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    Ph.D candidate in musicology at the University of Minnesota currently finishing my dissertation from Lafayette, IN. Awesome breakfast-maker, father, husband, and public speaker.

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  1. I'll let Karen wander in here, look at all of the suggestions, and decide what counts. I was unsure about Lower Norfair myself...
  2. I'm in -- looking forward to see who I draw this year! In case whoever draws me needs help, Steam games and League of Legends skins are always welcome, but don't feel constrained by that.
  3. Everyone, Karen Cook -- one of my ludomusicology colleagues -- is putting together a database of games that include chant, or music close enough to be thought of as chant (e.g. Halo's iconic opening moments). I thought the community might be able to help her out, so I'm going to throw the list down here and see what we all come up with. After the thread starts to die down, I'll send along all of everyone's additions to Karen, who will put it to good use. I'll start off by including the first additions: Final Fantasy X and Castlevania: Circle of the Moon should have been on here. Games Including Chant or “Chant-Like” Music: A Partial Inventory: (Suggestions and Additions heartily welcomed!) 1. Halo (series) 2. Sid Meier’s Civilization IV 3. Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword 4. Sid Meier’s Civilization V 5. Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies 6. Assassin’s Creed 7. Skyrim 8. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel 9. The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night 10. The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning 11. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 12. The Hobbit 13. Pandora’s Tower 14. Dante’s Inferno 15. The Da Vinci Code 16. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 17. Medieval II: Total War 18. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition 19. Reign of Kings 20. Bloodborne 21. Phantasmagoria 22. Final Fantasy VII 23. Final Fantasy IX 24. Final Fantasy XIII 25. Super Smash Bros. Brawl 26. Resident Evil 27. Castlevania: Rondo of Blood 28. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 29. Heroes of Might and Magic III 30. Heroes of Might and Magic V 31. Warcraft II 32. 7th Guest 33. The Talos Principle 34. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 35. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 36. Age of Empires III 37. The Binding of Isaac 38. MediEvil 39. MediEvil II 40. Van Helsing 41. God of War 3 42. Slain 43. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem 44. Gabriel Knight 3 45. Hexen 46. Zombies Ate My Neighbors 47. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 48. Gauntlet Legends 49. Sam and Max, Season 2
  4. I agree with this. Aside from a couple Payload map spots (Watchpoint: Gibraltar comes to mind), the maps tend to work against her -- this is particularly true of Nepal, in which basically none of the three maps provide her both a clean shot to and a safe distance from the point. Her single best use case in ranked IMO is the Ilios map with the arena at the bottom of a flight of stairs as a hard counterpick to Pharah. Otherwise, whatever you want to accomplish with her can probably be better done with a different character. Keep in mind that for static defenses, Ana is at least as good as she is (turrets) or flat out better (putting Bastion to sleep forces him to stand in movement mode, allowing you enough time to kill him if he doesn't retreat immediately), and she also heals and has one of the game's best ults. This completely kills one of the big use-cases Widow had going for her on release -- and she didn't get any to make up for it. Tom's right that by and large, the people who do play her can shoot -- but they can shoot better with basically any other character right now. Potential changes to help her positioning: (just for fun) -Allow grappling hook to temporarily let her cling to a wall like a spider (say, for 2-3 shots worth of time) -Allow grappling hook to let her descend and ascend in a straight vertical line, like the famous sequence from Mission: Impossible.
  5. This is pretty awesome -- I'll have to keep my ears open!
  6. Blake Neely is knocking the entire CW-verse out of the park, and I agree that Supergirl represents his best work thus far. It's hard to sound as uplifting as Williams, and somehow he manages it without sounding like a weak impression. The Flash Main Theme, while not as hummable, is great as well, with both the two-chord choral intro and the ostinato serving as powerful things for the audience to latch onto. Reminds me of much of Hans Zimmer's work where one small kernel can carry an entire scene (think of the four chords that form the final cue to Inception, for instance). See Frank Lehman's chapter in the new Routledge book "Music in Epic Film: Listening to Spectacle" for more:
  7. Level with Emily is the continuation of "Top Score," formerly on MPR.
  8. I'm bad at responding to things unless I'm actually tagged. There absolutely is room for new folks though! I'll caution that League has a ridiculously-high skill floor -- David Sirlin's comment about good players and newbies actually playing two totally different games applies here even more than it does in Street Fighter. That said, I'm always happy to play with new folks. I'm RTBardic, just add me and the next time we're both online (I'm usually around from 9:00 to 11:00 on the internet somewhere), just hit me up!
  9. I'll quote music theory professor Frank Lehman here, who after noting that the YT channel this comes from is excellent, notes: "...they bizarrely gloss over the most glaring issue with these franchises -- the lack of firmly defined or hummable themes. (Exceptions, IMHO, w/ Capt. America leitmotif and maybe the Avengers theme--not accidentally both from Silvestri). And they further claim that the music is not evoking an emotional response, when that's pretty much all it's doing: pure affect" That pretty much sums up my thoughts. Get Silvestri to do more, haha
  10. I wouldn't say the FF music research thread was a "favourites thread" in the sense of people just listing favourite tracks. Everyone was adding meaningful discussion about their picks.

  11. Believe me when I say I am appreciative of posts designed for research. Unfortunately, no matter how you slice it, asking people for a list of favorites is against the forum rules, and therefore I'm locking the thread.
  12. Ana is my new go-to counter to Bastion, by the way. Her sleep dart not only stuns him, but even if he wakes up right away, he wakes up in walking mode! So you are guaranteed 3 seconds where he's not gunning your team down, usually enough time (especially in conjunction with Ana's ult on someone) for your team to close distance and eliminate not just him, but the whole team.
  13. Owen can play Peggle now, and it's a lot of fun watching him, haha. Random parenting story: I bought Peggle 2 to listen for how the audio integration was improved, and let Owen play while I made lunch two weeks ago. Suddenly I hear "Oh, FUCK IT!" from the other room, and it was the first time he'd sworn like that. I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing so hard before asking where he'd heard that type of language.
  14. In case you haven't noticed, Titan Quest got a massive update for its ten-year anniversary. It includes not only widescreen resolution support (and proper scaling for it -- it looks good!) but Steam-based multiplayer -- no more fiddling around with Gamespy or whatever. It's also quite possibly the longest set of patch notes that I have ever seen. Most importantly, if you owned any edition of the game on Steam, you get a free upgrade and already have it in your library waiting to be installed. If you missed out on the fun, or on the various bundles over the years that have had it, it's only $5 for a week, and it will be $5 well spent. I recommend it especially for those folks who are burned out of Diablo 3, given that we're looking at no new content from Blizzard for the second season in a row.
  15. Tangentially related: I am the OC ReMix clan leader for League of Legends -- I am RTBardic there, and I am on usually 4x a week (almost always with one of prophetik, OA, or newt). I know I added the OP to the clan, but anyone else should feel free to ask for a clan invite. It's a good way to find people who are online -- and there are a lot of us here who play League.