Free Tavern Songs, You Guys

FreeDownloadThe good folks at BioWare have made all of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s tavern songs available for free download. The download also includes sheet music, so you can try your hand at a tune or two. If you do, be sure to enter the Fan Celebration Contest with your recording – or video, or fan art, or what have you. I wonder whether they’d accept some slash…. Hmmmmm…

P.S. Here is everyone’s favorite song:

Danny Kaye: Not Just the Singer of That Racist Bongo Song from Fallout 3

Just a little post for fans of the music of Fallout 3…

Though he was really more of a movie star and his music was recorded long before I was born, Danny Kaye’s singing is a sound that takes me straight back to middle school, when I used to stay up all night watching AMC (back when it was American Movie Classics and played American movie classics) for the Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Danny Kaye marathons.

Gamer and superfan of Fallout 3 that I am, it pains me that most of my contemporaries will know Danny Kaye, if they know him at all, as the guy who sang that super racist bongo song on Galaxy News Radio.

Two more songs behind the cut. 

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“The games that make money are the “celebrity” games…”

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From a recent conversation with indie game developer and “games industry polymath” August Zinsser

Question: How do you feel about the prediction that indie games are merely a “flash in the pan” and that the games industry at large cannot sustain this many indie developers?

Listen to this gamer story (4 min, 01 seconds):


Or, read the transcript:

I think there’s some truth to that, but I think it’s an oversimplification. It comes down to the price of art.The price of artistic media, I guess.

For me, it’s kind of like music. Way back in the day when music was, like, new, I guess, it didn’t really have any value because it was ahead of culture and modern economies and so forth. Now, I’m talking, you know, tribal music and drums and that kind of thing. And then once economies became sophisticated enough, you had things like, you know, the classical music era. And you had some composers there that could start to make a living off of that, but they were really like performers. But then, with the advent of recording, that was basically an explosion in the golden age of music. And you had the relatively small number of people who had enough talent and access to recording equipment to produce these records and the records became this thing of really high value. Really in the last 10 to 20 years, as the cost of producing those records went down, so many people could do it and it flooded the market and then music became this thing that most people can acquire people. And a subset, well, a subset of some people even believe it should be free. And, I guess I don’t know where I stand on whether music is intrinsically valuable or not, but the fact of the matter is the market says that because the cost of acquiring music is really, really low, the price, if you want to actually charge people for it, needs to be about the same. I mean, this is basic supply and demand. 

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