Being Black in Video Games

Being Black in real life isn’t super easy. Sure you always have company whenever you go shopping, even if you started alone. You’re more likely to have a living will or healthcare proxy (at least you should). Because Black folks are dropping dead like it’s Jim Crow again.
South Park’s new game recently introduced a slider that was labeled “Difficulty” and changed the character’s race. The darker you are the “harder” the difficulty. It’s funny because it’s true.

At least Fractured But Whole lets you be a person of color if you really want to. Or if you just really want to see a person of color as a hero in a video game. Continue reading “Being Black in Video Games”

Why you should be listening to Miracle of Sound

Miracle of Sound is the brainchild of Gavin Dunne. Dunne writes songs about games. It sounds simple, and maybe a bit silly, but Gavin Dunne has the enviable ability to capture the emotional feel of a video game in his music while never outright borrowing the games music.
And yes, this counts as apocalyptic, because Miracle of Sound has done music for some of the best post-apocalyptic video games that there are.
This includes The Best of Us, a song for Naughty Dog‘s The Last of Us. The Best of Us is a slow-building, sad song that captures the bleakness and tragedy of the game.

He’s also covered Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas with Beauty Bleak, a song that for me, perfectly captures the Capital Wasteland

Wasteland Soul

And Take a Trip to Vegas, a song which includes cheeky little nods to the glitchiness of Fallout: New Vegas.

Other apocalyptic games he’s honored with a song include Metro Last Light and The Walking Dead


They aren’t just songs that gamers will love. They are songs that are excellent in their own right. And of course, if you are a gamer they have the added wonder of being brilliant songs about things you love.
You can buy Miracle of Sound albums from Bandcamp, and if you like the ones I’ve shown you, you totally should.

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons [video]

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons is one of those songs you hear and see. Everyone visualizes something similar but but a bit different.
The lyrics tell you as much as the music does. From the way the beat hesitates before it drops the the way overall lulls and crests until it’s all on-your-feet self-empowerment.
No matter what you see, the story to accompany Radioactive always has the same basic bones:

  • An underdog is unsure
  • Then conditions align and it’s time to step forward or stay down
  • The underdog finds their voice…
  • Then they find that bass in their voice.
  • In time that voice carries across the masses until it’s a battle cry
  • Finally, that battle cry becomes the victory chant of the once down-trodden masses

The quiet rise from unknown to greatness from unsure to leader in Radioactive is well-trodden but beloved. The song was used for The HostAssassin’s Creed III, and a slew of other soundtracks.
So what was Imagine Dragons picturing when they wrote and heard Radioactive? Check out the video and be surprised by their version of a standard trope.

 

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Totally random apocalypse art

I’ve got family visiting for the holidays, which unfortunately doesn’t leave much time to research and write a post. As a result, I leave you with some random and hopefully amusing apocalypse art and photos.
First, a link. I couldn’t get the photo, so I’ll leave the link for the Pacman Apocalypse. Because seriously, it’s not the apocalypse unless Pacman’s in it.
Now, the art and photos!

Zombie baby. Look, the zombies are here already! From The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.

Four lolcats of the apocalypse. Move over, horsemen. From icanhascheezburger.com

Potato zombie. Because the zombie virus affects everything. From community.artofmanliness.com

Apocalypse sheep. Hey, sheep need to breathe too. From deviantart.

Lego apocalypse. Not even legos can escape the zombies. From This is a Zombie Blog.

Shark apocalypse. Sharks: the next zombies. From frederickallen.net

Apocalypse cellist. Just in case you need some music with your apocalypse. From euphonicdissonance.net