Music To My Ears – Indie Smorgasbord

Music To My Ears posts chronicle a sampling the great music of a particular series, franchise, etc. Posts tend to be skewed towards videogames, but can cover anything with a great soundtrack behind it (TV shows, anime, movies, etc.). If you have a music track from any indie game that you like, comment and it may be added to either this post or a future Indie Smorgasbord!

BIT.TRIP VOID – Ego

BIT.TRIP VOID is the third game in the BIT.TRIP series of games, and my personal favorite because of both the gameplay and the music (but unfortunately like other early BIT.TRIP games, it suffers in the gameplay length department. WiiWare may actually be to blame here). This plays in the second level of the game. I like the slightly minimalistic semi-8-bit tune.

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The Role Of Paid DLC In Games

Sit down, lads n’ lasses, and I tell ye a tale of two games. Not just any games, two of the best for Nintendo 3DS: New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Fire Emblem: Awakening. I’m not focusing on the games themselves, but rather peripheral experiences: that of paid DLC. Both of these games are some of Nintendo’s first attempts at such paid DLC, and they’re a tad questionable in places, which I will explain here.

(Before I begin, DLC stands for Downloadable Content, extra game content such as levels or characters offered beyond what is initially offered in the game. It is often used in games to extend gameplay and can be offered for free or for money.)

First, New Super Mario Bros. 2. NSMB2 is a standard Mario game with a rather unique twist: one of the goals of the game is to collect 1,000,000 coins. Yes, one million coins. If that sounds hard, it is. In normal stages, usually there is no special effort made to load the levels with coins (you have a couple methods of earning them that are not present in other games, most notably the Gold Flower powerup, but it’s not like the levels themselves are teeming with coins).

In normal stages, that is.

In Coin Rush mode, a special mode that has you running through three stages in a row in an effort to collect as many coins as possible, the DLC comes into play. You can buy specialized Coin Rush courses to play. The very first one is called the Gold Rush pack, and offers insane amounts of coins. The goal is to collect 30,000 coins for this pack – incidentally, 30,000 is the maximum you can collect in any one Coin Rush sequence. I had the DLC since it came out last Fall, but I just yesterday achieved that course record.

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Music To My Ears – Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru (Part 2)

Music To My Ears posts chronicle a sampling the great music of a particular series, franchise, etc. Posts tend to be skewed towards videogames, but can cover anything with a great soundtrack behind it (TV shows, anime, movies, etc.). If you have a music track from the series discussed that you like, comment and it may be added to the post!

Part 2 of Part 2 of Part 2 here. These last tracks are from Umineko no Naku Koro ni episodes 7 and 8, the last two. 7 in particular stands out to me as having a great soundtrack.

Kiri no Pithos (Requiem Of The Golden Witch)

This is the opening for episodes 7 and 8.

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Music To My Ears – Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru (Part 1)

Music To My Ears posts chronicle a sampling the great music of a particular series, franchise, etc. Posts tend to be skewed towards videogames, but can cover anything with a great soundtrack behind it (TV shows, anime, movies, etc.). If you have a music track from the series discussed that you like, comment and it may be added to the post!

Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru is the second half of the Umineko no Naku Koro ni visual novels (Episodes 5 – 8). It was a tough time narrowing down the list of songs I wanted to share, so I’m splitting this post into two – this post with seven songs, the next post with eight. This first part covers episodes 5 and 6, which are End of the Golden Witch and Dawn of the Golden Witch respectively. I also tried to write descriptions, but I couldn’t really effectively do so without spoilers, so forgive me if the descriptions are vague. Read the previous post¬†for background info on the Umineko series.

Hikari (End Of The Golden Witch)

I don’t remember this song in EP5, but I do know it from EP6 where one of the antagonists thinks she’s won. I attempted to make a solemn¬†piano cover of this one for the canceled tribute When The Crickets Cry, to be used in EP 4 when the main character finds out who he suspected as a murderer turns out to be pretty much the exact opposite – a lover.

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