Amongst the wave of recycled and remixed Christmas “classics”, there are a few gems. One is the Pretenders’ 2000 Miles, which remains my favorite Christmas song ever, and which I’ve blogged about before. Another recent one I found both good and novel is Dido‘s Christmas Day.
So, Payday 2 got its official end.
I only got the bad/non-Secret ending myself, and am nowhere near as good a player to get the good/Secret Revealed ending. While the game turning into a ridiculous wannabe-Assassin’s Creed mish-mash of every conspiracy ever might seem bad in isolation, in context it worked as well as it could have and showed how a little earnestness can go a very long way.
I feel bittersweet. I’ve been playing Payday 2 for a very long time. It’s (a distant) second only to Command: Modern Air Naval Operations, my dream game, in terms of actual time played. I remember playing it on a computer that could barely run it at all, and then seeing the contrast when I got a better system. It’s definitely one of the most mainstream games I’ve played and enjoyed. And the music-the music is incredible.
Listening to music from your childhood is an interesting experience. Re-listening to an old favorite of mine, Styx’s The Grand Illusion, brings back the memories of the times I endlessly played in the past. Some are embarassing, many more are fun.
So I have made my first serious essay on Fuldapocalypse, talking about how the WW3 and technothriller genres interwined, and taking a divergence to look at one of my other guilty pleasures-progressive rock, and how it’s oddly similar to technothrillers.
Good writing music is frequently long, ambient, and low-intensity, for lack of a better word. It’s just noticeable enough to distract you from the outside world while you write, but not prominent enough to take attention away from the writing itself.
There are exceptions, of course, but I’ve gotten a lot done listening to relaxing instrumental music.
So I listened to the continuous Undertale soundtrack (got about as far as the Hotland songs) while doing chores. Bad news: the reuse of some melodies is more clear when you hear them back to back. Good news: hearing everything means the more obscure tracks have their spotlight, making for a pleasant surprise.