I think yesterday
was a perfect example of how bad a Super Bowl could be. Yes,
the final quarter was awesome to behold. However, the first
three quarters, even on the two lonely scoring drives, just felt
tired and played out.
On the bright
side, for me at least, the Giants won. I'm not a Giants fan by
any means, but I am definitely not a Patriots fan. I think
that comes down to one simple fact; I hate football dynasties.
I like to think of football as the one sport where dynasties don't
exactly have much sway, and to see the Pats going into what should
have (by looking at the stats) been yet another championship in the
last ten years is painful. Throw in how they also would hold
the "legendary" record of being the only undefeated team in modern
(16 game season) football only made it more painful to think of them
Also, I suppose
you could say I was cheering for the Giants for two other reasons.
If the Seahawks are not in the Super Bowl (which happens for about
98% of the Super Bowls), I like to put my emotions behind the
underdog. It's just more fun to see the potential upset than
to see the obvious and expected in the final real game of football
for around eight months. Also, since the Giants defeated Green
Bay (which I'll see as them avenging the Seahawks), they naturally
get a little more love in my eyes.
I know that there
is another game of football left for the season, but the Pro Bowl is
anything but quality. Afterall, we're talking about a game
with nothing on the line, and with a bunch of players who are just
ready to get in some vacation before the training camps open up in a
couple months. It's not like the MLB All Star game where the
home field advantage is decided for the championship game/series.
No, the Pro Bowl is a sad and lame excuse for trying to give fantasy
players a greater idea of who they should have picked for their
teams. Beyond that, the Pro Bowl is a thing that simply should
not exist. The NFL season should end with the Super Bowl and
simply not be forced into an extra game that will offer nothing for
the fans (and only a free trip to Hawaii for the players).
On a different
DLC for Rock Band for tomorrow has been announced. I wish
I could say I'm excited. I really wish I could. Instead,
we do have a little bit of fun from Kiss (Calling Dr. Love).
Yes, it's always a great party experience when Kiss is involved in
the Rock Band (or even Guitar Hero) mix. Plus, since the songs
this week are not covers, that will make it just that much more
However, I cannot
say anything good about Faith No More coming back for a song as bad
a We Care A Lot. This has to be one of Faith No More's worst
songs and about one of the dullest possible for Rock Band. I
will probably check out the expert guitar note charts before I make
any final decision, but I'm thinking this song will be skipped when
it comes to my spending of MP on DLC.
Lastly is Roam
from the B-52s. On one hand, this song is not what I think of
when I think of the B-52s. They have had some awesome songs
that would be a blast to play any part of in Rock Band. They
have had some of the most party friendly of music in the history of
rock. However, Roam is just not one of these awesome tracks.
I think my final decision will come down to checking out the note
charts tomorrow, but I'm 50/50 at best on this song for right now.
On the other hand,
I do have to give some props to Harmonix for thinking of the B-52s.
I have been thinking of what bands and songs would rock for the game
ever since Rock Band first came my way. Despite thinking long
and hard about so many tracks, I have to say that the B-52s were
just one band that never entered my mind. Also, you have to
give props to Harmonix for including another new band to the modern
Guitar based game concept. Yes, we did have some B-52s on
Donky Konga, but that's a different world of rhythm game. To
see them come into the more sophisticated realm of Harmonix's games
is beyond brilliant. I just hope that we will be able to see
Love Shack or Rock Lobster sometime in the future (now those would
be some of the best party style songs possible for Rock Band).
I didn't really
have much to say yesterday. It was a slow day on almost all
accounts, so no post was really called for. At least that was the
case until the evening, when I downloaded some of the new songs for
First off, I
checked out each song on Youtube. I should say I went with one of
the videos that showed expert on all instruments for each song. This
led me to a couple of conclusions. The only really important one was
that We Care A Lot from Faith No More was simply not needed and
would not be something for me to appreciate unless I start to take
the vocal parts seriously.
Since I'm still in
the mindset that vocals are the least important (for me), I decided
to skip any song that looks boring or uninspired for the other
parts. Since I am trying to pick up my drumming skills, and since I
am happy to be an expert (on almost all songs) guitar and bass
player, I went with Roam and Calling Dr. Love. Also, due to my
skills, any impressions are on expert guitar and medium drums. Maybe
I'll get above medium drums one day, but for now the tedium of Green
Grass and The High Tides for the final five minutes is keeping me
from progressing on my medium drum solo tour.
Roam is simply a
fun song. It's not the best, in my opinion, that the B-52s ever
made. However, with the B-52s you are almost always guaranteed one
important fact; you will have a fun party song that can get the
players into a groove. So, I naturally had to go with Roam, even if
the parts were weak. Luckily, that was not the case.
The drums have a
pattern that makes me think of I Think I'm Paranoid. That is to say
that you have both the slow and steady part that will keep you
alive, despite you skills, and the fast and frantic part that will
give you a good work out without having to fear that it will destroy
your rock meter (since you can pick that back up with the slow
parts). It's also a great warm up song for this reason. It's not the
most complex drum part in a song, but it's definitely fun enough to
be worth a download if you're a fan of good fun music from an era
that is now passed.
The expert guitar
is also quite similar in nature to the drums. There are some easy
notes to hit, but there's also some quick chord changes that can
catch you off guard. This makes Roam into a great warm up song and a
great song for people trying to make some improvements on note
changes. In particular, you have some fun R+B -> R -> Y -> Y+O
changes that will then put you quickly into a G+Y position. In other
words, you make a good deal of note changes, but nothing that will
kill you off...only stuff that will give you some practice at the
more complex maneuvers.
Calling Dr. Love
is similar to Roam on the guitar front. You do have some fast chord
changes and progressions (Y+B -> R+Y -> R+O), but nothing out of
reach for the lower expert player. The only real challenge comes
from the solo and the last parts before the song ends...both of
which are more than happy to give you a hammer on work out. It
shouldn't kill you off, but it might require some quick overdrive to
get you back in the green.
The drums are
quite fun on Dr. Love. They are not overly technical, but they have
some good passages, and best of all...more cowbell! The song starts
off with a nice green cowbell section that just brings back memories
of an era when cowbell was so much more important to rock.
In reality, I can
only recommend Calling Dr. Love to two types of people. If you like
Kiss, then you're in a real need to go with this song since it's
only the second Kiss song in Rock Band...and it's a good deal
different in feel than Detroit Rock City. I also recommend this to
anyone who feels like Rock Band needs more classic rock songs.
Afterall, Kiss and classic rock go hand in hand. However, if you're
sick of Kiss or just not a fan of classic arena rock, then you're
best off forgetting this song...at least until March when you feel
the need for something new and don't want to dive into the garbage
that will be the March DLC.
Like I said, from
checking expert videos, I can only recommend We Care A Lot for vocal
players. If you don't play on the mic, and you're not an enormous
Faith No More fan, then you should just pretend We Care A Lot never
existed. Maybe the drums can be called "interesting", but I can't
even give that description for the strings.
another lack of anything too important to say...or that's almost the
case. I guess there are a few interesting tidbits of information
For one, despite
being stuck in a tunnel-vision time in my gaming life where Rock
Band is all that I care about, there are a few games that give me a
need to pay special attention. One of these games would obviously be
how Lost Odyssey is due for release next Tuesday (give or take on
actual shipping versus street date). It does look like an awesome
game and I have seen a good amount of the first few hours of the
game (as in I watched someone play). I didn't follow the entire plot
or anything important like that, but I did see a fun looking battle
system and a game that seems to bring back what I used to think of
when I thought of Final Fantasy. In other words, I see something
that makes me think of pre-FFX Final Fantasy. Back before emo and
crying for daddy were all the rage in Square Enix's mind.
Also, I still find
time to play some Picross DS. n the bright side of that, the 5th
(earlier this week) saw about five new packs of classic puzzles from
the Nintendo WiFi option screen. Best of all, I think these would be
the first downloads from Nintendo that include full sized 25x20
puzzles. I've only tried a few so far, but there's a lot better
challenge in these packs than found in the previous month or so of
free puzzle packs.
Also, for those
who still care (and I can't fathom the idea of who the hell you
Mass Effect has a small mission based DLC coming in March. I
really couldn't give a f$#@ about ME. It's a game that simply served
up a more recent style of Bioware experience...which is to say that,
like Jade Empire, it was short, did not deliver on the hype, and you
still were given a pretty linear experience, despite the options
that try to trick the player into expecting a non-linear RPG of
massive proportions. However, if you care about this game still (in
which case you need to find a new game already) then the first week
of March will at least give you 90 more minutes (which means it will
actually be about 25 minutes) of questing for $5.
I think that's
money far better spent on DLC for Rock Band or to save towards a
good RPG (LO is next week and should keep you going far longer than
Lastly for today,
some humor. Duke Nukem Forever, which is now on it's 11th year
after being announced, will come out, according to George Broussard
of 3D Realms, "when it's done", and the release will not "be until
the appropriate moment". It's good to know that 3D Realms is in
business still after all these years since they have such an amazing
vaporware business strategy. I guess the good news is that it will
be released for the PC, 360, and PS3...and by the time it actually
gets released, these systems will all be laying in piles of dust
(except the PC, which will be a whole new thing versus the
technology we now have).
It's no surprise
Guitar Hero 4 is on the way. Even if it's a rumored date at this
point, it still wouldn't be anything but expected to see it come out
at the end of this year. Afterall, isn't that both a staple of GH
and Activision; yearly releases.
The thing is, this
time around I don't think I'll be picking it up. True, there could
be some awesome songs on the game, but there will not be drums,
vocals, or a four player party in the game case. Plus, I doubt my
poorly purchased Foo Fighters pack would work on the game. I'll be
happy with my 200+ songs on Rock Band until Harmonix decides to give
us a Rock Band 2...which hopefully will not be for a long time and
instead we get lots of new RB updates.
I don't just mean
song updates. I hope to see Harmonix add, in the future, some sort
of expansion pack that adds more cities, more venues in the one
venue existing cities (Moscow, Tokyo, etc.), and maybe some
integration of DLC songs into certain set lists. That last one can
be tricky, since it would basically force DLC purchases, but it
could be maneuvered in certain ways to make it balanced for people
without all of the DLC.
Anyway, I've been
playing a bit in one of my side bands lately. The Ghost Cowboys
(which would be Velveta on the skins and Malek on the
strings...stupid game saying "Malik" is not classy) got in a few
shows last night. We're not on the top of the world or anything, but
we are gaining a few of the hard level fans. The only problem is
getting past those hard required sets...especially with single songs
like Welcome Home with the drums.
I've also been
trying more of the solo drum tour (mainly, but not always, on
medium). I have come to two conclusions from this. The first being
that the drums are a good amount of fun...even with my horrible
sense of rhythm. Now that I'm getting more into the "groove", so to
speak, I'm finding the drums to be more like speaking in another
language instead of just trying to speak another language via a
pocket translator. I hope that analogy made sense. It does to me at
least, since I see the guitar and bass as almost like a hand
controlled language that I am quite familiar with after this amount
of GH and RB playing.
My other thought
is that Green Grass and Day Late Dollar Short are two annoying songs
on the skins. Correction; they are not as much annoying as they are
little bitches. I like some variety and having constant rhythms of
things like Y+bass -> Y+R cycling for five minutes (or however long
Day Late does it...can't even get beyond 30% into that song...) is
not my idea of fun. At least other songs are giving me the enjoyment
Playing on the
drums has taught me a couple of things that I am enjoying. Most of
all that I like Highway Star finally. On medium drums (and maybe
hard wouldn't be too bad) it's a blast with some really interesting
bits to keep the song fresh and fun.
Anyway, it's a
busy day and it's time to get rolling...
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