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Jul. 13th, 2008 @ 07:18 pm Meditations on Music-based rhythm games
A few weeks ago, it was friday night and I had a stressful week. I grabbed a beer and told my wife I was going to play some guitar hero. Not twenty minutes later, I was wandering around the house. She asked what happened. I told her that I played "Here I am (Rock your like a hurricane)" for the first time, and that I was going to find no greater experience of rock that evening.

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Guitar Hero III contains a Sex Pistols track. Strangely, the game requires you to play strings of notes from those songs with greater precision than the Sex Pistols ever had.

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Guitar Hero II has as an encore "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" by Spinaltap. This turns out to be one of the most fun songs to play in that game.

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I had been excited about all the announced features of GHIV, since they sounded so cool. Then I picked up a copy of Rock Band and discovered all the features they've announced save one are ripped straight from Rock Band, which came out last fall.

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Reason #1 Rock Band is better than Guitar Hero: Bon Jovi's Wanted Dead Or Alive.

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I've found that these games have made me go back and get cds of bands I somewhat knew, but missed first time around. The local library has alot of cds to borrow, so I've been using those. I've discovered a love of Weezer, and have reservations waiting for Kiss, Guns N Roses, and a few other bands.

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Reason #2 Rock Band is better than Guitar Hero: Star power within star power. In rock band, you can get more star power (called overdrive) while you are in star power mode. That means if things are timed right, you can keep increasing your bar as its depleting, letting you stay in star power mode a few minutes.

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I wish the songs from old games were available in the newest. I have to keep going back between GH2 and GH3 for those songs and on to RockBand. Rock Band 2 has announced it will allow people to play all of the songs of Rock Band 1 and DLC if you owned those in Rock Band 2. That moves way closer to it. But I'd love to get some GH2 songs in Rock Band. Why can't I play Carry on My Wayward Son, Strutter, or Woman in Rockband? I'd pay for that DLC

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Reason #3 Rock Band is better than Guitar Hero: Black Sabbath track pack DLC. I can play NIB.

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I like that both Rock Band and Guitar Hero are moving towards more master tracks. Each of them only has one Metallica song on disc so far (One and Enter Sandman), but hearing it as a master track is nice. Unfortunately, all Black Sabbath packs are still cover songs. Not a big deal in Rock Band, where you could have someone else do vocals.

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Cool Rock Band random feature: Audience Participation. When you're doing a song well, the audience will actually sing along with the vocals of the song.

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There is still no game where I can play "Don't Stop Believing". Then again, which lyrics will be on the master track, Perry or the new singer with whom they rerecorded their old hits?

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Cool Rock Band feature: Solos. Certain sections of the songs are demarkated solos. The background turns blue. Completing the solo with most of the notes gives extra points. I like the feedback for getting a potentially difficult section of the song right. Of course, sometimes its too much. A Boston song has three solos for guitar in it.

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Either of those would have been my favorite game every if they had come out when I was 15 and fucking around in my friend's basement, wishing we were rockers as we listed to Black Sabbath, Rush, and Ministry albums.


There's probably far more random thoughts I can say about these games, but that will be for another post.
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Jun. 1st, 2008 @ 05:32 pm Indiana Jones
We saw the new Indiana Jones movie last week. It wasn't bad, but it just didn't live up to some of the prelaunch posters I had seen up some places.



Indiana Jones
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Dec. 24th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm For D&D Geeks Only
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVZczLuoJoU&e
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Dec. 5th, 2006 @ 04:38 pm This could ruin christmas morning
http://www.amazon.com/Real-Friends-Butterscotch-Interactive-Plush/dp/B000F2JZKO/sr=8-1/qid=1164568496/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-1929465-2291360?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games

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Nov. 18th, 2006 @ 07:30 pm Bitch Stole My Fish
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Nov. 9th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm Signs of the upcoming robot apocalypse
http://blog.wired.com/tableofmalcontents/2006/11/robot_identifie.html?rss

Robot Identifies Human Flesh As Bacon

Let the robot holocaust commence: robots think we taste like bacon.

Researchers at NEC System technologies and Mie University have designed the cute little guy to the right: a metal man gastronomist, "an electromechanical sommelier", capable of identifying wines, cheeses, meats and hors d'oeuvres. Upon being given a sample, he will speak up in a childlike voice and identify what he has just been fed. The idea is that wineries can tell if a wine is authentic without even opening the bottle, amongst other more obscure uses...like "tell me what this strange grayish lump at the back of my freezer is/was."

But when some smart aleck reporter placed his hand in the robot's omnivorous clanking jaw, he was identified as bacon. A cameraman then tried and was identified as prosciutto.

Absolutely horrifying. Like cows, once robots taste blood, their hunger for human flesh can never be satiated. Japanese unveil robot wine steward [South Coast Today]
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Sep. 4th, 2006 @ 09:14 pm Book Recommendations
I'm collecting book recommendations of things I could get at the Librarium, or at the very least use as a starting point.

I'm mostly looking for Fiction, but everything's good.

Go.
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Aug. 6th, 2006 @ 08:19 pm Zombies!




Ah, if I only had an Xbox 360...
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Jul. 16th, 2006 @ 09:41 pm The Amazing Screw-on Head
Current Mood: excitedexcited
This is awesome.

It's a web pilot for a animated series by Hellboy created Mike Mignolia. Here's the blurb from scifi:

"In this hilarious send-up of Lovecraftian horror and steampunk adventure, President Abraham Lincoln's top spy is a bodyless head known only as Screw-On Head.

When arch-fiend Emperor Zombie steals an artifact that will enable him to threaten all life on Earth, the task of stopping him is assigned to Screw-on Head. Fortunately, Screw-On Head is not alone on this perilous quest. He is aided by his multitalented manservant, Mr. Groin, and by his talking canine cohort, Mr. Dog.

Can this unorthodox trio stop Emperor Zombie in time? Does Screw-On Head have a body awesome enough to stop the horrors that have been unleashed? Where can we get a talking dog?

All these questions (O.K., maybe not that last one) will be answered when you watch the thrilling tale of The Amazing Screw-On Head!"

There's also a survey. If you like it, please fill it out. I would LOVE to see this on Scifi network.

http://www.scifi.com/amazingscrewonhead/
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May. 30th, 2006 @ 10:19 pm Patrick Stewart cannot stop the Truffle Shuffle!
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