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November 8th, 2007


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11:19 am - and the torpor comes in the niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight
Is it a sign of ... well, I don't know what ... when your two major accomplishments the previous evening were

1. Moving the cat dish from the now closed-off kitchen to the warmer dining room, and placing them in a cardboard lid to hopefully keep Messy Eater No. 1 from spraying his kibble all over the place (when he takes too big a bite, as is his wont, he shakes his head from side to side and chews what's left in his mouth)

and

2. Finally getting 5 stars on all the Easy Mode GH2 career songs and, excitedly awaiting what nifty reward I'd unlock, earned... the right to buy an expensive guitar shaped like the US. When I actually played all the Easy Mode songs, I earned the right to buy an expensive guitar shaped like a fish. Gee, thanks.

I've graduated to Medium and have 5-starred the first tier of songs except for that goddamn Cheap Trick one which involves a few more meedly work than I've gotten down (my squeedlies are okay) and I've 3-starred about half the songs at least, and are now working to at least 4-starring those and getting extra cash before going on to the ones I know are going to kill my wrist.

Small Quibble #1: I'd like to at least see the looks of the purchasable characters or their outfits before I choose to purchase them, or else I'm out $1800 on makin someone look, uh, goofy. But to be able to hammer out the Sabbath encore as Lars Umlaut with the double-neck guitar while in full gargoyle gear was, I think worth that particular set of purchases. Oh, and the Trogdor, Freezepop and Honest Bob tracks were worth the purchase, too. But it's gonna be a while before Hippopotamosh makes any more real big money.

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From:fancycwabs
Date:November 8th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
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My son thought I was lying to him when I told him Trogdor was an unlockable song. I think I earned my last "cool dad" point ever for the rest of my life when he found out I was right.
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From:mybadhairlife
Date:November 8th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Re 1: Do you want to talk about the stuff that came out of my carpet when I steam cleaned the part of the rug where Yoda likes to dribble?

Okay, no you don't. I ask dumb questions some times.

What I can tell you is that I have one cat who dribbles chewed kibble bits, one who is selective about which pieces of kibble are acceptable (throwing the "bad" kibble on the floor), and three who like to play kibble hockey (a goal is scored when they knock the kibble under the stove, fridge, or furniture).

In short, I feel your pain, but I am skeptical that a mere lid will solve the problem. We are talking about feline persons here, after all.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 8th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Frankly, as long as I get a big enough tray to capture all his food spray, I can clean it easily and not have to, like, sweep it up underneath.
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From:laura47
Date:November 8th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Mommy's all right! Daddy's all right! They just seem a little straaaaaaange!

that song is the bane of Peter's career on medium. Strangely, once you get to hard, which I *just* did, that song is not much harder and "Woman" because the complete bitch song, despite my easily 5 staring it on medium.

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From:derspatchel
Date:November 8th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
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I'll crack into Harder once I've five-starred the second tier.

Surrender pisses me off because the multi-note verse riffs are treated as chords, so the Y Y YB Y, etc MUST be only done with Y and B and so forth and so on. I could do it if I could cover the entire four frets, but moving down the neck results in at least one missed note with every switch. I can do it it in slow practice, but am still trying to get through at least ONE full verse/chorus routine at regular speed without messing up TOO much.

Message In A Bottle on Medium, however, taught me how to cover the ENTIRE set of frets and remove fingers as necessary, making DAMN sure I know which finger goes where and making sure to use my pinky solely for Blue. That verse riff is a killer but easily mastered when you get into a nice Zen groove, where you're able to play it without consciously telling yourself BLUE! QUICK LIFT UP THOSE TWO FINGERS FOR THE RED! NOW PUT ONE DOWN FOR YELLOW! QUICK, GRAB JUST THE GREEN!

That practice has actually gotten me much much better everywhere else, tho I'm still 3-starring the goddamn song. The G-Y and R-B chord shift in the chorus kicks my ass unless I make a concerted effort to STARE at the frets. My fingers can't feel the change and move quick enough without me staring over at them, I know what you gotta do, buddy.

I'm also just now getting to the new Medium songs which begin your hammer-on/pull-off practice which I thought you could just do for any close-together notes, but oh no! I was advised you can do that only for the notes which don't have the black ring around the top. Ah ha, says Der Spatchel, and promptly falls out of his Zen mode trying to do that.

But man, so addictive.

I 5-starred Woman on Medium real quick. Actually I think my first 5-star Medium was Strutter. That's easy and fun to boot.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 8th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
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There's a code I know that will unlock everything to look at (but removes your ability to save) but I am so keeping from using that via sheer force of will.

However, if it means I get to see the different outfits and guitars but not check the setlist, I may have to try just to notice.

Rocksgiving is becoming a better and better idea.
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From:cheezdanish
Date:November 8th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
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The secondary outfits are pretty rockin' all over. Judy Nails' secondary in particular. Go for it!

Hee hee, you're in the Guitar Hero Club now. We have beeloons.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 8th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Now as I understand it, each song will eventually give you $600 in total once you 5-star it, split up among 3- and 4- star ranking, right? Can't wait to see.

I did, however, also purchase the FLAMING GUITAR overlay because YOU NEED THE FLAMING GUITAR.
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From:laura47
Date:November 8th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
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where you're able to play it without consciously telling yourself BLUE! QUICK LIFT UP THOSE TWO FINGERS FOR THE RED! NOW PUT ONE DOWN FOR YELLOW! QUICK, GRAB JUST THE GREEN!

I hit my zen yesterday, in the middle of passing, like, a dozen songs on hard. I no longer need to think about hitting each note individually, it's like typing out words. I am ridiculously proud of myself for finally getting hard. i was stuck on woman for days, and i finally just went and started quickplaying the songs after it, and after i had beat 8 out of the first 9 songs, i went back, and woosh! did it! now i have beaten 21. :-) but then i watch my friends on expert and just feel SO LAME.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 8th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
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YES! It's exactly like typing. Once you know what you're doing and how quickly, you handle shit that comes at you all random. There's a few end songs which do random R Y G runs with a B every now and then and I NAIL them.

Then there's a Y-G chord that I miss. WOOP
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From:sandrylene
Date:November 8th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Just got GH3, as well... and I never have anyone to play it with. But man, the game is totally addictive and fun, though I suspect I am less thorough about it than you are. In my world it's "ooh, I love this song!" *plays it on medium* *plays it on hard* *plays it on expert and fails after four notes* *pauses, looking around embarrassed* *plays it on hard again* "Okay, bed!"

I've been stuck on Psychobilly Freakout for roughly two thirds of my GH career. Freaking song. I don't even *like* it.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 8th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I played Psychobilly Freakout twice on Easy. Once I 3-starred it, the second time I 5-starred it. I maintain that was sheer luck, but then again, it was the second-to-last song I had to 5-star, so I'd a lot of practice by that point. I have told the thing is nigh-impossible on Hard. I am not looking forward to it.

But the song that took me the most tries to 5-star in Easy? Jessica. I didn't mind, because I love the song.

I've heard GH3, without the Harmonix influence, isn't as rad, but Harmonix' "Rocks The 80s" expansion may or may not be worth the $50 (hell, I'd drop the change for it...) and Harmonix' Rock Band will be a blast.

Considering I know several Harmonix folks either first- or second-hand (immediately identified the "Rat Cellar", woop) I'm rooting for them so much more than I am Neversoft and their horribly buggy wireless GH3 controllers.
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From:gwynethfar
Date:November 8th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
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I don't think a guitar shaped like the United States would be very easy or practical to play.

And where do they fit Alaska and Hawaii?
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From:fancycwabs
Date:November 8th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)

Hah! In your HEAD!

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Kick! Punch! It's all in the mind!
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 8th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Hah! In your HEAD!

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I need to go just as bad as you!
What I had this morning I don't even want to say to you!
Kick! Punch! Turn and chop the door!
Or I will fall on the floor!
Kick! Punch! Turn and chop the door!
Or I will fall on the floor!

Ah-yatatatatatatata...
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From:kissoflife
Date:November 8th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Dude, there is no torpor in playing GH! Sez I.
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From:cursethedark
Date:November 9th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
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Trogdor's fun, but it gets nasty.

My favorite thing to do for a while (after my friends got me on it) was to set up the co-op, and have them play bass on Dethklok's "Thunderhorse." The look on their face is priceless. I must have got five or six people on that.

Probably my favorite bonus song is "Mr. Fix-It" by the Amazing Royal Crowns.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 10th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
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I like Mr. Fix-It and the Freezepop song. That chorus riff gets freakin mesmerizing.
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From:modpixie
Date:November 10th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
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This has nothing to do with Guitar Hero, so I will state upfront two fun facts:

- One of my clients' husbands works for the company that made GH as a freelancer, and did some work on GHI, and
- A few local bands that I love apparently have songs on the first GH.

With that out of the way, two questions pour vous:

What is your Flickr ID, and
Did you get the email I sent you?
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 10th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Il repond...

1. Spatch
2. Don't b'leev so. Was it like yesterday or the day before?

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