More Butchered Song Lyrics: Stillwater’s First Day of Cataclysm


Notes: Cataclysm began in my country at 4pm of Tuesday. I rolled a Goblin Hunter named Lucretinker on the Nagrand Server, and boy, has hunter play change. I don’t even use mana anymore!

Was sitting here in my boring room
Was just another sunny Tuesday afternoon
Was wasting my time, I had nothing to do…
Just hanging around, a Twittering fool
But something’s s’posed to happen, and I wonder…

Went driving around in my car
Bought Cata at last, came back home before  four.
Installed that sucker, patched it up
Waited a bit ’cause the servers went bust
And something’s spose’d to happen, and I wonder…

Logged onto WoW and wondered why
I Rolled a Goblin Hunter from the Kezan Isle
When all that I would see
Is Deathwing flying over me.

Enslaved on a ship, almost drowned
Ended on the Lost Isles where Thrall and I found
A pact so we’d be free
To be Horde and make tons of money!

*a la-dee-da interlude*

I’m sitting here,
Playing for hours
S’posed to take my goblin through the back to Azshara.

But there’s a couple dailies I did instead
Leveled  my tradeskills, Killed chickens dead.
Well, nothing ever happens, and I wonder…

Isolation is not good for me.
Isolation! I don’t want to do quests with just my crab and me!

I’m stepping around in Azshara, Oh Boy!
Killed sixty naga with goblin made mortars.
I’d rather punch a dragon, and I wondered…

I wonder how, I wonder why
I couldn’t rocket jump to punch him in the eye,
Back there in Ol’ Kezan
To show the people I’m the man!

I’m thinking instead about how
I’d spec into beast mastery and make a vow
To punch him in the face
And turn him to a big disgrace!

And I wonder, I wonder!

I wonder how, I wonder why
I rolled a goblin hunter from the Kezan Isle
When all that I would see
When all that I would see
Is Deathwing flying over me.

A Rift Made by Opinions


My connection to the internet was down from around 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. and so I basically missed out on some rather interesting talking points in the blogosphere while playing Bejeweled 2’s action mode for hours on end. Anyway, the main talking point for today was a recently released trailer for Rift and the reactions people had to its presentation.

There are a couple of different viewpoints that have come up as a result of the trailer, which I feel need to be pointed out. While I cannot vouch for how accurate these descriptions of the viewpoints are, the tone of these writings seem to suggest a particular viewpoint more than anything else.

Some people are cautious about how Rift’s recent trailer threw out big words, with folks leaning towards either cautious optimism or cautious skepticism. Keen, for example, appears to be cautiously optimistic and I think provides the best viewpoint of the bunch by saying,

…I encourage you to read around, try to get in beta, and form other opinions about the game instead of relying on the hype. It will never, ever, be as good as the hype you create in your head after watching a video like that but it can still be great.

Now, there are also folks whom I feel are cautiously skeptical based on the promotional trailer and what they know of the game from what they’ve read. Syncaine’s post asking about how dynamic Rift is serves as a good example of that.

Then, of course, we have pure skepticism and pure optimism. Now, I define the purity of the skepticism or optimism here as contingent on how… well, for the lack of a better term, untested it is. A thread on the Rift forums (that I won’t link here for fear of a shitstorm) has one poster writing about how it gets on his nerves that people are “hating” or being negative about this game, which he’s followed for years.

What I think he fails to consider is how most people have not played the game, and that folks these days have grown increasingly more sensitive to and skeptical of hype or marketing speak. A poster named Bartlebe, commenting on Massively’s coverage, traded words with quite a number of folks, though I think his initial comment stands out as an example of pure skepticism based (presumably) primarily on the trailer:

A lot of fluffy, meaningless talk that i’ve heard before countless times.

I’ve built up a pretty good resistance to MMO marketing over the years. I know how these things work.

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Rift’s beta is in a few hours, and many people will get to have their first shot at trying the game out. I’m probably siding with Keen and Scarybooster in this case. I want Rift to succeed and to make it on its own in the wide open spaces of the MMO market. To do that, however, they have to bring the goods, and no amount of hype can save them if players’ expectations created by marketing hype and the reality of the situation are not met.

That’s what happened to FFXIV and, to a larger extent, APB.

Music Geekery: Ellie, My Love and the song of three cultures


I’m a music lover at heart, and one of the things I did when I started a general blog for myself was to make a write-up on Japanese Enka music featuring Jero. Recently, a post on a Philippine anti-Cosplay blog (The trolling attempts are hilarious in their failure to get the authors to become angry, and some of the anti-Philippine cosplay posts have some justifiable basis) made me take notice of how some Philippine songs actually have a Japanese basis or are potentially ripped off.

I did a bit more digging, however, and found that some songs really do have foreign covers with different lyrics, so I suppose a little artistic license is alright. Let’s take a look at one song from Japan that has made its way into American and Philippine culture. It’s called Itoshi no Ellie in Japan, and is otherwise known as Ellie, My Love in America and Honey My Love (So Sweet) in the Philippines.

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A Song for the Shattering


To the tune of “Time of My Life”

Human Hunter male: Now WoW’s had the change of its life
No it’s never felt like this before
Yes I swear. It’s the truth
Blizzard owes it all to you

Tauren Paladin Female: And I’ve had the time of my life
and I owe it all to you

Human Hunter Male: I’ve been Human for so long
Now I’ve finally found a boar
To stand by me.

Tauren Paladin Female: We saw Sunlight on the wall
As we felt this Light-filled fantasy

Both: Now with passion in our eyes
There’s no way we could disguise it secretly
We hold weapons in our hand
‘Cause we seem to understand the urgency

Human Hunter Male: Just Remember

Tauren Paladin Female: There’s just one thing

Human Hunter Male: I can’t get enough of

Tauren Paladin Female: More than PVP-ing,

Both: Shattering’s come! Because

Both: WoW’s had the change of its life
Oh it’s never felt this way before!
Yes I swear! It’s the truth!
Blizzard owes it all to you
Tauren Paladin Female: With my body and soul
Want aggro more than you’ll ever know

Human Hunter male: Pop Bestial Wrath on the Boar
Forget the shots, let’s lose control!

Tauren Paladin Female: Yes I know whats on your mind
When you say:
Let’s Bubble Hearth tonight.”

Human Hunter male: Just remember:
WoW’s the one thing

Tauren Paladin Female: I can’t get enough of

Human Hunter male: So I’ll tell you something

Both: This could be love, because

Both: WoW’s had the change of its life
No it’s never felt this way before
Yes I swear! It’s the truth
And Neltharion’s come for you!

Now WoW’s had a new lease on life
As every soul on Azeroth’s done for
‘Til I found the loot
And I owe that all to you…


Human Hunter male: Now I’ve had the time of my life
No I never felt this way before

(Tauren Paladin Female: Never Felt this way)

Human Hunter male: Yes I swear it’s the truth
and I owe it all to you

Both: WoW’s had the change of its life
And every soul on Azeroth’s done for!
Till I’ve found the loot
and I owe that all to you

And I’ve had the time of my life
No I’ve never felt this way before
Yes I swear! It’s the truth
And I owe Blizz money too!

Hyper Video Cast-Off: Spider-man and his Giant Leopard Robot


A bit of filler for you today. As I was looking for something Harry Potter related, and stumbled across a video I used to have on an old computer. This is the Japanese Spider-man adaptation from 1978, and he has a giant robot who isn’t named Spider-bot or some crazy stuff like that.

OH NO… The robot’s name? Leopardon. That’s right, a giant yellow leopard robot for Spider-man.

After the jump: the full song, from Youtube. Look for wonderful mistranslations of the song in the comments of the two, such as “He toss a genie!” and “Give me a Nazi.” Enjoy!

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Hyper Video Cast Off: Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright


I’ve never played a Professor Layton game, and I’ve yet to finish any of the Ace Attorney ones as well, but I can’t help but be impressed by the crossover of a puzzle-solving prof and an ace attorney.

Translation of the Audio? You bet!


Source: Destructoid

The Emotion of Sound: An Alternative Reason for Wanting to Play Final Fantasy XIV


It all started with Final Fantasy VII. Aerith died, the music played, and the realization that video games could evoke emotions like sadness dawned on me. It was a single moment, punctuated with music that struck the heart, and it steered me towards an appreciation for gaming.

With that appreciation for gaming comes a longing, however. There are times when, like a personal orchestra, a song will play in your head and won’t disappear: the soundtrack of your life, some folks call it. It comes and goes and the song changes, but when that song plays, you can’t help but remember things, pieces of memories or adventures you’ve had in the real world or in your mind, and you feel things you ever thought you would feel (or would have to feel again).

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