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  • Phokal 2:04 am on November 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , DLC Generation, rock band   

    The DLC Generation: Rockband 1 Export into Rockband 2 = $5 

    Worth it?

    I think so.

    It is worth it to not have to deal with the Rock Band 1 disc or interface ever again.  The “paid” is just the sacrifice for the fact that you can lend a disc to someone, and they get rb1 for free.  Someone who may not have picked up Rock Band 2 otherwise.

    Consumers pay the price for that kind of “piracy,” but $5 isn’t too hard to swallow for that service.  It is nice that they offered it at all.  The closest that has come before was Singstar’s disc swapping ability, and that’s a distant second to this new functionality.

    At $1 i wouldn’t have even blinked.

    But is that just a symptom of being conditioned in this era of DLC?  This generation of gaming was supposed to be the HD generation, but I don’t think that’s really the push this generation.  Sure, the odd game has small text, but the games themselves still look as good on a small standard def as they do on HD.  Not only that, but because of the increase in textures, most gameplay is still fairly similar to last generation.  There hasn’t really been a Shadow of the Colossus yet, and it’s been 4 years.  Dead Rising can only be touted so much.

    The point is: HD isn’t the main drive of this generation.  It’s DLC.

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  • Phokal 1:21 pm on September 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , rock band   

    pLayday: 9/9 – Rockband 

    Alright, so I got some requests we do Rockband instead of Halo.  We may have both running at the same time, or just bounce back and forth.  We’ll see.  Either way, I grabbed some new RB DLC and some new Halo 3 DLs, just for fun.

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  • Phokal 9:41 pm on February 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , go learn to play a real guitar and stop having fun, kareoke, party game, plastic guitar, rock band,   

    There is no ending to: Rock Band 

    Accordion Band

    There is no ending to: Rock Band

    Rock Band is a party game. The common complaints I have heard are that the difficulty isn’t high enough, and that the guitar controller doesn’t ‘click.’ These complaints seem to come mostly from people who like Guitar Hero. Both of these complaints are true: the difficulty is not as high as Guitar Hero 2, and the Guitar is harder to use on Expert Difficulty to hit quick notes. Both of these don’t matter as much as the fact the game is meant to be played with 4 people, each with a beer in hand. (More …)

    • detnap 12:56 pm on February 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I think both guitar hero and rock band are pretty good games, but are for slightly different audiences (since the “mustical instrument controller genre” has taken off).

      Rock band is for party mode, since it does allow up to 4 players and the drums and mic provide an musical outlet for those that never really got into the guitar controller. It’s fun and really makes the game a team based effort since the use of star power to increase the life of another player or to save another player gives the game another dimension. Guitar hero also does span all levels, so you can be a newcomer or someone who has played a lot of guitar hero and still have fun. Lots of fun.

      Some of the issues with Rock band though are, and I just want to touch up on them because some of the issues Aaron dismiss out of hand even though they are still important.

      1. Rock band guitar is unusable by me at harder difficulty levels. Yes, Aaron can say that this isn’t an issue for him since he plays at lower difficulty levels, but it still affects me. Since it is a party game and you’d want to cater to both your friends who are new to the game and friends who have played lot before, it would be nice to have a guitar that is usable at all difficulty levels.
      2. Guitar hero being harder at higher difficulty levels actually doesn’t really affect it at the lower difficulty levels. If someone were to be able to play rock band on medium difficulty, they would be able to play guitar hero 3 on medium difficulty as well. The extra difficulty only comes in at the very high difficulty levels. The difficulty in itself doesn’t affect the ability of someone at a party to pick up rock band or guitar hero.
      3. Where are all the female vocals? Rock band can pick up the pitch if it is exactly one octave higher or lower, but it would be really nice if some of the songs were songs that women would actually sing. Hopefully this gets solved with the downloadable content though.
      4. Hardware quality. I am actually quite concerned that at some point my guitar would stop registering strums and my drums would stop registering hits. Out of the 3 people that I know that have guitar hero, we had all sent back our guitars because they weren’t registering well, and Aaron has sent back his drums. Hardware quality with guitar hero guitars are also pretty shoddy.

    • phokal 7:19 pm on February 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I sent back Claire’s GH3 wireless guitar. It had neck issues.

      What do you mean by female vocals? You mean Pop songs (songs girls like to sing)? Because it has Flyleaf and Garbage(?).

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