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Negative World Euphonic 004 - Towns and Spooky Themes
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October 30, 2013, 23:55:30

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Just in time for All Hallows Eve, it's another Negative World Euphonic episode!

What's creepier than a good ol' Town theme? What's more pleasant than a Spooky theme? What a sec... Swap that. In this episode Joe and Stephen explore the comforting nature of Town Themes and the tension-filled aspect of Spooky themes in video games.

What do you think of the songs picked for this episode? Let us know. There are particularly some subjects we'd love your thoughts on, so please listen and please comment!

You can comment on the music, the show, etc. on Negative World, Facebook or, Twitter.

Enjoy the show!

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Negative World does not own the rights to any of the songs featured on the podcast. This is a non-profit appreciation podcast and the rights belong to their respective owners.

There were some verbal errors regarding who submitted the second and third songs in each category. Some of these were caught before posting and others not. My apologies to those who were swapped and to the listeners who might be confused while listening. Below are the correct results for the swapped results.

Town Themes:
02 - Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal's Viridian/Pewter/Cerulean/Saffron City/Cinnabar Island by Mop It Up
03 - Castlevania II: Simon's Quest's The Silence of Daylight (Town Theme) by TheOldManFromZelda

Spooky Themes:
02 - Resident Evil REmake's Safe Haven by Zero
03 - Super Mario World's Ghost House by GameDadGrant

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Posted: 10/30/13, 23:55:30  - Edited by 
 on: 11/02/13, 21:39:30    
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Man I just had a weird walk. The sky here is basically Resident Evil style overcast, very dreary, and then that freaking song wouldn't get out of my head, AND I kept imagining Nemesis walking out of the spaces between houses and chasing after me... ARGH. Sounds funny now, but in the mindset I was in it was pretty freaking creepy.


Posted by 
 on: 11/01/13, 06:37:32
I think you improperly credited me with one of the spooky songs. Is that the one you fixed in the mp3 version?

Posted by 
 on: 11/01/13, 12:34:01

Dammit. I thought I caught that too. Fudge!!! We noticed after that you were switched also. But its been so hectic I havent been able to actually listen. Again after editing. Making the replacements was the last step in the editing process. Can you tell me when and how many times it happened? Then I can fix things quicker.

Posted by 
 on: 11/01/13, 14:24:32
Hmm, I wouldn't worry too much about fixing audio, that sounds like a hassle! A simple "We apologize for incorrectly crediting songs W and X to users Y and Z, the correct credits are as follows..." note posted in the OP should suffice, no?


Oh... another thing I was thinking about while listening. I don't know why, because it's not even necessarily one of my all-time favorite games (though it's kind of up there somewhere... top 50? top 100?) nor necessarily one of the games I would consider the best designed (Super Metroid yo!), but I find that when I'm talking game design with Shirley (which happens a fair amount, I suppose) I often come back to the original Resident Evil. Something about the design of that game fascinates me. I think it is because they came up with a very specific, almost counter-intuitive concept and just ran with it on like every level. While so many games are about empowering the user, Resident Evil was the opposite. Limited ammo, limited health, purposely bad controls, you get low on health you start limping, etc. Hell, it even limited your ability to save based on how many ink cartridges you found, something very, very different than the modern auto-save every time you make any progress thing we see in most games nowadays.

It makes me think, could such a radical, "anti-user" concept really take off in a big way in today's market? Probably not on the AAA development side of things. A shame. But I guess that is what indie gaming excels at, filling in all of the many, many gaps in AAA development.

I talk about this game so much that I think she probably assumes it is one of my favorite games EVAR, when it's not quite up there. I do love it, but I think I what brings me back to talking about it all the time is more respect for the radical design theory than the enjoyment that I had while playing it. She even asked to play it with me once, although I don't think it really clicked with her. I think in the end she got bored of trying to avoid enemies so much and tried to knife a zombie to death even after I explained why that was a bad idea, lol.

Of course, I know that Alone in the Dark is the game that gets credited for really kicking off the whole survival horror thing, so I'm not sure exactly how much credit Resident Evil does or doesn't deserve. I kind of want to play Alone in the Dark eventually to get a better sense of what things Resident Evil borrowed from that game...

Posted by 
 on: 11/01/13, 17:31:07  - Edited by 
 on: 11/01/13, 17:37:48
I knew about being able to play as the ducks in Duck Hunt!


Posted by 
 on: 11/01/13, 20:33:55

RTFM... Read The Fucking Manual? lol

Posted by 
 on: 11/01/13, 23:46:48

You got it!

Although, after thinking about it...I may have stumbled across the "multiplayer" aspect by a "happy accident." I can't confirm it, but I seem to remember just randomly picking up the controller and...boom. Duck control.

But my memory isn't the best, and I've drank TONS of alcohol since then, so I may not remember *exactly* correctly.

Posted by 
 on: 11/02/13, 04:54:20
Zero's right. It's too complicated at this point to make that edit, because a few files were deleted by accident. Thus, I have to make that mention in the OP and just move on. Sorry everyone!

Posted by 
 on: 11/02/13, 21:40:35
Another great episode, another couple hours of awesome game music. You guys rule!

Posted by 
 on: 11/04/13, 06:02:57
I should have submitted this tune to the podcast. I was too focused on "spooky" themes during the submission part. Oh well. Here's a good town theme:

Posted by 
 on: 11/04/13, 06:23:16  - Edited by 
 on: 11/04/13, 06:24:48

You are, as always, too kind. Gratitude like yours makes it all worthwhile.


GeeDeeGee! Do you like how I proclaim that (almost) every time you come up in conversation?

Btw, Traverse Town theme ruuuuuuuules.

Posted by 
 on: 11/04/13, 09:27:50
BTW the super secret last song made me think of Dead Rising, because that is a "horror" game that has music that is essentially that. Mall music or whatever.

Posted by 
 on: 11/04/13, 09:31:58

That is a good town tune! I haven't heard much Kingdom Hearts music in my time. Rather serene and fits the motif we were discussing in the show.


It was only secret by accident, lol. Did you listen to the the Spooky songs while walking at night?


Thanks Koo. As always, we appreciate the feedback. I'll be launching the themes for Episode 005 sometime soon. So keep an eye out.

Posted by 
 on: 11/04/13, 13:30:58
@DrFinkelstein Not really... I mean, I started listening a bit while walking but then I paused it, not because it was too creepy but because I always pause podcasts once I start thinking about other things (in that case my whole history with Resident Evil) otherwise I "come back" from my space out and realize I missed a bunch. To be honest it would have been less creepy to not pause it at that point because you guys were just talking versus the kind of walk during a silent, overcast night with the Resident Evil music going through my head thing I experienced instead.

And then I listened to YOUR song while at the gym and holy F... that song. I felt a little weird listening to that song in public, it was like yeah, this is what serial killers do right, just hang out around other people acting like everything is normal but it's not. On the other hand I wouldn't want to listen to that song alone. What is the right time / place to listen to a song like that? The correct answer is probably "never / nowhere".

Posted by 
 on: 11/04/13, 19:31:05  - Edited by 
 on: 11/04/13, 19:32:01
NinSage said:
GeeDeeGee! Do you like how I proclaim that (almost) every time you come up in conversation?

Btw, Traverse Town theme ruuuuuuuules.

I do.

And yes, that tune is great!

Posted by 
 on: 11/04/13, 21:59:33

I think you nailed it. "Never / Nowhere"

Posted by 
 on: 11/05/13, 00:55:17

How about putting all the songs in spoiler tag form in the OP for people who are curious as to your choices?

Posted by 
 on: 11/05/13, 01:38:49

I thought about that, but I feel that discourages actually listening to the podcast.

Posted by 
 on: 11/05/13, 01:42:06
Poor Ashley got snubbed again...

Posted by 
 on: 11/05/13, 22:39:23

I'm sorry you leave bummed Anand. There's a time and a theme for Ashley somewhere. It's a good song!

Posted by 
 on: 11/06/13, 01:27:46
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