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#1 Posted by danielkempster (2771 posts) -

@iainfarrell: I really, really like this idea and would definitely like to be involved if it comes to fruition. Please register my interest and keep me posted. If Hyper Light Drifter is confirmed as the first game then I'll pick it up ready for next month.

Also, if you're into the concept of a "video game book club" then I feel obliged to recommend Giant Bomb moderator @thatpinguino's own podcast project, Deep Listens. Every two weeks, he and his co-hosts play the same game and then dive deep on its gameplay, story and presentation, bringing their own backgrounds in literature and philosophy into the discussions. I admittedly only listen to the episodes pertaining to games which I've already played, as it's become a bit of a tall order for me to get through a game every two weeks (one a month sounds way more manageable for me), but it's nonetheless one of my favourite video game podcasts out there. Plus, they were kind enough to have me on as a guest for an episode on Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath a few years back.

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#2 Posted by danielkempster (2771 posts) -

Best of luck with this duder. You're one of the best currently active bloggers on the site and I hope this move works out for you. You've more than earned my subscription.

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#3 Posted by danielkempster (2771 posts) -

The most memorable example for me has to be The Black Crowes. I knew nothing of them before hearing their song 'Remedy' on the classic rock station in Grand Theft Auto IV. I was hooked on it instantly, and over the summer of 2008 I dug deep into their studio discography. Ten years on, they still make the list of my top five favourite artists. The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion and Amorica are two of the finest, most underrated rock albums I've ever heard.

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#4 Posted by danielkempster (2771 posts) -

There aren't many people I've met through the internet that I would legitimately call friends, but Cameron is absolutely firmly in that category. From the earliest days of the site (yes duder, I remember that Leisure Suit Larry avatar like it was yesterday) I've been bullshitting with him over so many things - from video games to writing and music. He's a fantastic writer, a trait that's evident in everything from his Giant Bomb blogs to his self-published novels. I bought all of his books in paperback as soon as I could, and I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation (speaking of which, if you're not already familiar with Cam's novels, be sure to look up "Rankin Flats Supernatural Thrillers").

Sending you and your family nothing but the best of wishes and all the good vibes I can buddy. Wishing you a speedy recovery so we can get back to shooting the shit about old JRPGs, quirky rock music and your upcoming fantasy novel. And thanks to Ryan for keeping us all informed of your progress.

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#5 Posted by danielkempster (2771 posts) -

Some fantastic choices in the posts above, along with some albums I'm not familiar with but I think I'm going to have to check out.

Limiting myself to one album per artist, because if I didn't, this would predominantly be a list of The Who albums. Here goes:

  • The Black Crowes - Before the Frost.../...Until the Freeze
    • It was a toss-up between this and The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, but BTF.../...UTF wins out by virtue of being both longer and more varied, so will likely stand up better to repeated listening.
  • Clutch - Earth Rocker
    • Over the last five years Clutch have become one of my all-time favourite bands, and it all started with the release of this incredible album back in 2013. It's rare to find a band this on top of their game, this deep into their career.
  • Emmy the Great - Second Love
    • A bit left-field compared to the other, more rock-oriented picks, but this album holds special personal significance for me and my girlfriend. Closing track Lost in You is the song that brought us together, but the whole album is evocative of our relationship.
  • Explosions in the Sky - The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
    • This instrumental album helped me rebuild myself after a particularly devastating loss about six years ago. It's just incredibly uplifting, optimistic music.
  • Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
    • Maybe a controversial pick over The Colour and the Shape, but ESP&G has been my favourite Foo Fighters album since it came out in 2007. It's a perfect blend of harder and softer songs.
  • The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
    • Another album from my "rebuilding" phase and one that will always hold deep personal significance for me. Much like the Foos pick, I'll concede it's not their best album, but it is my favourite.
  • Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
    • Yes, I'm picking a lot of double albums here, but if I'm limited to just ten then I'm going to opt for the longer, more varied picks. There isn't a bad track on Physical Graffiti, and Ten Years Gone holds the honour of being my personal favourite Zeppelin song.
  • Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
    • This was another tough choice between two albums. While Stanley Road is the quintessential Weller album with the most hits-per-pound, I adore the conceptual nature of this more experimental stage in his solo career.
  • Radiohead - OK Computer
    • Probably the most clichéd pick on this list, but it's here for a good reason. In my opinion, no other album has captured the essence of modern life in such a stark, bleak, terrifying way and made it sound so hauntingly beautiful.
  • The Who - Quadrophenia
    • The easiest pick on this list. My favourite album ever. Has been ever since I heard it for the first time. I remember digging the vinyl out of my dad's record collection and listening to it in full every day for about a month. Even now I revisit it regularly, and I wouldn't ever want to be without it.
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#6 Posted by danielkempster (2771 posts) -

I've just tried to access my profile again and all seems back to normal, so problem solved I guess? Mods, feel free to lock this down.

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#7 Posted by danielkempster (2771 posts) -

I'm having some problems viewing my own profile page while logged in on the site. Currently, whenever I try and access my own profile landing page while logged in, I'm faced with a 500 Internal Server Error. If I'm not logged in, I can view my profile just fine. I can view other users' profiles, and even subsections of my own profile (such as my blog page or lists page) while logged in without issue.

I'm using Google Chrome as a browser on Windows 10 and an Android phone, and the error is present on both devices/OS.

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#8 Posted by danielkempster (2771 posts) -

Major kudos to everyone who took part in this, and a massive thank you to everyone who donated. The community total now stands at $8402. Because of us, the collective Giant Bomb community, 112 kids are going to school. That is truly incredible.

Thanks too to anyone who tuned into my inFamous 2 stream, and an extra thanks to Rorie for featuring it on the chat page yesterday. Was nice to get some interaction with the community while frying innocent bystanders with red electricity... for the kids, of course.

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#9 Edited by danielkempster (2771 posts) -

@thatpinguino Assuming you're accepting community involvement, I'm definitely down to get involved again this year. The Pokémon Gold livestream last year was a lot of fun, and I'm always up for some more video game madness in the name of a fantastic cause.

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#10 Posted by danielkempster (2771 posts) -

I bloody love you, @sweep. I don't know what chain of events led to this happening, but it is glorious.

Hey @zombiepie, I know it's early in the week, but you need to bookmark this thread for this week's Community Spotlight.