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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



Posted on Sep 28th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, horror, action, rpg


As I've likely mentioned on the site before, I'm a huge fan of the survival-horror genre and like to dedicate as much of the months of September and October as I can to playing titles from the genre. While everyone is familiar with genre staples such as the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series, there are plenty of more obscure titles that are well worth checking out. With the Halloween season upon us, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the lesser-known games from the genre that fit the mood.


Continue reading Obscure Horror Favorites



Posted on Aug 25th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, action, beat em up, rare


I have never been a big fan of the original Battletoads or any of its sequels, so when this new entry in the series was first unveiled, I didn't have very high expectations. However, as a big fan of the beat 'em up genre in general, and thanks to this game's easy availability via Game Pass, I couldn't resist giving the game a shot. Despite any reservations I may have had about the game, as well as the negative criticisms it may have received, I came away pleasantly surprised with the game overall.


Continue reading Battletoads



Posted on Jul 26th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Action, Adventure, RPG, Metroidvania


While I consider myself to be a fan of the 'Metroidvania' genre, admittedly I feel like I haven't played a ton of them and have probably missed out on some that are considered among the best of the genre. Timespinner is one such game that had caught my eye due to its art style and positive reception, and the game's availability via Game Pass meant there were no excuses for not checking this game out. Unfortunately, the game leaving Game Pass in mid-July is what it took to motivate me to finally play it, but I was disappointed and am glad I finally gave this one a try.

Developed by Lunar Ray Games and published by Chucklefish, Timespinner is an action-adventure platformer RPG (Metroidvania) that takes heavy inspiration from the classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Initially crowdfunded through Kickstarter, the game was released on September 25, 2018 for the PS4, PC, and PS Vita, and was later released on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The game has been met with mixed to positive reception overall.


Continue reading Timespinner



Posted on Jun 25th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, music, gaming, OST


Partially inspired by the Collectorcast's most recent episode, but admittedly mostly due to not having the time or inspiration this month to write a more in-depth article, I thought it would be fun to highlight some personal VGM favorites that I feel don't get enough recognition. While I have always had an appreciation for music in video games, it wasn't until about two years ago that I really began to dive deep into it, and now VGM is practically all I listen to these days. I'm going to stray from the usual suspects, as classic franchises such as Final Fantasy and Castlevania as well as more recent favorites such as Undertale and the Persona series get plenty of attention already.


Continue reading Obscure VGM Favorites



Posted on May 24th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Ori, Moon Studios, Xbox, Metroidvania


After hearing much praise for Ori and the Blind Forest over the last few years, it has been on my radar as a game that I should eventually play. Knowing that a sequel was releasing soon and would be freely available to anyone with Xbox Game Pass, I felt like the time was right to finally dive in. After finishing the game, I came away with mixed feelings and had lost interest in playing the sequel. However, after seeing some gameplay for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, I was intrigued to check out the sequel and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.


Continue reading Ori and the Will of the Wisps


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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