Meh Final Fantasy Game + Incredible Overclocked Remix = … :-)

This is the Final Fantasy VIII Fisherman’s Horizon Christmas Version Overclocked Remix remixed by Goomin Nam.  A “Day One Download” for me that’s going into the music collection, and a tune that’s my hint that it’s time to play catch-up with Overclocked Remix.  🙂

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03052

Seriously, why did I ever stop listening to music from this site?  I’ve been listening to incredible music by The Piano Guys, some Lindsey Stirling covers, and other tunes that could best be described as “concept music” but haven’t followed OC Remix too much in the last decade.

Just pass me my moron hat.  😛  Next year will be 15 years that I’ve been downloading these video game music remixes and reimaginings from this site, most of which I downloaded in the early 2000s in college when I was looking for inexpensive music while getting through college on a shoestring budget.  I should be covering a LOT more OC Remixes, and providing commentary for lots more YouTube videos than what I’ve done in recent months.  I really should change that.

Final Fantasy VIII had numerous issues, such as the somewhat contrived equipment, magic, and Junction system, but the engrossing love story really did a good job masking the gameplay issues at the time.  If you could put up with an interactive soap opera of a video game, there were some parts that were rather touching, especially when it went into movie-ish mode not just with cinematics but with a full song with Faye Wong’s “Eyes On Me” in a more emotional part of the game.

For me having had the Nintendo 64 in the 90s, to finally get around to this game in the 2000s and eventually end up playing and getting both the PS1 and PC versions, this was huge for me.  I’d long expected video games to get more like movies, but didn’t think I’d finally see it happen with a rather bluh Final Fantasy game in the series.  😛

Either way, it makes for a great OC remix.  🙂

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The MultimediaJay Show – “It Runs On Steam!!!”

I’ve returned to the podcast mic at least one more time before 2012 goes into the history books, this time to talk about Steam and its effects on gaming for me, as well as the recently-confirmed “Steam Box” console that should eventually bring Steam gaming into the living room.  Clickable program guide to skip between the various segments is in the video description on the YouTube page of course.  🙂

This show was a little awkward for me not only because it has been awhile since I last recorded a full-length podcast, but also because I tried recording the two main segments on different days.  I probably should iron a few things out before trying that again.  🙂  In any event, here’s some related links and videos.

Time Techland – Why A “Steam Box” Game Console Would Be A Big Deal

This was the blog article I responded to in the News Commentary part of the show.  I’d say for the most part this article hit things right on the nose about the potential a “Steam Box” could have.

Note to anyone who doesn’t like swearing – you probably won’t like this next video.  😉

This of course was Armake21’s old rant video from several years ago, now part of the ArmakeArchive channel about how DRM and various forms of anti-piracy stuff in PC games can punish people wanting to do the right thing while folks who don’t do the right thing often aren’t hindered much if at all by DRM and anti-piracy programs.  I brought up DRM at various points during the show and mentioned this video, so I figured I should probably post it here too.   😉

Lastly, the “outro music”, an Overclocked Remix that goes well with it being the holiday humbug season.  🙂

Magical OCRemix Shower… :-)

Having recently been introduced to some of the fine music from the OutRun series, it occurred to me that maybe I should see if there have been any OC Remixes of tunes like Magical Sound Shower.

As usual, Overclocked Remix did not disappoint.  🙂

Adding a new category specifically for tunes from the Overclocked Remix site, one of my favorite gaming-related sites of all time.  🙂

http://ocremix.org/