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I got knee deep in Madworld's gore on the BBC. Ever wonder how that happened, let me tell you the real story behind my Charlie Brooker encounter.
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I got an innocent little email from the BBC, asking me to write a song for his videogame show. It was a real wow moment and one that marked another step in my journey. From the email to the song is a long and windy road, and one I've talked about on my Madworld song blog.
But the song itself was a very difficult song to write, because I had been given such strict definitions of what it needed to be like. That combined with my mental chatter telling me "who did I think I was to write for the BBC" (not to mention for such a cool program) and meant I kept pulling apart everything I was trying to create.
Eventually I simply ran out of time and had to get the BEEB the first draft of the song. Without that deadline I would probably be writing that song for the rest of my whole entire life.
The hardest thing was only having 1.5 minutes for the song. I had to keep pulling it back, play it faster, squeezing in verses and choruses. Because it needed to have that song structure to feel right for me. I wanted it to be a real song rather than some wired jingle.
In terms of inspiration, they asked for it to be folky so I just went for it with the Ukulele and Piano. I took Damien Rice's first album as the inspiration where he does a big choral track, which for my song turned into the "Ooo's" in the background.
It seemed to create a range of arguments about whether I am anti-violence or not. It was interesting to see how much violence there was in the debate itself. I think I was basically just trying to review the games in the lyrics, having fun with the ideas it creates rather than make a big statement.
Hope you enjoy my acoustic version, and see you back in two weeks for my secrets about my Bat suit.
Here at last a hardcore game on the Wii that's nasty, stylised violence that we call comedy, like itchy and scratchy, like tom and Jerry. I just stabbed a guy through the eye with a road sign, pulled out his heart with my bare hands, do i feel alright? No I feel dirty, there's really something quite unnerving about all the latent perving in the disturbing commentary. You're trying way too hard, like a disillusioned nerd, who thinks chainsaws and swear words will make you the coolest kid in school It's far too short and the weapons are far too few and I have to redo the whole level so i give you a head butt with the Nun-chuk I feel giddy, visually it gets really busy and my heart feels dizzy in this sadistic comic book You're trying way too hard, like a disillusioned nerd, who thinks chainsaws and swear words will make you the coolest kid in school
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: