Just to give you an indication of how old the world-famous series of Dungeons and Dragons is, if you were born in 1989, like I was, then that means this game had been well-established before you were even out of your mom’s belly nearly twenty-five years ago. Now, while the actual release dates of Dungeons and Dragons is still hotly debated, there is no denying the cultural impact that Dungeons and Dragons has had on our world. From countless references in our favorite TV shows including:
And of course, The Big Bang Theory:
And of course, the (bullshit) perpetual stereotype that anyone who enjoys this game of dice and adventure are all unattractive nerds who live in their mom’s basement (Which, to reiterate is total bullshit because Sheldon and his crew clearly have their own place and are perfectly self-sufficient–on top of being awkwardly hot).
Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, the creators of of Dungeons and Dragons, will be celebrating the game’s “official” birthday, marking forty, long years of nerdism and adventure on Sunday, January 26th, 2014.
So, mark your calendars, gather all of your old friends from high school, and roll the dice in honor of the forty years of joy, broken-friendships, eternal puns and D&D inspired games such as World of Warcraft.
And for those of you more curious about the actual chronological mystery that sounds D&D, check out this link.
We last featured Richie Branson for his efforts to bring back Toonami.
This week we received notice that the artist who made rapping about Anime and Nintendo famous has made it onto the Billboard Charts for his Chrono Trigger inspired album “From Guardia with Love“.
Branson tells us the album debuted in the following spots:
#4 First week release on the Billboard Rap Chart
#69 Overall Billboard Rap Chart
#6 First week release on the Billboard R&B Chart
#106 Overall Billboard R&B Chart
#140 Overall Billboard New Artist Chart
“I feel that many fans of the series have been waiting a long time for a true hip-hop tribute to all things Chrono. I’m sure the use of Chrono Trigger samples in popular songs by mainstream rappers only intensified the hunger for an artist to actually spit actual references to the game, as opposed to wasting such awesome beats to simply rap about the same tired subjects.
Having “From Guardia With Love” chart as a top 100 rap album proves that there is definitely an audience searching for a different type of hip-hop. If nothing else, I just wanted to prove that there is a place on the charts for the type of music I make. Consider this the “shot heard round the world” in the war for better hip-hop.”
In terms of what Richie wants to achieve in the future, he believes this can be JUST the beginning for rap artists interested in bringing video game music into the mainstream.
“It’s just surreal to see my album right up there with other big names like Wiz Khalifa, Odd Future, Big K.R.I.T. and Snoop Dogg…I feel like I can certainly improve on my numbers when I release my next album. This may sound a little ambitious, but with the help of my supporters and fans, I will deliver a top-10 billboard charting album by year’s end.”
Below is a playlist of the songs on the album, in addition to a link to the purhcase page.
From us here at The Jace Hall Show, congrats to Richie for the success and keep on making on video game inspired music!
Most rap artists today have become notorious for spitting out rhymes reminiscent of life in a club or inside a Lamborghini — suffice to say, a lifestyle that doesn’t resonate with most of the general public.
That isn’t to say there aren’t a few emcees standing out with lyrics relevant to those of us in the gaming/science world. Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA a.k.a. The Genius is stepping out and is dedicating his next album, Dark Matter, to his studies and experience working in science, some of which was spent with M.I.T. researchers.
“I was interested in science from an early age, but not to the point where I wanted to go to school and be a physicist — I just liked learning about the elements and knowing we are part of this whole universe structure. It’s something to write about,” GZA said in an interview with Hip Hop Wired. Continue reading “Wu-Tang’s GZA and Science Geeks Form Bond to Bring Hip Hop Music to the Masses [Video]” »
Which is why it’s awesome that in spite of such behavior, Jenny Lorenzo and her friends at Aggressive Comix whipped up this awesome spoof of Psy’s latest hit Gentleman in a strike back against scumbags and haters of the world, all while showing off some awesome cosplay. Turns out Psy’s astonishingly addictive choreography works just as well for Rogue, Sailor Moon, and a Venom-suited Spider-Man suit as well as it does for the goofy Korean Raptor.
Bonus points for the impressive TARDIS replica while I’m at it.
If you’re still looking for another dose of geekery from Jenny and her team, you might want to check out their Secret of the Booze series, which walks you through how to make an assortment of themed alcoholic drinks based on everything from Doctor Who to Iron Man III.
Jurassic Park 3D is getting a nationwide release this weekend, being put on display for 2,777 theaters from sea to shining sea.
While the film makes its glorious return to the silver screen twenty years later (in stunning anaglyph), this 3-minute mash-up is a nice primer to the theatrical re-release of one of the greatest adventure films of all time.
It’s dubbed “That’s Chaos” and was put together by “Dr. Ian Malcolm” using samples entirely from the original Jurassic Park. Continue reading “Jurassic Park Goes Dubstep in Incredible Mash-Up Music Video” »
If there’s something that the nerd music world needs more of, it’s probably Mega Ran, one of those rarities who somehow manages to churn out stuff that’s awesome on a fairly regular basis. As part of his new Time and Space Project, the Philadelphia-based nerd rapper will be dropping a new EP on the second Tuesday of every month — all throughout 2013.
Like a lot of Random’s stuff, this means more songs chunk full of the nostalgia for 80s/90s games we’ve come to know and love.
Do your ears long for the dulcet sounds of 90s pop-culture and gaming classics? Do you yearn to slam, jam, and smash your way through the week? Well DJ Slammeister might have the jam for you. Remember Space Jam? Michael Jordan’s career-defining turn as Michael Jordan, a famous basketball player who must play to save the Looney Tunes from being enslaved by aliens? I thought so.
Slammeister’s EP deftly blends Quad City DJ’s ‘Space Jam’ track from the 1996 film with various Nintendo game themes pulled from the ever-popular Super Smash Bros. Melee.
While the thought of mixing a classic of the modern era of cinema such as Space Jam with the nostalgic tunes of a classic gaming mashup might seem strange, therein lies its greatness. So give a listen and break free from the mundanity of your daily routine.
While a pleasure from start to finish, the album really hits its stride around the midway point with tracks like ‘Target Slam!’ and ‘Slam Temple.’ If ‘Yoshi’s Islam’ doesn’t make a believer out of you, then I don’t know what will.
Featuring 22 tracks clocking in at a combined 18 minutes of auditory bliss, Super Slam Bros. will fulfill your wildest musical desires. But it gets even better! Did you know that with a 21st century music-playing device or program like iTunes you, yes YOU, can listen to DJ Slammeister’s magnum opus on loop and never let the glory come to an end? It’s true! You can pick up The Super Slam Bros. Melee EP through Slammeister’s bandcamp page here for the glorious price of ab-so-lutely free, right now! Or you can pay $7 and help fund the greatest musical mind of our generation. Hey you, watcha gonna do?
Fortunately he was able to assemble a bunch of Emerald City Comic Con-goers for his latest. Continue reading “Kid Apocalypse’s Latest Nerd Rap Showcases Cute Cosplayers and Confused Comics Fans” »
Hip hop producers have been sampling video games for years now and today we have an epic mashup album featuring Jay-Z and the music of Chrono Trigger.
Chrono Trigger, needless to say, is a classic SNES title with one of the more memorable soundtracks of the era and producer 2 Mello’s new album brings it together with some of Jay Z’s biggest hits from over the years. The album is called Chrono Jigga, you can listen to it below.
Suffice it to say that, in the chiptunes world, video game theme covers have been done and done again — and while there’s always room for variations on the genre, maybe what the world needs are more chiptune covers of beloved, cult movies.
Fortunately now chiptunes artist CHIPOCRITE has raised the 8-bit bar by composing a bunch of songs paying tribute to The Big Lebowski. Why exactly is beyond us, but it’s pretty awesome he even thought of it. Continue reading “Chiptune Artist CHIPOCRITE Pays an Awesome 8-Bit Tribute to The Big Lebowski” »
The final product is titled “Not Going Anywhere,” and manages to also be — by far — the best thing Kadesh has put out yet.
Baltimore-based hip hop artist Teddy Faley has lots of love for Mario, specifically Super Mario Bros. 2: he’s based the artwork from his latest batch of MP3s on the character selection screen from the same game.
Faley also has a lot of love for longtime rap duo Mobb Deep, and manages to mix the two to (surprisingly) awesome effect. Continue reading “Mobb Deep vs. Mario: Teddy Faley Mixes Classic Hip-Hop With Vintage NES” »
Fink, aka Andrew Fink, is a Google employee who works at the company’s New York City office. According to Geek.com, Google’s ‘official’ company policy is that their employees only have to work 80% of the time they’re there.
The other 20%, apparently, can be spent doing whatever you want (wonder if they have an open bar like Electronic Arts, hahaha). In the case of Fink, though, some of that 20% was spent making this particular video. Continue reading “Rappa Please: Google Employee Rhymes About How Awesome Google Is (Video)” »
One of the geekiest shows on National Public Radio these days might be “Sci-Fridays”, a science and nerd-oriented show hosted by über-geek Ira Flatow.
Regular shows cover everything from artificial intelligence to Holographic Universe Theory — and this week, Ira and co. took a break from the usual strictly science-oriented fare to talk to the godfather of nerdcore himself. Continue reading “MC Frontalot Unearths The Roots of Nerd Rap, Performs Live on NPR” »
On top of it all, Mr. Bull reportedly recorded this entire performance with a MASSIVE THROAT INFESTATION — which is, shock, completely unnoticeable. Clearly the man is superhuman. Continue reading “Nerd Rapper Dan Bull is Back, With an Ode to DEAD SPACE 3” »
Nerdcore guru Brentalfloss has decided to collaborate with artist Andrew Dobson, and give us these, the Game Over Tinies, also known as the unofficial sequel to the Edward Gorey series of Gashleycrumb Tinies.
A few weeks after Clive Barker released his own more morbid versions of the characters, Floss and company have constructed insidious ways to die for some of our favorite video game characters. Continue reading “Brentalfloss and Co. Depict Violent Video Game Character Deaths, Edward Gorey-Style” »
With all the nerdcore artists coming out of the woodwork as of late, it can be a little tricky finding the good stuff — so much attention gets heaped on the originators, the newer ones are oft overlooked.
Alpha Riff, (relatively) new to the nerdcore scene, could be around for a while — if only because of how much effort he puts into stuff like “Superhero Swag.” This is a clever, catchy and fun-to-watch tribute to what feels like the entire pantheon of superheroes, both Marvel and DC — Continue reading “Alpha Riff Pays Tribute to Mutants, Misfits and Monsters in “Superhero Swag”” »
Broken Pixels clearly waste no time in coming up with clever rhymes for some video games’ biggest hits, and the group’s Devil May Cry rap is no exception.
Coming straight on the heels of their last Halo-inspired rap, the duo’s latest, “Heartless,” is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the hellbound hack and slash Capcom game. Continue reading “Broken Pixels’ Devil May Cry Tribute is a Love Letter from Hell” »
In the following video, Styleup sets his beatboxing skils to a metronome across a huge spectrum of paces– 76 bpm, 132 bpm, 176 bpm, and a new record of 208 bpm. Continue reading “This Guy is Insane: French Beatboxer Battles Metronome; Sets New Record at 208 BPM” »
With both music entrepreneur (The Human Tim) and VFX designer (Zachariah Scott) having composed their own separate and pretty inspiring tributes to GLaDOS and Chell, it must officially be Portal Day.
These odes set the bar a little higher, though: Scott is a VFX desiger whose past work includes working on Mass Effect 2 and 3, as well as founding the Machinima group Lit Fuse Films, while The Human Tim is a one man metal machine who concocts Iron Maiden-worthy guitar adaptations of classic video game songs. Continue reading “Musicians and VFX Masters Orchestrate Stunning Tributes to PORTAL” »