Shooter Guy and Life In Bullet Time

Shooter Guy and Life In Bullet Time

This week, Gavin talks Max Payne 3 and first-person shooters.

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New album? Woo! More excuses to throw money at you! And I just got some hours at my job, at last too, just in time.

Shooter Guy was probably one of my favourite songs that you've done, though that is because I am a sucker for comedy. It's clear how focus you put into your lyrics for it and, as you said, it was silly, goofy and lampooned the elements we're seeing a lot in first person shooters these days, which brings nice variety to the serious songs you do.

I also may have bust a rib at the "No-scope" parts. Back when COD4 was out and we were months off walking into the airport of MW2, my friends all got into no-scoping and berated me for not doing it with them. I asked them "Why not use a normal gun? I'm killing you guys so easy!" to which they replied "Because this is how pros do it." I beat them, two against one, at 8-3. Didn't realise pros did that too.

Calumon: You wouldn't know, because you're so bad at games! :p

Hey Gavin, will a video of your performance at the expo be put online? So people who can't get to the expo will be able to see you perform as well?

And could anyone explain what "360 no-scope" is?

Both of those songs i really enjoyed. The the Bullet Time song, I especially loved the piano parts. Maybe because they did indeed remind me of Max Payne 1 and 2, both of witch i absolutely loved. And well, when i first heard Shooter Guy, i had such a grin on my face: the song was awesome and hilarious at the same time.

And this was quite the interesting read, as well. So, yeah. Keep up the great work, Gavin.

Wieke:

And could anyone explain what "360 no-scope" is?

Mainly seen in CoD, this is where a player, normally aged under 13 or "big" on YT, has a sniper rifle.

They then jump off of something, spin in a full circle before firing without using the scope to aim the shot. This normally ends in two ways, a lucky shot which leads to much rejoicing and claims of "I pull off this shot everyday, it's piss easy." despite it relying a lot on luck, or this hilarious clip.

It normally ends like the clip.

OT: Love Shooter Guy, reminds me why I shouldn't play MW3 without a buddy. :)

Sassafrass:

Wieke:

And could anyone explain what "360 no-scope" is?

Mainly seen in CoD, this is where a player, normally aged under 13 or "big" on YT, has a sniper rifle.

They then jump off of something, spin in a full circle before firing without using the scope to aim the shot. This normally ends in two ways, a lucky shot which leads to much rejoicing and claims of "I pull off this shot everyday, it's piss easy." despite it relying a lot on luck, or this hilarious clip.

It normally ends like the clip.

Ah thanks for explaining. Good thing you provided that clip otherwise I would have had trouble believing it ;).

Is "middle class white kids rapping is so ghetto" a jab at gaming raps?

Maybe. Or perhaps I genuinely enjoy middle class white kids rapping about their no-scope headshot ladder stall skills and feel that they are in fact, acutely representative of the multi-cultured working class neighborhoods that first spawned the gangsta-rap genre and its associated ebonics.

I feel like this is a Nobel Prize waiting to happen. If they had one in sociology or whatever.

I dont mean to make this sounds like a "yay Gavin and i have a similar view on -subjectA-"
But i'm just glad to hear someone other than me say what he said about Assassin's Creed 3. The time period is ok, but the setting just takes away part of what makes the series great. No exotic local and new culture. Just a re-imagining of my history class...."fun."

Not to mention it's extra dissapointing because the series has been such a non-stop positive to me, it's hard to deal with glaring negitives.

I really liked Shooter Guy and got it from his bandcamp page asap. (It's good that he uses bandcamp, thank you Gavin). I'm surprised Halo fans are complaining that their game wasn't included in the video for a song parodying old and predominantly negative FPS tropes.

Wieke:
Hey Gavin, will a video of your performance at the expo be put online? So people who can't get to the expo will be able to see you perform as well?

I'm not sure, I imagine someone will film it anyway! Will look into it and see if we can get something organized.

Speaking of Halo, remember when all the middle-class white kids rapping used to be there? Kind of glad they migrated to Call of Duty. Made Halo a bit more fun to play online. A bit.

MiracleOfSound:
...an endless stream of OscarMike-ology...

I believe 'Military Jargon' is the term you're looking for. (I'll save you the lectures on it) ;]

...I love America...

*channels inner redneck* Woo! 'merica! *scarfs apple pies and cheeseburgers with many American flags and explosions in the background*

Is it the 12th yet?

What about now?

Oh, if it's not too late to ask questions, was that you doing the high-pitched voice? Was that "natural" or did you digitally raise the pitch?

-'For most Miracle of Sound songs I tend to lean towards the more sober, earnest side.'-

Not really. You tend to go for the more 'safe, simple' side of things.

You should only evoke my name (partially) when being super serial like. Ya know?

I have yet to hear a 'Sweet L.A.' caliber song....

Just requesting, eh?

*grumbles about verse chorus verse/computer effects mumbojumbo...

(still a fan tho)

Sober Thal:
-'For most Miracle of Sound songs I tend to lean towards the more sober, earnest side.'-

Not really. You tend to go for the more 'safe, simple' side of things.

You should only evoke my name (partially) when being super serial like. Ya know?

I have yet to hear a 'Sweet L.A.' caliber song....

Just requesting, eh?

*grumbles about verse chorus verse/computer effects mumbojumbo...

(still a fan tho)

Sweet L.A. is a very simple song. Perhaps if you could give me some examples of music you yourself find progressive, it would be easier to interpret what you mean by being 'safe'?

MiracleOfSound:

Sober Thal:
-'For most Miracle of Sound songs I tend to lean towards the more sober, earnest side.'-

Not really. You tend to go for the more 'safe, simple' side of things.

You should only evoke my name (partially) when being super serial like. Ya know?

I have yet to hear a 'Sweet L.A.' caliber song....

Just requesting, eh?

*grumbles about verse chorus verse/computer effects mumbojumbo...

(still a fan tho)

Sweet L.A. is a very simple song. Perhaps if you could give me some examples of music you yourself find progressive, it would be easier to interpret what you mean by being 'safe'?

I don't get it either. Songs about videogames where you literally try a new genre almost every song isn't 'safe' to me.

As much as I would like to hear you try something a bit more progressive in structure, if people couldn't put up with the vocals not coming in for ONE WHOLE MINUTE on "You Died", I don't think there's much hope.
Totally agree with you about the amazing airport scene in MP3. One of my favourite gaming moments this year.

cricket chirps:
I dont mean to make this sounds like a "yay Gavin and i have a similar view on -subjectA-"
But i'm just glad to hear someone other than me say what he said about Assassin's Creed 3. The time period is ok, but the setting just takes away part of what makes the series great. No exotic local and new culture. Just a re-imagining of my history class...."fun."

Not to mention it's extra dissapointing because the series has been such a non-stop positive to me, it's hard to deal with glaring negitives.

It seems pretty exotic to me, but then I am not from 'merica and have comparatively little knowledge of the war in question. I am also quite interested in native Americans and their culture.

MiracleOfSound:

This week, Gavin talks Max Payne 3 and first-person shooters.

Something I hope you can talk a little about at some point is software to use for making music. I have been trying to find open source software for some time and haven't found anything particularly good.

Shooter Guy was one of my favourite songs for a while and one of the reasons I'm looking forward to Level 2 next week. Despite having a good deal fewer songs than Level 1 I'm happy to be able to pick it up before the end of the year.

I'm also glad to get context on the "white kids rapping" line. I don't play CoD so my exposure is Professor Elemental and MC Pittman and I couldn't see call for any snarkiness there.

Flames66:

Something I hope you can talk a little about at some point is software to use for making music. I have been trying to find open source software for some time and haven't found anything particularly good.

I wouldn't really know of any good open source software. Music recording software is extremely complex and varies hugely in quality. I bought all the software I use legit as they tend to be very buggy without updates. Anyway here's the list of what I use

Cubase 6 (main mixing + recording program)

Kontakt 5 - for strings, orchestra sounds etc

Ableton Live - For synths

5-0:
As much as I would like to hear you try something a bit more progressive in structure, if people couldn't put up with the vocals not coming in for ONE WHOLE MINUTE on "You Died", I don't think there's much hope.

One of the reasons I do feel wary of doing some more intricate and long songs - people often just don't have the attention span for it.

People got their panties in a bunch over the jabs? Ha. Worry not about the stick up their butts, Gav, parody will always miss some people. Besides, Shooter Guy is hilarious, poking fun at the games, the game makers, the varied communities playing them, and even a British Ex-Pat living Down Under and his "favorite" trend in gaming of late. What's not to love?

Also, anyone else looking forward to more smooth-bore snipers in Assassin's Creed? Because of how much fun it was in Revelations to be sniped from across town by six muskets with perfect aim, right.

New album on July 12th? There goes my hope to get a new violin next week! Why? Because I have to buy anything from MoS day 1.

So... where is the song for this week?

I absolutely loved "Shooter Guy" and I always get a kick playing it whenever I'm in Battlefield 3. Plus the Arnold and Yahtzee references always give me a smirk.

Would you consider doing an Encore for "Ballad of Clay Carmine" and "The Grind"? These are some really awesome songs and could use a good encore. :D

Love life in Bullet time even though I haven't even played MP3. Makes me want to though. And it feels good to have another humorous song like Shooter Guy! It has been a while. You Died being the latest one I think? On that note you picking up Prepare to Die edition when it comes out?~

PS. Somehow the comment answering is starting to become my favorite part of this! The amount of rage is without end!;)

Hey, Gev, Are you playing any MMORPGs? If yes, want you to write a song about some game of this type?

(sorry for mistakes in text, if it has them, I am from Russia and I know English not wery well.)

Sassafrass:

Wieke:

And could anyone explain what "360 no-scope" is?

Mainly seen in CoD, this is where a player, normally aged under 13 or "big" on YT, has a sniper rifle.

They then jump off of something, spin in a full circle before firing without using the scope to aim the shot. This normally ends in two ways, a lucky shot which leads to much rejoicing and claims of "I pull off this shot everyday, it's piss easy." despite it relying a lot on luck, or this hilarious clip.

It normally ends like the clip.

OT: Love Shooter Guy, reminds me why I shouldn't play MW3 without a buddy. :)

I remember a friend of mine showing me a 360 No-Scope he got on Halo Reach in which he shot through two enemy players in one go from nearly a mile away. One in a million... I think. I haven't played a lot of online multiplayer, but I'd assume this isn't common.

Darcaner:
Hey, Gev, Are you playing any MMORPGs? If yes, want you to write a song about some game of this type?

(sorry for mistakes in text, if it has them, I am from Russia and I know English not wery well.)

Your English is fine :)

I don't play MMOs because I have an addictive personality and they would eat all my time!

Didn't realize you were a self-taught guitar player. Would you take classes if you had the funds? :)

 

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