Rebecca Mayes Muses: Love Song for Yahtzee

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cynik:

CZS PublicEnemy:
Ehhh... I'd do her.

Despite her armpit hair?

I watched that Heavy rain vid and god you were right. She has got hairy pits. I used to think she was quite cute and now shes been declassified as pretty but with hairy mole-holes. I'm so shallow but my personal prefference has always been to date people that look slightly less gross than me naked.

I like her singing though just not her beauty regime.

Wow. Impressive. Best song yet.

[quote="Lovelocke" post="6.204489.6926308"]Never seen a Rebecca Mayes video based solely on the grounds of I hate the overuse of "Muse", "Muses", "Musings", etc. and the presumed cleverness of "Mayes Muses":

By "over-use", are you referring to the, er, SINGLE use of "muses" in the title for the video series? I mean, sure the title does, as you say, obviously play on Muse (as in "the nine muses dance 'round the fountain of Hippocrene") and "muse/musings" as in "pondering", but, are you really saying that ONE INCIDENCE of a play on words is enough to make your bile-ducts start working over-time?

I mean, don't get me wrong: I'm not picking on you for not liking R.M. (my own contrary opinions notwithstanding): I just thought that being irritated at a single double-meaining in a title was a little, well, odd. Obviously, you may legitimately not care about what I do and do not find weird, in which case, I suppose you can just take this as me making a mental note not to unleash too many puns around you... :)

Best,

Mal

It got stuck in my head later, but I was more confused than anything. I guess I don't get the joke.

After the first few seconds of the song, I thought she was just going to ingratiate him which struck me as awfully predictable. Then I listened in shock as she tore him a new one, before I realized she was flattering him through mimicry. Their twitter comments clearly show her criticism was genuine, but if her criticism weren't genuine then it wouldn't be a true homage to his work. The song is about individuality and Yahtzee's confidence to be unique in the face of self-doubt. She clearly admires his rise above the mediocrity of mainstream reviewers and ironically, she criticizes him for misogyny, homophobia and sexism.

Yahtzee's criticism belies strong underlying optimism, because he always implies that the video game companies could do better but don't bother. Yahtzee criticizes video games because he expects so much of them, and they are forever falling short of his optimistic expectations. That's not to say he doesn't enjoy video games. Indeed, his perpetual optimism is probably fueled by a deep love of the medium. In this same way, it seems Ms. Mayes has high expectations of Yahtzee.

I'm usually the first to call "satire" when I see something that is ridiculously irrational, but I feel like Rebecca Mayes was genuine in her accusations of Yahtzee as a homophobic misogynist. At no point did I chuckle and say to myself "ah, she's just taking the piss", so either she's very, very good at sarcasm, or she's just a dumb git.

Also this whole "is it okay" business is hilariously retarded. Yahtzee isn't asking for anyone's approval. He unapologetically makes his points. Yes, he has over-the-top, egotistical, self-important tendencies, but it's not because he's trying to mask a deep-seed insecurity - it's because unwarranted self-importance is good for a laugh and his reviews are supposed to be comical.

As a chick myself I'm embarrassed that Rebecca has to imbue all her songs with this "deep" emotional crap. For example, Rebecca Mayes' Modern Warfare song; "Will we talk about this game for years to come, or will we talk about you?" ...What is this, I don't even? I would like to clarify that not all us ladies are wimpy sapbags governed entirely by emotions.

Plus Rebecca... underarm hair, ew. If I have to shave my shit, so do you, lady.

Yahtzee, for the love of god and all that is holy.... Have a drink with her!!!!

ugh. apparently I belong to the minority who thought that was a boring, repetitive, untalented song pretty much in its' entirety.

But then again I don't make music of my own, I just listen to it.

what was i suppose to get?
is she going homicidal on Yahtzee for not sharing her love???

I think this is a bit overhyped...but thats my opinion.

I'm surprised at the popularity of these muses. I decided to give the musing its first shot since the first showing here on the escapist. It was nearly tolerable up until the line, "it feels so good to be in the majority, it feels so good to be a white straight man." I took this as the same thought. I'm very sick of this type of talk and the mentality behind it, so I've decided to show some scientific evidence out there:

"... show that whereas the incidence rate of homosexual desire is 7.7% for men and 7.5% for women, the rate at which men identify themselves as gay is 2.5% and the rate at which women identify themselves as lesbians is 1.4%." (Dan Black et. al. p. 140)

The number of females in Australia according to their government's census data claims that there are 10.77 million females living in Australia. The number of males is reported at 10.66 million.

This shows that he is not in the majority as, "a straight white man." Being a man at all he isn't in the majority regardless of homosexuality. Even if we assumed that the population was perfectly 50/50 (10.72 million each), he would still not be in the majority. (Assuming the ratios of homosexuality are consistent within margin of error between the American population and the Australian population.) This is due to straight women having the majority regardless of whether you classify "straight" as a portion of identity or homosexual desire.

Conclusion:

I will be avoiding and ignoring her muses as I dislike the music she produces and have shown one line of particular disgruntlement to be false. Insignificance, my name is,

CoreKrogoth!

Sources:

Australia census info:
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Products/3235.0~2008~Main+Features~Main+Features?OpenDocument#PARALINK6

Homosexuality statistics:
Black, Dan, Gary Gates, Seth Sanders, and Taylor Lowell. "Demographics of the Gay and Lesbian Population in the United States: Evidence from Available Systematic Data Sources." Population Association of America. 37.2 (2000): 139-154. Print.

Note to the producers:
You guys keep on producing whatever you think will make you money as long as it doesn't start to inconvenience your audience. (with all due respect and no sarcasm intended)

MasochisticMuse:
Plus Rebecca... underarm hair, ew. If I have to shave my shit, so do you, lady.

That made my day.

Yes, conform to our expectations... Now get in the kitchen and make me a sandwich! :D

I dont know Yatzhee at all but judging from his videos I believe that this this is gonna be a difficult task for Rebecca since it is now the girl who is hitting on the guy here (or so I think...I get the feeling she just wants to kill him). Considering that Yatzhee has an ego the size of Australia he will feel that succumbing to Rebecca's charms will be emasculating for him and therefore will inmediatly turn her down in the most horrific way you can provide with words.
Id absolutely LOVE to be wrong though. But it wont be easy going out with guy who makes a living by inciting the hate of everybody around him.

(Dont get me wrong ZP is my favorite show in this website, But im just calling it as I see it)

CoreKrogoth:
... It was nearly tolerable up until the line, "it feels so good to be in the majority, it feels so good to be a white straight man." I took this as the same thought. I'm very sick of this type of talk and the mentality behind it, so I've decided to show some scientific evidence...

I think you've misinterpreted "majority" to be a "majority of regional / global population", whereas I believe it refers to "the majority of gamers", or even "the majority of game reviewers". Such is the folly of applying objective research to something as interpretive and subjective as lyrics from a song.

For example, I would never have guessed that the following song is actually about a boxer losing a match, had the artist not explicitly said something about it outside the context of the song:

CoreKrogoth:

Note to the producers:
You guys keep on producing whatever you think will make you money as long as it doesn't start to inconvenience your audience. (with all due respect and no sarcasm intended)

I assume you meant to direct this to the content creators, who each strive to produce content that their audience actually WANTS to see. I think it's a safe bet that none of them is producing content solely for the money, as we generally pick up series based on the quality of content already put into the concept. Every one of our contributors - past, present, and future, has the same mindset to produce content simply because they feel like they have something to share that people will like. I'm sure any one of them will tell you that the only difference money makes is how often they produce their content.

If you are instead referring to the Escapist staff, then I think you grossly misinterpret what it means to keep a website running, let alone filled to the brim with high-quality content that anyone can see for FREE. It's our job to find and foster content that you, the audience, likes - the more people like it, the more money we make. The more money we make, the more content we provide that we hope you like.

There's no evil mastermind wringing his hands with glee every time we make a buck off something people don't seem to like that much. Just good ol' fashioned supply and demand.

The song is slightly less epic than the whole situation. I can't wait for Yathzee's retort.

i was glad when "i hit it with my axe" started on escapist as it gave me something to dislike more than rebecca mayes, insipid, weak, droning, these are the nicer words to describe her by, musically at least.
im disappointed in that this song brought her back at least for me as the most annoying thing on escapist.
musically i genuinely believe rebecca could write this in an hour, i think most could, if she said 10 mins id at least be more impressed and would also be more representative of the final product.
also it sounded by tone and pitch exactly the same as the other songs i have listened to, and i have tried.

i fear retribution

CaptainCrunch:

CoreKrogoth:
... It was nearly tolerable up until the line, "it feels so good to be in the majority, it feels so good to be a white straight man." I took this as the same thought. I'm very sick of this type of talk and the mentality behind it, so I've decided to show some scientific evidence...

I think you've misinterpreted "majority" to be a "majority of regional / global population", whereas I believe it refers to "the majority of gamers", or even "the majority of game reviewers". Such is the folly of applying objective research to something as interpretive and subjective as lyrics from a song.

For example, I would never have guessed that the following song is actually about a boxer losing a match, had the artist not explicitly said something about it outside the context of the song:

CoreKrogoth:

Note to the producers:
You guys keep on producing whatever you think will make you money as long as it doesn't start to inconvenience your audience. (with all due respect and no sarcasm intended)

I assume you meant to direct this to the content creators, who each strive to produce content that their audience actually WANTS to see. I think it's a safe bet that none of them is producing content solely for the money, as we generally pick up series based on the quality of content already put into the concept. Every one of our contributors - past, present, and future, has the same mindset to produce content simply because they feel like they have something to share that people will like. I'm sure any one of them will tell you that the only difference money makes is how often they produce their content.

If you are instead referring to the Escapist staff, then I think you grossly misinterpret what it means to keep a website running, let alone filled to the brim with high-quality content that anyone can see for FREE. It's our job to find and foster content that you, the audience, likes - the more people like it, the more money we make. The more money we make, the more content we provide that we hope you like.

There's no evil mastermind wringing his hands with glee every time we make a buck off something people don't seem to like that much. Just good ol' fashioned supply and demand.

i dont think he said anything about an evil conspiracy/mastermind seems like u explained his point, i mean before u tried to brand him with the crazy stick by saying hes accusing u of being some sort of masonic shadow player.

MasochisticMuse:
I'm usually the first to call "satire" when I see something that is ridiculously irrational, but I feel like Rebecca Mayes was genuine in her accusations of Yahtzee as a homophobic misogynist. At no point did I chuckle and say to myself "ah, she's just taking the piss", so either she's very, very good at sarcasm, or she's just a dumb git.

Also this whole "is it okay" business is hilariously retarded. Yahtzee isn't asking for anyone's approval. He unapologetically makes his points. Yes, he has over-the-top, egotistical, self-important tendencies, but it's not because he's trying to mask a deep-seed insecurity - it's because unwarranted self-importance is good for a laugh and his reviews are supposed to be comical.

As a chick myself I'm embarrassed that Rebecca has to imbue all her songs with this "deep" emotional crap. For example, Rebecca Mayes' Modern Warfare song; "Will we talk about this game for years to come, or will we talk about you?" ...What is this, I don't even? I would like to clarify that not all us ladies are wimpy sapbags governed entirely by emotions.

I felt that she was mocking the way most songs in general are written, and if not, then she is twisting my brain by mocking Yahtzee for mocking the way women are emotional and always think "Oh, he has a Freduian Excuse!" by, well, finding an excuse for him.

When the chorus started I chuckled, because Yahtzee indeed would never be trying to ask that, but I could actually see her logic. That is what made it funny. I doubt it was ever serious.

And I agree with you on the "not all us ladies are wimpy sapbags governed entirely by emotions" bit. I hate it when women are portrayed as such, which is why I feel like Mayes was mocking this.

Coincidentally, I don't know why everyone is making such a big hulabaloo about this and whether or not it was good. I found it entertaining, fun, and funny, and I'm excited to see what Yahtzee has to say about it. As for her musical ability or talent or people pandering to the bases...
Um. Right.
I'm sorry, I forgot that the internet was for SERIOUS BUSINESS!!11! and not for entertainment.

rebus_forever:

i dont think he said anything about an evil conspiracy/mastermind seems like u explained his point, i mean before u tried to brand him with the crazy stick by saying hes accusing u of being some sort of masonic shadow player.

My use of the "evil mastermind" metaphor is meant to be sarcastic. You don't have to defend him, because an attack was never made in the first place.

MasochisticMuse:

Plus Rebecca... underarm hair, ew. If I have to shave my shit, so do you, lady.

To be fair... you don't HAVE too... it's just more aesthetically pleasing that you do.

TheGameXXVII:
i watched it, and, to be truthful, i did not care for it.

and to the people saying that using Yahtzee was a way of getting views, i comepletely agree with you good gents/ladies. if you take a quick look at the past comments for her previous videas, not one had gotten past 200, bar one. now, as soon as she mentions Yahtzee, KACHOW! over 200 comments in just around 5-6 hours.

this little popularity spike won't last, as soon as she goes back to her regular non-Yahtzee videos, watch her comments plummet faster than a man with a lead parachute.

I was thinking the same thing when I heard about this, but after watching the video I think it's more that she just wanted to respond to Yahtzee's raging misogyny and dump on his sarcastic humor than just get views.

Or maybe it's a combination of both; could be the fact that Yahtzee gets so much attention in spite of the fact that he's a misogynist that motivated this posting.

I think the popularity of this is due more to the Internet's love of drama than necessarily because Yahtzee is the topic, and this is some of the most dramatic drama I've seen on this site. If it had just been a song about Yahtzee, it might not have garnered much attention, but a 'love' song for Yahtzee!? Oooh, shit just got real!

OT: Not to say that she's a bad musician, but I've never particularly enjoyed Rebecca Mayes' music; and this one hasn't really changed my mind. Not something I'll be burning to CD and listening to in my car. The whole Alanis Morissette new-agey guitar sound never really appealed to me. I like music about games; my affinity towards works of Duane and Brand0 and the song Those Minerals by Kabuto the Python are evidence enough of that. Maybe the rap format works better for me than other formats.

daltonlaffs:
Ohhhhh, that was so close to being great...

Rebecca, I'm going to be honest: I've never been a fan of your songs. They're too repetitive, mainly, repeating the same chorus line about thirty times in a row at least three times on most occasions. They're not usually clever, either.

This one *almost* made me change my mind... it started out so damn strong, and it was hilarious, clever words and rhyming on par with Yahtzee himself. BUT THEN, you started into the chorus. "Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?..." (repeat)

Please, please, stop doing that to your songs. You would be a pleasure to listen to if it weren't for the repetition.

i highly reccomend the song "just can't get enough" ;P i am teasing obviously, the repetition in that song could drive any young child insane! (but seemingly not teenagers, who were entranced by it... least til Justin Bieber released her own repetetive sludge)

anyway, i agree with him but would add a little more. I don't think the singing and music style, the one that Rebecca uses for most of the songs i've heard, suits this topic very well. She's got a lovely voice, and the slow (and almost emotional) tune style is well suited to her, but it limits what she can do and the audience she can attract.

Still, repetition and saddening music aside, I still love her, even if she's the opposite of the happy-go-lucky ska bands i usually listen too, she's still very good.
not like anyone cares, who will ever read a post on the 18th/19th page! or on a page past no.1 for that matter >.>

riottrio:

daltonlaffs:
Ohhhhh, that was so close to being great...

Rebecca, I'm going to be honest: I've never been a fan of your songs. They're too repetitive, mainly, repeating the same chorus line about thirty times in a row at least three times on most occasions. They're not usually clever, either.

This one *almost* made me change my mind... it started out so damn strong, and it was hilarious, clever words and rhyming on par with Yahtzee himself. BUT THEN, you started into the chorus. "Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?... Is it ok?..." (repeat)

Please, please, stop doing that to your songs. You would be a pleasure to listen to if it weren't for the repetition.

i highly reccomend the song "just can't get enough" ;P i am teasing obviously, the repetition in that song could drive any young child insane! (but seemingly not teenagers, who were entranced by it... least til Justin Bieber released her own repetetive sludge)

anyway, i agree with him but would add a little more. I don't think the singing and music style, the one that Rebecca uses for most of the songs i've heard, suits this topic very well. She's got a lovely voice, and the slow (and almost emotional) tune style is well suited to her, but it limits what she can do and the audience she can attract.

Still, repetition and saddening music aside, I still love her, even if she's the opposite of the happy-go-lucky ska bands i usually listen too, she's still very good.
not like anyone cares, who will ever read a post on the 18th/19th page! or on a page past no.1 for that matter >.>

Ummmmm I just did...just thought you would like to know:)

Think this is one of your best Miss Mayes. In a way I hope The boy Yahtzee does retaliate. A negative reaction is sometimes a lot better than no reaction at all and you odviously put a lot of work into this one. Personaly I like to think he contacted you personaly rather than started a huge flame war over nothing. I don't think a lot of people got what the song was about.

i think : it is oukay , to be , the way that you are.
couse how else could you be?

this song really made me think about stuff.
like why there's so much hate or apathy in live.
and i think it is like breathing air. after some time you get used to it, but when there is something else disturbing this , like the smell of a flower you will feel good.
and if there appears something nice you value it. but if you're allways surrounded by love and joy, you will feel very displeased by the slightest thing.

so i guess i've (again) found someone who could help me find myself a bit again.

So, do you want to go out with him or wreck his life?

By the way, epic, epic, epic, epic, EPIC,

EPIC

song. Keep it up!

Draconalis:

MasochisticMuse:

Plus Rebecca... underarm hair, ew. If I have to shave my shit, so do you, lady.

To be fair... you don't HAVE too... it's just more aesthetically pleasing that you do.

Lol, you try going to a club in a sleeveless dress with bushes stickin' out of your pits, see how many guys want to buy you drinks.

I've never actually tried it but I can guarantee you it wouldn't be very many. Unless you're in a fetish bar.

Sorry double post ignore this one.

I have to be honest I really dont care for her work, but I liked this one. Wonder if shes going to do the unskippable guys next

sorry about the double post, the page wasnt loading right so I thought it hadnt posted it and I cant find the delete button

Love/hate relationships are the best.

Brilliant song, I was pants-on-head amazed.

This song is really, just awesome, the ending made me laugh!

Lets hope he doesn't put on a man-tard and flail around in a lake... Anyways catchy song best in awhile - it would have been a lot stronger without the bit at the end. Crinched a little there.

CaptainCrunch:

I think you've misinterpreted "majority" to be a "majority of regional / global population", whereas I believe it refers to "the majority of gamers", or even "the majority of game reviewers". Such is the folly of applying objective research to something as interpretive and subjective as lyrics from a song.

CoreKrogoth:

Note to the producers:
You guys keep on producing whatever you think will make you money as long as it doesn't start to inconvenience your audience. (with all due respect and no sarcasm intended)

I assume you meant to direct this to the content creators, who each strive to produce content that their audience actually WANTS to see. I think it's a safe bet that none of them is producing content solely for the money, as we generally pick up series based on the quality of content already put into the concept. Every one of our contributors - past, present, and future, has the same mindset to produce content simply because they feel like they have something to share that people will like. I'm sure any one of them will tell you that the only difference money makes is how often they produce their content.

If you are instead referring to the Escapist staff, then I think you grossly misinterpret what it means to keep a website running, let alone filled to the brim with high-quality content that anyone can see for FREE. It's our job to find and foster content that you, the audience, likes - the more people like it, the more money we make. The more money we make, the more content we provide that we hope you like.

There's no evil mastermind wringing his hands with glee every time we make a buck off something people don't seem to like that much. Just good ol' fashioned supply and demand.

If I didn't know what foot people find typically put forward on forums,

ianwulf:
GET BACK TO THE KITCHEN NOW.

I would be insulted.

I'm not referring to the staff at the escapist that maintains the website (Erik Jacobson?) when I mention the producers. I'm referring to whoever is making the decisions as to who to pay to develop (Russ Pitts?). I haven't memorized the structure of your company. I don't know if Themis Media has the final say on what shows are continued or discontinued.

My note to the producers was intended to be taken very differently (hence the all due respect). I intended to get across the point that if something is making you money (considering Themis Media Group incorporated) then by all means go for it as long as it doesn't inconvenience your audience or customers (yes, including whoever you're selling add space to).

In short, Themis Media Group is a business and it's acting like one. That's fine and I say more power to you.

i felt your sarcasm inappropriate, sarcasm is something we do when we are trying to discredit a person or their views,hence my post. ty anyway.
i thought i had responded to a particular fella, my mistake for not quoting properly

synergy, Lemon!

Using Yahtzee's image to hype up your song..how..original.

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