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Mega Ran Presents… “RNDM” – Pre-Order and Get MIGHTY NO 9’s SOUNDTRACK, FREE!!!!

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Prepared for your ear buds with the official anthem to Mighty No. 9 as a bonus track, appearances from artists like Kool Keith, Open Mike Eagle, MURS, Joell Ortiz and more. On a mission to make this one the favorite song, Mega Ran released the second single off RNDM (pronounced Random) “Your Favorite Song” as a methodically planned out audio experience, “Infinite Lives” featuring D&D Sluggers, and the Mighty No. 9 Soundtrack Credits Track Mega Ran made has been given a Preview Snippet: “Mighty” through the RandomBeats.io website launched recently to give updates quickly to fans who are swallowing up the hip hop and video games artist’s latest works after a successful Director’s Cut Documentary Kickstarter Mega Ran recently went on to perform the Forever Famicom 5th Anniversary Tour (among other tours) with K-Murdock, Sammus, brentalfloss, D Nilsz, and more, releasing new content all the while and planning the next move. He even dropped in to RealGamerNewZ to give us an Exclusive E3 2015 Mega Ran Wrap Up!!!

In 2007 Random released an album named “Mega Ran” and in 2015 Mega Ran is releasing “RNDM” taking us full circle with it.

> Pre-Order RNDM now: http://www.randombeats.io and get Mighty No. 9’s Soundtrack Free (While Supplies Last, 999 Available)

Stated to be the most personal album he’s ever put together, Mega Ran speaks on some of his tracks briefly to over 58,000 Twitter fans (at the time of this writing):

Release Date: 15 September 2015

Executive Producers: Raheem Jarbo, Matthew Weiss and Kyle Murdock.

Production by: Michiru Yamane, RND1, Lost Perception, Lazerbeak of DOOMTREE, Dibia$e, AKT Aktion, K-Murdock, Fresh Kils and more.

Artwork by Daniel Hill.

MegaRan’s LIVE Gamer Podcast “The Manual” Presented by Gunnar Optiks

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Thursdays at 8PM Eastern K Murdock (Producer of Forever Famicom) and MegaRan (Hip Hop Artist of Final Fantasy VII: Black Materia) come together to speak on the week in gaming, video game-based hip hop news, and in addition to their opinions on the industry also provide a deeper look into the vibe behind the creation of their music while answering questions from the fans.

Last week, they answered questions about their favorite Final Fantasy titles and whether or not they’d ever consider going over to the dark side of PC Gaming since the pair are mainly on consoles currently. That produced some interesting discussion indeed. The only problem with The Manual is that I’m always forgetting to check it out at the right timing live, so what I did is I set an alarm on my phone to remind me. There’s a Dash Radio app as well for Android (and can be side-loaded onto Fire OS) plus the iOS AppStore if you’re into the iPhone craze still.

The Manual is hosted specifically on the Multiplayer Network channel within Dash Radio, presented by Gunnar Optiks. You can listen in from a desktop computer, laptop, or mac easily too. K Murdock and MegaRan do a good job of keeping a theme going with each segment of the show, and provide music that backs up that theme while discussing their thoughts at hand revolving around sometimes light, sometimes heavy, and usually fun topics that could make you laugh or make the day go by a little better. At the end of the day, we are all in it for the same thing and that’s gaming. So check them out if you get the chance.

The Manual on Dash Radio’s Multiplayer Network

The Manual – Show #30 by Neosonix on Mixcloud

Today Only: FREE Mixtape, Mega Ran Music Discount && Worldwide Release Party Livestream

Mega Ran Presidents Day Sale Discount

Just a quick blurb to let everybody know about a great deal. One of the most talented and hard working Nerdcore artists of all time responsible for such works as MegaRan 9, Forever Famicom, Castlevania: The Nocturnal Cantata and of course the universally loved Final Fantasy VII: Black Materia (just to name a few) has issued a President’s Day Discount.

Right now you can get anything MegaRan’s ever released on MegaRanMusic.com for 25% Off. Use the code presidential (no capital letters or spaces or anything funky like that), at checkout. I personally have to recommend the new album Soul Veggies which released early last night in Boston featuring Storyville, will be available on MegaRanMusic.com tonight at midnight if you pre-order, and is the pair’s first full collaboration after many years of working together (detailed in the FREE Mixtape! ), hopefully of many to come.

MegaRan will also be streaming gameplay and global release party! So be sure to check that out in the video below or you can subscribe to him / come back to this page – whatever is easiest. Also, if you’re unable to grab that Soul Veggies on Bandcamp or just need it somewhere else, check out some of the alternative methods to support this artist below.

Soul Veggies Also Available On:

Tour Info by MegaRan himself:

“Next weekend I’m in ALASKA! here are those dates:

Feb 20 Gorilla Games, Anchorage 6pm
Feb 20 Bosco’s, Anchorage, 9PM

Feb 21 Bayview Pub, Sitka, 8PM

then after that, NEXT TOUR starts March 5 in NYC!”

I JUST CAME FOR THE FREE MIXTAPE (CLICK HERE)

MegaRan’s Worldwide Release Party Livestream (Goes live at 11PM PST AKA 2AM EST):

GEEKLY PODCAST: The Podcast Everybody Knows, Like The Konami Codes #RealGamerMusic @MegaRan @Melwheezy

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“Take it easy, it’s time to keep it GEEKLY, with DJedi, Tech Dre, and Melwheezy – SciFi to gaming, movies to comics, whatever your pleasure is they- they- they got it.” – Random AKA Mega Ran- Geekly Podcast Theme

Check out GEEKLY PODCAST HERE Today.

Soul Veggies Breaks Top 25 Pre-Ordered Underground Hip Hop Albums

Mega Ran Announces Brick Records Deal Signed for Soul Veggies

If you haven’t heard yet, Soul Veggies has signed with Brick Records to present something fresh for hip hop heads around the world. With topics from the current state of hip hop to government surveillance, overcoming personal demons, and more, Soul Veggies opens with a casual and crisp introduction and takes you through solid tracks of quality that real musicians or passerby can equally appreciate.

Don’t miss this album. It’s already in the Top 25 Pre-Ordered Underground Hip Hop Albums on UndergroundHipHop.com alongside acts such as announced today by MegaRan and features production from Storyville, Lost Perception, The Symphony, The Cymatiks, Wann Sklobi, Mike Paris, Kid Icki, DJ Seedless, and featuring verses from Random AKA MegaRan + Storyville (the Soul Veggies group, brand, logo, identity, movement, what have you), featuring Russel Tate, PT Starks, D.O.E. Boy, Laura Zahn, and Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers).

Pre-Order Available Here

“React” (abridged) (Full Version + Music Video Coming Soon):

LIKE on Facebook to UNLOCK Official Soul Veggies Music Videos

Behind The Scenes:

Tour Mixtape / Preview CD:

Killzown Interviews – MegaRan

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Today On Killzown Interviews I sit down with Random aka MegaRan. Ran is a critically acclaimed  Chip-Hop Emcee hailing from Philadelphia PA by way of Phoenix Arizona who’s lyrical prowess, top notch production and amazing performances has taken him to the corner offices of Capcom, to E3 to Japan and every where in between. Today on the show we will discuss the man behind the moniker, what inspired him to start gaming, when and where did he fall in love with music, how he brought both together and much much more. Check out the stream below, leave a comment and share to spread the word. Keep up with MegaRan by visit his websites  http://megaran.com/ and http://megaranmusic.com/ check out his official Facbook  Twitter & Youtube  today.  Keep up with Killzown on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and subscribe to his channel on Youtube

The Year In Gaming 2014 by Random aka Mega Ran #Music #GamersUnite #VideoGames #History

Mega Ran 2014 Year In Gaming

On this New Year’s Eve Edition of #RealGamerMusic – This year was such a wild ride, from losses to gains, from good times to pain. Random AKA MegaRan speaks on everything 2014 as our industry’s heritage turns the next page to 2015.

“XBOX price cuts, but that Wii doe
had everybody out searching for Amiibos
Phil fish went ham on Twitter and snapped-
Used the classic excuse-” i musta been hacked
Speaking of hacked, we all got clowned
When Xbox live and PSN kept going down
Amazon grabbed twitch for 900 million
Shadow of Mordor was great, till the ending”

A Very Random Christmas by Random aka Mega Ran #RealGamerMusic

MegaRan Christmas

A Christmas Collectible! Get one of 100 CDs of “A Very Random Christmas.” Makes a great stocking stuffer. All 6 songs plus instrumentals with exclusive art by Hector “Hexsagon” Flores. CDs ship ASAP.

Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

Or Download for FREE (enter $0) or donation (enter any amount), and you’ll get the “A Very Random Christmas” EP, the instrumentals, liner notes and alternate artwork by Christopher Bantum and Chris Flocco. Donations will support touring and future music releases. As always, Thank you for your support, and Happy Holidays! *AND NOW, you don’t even have to enter your email address!*

Christmas MegaRan RealGamerNewz 2014

Why the Editor-In-Chief of RealGamerNewz.com Is Quitting #GamerGate

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Hello everyone. I have something big to announce, and I hope that even if you disagree with this statement today you’ll at least hear me out on why I feel this way and am publicly ending my support for #GamerGate as a movement, hash tag, and concept. I’m out of #GamerGate, and truthfully I don’t think my heart was ever fully in it to begin with.

You see, quick GG history – GG summed up in 5 seconds – this whole thing started because of readers outraged at video games news websites displaying some sort of corruption. First they heard about one thing, then it led to another, and before you know it everyone was waking up to the massive topics of video games industry talk which normally don’t see the light of day.

At first I stayed out of it completely, despite allowing our contributor Alex Hinkley to publish his work on the subject, I really didn’t have much interest in it. Alex has come from a history I can relate to, which is being a journalist who has come under fire by a major publication and have them side with their internal PR message rather than their employee, and even censorship – which is why I formed RealGamerNewz in the first place. I begrudgingly joined the discussion on #GamerGate eventually when those I respect had seemed to give it a great deal of attention.

But I also had my gripes, like nobody actually talking or being about games. So here I am saying I’m done with #GamerGate.

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The truth is

Authors like Alex and myself have existed for years and we’ve been fighting corruption without the need for making gamers look bad in the national perspective. We’ve been exposing what we see as suspect or even false advertising from major game companies, calling them out on it, and these companies have been allowing and respecting our free speech on this for years. They didn’t even sue me for Libel~! Example: Activision (P.S. Thank you, they even take our feedback and make better games, Example: Advanced Warfare).

My point is, it’s great that #GamerGate inspired you to care about the games industry that brings you the entertainment products you love, but you’re late to the party – and you’re doing it wrong. I’m living proof that you don’t need #GamerGate to speak your mind and change the industry. I am really proud that this strange and often times dark, negative, and scary phenomenon has brought so many new voices to the front of the games industry and spawned so many new publications, podcasts, websites, and more. I encourage everyone to speak their mind on GAMING and get to the real issues that count: the games you love, the game developers surrounding them and how their contracts are playing out with major publishers during this time of economic climate uncertainty and market change to digital distribution. Let’s talk real gamer issues, let’s put aside our differences and gossip and talk about what counts.

And don’t worry, we are still going to draft a new Open Ethics policy. I still believe in journalism evolution and improvement, just not viscous attacks on individuals by huge internet mobs, whether those attacks be on #GamerGate members themselves or their targets. In a way, #GamerGate will never die. Its impact on video games culture will remain, but that doesn’t mean the harassment associated and directed towards / against the movement needs to remain. Civilized and calm feedback from the games press is always respected by game developers and publishers, which is who we should be caring about – not journalists. Don’t buy the hype of games if you don’t respect an author’s credential, but that doesn’t give you the right to harass them.

Industry Talk, and Censorship – no one can really censor us, so if you have something to say to the world by all means say it. Just keep in mind that everyone is a person, nobody is perfect, and that you can have free speech without needlessly engaging with drama over others’ opinions that differ from yours. Pick and choose your battles, we are gamers – we should care first and foremost about the issues that revolve around THE GAMES. Otherwise, you’re not really engaging / promoting video game industry talk are you? It’s just gossip.

News vs Gossip

Equality – we have many women already in the industry, entertaining the idea that we don’t simply disrespects the fact that strong leaders of diverse culture have existed in gaming for the entire span of its existence. Here are a few of my favorites whose careers have inspired me along the way:

Roberta Williams – the Creator of Kings Quest and founder of Sierra Entertainment in 1979, which is responsible for some of my favorite PC Games of all time well through the golden age of PC Gaming and still exists today as a subsidiary of Activision.

Jade Raymond – a modern day game development industry veteran responsible for a large portfolio in a short span of time including the role of Producer for Assassin’s Creed, Executive Producer on Assassin’s Creed II, as well as additional Executive Producer roles on both Watch Dogs and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

Amy Hennig – is best known as the creative genius behind the Uncharted series (although an industry veteran herself) and an outspoken developer who believes that creative expression is more important than simple upgrades in graphics, though she has also worked on titles best known for their lifelike art direction. Amy Hennig is currently working on bringing an emotional, real feel to the characters and world of EA Games’ and Visceral Games’ upcoming Star Wars video game. This game is rumored to be honoring the legacy of Star Wars 1313, an incredible title that got cancelled. It’s heavily believed that Amy Hennig was hired in an effort to fuel that forward. Thanks to numerous comparisons between Star Wars 1313 and the Uncharted series, that makes a lot of sense. You can see her latest work when Sony releases Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for PS4.

Here we go, oh no! He’s using a few women as an example that the industry is diverse! But let’s be real. It’s very diverse. After all, our RPGs come from Japan, our Shooters come from America, our Racing Wheels come from Europe, and our Adventure games come from France or Canada. Just kidding on that last one, but you get my point. Our indie and major games come from everywhere. One market that is on the rise with many unreleased projects soon to be announced that you might want to keep your eye out for is the India Indie Games market for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Many developers in India have titles right now which they are not allowed to tease or show, but stay tuned for more on that… 😉

So why lose time bickering?

Why give airtime to verbal fights and negative attitudes over ethics discussions when those types of battles are holding us back from what we are truly here for, gaming! Persistent and calm feedback from individuals standing on their own and in harmony with the gaming industry, points of logic, and each other is what has always made the gaming community a great demographic to be a part of. At the end of the day, we don’t need to be part of a unified group in the spotlight that gets slandered daily, we’re just regular gamers – people. Let’s get back to gaming. Let’s….

#EndGamerGate

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World Premiere “#EndGamerGate” by MegaRan [HD Music + Lyrics Video]

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I wrote this a few months ago to express my feelings on GamerGate. The message in the song might not be immediately visible, so here it is. It sickens me to read some of the threats people have made to game journalists. If you don’t like what someone does or says, you have the freedom to turn the other way. People are able to say whatever they want about other people, but it doesn’t mean that’s the best way to communicate, and that it won’t come back to haunt you.

If we are a community of gamers, then we should celebrate each others differences and not tear each other down in the name of ethics. This is the same mentality that has caused wars, discrimination, and even death. Respect all people. The term “gamer” will never die.

– Mega Ran

Richie Branson Unlocked!!! Ghouls N Ghosts 3 This December If Stretch Goal Met

Richie Branson Ghouls N Ghosts 3 MegaRan

So you might have heard,

MegaRan is Doing a Kickstarter w/ 18 hours left

The initial goal of $5,000 was met very quickly by tons of fans who supported the mission of this Kickstarter, to get Mega Lo Mania (the MegaRan Documentary) turned into a Director’s Cut DVD for purchase or rental through Redbox that’s also available on a number of digital distribution and streaming websites including Amazon, Netflix, and iTunes. That reality gave way to another moment in which MegaRan decided to start making crushed 8-bit versions of his instrumentals for Nintendo NES cartridges that backers could receive. Beyond that, a brand new Mega Man EP was revealed for release on Christmas Day to all backers in addition to a new Random AKA MegaRan 2015 album entitled “Wouldn’t Miss It For The World”.

Through all of these crazy awesome rewards, not to mention USB keys, Vinyls, Sweatshirts, Guest Spots on MegaRan Tracks, his own tie, the ability to Executive Producer a gamer rap album, and the yet un-revealed secret stage, there has been a new challenger entering the ring!!!

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RICHIE BRANSON!!!

If you’ve never heard of the artist known as Richie Branson then you definitely should.

His Twitter Bio reads, “Billboard Charting Rapper/Producer (worked w/ Adult Swim, Def Jam, Sony, etc) who once outsold some of your favorite rappers with an album about a video game.”

He’s a different style rapper that pulls off impressive lyricism on topics the world of gamers often can relate to in exact, or at least really close. I mean, who hasn’t been to somebody’s house that was more disgusting than a nightmare and had to stay there, or been trapped in a zombie apocalypse with murderous agents sweeping for leftovers. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’ll have to take a listen below and start getting caught up! What began as a TOUR-ONLY EP spawned into a full series from Random AKA MegaRan and Richie Branson called Ghouls N Ghosts (named after the awesome Capcom game by the same title) paying tribute to the gore and horror gaming scene as well as the overall spooky atmosphere of death and demons.

Donate to Help Ghouls N Ghosts 3 Release, But Guess What…

If The Stretch Goal of $18,000 is reached a number of things will happen. This album will get pushed up to December 2014 and finished / released whereas it may have been meant for a later date previously before this decision from the musicians involved. In addition to that, MegaRan has vowed to take a tattoo that the fans pick (out of a few narrowed down video game selections) if $17,000 stretch goal is reached. A Drew Wise World Map is being revealed for MegaRan reaching $16,000 already and beyond the Tattoo perk MegaRan will also be making MegaRan Lunch Boxes.

You Can Still Get NES Cartridges + Vinyls by Upgrading Your Pledge

That’s right, you don’t actually have to donate all over again. Backers can upgrade their pledge at any time. Funds will be withdrawn on Saturday at 3AM according to Kickstarter (Sat, Nov 22 2014 3:05 AM EST to be exact), so there’s still time. Really, anything can be bought on the list that is still available, but I personally recommend taking advantage of the fact that for just a $85 pledge, everyone will still get a Vinyl copy of the album or getting one of the really incredible NES instrumental cartridges – they actually work when you pop them into a Famicom or Nintendo NES system. The fact that Ran has provided the instrumentals to his MegaRan 2015 album in bit-crushed format on the 8 bit carts is really a musical one of a kind thing for fans of MegaRan.

MegaRan RealGamerNewz 8 Bit Xmas

Sample

You won’t want to miss out on that, so kill a hundred birds with 1 stone.

two birds with one stone

Awww, poor birdie!

Consider Upgrading Your Pledge!

Update w/ Disclosure: I decided to back the Kickstarter for MegaRan’s Documentary to hit Netflix and other distributors. As according to our new RGN Public Ethics Policy, I will no longer be reporting on MegaRan’s work in an Evaluative Manner (i.e. Reviews) and will have another author Reviewing the work whereas I will be allowed to continue Informative Reporting (non-evaluative, i.e. News). If you have any feedback on this Ethics Policy, please comment on this article below or on our Policy itself and we’ll be sure to take your feedback into high regard. – Jon Ireson, Editor-In-Chief at RealGamerNewz.com