BIOSHOCK – MR.MATEY

BioShock maps child murder to a button press; you don’t have to look hard for evil.

The bastard, however, celebrates unnecessary evil.

Both BioShock and its shinier sequel supply you with a Pick ‘n’ Mix of torturing abilities – less pink foam prawns, more bee attacks.

For our money (salvaged from a nearby dustbin, naturally) it doesn’t get better than the electro-bath.

Set a Splicer aflame with the incinerate plasmid and just as he jumps into nearby water, fire an electro bolt into the shimmering wetness. The notion that he sees his fate buzzing before him is most pleasing.

9. RED DEAD REDEMPTION – DICK DASTARDLY, YOU OL’ BASTARD

 With my recent “10 tracks to hear this week“.

I must add a little red dead redemption into the mix of bastardly deeds.

So here’s my favourite, what we need to do is hogtie a helpless civilian, extra bastard points for a civilian of female origin.

Place her onto your horse and ride to the nearest train track (providing there is no law enforcements on you).

And lay your unsuspecting victim straight right. slap. bang. in the middle of those deadly tracks!

Extra Bastard points for putting your bandana on before you commit this unsightly deed.

More to come, including CRACKDOWN, SAW, GODFATHER II and more!

Portal 2 Revealed At E3

“Oh, it’s you…”

“It’s been a long time. How have you been? I’ve been really busy being dead. you know… after you murdered me?

Okay look, we both said a lot of things that you are going to regret. But i think we should put our differences behind us. For science. You monster”

– Gladis

When Valve approached a team of students from the nearby digipen institute of Technology with job offers and the opportunity to flesh out their senior project – Narbacular Drop – back in the summer of 2005, it did so cautiously. Measured steps were taken to minimize risk. The team was kept small. Art assets were reused, drawing heavily from prefabricated pieces of the Half-Life universe. Then the final product, Portal, was released as part of the “Orange Box”

The investment paid off. With over 70 industry honors, and 30 game of the year awards, it’s impossible to deny portals success.

Portal was, and still is, unlike anything else in valve’s stable of action-centric titles. Valve knew it had something special, but didn’t anticipate the degree to which fans would gravitate toward the budding franchise. Their only complaint? They wanted more.

“Portal was so short because it was a trial” explains Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at valve to E3. “We paired it with [Half-Life 2] Episode 2 and Team Fortress 2, which were recognizable and safe. Then we had this portal thing, and we had no idea if people would dig it, even though we thought it was a cool idea. So it was put out there safely in the Orange Box, and the results came back wilder than we could have ever imagined.”

It didn’t take long for legions of valve fans to embrace it. Within months, “the cake is a lie” memes were all over the web, valve started receiving videos of  high school choirs singing “Still Alive” and the song even found its way into the Rock Band catalog. “There was no way we could have planned for it,” says Lombardi “So we knew we had to double down and give them more.”

Portal was a test bed.

Portal 2 is a game.

The trial by fire is over – the safety net removed. portal’s endearing antagonist, quip filled dialogue and mind-altering gameplay are proven commodities. A rabid fan base is established. Now it’s time to up the ante. Instead of merely hoping for the best, valve is now banking on Portal 2’s success.

The cake is a lie / Still Alive credits song

E3 interview with Doug Lombardi & hands on demo

18 Ways To Be A Bastard In Games Part 2

So Continuing from the last post. Let’s get those bastard points up!

4. Modern Warfare 2 – One Man Bastard

Most of these malicious tips see you preying on helpless AI.

Want to be a more of that evil kind of bastard?

Get on to modern warfare 2 online!

There’s a new sensation doing the rounds guaranteed to vilify you in an instant.

It’s n00btubing –

the art of clumsily killing enemies with rampant grenade launcher use

– but a potent new strain of n00btubing.

With the One Man Army perk equipped you can change classes mid-fight – when the n00btube runs out of ammo, simply switch to the same class to restock.

Infinite grenades?

Bastard get!

Recently, the tactic at least became challenging due to a patch that increases your class swap time with each swap during a single life. Your bastardly intentions become more difficult the longer you attempt them.

5. Fable II – Consider this, a divorce.

Wives, eh?

Can’t live with ‘em, can’t murder them without accruing evil points.

Time to call in a friend to kill your wife. In co-op mode, the second player takes the bad karma by doing the deed and you stand idly by, dreaming of all the buxom young wenches you can now obtain.

Delete the second player and the world is none the wiser.

It’s basically the plot of Strangers on a Train.

For extra bastard points, take control of the second player and do her in like a split personality psycho killer!

6. Red Faction: Guerilla – Bomberman!

We could have filled our night of bastardry with civilian killing in sandbox games.

So unnecessary and yet so compulsive… A bit like Val Kilmer.

Guerrilla devs Volition are no strangers to random torture impulses, programming in a brilliant panicking animation should you stick a remote charge to a civ’s head.

Arms flapping, they screech around in the dust like a child chased by a bee.

Only it’s not a bee.

It’s a giant metallic charge clamped to their face.

Prolong the fear as long as your bastard gland so desires and push the button.

You… You evil people!

More to come, including GRAND THEFT AUTO IV, BIOSHOCK, RED DEAD REDEMPTION and more!

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II)

Audio Tragedi Music Review

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II) (2010)

Label: Fiction

Crystal Castles follow up to their debut album of the same name is nothing short of  period pains, with alice glass screaming around each track, making it quite difficult to listen to throughout. However I tried my best and here is an album review of “Crystal Castles II”.

On this attempt at an album, at least all the songs sound the different instead of the same constant drone of the last album, which don’t get me wrong is an altogether good album, but the songs sounded to slightly the same. This album has a fuller sound all be it still raw like their previous work.  “Baptism” screams brilliance with there technological sounds and quips, with the beat of Cath’s drums resounding as a healthy middle. You feel that they may of used to many glitch sounds; “Doe Deer” is a horrible head fuck, resounding out of both speakers that sound like they’re about to blow and “I am made of chalk” is no different, actually scaring me slightly. “Celestica” is the first song that I have actually heard her sing in, which suprises me to be quite good. But when “year of silence” is played you can tell that its not an imminent sound that they intend to keep throughout the album. “Vietnam” stands out as being the best song and sound on the track which brings a darker feel to the whole album. Darker than their last work is a definite plus, and their sound has matured more. “Birds” with all its brilliance is another favorite, with an excellent sample of a heavy guitar riff, mixing the electronic nu rave sound with a heavy metal sound and still not taking away their originality.

On a whole the album surprised me as being defiantly better than their previous work, and if they keep this up there is no reason why they can’t be hailed as a brilliant and innovative band of the next decade.

RATING: 6/10

SONGS TO DOWNLOAD: Vietnam, Birds, Intimate

FOR FANS OF: Heartsrevolution, Gaggle, MSTRKRFT

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