I know it’s a little late (read: very) but I’ve finally decided on what I consider to be the best albums of 2011. 2010 was a weak year for music, in my opinion, and it’s great to see the music industry, both mainstream and indie, see an increase in quality. What I really enjoyed is there was just as much good stuff in both camps. Whether you listen to Kelly Clarkson or The Kills, you have great music to listen to. Which brings up the great occurrence that it wasn’t just Rock, Pop and Hip Hop that was dealing good music. As a matter of fact, I believe that Pop and Rock unfortunately remained relatively stagnant creatively this year. Some of the best music this year didn’t fall under those categories. But enough preaching. Let us get to my Top 10 Albums of 2011.
Welcome to Review Companion, where I tell the PixlBit audience about how I played a game I recently reviewed. This is so you, as the reader, can see where my point of view is coming from as you read the review on PixlBit. I also may include any additional thoughts I have on the title that proved to be inconsequential to the review itself or I just felt didn’t need to be mentioned. They may also be something that came to mind after the review was completed! You never know! Our inaugural entry in the Review Companion series will be BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend.
This is going to be a shorter one. As I continue to go through Prince of Persia, I’m noticing the artfulness of the graphics and presentation. In my previous blog, I stated I didn’t think the game’s graphical style was artistic and was merely nice looking. However, I now see that the way those graphics are presented is something I consider to be artistic. The way it looks is fine but the way the world is presented is a metaphor of the world amass in distortion and then started anew.
Look at this piece of concept art for the 2008 release, Prince of Persia. Although it looks like concept art, it is extremely well done technically and the way it’s drawn is meant to not only show you what the character will look like but it’s also meant to give you an idea of his personality and to set a mood and a presence. I quite like it myself and if you would give me a high quality print of this, I would frame it and hang it proudly on my wall in my game room. I actually really like the background of this art and the various shades of brown. In particular, the zigzag-like motion in the bottom left corner. What does that mean? What is that? It’s nothing right? It’s just a fucking squiggly line. Yet it’s the most interesting part of this concept art to me, more than the background and more than the Prince himself.
Okay I hope I get some responses on this one. How many of you have trouble with the YouTube app on the Xbox 360? I know I do.
I got a new computer! After my old computer died on my at the end of the year, I’ve been using a small Asus notebook. Keeping up with news and writing reviews and such has been quite hard since the little laptop had a small screen and with only 1 GB of RAM, can’t multi-task for shit. Now I have a custom built rig, courtesy of my friend Don, and it runs like a dream. It’s not a top of the line computer but it’s still pretty awesome.
A pretty heavy topic that branches into other problems has been on my mind a lot recently. I have been unable to resolve it myself in my own head so this blog will serve as both an opinion piece that I hope will fuel a discussion and evoke a collection of different sets of opinions as well as a means for me to more or less dump all of my disjointed thoughts on this matter onto one place and make sense of them. So I apologize in advance if this blog is all over the place with no real concise point or focus.