Looking Back On… the 2014 Year in Review Staff Commentaries

(Well, here we are, a year removed from the 2014 Year in Review, and aside from the fact that I’ve not had a lot of time or energy to update this site, and probably won’t until April or so, when I finally graduate, there are two things I can say definitively: first, that it turns out I went back to three of the games in my 2013 list in Terraria, Saints Row IV and XCOM, for personal fun, review of a rerelease and livestreaming respectively, and second, that holy shit was 2014 a wonderful year in gaming in comparison to 2015, at least for me personally. I can understand if you thought 2015 was a wonderful year in gaming, because indie gaming exploded for a lot of folks, but I was one of those people who was looking forward to a lot of sequels that didn’t deliver, so 2014 feels like a wistful remembrance in comparison. To each their own and whatnot.)

Mark B.’s Top Ten
Senior Editor

1.) Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)
2.) Dangan Ronpa 1&2 (Vita)
3.) Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed (PS3)
4.) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4)
5.) South Park: The Stick of Truth (PC/360)
6.) Demon Gaze (Vita)
7.) Goat Simulator (PC)
8.) Dragon Age: Inquisition (XBO)
9.) Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (360/PS3)
10.) Five Nights at Freddy’s (PC)

(I might shuffle the first and second spots around, but otherwise the top five games in the list are honestly more or less fine as is. Goat Simulator would probably move up a slot, and I’d probably slot in something else in place of Demon Gaze in retrospect… maybe If My Heart Had Wings, as weird as that sounds. Otherwise, though, it’s a fine list, and I’m mostly still happy with the majority of the games on it.)

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Random Song of the Day – 7/27/15

Today, Bjork:

While I might well have posted something from her in the past, I wanted to post this because I’ve been listening to Debut, her first significant US release, and it’s still pretty interesting on its own merits, outside of time period and context. The video is really weird, as you can see, but I find it interesting that Debut as a record is probably one of her tamer efforts. It’s also her least popular one as well; despite the fact that Bjork basically needed Debut as a record to get traction in the US market, it was the lowest ranked, chart-wise, in the US of all her records. Considering how hard it can be for some acts to keep themselves in the public eye, the fact that Bjork has managed to chart consistently for over two decades in the US is kind of impressive, even if she’s never been the kind of artist who generates multi-platinum records with but a touch.

On the other hand, one of her records, Volta, features her dressed up in a multi-colored soda bottle with feet on the cover, so really, why wouldn’t you buy that, if only because of perverse curiosity?

Random Song of the Day – 7/27/15

Random Song of the Day – 7/23/15

Today, Feint:

Admittedly, this came up while I was searching for an Eisbrecher song, and damned if it isn’t a surprisingly solid piece of work. I like the composition here; the progression from verse to chorus is surprisingly lively for what is a fairly simple track (structurally anyway), and the beat’s lively. It’s a song that makes you feel pretty good, honestly, and I like it quite a bit.

Random Song of the Day – 7/23/15

Looking Back on… Eisbrecher – Antikorper (CD Review)

Eisbrecher – Antikorper Review (I’m all out of music columns, save for half of a column on Free Dominguez that I’m mostly certain I never completed and, since she’s back with Kidney Thieves, don’t feel the need to, so let’s just run through my old CD reviews for shits and giggles for a while. I’m pretty sure I picked this as my first review for Beyond the Threshold because Summer asked me to do it, since she liked Eisbrecher, and I’d bought it anyway, so she wanted to know how it was. Say what you will about writing for free, but it’s fun being told, “Hey, can you write a review on that? I want to know how it is.”)

Following their surprisingly infectious and fun self-titled release in 2004, Eisbrecher is back with Antikorper, an effort that shows some mild changing of the format, but not entirely in the right direction. (They would rectify that with Sunde two years later, and every record since has basically sounded, I think, pretty damn good overall. They’re one of the few consistent industrial acts I can rely on, alongside Oomph!, to churn out a solid record whenever they get into the studio. Which is funny, since I mostly only know about them because of Rammstein, and HOO BOY was that a band that went to hell in record time.)

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Looking Back on… Eisbrecher – Antikorper (CD Review)

Random Song of the Day – 7/22/15

Today, Georgio Moroder:

I went with this song for two reasons.

First off, if you’re a fan of David Guetta and/or Daft Punk, it’s a good thing to see where those sounds came from, if you haven’t already. While the more devoted music fan out there will probably have heard this already, for the rest of you, Giorgio was a huge disco creator in the 70’s, and he inspired and created a significant amount of music, including much of the electronic music we love today. As such, it’s worth listening to if you haven’t, because you can see the influences in popular music of today, and you can see why Daft Punk respected the man enough to write an entire song about him, because he’s very talented, if nothing else.

Second off, if you’re a wrestling fan who doesn’t like Daft Punk or David Guetta, I wanted to post this to point out that you probably like Georgio Moroder, since this is the theme song of the Midnight Express and all, so maybe you should go back and give those acts another shot. Just a thought.

Random Song of the Day – 7/22/15

Looking Back on… Review: The Bible Game (Sony Playstation 2, Microsoft Xbox)

Review: The Bible Game (PS2, XBX)
Tagline: Bad Bible games make the baby Jesus cry. (Oh, for the days when truly terrible games came out every other month. These days you either get Ride to Hell once every year or you get nothing unless you peruse all of the replicated asset-fests on Steam, and any game made by one person using assets they bought elsewhere almost feels like it’s cheating to be bad.)

The Bible Game
Genre: Party game
Developer: Mass Media Inc/Crave Entertainment
(In keeping with the theme we established last game, Crave Entertainment was a low-budget developer/publisher who’d basically push out anything cheap they could find, but ended up being sold off to a company called Fillipoint LLC in 2009 to shore up their development plans… only for Fillipoint LLC to declare bankruptcy in 2012, with no further information on them past that, so it’s safe to say Crave is dead and gone. Mass Media Inc, on the other hand, is still alive and well, and seems to exist these days as a company that helps other companies create ports of games to other consoles. Oh, and the series of games dubbed The Midway, which I can honestly say I’m only barely aware of.)
Publisher: Crave Entertainment
Release Date: 10/25/05

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