Gabe Newell's watching me

I always feel like, Gabe Newell's watching me...

Tell me is it just on Steam?
I had this song stuck in my head for months. MONTHS. I couldn't shake the catchy chorus. Then all-of-a-sudden, Gabe Newell infected it. Suddenly I was singing about Gabe. Why? WHY? GAAAAAAAAAABE!
I avoided making this as long as I could. I resisted, but alas, today, it happened.
Gabe's watching.
He knows I know he's watching, but he doesn't mind.

It's Resident Evil 5 Co-Op Playthrough Time

Playthrough Start!

I am playing as Chris and Sir Christopher British Steel is playing as Sheva.
The playthrough is Co-Op and done so that you get both player perspectives and commentary in one video. The videos are also edited to keep them under 30 minutes. The playthrough is 5 hours total. 
If the first video isn't thrilling you, try the next one - I think the videos get much better over time as the game becomes more interesting, giving us more to joke about. :)

Part 01 - July 21st

Part 02 - July 22nd

Part 03 - July 23rd

Part 04 - July 24th

Part 05 - July 25th

Part 06 - July 26th

Part 07 - July 27th

Part 08 - July 28th

Part 09 - July 29th

Part 10 - July 30th

Part 11 - July 31st

Part 12 - August 1st

Playthrough complete!

That's it!
Dunno what's next, but I'll probably go back to single player games and not posting entire threads about them here. I figured this playthrough would be more relevant to the Giant Bomb as it's a two person foray through an entire game in the vein of the Endurance Run.

Murder Taxi and the manly zen garden

Yo dawgs,
I've got a few new tracks here for ya. There is also visual accompaniment for each track.

Murder Taxi

First up, a muderous-ass taxi. So murderous. So taxi.
This is a funky electro something-or-other type track, somewhat like Justice or Danger. A phat beat, beefy synths, slap bass, distorted clavinet and lots of little filtery sweepy effects.

MP3 Download:  THA - Murder Taxi
This video goes up to 2560x1600 res if you feel so inclined to select the "original" resolution option. I encoded it at 12M bitrate and it was super-clean but Youtube decided to lame it up a bit anyways.

Where The Nightingale Sings

So, like...relax. It's time to relax now. Yeah, I know it was just party time and all, but now it's relax, way relax time.

MP3 Download: THA - Where The Nightingale Sings
The footage in this video was recorded at Suiho-En, a Japanese Garden nearby. Van a waste treatment facility, to be exact. Yeah, just over the wall to this garden, they're filtering poop water. Poop aside, the garden is what it is and it's lovely. :)
That all I got for right now. Yay, stuff!

The moon is terrifying.

Moonbase Alpha

So, there's this game on Steam now, Moonbase Alpha from NASA and friends. It takes place on the moon. Bad stuff is happening and you have to fix everything.
It's not easy to do alone, so luckily it can be played cooperatively. Unfortunately though, I was all by myself.
There is no winning in space. The moon only knows hate.

Resident Evil 5

Something else that has a cooperative mode is Resident Evil 5, which I played a bit of yesterday. I made a test video to see if I could edit together videos with footage and commentary from two people. I think it turned out pretty good, so a full playthrough is forthcoming. :D 
That's all for now. There's other new stuff on mah youtube page and stuff, but whatever. :P I'll be posting new music here too after I get some video to go along with it.

My "Let's Play" videos

Let's Play

I've made a list of them using Giant Bombs awesometastic list system and you can find that list right here: Hamst3r's Let's Play videos!  
The video playlists are embedded in the list for easy access.

I'd write an interesting history about my adventures in Let's-Play-land but really, It's only been 6 months since the first playthrough. Maybe after a year or two I'll have more to say than, "Well, I uh, started making these and yeah, I've kept making them..."
This blog is simply to bring attention to the existence of the list and the fact that I'm still making vids. :)

In other news

1. I can't wait for Nvidia to drop their "Surround" drivers so I can finally try out some triple monitor gaming.
2. I'm Muffin747 on Words With Friends for iPhone. I'll kill you, because I am both a pastry and an airplane.
3. The stuff shown at E3 so far that I'm the most excited about: Portal 2, Limbo, Dead Space 2, Crysis 2, X-COM, Rush'n'Attack, Bionic Commando 2, Arkham Asylum 2, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Monkey Island 2: Special Edition. Particularly the first 5, hot damn.
That is all.

Mario on Harpejji & other delights...


I'm learning to play some video game tunes on the Harpejji. Here's a bit of Overworld 2 from Super Mario Bros 3.
  The goal is to eventually be able to play the bass and lead simultaneously; but yeah, the above will have to do for now. :)


Harpejji aside, I still sequence stuff and put together the majority of a track yesterday. It's unfinished, but check it out anyways, it's close enough:
or in video form, accompanied by Beat Hazard, where in I die a lot:
 Oh yeah... just remembered:


I made a horrible mash up last month and neglected to share it here. Perhaps you are familiar with chiptune pop band Anamanaguchi. Perhaps you are also familiar with Taylor Swift...

At last...a song with the Harpejji

So yeah, it's been about a week since I got that Harpejji thing and I've made a little something with it. It’s everything except the drums:

MP3 Download: THA – At Last…

I’m no virtuoso yet, but it’s the furthest I’ve advanced with any instrument. I’ve had a guitar since high school and simply cannot contort my fingers to produce a decent sound from it. I’ve also had numerous keyboards and access to pianos and have never managed to get very good with them either. I mean, I can play a few chords, but beyond that; forget about it.

I’m pretty excited about this. :)
That aside,

since I feel the need to tack on at least one additional topic to every blog

Biplanes HD is in playtest right now on the XNA Creators Club; getting some valuable feedback on it's current state. Those guys always come up with things we hadn't considered. They're wizards. :O


Chiptune Rock part deux

Bananas. Bandanas. Banana Banditos. Err...
Anyways, chiptune sounds + Rock. That's what it's all about; and here's more of it for a soon to be existent thing I keep talking about whatever it is.
Hey! Listen!

MP3 Download: THA – Turboprop.mp3
The prior chiptune-rock thing is a few blogs ago, in case you missed it and like this sort of thing.
And uh, yeah, that's all I got for ya right's only been 3 days since my last blog here.

I bought a Harpejji and it arrived, so I made a video

Back in October 2009 I ordered this...thing. It's a plank of wood with strings on it and it makes noise, kind of like them geetars the kids are into. It's a 24-string tapping instrument. It's tuned to a whole tone scale (C, D, E, F#, G#, A#). It also has some interesting tech built into it. The bass and melody strings go through separate built-in pre-amps. When you lift your finger off a string it stops immediately thanks to the per-string mute system. Also, it sustains forever, which is weird.
Anyways, a few months into the build they offered to upgrade it from the D1 to the new K24 model they were working on, but that it would add a few extra months to the build. Decline a free upgrade? Hell no! So now, nearly seven months later, it has finally arrived. Yay!  

A few images for those who are allergic to videos: 

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In Other News

I saw a squirrel. It was going like this. *squirrel*

Zweidecker - more music from Biplanes HD


Hola señors and señoritas,
I have been making noise. Rock-like noise; you know, guitars and drums and stuff, but with the addition of a few chiptune synths and orchestral strings for good measure. Yes, it's very Machinae Supremacy inspired. It's also got a bit of Iron Maiden in there, which was also the inspiration for the accompanying video using wartime footage.
Check it out:
MP3 Download: THA - Zweidecker.mp3
Pew pew pew! I like planes. 
Dunno when Biplanes HD will be done, but soon as the core game is finished. Can't show any gameplay yet though as the art is being completely redone to not suck. :)

And now for something completely different...

Oh yeah, I also tried out something different with my P.B. Winterbottom playthrough. I had a camera set up recording me and chopped that up into it's own video with a bit o' PIP action going on.
I might do more of this, dunno yet.
Lastly, I fucking love horchata.
 Rice, Almond, Vanilla and Cinnamon
 Rice, Almond, Vanilla and Cinnamon