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Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor – GotY?

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Games, Tolkien on October 12, 2014 by slateman

Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™_20141011222550With this year’s Album of the Year likely coming out this month (Exodus or At The Gates), it’s fitting that the year’s potential Game of the Year is an autumn release as well! As my first purchase for the PS4, (Well, I sold Killzone) I didn’t know what to expect. At more than 24 hours into this title, I’m sold. This game is the shit.

And, rather than go through all its pros, I’ll just give one example. I’ve just begun a one-on-twenty battle with a Warchief, the game’s premiere enemy. This guy is tough and I’m beating down orcs left-and-right as I struggle with this guy. What happens next? Another Uruk Captain emerges, then a second. My fight is now against three big-time enemies and I’ve been brought to the brink of death. A life-saving effort keeps the fight going and then…? A THIRD Captain arrives. My hands are sweating and I notice, for the first time in what seems like years, my heart is racing. It’s pounding so hard as I try to attack, parry, vault and put death finishers on the lesser orcs. One captain dies, another flees and the third succumbs with his head severed. I watch it float in slow-motion, a haunting mess of blood and glory. The Warchief weakens and I’m on my last legs. Perfection is required. He attacks, I parry, and another floating head is my trophy, alongside an epic rune.

The dust settles and I realize just how intense that was. It was friggin’ hard! How many games have gotten you in a panic in recent years? It was spectacular and I was convinced – this is one of the best games I’ve played in years! Now to 100% that bastard! Might actually go for a platinum on this one…it’s that good.

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-IV

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on September 18, 2014 by slateman

I tried to do something bigger this time and record an actual song! There are several sections here and I think it sounds pretty friggin’ heavy. It’s sloppy though, there are a lot of things I’d fix if I had the time. I don’t. Therefore, this will do. Enjoy! MMXIV-IV!

Rotate Centers Algorithms

Posted in Blog, Cubing with tags on September 16, 2014 by slateman

moyu-crazy-yilengI’ve received my new cubes and one of them is a strange one. The MoYu Crazy Yileng Fisher Cube (long title!) is a cool 3×3 shape mod but it requires the flipping of centers. Since I generally dislike picture cubes, I never bothered to know these.

In working on this puzzle, I need to remember these. One isn’t bad. The other may take me a bit. Therefore: Algorithms! This is just for my future reference. Which I’ll need.

180º (place on top)
R U R’ U (x5) or
(R U R’ U’) (R’ F) (R2 U’) (R’ U’ R U) (R’ F’)

90º (place on top & right)
[(R U’ R U) (R U) (R U’) (R’ U’ R2)] X 3

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-III

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on September 13, 2014 by slateman

A little drop-D tuning led to a heavy, minute-long recording. Far from perfect, it’s just like all the other shit I shovel out at sporadic intervals. No surprises here!

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-II

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on August 31, 2014 by slateman

This is from a few weeks ago. Same story: house to myself, Chinese food, some games and some metal! The usual applies here, so we’ll leave this as a brief intro.

New Cubes: Order #1 – Rex Cube & Face-Turning Octahedron

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Cubing on July 11, 2014 by slateman

rex-octahedronTwo new additions to the ever-growing and rather-large Cube Collection. Today we have the Flower Rex Cube by LanLan and the same brand’s Face-Turning Octahedron. The weirdest thing about these two is how they share the same core. Due to this, their solution isn’t far removed from one another. That’s a good and a bad thing. Good for ease, bad for diversity. This is particularly true because I don’t find them overly fun to solve. It’s more of a chore (so far. I haven’t solved the Octahedron yet) and not as much of a challenge as it is a task. However, I don’t care…they were both cheap (~$12 each) and they’re great additions! Now, order #2 is coming and I’m psyched about this one! It’s Calvin’s 2x4x6 – an ultimate shape-shifter! This should be cool! More soon!

Oh, solutions might help – if and when I forget how to solve these guys!

Mushihimesama Futari Black Label

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, DoDon Pachi on June 27, 2014 by slateman

mushihimesama-futari-blI haven’t written much, but now that summer is here, perhaps that might change. After re-launching BeeStorm, I’ve been on a Cave kick and I finally opted to grab Mushihimesama Futari: Black Label. I never quite understood the passion for this title. So many people seem to love it and while I liked it, I never felt the same devotion. However, after getting back into it, it’s so much fun! Now with Black Label, we have three totally separate games (1.5/Arrange/BL) and each plays so differently (particularly when you account for Regular/Maniac/Ultra & God modes). I’ve always loved the art of the game and the music has grown on me, even if it has nothing as magical as Like A Night Of Falling Stars. In any event, I’ve also been playing DDP:DFK BL and version 1.5 which is pretty friggin’ awesome.

EFM8: I Am Your Father

Posted in Blog, Movies on April 23, 2014 by slateman

So psyched to present this. I’ve waited a long time to make this movie. :D This is a short, three-minute film devoted to the film series of my youth. Enjoy the usual stupidity!!!

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-I

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on April 17, 2014 by slateman

The first recording of 2014. It’s heavy. It’s stupid. It’s the usual…Fuck Yeah!!!

New Albums: Spring 2014!

Posted in Lists, Music on April 11, 2014 by slateman

melting-sunThere are finally some good releases coming up. I figured we could take a peek at the whats and whens! Some I don’t know if I care about (Marty Friedman?) and some can’t possibly be good (Opeth!) but whatever. I’m certainly excited about new records from Lantlôs, RodGab and of course GODFLESH! Here’s what the next few months look like. Some exciting releases are coming just in time for summer! I’m psyched!

Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun (April 25th)
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive (April 28th)
Lantlôs – Melting Sun (May 2nd)
Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere (May 13th)
Down – Down IV – Part Two (May 13th)
Marty Friedman – Inferno (May 23rd)
Burzum – The Ways Of Yore (June 2nd)
Anathema – Distant Satellites (June 6th)
Arch Enemy – War Eternal (June 9th)
Opeth – Pale Communion (June 17th)
Overkill – White Devil Armory (July)
Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire (?)