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1  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Daniel Johnston music in upcoming Grand Theft Auto on: June 24, 2007, 07:29:08 PM


It is not a passive activity like watching a movie or reading a book or listening to a CD. You are actively participating in "pretend" murder, along with the sensory inputs of gun shots and screams and bloodshed. So you have physical sensation of the game controller in your hand, auditory sensation, and visuals which are increasingly realistic. The brain "records" information alot quicker and with easier recall when something is learned through more than one sensation. That's why people use flashcards for little kids, and why Television in general is so hard wired into our culture.

What was the age range for the study?  I would bet that the results followed that pattern with younger kids where the brain is learning at a fast pace.  That's why they have age limits, unfortunately, any kid under the age for a violent game/movie has the knowledge to get them using BitTorrent.  So I always believe that no one will be able to stop digital entertainment distribution, but there is a way to stop gun violence.  Stop automatic weapons.  IF a kid can download a game for free, he can certainly obtain the key to his dad's gun cabinet.

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Imagine the video games of the future, when scent and taste become involved! 

I can't wait for that.  They had some technology a few years ago that never made it to market that could simulate ANY smell by a very simple programming API and 4 basic chemicals in a device that plugged into your computer via USB.  That's where you'd smell gunpowder in a shooting game.

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Maybe this is like beer. It's great. It's natural. Been around for centuries. Lots of people drink it everyday and lead normal functional lives, all over the world. But for some people, the brain chemistry changes. The "user" gets addicted to the alcohol in the beer, and pretty soon you're a bloated 40-year-old frat boy with an enlarged liver and a 12-pack-a-day habit which takes over and destroys your life.


Beer has age limits too, but kids can still get it.   I think it's all about making sure that there aren't a means for shooting.  The US needs to get rid of the guns.

2  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Daniel Johnston music in upcoming Grand Theft Auto on: June 10, 2007, 11:12:38 AM
that is an f'n brilliant concept for a game.  it would have to be played out comic book style like this game from the 90's for sega genesis...

3  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Daniel Johnston music in upcoming Grand Theft Auto on: June 07, 2007, 05:40:48 PM
one of grand theft autos biggest features which is unique to ANY game is the soundtrack.  no other game has the freedom to change stations and discover new music.

as far as I know, GTA still has the option to play whatever you want from your own collection within the vehicles as well.

I don't know what anyone could get worked up over.  If anything, a few more people will find out about DJ and maybe even find this forum and ask questions like a noob.
4  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Podcast featuring Daniel Johnston at Jamcast.ca on: June 03, 2007, 09:11:25 PM
Dave was the guy with the deeper voice.  Did we say 'eh' too much? Wink
5  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Podcast featuring Daniel Johnston at Jamcast.ca on: June 01, 2007, 10:50:41 PM
I enjoyed that. Thanks so much.
Are you one of the voices?

Yes, I was one of the voices.  I had to retake "Johnston" a few times.   I kept missing the T's.

6  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: mugshot on: May 31, 2007, 08:51:18 AM
http://www.jambands.ca/sanctuary/showtopic.php?tid/240018/
7  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Daniel Johnston music in upcoming Grand Theft Auto on: May 31, 2007, 08:50:08 AM
I'd be skeptical if it was for guitar hero.  This is absolutely true.  The news came straight from Dick Johnston.

8  General Discussion / News Talk / Podcast featuring Daniel Johnston at Jamcast.ca on: May 31, 2007, 08:48:30 AM
I've published our latest podcast called 'Jamcast' at http://www.jamcast.ca featuring Daniel Johnston. It's also available via iTunes for subscription.  Just search for jambands or jamcast in iTunes.

I highly recommend episode 1 parts 1 and 2 as well for listening as we covered a KILLER band called the Sisters Euclid from Toronto.

9  General Discussion / Fan Forums / M.Ward Covered Daniel Johnston last night opening for Norah Jones on: May 13, 2007, 04:34:48 PM
I was in Montreal last night to see M.Ward and Norah Jones.  M.Ward opened with a couple of tunes with Norah, and then he went solo.  He sat down at Norah's grand piano and introduced Daniel Johnston to the Norah Jones fans.  We were the only ones cheering when he mentioned DJ's name and he went into "Story of an Artist".  I'm sure many people had the chills I did.  It was gorgeous.

He's definitely recorded that on a tribute album somewhere.
10  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Daniel Johnston in Ottawa on: May 13, 2007, 04:02:13 PM
I also now recall it being Captain America.  I think that he said it was his favourite super hero.
11  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Daniel Johnston music in upcoming Grand Theft Auto on: May 08, 2007, 12:15:35 PM
they seemed rather happy about it.
12  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Daniel Johnston in Ottawa on: May 08, 2007, 10:58:44 AM
Nice pic. I wonder what he's reading. Looks like one
of Marvel's "Essential" reprint titles. Do you remember what,
if anything, Daniel picked up?

Looking forward to the interview...could you transcribe for us here?

A stack of random comics from a $1 bin.  He chose them based on their cover art.  There was also some thick comic that was all black and white and "marvel essentials" sounds right. Is that a compilation, because that's what I thought the big comic was described as.
13  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: montreal show on: May 07, 2007, 09:36:35 AM
there was no backing band?  There was a backing band for him in Ottawa and I thought there would be one for him in Montreal too.

14  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Daniel Johnston in Ottawa on: May 07, 2007, 09:34:41 AM
Daniel Johnston started his tour in Ottawa last friday (may 4) and I was lucky enough to get to sit through his sound check.  Local Ottawa muscians who happen to be DJ fans knew his songs well enough to back him for the show.  they have a different set of musicians for each show of the tour.

It sounded great in Ottawa.  DJ was on fire.

Anyway, I had setup an audio interview for an upcoming Podcast but as time was dwiddling down, his brother Dick suggested my Podcast partner and myself join them on a trek to the local comic book shop and then out to dinner.

They were kind enough to buy us and their entire backing band dinner at a local Korean restaurant.

The podcast will be ready in about a week or so.

Here's a photo from the comic book shop:

15  General Discussion / News Talk / Daniel Johnston music in upcoming Grand Theft Auto on: May 07, 2007, 09:22:59 AM
Daniel Johston's music will be heard in Grand Theft Auto IV.  No word on what tune, but his brother received a call while I was hanging around at their sound check.
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