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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 07:21:59 Reply

I went to a midnight release of Skyrim with a bunch of my mates and my brother. I saw a few people there I knew, as well. It was good fun. Standing in the cold, talking about shit, talking about how we're really there for Lego Harry Potter (lol). On occasion I would yell out forbidden things within that crowd of fanboys like, "SKYRIM IS FUCKING GAY! IT'S GONNA SUCK THE MOST ENORMOUS TROLL DICK!" and such. It was good fun.

After almost two hours of standing there, pretty close to the front of the line, the doors opened at GameStop's version of 12:00 which was actually 11:59 according to everything else, haha. I got my copy around 12:05 or somethin'.

We exited the store with my one friend making fun of the other people there by screaming out things like, "I GOT SYKIRMNI**AAAAA!!! IGOTSSKYMIRMIERFGHJDETYJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BLAHALBALBERHALBAHHH SKYRIM!!!!!!!!!!! RUN TO YO FUCKING CARS AND PLAY DAT SHIYTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!" which people were actually doing. I laughed at them with a hearty grin.

Then, when I got home around 1, I started it up and continued to play until 7 something in morning. I went to sleep then, woke up at 2:58 and played it again until 20 minutes ago. I have many, many complaints about Skyrim, but I still enjoy it. It's extremely watered down, but I like the missions, landscapes, enemies and people.

I'm pissed at it, but I'm still having fun. Fuck you Bethesda.

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 09:56:27 Reply

FUCKING SKYRIM! I am so tempted to get a copy, but I fear, like I said a few pages before, that my laptop will kill itself, when I start it up. But I will try it out at my friends place

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 10:10:00 Reply

Skyrim
In my opinion, it's WAY better than Oblivion. It's not even comparable. In fact, it has recaptured that sense of wonder and overwhelming feeling of "where do I want to go and what will I do when I get there?" that I have only ever felt in one other open-world action RPG. That, of course, being Morrowind.

The combat is a little slower, but it's a much better pace. Your weapons somehow feel heavier, and when you swing them, they feel more powerful. In Skyrim, your weapons feel like the connect with the enemy and actually do damage - as opposed to Oblivion, where it felt like you were waving a piece of cardboard, painted to look like a sword, in front of enemies

The engine is actually really good. I'm pleasantly surprised - I have encountered very few glitches and bugs so far (Xbox 360 version), and absolutely nothing gamebreaking. The few glitches I have found have been small things like taking an item off of a table, and everything else on the table goes invisible.

The landscape graphics look pretty similar to Oblivion's, although crisper and cleaner. I don't mind, though, because it's clear that when they worked on the graphics, they were more concerned about making the characters and weapons textures look fantastic - the humans' features are more subtle, the Argonians and the Khajiits look incredible, the Nords actually look different from the humans... and the Orcs actually look quite formidable. Even the enemies look much better - trolls, for example, don't look like globs of green fat; now they're actually scary looking.

The dragons are fairly generic fantasy dragons but... goddamn. Fighting one is just an absolutely amazing experience.

The story itself, from what I've played so far, is much better, far less generic, and much more entertaining than Oblivion's - although I must admit, I still kind of find myself habitually trying to find Oblivion gates :P

That's all I can think of right now. But damn, I was REALLY hyped for Skyrim. And I had really high expectations. And Skyrim has not only met those expectations, but it exceeds them.

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 10:31:17 Reply

Yeah my computer can't run Skyrim OR BF3 so I'm a little miffed about that!

nords are humans btw rampant :V

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 12:06:24 Reply

My GPU decided that 80-90 degrees C is a good place to sit while playing Skyrim. And by good I mean my desktop's crashed like six times after playing the game for an hour. Fuck.


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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 13:01:00 Reply

As long as its oblivion+more awesome ima get it soon.

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 14:29:06 Reply

So, Skrim?

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 14:58:04 Reply

I cant believe you guys are still talking about skyrim. That was so yesterday

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 17:30:21 Reply

At 11/12/11 02:58 PM, LogicalDefiance wrote: I cant believe you guys are still talking about skyrim. That was so yesterday

fo sho.

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 17:55:10 Reply

At 11/12/11 02:29 PM, Decibel wrote: So, Skrim?

Fuck Skyrim, true fans of the genre still playing fucking Daggerfall and despise these new graphic thingies, which are just eye candy and no soul

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 18:09:47 Reply

College Visiting/Searching

So these past couple of days, I did college visiting! YAY!

I visited Lebanon Valley College, Mercy College, William Patterson College, Towsen University and Goucher College.

Both Mercy and LVC have a strong Music Technology program, but LVC is more of a general knowledge college. Mercy had a lot of commuting and financial aid students, so I probably would not feel at 'home' there. WPC and TU are kind of like LVC, so I don't plan on going there.

I loved Goucher's campus though. I don't know how strong their Music department is, but I took a walk around it and it was all pretty looking.

Out of these colleges, I'll be applying to LVC and Goucher. My top choice is still Berklee, and I'll be visiting the Boston area around early December. Does anybody know any other colleges to look at that has good Music Technology/Performance departments?


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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 18:31:21 Reply

At 11/12/11 05:55 PM, MrSaint wrote:
At 11/12/11 02:29 PM, Decibel wrote: So, Skrim?
Fuck Skyrim, true fans of the genre still playing fucking Daggerfall and despise these new graphic thingies, which are just eye candy and no soul

No more than 200 pixels and 2 fps allowed imo.

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 19:17:27 Reply

At 11/11/11 06:22 PM, sorohanro wrote: HMMMMmmmmmmm.......
I seem not to see anymore the music players...

The one post I didn't get, but it got ignored


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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 19:19:56 Reply

I'm gonna sound stupid but today was the first time I made a song with the piano roll in FL Studio 9. I didn't know what it was until today. I'm not uploading the song because the acoustic guitar sounds like a frog saying wart.


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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 19:34:07 Reply

At 11/12/11 07:17 PM, ZENON wrote:
At 11/11/11 06:22 PM, sorohanro wrote: HMMMMmmmmmmm.......
I seem not to see anymore the music players...
The one post I didn't get, but it got ignored

Where the hell have you been, soldier?


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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 19:40:25 Reply

At 11/12/11 07:19 PM, J-Rex wrote: I'm gonna sound stupid but today was the first time I made a song with the piano roll in FL Studio 9. I didn't know what it was until today. I'm not uploading the song because the acoustic guitar sounds like a frog saying wart.

I know the feeling of discovering the piano roll. Of course, I have the excuse of not having internets in the year 1999... you were born by then, right? It was in the last millennium. Cars were powered by coal, women weren't allowed to vote and a cent was still a Pfennig. Had to rewind my Cyrix 133+ every 10 Minutes or it would just go out, which was really bad when I hadn't saved my work by stamping holes in a couple of cards.

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 20:09:33 Reply

I know the feeling of discovering the piano roll. Of course, I have the excuse of not having internets in the year 1999... you were born by then, right? It was in the last millennium. Cars were powered by coal, women weren't allowed to vote and a cent was still a Pfennig. Had to rewind my Cyrix 133+ every 10 Minutes or it would just go out, which was really bad when I hadn't saved my work by stamping holes in a couple of cards.

You just described some of what I learned in my Computer Science class and yes I was born by then.


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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 20:44:32 Reply

that feel

when i find out that people who were born when i first started using the internet are also using the internet


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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-12 20:59:11 Reply

At 11/12/11 08:44 PM, midimachine wrote: that feel

when i find out that people who were born when i first started using the internet are also using the internet

You'll get used to it after a while. Then you'll notice that your ex-school mates have grandchildren... Just a strange fact, my first ex-girlfriend has a kid. When I found out I felt strange because she's younger than me but the "kid" is 19 years old...
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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 03:29:07 Reply

I remember running MS-DOS on a Commadore-64 when I was like 10, and accessing a purely local bulliten board with a 14.4kbps modem that was randomly neon colored (blue and yellow and green texts) and decorated with ASCII art. Utterly useless, but it was the coolest fuckin thing in the world at the time: "Hey mom! I'm talking to somebody in Shively! On the computer! WTF!?"

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 03:47:58 Reply

Rapefunk is the way of the future guys

Don't get left behind

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 07:59:03 Reply

At 11/13/11 03:47 AM, Gobblemeister wrote: Rapefunk is the way of the future guys

Don't get left behind

What is rapefunk. <-- old crotchety man voice.


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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 09:46:16 Reply

At 11/13/11 09:33 AM, LaForge wrote: Good morning lounge. Time to wake n bake.

Is there any better way to wake up?

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 10:12:57 Reply

At 11/13/11 09:33 AM, LaForge wrote: Good morning lounge. Time to wake n bake.

Don't forget that Jack Daniel's sauce!


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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 11:07:52 Reply

Spare time, what's that again?

I'm starting to really notice the major difference between the past few years and now. I used to go to evening school, and because I was a lazy bum, I didn't have a day job, thus I sat around and did whatever all day long. Now with a full-time job and an apartment to look after, I feel like I have barely anything left that could be classified as spare time.

When I get home from work I usually help my girlfriend make dinner, and after that we take care of the washing up together, which then leaves just a few hours before bedtime. During the weekend it's mostly catching up on the household (laundry, hoovering, cleaning), and through it all some regular food shopping.

It's quite the change. So tell me guys, will I get used to this?

Time to go clean the kitchen and all now.
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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 11:39:41 Reply

and then you get kids

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 12:49:06 Reply

and you blink your eyes and you are grown up

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 17:37:08 Reply

At 11/12/11 10:10 AM, RampantMusik wrote: Skyrim
In my opinion, it's WAY better than Oblivion. It's not even comparable. In fact, it has recaptured that sense of wonder and overwhelming feeling of "where do I want to go and what will I do when I get there?" that I have only ever felt in one other open-world action RPG. That, of course, being Morrowind.

The combat is a little slower, but it's a much better pace. Your weapons somehow feel heavier, and when you swing them, they feel more powerful. In Skyrim, your weapons feel like the connect with the enemy and actually do damage - as opposed to Oblivion, where it felt like you were waving a piece of cardboard, painted to look like a sword, in front of enemies

The engine is actually really good. I'm pleasantly surprised - I have encountered very few glitches and bugs so far (Xbox 360 version), and absolutely nothing gamebreaking. The few glitches I have found have been small things like taking an item off of a table, and everything else on the table goes invisible.

I agree with the better, "freeroaming," experience that is more like Morrowind. I dig that it's bigger than Oblivion's miniscule version of Cyrodiil and dungeons remind me more of Morrowind since they aren't shit, lol.

I'm not a big fan of the way you fight with a warhammer (I use these), but I can't put them down, haha. One of my friends is doing the game entirely using magic and I gotta say, "Fuck weapons, I should've went down the magic road."

I've encountered an amount of glitches (360), but I'm taking the game REALLY SLOWLY and looking at EVERYTHING, so of course I would notice more. About the glitch you mentioned... I've seen this as well and some of the items, actually, are falling THROUGH the object it was sitting on, while others disappeared. Let me know if you observe something similar.

What I'd like to bring up is the music. Yeah, it's good, but what about all the recycling they did reusing themes and entire songs from Oblivion and Morrowind? I love the music in those games, but what the hell?


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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 18:24:57 Reply

At 11/13/11 05:37 PM, Rahmemhotep wrote: What I'd like to bring up is the music. Yeah, it's good, but what about all the recycling they did reusing themes and entire songs from Oblivion and Morrowind? I love the music in those games, but what the hell?

Well, they had some of the best music in videogame history - up there with Zelda, Assassin's Creed, and Halo - and I get really, really excited when I hear some remakes of Morrowind's travelling music :3

Also, this applies to everyone in general - if you're interested in buying the soundtrack, you can get it from Jeremy Soule's website Direct Song. It's $29.99 + shipping, for 4 discs at pretty high quality (there are only 14 tracks per CD). Also, if you order it through his site before December 23rd Jeremy Soule will personally autograph your copy!

In reference to glitches:
- Flying animals / flying people
- People (rarely) disappear through the floor when they die; often they reappear somewhere nearby
- Flying 10,000 ft into the air when smashed by a giant (one of the funniest glitches I've ever had in a game haha - hell, I completely forgive Bethesda for this one)

I also love how they handled dragons. I was worried that they'd either show up too frequently and become repetitive and boring, or only ever show up in a few scripted quests. But, no. They seem to have struck a near-perfect balance. It's really awesome, too, when you're at a hold or a small outpost, a dragon circling up ahead, the guards all out with weapons drawn...and then it just flies off. It creates a perfect feeling of tension and suspense, without making you fight every dragon that shows up.

I FUCKING LOVE THIS GAME.

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Response to The Audio Forum Lounge 2011-11-13 22:52:18 Reply

12 hours on set directing and doing boom pole operations. Legs = jello