Rebecca Mayes Muses: Velvet Assassin

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RaiZ-R:

What don't you understand? Maybe someone can help you to.

I don't understand why fossil fuel was burned to bring this to us.

Doctor VonSexMachine:

RaiZ-R:

What don't you understand? Maybe someone can help you to.

I don't understand why fossil fuel was burned to bring this to us.

A scathing wit I see. :D

Maybe it's because some people (myself included) enjoy it. It's a case of different strokes for different folks... Which I'm sure you can understand, being a doctor and all.

I want to know if there is anywhere i can try to listen to some songs by her that haven't been made in a week, or whatever, about anything she likes, rather then a forced topic.
Whilst the songs are a nice thing to listen once to, i wouldn't put any of them on my ipod, but i reckon given more time she could make some really good ones.

RaiZ-R:

Doctor VonSexMachine:

RaiZ-R:

What don't you understand? Maybe someone can help you to.

I don't understand why fossil fuel was burned to bring this to us.

A scathing wit I see. :D

Maybe it's because some people (myself included) enjoy it. It's a case of different strokes for different folks... Which I'm sure you can understand, being a doctor and all.

I think he's a doctor in the same way Dr Pepper is a doctor...

CaptainCrunch:

long argument over whether or not she plays the games

I agree with what the other guy said really. I can't tell if she's playing the games or watching the yahtzee review and repeating what he said.
I've yet to play a game she has reviewed though, and i'd imagine that rather then the fact of the matter is that she doesn't play the games, it's that given the amount of work that goes into making a song, the time left for original lyrics is somewhat lacking, let alone spending a week playing a game, like yahtzee does.
Basicly it comes down to whether you are judging them as reviews or as songs. and as reviews they will always fall short, because they have been made into songs.
That said, from a song perspective, the vocals are unclear, supposedly due to a lack of a top of the range recording studio, and repetitive, due to being a forced subject that cannot be a story.
on the other hand the music is fantastic.
i'd prefer her to spend more time coming up with lyrics of her own and making good lyrics to a good backing track. though thats probably because my interest in folk music is more than it is of watching video reviews.
each to his own though.

Flying Dagger:
I want to know if there is anywhere i can try to listen to some songs by her that haven't been made in a week, or whatever, about anything she likes, rather then a forced topic.
Whilst the songs are a nice thing to listen once to, i wouldn't put any of them on my ipod, but i reckon given more time she could make some really good ones.

I agree... Although, personally, I love this one and the Sims 3 one and can listen to them again and again for pure enjoyment.

Flying Dagger:

I think he's a doctor in the same way Dr Pepper is a doctor...

You mean he makes delicious carbonated beverages? Awesome!! :D

I think the best word to describe her songs is "sweet". It has a rather simple innocence and beauty to it, just like the games of old.

I like it.

Edit: Oh, and to the ones that don't believe that successful bands sometimes rely heavily on repetition:
Iron Maiden - Out Of The Shadows

That was eerily beautiful and with a tinge of social commentary thrown in. I wish I had a thimbleful of your songwriting talent.

kiteviolet:
It's a lovely song, but there's no point in having a song be three minutes long if the second half is identical to the first half. The lyrics still lack a sense of coherency, but it's much better than the last video.

It isn't so much that she kept repeating the phrase "it's always the same game" (which was getting a bit long at first) it was the follow-up of "buying and selling women and war" that was more of the punch to the gut.

It was so true. The games are either toting girls or violence as their main selling points over and over again for so long that it often feels like some of the new games are simply new chapters in the same story that has been sold to us for over 30 years.

The song was fitting in its style, and was much less repetitive than some opera pieces let me tell you! :D But the melancholy feel of the music lends itself to having a touch of morose monotony. I can understand if it didn't hit you in quite the same way, but it was a pretty song and it wouldn't have been as good if it was merely the length of a television jingle.

And this one had such an interesting look for the main character, yet was it much different than Blood Rayne when you changed the costumes? Rebecca asks again during the song, what her character's motivation is for hunting down an army alone and for herself as a female player, what is supposed to interest her? It doesn't help that the game apparently suggests you can hide in shadows but then turns up the ability of the enemy so that they can easily spot you even if you do use them.

I loved the Victorian hair and dress she used this time and the train sequences along with the varied instruments. All of them blended well with the theme of this song/review. I really loved the sound of the last song about Overlord 2 and am happy she is branching out and trying new styles. I look forward to more of her efforts.

This is a song that doesn't need a video game to stand. It could be it's own entity with it's own meaning. I've said this before, but I fail to grasp why this woman isn't f'n famous right now. She's way too good to be reviewing video games... but I'm glad she is.

Good song in terms of it's simple style but the worst of the lot in terms of a game commentary.

Amazing work! The lyric "we buy and we sell women and war" just says it all, really.

It has the feel of a break up song // Something that one plays curled up late one night when you dont want to forget, even thou its for a song for a video game =D

Plus I love the video, the old style clothing and train is a nice touch // Beautiful as always Miss Mayes

-M

beautiful music, but your talent is wasted on stupid topics. write about something meaningful rather than entertainment and mediocre entertainment at that. im sure you could do some really beautiful music that could be meaningful to people if you put your heart to it. as it stands, i cant make it through your videos because i could care less about topic and the game.

Mayes mind trip: I have been on escapist for a long time, but just recently started using a profile. Since I wanted a badge to show off that I've been watching Mayes since Sims 3 I played all her videos at once. If you DO NOT play the overlord 2 one (my 2nd fav) you actually get a really cool mash of sounds that's pretty good!

Try it! Load every vid from Sims 3 to Velvet assasin in new tabs (without picking Overlord 2), then quickly jump from one to the next hitting play. It sounds pretty awesome!

This is my favorite song in a series of seven (many more if you count on her Gamepeople songs and Madworld) that's been nothing but winners. I've seen and enjoyed many musicians currently doing game themed stuff, and so far you're my favorite. Looking forward to the next one as always.

Moreover, this one goes beyond merely 'Velvet Assassin' and serves as a hell of a good commentary on how so many game companies just try to sell minor variations on the same game and just use titilation to mask that fact. That puts it well above your others.

ok i can't take it anymore here's some tough love from an actual lady gamer. try spending less time singing and playing lame games where you run around in your undies to not die. and actually play a REAL game. you're making videos of yourself all dyed blond and singing about mediocre games. it's girls like you who make it hard for women who actual game to be respected for there skills AND stonking great tits. as your site states "gaming is a mysterious world to me and I stand on the edge and look into it like Alice at the entrance to wonderland." well just like little dumb Alice in wonderland, you don't belong here. there's no mystery to MY world hun it's integrated in my system to rape games. i feel phantom limb pain when i'm away from my pc too long. i'd love to hear you make a song about a real game like crysis, but it would be rather short since it would only be a millisecond before you got that cheap dye job shot off your skull. but i doubt your rig could even run it. i bet you just adore the wii.

kiteviolet:
It's a lovely song, but there's no point in having a song be three minutes long if the second half is identical to the first half. The lyrics still lack a sense of coherency, but it's much better than the last video.

QFT

When is the MadWorld episode getting released? The one they aired on Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe at the end of last month.

I think this is the best one yet.

'there's a whole army of them' was sung really well and the tone moved differently for her.

Nice.

The pictures of the very attractive Bec wistfully staring into the distance and plunking away at various instruments create a nice atmosphere which matches the song well - then it's all completely ruined as soon as the images from Velvet Assassin turn up. Talk about jarring. Sure, leaving out the computer game imagery would have left the link between the song and the game very tenuous, perhaps too tenuous for it to be included on this site, but it still would have been a much, MUCH better video.

Nice guitar she has too, what model is it?

This was a much better song than most of your previous ones. The lyrics were lyrical while still being coherent and telling a clear story. The combination of lyrics and music added a lot of emotion to the message, making me truly feel the sense of sadness and despair at another pointless game full of sex and violence.

Your performances just keep getting better and better. Keep it up!

FinaFina:
ok i can't take it anymore here's some tough love from an actual lady gamer.

Wow, I've seen less claws from a bitch in a club looking for a fight. What's gotten you all worked up? Mayes is commenting on the insipidness of yet another game based around sex and violence, with a healthy dose of mechanical glitches. Sure, she hinted at the game being hard (and frankly, one person with a pistol will never be a match for hundreds of enemies with machineguns), but she sure isn't saying games should be easier like they are on the Wii.

In fact, I'd say your single post has done more to hurt the image of women playing games than the culmination of Rebecca's work. Why? Because your blatant ad hominem attacks scream of a woman who has to act tougher than the guys to stop from being looked down upon by them. You've done everything but call her a n00b. Challenging her to play a real game, making conjecture about the power of her "rig", and telling her to go back to her Wii -- I'm sorry, but Crysis is not the epitome of video games.

If you want a real challenge, load up some Ghosts and Goblins. If you want to make the case for women in video games, don't start by deriding other women who play video games. And if you want to post on The Escapist, learn some manners. The moderators don't tolerate flaming and there are plenty of others here who would be happy to put you in your place.

ReverseEngineered:

FinaFina:
ok i can't take it anymore here's some tough love from an actual lady gamer.

Wow, I've seen less claws from a bitch in a club looking for a fight. What's gotten you all worked up? Mayes is commenting on the insipidness of yet another game based around sex and violence, with a healthy dose of mechanical glitches. Sure, she hinted at the game being hard (and frankly, one person with a pistol will never be a match for hundreds of enemies with machineguns), but she sure isn't saying games should be easier like they are on the Wii.

In fact, I'd say your single post has done more to hurt the image of women playing games than the culmination of Rebecca's work. Why? Because your blatant ad hominem attacks scream of a woman who has to act tougher than the guys to stop from being looked down upon by them. You've done everything but call her a n00b. Challenging her to play a real game, making conjecture about the power of her "rig", and telling her to go back to her Wii -- I'm sorry, but Crysis is not the epitome of video games.

If you want a real challenge, load up some Ghosts and Goblins. If you want to make the case for women in video games, don't start by deriding other women who play video games. And if you want to post on The Escapist, learn some manners. The moderators don't tolerate flaming and there are plenty of others here who would be happy to put you in your place.

Final word. Rebecca Mayes is to gaming as Avril lavigne is to skateboarding.

Rebecca's lovely review of Hello Kitty : Big City Dreams

http://www.gamepeople.co.uk/audio_ds_hellokitty.htm

In this one review alone she's done more damage to the image of female gamers than i could ever hope to in a lifetime.

lolz put me in my place? not by a valiant forum troll.

Ooh nice! A comments section! A place where I can confidently place my opinion on a related topic!

... Yeah, her music still sucks... Then again, most all music sucks, but this is especially bad. If it weren't for the fact that she's a decent looking female, and was talking about OMG VIDYA GAEMZ then no one would care...

BUT WHATEVER! Not like my little bit of truth will make a difference! This arr teh interwebs, of course, which is the perfect place for getting people to eat your $H1T... Yum yum yums...

EDIT: ARGH!! CRAP!! I've got like 3 internet badges saying I watch this junk!! I feel like a dirty boyscout....

Wait, is the shadows line a dig at the inconsistency of shadow as cover or the unbalanced enemy AI that they can find you when you're supposed to be "hiding"?

I suppose I *could* get the game and find out for myself...

This is my favorite RMM song. Ya'll should lighten up. Rebecca is obviously an entertainer- much like Yahtzee- and in fact, has assumed less of an attitude of being an authority on gaming here than Yahtzee does.

SO, sit back, enjoy the music, and get the fuck over yourself. Or if you don't enjoy the music, go someplace else... because you know what? Not every single post on the interwebs is life-or-death.

Oh, and Finafina? Just an FYI,but your jealousy is showing. I listened to that segment you linked, and I didn't see a single thing that could be considered pandering or gender-exploitive. So...

Final word. Rebecca Mayes is to gaming as Avril lavigne is to skateboarding.?

No, more like Final word: Finafina defines jealousy. Word of advice: develop your own talents rather than trying to cut down anyone who you envy, because that list will be endless.

I've just finished watching your videos (for the first time) and have some totally un-asked-for comments to make.

I liked your songs immediately, especially this one. Great tune and you sing it well. As for the lyrics... I do wonder whether you were trying to be ironic or whether it was accidental? I mean your videos do seem to feature rather a lot of pictures of you looking (quite intentionally) pretty. I'm not complaining - in fact I'll more than likely be back next week to hear another good song and see a few more pictures of you looking pretty - but your lyrics suggest that that isn't what you want people to come here for. I suppose it must be awfully confusing being a girl in the modern world! Whatever you do, keep writing songs. :)

This song was the best one by far you could probably even get this published as a feminist track. The ending would need some rounding off though.

I got goosebumps listening to you sing in this one. I've just become a regular visitor. Only discovered you today.

Stunningly beautiful song, stunningly beautiful video, stunningly beautiful and talented woman. Music videos don't get much better than this. <3

Keep up the great work!

Nice blending of a message into the review, the whole sexy female in a conflict zone just takes me right out of the game, even though it's (LOOSELY) based of a real person.

Hauntingly beautiful, another one knocked out of the ball park!

Da Joz:
No matter how hard I try I just cannot get into these videos. Maybe next time.

Ditto. This one was...better. Although, relative to the others...

Trains are awesome. Banjos are awesome. Rebecca is awesome. So pretty awesome.

Wow, this thread is a mess...

For what it's worth, I like the song, but more than that its message. I wish that's what people were talking about, but I guess you can only pull out of the comfort zone so much.

While music, like any art, is dependent upon taste, what I found truly impressive was the refrain "women and war," highlighting both the commonality of these themes in video games (and other mediums) and the poor representation that they experience. I could really feel the irritation and sadness of being an individual who sees the misuse of sexuality, specifically feminine bodies, in a medium they love. Great stuff Rebecca.

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