I Played the Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo Because I Hate Myself

Yesterday, Square Enix held a special “Uncovered” event for Final Fantasy XV, their Duke Nukem Forever. Among a variety of puzzling announcements, they dropped a previously confirmed demo, called the Platinum Demo. In it, you traverse through the dreamscape of Noctis, the game’s protagonist, as a child. I’ve been vocal in my negative opinions of Final Fantasy XV in the past, but with the tempting price tag of $Free.99 and nothing to do tonight, it seemed time to put hostility aside and give the game a chance. Continue reading “I Played the Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo Because I Hate Myself”

KH-Vids Podcast: Life is Strange Spoilercast

I left my staff (and podcast) duties on KH-Vids in October of last year; when my pals Nick and Cal asked me to join them for a Life is Strange spoilercast, I jumped at the opportunity. It ended up being a several hours’ discussion that left me grateful I’m no longer responsible for editing these episodes down to a reasonable length. I haven’t delivered on my promise to write more about the game because I’ve been sour about the way it ended, but I had a lot of fun and spoke quite a bit. Check it and other episodes of the KH-Vids Podcast out on their website!

Brand New Released Their Leaked Demos and You Need to Listen to Them Right Now

They’re here, it’s happening, they sound great.

As I’ve previously expressed, Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me (2006) is perhaps one of the finest albums in my rotation; each track cuts and bleeds and I adore them all, individually and as a collected work.

Without delving too deeply into Brand New history (which is long and dramatic), in the recording process for The Devil and God, nine of their demos for their album leaked out to the internet. Fans nicknamed the songs included in the leak as Fight Off Your Demons, and gave each track a name to facilitate discussion and reference. Upset at the leak, Brand New went on to scrap the demos; some were refashioned for the eventual album release (“Untitled 06,” nicknamed “Mamas,” became “Luca,” and “Untitled 08,” nicknamed “Yeah,” became “Sowing Season”), others later appeared as b-sides (“Untitled 03” became “aloC-acoC”/”Brothers”) or singles (“Untitled 07” became “(Fork and Knife)”). The remaining tracks, however, remained exclusively in their unmastered, unmixed, lossy leaked version: fantastic, but difficult to enjoy even for non-audiophiles. Continue reading “Brand New Released Their Leaked Demos and You Need to Listen to Them Right Now”