Imagine how it must feel to see your beloved team make it's first
regular season loss in over a year against the Dolphins. I'd hate to
be a Pats fan right now. At least, on the bright side, things are
looking slightly up for my precious glass Seahawks.
Well, that's actually a subjective thing. On one hand, the 'Hawks
did win. That's a good thing. Of course they allowed the Rams to
score in the double digits when that team was not only kept below
that simple threshold for the first two games of the season (even
when both of their first two games were added together), but they
never even saw the red zone (at least if you don't count the
opponent being in their red zone). Sunday changed that. Still, a win
is a win...even if it's sloppy.
For one thing, the Seahawks played a lot like they did their first
two games. It started with a lot of scoring in a hurry, then the
team seemed to collapse. Luckily, a half-time collapse is still not
enough to lose to the Rams. Hell, not much is capable of handing the
Rams a win. Even when the opponent is down 8 receivers...
...wait...eight!? How the f#@$ does this happen. This has to be some
sort of record in the NFL. The most individual players for a given
role on the injured reserve at a single given time on a single team.
If this keeps up, the Seahawks will have to ask Steve Largent if
they could un-retire his number. Not for someone like Jerry Rice,
but for someone who no one knows the name of. We're down to only a
few numbers in the 10's and I think the 80's are wiped clean. Best
of all (sarcasm in that), another receiver was out from an injury
not obtained in the actual game. Yes, Koren Robinson was injured in
practice. Details were scarce during the game, but I'm willing to
bet it's something from the knee down, since that's where all the
receiver injuries are coming from.
I would say it's good that there's a bye week next Sunday, but it
sounds like rumors are pointing to Engram and Branch still not being
ready for week five. So, all a Bye week will give is the ability for
more receivers to be injured in practice. Hopefully it will at least
give Koren a chance to come in. I really do want to see him come
back to the field. While he may have had issues in the past, he is
worthy of a second chance and he has the talent. It would be great
to see him come back and become the star he was always capable of
being. Plus, if he can be healthy and playing when Engram and Branch
are back, imagine the three receiver set that would play out as. If
only Burleson could be coming back soon (which is impossible) and
join that trio for a four receiver set to end all others.
Anyway, on a final NFL thought for today...the refs need something
to be fixed for them. While the calls were better yesterday than
last week (when it felt like Super Bowl XL all over again), what is
with this scenario that keeps happening;
"There's a flag on the play"
"The refs are discussing it"
"We'll return after a word from our sponsors"
Long commercial break
Dead time as the game returns but no call has been made
A few more minutes pass
I grab a beer and some food...
"False start, defense"
Why does it take so damned long this season for any calls during a
Seahawks game? For the most mundane of calls (false start, offside,
pass interference, holding), the refs are taking way too damned
long. It's one thing if it's a special or unusual example. However,
when it happens several times during a single drive, something is
not right. A call as simple as holding should be like this; flag
down, play ends, call made, game resumes. It should take as long to
happen as it took for me to type that. If a flag is thrown, then
that ref better be ready and not having to discuss every simple
penalty in the great ref debate squad. I hate this as someone who
likes the action to resume, but also with so many rhythm QBs in the
game (including Hasselbeck), it changes the momentum of the game.
It's a factor on how the game will be carried out for the remainder
of a drive.
Anyway, at least I doubt I'll see anymore serious disappointment
next Sunday...and hopefully I'll see less injuries.
else, if you're interested in Michael Moore movies, his new film,
"Slacker Uprising" is a free download as of today. By free, I mean
legal and free. It's some sort of celebration thing of how the first
Moore movie came out 20 years ago. Anyway, I don't have the link or
anything, since I'm running with crappy internet right now, but try
doing a google search of Slacker Uprising and you should find it.
Also, today is the
release of Moving Pictures (by Rush) and some random extra tracks on
Rock Band 1/2. I'll probably not have any impressions up until
tomorrow, if not later in the week. However, this may be a good week
for DLC, unlike the slightly niched set of music released for the
last month or so.
I've put in some
more time with RB2 in the last few days. More than anything, I'm
trying to progress my side band through the Challenge mode stuff.
While it's slow going, I am determined to unlock the ultimate stuff
for guitar and bass. If this means eventually moving to hard, and I
may have to for the impossible challenges, so be it. At least this
is a good way to earn some extra swag for your band without having
the boredom of the old method. By old method, I mean the
play-every-song-in-a-tier system of GH1-3 and RB1.
So far I'm on the
fourth or fifth guitar challenge and the third bass challenge. On
the bright side, if you can handle up-strums only, the bass
challenges open up the perfect groove (100% expert up-strum only)
achievement pretty quickly. The second bass challenge should be easy
to score 100% on any of the songs. Hell, I did it on all four songs.
Plus, with no big rock ending and very few hammer on or pull off
phrases, it's as simple as it gets...unless you play So Watcha Want.
After all, it's no joke that So Watcha Want has only green notes for
the whole song in a very predictable rhythm (either in a 1-2 phrase
or one single note). It definitely beats out El Scorcho for expert
guitar and Silver on bass. The only easier perfect achievements are
vocals (So Watcha Want or Debaser) or drums (Silver).
Anyway, not much
else to say. The only thing on my mind right now, since it's a bye
week for the Seahawks, is putting in some good time with Tales of
Vesperia before the rush of RPGs come next month with Fable 2 and
Fallout 3. Now if only RB2 would stop holding me hostage, I could
get on to ToV.
I really haven't
had much to write about this week. It's been a slow week filled with
me playing Tales of Vesperia and playing guitar. That's about it.
I've neglected the new songs for Rock Band 2 (or Rock Band, if
that's your flavor), and haven't done anything else that's really
I guess I could
write up some sort of prediction about next weeks DLC for RB...but
it's hard to really make a good guess. Afterall, this week Harmonix
broke their old trends. We got two albums in a row, and a lot of
extra songs. The only real guess I can make is that we will see a
lot of tracks, again. To make that 500+ number of tracks by the end
of the year, we will need to see a lot more large sets. Plus, with a
lot of metal in the recent past (almost a month of metal,
metal-core, and nu-metal, I doubt we'll see more metal on Tuesday. I
think my only guess can be that we will see some oldies (maybe some
1970's or early 1980's). The only other guess I could make is that
punk may be involved since we've been pretty punk free for a while
Other than that,
the only thing I have to say is that I definitely will not be
playing RB2 on Monday. Monday is when Live goes down for maintenance
(for the dashboard update in the future), and this means a good deal
of my DLC becomes out of reach on my 360. When I had to buy a new
360, I didn't transfer my DRM rights to my new system (for personal
reasons), so without being able to sign in my songs don't mean shit.
I don't want to face that one random set list that will end the game
with a message like "song not available, exiting to menu".
Since I was busy
ending the second part (of three) of Tales of Vesperia, I still
haven't gotten around to downloading the Rock Band 2 DLC for this
week. It'll probably happen tonight...
reading some reports, I'm a bit disappointed. The one song I wanted
the most from the Rush album is definitely YYZ. It's an awesome
sounding song and goes beyond my one complaint of Rush songs (the
vocals). However, I guess Harmonix decided upon one of the lamest
ways to handle an instrumental track; it cannot be selected if a
vocalist is in the band. Yes, you have to kick out the vocalist to
play this single song. Since there are no "make a set" gigs with a
single song choice, it means the song is impossible to be logically
I still think, if
RB/RB2 is trying to emulate, in game format, a band's career, then
instrumentals must be fully integrated. Not always is a band playing
with all four parts. This type of thing, I guarantee, would never
happen if a song didn't have drums or guitar. Bass? I could see bass
getting shafted in a song and also just being eliminated from full
band play. Vocals are the whipping boy of RB, so this could happen.
Still, even if I
was playing on vocals, I'd prefer for a song that doesn't include
any part for me to allow the band to keep playing while I take a
(usually) much needed rest. Afterall, vocals seem to be the most
draining (for me) of the four parts. A little rest can help with
sore arms and legs (drums), or tired hands (guitar/bass), but a
vocalists voice can be knocked out of action for a whole night if
you go overboard with brutal songs (like anything from Boston). I'd
rather be sitting during one awesome sounding song than to see the
band unable to play and enjoy the song.
This will only get
worse, unless Harmonix changes their minds on handling
instrumentals, when Texas Flood comes along. I forget specifics, but
I think that album has somewhere in the neighborhood of three
Anyway, a real
band doesn't have this problem, so why should a RB band? What is the
band doing in their virtual world? Are they doing part of a concert,
then stopping and driving the vocalist home, then continuing another
concert, then stopping and picking up the vocalist to throw the
equivalent of a third concert for the night? That's how it looks to
If Rock Band would
have a better solution for missing parts (like you can still select
as a full band, but the missing person just sits out the song and
has a bathroom/beer break), I'd love to see where this could go. We
could have Rock Lobster (B52's; no bass), any of the White Stripes
(no bass), or so many other potentially awesome songs and bands. Of
course, this is only assuming they could in deed be picked in a full
band mode. Afterall, the idea of kicking a member for each song with
a missing part just seems sloppy and lazy (and it breaks the
momentum of the rocking). If it's a programming issue with a
percentage divided by zero, it shouldn't be hard to work around
(just add programming to make that score automatically disappear
from the results screen). If it's an issue with online (you're a
vocalist and the band you're with keeps picking instrumentals), then
you need to find a better band and tell that group to f$#@ off.
So, anyway, the
DLC for next week is another album. Third one in a row. This
time it's the RHCP album (Blood Sugar Sex Magik). Three weeks of
solid DLC (I may not dig it all, but it's all solid quality stuff in
a row...damn! Way to go Harmonix!
The tracks are
running 160MP ($2) each or all 16 for 1600MP ($20). Six songs free
if you buy the whole thing is a damned nice discounted rate!
Harmonix fails to disappoint this gamer since RB2 came along. The
only downside is that this awesomeness of massive packs of big name
artists will probably only keep up until around the time GH:WT comes
out (to make RB2 look that much nicer than GH:WT). At least this
just shows what I've always felt; competition is a good thing since
the consumer usually wins.
disappointment is I know I'll be playing these songs a lot with my
friends (most of them are RHCP fans). That isn't too bad, since the
older stuff (like this album) is some solid funky rock. The one
problem is I know Under The Bridge will be played too damned much...
...I'm sorry, but
I must agree with (paraphrasing here since it's been a while since I
heard this) The Men's Room (afternoon radio show on the Seattle rock
station, 99.9 KISW) about Under The Bridge. It's a song that the
average straight man will only listen to intentionally to prove that
he's "sensitive" to a woman.
weeks of massively large and quality DLC. Let's hope this keeps up
for a while longer.
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