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Title: Ye shall reap what ye sew! Ye shall!... oh, bugger that
Posted: December 10, 2007 (03:28 AM)
When I was plugging my electronica CD to Monsieur Venter on AIM semi-recently, he encouraged me to post information about it in this blog. He did so in his earnest yet sly/not sly way, and it is unlike me to bat down such encouragement, even on AIM, where conversations typically go to die in my experience. To paraphrase Shaun Micallef: 'A member of our audience has gone to the trouble to contact us, via the internet, and I think we should respect that.'

Within a month of Mr Venter's enstirring words, I wrote my second videogame review for the year, for Echo Night (PS2). This is hardly a return to the prolific-ness of my powerhouse years at gamefaqs, but it's an acceleration compared to - well, at least the year before this one. And I feel good about those two reviews.

Basically, life is different now. My vocation is composing and producing electronic music. I do so under the name Aeriae. Some call this music IDM (Intelligent Dance Music), some call it 'leftfield electronica'... in the end, it's music. It's music with some of the aesthetics of dance but without any interest in being played in clubs or to promote blatant 4-4 dancing. It's too weird and compositionally interested for that.

THE CONSEQUENCES FOR GAMING: I had enough trouble playing really long videogames only a few years ago when I was putting out an online comic five days a week. Now I only have even more trouble than that, since promoting a CD is a full time gig. As such, RPGs and epics very rarely get a look in with me. As of the Playstation era I've always preferred action, action-adventure, straight adventure and horror games, and conveniently games in these genres tend not to require six weeks to complete. Plus you've got a better chance of being able to put them down for a week or two and then return to them without having lost all track of what was going on. After I broke off playing Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii this year and then made an effort to return to it, I was like 'Wtf? LOL dude' etc. Sadly, I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to face it again now, in spite the sleeve-tweakings of one fakeplasticmanatree.

I still notice that whenever I play a game I automatically formulate review points and observations about it in my head. My goal these days is to simply get those down in satisfying form when one of these reviewing impulses strikes. Back in me gamefaqs salad days, I had the compulsion to entertain myself, entertain others, do great justice, do something interesting in reviewing culture etc., with each review. I'm a 'never say never' person, so that doesn't mean I'll never do such things again, but with time and life allowances, writing these smaller, simpler reviews (and still trying for some great justice) is my goal. And I kind of have to just every now and then or I'd go nuts.

To check out my music and videoclippery, put 'Aeriae' into itunes, and visit my website:


Peace out homeslices.

- Bloomer / Wade


Felix_ArabiaUser: Felix_Arabia
Posted: December 10, 2007 (10:41 PM)
Yo, Bloomer, you don't know me, but I watched your video for AMay, I think it was. Very interesting stuff.

bloomerUser: bloomer
Title: A post to say...
Posted: December 12, 2007 (10:14 PM)

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