The Onion On My Internet Belt

Time is a funny thing. We can often have a poor sense of just how long or just how often we do something. Take work for example. If you work a 40 hour work week, and you work for a year, but get two weeks’ worth of vacation in there, you’ll spend 2,000 hours at work that year. Adds up really quick.

But what about the things we do for fun? One of the strange data points that comes from modern video games is that some of them track how long you play. This is helpful in figuring out if you got your money’s worth. If you figure you’d spend a buck an hour, you can do that math pretty fast to see if the game was a good buy.

What this time tracking metric also does is reminds you quantitatively how impressive some games can be. I can verify that for “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” I’ve spent 360 hours exploring that world. That’s nine standard work weeks. But that number pales in comparison to the time I’ve spent in the world of Grand Theft Auto (GTA for those in the know).

Between the various iterations of the game (two of which I played through twice) I’m sure I’ve got thousands of hours tied up in cruising those cities. One of the reasons I can spend so long in those spaces is that the game designers have done a top notch job with the audio therein. Each game has a complete set of multi genre radio stations. The soundtracks by themselves are something like sixty hours long!

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Nice work, Rockstar!

This week’s mix is the third installment of the Audience Participation Series. The theme proposed, and mixed below, is an extension of last week’s video game music, “Radio Grand Theft Auto”.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… Radio Grand Theft Auto. Originally mixed the week of 2.26.16

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.

Song – Artist
DJ Lazlow – V Rock Intro.
Turn Up The Radio – Autograph.
Too Young To Fall In Love – Mötley Crüe.
Commercial; Pets (1).
Bring the Noise – Anthrax & Public Enemy.
2 Minutes To Midnight – Iron Maiden.
Commercial; Exploder.
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins.
Party All The Time – Eddie Murphy.
Commercial; Aeris.
West Coast Poplock – Ronnie Hudson.
Hollywood Swinging – Kool And The Gang.
Love Is the Message (Love Groove Bonus) – MFSB.
Chatterbox; Short Guys, Killer Bees, the Magna Carta.
I Wanna Rock – Twisted Sister.
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – Judas Priest.
Yankee Rose – David Lee Roth.
Commercial; Pets (2).
Adult Education – Daryl Hall & John Oates.
Eminence Front – The Who.

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