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A Defence of Pokémon Go

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Pokémon Go is a phenomenon unlike any other: the media, social networks, businesses, blogs, co-workers, even local politicians — all seem to chime in to make Pokémon Go possibly the most-discussed (and certainly most-hyped) piece of software in recent years.

Either you play the game or you don’t. In any case, you can’t avoid it. And of the people who don’t play it, a sizeable number tends to have strong opinions about both the game and the people who play it.

Cliche suggests these players are virtually glued to their smartphone screens, completely disconnected from their surroundings like mindless husks. It also suggests that playing Pokémon Go is an inherently anti-social endeavour — you interact with your phone and not with your environment after all — and just the latest example of a society that increasingly devalues human interaction.

I found the opposite to be true.

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‘Vampires Dawn 3: The Crimson Realm’ Prototype Released (Featuring My Music)

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I have been collaborating with German video game designer Alexander Koch — more well known under his pseudonym Marlex — and his video game company Dawnatic Games in the past and contributed music to the games Vampires Dawn II, Elemental Mage, Flower Power Gecko and Battle Towers.

I’m very happy to announce that after years of inactivity and uncertainty concerning the Vampires Dawn franchise, Marlex has released a prototype / playable teaser of the long-awaited sequel Vampires Dawn 3: The Crimson Realm, of which I wrote the title track.

You may see his announcement and download the prototype here (German language only):

While the details of my involvement into this project are still not set in stone, I’m positive the title music will not be the only track I contribute to VD3 and hope you’re as excited about the project as I am!

A cup of chamomile tea might help.

Singing with a Cold or Sore Throat

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There’s a gig that you’ve been looking forward to for months and now that the day is approaching, a cold has got you firmly in its grasp. The result: your throat is sore and your voice is all but gone. As a vocalist, a sore throat can be a major, performance-threatening condition. While there is no sure-fire way of fixing your voice, here’s a few tips that have helped me in the past.

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Free music section now live!

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There were some obsolete tunes that sadly never found their way into a project. Rather than gathering proverbial dust on my hard drive, I’ve uploaded them on this homepage.

The best thing is: you may use these tracks for your (non-commercial) projects! Just head to my free music page for more information.

I also redesigned my Blake Inc. page. You should have a more visually appealing view (including thumbnails) of the videos now. The broken links should be fixed, too!