The 3-6 Chambers
November 13, 2014 7:11 PM   Subscribe

Final Fantasy 3 (or is it 6?) was released 20 years ago. As it was coming out, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was blowing up the NYC music scene. In their honour, enjoy Final Fantasy - The 3-6 Chambers!

If you're looking for more FFVI/FFIII music, you could do worse than checking out the Royal Stockholm Symphonic Orchestra (video doesn't always work; YT audio).
Or just drink from the firehose at OCR.
posted by Lemurrhea (29 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
 
odb on the veldt

yes

yes please
posted by effugas at 7:24 PM on November 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


♫ Too Many Cooks (Too Many Cooks) ♫

Wrong thread?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 7:27 PM on November 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


or you could just watch this 4 1/2-hour playthrough of the game.
The boss battles, including the last boss, might be somewhat anticlimactic in this movie due to the unusual attack technique, but besides being a very nice timeattack/TAS record, the movie is a nice trip down the memory lane for those who have played this game, and a graphically and especially musically pleasing experience for even those who haven't.
posted by jepler at 7:30 PM on November 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


Anyone remember the original Final Fantasy? Around the time Final Fantasy II was announced, I remember joking with my friends. We said, "Oh wow, if you thought the last Fantasy was Final, you haven't seen anything yet!" :D




I'm old. :(
posted by surazal at 7:30 PM on November 13, 2014 [8 favorites]


I'm still waiting for "Beyoncé Trigger" though.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 7:33 PM on November 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


Oh shit, BuddhaInABucket, now I am too.
posted by ropeladder at 7:41 PM on November 13, 2014 [1 favorite]


This is timely. I just got into the Wu-Tang Clan. Thank you.
posted by Gymnopedist at 8:02 PM on November 13, 2014


Oh, and I just realized that this is from the same guy who made Chrono Jigga
posted by Gymnopedist at 8:03 PM on November 13, 2014 [5 favorites]


My only real successful run-through of this game (after having known it since childhood and playing it many, many times) was a few years ago when, on an emulator, I took advantage of the Vanish Doom bug to get past a hecka-buncha hard enemies and boss battles.

Still one of my faves, and it's fun to hear these tunes again with a new spin. Thanks for posting!
posted by Zephyrial at 8:28 PM on November 13, 2014


It just occurred to me how much Wu Tang mixed up their Shaolin and Wudang themes.
posted by P.o.B. at 8:29 PM on November 13, 2014


Part of me wants to watch that 4.5 hour playthrough, and part of me is certain I need to actually play it again myself to get the full force of the narrative, and part of me is certain that even a playthrough is useless since I no longer am playing it on the original system: the body of a slightly bored and willing-to-be-immersed-in-an-exotic-narrative-from-Japan-to-New-Hampshire teenage boy.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:02 PM on November 13, 2014 [3 favorites]




Oh, and I just realized that this is from the same guy who made Chrono Jigga

And I just learned he's also done NAStlvania, which I am now also enjoying.

(I just hope he's stopped injecting his own little freestyles at the end of tracks. Dude should stick to production, is what I'm saying.)
posted by Panjandrum at 9:29 PM on November 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


Oh wait, apparently he's doing narrative voice-overs at the start/end of tracks? That may be worse.
posted by Panjandrum at 9:35 PM on November 13, 2014


Uhhhhhhhhhhh my favorite game from when I was 12 combined with my favorite album when I was 22??!? And not just juvenalia favorites- these pieces are both strong tastemakers that I'll defend as excellent at 32.

Yeah going to do one of those sit-and-listen-to-music-for-an-hour things.
posted by maus at 9:53 PM on November 13, 2014 [2 favorites]


Panjandrum, I'm enjoying his interjections in Magic Ruins Everything Around Me; really ties the themes of both works together. He's clumsier than Method Man but that's like saying someone's not as funny as George Carlin was.
posted by maus at 9:56 PM on November 13, 2014 [3 favorites]




This is the best thing I never knew I wanted.
posted by polywomp at 4:48 AM on November 14, 2014


OH OH MY GOD THIS IS JUST I CAN'T EVEN AAAHHH

*screams, turns pink, flies to Zozo*
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:44 AM on November 14, 2014 [6 favorites]


I remember the original Final Fantasy, surazal. I didn't get it either until I read that some of the managers at Square thought that Final Fantasy would be the developer's last ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy, which isn't surprising considering some of the corn turds Square dropped before they hit it big with FF.

BTW, I played FF II (the censored NA localization of FF IV EasyType) first. I still remember that game fondly, mainly because we still don't see many RPGs where the protagonist's journey begins with them questioning an authority figure that has clearly gone off the rails.
posted by starbreaker at 7:55 AM on November 14, 2014


FFI will always have a special place in my heart for lines like:

I, Garland, will knock you all down!!

and

For ten years I probed for the FLOATER.
posted by duffell at 8:00 AM on November 14, 2014


My experiences with 8- and 16- bit games were co-authored by a child mind I can recollect or simulate but never truly return to. I can work to understand what they meant to me at those times in my life, but setting out to make a Zelda game I’ll enjoy in 2013 the same way I enjoyed Zelda in 1987 is charting an expedition to a continent that sank.

Wow, Greg Nog. That expresses so well something about my experiences with video games that I'd often thought but had never articulated so clearly. Thanks for sharing it.

Playing old games now, I remember how much I used to enjoy them, but the pleasure I get (if any) is just an echo of something about the joy of being a kid, I think. I guess maybe that's why I can't really enjoy video games anymore, and I think also explains why people like me in their late twenties/early thirties who still play video games just baffle me (there's nothing wrong with that, of course, I just can't relate).
posted by clockzero at 8:20 AM on November 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


Man that really does drive home the feeling I have when I fire up some of these old games that were life changing (affirming?) at the time.

Even using an FC Twin doesn't really do it...something about being an actual child lost in these worlds where there was no notion of what exactly to do can't be replicated now. The genres are all so familiar and "directions" so clear that it's not the same.
posted by GreyboxHero at 9:50 AM on November 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


OH OH MY GOD THIS IS JUST I CAN'T EVEN AAAHHH

*screams, turns pink, flies to Zozo*


*angrily resets, restores saved game, unequips Metroid Baby after that multi-party fight on the snowfields above Narshe*
posted by clockzero at 10:13 AM on November 14, 2014 [2 favorites]


Thanks for all the albums in the post and thread.

There's also Black Materia by MegaRan, which isn't really my thing, but is in a similar vein.
posted by jermsplan at 10:53 AM on November 14, 2014


Cool mashup so far, hope the Setzer theme is there too.

and part of me is certain that even a playthrough is useless since I no longer am playing it on the original system: the body of a slightly bored and willing-to-be-immersed-in-an-exotic-narrative-from-Japan-to-New-Hampshire teenage boy.

But if you ask fidelity nuts what you really lack is a good CRT.
posted by ersatz at 1:53 PM on November 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm still waiting for "Beyoncé Trigger" though.

The same artist's album Chrono Jigga ends with Gato's In Love.
posted by Jpfed at 2:08 PM on November 14, 2014


I loved it. I even loved it in spite of being willing to hate it for the author's editions. But he made it, he might as well talk over it.

I just bemoan the absence of Cyan's theme.
posted by Earthtopus at 12:11 AM on November 15, 2014


Nothing will ever dethrone sweet valley in my mind, for this sort of thing. It just never has the jaw-drop effect that had on me the first time i heard it, as far as sampling old video game tracks in to beats goes. I think part of it, also, is that ocarina of time just has a really special place in my mind.

Or, more eloquently: My experiences with 8- and 16- bit games were co-authored by a child mind I can recollect or simulate but never truly return to. I can work to understand what they meant to me at those times in my life, but setting out to make a Zelda game I’ll enjoy in 2013 the same way I enjoyed Zelda in 1987 is charting an expedition to a continent that sank.

Yea, this is excellent. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. It's just impossible to replicate the experience.

Part of it is like seeing a great film for the first time. Now you know what's going to happen, and that takes away from the experience.

Another part is that you're just not that person anymore. I still can't understand how i was able to sit down and play the same game, non stop, running as quickly as i could to and from the bathroom to try an be interrupted as little as possible, for like 8 hours if my parents were gonna let me.

I can't even remember the last time i played a game for more than an hour. Most of the games i buy end up getting played a few times and then just sit somewhere. I have a 3DS XL that's basically just sat other than maybe two hours of being played.

On some higher-thought level i think that i want to still play games like that, but i just can't make it happen. I start to, and then i just end up pausing it to look at like... this site or something, and just drift away from it.

So when i go back and play those old games, it's not just that i've seen the movie before. It's that i'm not even playing them in the same way.

In ye olden days, i'd buy a game like metroid prime or ratchet and clank, or kirby crystal shards, or whatever(or hell, super mario world) and play through like half the thing in one sitting. Now unless it's a pretty short game like fez and i'm really in to it, i play a couple levels and put it away after like an hour. It used to be that if you sat me down in front of a new gran turismo type of massive game, i'd get up at the end of the night and have already unlocked like 1/3rd to half the shit in the game. Now i'm lucky if i've even beat one of the noob categories of like 12 races.

I'm still not really sure what changed, but i'm just not that person anymore. So i can't recreate not only that sense of wonder, but my attitude and approach and just getting super engulfed in it. It just, doesn't happen. And i've taken a lot of swings at reigniting that fire. It's just gone.

So yea, a lot of games are like defining childhood media and memories for me moreso than anything else besides maybe certain books. But i just can't approach them meaningfully in the same way at all.
posted by emptythought at 3:12 AM on November 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


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