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  1. I know BMG, as in that they exist, but I don't think I ever heard anything from them. That track was pretty good. Mayumana not as much. I'm not necessarily into purely percussion music, but taiko just has that massive, epic sound, especially as an ensemble. Also, that Fever Ray song is fire. I checked her out years ago, but sadly didn't really enjoy anything else.
  2. Oh nice, shamisen. Just watched an anime about it. Loved all these scenes with people playing. I'm not sure I'd really listen to this stuff casually, but it was fun in the confines of the show. Also, taiko is the best percussion in history.
  3. Serj has some good songs, like Harakiri. The chorus is so good. I remember checking the album out back in the day, but determined it wasn't good enough. Since summer is still going, here is some more summery music. Both some form of chamber pop. I don't care about Sigur Ros, but Jonsi's Go from 2010 is one of my favorite albums. Didn't even know this song had a video. So fun and catchy.
  4. roygato

    Free games

    This might be redundant, because I reckon this thread was intended for newer games or giveaways, but Bungie's Marathon trilogy is freely available via the Aleph One open source project. https://alephone.lhowon.org/ I played these this past decade, just because I'm a fan of Halo. If you're looking for prehistoric, labyrinthine and fairly challenging first person shooter action, look no further. I'm not from the Doom-era of gaming, but I enjoyed Marathon for what it is. Durandal is a cool character.
  5. roygato

    Free games

    Just to finish this thought since I started it. There was no save issues, we just didn't make it to the first checkpoint. Anyway, done with it now. It's a good taste of what I presume the whole series is about. That is to say, asymmetric, time-sensitive puzzle-solving. The latter can be mildly annoying, due to the checkpoint system, but this one is so short (less than an hour), that it's not a huge deal. Fun though, so definitely worth checking out.
  6. I'll preface that I was joking. Mostly. But they would have significant differences. - Gas arrows are AOE, can hit the target pretty generously in the head-area and can knock-out elite guards. - Blackjack arrow would be like a shitty version of Dishonored sleep dart, with all the blackjack's limitations. Extremely awkward, but pretty funny.
  7. How about a blackjack arrow - exactly like a blackjack, but ranged. As for the flash arrow, if it's just a flash bomb on a stick, it sounds borderline useless. I don't think gaining range would offset having to fumble with the bow, when the most typical flash bomb use-case, for me anyway, tends to require quickness. If it comes with other niche, otherwise unavailable effects, then perhaps.
  8. Yes, gaming laptops are both ridiculously expensive, and incredibly bulky. The ergonomics are definitely important, don't think Deck really compares easily to anything else, what with the double touchpad/trigger setup.
  9. I was always annoyed that I had to stop playing when going to the toilet. No more. Other than that, seems like a curious alternative to a laptop, especially if playing games is of importance.
  10. I'll have you know I enjoy every weird artist I reported to the other thread. That said, while I do gravitate towards the unusual these days... ...I have some artists in particular that are a bit more conventional I also enjoy a lot. I'm not really into synthwave/retrosynth/whateverthehell in general, most artists just don't quite cut it, but I really like Perturbator's darksynth. The Uncanny Valley in particular is amazing. Too bad the new album sucks. The Midnight are a much dreamier side of the synth-coin compared to Perturbator. Not to mentioned it's predominantly sung. The vocal melodies really carry the whole thing. Any release is fine to start with, but Days of Thunder has freaking Days of Thunder. Anathema are rock band of some kind, but even then not really ordinary. Moody, with pianos, string sections, male and female vocals. I pretty much exclusively listen to them in the summer. If I have a favorite song, it's Untouchable pt.1. Weather Systems and Distant Satellites would be my recommended albums to check out. Worth mentioning I was a major metalhead in the past, but don't care much for the style as a whole these days. Not because of any notion of "new metal sucks", I just can't be bothered. Occasionally something exceptional happens, like the most recent Mgla album. Already knew the band, but Age of Excuse was the first album I bought.
  11. roygato

    Free games

    A couple of permanently free games I can recommend. NaissanceE - https://store.steampowered.com/app/265690/NaissanceE/ An atmospheric first-person exploration platformer or something like that. It's a little barren, but there is just something very alluring about the abstract world. The sound-design is spot-on, from what I remember. I actually paid for it back in the day, it became free afterwards, but I can't say I regret it. Doki Doki Literature Club - https://store.steampowered.com/app/698780/Doki_Doki_Literature_Club/ This one is very popular, but still worth mentioning. A really creative short visual novel. A paid version was recently released, with various extras, but the free one still has the unchanged main experience. And a couple of others I have in my collection, but haven't played yet. We Were Here - https://store.steampowered.com/app/582500/We_Were_Here/ This is a co-op-only first-person puzzle game. Technically I have played this, for an hour, but most of it was trying to figure out why our progress wasn't being saved. So unless we solve that, it may end up an unfinished project. Seems like a fun game, though, based on the first impressions; "describe what you're seeing to me" kind of puzzle solving, as you and your co-op buddy are physically separated. It's also part of a series, but only the first one is free. Glitchspace - https://store.steampowered.com/app/290060/Glitchspace/ A first-person puzzle game, based on visual programming tasks. The steam reviews appear to be somewhat mixed, but I haven't actually read them, so can't really say anything other than it's free, and a genre I enjoy.
  12. I've been known to enjoy jazz influence here and there. From the Perturbator album I linked. I'll listen to that all day.
  13. Indeed. I firmly believe that the only thing separating anyone from "good modern music" is effort. It's easier than ever for practically anyone to release music of any variety, you just have to find the good stuff somehow. This was pretty cool. It looks like they have the full album on bandcamp (https://guilhemdesq.bandcamp.com/releases), and there is a vinyl/CD available, so I'll have to give it a spin.
  14. Ran into this a while back. I like it as a concept, but the album is barely listenable. I did try, though, practically all I do is collect weird shit from the dark corners of Bandcamp. Here is a sampling. https://djkhalab.bandcamp.com/album/mberra - "M’berra is the sound, the story, of a collective of Malian musicians from the M’berra Refugee Camp in southeast Mauritania and Italian producer and electro-shaman Khalab." https://wvsorcerer.bandcamp.com/album/music-from-taiwan-mystery - "We make blurry and raw music. Imagine that if ancient people could play guitar and bass, what would their music be like?" https://meitei.bandcamp.com/album/kwaidan - "Kwaidan is a style of Japanese ghost stories. Meitei took it as a challenge of his skill as a musician to transpose the folklore into intricate compositions, capturing this lost 'Japanese mood'. " https://kishibashi.bandcamp.com/album/151a - This is much more accessible, but hey, it's summer. Orchestral pop at its finest. https://burningwitchesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/alone-in-the-woods - Occult electronica. https://vill4in.bandcamp.com/album/void-003-sangam - Dreampunk by the legend Sangam. https://kayodot.bandcamp.com/album/blasphemy - Avantgarde metal? I can't believe I enjoyed this album, all of their other ones are awful. https://lighghtmusic.bandcamp.com/album/gore-tex-in-the-club-balenciaga-amongst-the-shrubs- I don't know what this is. "Psychedelic broken techno trance". It's weird, but bought the cassette. Considering how much new stuff I buy constantly, it's particularly funny to read comments that agonize about the state of modern music.
  15. This is pretty much the only thing I adhere to in this context. So if it's sung music I want to listen, it better be indecipherable or in another language. Or both. As far as the topic as a whole goes, here's a random assortment of albums I've gone to over the past few years. That said, while working from home, I often don't listen to anything, since it's usually quiet. But bad music does, it's called jazz. Just kidding. But really, jazz does suck hard.
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