Saturday, August 8, 2009

IRON CHEF . . . i mean COMPOSER!

My family and I have been watching a metric ton (pats belly) of The Food Network lately. Seriously, it's incredibly addicting. Between that crazy wide-eyed southern lady (Paula and her buttery innuendos) and The Best Thing I Ever Ate show, we're kind of hooked.

And the monster, the creator, the GIANT of all shows on the food network? Iron Chef America. If you're not familiar with this show, what you'll see is a couple of kitchen areas in the middle of a stadium. Two chefs descend upon these kitchens to go head-to-head as they compete to delight the judges' taste buds and hopeful eyes--all while sticking to a "secret ingredient." This inevitably leads to strange things like a meal of lobster salad, lobster soup, lobster lobster, and lobster ice cream . . . or perhaps steak salad, steak soup, steak steak, and steak cake! you get the gist.

What does this have to do with Wizard101?

nothing. I just wanted to make you hungry for steak cake.

Ok, actually, it does have something to do with our Wizard101 Composer, Nelson Everhart! Nelson has been selected as one of the composers to compete in the IRON COMPOSER competition at the upcoming Austin GDC. Here's the link to the Austin GDC website that talks about the competition. And now, the quote from their website:
Three months before the event, each participant will be given a description of The Mystery Game. During those three months, they will prepare a sampler full of sounds and music. On the day of the session, each competitor will have a turn at playing their prepared sound set live, while audience volunteers play the game.

But there is one twist: The Secret Ingredient! Whose composition will reign supreme?!

Oh man, that sounds like an awesome 60 minutes of the Austin GDC. Too bad it's like 800 bucks to attend.

Best of luck to our music composer, Nelson Everhart! Here's to hoping your secret ingredient isn't the accordion!

Happy Dueling!


The Evil Theurgists said...

I would so want to go I don't know if it's open to public though.

Autumn Duskhunter said...

Wow, friendly.
As always, good topical, well presented information. But that graphic?

Laughed very, very, hard at that.

Bravo, sir!

stingite said...

@Evil: Yup, it's not . . . I modified my post a bit to show the actual cost to attend. It's really for professionals only.


Anonymous said...

The secret ingredient is! Diet water! Now I say to you in the words of my father... ALAQUASENE!

Jessica said...

Ha ha
I've seen iron chef!
A bunch of people, cooking really,really fast.
That contest costs 800 bucks!!??

The Evil Theurgists said...

I am hoping to go to Austin soon :P man I wish I could go but probably be out of my league. Maybe I could get a tour of KI

stingite said...

Nah, that cost is for all 120 sessions, a week of networking with video game gurus, expo attendance, and all other kinds of stuff at the Austin GDC. It's a week long event. Nelson's Iron Composer part will just be a 30-minute contest thrown in during the week. A very cool 30-minute contest.

stingite said...

@Evil: that would be awesome . . . would it not?

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks Friendly!

The Game Developer's Conference is pretty awesome. This is my first time going, and there are many speakers lecturing about alot of different subjects, but don't know if it would be of interest to the average W101 player... unless you're into preproduction strategies, a rundown of Metering tools for sound development, how to market an iPhone game, etc etc etc. (-:

The competition is tomorrow at 1:30 Central, and I'll be sure to let Friendly know how it went!

Thanks Everybody!

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