Sounded Good On Paper

Random Goings on

I bought an X-Box 360 specifically for Rock Band. Hell, I had Rock Band reserved at my local GameStop prior to actually owning a 360. I’ve been very happy with the console overall, having had (I love crazy grammar tenses) the chance to enjoy such awesome gaming experiences as BioShock, Gears of War, Portal via The Orange Box, and Call of Duty 4. It’s all been wonderful, even with my undeniable Rock Band frustrations. Sure, my guitar broke within four days of cracking open the thing, and sure, it took close to three months to get my replacement, which promptly started to stop registering down strums after about an hour of play. And sure, I had one bass pedal snap. But there have been a lot of good things. For one, once I finally called EA to complain about my guitar, I got the replacement within three business days. I also got my replacement bass pedal very quickly. That doesn’t change the fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with the design of the guitar, and it would seem from most of the message boards online (and this could very easily be a case of the vocal minority reigning supreme), that a working guitar is a rarity. It is not, of course, an impossibility. My brother’s guitar’s been working fine since he got it out of the box. Of course, he got the inferior drum set model, so I guess one can’t be perfect.

So would I recommend others buy Rock Band now that it seems to be easy to find in various stores? Probably. It depends on what you’re looking to get out of it. If you have a Guitar Hero 3 guitar, you won’t be completely out of luck if (when) your guitar breaks. If you’re mainly looking to enjoy the drums, you’d better hope you have the QM model and a couple crew socks and rubber bands handy. If you’re looking for the whole package, it could cause some headaches, but if you can get everything working, it’s an undeniably singular experience. We had a good day of four people rocking out for a good six hours, and it was heavenly. And I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun playing solo drums and regaining my chops from High School. And I’m pretty sure that I’m now better at set drumming than I’ve ever been in my life. I’ve beaten every song I can get my hands on save one (fuck you, Blackened), and have managed to Gold Star at least one song in every tier on career mode, thanks to recently adding Flirting With Disaster to my mantle to check tier 9 off my list. It feels good. That’s a bit silly, of course, but it’s still apt. I won’t deny that they’ve got me hooked, as I wait for every Tuesday with baited breath for Downloadable Content that’ll give me a nice challenge. But not the challenge of Blackened, of course. Fuck Blackened.

Quick audio/video update. I’m probably going to get an upconverting DVD player soon, as the noticeable drop of quality when flipping between my 360 pumping out 1080p and a DVD at 480p. I’ve been really looking forward to watching The Fountain in super high quality, but I refuse to do so until everything’s set up nice and purty. This should happen soon.

I’ve had multiple friends approach me about starting a podcast. This is something I would really consider doing if I didn’t have to worry about doing any of the editing or posting to sites/RSS feeds. I’m interested enough to get together with some people and talk about the things I love, but not enough to actually do any work and make it presentable. What a shame.

I’ll be writing an update about my thoughts concerning the VS System mega weekend from Southern California this past weekend soon enough. Some surprises. Some not surprises. All in all, with over 100 people showing up for the first major event since last August, it shows some progress for our little game that could.

Quick comics update. I’m halfway done the Spider-Man edition of Marvel’s status quo, and that’ll be done as soon as I get back my sign on at work after being accidentally “fired” from the system despite still being gainfully employed. Ah, the life of a temp. DCBS box will be arriving on Friday, and it looks to be a very good shipment, so expect a breakdown later in the week.

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