ATB’s Greatest Hits, At Least According to Me

Other than BT, ATB is one of my all time favorite artists and DJs. Last month he released a new album and I found myself going back through his discog listening to songs I haven’t heard in ages. Since 1999 he’s introduced countless people (including me) to trance and house, creating several classics along the way.

I thought it would be fun to share what I feel to be some of his best work (one song from each album), starting from the top and working our way back in time.

Face To Face (feat. Stanfour)

Contact (2014). Digging that guitar!

Move On (feat. JanSoon)

Distant Earth (2011). Good buildup to 1:04.

Behind (pres. Flanders)

Future Memories (2009). The raspy vocals from Flanders make this.

Feel Alive

Trilogy (2007). One of those boisterous songs. More guitar too!

Marrakech

No Silence (2004).  Good song to listen to while driving fast down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere.

I Don’t Wanna Stop

Addicted to Music (2003). Classic ATB sound and drums.

You’re Not Alone

Dedicated (2002). More classic ATB melodies.

Let You Go

Two Worlds (2000). Besides 9PM, this is a signature track.

9PM (Till I Come)

Movin’ Melodies (1999). Old school but timeless!

PSA: Spam emails are currently spoofing my domain

If you happen to be visiting to investigate why spam is coming from this domain, please don’t be angry with me! This domain was unluckily selected by some shady spammers to be used to send spam. No actual spam is coming from this webserver nor the servers that my MX records point to.

The only reason I know about this is because I have a catchall email that receives all of the failure bouncebacks. The emails look to be randomly formulated with realistic names. So for example, I’ve seen [email protected] and [email protected] bounce back today.

Hopefully the spam will end soon and they’ll use someone else. I sure feel bad since there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do to stop it. SMTP headers are extremely easy to spoof for nefarious purposes. Always be weary when you notice an unusual email from a party trying to get you to do something.

Why Battlefield 3 > Modern Warfare 3

This is me speaking as someone who played the Battlefield 3 alpha and beta trials, in addition to owning all of the previous Call of Duty games on the PC. This may read as a bit of a rant but I’ll try to stick to laying down the facts. I could go on for paragraphs, but let’s keep this brief.

  • Price. I was able to get BF3 for $42 USD on Amazon (you can still get it for ~$50 USD), compared to $60 USD for MW3.
  • Content. Battlefield will ship with more maps than MW3. Not tiny maps, mind you… MASSIVE, SPRAWLING landscapes.
  • Destruction. Dynamic cover is something you come to appreciate, and the Call of Duty series is ignorant of this.
  • Redundancy. Modern Warfare 3 is essentially the same game its predecessors have been. Watching gameplay shows a blatant disregard for innovation.
  • Armour. Helicopters, jets, tanks, quads, humvees, light armour, and other vehicles add so much more fun to gameplay in Battlefield 3!
  • Scale. Battlefield 3 runs up to 64 players while the “other” game is only balanced for 18.
  • DLC. I was really irked that Activision continued to charge $15 for map DLC. If you decided to buy Black Ops plus all of its DLC, you would have spent $120. Not a great investment.
  • Prestiging. I’ve never prestiged in Call of Duty and never considered it to be worthwhile action. Not only do the costs vastly outweigh the gains, but it’s an obvious attempt at player retention. They try to push you to keep playing (one more prestige, one more prestige, etc.).
  • Community. From what I’ve experienced in both games, Battlefield has a much more… “mature” community. Guys that can actually make rational decisions regarding objectives… not to mention intelligent conversation. I’ve never met an unpleasant person in Bad Company 2 – can’t say the same for Modern Warfare 2. That game is saturated with mic-spamming tweens.
  • Evolution. Correct me if I’m wrong, but MW3 is still using an older version of the IW engine that dates back a few years? Yeah, Frostbite 2 is leaps ahead.
  • Team-play. Even though you can play as a lone wolf in BF3, you’re drastically stifled in your success. However, if you play in a squad and move as a team… you’ll get those “Battlefield moments”, where you become lucid to the fact that you and your friends are moving as one in synchrony. It’s hard to explain, but it definitely kills any monotony and gives you a bit of  a rush. Sounds silly but trust me.

To close, here are just two Battlefield 3 videos you should watch if you’re on the fence. This game is far superior to Modern Warfare 3. If you do happen to get BF3, let me know and we’ll drop in as a squad! Continue reading “Why Battlefield 3 > Modern Warfare 3”

Songs of the Moment – Week of Oct. 16

Let’s bring some class this week. All of these come from the excellent Hôtel Costes compilation albums.

1. Morten Varano – Dead End Street (Trentemøller remix)

Gets interesting around 0:00.
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2. Karuan – Chocolate Distance

Gets interesting around 1:18.
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3. Ralph Myerz – Think Twice

Gets interesting around 0:48.
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4. Gotan Project – Last Tango In Paris

Gets interesting around 0:00.
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5. Dublex Inc. – The Game

Gets interesting around 0:00. Just disregard the picture…
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