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September 27, 2013

Sonic Dash Global Challenge - Unlock Blaze!

Sonic Dash

SEGA and Hardlight, the developer of Sonic Dash and Sonic Jump, started the second global challenge for Sonic Dash players. The challenge is straightforward: aim for the highest score possible. Like the first global challenge, four stages, each with an in-game prize, divide the challenge. The grand prize for completing the challenge is the ability to play for free as another notable character of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Blaze the Cat.

Of course, as this is a global challenge, successfully completing each of the challenges four stages requires both an individual and a worldwide community effort. Unlike the first and previous challenge, of which the most hardcore of players very likely contributed most to the challenge's successful completion, to advance to each stage of this challenge, both individual players and the worldwide community must aim and accumulate the highest scores possible. Once both the individual players and the worldwide community attain a set total score for a particular stage, they can advance to the next stage of the challenge. In the game's global challenge section, players can track progress; the left bar indicates the player's individual progress while the right bar indicates the worldwide community's progress. Again, both bars must be filled in order to progress to the next stage!

As of now, players have only about one week to complete the challenge! Time is running quickly, so start dashing!

Click here for official details.

Images courtesy of SEGA and Hardlight.

September 20, 2013

"Who's That Character?" - September 2013 - Answer

Which character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is this?

This is...

...Shadow the Hedgehog.

To download and save:
1. Right click (or control click if you are using a Mac) the image and select "Save Image As."
2. Select the desired location on your computer where you want to save the image, and click "Save."

Download - [1920x1200]

You can alternatively find these wallpapers in the "Wallpapers" section.

The next "Who's That Character?" will be posted soon.

Images courtesy of SEGA, Sonic Team, and Sonic Channel.

September 14, 2013

MiXE1 - Lights Out (2013)

MiXE1 (which is pronounced as "Mike's 1") is an underground electronic rock band from Hertfordshire, England. It consists of Mike Evans on vocals, Lee Towson on guitar, Lee O'Brien on drums, and Marcos Farias on bass. Their sound, aside from the overall brooding electronic sound, varies between songs, with one song as heavy as metal and another song as light as a ballad.

Lights Out, which came earlier this year, is the band's latest release - a six-track extended play.

"Who's That Character?" - September 2013

Which character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is this?

The answer [and the wallpaper showing this character] will be revealed in a future post.

You can alternatively find these wallpapers of your favorite characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series in the "Wallpapers" section.

Images courtesy of SEGA, Sonic Team, and Sonic Channel.

September 13, 2013

Song of the Week: September 13, 2013

Song: "Copy of A"
Artist: Nine Inch Nails
Album: Hesitation Marks (2013)

I am just a copy of a copy of a copy
Everything I say has come before
Assembled into something into something into something
I don't know for certain anymore

First of all, happy Friday the 13th.

Trent Reznor is Nine Inch Nails - an American, one-man industrial band from Cleveland, Ohio. Since its inception in 1988, Nine Inch Nails released nine major albums beginning with 1989's Pretty Hate Machine and most recently with 2013's Hesitation Marks. The band was nominated for twelve Grammy Awards; out of the twelve, the band won two. The release of 1994's The Downward Spiral brought Nine Inch Nails into the spotlight of the music scene and popularized industrial music in general at the time. From this highlight of the band, critics of today's music industry often attribute Nine Inch Nails as a major influence of more recent, similar acts and industrial and rock music in general.

Nine Inch Nails' sound varies between albums and songs. However, most of the songs feature very complex arrangements of percussion, beats, guitar riffs, and various sound effects as such elements are usually found in industrial music in general. Some songs in some of Nine Inch Nails' albums include variations of a particular melody, beat, or lyric that serves as some sort of motif that runs in the album, such as Reznor's frequent use of the statement "Nothing can stop me now." Also, Reznor's vocal work varies between and during songs, following somewhat of a similar pattern, from, for example, soft, whisper-like vocals in the verses to loud yells in the chorus.

From Nine Inch Nails' most recent release, Hesitation Marks, is "Copy of A." Like some of the other songs of the album, "Copy of A" is not as heavy compared to most songs from past albums. A wavering, looping synthesizer line begins and powers the song; as the song progresses, more musical elements, such as drums, and other special effects stack on top of and in time with the synthesizer line, resulting in a very complex arrangement. The most distinctive feature of this song, however, is the use of the vocal loops that restart in time with the song, hence the song's title. Overall, "Copy of A," although seemingly minimalistic, lighter, and simple compared to songs from past albums, marks a promising return of Nine Inch Nails since the band's last album in 2008, The Slip.

September 9, 2013

Updates: September 2013


September is finally here, as we all are already aware. The last days of the summer season of this year fly away one by one as the fall season approaches, and of course, by around this time, a practical number of us, including me, are returning to the classrooms for another exciting school year.

Here, September will be relatively straightforward.

First, the BLACKBLUR7 YouTube Channel is simply and only "Let's Play Sonic the Hedgehog 4."

Second, for the BLACKBLURX YouTube Channel, from which I have not posted anything for almost half of a year, I will introduce MiXE1 (which is pronounced as "Mike's 1"), an underground electronic rock band from Hertfordshire, England, which consists of Mike Evans on vocals, Lee Towson on guitar, Lee O'Brien on drums, and Marcos Farias on bass. Their sound, aside from the overall brooding electronic sound, varies between songs, with one song as heavy as metal and another song as light as a ballad. I will post their most recent extended play, Lights Out.

Last, I will start updating those soundtrack downloads. Again, look out for the big banner at the top of the site that displays which soundtracks are not available to download.

That is all.


September 4, 2013

Song of the Week: September 4, 2013

Song: "Harbor Speedway"
Artist: Stewart Copeland
From: Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000)

Let's go back almost ten years to the year 2000 - the new millennium.

The Year of the Dragon.

Before we continue, let's grab our nostalgia caps and put them on.

Instead of a song from a particular artist, from a particular album, this week's song comes from a classic video game that, among a few other games, defined my childhood in relation to video games. As hinted (and as everyone can clearly see), the game in question is Spyro: Year of the Dragon.

As so since the first game in the series, the renowned American musician and ex-drummer of The Police, Stewart Copeland, composed and arranged the awesome music featured in what would have been the final game in a trilogy as intended by Insomniac Games. As appropriate to the Spyro the Dragon series' "speedway" levels of which players guide the titular purple dragon around an open speedway consisting of various obstacles and objects to destroy, and rings and arches to pass through, the theme of Harbor Speedway features a groovy with elements of electronic music and orchestra music. The final result of that mix is a song that, although distinct to the overall music of the Spyro the Dragon series, is quite energetic and fun to listen to, especially when actually playing through Harbor Speedway itself.