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.
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.
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 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 Radioactiveis well-trodden but beloved. The song was used for The Host, Assassin’s Creed III, and a slew of othersoundtracks.
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.
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!