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March 30, 2015

KVR Gaming Update 80: Prepare for Your Examination!

Yay, title change. These updates are pretty far away from a journal in any case, so there you go. This will be short: I have exams tomorrow, so as a result of the constant studying leading up to then, there will not be any new posts, Content Rundowns or Reviews this week.

Sadface.

In other news, reviews will commence again next week!

Happyface!

Jokes aside, I've seriously been thinking about ways to put up reviews every week again. I've decided that the best method will be to schedule a review months in advance, and use the system of: "Important review every two weeks, secondary review in the gaps."

Articles may also be making a comeback, but this is a definite "maybe". I got severely burned out the last time I did this, so I'm going to be rather careful.

Before I go, I just want to let you know that I've started posting on my other site, Lyriticus, again. I had a long hiatus, but am trying to get back in the swing of things. Check it out.  Please.

Lastly, don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for entertainment in the meantime. Go. Enjoy it. Now. Thanks. Goodbye.

Until next time. ;)

March 29, 2015

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Important notice: Site overseer has been distracted by unforeseen circumstances. Correction: Foreseen. By a couple of weeks. Yes.

Circumstances are known to the general public as "exams", which is short for "examinations". These exams cause high stress in the victims that fall prey to them. Hobbies such as cooking, eating, drinking and living are often sidelined to secondary importance, whereas the "exams" take primary importance.

Site overseer gives his apologies. Regular posting will resume next Sunday. 

Welcome to the machine.

March 23, 2015

Blog Journal Volume 79: Ice From Iron or whatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhat

Apologies for the slight lateness of this post. Been battling very depressive feelings as of late, and haven't really been on the best of terms. However, as you know, I've been trying to focus the blog more on "important" games as opposed to "new" games, even if the latter is not of question for reviews.

As you may infer from the title, I've finally gotten around to doing the newest episode of the Game of Thrones, um, game, and will be posting it this week, since it takes like half an hour at most to edit and post.

Next week, I'll be posting a review of an "important" game. I've decided to ignore Battlefield Hardline for now, as it seems to be a typical shooter game and not really anything shockingly controversial.

That doesn't mean I'm just going to forget about it, however. Once our internet's cap resets, I'll look at doing a Content Rundown. I've also been thinking about making reviews again every week, with an "important" game every two weeks and a "secondary" in the gap.

Keyword: "Thinking". It's not set in stone yet, but I am very excited about reviewing again. Also, articles may be making a comeback, as I've taken up writing every day and want to keep that trend up.

Lastly, don't forget to check out my YouTube channel in the meantime for some corny entertainment while you wait for reviews. I'll see you guys again on Wednesday with some more Game of Thrones-ery. Kyle out!

(Wow, that may just be the most ADD post I've ever made...)

March 22, 2015

Weak (Seether) - Song Review


The art of grunge...

Reviewed By: KVR (Head Writer)

Album: Seether 2002-2013

Artist: Seether

Release Date: November 2013

Genre: Post-Grunge, Hard Rock, Alternative Metal

Verdict: 16+ (For An Aggressive Tone and Mature Themes)






Content:

Violence:

--The Lyric Video has allusions to violence, with blood splattering on the screen and red liquids flowing through water.

-A few verbal references to emotional pain. "When I bleed, I relieve you of your pain."

Mature Lyrics: 

-The entire song is about a man who gave everything to a person, yet they gave nothing in return, so he decides to "invest in himself", tells the other person to keep their "opinions" and "observations" to "yourself", that they should give him a reason so that he can "shut them out", they should "let him go", and that he just wants to be "alone now".

-The narrator describes his emotional pain, with his "dreams all turning out the same", "bleeding" to relieve someone else of their "pain", and that he "can't believe" they wouldn't let him "do the same".

Mood: Aggressive Downbeat
 
Review of Song:

We've all helped someone who didn't appreciate our efforts at one point during our lives. Heck, we may have done it more than once. But some people give their entire lives away, and not with as much as an acknowledging nod to praise their efforts.

Weak by Seether is a powerful song. That much is clear from a musical standpoint, starting off with a few simple guitar riffs being overtaken by thundering electronic guitars occupying most of the song's sound-scape until the bitter, climactic end.

But it's not just the music that's powerful: The lyrics are bitter, vengeful, aggressive, yet painfully honest and emotional, laying a tortured heart bare for all to hear. One can only imagine what kind of thankless pain lead singer Shaun Morgan had to endure at one point during his life to make this song possible.

Whatever it was, it spills out here in clear detail, making for an excellent and masterful grunge tune which needs a whole lot more recognition. Powerful stuff.

Final Thoughts:

This may just be the heaviest song I've reviewed. With that, a word of caution: If you have issues with aggression, be very careful of listening to this song. If you are currently experiencing relationship/friendship problems and it's leaving you feeling raw and bitter, this may be the tipping point for you and as such, it would be an unwise decision to listen to this song.

Personally, this song didn't trigger anything negative in me, even though I can relate to it on a fundamental level, having been in a very similar place myself. The aggressive tone makes for a surprisingly effective outlet for frustrations and anger.

After all, music is about the deepest place for people to connect through making (and listening to) art. Music is about the subconscious, and as such, while it may not make sense to your head initially, your emotions will eventually show you the true reason for your connection to any song you find deep and meaningful.

If you're mature enough to handle a hard-hitting song, do give this song a listen. It's raw, it's thundering with emotion, and most of all, it shows the very real human emotion of wanting acceptance in a pure, unrestrained way.

Age Restriction:
For An Aggressive Tone and Mature Themes

March 19, 2015

Silent Hill 2 Content Rundown


Little town of horrors.

Warning: The following review contains Mature Content. Reader discretion is advised.

Reviewed By: KVR (Head Writer)

Verdict: Mature Gamers Only (For Psychological Horror, A Depressing Atmosphere, and Mature Themes Involving Sexual Abuse)

Release Date: September 2001

Developer/Publisher: Konami

Platforms: Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Genre: Survival Horror

March 16, 2015

Blog Journal Volume 78: Resurrection

Hello again. This week, we'll have a Content Rundown of Silent Hill 2, quite possibly the foggiest game in existence. Besides Silent Hill 1, of course. The review still has a bit of editing to be done, but it should be done quite fast.

In the meantime, I've started up my review of XCOM Enemy Unknown again. While I found my original run on PC quite stressful, and it eventually ended in disaster due to me trying to hard (and failing spectacularly), I'll stay focused this time and push through to the bitter end.

I hope you guys enjoy the rest of the week and this week's new Content Rundown as well. Have a great one!

March 09, 2015

Blog Journal Volume 77: Fog

Hello again my good peoples! How are you? First off, let me apologise for the slightly muted tone of the last few weeks. I've become quite frustrated outside of the blog due to some personal issues I'm not ready to discuss.

Let's just say that this is having a severe effect on my blog in ways it should not, as I may have mentioned before. However, I won't let this affect it too severely. I'm currently working on two separate reviews/Content Rundowns.

I decided to keep them secret instead, as I have let slip in the past what I'm working on and never got around to finishing it. Fallout 3's long overdue review in particular.

However, I'm sticking to "important" games for now, and I decided to focus my attention on a highly influential and acclaimed Japanese game, which may be another great review for the site.

I'll give you a one-word hint. It's in the title. Yep.

The other one is an epicly long RPG I've taken a huge liking to quite recently. (Not Fallout 3, unfortunately.) Expect more news soonish.

Have a great week, and God bless. :)

March 02, 2015

Blog Journal Volume 76

Hello everyone. I'll keep things short, since I've got work and a bunch of other stuff which needs attending. Like exams. And stuff. Anyway, I just want to let you guys know that a Content Rundown has been scheduled for this week.

I can't tell you which game is going to be reviewed next, but rest assured, my inside-look at controversial games will definitely continue, starting with possibly another Grand Theft Auto title. (POSSIBLY.)

So yeah. Pardon any mistakes in my update. Just wanted to let you guys know. See you Wednesday. God bless. :P

March 01, 2015

Love Me Again (John Newman) - Song Review


"I need to know now, know now, can you love me again?"

Nah.

Reviewed By: KVR (Head Writer)

Album: Tribute

Artist: John Newman

Release Date: May 2013

Genre: Pop, Breakbeat, Northern Soul

Verdict: 12+ (For Themes Involving a Breakup






Content:

Violence:

--At the end of the music video, a car suddenly hits the two lovers. (The video smash cuts to black before the impact, which we hear.)

Sexual Content/Nudity:

--A man and a woman kiss passionately.

Mature Lyrics: 

--Lyrics about giving someone a second chance in the world of romance, implying a prior breakup. The man seems really desperate to rekindle the relationship, which comes through in his "earnest" tone.

Mood: Upbeat

Despite being about a breakup, this song is surprisingly upbeat, only vaguely melancholy (if you're in a really bad mood, that is), but overall quite groovy and a surprisingly joyful tune given its subject matter.
 
Review of Song:

With a name like "John Newman" and a song title like "Love Me Again", it's hard not to have certain expectations going into this song. My first thought is that it would be a freaking depressing song in the vein of Bruno Mars' When I Was Your Man or just about any love song about unrequited love, breakups or...love.

Thankfully, John Newman performs the ultimate meta version of a roundhouse kick to the face, giving us a groovy song to breakdance a breakup away. Or something to that effect.

Featured at the end of the criminally underrated Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and Tom Cruise's nose, Love Me Again's surprisingly upbeat groove caught my attention from the first few bars of that epic piano.

Splashed with colourful touches of the Northern Soul and Breakbeat genres, and with subtle jazz undertones, this is a tune worth listening to.

Final Thoughts:

There's little of concern here. While the theme of a breakup may be too mature for younger listeners (I'd hope), the song is very upbeat and not depressing in the slightest.

Well, except for the music video, which ends on a rather abrupt and shocking note for no discernible reason whatsoever.

All in all, this is a song worth listening to, and should not trigger any negative emotions.

Age Restriction:
For Themes Involving a Breakup

Outro:

Edge of Tomorrow is a great movie. Seriously. Check it out guys. In any case, I hope you enjoyed another review presented by the great, mighty and all-knowing Lyriticus.

I'll see you again next week with some more reviews and similar and so on and so forth and...yeah.