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Posted on Oct 23rd 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, cover, final fantasy, sephiroth, metal


I've been wanting to get around to doing some full metal covers from Final Fantasy VII since I started my channel, and I finally felt like the time was right to start making them. FF7 has probably my favorite soundtrack from any game ever, so I really wanted to have some experience under my belt before tackling anything from it. Birth of a God plays during the Bizarro Sephiroth fight at the end of the game, and it's a really awesome track that I've always enjoyed. Expect to see more FF7 covers over the next few months!



Posted on Sep 29th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, cover, metal, final fantasy


We're back with another 8-Bit Battleground cover! When Fight With Seymour from Final Fantasy X was originally chosen to be the track we would cover, I was excited to work on it since I really enjoy working on Final Fantasy music. However, I quickly discovered that this is a very complicated piece and very different from other tracks I've done, and I really didn't have any inspiration to do anything interesting with this one. I pretty much just did a 1:1 recreation of the original track, just with a bit of my sound and style layered on top (for better or worse, haha!). That being said, I feel like this is far from my best work, but hopefully you'll still enjoy it!

Also, voting for the next 8-Bit Battleground track is still open until Saturday (Oct 2), so click the link and let us know what you'd like to hear covered next! https://docs.google.com/f...VOdt5FMJblKwfLgw/viewform



Posted on Sep 9th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, final fantasy


I've been itching to get back to Final Fantasy for a while, and I've had an arrangement of this track sitting around for a couple of months, so the time was finally right to put my spin on this one! This is a track I've had my eye on covering since my Final Fantasy IV Zeromus cover from about five months ago. The Zeromus cover has always been my favorite, and, with both tracks being pretty similar, it just seemed inevitable that I would get around to this one eventually. I hope you all enjoy it!



Posted on Aug 24th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, cover, mario, nintendo, bowser


Super Mario 64 is an old favorite of mine and is still a game that I enjoy going back and playing to this day. I've always thought this rockin' tune from the Bowser fights was cool, but after listening to the soundtrack recently I felt like I absolutely had to cover it at some point, and I didn't wait long to do it. I was able to break out the 7-string again for the first time in about 6 months, and it was cool to be able to use it again. It's hard to believe, but after starting my channel over a year ago, this is the first Mario tune I've done, and I think my first time covering a Nintendo track in general. I wanted to try adding some original stuff to this one, so the bridge section is pretty much my own original riffs, for better or worse haha! This cover was a lot of fun to work on and I hope you all enjoy it!



Posted on Jul 31st 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, minecraft, cover, music


So I have a confession to make: As much of a phenomenon as it is, I have never played or really had any interest in Minecraft. This cover selection was made by others for a group competition, and upon first listening to it, I really didn't know what to do with it. Although I thought it was a nice piece, I always tend to gravitate towards more intense pieces like battle themes, and the very laidback and minimalistic tone of this one was a stark contrast to what I'm used to and also set it up as a blank slate to get very creative with. It was an interesting experiment for me, and although I'm pleased with the end result, it ended up being quite different from my usual style. Let me know what you guys think of this one!



Posted on Jul 7th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, Castlevania, Konami, Heart of Fire, Aria of Sorrow, Michiru Yamane


One of my favorite series in gaming is Konami's long-running Castlevania franchise, and an endearing element of these games has always been the incredible music. That being said, it's hard to believe that in over a year of making VGM covers that I haven't tackled anything from this series yet. I decided to right this wrong with a killer track from Aria of Sorrow, one of my favorite entries in the series! The rendition of Heart of Fire from this game is a mash-up of the track of the same name from the original Castlevania along with a track from the arcade release Haunted Castle. I hope you guys enjoy this one, and I'm sure there will be more Castlevania tunes to come!



Posted on Jun 13th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, cover, ori


A couple of months ago, some fellow VGM cover artists and I formed a group called 8-Bit Battleground where we each cover the same track and listeners vote for their favorite. This track from Ori and the Blind Forest was chosen for our second monthly cover, and while it was an intimidating piece to work on initially, I'm really proud of the end result and think it's one of my best covers yet! I hope you all enjoy it!



Posted on May 26th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, music, gaming, OST


Cyber Shadow is a game that I was anxiously awaiting leading up to its release and day-one availability on Game Pass, and it certainly didn't disappoint. But as much as I enjoyed the gameplay and the challenge it offers, I think the incredible soundtrack may be my favorite part of the game. I knew I was going to cover some of the music eventually, and this track from the game's third stage 'Mekacity Ruins' seemed like a good place to start due to its relative simplicity. There are several more tracks from the game I'd like to get around to eventually, but in the meantime, I hope you'll enjoy this one!



Posted on Apr 8th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, cover, metal, final fantasy


My March started out kind of rough with some failed arrangements that never quite came to fruition. About midway through the month, I set those other projects to the side indefinitely and started fresh on this piece, and the inspiration hit me pretty hard and resulted in what I think is my best cover yet. Final Fantasy IV is a very important game from my childhood as it is to my recollection the first RPG I ever actually finished, and it is still an all-time favorite of mine to this day. The game and of course its music composed by none other than Nobuo Uematsu is full of nostalgia for me, so I was glad to finally get around to this one. Working on Final Fantasy music is always very gratifying for me, so expect to see more in the coming months!



Posted on Mar 9th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, cover, metal, sega, phantasy star


I first played Phantasy Star IV last year and was very pleasantly surprised by the soundtrack. The final boss theme 'Ooze' was a track I wanted to cover, so I started arranging it last December only to discover that I would need a 7-string guitar to make the arrangement work. I had to put this one on hold for a while, but the cover itself came together pretty quickly once I got my hands on the new guitar. I hope you guys enjoy it!



Posted on Feb 19th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, Scott Pilgrim, cover, rock, metal, music


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game originally came out way back in 2010 but has been unavailable to purchase for several years. It's a shame since it's a fun multiplayer beat 'em up that takes heavy inspiration from the likes of River City Ransom. It also has an excellent soundtrack that was composed by Anamanaguchi. Fortunately, the game was recently re-released for modern consoles so more people can experience it. With the recent re-release, the time seemed right to try my hand at covering my favorite track from the game. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!



Posted on Jan 24th 2021 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, cover, nes, metal


Those of you who watched the progress videos for the 2019 RFGeneration NES Challenge may recognize this track as it was included in one of the medleys I recorded. This was always one of my favorite segments from those medleys, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before I revisited it with a full cover. I really enjoyed being able to flesh this one out a bit more, and it's really cool to compare the two recordings and see how far I've come in regards to recording quality and production values. I hope you guys enjoy it!



Posted on Dec 31st 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, 2020, GOTY, backlog


As I wrote in my blog post last month, I created a new YouTube channel earlier in the year which has been quite fulfilling for me, but it has also taken up a considerable amount of my time and left me with much less time for gaming than in previous years. However, I think I still managed to carve out a nice beaten games list this year that is just shy of 90 titles. As usual, I try to mix my gaming up with a wide variety of titles from different consoles, genres, and generations, and this year was no exception.


Continue reading My 2020 Gaming Wrap-Up



Posted on Dec 1st 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, music, gaming


Those of you who follow me on Twitter are probably already aware, but about six months ago I created a YouTube channel where I am arranging and recording covers of various video game music. This had been a goal of mine for nearly two years prior to actually starting my channel, but I had a hard time getting started. Playing music has always been an important part of my life since my mid-teens and especially during my college years, but in recent years I had sort of fallen out of it despite my best efforts to stay motivated. It wasn't until I had the epiphany that I could combine my two major interests, music and gaming, into something I could be passionate about again.

Some of you may remember the progress videos for the 2019 NES Challenge that were made by fellow forum member Wempster, and the NES-themed medleys I recorded for these videos was a good way to dip my toe into the arranging and recording process. This all came together at the perfect time, as I was already interested in doing my own VGM covers at this time but was unsure how to get started. The first medley was a 25-minute behemoth that was pretty overwhelming to work on for someone who really didn't (and mostly still doesn't) know what they're doing, but it turned out pretty well in the end and is something I'm still proud of.


Continue reading My New YouTube Channel!



Posted on Oct 26th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Adventure, RPG, Double Fine, Halloween


When we think of good games to play during the Halloween season, typically anything with a general horror theme comes to mind as a good fit for the holiday. Truth be told, there aren't many games that are specifically about Halloween, so if you wanted something tailor-made for the holiday, pickings are slim. However, the two Costume Quest games are the exact opposite, not at all scary but focused specifically on Halloween. Having played and enjoyed the first Costume Quest many years ago, I have always wanted to play the sequel and finally made it happen this October.


Continue reading Costume Quest 2


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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