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13 April 2013 - 07:47 AMIt's been pretty quiet here, and I think most of us spend a lot of our internet time elsewhere as well as here. I was wondering if anybody else wanted to share where they hang out?
I'm mostly in the Star Wars: The Old Republic fandom nowadays. My participation there is in a varying number of places; Tumblr, DreamWidth, and the SWTOR subreddit.
Speaking of reddit, there's an amazing Star Trek deep discussion reddit called Daystrom Institute that's amazing.
I also dork about on Google+ and Twitter for social networking, but I abhor Facebook with a passion and don't have an account.
07 April 2013 - 06:28 AMI haven't had a chance to view it myself yet, but I'm linking it here for discussion. At GDC, a conference for game developing, Robyn Miller did a postmortem of Myst. GDC is expensive to go to, and not much of its content is provided for free, so we have a great opportunity here to be able to view it. Here it is.
01 April 2013 - 08:31 AMI was writing an Esher piece for MC/GoArch's Fanfiction February/March, and it was made more difficult by the fact that we don't really know much about Esher. He says almost nothing about himself in-game. And while I know that there's some out of game information about Cyan's plans surrounding him, how much of that is confirmed and how much of that is ideas being tossed around is hard to define without being Cyantists ourselves. So I was hoping we could have a discussion incorporating both what we're presented with in the games and what's going on outside. I know there's at least one pet conspiracy theory on this board, let's make more!
In End of Ages, Esher tells us very little about himself. He speaks much of Yeesha, the Bahro, and of D'ni, but he doesn't get into his own life before the game. For such a proud man, and one with such grand ambitions, I was surprised he didn't brag more about who he was pre-Fall - which naturally leads me to suspect that he's concealing something. Is his name really Esher? What was his social status? Why did no one ever find the Noloben Book? How did he get back to the Cavern? How old was he when D'ni fell, and how did he survive until 2005 and yet not look doddering in age?
11 March 2013 - 03:22 PMSo I was trying to link the Amateria theme to a friend on YouTube earlier and came across YT user shadyparadoxes's upload of Exile tracks. What really interested me was that s/he had put together a wonderful explanation of exactly how the in-game music is put together! I know many of us have used the wonderful tools like Riveal and Revelator to get into the Myst game files and extract the musics, but how many of us know exactly what the mysterious music filenames mean, or how they're put together in-game?
I'm reposting their hard work here because I thought we might be interested in the hows:
QuoteMost of the music in this game is comprised of multiple source audio files playing at once, to give it a self-composing feel.
The number of puzzles solved in the current age determines which set of music files plays. If none or all four of the puzzles are solved, then the files are drawn from the resource folder LI_T, EN_T, or MA_T, where LI stands for Edanna (life), EN stands for Voltaic (energy), and MA stands for Amateria (matter).
Otherwise, the music is drawn from the folder LI_M, EN_M, or MA_M. Each file within these folders has a 1, 2, or 3 in the filename to specify exactly how many puzzles must be solved in that age for that file to play.
Here's how the music is "composed". Usually, a file denoted as the "pad" loops indefinitely (though in some cases two different pad files are used). On top of that plays a sequence of "mldy" files, usually timed to harmonize with the pad (sometimes another label such as "pipe" is used). Various effects such as "stinger", "bells", "drum", and "squeal" chime in randomly throughout. Some examples of filenames are LI_THEME_pad2.wav, EN_M3_noise4.wav, and MA_M2_mldy5.mp3.
Many of the tracks in the Official Soundtrack are special arrangements and embellishments of the compositions within in game, particularly those found in the M folders. Therefore, these tracks are not actually present within the game, at least not in their exact form.
It's nice to finally know what all the little file names mean now, isn't it? I also highly recommend checking out the put together files, they're really cool and very different from what's in the soundtrack. I'm really enjoying this Voltaic one, especially around 6:36 where the sad tone comes in and 6:57 where the percussion kicks it up a notch.
10 March 2013 - 03:06 PMA couple of us tuned into the DMR hood's musical livestream a few weeks ago to catch their interview of Robyn Miller. They're getting Jack Wall "this Saturday, March 16 at 18:00 KI Time". It'll be on a livestream. I will post a reminder and a link as it comes up.
They're also getting Tim Larkin sometime!