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OC Remix Has Released A Chrono Trigger Jazz Album

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Les Major

Chronology Cover

Overclocked Remix has released their 60th album project, this one focuses on giving Chrono Trigger fantastic soundtrack a jazz remake. Featuring eight tracks performed by a jazz ensemble it’s quite the treat! Focusing on one tune from each era of the game, the overall feel is a classy lounge sort of rendition of many favorites. As with project director Dylan Wiest, many of us have been drawn into the fantastic world of Chrono Trigger in the past and it’s always amazing to see musicians giving the music a fresh perspective. It’s a game that stands out, even today. A memorable title that to many of us even stood out as an equal among the Super Nintendo era Final Fantasy titles.

Welcome to Chronology: A Jazz Tribute to Chrono Trigger. You can find the download of the soundtrack here.

The following is the directors comments.

“I first played Chrono Trigger when I was seven years old . It was my introduction to JRPGs, anime, and most importantly, video game music. I can vividly remember watching my brother play this game… or was it a movie? It certainly wasn’t Super Mario Bros. or Donkey Kong Country. It had complex writing and intricate characters put into a vast and colourful world accompanied by music you might expect to hear in a film. As I learned to play the game, it consumed me. I would rent the game every weekend for what seemed like years. It didn’t matter how many times I had completed it because I could restart and it would seem like a new adventure every time. Needless to say, I have a bit of an addictive personality. Over the years, I would go on to obtain many new obsessions and interests that would come and go. Chrono Trigger, however, did not. I am 25 now and, after nearly two decades of playing the game, I can honestly say that it still remains an important part of my life and that every time I play it, I look at it with the same wide eyes and enthusiasm as when I was seven.

I explored Chrono Trigger through all of its facets whether it was trying to copy Akira Toriyama’s art (and learning that I’m not very good at drawing), discussing the more intricate plot features on the forums at Chrono Compendium, actively awaiting the English dub of Radical Dreamers so that I could further my knowledge in the Chronoverse, or attempting to learn Yasunori Mitusda’s score on piano. I believe at one point I had just about the entire soundtrack learned and it was this that nudged me in the direction of the video game music community and, eventually, OverClocked ReMix.

Fast forward another half-decade and I decided to pitch the idea for a jazz based Chrono Trigger album. It seemed like this was going to be an impossible task to accomplish given the genre restriction and general interest from other arrangers at the time so move ahead another couple years and the OC Jazz Collective was born. Through some fluke, I was able to assemble my own “dream team” of musicians and arrangers on OC ReMix who all shared a passion for jazz and video game music. I felt Chrono Trigger would be an ideal candidate for our first release given the game’s quickly approaching 20th anniversary and the fact that Mitsuda’s music lends itself so well to jazz and improvisation. The musicians and artists on this album have put in countless hours of practice and recording to produce an album which I think sounds authentic and natural. Jazz is a social music best captured in the moment… and while the production process of this album was anything but “in the moment,” I think the album’s sound and cohesiveness will speak for itself. It has been an honour getting to know and work with these talented artists from different parts of the world. Each of them brings their own unique sound and nuances to the album and without each and every one of them this album would not have been possible. I hope that our devotion to detail will be apparent in the music and that you will enjoy Chronology: A Jazz Tribute to Chrono Trigger. ”


Secret of Evermore | Retrospective

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Kenny Keelan

When I was younger, I had a thing for giving games a chance when they weren’t rated so well or they weren’t getting a lot of media attention. If I was at a local video store and I hadn’t seen a game before, I’d always get excited as though I was the first person in the entire world to play it and I’d found some kind of hidden gem. Back when I first started renting SNES and Genesis games on my own – before that, I needed parental or brotherly approval – the Internet wasn’t nearly as relevant as it is now and very little of it was dedicated to gaming and gaming press so having what you would call a gaming blog, back then, was kind of a brand new thing. My thing, back then, was just talking about games that I liked and trying to grow a community that knew no borders. It’s a weird thing, back then, really quite a bit more niche than it is now. When I wrote about Secret of Evermore, then, I remember saying that I got it because of its similarities to Secret of Mana, a game that stood as a beautiful and rich departure from the likes of Final FantasyDragon Warrior, and Breath of Fire titles that were all the rage at the time. Delving into it now, I feel that I was able to appreciate it a little more than I did when I first tried it. Follow the jump to learn more about the game and my experiences with it!

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The Joys of Import Gaming: How easy we have it these days

Posted on January 8, 2016 by Erika

As a kid having grown up during the 90s, I got to experience the height of the console wars in full swing: Nintendo vs Sega. Both of those companies duked it out for the dominance of the console market, with several other competitors such as Atari with their Jaguar and NEC’s TurboGrafix-16 lagging severely behind. Unfortunately, with growing up in the US, gamers such as myself missed numerous releases. Some of those were either not localized from Japan, or the translations of various games that did make it over were severely butchered by such things as Nintendo’s no-religious imagery/text policy, or had copious amounts of Engrish. Possibly one of the more famous examples of Engrish was the localization of the Sega MegaDrive game Zero Wing, which spawned one of the earlier memes of 2000/2001.

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Man Sells Complete Super Nintendo Collection On eBay

Posted on December 10, 2012 by Broken Joysticks

Chances are that you find oneself on eBay, glancing at bids and offers that makes the mind conjure up the great auctioning question, “Should I bid on this, even knowing good and well I shouldn’t?” Well then, here is an offer that makes the most of that great question.

A gentleman by the eBay username kaisetsuna has provided an auction for which he is selling the complete Super Nintendo collection that was available in the United States, Canada and Mexico, all for the low, low price of $24,999. So for the price of a new Chevrolet Camaro or the tuition for Texas A&M, one can own 721 Super Nintendo games, some with the original boxes and manuals to match. You not only get perennial classics like Super Mario World, Contra 3: The Alien Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time, but also games no one should even dare play, like Skuljagger: Revolt of the Westicans, Lester the Unlikely, and the worst version of Mortal Kombat.

If you want to bid on it yourself, there is a link right HERE that you can take advantage of, and be the first on your block to have more than enough 16-bit, Mode 7 and even Super FX gaming to take advantage for years.


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