Archive for July, 2009

31
Jul
09

Update on the World’s Cutest Automaton!

So, if you remember the video from last week about the cute little robot maid who could make coffee for her human master, well IT JUST GOT BETTER!

Behold! She can also DANCE!

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31
Jul
09

Top Video Game Themes: Honorable Mentions

Now that the Top 25 Video Game Themes have been revealed, I thought it would be fair to highlight some of the other entries and reader submissions that made an honest bid for inclusion on the list. Again, there were a lot of Final Fantasy tracks mentioned, but we all know there’s more to gaming than Final Fantasy. So again, you’ll have to wait for a FF-exclusive edition in the future for your full Nobuo Uematsu fix.

Anyways, below, you’ll a list a 15 tracks that definitely caught my ear, just as much as they did yours. The list is presented in no particular order, though songs from the same game/franchise are grouped together just to be neat. I highly encourage you to seek these cuts out, listen to them, “buy” ’em, put ’em on your iPods and iPhones and jam hard until your ears bleed. Well, maybe not until your ears bleed…

Honorable Mention

“Overworld” – The Legend of Zelda
“Zelda’s Lullaby” – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
“Main Theme/Overworld” – Final Fantasy VII
“Chocobo Theme” – Final Fantasy series
“Love Theme” – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
“Eva’s Debriefing” – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
“Cutman” – Megaman
“Dr. Wily (Stage 1-2)” – Megaman 2
“Go Straight Remix” – Streets of Rage 2
“Orc’s Theme” – Warcraft III
“Underground” – Super Mario Bros. 3
“Bike Theme” – Pokemon
“The Bank” – Mortal Kombat 3
“Brinstar” – Super Metroid
“Prologue” – Eternal Champions

30
Jul
09

(Delayed) Wendesday Storytime #2 Sedeciem

Sorry about not getting the second installment of our weekly story time in… well… on time. This week features another of my stories; this time with a girl who has to face the darkest part of herself. depending on various factors, I may either continue Ultraviolent or present a third new story. Either way, I hope you enjoy Sedeciem Continue reading ‘(Delayed) Wendesday Storytime #2 Sedeciem’

27
Jul
09

Top 25 Video Game Themes

Last week, I put out a call for all you GONG readers out there to submit your favorite tunes from the video games we all know and adore. You responded (most all of you via Facebook), and I would like to say to express to each of you my thanks. Thank you for participating and for opening my ears to sounds even I had yet to hear.

The list of tracks submitted was long and full of great songs from great games, old school and new. And accordingly, this list – the Top 25 Video Game Themes – spans the whole spectrum. We’ve got music from the biggest franchises and the hottest games spanning nearly every genre. The list includes every style, from 8-bit wonders to full orchestrated masterpieces. Indeed, out of the top 10, 5 were a direct result of your submissions, so, again, thanks to everyone that submitted tracks because you helped me out on this one more than you know.

Before I reveal the list after the jump, I want to let you all know that you needed worry or be saddened if your submission didn’t make the cut. Decisions had to made and cuts needed to be had in order to make a fair list – which I hope I’ve done. Regardless, later this week, expect a list of the Honorable Mentions: the tracks that were in great contention for a spot on the final roster but just didn’t make the final cut. Also, I hope to do justice to one particular series that just dominated the submissions. Look for a Top X Final Fantasy Music devoted to just to the FF submissions, as well as an accompanying Top 5 Final Fantasy Games. Prepare for controversy…

Now, without any further time wastings… I present to you… GONG’s Top X…

Continue reading ‘Top 25 Video Game Themes’

24
Jul
09

The Cutest Automaton in the World

I was told of this little Robot Loli Maid a few weeks ago. I can’t remember if it was by Japanator or Topless Robot, but the fact of the matter is, she’s as amazing as she is cute.

22
Jul
09

Wednesday Story Time #1 Ultra Violent

So, folks, keeping up with the literary tune of things, I’m going to start the first weekly thing on GONG (since I’m still trying to find a crap ton of freeware/flash games for the actual debut of Freeware Fridays). Every week, we’ll be posting a new story on Wednesday. Be it by staff or submission, we’ll put it up. In going with the theme of our site, you can make any type of story you want… ever if it’s (shudder) yaoi. Please, no fanfics. If we indeed do anything related to fan ics, it’ll be on a separate day. So, enjoy the first WST, featuring one of my stories, Ultra Violent Continue reading ‘Wednesday Story Time #1 Ultra Violent’

21
Jul
09

zer0 Story Backdrop

The year: 165,987 AD (basically, the far future)

Places: The Inner Solar System of Earth, much of which has been terraformed as much as possible.

Mercury is the home planet to the Robots of the Solar system. It’s a dry desert that has it’s day side blanketed by a huge array of solar panels that keep the surface from being insanely hot. Still around 250 degrees on most days, but it’s not Lead Meltingly Hot. Most Robots don’t really care one way or the other about the rest of the Solar System unless it’s really REALLY important.

Venus is now a very humid swampy planet. It’s inhabitants are the Bioroids. Made from an ingenious mixture of flesh and technology, the Bioroids were once thought of as the next step in human evolution. However, thanks to the plot of an evil organization, 90% of the Bioroid population look like Humanoid Insects. (Think an entire world of SIC figure Kamen Riders). Bioroids rather like their swampy world and usually only leave for scientific or intellectual reasons. They also happen to be very nosy busy-bodies.

Earth is a bit messy then it is today. Instead of being the nice blue planet, it’s more of gritty blue planet, thanks to centuries of war and techno-terrorism. On the surface of the planet remain the Humans. Underneath the surface are a branch race of Humanity called Devils. Devils are so named because of their red skin, horns and pointed tails. Devils just appeared on Earth one day and nobody remembers how it happened. All that can be remembered is that it happened during a world wide catastrophe occurring in the early 21st Century. Most people have small cell-phone devices that use a form of nano-technology and advanced AI. These devices are capable of doing things that almost look like magic, hence their name: Magi-cells. The inhabitants of Earth were usually bigoted towards one another, but soon came to accept their differences… to hate our races.

Luna (Earth’s, now, autonomous Moon) is home to the space-faring Stelleroid race. Dependants of genetically altered astronauts, Stelleroids look like Greys. They have very large eyes and tiny noses, but still have hair and… unmentionables (read: sex bits and boobies). Created to like in the harshness of space, they are need impervious to radiation and have chlorophyll for emergency photosynthesis if needed. A very amicable race, they act as the guardians of interplanetary space for the other planets. Luna itself is a very nice place with interconnection domed cities and techno-organic Silver Forests.

Mars. Red Rocks. Red Rocks and Douche Bags. The Martians are the most snobby of the races in the Inner Solar System. Because of their closeness to the mineral rich Asteroid Belt and their abundant cropland, they consider themselves to be the shining Metropolis of the Solar System (with the United Space Colonies being little more than commuter suburbs of the other planets, Earth being a back alley, Luna being a glorified airport, Venus being a back water, and Mercury a place for hoity-toity robots to go talk about everybody behind their backs). Basically, the entire planet is America at its worst elitist moments. It’s inhabitants have a layer of fur on 75% of their bodies to insulated them from the cool Martian air.

The United Space Colonies dot the various geosynchronous and Le Grange points of the Inner Solar System, serving as interplanetary communes and communities.

Now, with this backdrop to work off of, GO CRAZY!