Post by Shrikeswind on Nov 26, 2016 12:02:31 GMT -5
Merry Christmas everyone, and best wishes for a Happy New Year! This thread is for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year, so post whatever pictures, videos, music, games, webcomics, news...whatever!...that you can find in honor of the holiday season. Per tradition, allow me to kick this off with a Nintendo-themed Christmas picture and an obscure Christmas song!
Thank you Jakface! (Caution - main blog may contain NSFW content.)
Go Tell It on the Mountain, as performed by Jacob Moon. Written anonymously, as typical of spirituals. Lyrics here.
Also this year, I'm going to do an advent calendar - a new song (with a bias against common radio plays) every day from the first to Christmas, with more obscure carols on multiples of 5 and more overtly religious songs on Sundays - and yes, that does mean Christmas day will be both religious and obscure! Send me suggestions for songs for the other 20 days in PM if you'd like! Though if a date below is in green, that means I've got a song picked for it already. Red means Sunday so I do have songs in mind. However, with the exception of the 25th, you are still free to make suggestions - just know that I'll only consider more religious ones for Sundays.
EDIT: The Advent Calendar has been finished, and I have compiled a playlist for it. Here is the link! Have a Merry Christmas, and let everyone know what you get/got for Christmas!
Post by Shrikeswind on Dec 1, 2016 18:06:00 GMT -5
December 1, you know what that means - 2016's musical advent calendar is starting up. I've always loved advent calendars and I've always loved Christmas music. However, while the former are always delightful, the same can't always be said for the latter (I'm looking at you, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.)
Today's song's a smoothie, good for tuning into by the fire with your lover on your arm and a cup of hot chocolate. Josh Groban really is a damn fine singer and for all I hold against typical radio plays (pretty much because decent artists and beautiful songs tend to get shafted in favor of an endless loop of garbage pop), if I'm riding up to the mall for some Christmas shopping it's not like I'm gonna decide "You know what I haven't listened to lately? Scandinavian death metal." So usually, the first place I go is the radio. Usually this quickly results in me deciding "Hey you know what? How 'bout John Denver & the Muppets?" but there are a few times where the radio gets the ol' Shrikeswind Seal of Approval (no, I have not forgotten about that.) Josh Groban's O Holy Night is one of them. Of course, I'm not posting that today - if I do use O Holy Night in this calendar, it's guaranteed a Sunday play - but rather, today's song is another Groban performance which doesn't get as much air time, a duet performance with Brian McKnight of Angels We Have Heard On High.
And on that note, let's talk Angels. This song is based on a traditional French carol, Les Anges dans nos Campagnes. The version you're about to hear/most likely familiar with was the result of an 1862 translation by an English bishop by the name James Chadwick. The author of the original French version is unknown, as tends to be the case with traditional tunes. And with that, I turn it over to Josh and Brian.
Once again, feel free to PM me suggestions. I'm still batting around tomorrow's song, so stay tuned!
And now it's December 2 and time for another song. Today's song is a German tune you're probably familiar with. Interestingly, O Tannenbaum makes only oblique references to Christmas, with its origins as a folk song celebrating the evergreen properties of the titular tree. That said, O Tannenbaum got translated and adapted and the song we got out of that added a bit more of a Yuletide theme to it, and now, O Christmas Tree, while not exactly the most faithful adaptation, also remains a holiday classic and rightly so. So here you go: Nat King Cole's version of O Tannenbaum.
Tomorrow's song's gonna be a little bit grim, and a little bit fun, and a lotta bit weird, so hunker down and enjoy.
December 3, and you know what that means: New song! So it probably doesn't surprise anyone that there's a lot of fear for the future this year. I don't want to turn Christmas political, so I won't, but let's just say I wouldn't blame you for eyeing up the gas masks and stocking up on water bottles and popcorn after a year like 2016. I, for my part, have every intention of welcoming Armageddon with sardonic wit and a casual - perhaps even reckless - lack of concern. In a world that has become Sodom and Gomorrah, I can hope that I am Lot, but I'll be quite sure to be Diogenes.
And it is in that spirit that I offer today's song, a little something straight outta Lynwood - although it's actually on Polka Party! and not Straight Outta Lynwood - Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al Yankovic.
Tomorrow's Sunday, so you know what that means: Get on your Sunday best because we're getting religious.
Today is Sunday, December 4, and so that means it's time for a new song, and a religious one at that. And I figured, what better song for the first Sunday of the season than The First Noel? ...Well, okay, I lied. I was actually kinda scrambling for today's song. But that doesn't mean I didn't pick a good song - on the contrary, the reason I was scrambling was because a lot of religious Christmas songs are performed by...less than qualified musicians.
The First Noel is an interesting exception to that rule, however. Despite being a song with very obvious religious overtones, The First Noel is hardly some obscure hymn sung for the church and little else, so a few musicians have covered it. The musician you'll be hearing today? Pat Boone.
Tomorrow is day 5, so we'll be getting into the rather more obscure. While sorting the list I have so far, I noticed a bit of a trend and I'm going to follow it: Though I will be throwing in better-known songs here and there, the entire list will start getting generally more obscure as the month goes on. Not fantastically so, but in general.
Anyways, stay tuned tomorrow! I'm sure you'll like what I have to offer.
Hey there hipsters and welcome to the first episode of "You've Probably Never Heard of It," where every fifth day of the month of December you'll be getting an obscure Christmas carol that you've probably never heard of. It's December 5 and today's carol is quite the obscurity, Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella, a French carol from the 1500's, as performed by the Lower Lights.
I had some difficulty finding the version you're about to hear, because despite the song having lyrics, most versions on YouTube - which, of course, is where I get these videos - are instrumental, and those that aren't are either generally bad versions, or might have been good if they weren't so poorly recorded. But there's always a diamond in the rough, and this was definitely the one in my opinion. If anything should teach you the value of perseverance, it's this: I had almost settled on a version with an unlistenably grating violin, but, instead, kept looking. This was the second result after that decision.
Anyways, here's the Lower Lights.
Tune in tomorrow!
It's the sixth of December, so it's time for another song! Today's song is Adeste Fideles, which may well be an English carol, though the English translation, O Come All Ye Faithful, is 90 years younger than the Latin original - Adeste was written sometime in the 1700's (an original manuscript for the oldest known version dated to 1751) while Faithful was translated in 1841. I highly advise looking into the backstory on this one, it's quite fascinating from a historical standpoint, as it may well have been written as Jacobite code.
So, fun story, I was actually looking for this song because of a suggestion from Facebook. I was actually looking for the exact version of the song requested, but couldn't find one that satisfied me. As such, I ended up choosing Enya's version. Later on, though I decided to check the request again, and realized that this wasn't even the right song! But that's fine, because this is still a wonderful song and a beautiful performance, and the original request may yet appear later in the month.
Tomorrow is a day which lives in infamy, and it is in that context that tomorrow's song has been chosen. Stick around!
Today is December 7, so here's a song for this day which lives in infamy, as per Franklin Roosevelt's expectation.
Today's song is a very well-known one. There is a reason for this: I had chosen today's song based on its association with the World Wars, and many of those holiday classics we're all familiar with (a great example being I'll Be Home for Christmas,) are considered classics because they were written during World War II - I'll Be Home is especially notable because the final sentiment, "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams" was one which the soldiers would necessarily have shared, being far from home, out on the battlefield where the horrors of war rather outpaced any effort at Christmas cheer; where in the absence of peace on earth, the brotherhood of man had fallen by the wayside and, of course, vice versa.
Another well-known song set against the backdrop of a World War - though written in the 1960's - details a very different situation. Snoopy's Christmas talks about a truce in honor of Christmas with the beagle's archnemesis, the Red Baron. In reality, of course, the Red Baron was a real German pilot from World War I, and of course any conflicts and truces the Red Baron may have had with a beagle flying a doghouse are a rather obvious fiction. However, there is a surprising amount of truth behind the song - the Christmas Truce of World War I. Among the many notable facts about the truce are the fact that it was initiated by the soldiers themselves and not high command. As Snoopy implies, it was the Germans who initiated the truce. Again, today's song is a very well-known one, chosen due to being reported as the song which started the truce, Stille Nacht. This performance is by the Fischer Chöre.
Post by Shrikeswind on Dec 2, 2016 12:33:05 GMT -5
December 8, and oh boy, do I owe Santa an apology.
So here's why I'm expecting a lump of coal this year. See, ol' Saint Nick has a feast day dedicated to him, aptly named St. Nicholas Day. I knew this. And I also knew that his feast day was early in the month - think "Single-digits" early. Did I plan anything? Nope, because I flat forgot until it was too late - St. Nicholas Day was two days ago. And while I'm sure Kris Kringle doesn't mind hearing Enya's Adeste Fideles - and while you'd have gotten it today anyways - had I planned better he might have gotten a song for him on his own day. Just because the Catholic Church considers it optional doesn't mean I have to ignore it.
Fun story! Back in the days of Emperor Constantine, there was a bit of an argument in the Christian church over a concept in Christology known as Arianism. See, a priest by the name of Arius was arguing that Jesus, being the Son of God, was subordinate to God the Father. This was a pretty big deal, and was directly responsible for the First Council of Nicaea. Debate ran for over a month and, legend holds, at one point, one of the bishops in attendance punched Arius in the face. That bishop was Nicholas of Myra - so yes, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.
As performed by Eddy Arnold.
See you tomorrow with another song!
Happy ninth of December, folks! So, I'm actually going to do a bit of a build-up to Sunday to tell a bit of the Nativity story. Why? Well, see, it goes like this: Today's song is, by request, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings as performed by the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan. Tomorrow is the tenth, which means another obscure carol, and I have another request for tomorrow's song, which in terms of the Nativity is actually chronologically after this, and the Gospel of Matthew actually indicates that the story behind We Three Kings ties into it. And then it's Sunday which is, by design, going to get religious. So anyways, here you go.
So, a lot of people know the story of the Nativity - three kings from the unspecified East come to Bethlehem, make their way to a stable, and give the baby Jesus gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Sometimes, people remember that the kings were actually three wise men, and even less commonly, that there weren't necessarily three of 'em (in Syriac Christianity, for example, the number is given at twelve). That said, here in the West tradition holds that there were three, and that their names were Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar, each respectively from Persia, India, and Babylon. More likely however is that they all came from the same place. There are some theories regarding where that is, with the most generally accepted being that they were Persian, indicating that they would have been Zoroastrian scholars.
In any case, the Magi went to King Herod I to honor the birth of the new king. So Herod gathered his priests and they determined that this king had been born in Bethlehem. Herod then told the Magi to go and find the child and send word of where they found him. Then they carried on to Bethlehem, where they found Jesus, gave him the gold, frankincense, and myrrh that everyone knows about...then went back home without telling Herod, according to the Biblical account because of a dream saying not to.
Having finished that, here's the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan with God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings.
Tune in tomorrow for another obscure song and more of the story. It's gonna be...something.
Hey there hipsters and welcome to another episode of "You've Probably Never Heard of It," where every fifth day of the month of December you'll be getting an obscure Christmas carol that you've probably never heard of. It's December 10, and let's out with it: Today's carol is grim. So let's carry on with the story.
So this actually takes place after the Magi didn't go back to Herod. So, in the Magi's dream, an angel told them not to go back to Herod. So the trio just went back home, and while Joseph was sleeping after they'd left he, too had an angel dream: Grab Mary and Jesus and run. Now, when you have an actual angel - not the fat little baby or the pretty person with eagle wings, I'm talking the indescribable horror which has to tell you "Fear not" whenever they show up the Bible calls an angel - when that tells you "Run," you run. See, Herod figured out that the Magi weren't coming back, and he was not happy about this. So, he responds by saying "Fine. Kill every boy in Bethlehem under the age of two."
Knowing that, you can probably figure out why there aren't so many songs about this side of the Nativity - it's horrifying. I mean, it's not something you want to think about around Christmas. "Snow and trees and reindeer and toys and mass infanticide." But there is one song from at least the mid-1500's which discusses this event. As performed by the Mediæval Bæbes, here is the Coventry Carol.
Tune in tomorrow for the final song in this Nativity trilogy - it will be happier, I promise.
Happy Sunday and welcome back for the eleventh of December. So today is Sunday, which means that it's going to be a bit more of a religious day, though given that I'm doing a bit of a Nativity trilogy it'd be religious today anyways. So today's going to be a happier moment in the Nativity story.
"Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, 'Fear not, and behold, I bring you tidings of great joy which will be to all people, for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Babe in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'" ~Luke 2:8-14
That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. Or at least what the Christian aspect of Christmas is all about. Glory to God, peace on earth, and goodwill toward men. I don't care if you don't cover your coffee cup in snowflakes and pine trees, I couldn't care less about how expensive the Christmas present you want to get me is - what matters to me is that you have done your part to make peace on earth and that you have shown goodwill toward men. And it is on that note that I end this Nativity trilogy. So with that, I turn you over to today's song, Away in a Manger, as performed by John Denver.
Tune in tomorrow! I promise to get off the soapbox.
It's December 12 - yes, 12/12 - so it's time for another song!
So, the first real snow of the year has fallen (where I am, at least) and it's shaping up to be a bit of a cold week to cap it off. It's very pretty out, but no, I do not look forward to going out in the cold and snow. I'd much rather go full-on bear mode and just hibernate. Let it snow, I'll take some hot chocolate and a blanket and hide out, thank you very much.
It is on that note that I offer you today's song, In the Bleak Midwinter, as performed by Chanticleer. This song has a pretty neat backstory: It was originally written as a poem by Christina Rossetti, but not as a song. As such, it actually got set to music by a number of independent composers, with the two most notable versions being one by Gustav Holst and another by Harold Edwin Darke. The version you are about to hear is the version by Holst. With that, I give you Chanticleer. in
See you tomorrow with something new!
Hey guys, it's the thirteenth of December, and yes, this is happening. You better listen!
I have no idea how I found this, but as soon as I did I knew what song I was doing today. The Weather Girls are better known for It's Raining Men off of their 1983 album Success. It is a damn shame we don't hear this song more often, because holy hell is this song amazing. I'm not going to keep you reading for long, here's the Weather Girls with Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas). Spread the word.
Stop by tomorrow, and leave me your suggestions!
December 14 and here's today's song! Sorry if today's intro's a bit short, I couldn't spend a lot of time browsing around for today's song so you're getting a little something off the reserve list.
So: Dean Martin's Marshmallow World. This is an odd-ball in that it's so...well, radio-friendly. And what I mean by that is that this is the sort of song I would totally expect to find involved in the endless loop of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bell Rock of the Christmas stations, yet I have actually never heard this song on the radio. Not once. There's not really too much more to say, so here's Dean.
Post by Shrikeswind on Dec 15, 2016 21:44:26 GMT -5
Hey there hipsters and welcome to another episode of "You've Probably Never Heard of It," where every fifth day of the month of December you'll be getting an obscure Christmas carol that you've probably never heard of. It's December 15, and today's song is might be a bit difficult for a lot of you, because this song was originally written in Huron.
So, about Jesous Ahatonhia - this song, as I mentioned, was originally written in the Huron language - another name for it thus being Huron Carol. This song was written in the 1600's by a French missionary in modern-day Ontario. Father Jean de Brebeuf, the missionary in question, spent 20 years with his flock, and is known to have written a dictionary of the Huron language - for reference, not a written language.
There's a few versions of this song out there, so let's talk about them. If you ever look this song up, you will undoubtedly find another version called Twas in the Moon of Wintertime. The two are very different songs despite sharing a melody and the Christmas theme - Jesous Ahatonhia is dominantly a song of rejoicing for the birth of Jesus (the name literally means "Jesus is born"), while Twas in the Moon of Wintertime is a retelling of the Nativity using American Indian imagery. This version, performed by Heather Dale, is a trilingual version of Jesous Ahatonhia sung in Huron, French, and English. The translation is relatively direct, so you're getting a fairly accurate version of the song.
Happy sixteenth and here's another song!
So this one comes by request. The name of the song is Drive the Cold Winter Away, and the performer is a gentleman by the name of Owain Phyfe. I had actually only just heard of this song for the first time when I got the request, never mind actually heard it, and I don't actually know whether Owain himself wrote it or if he was aware of a song that I'm not. Either way, it's a lovely song and, as it was requested...
For those not aware (which is to say "For everywhere I'm doing this calendar which isn't Facebook,") Owain Phyfe was a Renaissance Festival performer who died a couple years ago. He actually died within the first week of the Michigan Renaissance Festival - he wasn't present, of course, but if I'm not mistaken he died on opening day. A vigil was held in his honor on the fairgrounds, which I had attended.
So, without further ado, here's Owain Phyfe with Drive the Cold Winter Away.
"Let us drink and merry, all grief to refrain, for we may or might never all meet here again."
Hey, it's the seventeenth but it won't be for long because I am running super late today. Sorry about that!
Today's carol is Ding Dong Merrily On High, as performed by the Southwestern Seminary Oratorio Chorus, arranged by David Willcocks. The tune was originally written as a secular dance number in the 1500's in a book written by Jehan Tabourot, while the lyrics were written by George Ratcliffe Woodward with the original publication in 1924. I'm not going to go very long, so here's the Southwestern Seminary Oratorio Chorus.
I'll see you earlier tomorrow!
Happy Sunday the 18th! As usual, today's gonna get a bit more obviously religious.
Despite the fact that today's song is religious in nature, it's not about the Nativity. Veni, Veni Emmanuel is a hymn associated with a series of Catholic recitations, the O Antiphons - basically, the O Antiphons were set to music with the changes to the text intended to maintain a meter. Although there is an English version (O Come, O Come Emmanuel), I wanted to give you guys a Latin version because...well, Latin is a beautiful language.
So, the version you're going to hear was chosen because Hayley Westenra's version is beautiful and I really loved the imagery used in the video. And with that, I leave you with Hayley Westenra's version of Veni, Veni Emmanuel.
See you tomorrow!
Attention hipsters, Hipster Shrikes here. I have a brief announcement, and then I will hand it back to Regular Shrikes. There will be a slight scheduling tweak: Tomorrow's episode of "You've Probably Never Heard of It" will instead be out on the 21st, with a special song from Regular Shrikes tomorrow. Now to meld back into Regular Shrikes' psyche like some sort of reverse amoeba of hipsterdom.
Day 19 and it's time for another Christmas song! Today's song is a performance of What Child Is This? by the Moody Blues. So, a lot of people know the backstory on What Child Is This? and how it's sung to the tune of Greensleeves, but for those who don't...well, there you go...and for those who want more detail: In 1865 an insurance salesman by the name of William Chatterton Dix had suddenly fallen horribly ill. As he recovered, he underwent a spiritual renewal and started writing poetry and hymns. One such poem was titled "The Manger Throne." This poem would later be set to music and published in 1871 in a hymnal for Christmas Carols - set to Greensleeves and titled What Child Is This? And with that, I give you the Moody Blues.
See you tomorrow with another song!
Hey folks, it's December 20, and welcome back for another song!
Today's song is special for a couple reasons. First of all, in its own right it has nothing to do with the season - though it does most certainly get at the spirit of the season - it's just a very important song from a Christmas movie. Second of all, and more importantly, it's specifically for one of my listeners despite not being a request. Today's song is Brothers in Our World, a song off of the soundtrack to the movie Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas. Quick shout-out for when this hits Facebook: Happy birthday Emily!
Hipster Me picked out a good song, so tune in tomorrow for more!
Hey there hipsters and welcome to another episode of "You've Probably Never Heard of It," where every fifth day of the month of December you'll be getting an obscure Christmas carol that you've probably never heard of. ...Except that it's the 21st, which means it's been six days since I've posted. Also, as the name suggests, this song is not a Christmas carol, it is a Solstice Carole.
Okay, I worked that in a little poorly - I should be in advertising with crap like that. But yes, the song is titled Solstice Carole. This song is by the Wyrd Sisters and is, as the name implies, about the winter solstice, which is today. The song is off their 1993 album Leave a Little Light, which seems to be discontinued. I won't talk too long about the song or the band, so here is Solstice Carole.
We don't have much longer to go! The final episode of "You've Probably Never Heard of It" comes out Sunday the 25th, so yes, Christmas Day, and after that the advent calendar is over. I'll be teaming up with Friar Shrikes for the final episode with a distinctly religious, distinctly obscure song for the final song. Tune in, you'll love it! And until tomorrow!
Post by Shrikeswind on Dec 22, 2016 20:53:43 GMT -5
Hey everyone, it's the 22nd so here's another song!
With only a couple of days left, I figured it's time for this song. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas was written for the 1944 musical "Meet Me in St. Louis," starring Judy Garland. The more well-known version (which is to say, the version you hear more often on the radio,) performed by Frank Sinatra, had a few changes in lyrics to focus on celebrating present happiness. Garland, on the other hand, sang a much more somber song, with the lyrics focusing more on looking to the future for hope in an otherwise sadder present, in the context of the movie, the fact that they were about to leave their home in St. Louis for New York. The song was naturally popular with U.S. troops, which led to the song being as popular as it is today.
You can probably guess which version you'll be hearing today. Here's Judy Garland.
One final note before I go: On Christmas Day, I'll be posting the song early, which is to say, I'm aiming for a midnight post, which means it may even be before Christmas Eve has technically ended. This shouldn't bear too much explanation - it's Christmas Day, I'm very unlikely to be able to get on the computer until it's way too late. I'll also be posting a link to a YouTube playlist featuring every song I've posted this month so you can listen to all 25 songs in a row - so if you want some music for opening presents to, I'll have it all right there.
It's the 23rd. Tomorrow's Christmas Eve. I am so excited! Are you?
Today's song is Deck the Halls, an old Welsh song which you are probably familiar with. What you're less likely to be familiar with are going to be the lyrics - at least, a couple of lines. See, Deck the Halls has an interesting history, as in original form, it featured some references to drinking. "Fill the mead-cup, drain the barrel," "See the flowing bowl before us," and "Laughing, quaffing, all together" make clear what's going on at this Christmas party, and the moral guardians didn't like that, so they got changed to the now better-known lines "Don we now our gay apparel," "See the blazing yule before us," and "Sing we joyous all together," respectively. And while wearing an ugly sweater as I sing carols by the fire certainly is pleasant, I also think we should remember that sometimes, everyone just needs to get together over a drink.
And with that, here's Roger Pontare with Deck the Halls
Now if you'll excuse me, I have cookies to bake and presents to wrap. Smell ya later!
It's Christmas Eve, the house smells delicious, my presents are still not wrapped - shut up! I'll get it done! - and everything is looking to be a "warm, peaceful Christmas," as per my grandmother's request. I hope the same is true for everyone else out there! Knowing that, there's only one thing left for everyone, something perhaps most succinctly explained in today's song by the one and only Kermit the Frog: One More Sleep Til Christmas. I have a bit more to do - after all, tomorrow's song and yes, the playlist, is going to be out in roughly 6 hours instead of 24 as usual, and like I said, I have to wrap my presents - but even so, with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season winding down, we can all finally settle down and enjoy the holiday. And with that, here's Kermit.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Merry Christmas, and welcome to the final episode of "You've Probably Never Heard of It," where today we will be hearing a rather obscure and quite religious Christmas song. Today's song is...well, it's old. To give you a sense of exactly how old we're talking, today's song was written by St. Ambrose, who died in 397. This song is thus one of the oldest - possibly the oldest - song specifically for Christmas that still survives.
Veni Redemptor Gentium, like the previous song Veni, Veni Emmanuel, has been translated into English - in this case, the title is usually "O Come, Redeemer of Nations." And, like Veni, Veni Emmanuel, I chose instead to take a Latin version, although in this case it's less because of my fascination with the language (though that still plays into it) so much as to emphasize the antiquity of this song, a task aided by the fact that I specifically chose a version sung by actual monks.
With that, I give you Veni Redemptor Gentium, performed by the monks of the Monks of the Abbey of Rouen.
Thank you all for sticking with me this month! The playlist is linked in the first post.
Nester the Lark: Speaking of the song "Reincarnation," perhaps it might have sounded something like this if the game had gotten an English dub.
Jan 26, 2021 10:25:09 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: According to Nintendo's IR calendar, they're going to release their financial information up to December 2020 on 1 Feb. Switch sales (68.30 mil at Sep 2020) may very well surpass that of the 3DS (75.94 mil), but how will it compare to the GBA (81.51 mil)?
Jan 31, 2021 12:10:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It's closer to the GBA sales than I thought. Switch hardware sales up to December 2020 is 79.87 mil, while I expected about 78 mil.
Feb 1, 2021 8:07:53 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, while they stopped counting 3DS and Wii U hardware sales, software went up from 385.12 mil to 385.85 mil and 103.27 mil to 103.31 mil. Switch software sales went from 456.49 mil to 532.34 mil, surpassing that of NES and Game Boy.
Feb 1, 2021 8:09:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: So now that I have a capture device, I've been looking at my games and tried to figure out the resolution and frame rate they run at. Trials Rising is 540p30, Project DIVA Mega Mix has the UI at 720p60 and the simpler, single-singer PVs run at 540p60…?
Feb 6, 2021 11:42:34 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: All the Atelier games I've seen so far (Arland 1-4) run at 1080p30, which is a bit surprising as I expected a lower resolution for Lulua. Void Terrarium and Puyo Puyo Tetris 1 and 2 all run at 1080p60. PPT1 also ran at 1080p60 on Wii U, so no surprise.
Feb 6, 2021 11:45:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: ↑ In Atelier Lulua, the system UI and even some parts with 3D models (like the synthesis screen) run at full 1080p at 60 fps. That's a huge leap from the previous two games in the series. World map runs at 30 fps though, despite not being intensive.
Feb 8, 2021 11:13:44 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Rune Factory 4 Special runs at 720p60. Fire Emblem Three Houses is a weird case; it looks like 900p30 to me, but because of the way the edge of the models are drawn, the graphics end up looking very ugly.
Feb 8, 2021 11:15:06 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've been doing the same thing I do every time I consider getting Smash Ultimate: playing Smash for Wii U. It turns out there are still plenty of people playing it online. Makes me curious about Splatoon 1.
Feb 20, 2021 10:08:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The online also worked better than I remember. Maybe because there are fewer people...?
Feb 20, 2021 10:10:09 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: My skill curve in Smash Bros seems to be the opposite of other games: the more I play, the worse I get.
Feb 23, 2021 17:28:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: TIL I had not yet unlocked all the stages in Smash for Wii U. Just unlocked the last one today, six years after getting the game.
Feb 24, 2021 18:35:31 GMT -5