Saturday, 8/28/21

QUAKE 25th Anniversary

Someone at Bethesda remembered that this was the 25th anniversary of Quake and said *"hey, let's remaster Quake just enough that it still feels like the original game but that it has some updated controls and options so that it's not too outdated." Someone agreed with them and so bam, we got a re-release along with some really neat options from Limited Run Games, including a really expensive ammo box with a blank space for you to put a clear, white-logo'ed NIN sticker over so you can recreate the nails ammo box from the game.

Funny story - I played Quake originally on my grandfather's PC via shareware, so I didn't actually listen to the soundtrack until many years later. My uncle had Queen's A Kind of Magic in the CD drive so the track that would kick in during the first level was "Princes of the Universe" from Highlander. It actually worked well. The rest of the album, not so much. I've been playing the remaster so it's good to finally play the game as intended with the right music and to actually play all four chapters. I'm missing the IDDQD cheat code, though. Someone should put that on a shirt.

*This is my own personal interpretation of what probably didn't happen but it makes sense to me.

So, a lot happened recently

I'm sitting here on Saturday morning sipping on coffee, breakfast burrito digesting with my dog cuddled next to me, on my feet, wait there she goes, now she's back, etc. and, most importantly, updating music onto my phone because while I have Spotify downloaded, nothing beats having actual digital music files taking up space on your computer (especially when they're .WAV files).

All of this will be old news that has made its way through our weird community but, because I'm a completionist (and because it's been a while since I've made an update), here's some recent news. Halsey's album is going to get its own post, BTW.

Let's start with some bad news - NIN had to cancel their 2021 performances due to greed, selfishness and short-sightedness from people who read way too much Facebook and are now injecting themselves with horse paste the ongoing Pandemic and the Delta variant (I still believe Delta Variant should be a drag queen name). Read about that on their Instagram.

However, there's this really awesome collaboration that Trent did with Danny Elfman in a remix of "True" from Danny's album, Big Mess. I just listened to it for the first time this morning and, damn, I love it. There are embeds below to watch/listen to on Youtube. I hid a link above so you can get it from Bandcamp as well.