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November 27th, 2007


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03:34 pm - Guitar Hero findings
Current Project: 5-starring every song on Medium. I'm getting good at Medium. I'm glad about that. I've tried Hard and even in practice mode slowly learning the riffs, switching from Medium to Hard is like switching from a pennyfarthing to a souped-up turbocharged motorcycle like the ones Kaneda and Tetsuo rode in Akira.

Proudest Accomplishment So Far: 5-starring Mirsirlou. The song is always good for an adrenalin rush, and I was gobsmacked last night to find I'd 5-starred it. Cha-ching! Fist pumped in air, life was good. Even better than 5-starring Jessica the other night without realizing it.

Favorite Songs to Play, GH2: Jessica, Rock This Town (nobody but Eddie Knox can play it, though), Search And Destroy (Iggy Pop), Strutter (Kiss), Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight (Spinal Tap), Girlfriend (Matthew Sweet), Mr. Fix-It (The Amazing Crowns), Less Talk More Rokk (Freezepop -- my god it's mesmerizing) and of course TROGDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR

Favorite Songs to Play, GH Rocks The 80s: Synchronicity II (The Police), Bathroom Wall (Faster Pussycat), Turning Japanese (The Vapors), Heat of the Moment (Asia). Radar Love and Ballroom Blitz are also good but the BEST versions of them were done in the 70s, and the 80s version of Ballroom Blitz especially doesn't rock as it REALLY should.

Favorite Songs to Play, GH3: Talk Dirty To Me (Poison), The Seeker (The Who), My Name Is Jonas (Weezer), Knights of Cydonia (Muse), Holiday in Cambodia (Dead Kennedys), Barracuda (Heart), Cult of Personality (Living Colour -- and the new master with the new guitar solo is amazing), Anarchy in the UK (Sex Pistols), and Cliffs of Dover (Eric Johnson, and this one is so much fun! Though it's a goddamn pain in Medium.)

I haven't unlocked the co-op songs yet, which is a goddamn shame since I don't have anybody to play with (and I'm not sure if I wanna enter in The Cheat) and I know at least two of them that I want to do so badly it hurts (Sabotage and Suck My Kiss). I also haven't purchased any of the extra songs just yet, but the Lacuna Coil and Die Toten Hosen sound worth it. The boss battles suck, though (my strategy is to save up the Blinking Attack, save up a Difficulty Up attack, save up a Double Note attack, and hit 'em all at once to try and get the other guy to quickly fail) but The Devil Went Down To Georgia is a lot of fun to play.

I guess I should now get GH1 to round out the entire thing.

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From:redtheblue
Date:November 27th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Proudest Accomplishment So Far: 5-starring Mirsirlou. The song is always good for an adrenalin rush, and I was gobsmacked last night to find I'd 5-starred it. Cha-ching! Fist pumped in air, life was good.

That... sounds like video gaming satisfaction to me.
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From:puddnhead
Date:November 27th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)

What kind of a-bomb? A nuclear a-bomb!

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I'm not really a gamer, but I'm kinda impressed by the range of songs that are apparently available for Guitar Hero. Who knew.
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From:juldea
Date:November 27th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Sabotage is, sadly, not as good as you want it to be, as far as the chart goes. If your enjoyment of it comes from the music itself, you will probably get more out of it.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 28th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
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(ok I gave up and used the cheat and played it and it actually turned out to be a decent practice type song for rhythm but nothing too special but I like the beasties anyway; I think the Rock Band version was more fun even though it was nothin but yellow on bass...)
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From:juldea
Date:November 28th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
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I need to get my hands on some Rock Band, stat.

Also, speaking of boring basslines, Reptilia is the worst I've played. "Play this note for a while... play this other note for a while... play another note for a while... now play the first note for a while..."
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 28th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
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There's boring basslines and then there's the sixteenth note whamwhamwhamwhamwhamwhamwhamwham bassline that hurts your strummin wrist, even when you try to do the up/down thing. Why can't we just hammer the note? :P
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From:cursethedark
Date:November 27th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
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So, almost all my favorite songs show up in your lists. This makes me feel good.

Although, my favorite in GH3 is Mississippi Queen, which I noticed is not mentioned. Yeah, it's short, but it's so goddamn much fun. Ner-ner-NEER-ner.

I've purchased all the songs for GH3, but haven't played about half of them yet.

Saving up multiple attacks is definitely the way to go on the boss battles. Also, it's good to fire one off (like the blinker) to break up their battle power phrases. My personal favorite "screw you, boss" combo is difficulty up, double note, and whammy bar or broken string.

You should come over. I don't have anyone else to play GH3 with either, and I've only got a couple of the co-op songs so far.
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From:single_doubt
Date:November 27th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Have you tried the Dragonforce song yet? Also, if you haven't played the game in easy mode, you can make quick money that way, as each song is worth $300 5-star'd, and each encore/battle quite a bit more. But if you don't care about unlocking things, skip it.
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From:grumqa
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
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'80s version of Ballroom Blitz? Krokus?
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 28th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
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Yup.

I do like Sweet's version much better, though.
Their opening riff doesn't get lost. Somehow the Krokus version's does, and that's what makes the song for me just about.
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From:grumqa
Date:November 28th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, though I did like some Krokus, that cover always seemed weak to me. They'd more or less lost it by then, as far as I could tell. I'm surprised they dredged that thing up.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 28th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
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(Man, my grammar above was atrocious.)

I figure Krokus and White Lion were used for Ballroom Blitz and Radar Love, as technically theirs were 80s songs.

But man, if there ever was a Glam Rock edition...

(I hear Rock Band is coming out with a downloadable Bowie Pack including Bitch Queen. Oh yeah. Can I play it acoustically and sing it in Portuguese like Seu Jorge?)
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From:alphacygni
Date:November 28th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
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Dude. I just got addicted, and am at about that level or lower (medium, 4s and 5s) with GH1. I've just started working through GH2. The 80s version is calling me, REALLY CALLING ME. We should jam sometime.

I'm experiencing serious "knowing that song too well" disease, though. Doing "Message in a Bottle" was killer, because I kept trying to play notes where the sounds actually are, in the song. Not quite right, at least in Medium.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 28th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
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"Message In A Bottle" on Medium is like "Hey, kids! Say hello to your new friends, the blue fret and the very fast repeated riff! Oh, yeah, and the Green-Yellow to Red-Blue chorus would like to say hi, too!"

A lot of fun once you get into the game's rhythm, but yeah, it's definitely not a one-on-one correlation. I've had to clear out the rhythms I already had in my head of quite a few of these songs, and I think that helps a bit. And then the other night I'm watching The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and Wes Anderson uses "Search And Destroy" during Steve defending his ship against Filipino pirates, and I'm picking out the guitar bits instead of singing along.

aherm.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 28th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
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(also, as I said to sandrylene, sure, bring your axe over sometime and let's jam! The 80s version is a lot of fun.)
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From:sandrylene
Date:November 28th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
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I, too, wish I could get someone around who'd do co-op mode with me. I did a few with juldea a week or so ago, but once per month is a sad, sad rate.

Also, it's no fun to never play bass unless you're doing two player or using practice mode. Why isn't there a "hell yes, I want to rock the bass live" mode?
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 28th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Bring your axe over sometime! I'd love to rock a co-op mode since I won't be getting Rock Band for the PS2 (would rather get a 360 for it and the downloadable content, and, well, that ain't happening any time soon.)
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From:misquoted
Date:November 28th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
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GH Rocks the 80's???????????????????

Also: I must get GH 3 just to have Talk Dirty to Me.

My personal favorite, though I play everything on easy, is GH2's Ace of Spades.

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