April 27th, 2008
|12:23 am - oh surprise it's a rock band post|
I manually calibrated Rock Band tonight. That is, I watched das blinkenlights and strummed when I thought I should, and the system went "brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrp okay you are calibrated" and what do you know, the Strat doesn't feel mushy anymore. I'm hitting all the notes I should be.
THIS GAME IS OFFICIALLY SPATCH-CALIBRATED
But now I wonder if it'll feel kinda weird when I go over to someone else's place to play. Maybe they've already calibrated it to their liking, maybe not. (My sweet spot, by the way, is -48 ms. That's what the computer thingy says at least. I even did a spot check and played with my eyes closed; yes Virginia we do have a sense of rhythm and we stick to it.) Maybe they haven't, and have just gotten used to hitting the strum thingo 48 milliseconds after I usually do. Maybe their TV and/or monitor doesn't have the same delay that mine does. And I'd feel like an absolute sno[b|t] if I showed up at any other place and said "Mind if I calibrate your system?" (I'm sure there's a term for That Guy.) But on the other hand, maybe it just doesn't really matter.
That said, a lot of the songs on Hard have become a lot more fun to play because I'm not constantly overworrying about whether or not I'll hit the damn thing. I absolutely adore Queen Bitch and Reptilia and even Celebrity Skin, which I wasn't too crazy about the first time it came 'round.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you could probably do a thriving business selling stickers saying "This [insert noun] is officially Spatch-Calibrated."
With a little image of thumbs-up Spatch going "WORKS FOR ME!"
Don't you mean SPATCHIBRATED? 'Cause that's what I'd say. To be fair, I am a huge moron.
I think that's for when I'm wicked drunk, dood.
Actually, I think you can calibrate it just for your personal profile on any 360. Now, there may be some ettiquette rules about setting up your own account on someone else's system, but that's another matter.
I actually haven't calibrated mine at all. Then again, I don't use the Strat...I like having the hard click of the GH controller.
I just got the Judas Priest album, plus "Cherry Bomb" by the Runaways. They're all pretty sweet.
I gotta say the calibration works wonders. The Strat now glides, which I think is what the whole clickless design was supposed to do. It's giving me the confidence to hit the unexpected trills, and I'm not missing as many pedal kicks on the drums as I was before.
I haven't downloaded the Runaways yet (gotta wait til next paycheck for more DLC, honestly) but damned if the New Pornographers' song isn't an absolute blast on drums when you don't have to worry about the sensor kinda-not-maybe-whoknows triggering the kicks.
Edited at 2008-04-27 06:05 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think so, and I will!
I just had to recalibrate my PS3 Rock Band last night. The last patch really screwed everything up.
I played Rock Band for the first time this weekend at Ubercon. I am addicted. I think I played for like seven hours yesterday.
I know someone who wants to do regular practice sessions, so I will be able to get my fix without coughing up for a set of my own.