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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Extinction does not kill the spirit of Mastodon

So I got my hands on "Mastodon: Live at the Aragon" (figuratively) and been listening to the concert DVD for the part in Crack the Skye album. And all I have to say is, it is effin phenomenal. Crack the Skye is Mastodon's fourth album and it is, in my opinion the cleanest of the four.

One of the most gorgeous looking album cover ever.

Now, the content of the concert might be lacking compared to "Beside You in Time" by Nine Inch Nails but I'd say that it is an awesome job of Mastodon for their first live album.

The title menu.

As you can see in the menu, it has four basic option of playing the concert, choosing the song, audio set up and Crack the Skye: The Movie which is the same movie that is played in the background when they play the concert.

The track list of the concert is basically all the songs that are contained in Crack the Skye album and in their proper arrangement as well which is awesome as the flow of the songs is not disrupted. They also play a song each from each of their previous album. They even play Circle of Cysquatch from their Blood Mountain album.

But of course, the main highlight for me was the epic 10 minutes and 13 minutes long "The Czar" and "The Last Baron" from their Crack the Skye album. Kudos to them for being able to perform it live.

Some screenshots of the DVD:

Opening drumming of Oblivion.

Crack the Skye movie being played in the back.

The crowd.

Brent Hinds join in the fun of singing.

Go, Troy, shred their heads off!

LONG LIVE MASTODON. Oh, and can't wait for "The Hunter"

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Final Fa(ke)ntasy

As everyone might know, I'm a sucker for Nintendo. Seriously... I own a Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, DSi and a Wii. I've played nearly every version of Super Mario, Legend of Zelda and Metroid out there. And nearly every product of Nintendo amazes me with their innovation and gameplay but of course they lack in their graphics department.

Now, the main reason I bought myself a Nintendo DSi is to play Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift. This game is the successor to the much acclaimed turned based strategy, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for the Game Boy Advance. I even asked my dad's friend to get the FFTA2 when getting the DSi. But what I got was Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle: Echoes of Time which is a dungeon crawler.

So after a year of having the DSi, I thought why not just hunt it on the internet. And I found one on an online store called Gameyea. And it was only $21 which was too good to be true. Of course following my urges, i bought it and have it mailed to my house. After coming back from Sarawak, with all hopes high I went to my study table to find my parcel sitting quietly there. I tore the envelope and the packaging to find...

Hey, at least the title is right, right?

The back view is kinda convincing too, right?

Well, if you've been buying original DS games, you definitely know that the casing for the game is black, which is a contrast to the picture above as the game is in a white casing. And the casing was thicker compared to the normal casing and the printing on the game cover was in faded color as well.

The disappointment contained.

So I opened the casing hoping to find all the crap that is normally in the original one. But all that contained in the casing was just a so called manual and the game cartridge. Normally there will be a slip for the nintendo club code, a health precaution manual, a wifi manual and the game manual itself. But all that is in here is just A manual. Just A MANUAL.

Words and pictures taken from Gamespot. Lolz...

I tried to read the manual but after a few pages I realised that it is just a copy and paste from someone's review from the video game review site Gamespot. Even at the bottom right of each picture has a Gamespot watermark. Weird.

Then I took the cartridge out of the holder and turning it around. The circuit board is kinda weird and there is no proper random number printing like other cartridge that I have. In fact, there is only one number printed on the board. And also the laser printing on the back of the cartridge is weird as the Zeroes (0) does not have a dot in the middle of it.

There are no dots in my Os.

Well, since all the clues does pointed out that the game is a fake, I might just as well boot it up. Inserting the cartridge into slot was kinda hard as it was not smooth like always. So I booted up and ...

Hey, It might just work...