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Review: “Rock Band” Part 2: Bullet points!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Rock BandThis is part 2 of my review, also see part 1.

Quick Summary: Rock Band is Guitar Hero/Drum Hero/Karaoke Revolution combined. Made by Harmonix, the creators of Guitar Hero, it's the ultimate party music game.


Review: “Rock Band” Part 1: hardware, difficulty, modes

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Rock BandNote: we have it for the Xbox 360. Each person needs to be signed into an Xbox profile (it can be the same one). Some things may be a bit different on PS3.

I started writing this review right after getting the game, two months ago, and have since added to it. There is so much more to say about the game, though, that I have left some things out to talk about later. I have broken it into two parts, and apologize for the unorganized format. It's not so much a review as it is a discussion.

Quick Summary: Rock Band is Guitar Hero/Drum Hero/Karaoke Revolution combined. Made by Harmonix, the creators of Guitar Hero, it's the ultimate party music game.


Half-Life 2: Episode 2 – “Little Rocket Man” Gnome Achievement Tips

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

When I first read about the gnome achievement, I knew I had to do it (partly because it sounded fun, partly because I love Amelie). I had already beaten Episode 2 on the PC, but we just got it for the 360, so I wanted to play through it again anyway (points!).

This actually isn’t as hard as you might think. There are a lot of battles where you can just set him down somewhere until after the fight. If you know the game (I assume everyone will have played through this episode at least once before trying this achievement!), you’ll know which rooms you’ll be coming back to, so you can leave him for large sections of the game. The rocket is found well before the end of the game, so it’s only a few hours of play anyway.

This is not a guide for the whole episode, just some tips on where to safely leave the gnome.



Rock Band: Two #1 (in the WORLD*!) Expert drum scores, leaderboards question, Rock Band vs. Drummania.

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Update: see lots of my 100% Rock Band 3 Pro Drum scores in this post.

Rock BandThat’s right, I have two of the HIGHEST ROCK BAND DRUM SCORES in the WORLD*!


Okay, this isn’t nearly as impressive as it sounds, but I’ve gotta milk this for all it’s worth, since this’ll surely last a whole…hour? (day? week?) Actually the first one is pretty good, five gold stars:


Some Thoughts on TimeShift

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

timeshift125.jpgI had been looking forward to TimeShift for a while, but getting closer to release my excitement had been waning a bit. People sounded a bit unimpressed, the time powers weren’t really as interesting as they first seemed, and the delays meant it was no longer as groundbreaking as it may have been. I was able to borrow the Xbox 360 version from a friend, so I quickly played through it (I think it only took around 10 hours to beat). Overall, it was a fun, solid game. But, I feel like there were many things they missed out on.



Elite Beat Agents song list revealed!

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
We don’t normally post news items here, but since we run one of the largest Ouendan fansites, we just had to comment.

elite-beat-agents-125.jpgIt’s finally here, via Wired’s Game|Life, the Elite Beat Agents song list:

  1. Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram
  2. ABC – Jackson Five
  3. Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
  4. I Was Born to Love You – Queen
  5. Rock This Town – Stray Cats
  6. Highway Star – Deep Purple
  7. Y.M.C.A. – Village People
  8. September – Earth, Wind and Fire
  9. Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
  10. Material Girl – Madonna
  11. La La – Ashlee Simpson
  12. You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
  13. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
  14. Without a Fight – Hoobastank
  15. Believe – Cher
  16. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
  17. Jumpin Jack Flash – Rolling Stones
  18. Makes No Difference – Sum 41
  19. The Anthem – Good Charlotte


Why we play Guitar Hero instead of “the real thing.”

Thursday, October 12th, 2006
After the amazing response to the Guitar Hero videos I put up, I just wanted to take a moment to respond to some of the comments.

guitar-hero-125.jpgIt seems for every Guitar Hero video posted by anyone, there will inevitably be comments like, “Go buy a real guitar!”, “What’s the point?”, “Get a life!”, and so on. I think people overestimate how much time it takes to learn how to play these games. If you play other music/rhythm games, the concept is similar and the learning curve is a lot lower. Even if you’re playing for the first time, it’s pretty simple.

Here is a list of reasons why people play Guitar Hero instead of the real thing:

Nintendo bit Generations games originally to be two per cart?

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

While a lot of people love the new Nintendo bit Generations games for the GBA, many people (myself included) think they’re priced a little too high. Why couldn’t they put a few on one cart, and/or all of them on one DS cart, and sell it at full price? Well I’ve been messing around with the save files, and found something interesting — there is a second section in most of the save files for a second game:

The best Game Boy cartridge case mod

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Okay, let’s be realistic here — we’ve grown up. We all have fond memories of playing bulky gray Game Boys when we were supposed to be doing homework, or getting that sexy new Game Boy Pocket in the killer ice blue limited edition color. Maybe you still play it, maybe you sold it off when you got a GBA, or maybe it’s collecting dust in some drawer. But chances are, you still have some Game Boy cartridge cases lying around somewhere. So what are we to do with all those old cases?

Stop making me Crazy.

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

I shop at used game stores a lot. The GameStop near me has been having “buy 2 get 1 free” since December, so I’ve been buying tons of games. The thing is, I always feel like they’re judging me every time I buy something (usually many things). I’ll get comments like, “Oh, well at least you’re getting ______.” So every other game I got is total crap? Listen, I know you work at a game store, and you don’t know me, but that doesn’t mean I just randomly pick stuff off the shelves because of the pretty boxes. I know what games I’m buying. What exactly are the qualifications needed to work at a used game store, anyway?

To be fair most of the people seem cool, and seem to really like games, but do they have to be so damn condescending all the time?