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My Grade 3 book report on Chime

Over the week I got the opportunity to play a wonderful game. I like it and you should too. It is now available for the PSN. Chime is the story of a boy named Chime, who became an orphan when a midnight raid attack everyone in his village, including his parents. Everything was burned to the ground and he was the only survivor. He vowed to get revenge on anyone who set fire to things.

While he journeyed along he found a pile of Tetraminos and a grid. He was bored enough to stop there and check it out, so he did. When he placed a Tetramino on the grid he found out it made a sound. It was beautiful music. So he sat down and placed more pieces on the grid. Suddenly, when he made a 3x3 square out of the pieces they turned into a Quad. These Quads in turn changed the color of the grid. That is when the boy realized what he had to do.

So with the Tertaminos in one hand and a grid in the other. The boy went straight to that tyrant of a king and burned the kingdom down, all to the tune of 'Brazil by Philip Glass.'

all in all I'd have to say this is a good book and I'd want anyone who is a music lover, to give this a read. You won't be disappointed!

 One Picture, is all you will get!

That being said... Chime. It's pretty chill, right? I love me some games that have to do with music. Yeah, yeah.. I'm one of those people that humbly admit that they're totally into music and I'm not surprised that you're not surprised. But I've wanted to get a hold of Chime for a while now. (to be honest I'm really just waiting for a mac version of it to inevitably pop up.) So recently my roommate actually purchased it for his PS3 and I've managed to get my hands on it. I remember looking at it solely for it's soundtrack. I really like my game soundtracks but I also really love it when real music is introduced in a gamey way. It's why I still play Lumines from time to time when I remember that I still have a PSP.

This actually reminds me of a long time ago in the midst of 1ups better days, Jane (Pinkard? Packard?) was talking about video game soundtracks. Although I forget specifically what it was about the topic in my understanding was what about a game's soundtrack is very specifically what you always imagine it to sound like.

If that makes sense? Basically, Person A says: “The thing I recognize [for myself] as video game music is such and such game.”

Does that make sense yet?

My answer to it was Jet Set Radio. Basically when I think of Video game music I think of Jet Set Radio. Hideki Naganuma managed to capture the energy and enthusiasm that I feel speaks to me as if it were to say “man, this is a video game.” Sounds kind of stupid when I just say it like that. But you know, everybody's got their one sound that really speaks to them as “THE video game music.” Even if everyone and their dog would flood this blog with some kind of Final Fantasy song. Or we'd live in an alternate world where everyone loves Chrono Trigger's OST a little too much. I've seen a lot of “Best Soundtrack Ever” threads but I sometimes feel like not a lot of people have stopped to think about it.

Prove me wrong? Give me an essay? YEAH! That'll be the day. 

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Posted by bonbolapti
  

My Grade 3 book report on Chime

Over the week I got the opportunity to play a wonderful game. I like it and you should too. It is now available for the PSN. Chime is the story of a boy named Chime, who became an orphan when a midnight raid attack everyone in his village, including his parents. Everything was burned to the ground and he was the only survivor. He vowed to get revenge on anyone who set fire to things.

While he journeyed along he found a pile of Tetraminos and a grid. He was bored enough to stop there and check it out, so he did. When he placed a Tetramino on the grid he found out it made a sound. It was beautiful music. So he sat down and placed more pieces on the grid. Suddenly, when he made a 3x3 square out of the pieces they turned into a Quad. These Quads in turn changed the color of the grid. That is when the boy realized what he had to do.

So with the Tertaminos in one hand and a grid in the other. The boy went straight to that tyrant of a king and burned the kingdom down, all to the tune of 'Brazil by Philip Glass.'

all in all I'd have to say this is a good book and I'd want anyone who is a music lover, to give this a read. You won't be disappointed!

 One Picture, is all you will get!

That being said... Chime. It's pretty chill, right? I love me some games that have to do with music. Yeah, yeah.. I'm one of those people that humbly admit that they're totally into music and I'm not surprised that you're not surprised. But I've wanted to get a hold of Chime for a while now. (to be honest I'm really just waiting for a mac version of it to inevitably pop up.) So recently my roommate actually purchased it for his PS3 and I've managed to get my hands on it. I remember looking at it solely for it's soundtrack. I really like my game soundtracks but I also really love it when real music is introduced in a gamey way. It's why I still play Lumines from time to time when I remember that I still have a PSP.

This actually reminds me of a long time ago in the midst of 1ups better days, Jane (Pinkard? Packard?) was talking about video game soundtracks. Although I forget specifically what it was about the topic in my understanding was what about a game's soundtrack is very specifically what you always imagine it to sound like.

If that makes sense? Basically, Person A says: “The thing I recognize [for myself] as video game music is such and such game.”

Does that make sense yet?

My answer to it was Jet Set Radio. Basically when I think of Video game music I think of Jet Set Radio. Hideki Naganuma managed to capture the energy and enthusiasm that I feel speaks to me as if it were to say “man, this is a video game.” Sounds kind of stupid when I just say it like that. But you know, everybody's got their one sound that really speaks to them as “THE video game music.” Even if everyone and their dog would flood this blog with some kind of Final Fantasy song. Or we'd live in an alternate world where everyone loves Chrono Trigger's OST a little too much. I've seen a lot of “Best Soundtrack Ever” threads but I sometimes feel like not a lot of people have stopped to think about it.

Prove me wrong? Give me an essay? YEAH! That'll be the day. 

Posted by supermike6

For me it will always be Ocarina of Time. The soundtrack to that game is so wonderful and I feel like all the tracks really fit within the game. That being said, I think VVVVVV has the most video game-sounding music I've ever heard. With that, I have the "this is a friggin' video game" moment you are talking about. 


I would write an essay but 2AM is not a good time for me to do so.
Posted by AlisterCat

I go to University with someone who worked on Chime and we had one of the UI designers in to talk to us and he showed some of his design process on it. Its a very relaxing game.

Posted by bonbolapti
@supermike6:  good choices, I've never actually touched VVVVV in any form. people tell me I should. (especially if they get excited over the soundtrack.) oh... and don't worry about the essay. hahah

@AlisterCat: I wonder what that game looked in some of it's early development. still, that's pretty cool!
Posted by supermike6
@bonbolapti: As far as it being an actual video game, I didn't like it that much. I thought it was really cool at first, but it just got hard to the point of frustrating way too quickly. I definitely enjoy the soundtrack more than the game itself.
Posted by Dolphin_Butter

I actually have to write an essay about video game soundtracks... But yeah, Chime is pretty chill until you fiendishly go for the achievements (at least, on the 360 version; I have no idea how it is on PS3). The last few were particularly frustrating to get, but I got my S-Rank so I'm happy. :)

Posted by bonbolapti
@Sleepy_Insomniac:  nope, the throphies are still pretty much insane. but a game like that I feel is worthy of s-ranking. oh god. oh god... might as well put in the effort.
Posted by PixelPrinny

LOL I liked that 3rd grade Chime write-up. :P


Hmm I'm not sure what song or soundtrack would represent video game music best for me. There are far too many to choose from.... I think Final Fantasy 1's opening them would represent the beginning of the jump from chiptune to orchestral soundtracks (even if it was still done chiptune, obviously), which each subsequent version being a great representation of how far the music had developed.

For good ol' classic video game music, I'm pretty sure you can't really beat the music of Super Mario Bros. That screams video game music at the top of its lungs and then shoves the radio down your throat to make sure you're aware of it.

My personal favorite, predictably, is Xenogears. Considering it's my favorite game of all time, it's no shocker that I also adore the music. Oh and a new orchestral album was released fairly recently called "Myth: The Xenogears Orchestral Album" and is absolutely fantastic. It does a great combination of classics and mash-ups. But yeah... Xenogears music... hummed along with every tune in the game when I played it on the PSN. Love it, love it, love it.
Posted by bonbolapti
@PixelPrinny:  I regret that xenogears is the one classic Square RPG that I haven't even touched yet. The way you keep talking it up, I feel really really bad.