Ben_H's forum posts

#1 Posted by Ben_H (3468 posts) -

A set of Beyerdynamic DT-880 600 Ohms into a Schiit Vali/Modi amp/DAC combo and then a Blue Snowball as my mic.

Headsets are a waste of time. Just get a good set of headphones and a mic.

#2 Edited by Ben_H (3468 posts) -

Mainlining the story in Shadow of Mordor because I know this will be one of my last chances for the next few months to do so. Otherwise just Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, DS Smash Bros, Dota 2, and Crossy Road. I still want to finish Shovel Knight and a few others. I want to play more of Prison Architect (which isn't something you can exactly finish but man is that game fun) and good ol' Rollercoaster Tycoon.

I want to get Real Platinum God in Binding of Isaac: Rebirth but that is going to be a lot of work over a long time.

#3 Posted by Ben_H (3468 posts) -

O Fortuna: The ultimate song to represent a Mortal Kombat game.

#4 Posted by Ben_H (3468 posts) -

@peterdotorg said:

@tehpickle said:

The general lack of love for Binding of Isaac: Rebirth around these parts continues to sadden me.

I haven't even played it yet (recently platinumed vanilla Isaac) but Rebirth might be my game of the year. I'm afraid of the amount of time I'll inevitably put into that thing...

The more I play it, the more I convince myself that it is the game of all the years.

If you liked vanilla enough to get all the achievements, I'm sure you're gonna love it. Dive in, balls deep!

I don't usually sink a lot of time into a single game. I just passed 100 hours on that game. It's so good. My game of the year by far.

#5 Posted by Ben_H (3468 posts) -

On the topic of lyrical content in metal, why even bother worrying about it? So 3 of the original members of Emperor went to prison for torching churches and/or murder? Who cares? They make great music. Likewise with lots of other bands. It's simple: don't take it seriously. The number one mistake people make when hearing about others listening to metal is the assumption they take the lyrical content and evilness seriously. I treat it with the same level of seriousness people treat professional wrestling with. It's a fun, over-the-top genre of music with a ton of energy and great atmosphere.

@zella said:

@figurehead00 said:

Yeah, I don't think I've listened to much death metal. Thanks for the suggestions. Black Metal is definitely a hard thing to like. What can I say? I like Scandinavian nerds in corpse paint and spikes growling about winter and whatever.

Well take away the corpse paint and you just described Wintersun. Like every single one of their songs is about winter and/or being vikings.

That or the first two Ensiferum albums (Though I wouldn't classify Ensiferum as being anything close to black metal, though I think what we are talking about in this thread is just Scandinavian metal in general and not black metal specifically), which is the same dude (Jari Mäenpää) on vocals and guitar (He left after that and was replaced with another dude, Petri Lindroos, who, while good, gives the band a bit of a different vibe). Probably a little less power metally too. Both are amazing though.

If you want black metal that's got completely hilarious/awesome lyrics, check out old Arcturus (newer Arcturus is weeeeiiirrd. It's abstract new age stuff). All of their lyrics on "Aspera Heims Symfonia" are in Old English, well other than those that are in Norwegian.

In this particular Arcturus song the lyrics are literally just a phrase recorded, and played at various speeds backwards.

Don't believe me? Here it is backwards. Skip to around 2:45.

Oh and since we're posting Emperor songs, I'll post one of the best ones rather than the most popular two that I think are actually weaker songs than a lot of their other material.

If you want a black metal band that very obviously doesn't take themselves seriously, check out Immortal. The vocalist/guitarist guy Abbath (full stage name Abbath Doom Occulta because why not) is a goofball in a the few interviews I've seen with him. This is the band most people picture when they think "dudes in corpse paint with spiky stuff that write songs about winter".

#6 Posted by Ben_H (3468 posts) -

Get good at running again and get back in shape. I kick started this by signing up for a half marathon. I've run tons of 5Ks and a couple 10s but never a 21K. My current goal is get back to the weight I was summer (so lose around 15-20 pounds and regain muscle. I ate like crap the last couple months without exercising and have been feeling awful as a result). I've been doing small runs daily the last week or so and I'm already seeing a difference. The issue is I'm an outdoor runner and it is way too cold to run outside right now so I have to go on the treadmill, which I don't particularly enjoy. As soon as April hits I'll be running outside daily but until then I'll just try and find ways to make the treadmill less dull.

Get an actual job with my degree once I'm done school. There's quite a few places here looking for people with my degree and a shortage of people to hire so this shouldn't be too hard. We have a career day coming up at school that I'll take part in. Usually a good chunk of people graduating leave it with at least one interview lined up.

On that note, pass my last 4 classes. I'm worried I might start to slack off since it is my last set of classes.

#7 Posted by Ben_H (3468 posts) -

Shadow of Mordor for both, since I played it through midnight and thus ended 2014 and started 2015 of it.

#8 Posted by Ben_H (3468 posts) -

@korwin said:

His signature finisher will be the "Spring Breaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak", sure he'll have to pay Franco every time he busts it out but it will be worth it.

Knowing RiFF RAFF, every time he does his finisher James Franco will have to pay him. He'll figure out a way or get Diplo to make it happen.

#9 Posted by Ben_H (3468 posts) -

i no longer save my info on accounts, they are just too easy to hack these days

Indeed. After my Steam account somehow got hacked one time (luckily I didn't save payment info or I would have been screwed. I recovered the account by sending them a picture of the CD key of a physical copy of a game I own that is registered on there. This was before 2-factor was a thing) I've vowed never to save credit card info for anything. Instead I just memorized my credit card stuff.

#10 Posted by Ben_H (3468 posts) -

My favorite thing he's done editing wise was when they were watching crazy cutscenes on MGS2 and he had a closeup of Drew's face prepared for when craziness was about to occur. You'd know something insane was about to happen because that separate frame with Drew's face would slowly climb onto the screen just in time to see him freak out about something. It was so perfect.