I think there are three main reasons why the VGM discussion has died down somewhat and they're all related:
- High-speed internet
Really, back in the day when we were all so eager to talk about anything and everything VGM, besides it being new and novel, the main reason was because you wanted to know about an album before you dropped $30+ on it. And at that time asking other people what they thought about it was the best way to know. You even had a lot of discussion about where to simply find the album in the first place.
Now there's far less need to report your opinion on a soundtrack or ask others for theirs when you can just go to YouTube and listen for yourself. Or browse a few sites and find the whole thing in CD quality to download in a few minutes' time, which of course eliminates the whole availability issue and discussion as well.
None of this is knocking the fact that we can now actually listen to a soundtrack before spending money on it and possibly getting burnt. I'm all for that. (Though I am one of those who will argue that the easy availability of free high quality downloads may have hurt the industry as much as helped it.)
What it does mean though is that people naturally don't feel the need to discuss VGM the same way they did before. That's IMO the main reason for the drop in discussion. There are other reasons as well, some of them have to do with the way I run the site and those are the things I plan to address going forward. It's my hope that the site and the forums will continue to be around and be a little more active with some changes in store to better suit the times.
Now you tell me that this is not what you're looking for. What are you looking for then?!?
Dude I was just asking whether the loudness issues that you and others perceived with your own ears applied to the acoustic tracks as well. To which a simple short written reply is perfectly enough for me, without the long list of numbers. That is all, enjoy your Saturday night.