Friday, April 17, 2015


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Friday, June 14, 2013

Nintendo World Store E3 Experience - Nintendo Fans' Reactions

This past Tuesday I visited the Nintendo World Store in NYC for a viewing party of the Nintendo Direct Conference. There were also playable demos of some newly announced E3 titles at the store. It was a really fun experience, check out my video for more!

Monday, June 10, 2013

E3 2013

For the past two years, I have used this blog (and other forms of social media) to document all my thoughts, predictions and  reactions to the biggest event of the year for gamers. During E3 week, I usually find myself locked up in my room with chips and soda, watching all of the coverage I can find and also dreaming I could be there.

This year could be considered one of the biggest E3's in a long time because of the announcement of the next generation of console gaming. But for some reason, I have been less interested in this year's E3 than I have been in the past.

Because of my mixed feelings, I have decided to change things up this year. Instead of blogging about my every reaction and live-tweeting during each press conference, I am going to remain quiet for this year's E3.

Yes, I am going to watch the "big four" press conferences (Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony) today and the Nintendo Direct conference tomorrow morning. But I am going to hold off on any commentary for at least the next few weeks. I'm also going to avoid what my friends are tweeting , what the "gaming news" is saying, and skip the show floor coverage.

Why am I doing things differently? I don't know. I like to change things up. And maybe I am just a little tired of this new "console war" that many have begun to stir up. Yeah, I think that is it. I'm a little fed up. Maybe I'll enjoy E3 better if I just enjoy the conferences without all of the snarky commentary.

For those of you who are interested in the press conferences, here is the schedule of events for today, June 10th (I only have a half hour to type this before Microsoft begins).

Microsoft Press Conference: 12:30 PM EST
EA Press Conference: 4 PM EST
Ubisoft Press Conference: 6 PM EST
Sony Press Conference: 9 PM EST

And on Tuesday, June 11th:
Nintendo Direct: 10 AM EST (Yes, that would be 7AM for the west coast. Why so early, Nintendo?! It's okay, I still love you)

Are you planning on watching E3 differently this year, too? Let me know! If not, enjoy the show! As gamers say, "it's the most wonderful time of the year."

Thursday, May 9, 2013

My Top Ten Zelda Songs

There is so much great video game music out there. I have playlists for many different game soundtracks, and I appreciate the variety of music that different games have to offer. However, I feel that no game music out there can top the genius work of Koji Kondo when he composed the music to the Zelda games (and the other composers who contributed to making the music of Zelda).

The music is so widely appreciated that the 25th Anniversary Symphony of the Goddess Tour which took place last year (2012) has extended tour dates into 2013 (I am praying they will announce a stop in New York). Because of this excellent news, I have been on an extreme "Zelda Music kick". I have gone through dozens of "Best Zelda Music" lists created by fans, and I thought it was only necesary to create my own list.

In some ways, some may call my list "unconventional" compared to other "Top Zelda Music" lists. This is because my list does not include some of the more popular songs included on everyone's lists such as the main Zelda title theme and major boss battle songs. Yes, the Zelda title theme is a classic that I adore. But for myself, I am all about "catchy" tunes, and I feel that the majority of my list includes the more "catchy" Zelda tunes along with other classic favorites. Please enjoy my list of favorite Zelda songs, along with a few comments about each song.

10. Eldin Volcano - Skyward Sword

If I can recall, I remember Eldin Volcano being one of the more frustrating parts of Skyward Sword. However, the catchy music made it much more enjoyable. The strings mixed with the brass instruments in this song ROCKS, making it one of my favorite upbeat songs in Skyward Sword.

9. Deku Palace - Majora's Mask
This is yet another song where I appreciate the "catchiness" of the tune in order to get past the frustrating part of the game. Sneaking past all of the Deku guards in the Deku palace was annoying, but the great music made it better.

8. Nayru's Song - Oracle of Ages

I am including both the original and the ZREO (Zelda Reorchestrated) version in order to compare. I do love the original, but I feel that ZREO fleshed the song out into a beautiful composition from it's original "bit" sound. I feel this song is highly underrated -- it is a beautiful tune that you only hear when Link encounter's Nayru in Oracle of Ages.

7. Phantom Ganon - Wind Waker
I would have to say that this song is my favorite "boss battle" song in Zelda. The song just sounds really cool, and it was certainly a memorable Zelda fight. 

6. Spirit Temple - Ocarina of Time
I love the "exotic" feel of this song, which is perfect for the setting: the desert colossus. Nabooru is my favorite sage, and this song always reminds me of her, and that very first meeting as young Link. Oh, such fond memories.

5. Dark Hyrule Castle - Minish Cap
This is a recurring song among Zelda games, but my favorite version is Minish Cap. I feel that it brings a more "eerie" feel to Dark Hyrule Castle, and is overall one of the better "dark" songs of the game.

4. Hyrule Field - Twilight Princess
Out of all of the Hyrule Field/Overworld themes in Zelda, I love this one the most. It is extremely lively and I am just a sucker for a fully orchestrated version of this song. Twilight Princess had an excellent soundtrack, but this song remains my favorite.

3. Temple, Palace Theme - Zelda II
Many may know this song from it's remastered version on Super Smash Bros. Melee, however, I remember it from Zelda II. This was the hardest Zelda game I have ever played, but it is still a great one with incredible music.

2. Gerudo Valley - Ocarina of Time
This is my favorite song from my favorite Zelda game. Ever since the first time I stepped into Gerudo Valley in 1998, this song captured me. I could listen to this song for hours and still love it to death. The Gerudo Valley song is considered by many as one of the best Zelda songs out there, and I would have to agree.

1. Song of Healing - Majora's Mask
Putting all of these "catchy" tunes aside, this Zelda song, in my opinion, is the most beautiful song. There are not many notes played, it sounds rather simple, but is also sounds tragic and beautiful at the same time. Essentially, this song brings out all of the Zelda-related feels for me, making it my favorite Zelda song of all time. There are other versions of this song out there that sound incredible, and I encourage all who enjoy this song to check them out.

That concludes my top ten list of the best songs in Zelda. I love so many incredible games, but nothing (and I mean nothing) will ever fill the spot for "best video game series of all-time" in my heart other than Zelda. The music in these games played a large role on the impact they had for me loving the series as much as I do.

As I previously stated, I have a huge appreciation for video game music, so please share with me some of your favorite Zelda songs, or your general favorite video game music pieces.