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Thursday, October 6th, 2011
4:14 pm
Review: PotO at RAH
Everyone else seems to be posting their reviews of the Royal Albert Hall concert, so why not jump on the bandwagon? Here are my disorganized thoughts, entitled:

PotO at Royal Albert Hall; or, 101 Camp Things to Do With LCD ScreensCollapse )
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
2:27 pm
Let's Play Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera, Bonus Level
So I was going through the bonus level, and was about halfway through when I realized my screencapture program had turned off when I rebooted the computer. Gaaah! Luckily the bonus level is short and separate from the actual game, so it only required a second quick run-through to set everything to rights. And here it is!

Bonus LevelCollapse )
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
2:23 pm
Let's Play Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera, Part 7
For those of you who want to play this but have hesitated at shelling out the dough for the collector’s edition, the standard edition of the game is now available at Big Fish Games.

And now, the obvious warning: we’re wrapping things up, so be aware that this section (and the one after it, which will cover the bonus level) will contain SPOILERS. If you don’t want to know how the game ends before playing it, don’t read on. Or rather go out, play through the game (which I do recommend highly) and then come back to discuss.

Part 7: Bring me the hearts of the Power RangersCollapse )
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
1:53 pm
Let's Play Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera, Part 6
I thought a lot about how I wanted to go through this next part. Up until now, the game has had a fairly straightforward progression: go to a level, do all the tasks on that level, get access to the next level. But this section involves a lot of revisiting places we’ve been already (though there will be new stuff as well) and not necessarily in any particular order—you have to examine some things or pick up others in order to unlock some of the hidden object games, so there can be a lot of backtracking and re-tracking involved. Eventually I decided to devote this first part into getting into Christine’s dressing room and the crypt (including getting the rose), and we’ll cover gathering the Plot Coupons for the final puzzle and the controversial conclusion in the next segment. It’s probably not the most efficient way of going about things and not recommended if you’re doing a speed run, but that’s how it worked out for the purposes of the game. So, enough chat, here we go!

Part 6: We’re walking, we’re walking…Collapse )
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
3:08 pm
Let's Play Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera, Part 5
I’m running out of stuff to say in this intro bit. So let’s just get with the program, shall we?

Part 5: Our Lady of Symphonic Metal Album CoversCollapse )
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
2:25 pm
Let's Play Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera, Part 4
I’ll be splitting the next two “levels” of the game in half, mostly to make them more manageable for me.

Part 4: Oh, and be sure to drink your OvaltineCollapse )
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
2:55 pm
Let's Play Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera, Part 3
If you’re interested, there’s also a video walkthrough (sans commentary) online of this as well—I’ve been using it to refresh my memory on where things are. The first part begins here. And my third part begins here!

Part 3: How do you play “Für Elise” on this thing?Collapse )
Sunday, November 7th, 2010
8:15 pm
Let's Play Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera, Part 2
There’s a lot of picking-up-random-things-that-will-be-useful-later stuff in this section, so I might not remember where exactly everything is (feel free to correct). Also, I accidentally didn’t screencap a couple of the hidden object games, and one of the puzzles—sorry! I need to put my screencap hotkey in a better place. And now on with the show!

Part 2: BLUE MANAGER NEEDS ABSINTHE BADLYCollapse )
Thursday, November 4th, 2010
3:09 pm
Let's Play Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera, Part 1
I’m what is typically known in video game circles as a “casual” gamer. I do play—a little World of Warcraft with my husband here, a little time on the Wii Fit there—but it’s not something I devote large portions of my free time to. In fact, when I first heard of Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera, I was surprised to discover it was part of an entire genre of games I didn’t even know existed—Interactive Hidden Object Games, or iHOGs. (You know you’re behind the times when something you didn’t even know existed has its own acronym.) Nevertheless, it was Phantom-related, the free trial intrigued me enough to purchase it, and the further I got into it the more I wanted to do a “Let’s Play” of the game.

For those of you who know even less about this sort of thing than I do: a “Let’s Play” is a walkthrough of a game (often an older or “classic “ title) using screenshots or video, and often accompanied by humorous commentary. (A couple LPs for Return of the Phantom exist, showing here and here.) I’m doing a screenshot version due to a) my complete lack of video savvy and b) most of this game being still shots anyway. So without further ado, Let’s Play Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera!

Part 1: Erik is dead, which explains why he’s out of the loopCollapse )
Friday, April 9th, 2010
11:49 am
LCD Listens to LND (so you don't have to), Act 2 Tracks 11-13
Here's the drawn-out conclusion, with final thoughts and a nice little treat (well, I like it anyway).

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Thursday, April 8th, 2010
11:01 am
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
2:25 pm
LCD Listens to LND (so you don't have to), Act 2 Tracks 1-6
Misogynistic wagers, pointless chorus numbers, and irritating vaudeville girls--there's plenty to dislike here.

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Thursday, April 1st, 2010
3:44 pm
LCD Listens to LND (so you don't have to), Act 1 Tracks 16-19
There are one or two things in this section that actually work. It doesn't take ALW long to put an end to that nonsense, though.

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3:29 pm
LCD Listens to LND (so you don't have to), Act 1 Tracks 13-15
I'll say this for the remainder of the first act: it's perhaps the most I've laughed at a musical since Avenue Q.

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
10:45 am
LCD Listens to LND (so you don't have to), Act 1 Tracks 9-12
Christine arrives, with family and family dysfunctions in tow. For a leading lady, she really doesn't do much.

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Thursday, March 25th, 2010
2:54 pm
LCD Listens to LND (so you don't have to), Act 1 Tracks 6-8
On we press with the first scene with the Phantom--or maybe just some angsty guy in a mask.

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
2:34 pm
LadyCDaae Listens to Love Never Dies (so you don't have to), Tracks 1-5
Inspired by the Agony Booth and other long-form reviews of crappy pop culture, I am beginning my assessment of the Love Never Dies soundtrack. Due to my schedule and inability to stomach large doses of this nonsense, we'll be doing this in sections. So, here's my take on the first five tracks, in which a lot is established but not much actually happens.

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
10:39 am
Edits completed
As promised, I've updated my screenplay. The major changes are to Final Lair, "Magical Lasso" and Buquet's death, but I did some tweaking elsewhere. Let me know what you think!

~LCD
Saturday, July 1st, 2006
4:52 pm
Wow, it's been a while...
Oh wait, I have a livejournal? Oh yeah, this thing. Anyway, I haven't written much because I'm just not the sort to comment on every aspect of my life online, but a couple things for those of you who are interested.

First, I've been spending a bit of time with the good people at phanwank making fun of PotO related absurdity. Lately I've been giving the MST3K treatment to a horrid Phantom/Doctor Who crossover...I may include some of my rantings on my memories page.

Second, and the real reason why I'm coming back to this: as you can tell from my info page, this journal was created specifically for the purpose of creating an "alternative" screenplay to ALW's PotO. While I don't normally return to my writing once I've posted it, a recent development has had me turning back: the premiere of "Phantom: The Vegas Spectacular" at the Venietian. There has been a lot of discussion about the changes made for the 90-minute show, but the one that intrigues me the most is the Final Lair: instead of being trapped by the Phantom's Punjab lasso, Raoul finds himself locked in an iron-maiden style cage and suspended above the stage. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about the change (Wishbone, anybody?) but the more I thought about it, the more I liked it--and the more I thought the concept would play well on film.

So, to make a long story short (too late!), I'm going to be doing some modifications to the screenplay in the near future. Watch this space for updates.

~LCD
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
8:40 pm
And the credits roll...
Well, Act 2 is posted in the Memories section, so you can read it in order. Any comments/questions on the overall project, feel free to list them here.

No movie would be complete without an insanely long list of people who, in some fashion or another, bear some of the credit (or blame) for making the whole thing work. And while I’m not going to pull a Peter Jackson and thank everyone in New Zealand (or even Denver), I would like to take a moment and mention a few people who, mostly unbeknownst to themselves, helped bring this thing about:

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~LCD

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