A few years ago I hosted an “experiment” on Facebook in which I asked people to send me music. I felt a bit stuck with my then-current rotation of music, and I thought that having some new input from people who weren’t all necessarily aware of my musical tastes might help crack open the floodgates. I posted a simple request: “send me a song that I should own if I don’t already,” and one stipulation: the song had to be on iTunes. Over the course of a month, I collected a wide assortment of songs — some I knew and many I didn’t — and I’m still amazed and awarded each time I listen to the playlist that came out of the trial. Through it I was introduce to the likes of Antaeus, Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, Paramore, Tiësto, and, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Walkmen, and others. I loved exploring all the new sounds that my friends had introduced, and I loved that so many of them were new to me.
I was once a little…um, okay, terribly obsessed with iTunes. I got my first iPod in 2004 and became immediately entranced by Apple’s seeming infinite lists of music for sale. Over the years, I spent way too much time on iTunes and spent way too much money on music, some of which was great, and some of which was not. In 2011, for the sake of my sanity and my bank account, I went cold turkey. I suspended my iTunes activities and completely stopped visiting site. With the iTunes Diaries, I take a look back, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly in music that I just had to have in the moment.
As a reward of sorts for “graduating” middle school, my parents bought me my own radio. It was a monstrously large device that I picked out from our local Sears. It consisted of a big, chunky, center radio component with two (yes two!) cassette decks and two detached speakers. On to of the center section was a storage tray for all the cassette tapes I didn’t own. But more importantly, the thing worked like a charm and picked up all the local radio stations. But back then, I only needed one — the on that played Casey Kasem’s Top 40 every Sunday. For several years I tuned in religiously every weekend, after church and before lunch, to hear the latest and greatest (or so I thought) in pop music. As the mainstream musical landscape was transitioning from experimental new wave and hair metal to rock ballads and carefully-formulated harmonies, there wasn’t a ton of variety on the airwaves however. Still, I eagerly listening in and nearly memorized the list that didn’t vary much from week to week. In no time flat I could recite by heart any number of songs by Janet or Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, George Michael, Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Rick Astley, and other conventional artists of the time.
But every now and again, a song popped into the Top 40 that wasn’t quite so conventional. “I Beg Your Pardon” by Kon Kan was one of these songs.
In the not too distant past, a couple awards were sent my way from some very nice bloggers. From Vitosal of Gamers Therapy and Planet of the Gamer I received the Versatile Blogger Award, and a nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award came from InvaderC8! And for this, they are all awesome. And that awesomeness extends well into these blogs, which are all chock full of game news, stories, and whole lots more. So if you’re not following them, you totally should be, because it’s the right thing to do.
Alrighty then! As we all know by now, in order to fully accept any such community awards, there are protocols to follow. Given that I was notified of the Versatile Blogger Award first, I’m going to follow its rules, though the rules for both awards are very similar, and they are:
I almost can't believe my eyes as I sit here looking at a press release titled:
Rovio Announces "Angry Birds Universe: The Art and Science of a Global Phenomenon" Traveling Exhibit
Angry Birds…in a museum? My mind reels. First off, wow! Second off, thank goodness for United We Game, because how can I NOT write about this?
You can check out the full press release…
Hey there you lovely followers, readers, and Internet fly-overs! I’m silly excited and giddy and redundant cause I get to say happy birthday to myself as Recollections of Play turns two years old today! That’s what… like, 57 in blog years? Math is not my forte. Looking back though, this year was so much BIGGER than just this blog. And I really mean BIGGER cause it’s in all caps, y’know.First off, over the past year I’ve met so many more wonderful bloggers and have gotten to know better the one’s who’ve stuck with me the longest. WordPress alone has really been a fantastic blogging platform. Through the mysteries of the Internet (though not really), I was Freshly Pressed this past June…and holy shit ya’ll! Somehow I’ve gotten bunches of followers! I have a feeling that most don’t exist as humans in the real world, but it’s nice to see anyway. Meanwhile, over on social networks, Twitter (sigh) I wish I could quit you, dammit, but I’m too deep in your well of fun and randomness to stop now (except when I’m, like, totally busy). That platform was such a mystery to me at first. But now I get it. Though my time on it waxes and wanes, it’s proven to be an incredibly useful tool for spreading and sharing knowledge. And it’s through those connections that the blogging community shines. And what a strong and supportive community it is!
Also, did you know I have a Google+ page? Well, you do now! So why not add me in one of those circle things, and maybe someday I’ll figure out how to actually use G+ for the better. Or…maybe it’s supposed to happen the other way round, but still…add me. It’ll be fun. You get to push a button and everything.
Um…anyway…community. Speaking of community brings me to the biggest leaps I’ve taken during the past year: United We Game and Geek Force Network. If you’d have told me as year ago that blogging would lead to real collaboration with real people, I’d have thought you were touched in the head, I say with a sad, fake southern accent. I had a great time early on in the year working with the crew at Link Dead Gaming; and this opportunity opened up to me the world of online teamwork and possibilities. So when Hatm0nster of My Two Caps put out the word about forming a new gaming site based on community involvement, I simply couldn’t say no. With another fantastic blogger on board, The Duck of Indeed, we got UWG up and running in April. Since then, I say oh so humbly, along with our wonderful contributors, we’ve been outputting some wonderful content where the focus has been not just on blogging but on really interacting with and building a community with other game bloggers and content creators.
Meanwhile, over on Geek Force Network, the same sense of community brought together a very talented group of people.. What started as a “well here’s an idea” post on Twitter, grew into an amazing site where geek is the name of the game, but it’s not there only name in town. In fact, one if the absolute best things about GFN is that we as writers have creative control over what we blog about. So when my mind gets saddled with a thought, geeky or not, I know I have an outlet for it. The fun of GFN is in the freedom; and you never know what to expect from any given writer there. It’s a veritable cornucopia of awesomeness!
If I had an actual birthday cake, I’d be getting ready to make my wish over a single number “2″ candle. But wishes are for the future, which I can’t predict. Right here, right now, I just want to say thank you. Thank you to all the new people who’ve chosen to follow my randomness, and thank you to my long-time followers for making this a really fun place to be. I look forward to continuing the game memories, the music stories, and the array of who-knows-what-else throughout the year to come. And I hope you’ll stick with me through it all!
(I hereby kick off this birthday celebration with a picture of my cat. Because he cares, except he really doesn’t.)
Welcome to the newly re-designed Recollections of Play!
Nope, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you, promise. In celebration of RoP’s 2nd birthday, which officially falls on this Wednesday (and which will officially see an official birthday post, officially), I’ve gone and done stuff to this here site! After way too much testing and altering and changing and more testing, I switched to a new theme and a new color scheme that I’m pretty much in love with right now. I alluded to this change happening, what, like two months ago (?!?!) — but between then and now, time just wasn’t on my side. Plus, you all know the work that goes into picking a WordPress theme to begin with. Well, picking something new after I had gotten used to the ol’ Mystique theme and its ways was damn near impossible! After trying out my site in just about every theme offered, and thinking that I needed something more complex, I actually settled on a theme that’s altogether simpler. I mean, I’m not a magazine, I’m not a news site, and I’m not an image powerhouse, so why mess around with themes that are meant for something that I’m not? Sure, I’ll probably be tweaking things here and there as I settle into this new home, but so far, so good. (I’ll also be revamping my Twitter look as well, because that purse with those shoes?? Oh honey, noo-oo-o!)
Anyway, if you have any thoughts on the new look, I’d love to hear ‘em! In the meantime, onward and upwards with memories of games, gaming, music, and more!
I have to play The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask again, I really do. Just over the past several months, this game has popped up several times among the blogs I frequent, such as:
The more I read about other people’s experience with MM, the more I wonder…did we play the same game??
With that question, I’m not questioning the game itself. At the time, having only previously played Ocarina of Time, my knowledge of the Zelda universe was still quite slim. As with OoT, I had some trouble keeping up with the story, but it played with all the ease, nuances, and highly enjoyable nature of the previous title. No, what I question are my own memories of Majora’s Mask.