Listen to: Gravestone by The Nervy Betters

I will never die, but if one day I did,
I wouldn’t want a gravestone, but if I did want that,
could you make sure to carve this explanation at the top:
“One day things started getting real, and they just didn’t stop”

The Nervy Betters in a pub garden in Birmingham. It was deceptively cold but audibly lovely

They’ve a record coming out soon that you can order from their bandcamp page - most likely http://thenervybetters.bandcamp.com?

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The Nervy Betters in a pub garden in Birmingham. It was deceptively cold but audibly lovely

They’ve a record coming out soon that you can order from their bandcamp page - most likely http://thenervybetters.bandcamp.com?

Apr 19th at 6PM / tagged: the nervy betters. / reblog / 1 note
lightningstef:

http://tinyspells.bandcamp.com/
I made a mini-album of instrumental videogame music, have a listen if you like that kind of thing. If you know anyone making a game of some kind, maybe send them a link, I would very much like to make music for everyones videogames.

Good Friday reblog! It’s free to download as well.
(If you only listen to one, make it Willow or Wilson, they are my favourites)

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lightningstef:

http://tinyspells.bandcamp.com/

I made a mini-album of instrumental videogame music, have a listen if you like that kind of thing. If you know anyone making a game of some kind, maybe send them a link, I would very much like to make music for everyones videogames.

Good Friday reblog! It’s free to download as well.

(If you only listen to one, make it Willow or Wilson, they are my favourites)

http://tinyspells.bandcamp.com/
I made a mini-album of instrumental videogame music, have a listen if you like that kind of thing. If you know anyone making a game of some kind, maybe send them a link, I would very much like to make music for everyones videogames.

View in High Quality →

http://tinyspells.bandcamp.com/

I made a mini-album of instrumental videogame music, have a listen if you like that kind of thing. If you know anyone making a game of some kind, maybe send them a link, I would very much like to make music for everyones videogames.

antmaley:

youaintpunk:

If this is how he speaks to a senior female politician of the opposition. Imagine what he thinks of you or your mum. If you’re a working man in the UK and you spoke to a female colleague like that, you’d be fucking lucky to get away with palming it off as – it’s just a joke..!
The snide comment was made 2 years ago when speaking to Angela Eagle about the government health reforms.

look at him and Osborne’s reaction. 

eugh. 

antmaley:

youaintpunk:

If this is how he speaks to a senior female politician of the opposition. Imagine what he thinks of you or your mum. If you’re a working man in the UK and you spoke to a female colleague like that, you’d be fucking lucky to get away with palming it off as – it’s just a joke..!

The snide comment was made 2 years ago when speaking to Angela Eagle about the government health reforms.

look at him and Osborne’s reaction. 

eugh. 

Apr 13th at 9PM / via: architectureofhappiness / op: youaintpunk / reblog / 1,240 notes

bevtut:

huffingtonpost:

Go ahead, drool. 

Sure there are bigger video game collections in the world, but Aaron Norton’s setup is by far the best organized and prettiest. 

this is my dream

Oh my god, this is amazing

Apr 13th at 12PM / via: bevtut / op: huffingtonpost / tagged: videogames. / reblog / 2,204 notes

Stef plays videogames and then writes about them to feel productive part 1

(edit/ Sarah said there should be more pictures so I made a picture for this)

I’ve been playing a ridiculous amount of videogames recently, and I feel that if I don’t at least write about this then the little spark inside me that screams at me to do productive things like write music etc will scream ever so louder so here goes.

Prologue

I bought a PSVita last month when Sarah was in America, and it’s been a source of everlasting joy. I’ve been a fan of Sony’s handheld consoles ever since I bought a PSP really late in the console’s lifecycle. I’d heard all kinds of wonderful things about custom firmware and getting emulators on it, and more importantly - Final Fantasy 8 and 9 in the palm of my hand (aka “the dream”).

I ended up buying a PSPGo as well during in that weird period of time when Gamestation shut most of it’s shops, and I donated my first PSP to Sarah for portable Digimon and Spyro purposes. I finally finished both Final Fantasy 8 and 9 for the first time ever during this time, as well as getting really into games like The 3rd Birthday, and Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core which were PSP exclusive titles that definitely deserved more recognition. The PSPGo remains as one of my favourite little consoles of all time, it’s tiny and pocket-sized, but it plays basically any PS1-era game. It’s glorious.

Anyway, a few months back I heard that Borderlands 2 was going to ported to PSVita, and that essentially led to me caving in and buying one. And I think I got one at the right time - in the last month Final Fantasy 10 was released for it, as well as Fez and Luftrauser, two really great indie titles. And in literally a month’s time, said Borderlands 2 port is due to be released, and even with all the apparent changes that have been made to essentially make it playable on a smaller system (simplified graphics, enemies exploding into blood rather than remaining on the battlefield) it still sounds like a dream. An expansive game like Borderlands 2, but handheld? Seriously? Awesome.

Okay, that’s the kind of “excuse” for why I’m writing about this out of the way. Here’s some words on games that I’ve been playing this weekend.

Thomas Was Alone (PS Vita) link

I’d heard nothing but positive things mentioned about this game. It’s essentially a simple platformer with oblongs as the main cast, but where it really shines is in it’s narrative: full of grandeur and wonderment, and delivered perfectly by Danny Wallace (uk tv person/podcaster/writer). The game creates this really curious little universe for itself, and it’s one of those games you really just want to finish in one sitting, and this is definitely doable. And recommended!

There’s also a commentary track voiced by the games creator which gives a really good incentive to play through it again.

Spelunky (PS Vita) link

I downloaded the demo for Spelunky when I first got my Vita - I didn’t get it. Platforming with ever-changing level design? Shrug.

But it kept playing on my mind - why does it get so many amazing reviews, why do people keep raving about it on videogame podcasts, what am I not getting here?

On Friday evening I even googled “Why do people love spelunky so much?” I just got the same old thing i’d already heard, insane difficulty, constantly changing levels, etc.

I decided to give it another go. I took the plunge and got the game in the Vita easter sale thing.

And I can safely say - I think I get it now. It’s that weird phenomenon of wanting to get good at a game that’s actually a real challenge from the get go. There’s no hand holding, just a platformer that basically tells you that if you suck? You die, go back to the start. The first time I got out of the initial mine levels, I felt that I’d achieved something, I felt joy. 

I’m on the road to understanding the hype. It’s a lot of platformer in a seemingly small package. I think I’l be diving into this game a lot.

Terraria (PS Vita) link

Working in a school library as I do, the majority of videogame speak I hear about is Minecraft. Minecraft Minecraft Minecraft. “Sir can I show you this new Minecraft mod video?” “Look, Pokemon in Minecraft” etc etc! While I’m waiting for Minecraft to come to Vita before I jump down that particular rabbit hole, I do occasionally hear students mentioning Terraria, the 2D equivalent. 

So yesterday I gave it a whirl, and it’s really intriguing so far. I mean, it took me about an hour to successfully build my first shelter (who knew that “wood walls” aren’t what you build the actual walls of the shelter with?) - and I got murdered by zombies as soon as nightfall hit. But when you start exploring and having a bit of a wonder around the world that’s been generated, the charm of the game definitely shines through.

I watched one review of this game on Youtube that described Terraria as “the best SNES game to never come out on the SNES”- and that’s a pretty great description - as a Lego-loving, Sim City-playing child, I would have loved this game. And hey, as a 27 year old it’s not bad either!

Titanfall (Xbox 360) link

Okay, this game definitely deserves it’s hype. Taking Call of Duty styled multiplayer but adding in parkour elements and giant robots? Yes. 

Truth be told, I never really got all that into Call of Duty twitchy-trigger-finger brand of multiplayer. The zombies subgame on Black Ops 1 and 2 were pretty much the reason that Sarah and I got the games in the first place, and the multiplayer on that was co-operative and a lot more fun.

Titanfall is grand. It’s epic. It’s fighting giant robots and it’s fighting as a giant robot. It plays really well, and the freerunning element comes in really useful when getting from point A to point B. 

I did have a pretty dramatic experience when I first put the game disc in my 360 though. After a few epic screens with the developers logos, a screen just popped up stating “This game requires an xbox hard drive to continue”. And then that was it. Back to the home screen. I didn’t have an xbox hard drive. My xbox was the one with the tiny 4gb memory. I have like 3 usb thumb drives plugged in the back for downloaded games, which until now was absolutely fine.

This was Friday, around 5pm. I hit up Amazon. I found an xbox hard drive with next day delivery. I ordered it. It arrived by 9am the next morning. 21st Century or what, right? Much Titanfall was played. The end.

I think I’m going to try and do this on a fairly regular basis, but don’t be too shocked if this is the only blogpost I ever write about this. Phew.

Okay, I don’t know why I hadn’t checked out this record earlier, this is really good. If you still miss Dartz and The Maple State, this will scratch the relevant itch, as it were.

(Source: Spotify)

Apr 12th at 10PM / tagged: music. spotify. / reblog
I call this one “Toby is literally just putting up with Wilson” #bestbuds #friends4eva

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I call this one “Toby is literally just putting up with Wilson” #bestbuds #friends4eva