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  • Save 50¢ on Xbox Live Points

    Posted on September 12th, 2009 Shawn 1 comment

    If you are in the market for cheap Xbox Live points, here’s the best you’re gonna get. I’ve said before that I’ll let you know whenever there are deals on Xbox Live points, and it has been a long, long time since anything has surfaced. Today, Amazon has 1600 Xbox Live points at $19.49 (regularly priced at $19.99).

    This isn’t going to make or break your year, but can get you some DLC at a little discount. It’s been months since we have seen anything off of Xbox Live points, so if you were thinking about it…get em now.

    As an added incentive, if you order two, you get FREE shipping. To be honest, it would be a waste if you paid shipping…so if you do jump on this deal, buy two. Otherwise, just pay full price for the online codes.

  • Feel the Pain: More Dinosaur Jr. DLC

    Posted on September 11th, 2009 Simon No comments

    dinojr-greenmindThis Tuesday marks the return of Dinosaur Jr. to the Rock Band marketplace.  A staple of the modern grunge scene, Dinosaur Jr.’s signature distorted sound style brought them to the peak of their fame in 1994.  Many of their tracks feature heavy use of feedback and extreme volume, and the band was known for experimentation with these elements on stage. Lead singer J Mascis’ slack vocal style was frequently imitated by many other acts that followed.  A talented session musician in the studio, J was responsible for recording every single instrument by himself  (except bass) for almost all of Dinosaur Jr.’s albums. After many personnel changes, the band took a hiatus in 1997 until 2005 when the original members reunited.
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    Rock Band 2 includes the hit “Feel the Pain”, (Video, 4:18), which has been their highest chart topping single to date.  It is originally from 1994’s album Without a Sound.   This week, Harmonix is making available two more tracks including “The Wagon” (Video, 4:53) which was their very first charting single from 1991’s breakthrough album Green Mind, and “Pick Me Up”, (Song + Lyrics, 6:32) from 2007’s album Beyond.  Altogether we have their first hit, their greatest hit, and their latest hit, which is like hitting the trifecta for Rock Band DLC enthusiasts.

  • Rock Band DLC for 9/15/09: Dinosaur Jr., Anvil and The Guess Who

    Posted on September 11th, 2009 Simon 1 comment

    Rock Band DLC Update

    In addition to the Tenacious D double pack, we will be treated to several tracks from two established artists and one new one.

    • Anvil – “666”
    • Anvil – “Metal on Metal”
    • Anvil – “This is Thirteen”
    • Dinosaur Jr. – “Pick Me Up”
    • Dinosaur Jr. – “The Wagon”
    • The Guess Who – “Hand Me Down World”
    • The Guess Who – “No Time”

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    The prices are listed as 160 MSP for each track individually, and 440 MSP for the Anvil Pack.  I’ll have more to say on Anvil and Dinosaur Jr. later in the weekend.  For now I’ll just mention that Anvil and The Guess Who are both Canadian acts that have been around for a damn long time.

  • We Are But Men: More Tenacious D coming Tuesday

    Posted on September 11th, 2009 Simon No comments

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    Rock Band fans, hold on to your Rocket Sauce, and prepare for “The Greatest Song in the World.”  That’s right, one of my all time favourite bands, Tenacious D,  is making another appearance in Rock Band.  Their first DLC release (but not their first inclusion in a music game) will contain two of their greatest hits, “Tribute”, one of their best known tracks, and “Rock Your Socks” which was previously exclusive to the PSP’s Rock Band: Unplugged.  Their song “Master Exploder” was featured as one of the main tracks in Rock Band 2.
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    “Tribute” chronicles the story of how Jack and Kyle came up with the greatest song in the world to defeat the devil (a parody of Charlie Daniels’  “Devil Went Down to Georgia“). The joke is that they have since forgotten the song, but they cleverly imply that the song was really “Stairway to Heaven.”  “Tribute” is a very interesting track, in that the original version (as performed on their ill-fated HBO show) sounded quite a bit closer to “Stairway” and even sampled the main riff during one of the verses.  When it was time to release the track for their album, they rewrote that section to avoid litigation.   The video, directed by Spike Jones, also stars a post-Nirvana Dave Grohl as Satan (who also played drums on the track).   This is also Dave’s 50,000th appearance in the game.

    Each track is a master, they cost 160 MSP each, and will be available on Tuesday, September 15, 2009.

  • Have Beatlemania? Need You Some More Beatles Stuff?

    Posted on September 10th, 2009 Shawn 1 comment

    With the release of The Beatles: Rock Band and the entire remastered collection of Beatles CD’s, do you have Beatlemania (all over again, or for the first time)? If so, we have the cure. Check out our direct link to all Beatles stuff at Amazon, where you can pick up a mere 126 albums containing Beatles music. Insane? Maybe. But, it is Beatlemania after all.

  • Money Can Buy You All You Need is Love

    Posted on September 9th, 2009 Simon No comments

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    The first Xbox 360 exclusive DLC track has just been added to the XBox Live Marketplace, in the form of the tune “All You Need Is Love”.   All proceeds go to benefit Doctors Without Borders.   Turns out that you will need more than love to purchase the track, as Microsoft is charging the standard rate of 160 MS points.

  • Band Hero Gets Boxed, Priced, Dated

    Posted on September 9th, 2009 Shawn 3 comments

    Guitar Hero 5 has only been in stores for 9 days. Hell, The Beatles: Rock Band has only been in stores for (at most) nine hours. Now, we get the box art, pricing , and availability of the next in an onslaught of music games. In comes Band Hero, which really is just the next addition to the Guitar Hero series. It is expected to be the exact same game play as Guitar Hero 5, using the same guitar/drum peripherals, including the new Party Play mode, and other updates. The difference will be a more family friendly set list, and friendlier graphics / avatars.

    From Amazon:

    This November, family and friends will come together to ascend the virtual stage and rock their way to superstardom with Band Hero. Brought to you by the makers of Guitar Hero, one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, Band Hero features the hottest chart-topping hits from everyone’s favorite acts including Taylor Swift, Lily Allen, The All-American Rejects and Jackson 5. Headlined by some of the biggest names in music as in-game artists and playable characters, Band Hero is the ultimate party game where players of all ages will be able to experience the signature, easy-to-learn but difficult-to-master Guitar Hero gameplay. Band Hero allows fans to create the band they always dreamed of using any combination of guitar or drum controllers and vocals, providing rockers and performers of all ages the chance to experience and interact with their favorite music. Music sensation Taylor Swift joins forces with Band Hero for the ultimate family music gaming experience! Taylor Swift, global music sensation and best selling artist of 2008, will ascend an all-new virtual stage this November in Band Hero. Budding music stars, their families and friends, will all live their musical fantasy on the Band Hero stage, playing as Taylor Swift or alongside the singer/songwriter and guitarist, as she performs her smash-hits “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me” from her latest album Fearless as well as “Picture to Burn” from her self-titled debut record. “Anything that encourages people to pick up an instrument and play, I’m fully behind. And, I’m really excited about Band Hero, because not only are fans getting to play my songs, but I’m actually in the game,” said Swift. “There are so many awesome things that go into being in Band Hero, like getting to customize my band to look like my touring band, and it’s so cool for people to feel like they are experiencing one of my concerts. This is one of the closest things out there to going to see me perform!”

    Band Hero will be available for every console (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PS2) and Nintendo DS. You can pre-order it now through our amazon links, ranging in price from $39.99 – $59.99.

  • The Beatles: Rock Band Achievement List

    Posted on September 8th, 2009 Simon 4 comments

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    XBox360Achievements.org, the authority on gamer score, has posted the achievement list for The Beatles: Rock Band
    Just as you would expect to see, there are many hundreds of points awarded to the expert level player, and for four-player bands.  Those are the standard music-game style achievements, and every game has them.  What is a nice surprise to see is that there are many Career, Streak and Collectible achievements, slightly similar to Rock Band 1’s list with a mix of venue and progress markers thrown in.

    25 points for a 550 note streak on “I Am the Walrus” ?  That will be a challenge, but that is nothing compared 140 gamer score you can get for getting no less than 16 gold-star rated songs.   The game will definitely not disappoint in the achievement department.

  • Must Have Apps for BlackBerry

    Posted on September 8th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    It’s been ages since I wrote about my gadgets, thanks to my love affair with the Xbox 360. Right now my Xbox is setup at work for a big Guitar Hero 5 and Beatles Rock Band event tomorrow.  I’m here talking about my other big obsession, applications for BlackBerry.

    As far as BlackBerry’s go, I’m somewhat of a n00b. My first berry was the Storm 9530 on Verizon, which after 5 months, I switched to AT&T and got the Bold 9000. Don’t worry, I have been a smartphone junky for 6 years now, just recently new to BlackBerry.

    So, now onto my list of must have applications for BlackBerry. I’m going to spare the suspense and jump right into my #1 app and work my way down to the minutiae.

    1. PodTrapper (Versatile Monkey) – This is the premiere podcast player for BlackBerry.  I’m a heavy podcast listener, and in the past used iTunes on my Windows computer to download podcasts.  Then I’d transfer over via Windows Media Player syncing.  Basically, it was a crappy kludge, and I never much liked all the steps to get podcasts on my device. With PodTrapper, all podcasts can be downloaded over the air (OTA), via cell signal, WiFi, or USB. There’s even a pseudo-store front for browsing known ‘casts. The app lives within BlackBerry’s limited usable memory, but the podcasts live in the microSD (or on-board 1GB flash) memory. I use this app several hours every day. It’s available at www.versatilemoney.com for $9.99.
      If you are wondering, the podcasts I most listen to are 2old2type Radio, BB Geeks, CrackBerry.com, Jay Severin, PalmCast, Pandora Presents…SANS Internet Storm Center StormCast, Starpower, The Live Music Podcast, gspn.tv Weekly Lost Podcast, The Xbox 360 Fancast, Major Nelson.
    2. Garmin Mobile GPS – This full-featured GPS is just as good as the stand-alone units and costs the same as the cheap units, but offers features that some of the high-end units can’t match. The benefit of Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry is that your BlackBerry has a cell phone radio in it and the software uses the cell radio to assist in location finding. You may know of tower triangulation, which uses your cell phone radio to determine roughly where you are.  Well, Garmin uses both the on-board GPS and the cell phone radio to locate you (better known as aGPS), which just about every stand-alone GPS does not have.  Also, Garmin Mobile is a very small application and there is no downloading/installing maps. The maps all come to your BlackBerry real-time, OTA. So, as maps (in the Garmin cloud) update, you get them immediately without having to purchase maps every year. Garmin Mobile has the features you’d expect, audible turn-by-turn announcements, 2D, 3D, text views that update as you progress in your trip, speed, and estimated time of arrival (which updates as you progress). It also has traffic warnings, which is another benefit of the cell phone radio. Garmin Mobile will determine the best route if a major road is known to have traffic or construction. On the somewhat downside, if your phone cannot get a cell signal when you start Garmin, the app will not open. It needs a cell signal to get the initial maps. If you lose cell service during your route, that’s ok, as long as your phone can access GPS satellites, your route will continue. For Storm users, you have full touch screen capability, making it even better to use, plus the portrait or landscape layout is very nice. I chose Garmin Mobile for my Bold and my wife’s Storm, instead of paying $100+ for a stand alone unit. It’s available at http://www8.garmin.com/mobile/blackberry/ for $99, but can be found for $79 if you do a little online searching.
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    4. Slacker Personal Radio – This is a free music application that has access to over 100 pre-programmed (and unlimited custom made) radio stations. It’s based on the popular browser based streaming radio at www.slacker.com, and is used daily on my BlackBerry. It has taken over as my primary music player, used more often than the built in BlackBerry Media Player. For Slacker, you pick a station and songs play at random. Stations can be cached, which helps reduce data usage and saves battery. The app is free and all music is free with an occasional advertisement. There is a paid option for about $4 per month, which supports no ads, song lyrics, and other features. You can download it at www.slacker.com.
    5. SocialScope Lite– This is one of the many Twitter applications for the BlackBerry.  Previously, I used TwitterBerry and UberTwitter. I switch out Twitter apps like underwear. This current favorite, also integrates Facebook support into a single feed, which is a good thing for me. I have noticed though, that during times of limited BES coverage, SocialScope does not update, but UberTwitter figures out how to reroute traffic through a different port and works fine. That is something SocialScope, I hope, will fix in their next update. The app is still in beta. It’s free (for now) and can be located at http://www.socialscope.net/.

    Some other mentionables include: GymTechnic, WeatherEye, CaptureIt, LeaveItOn, and I Love BlackBerry.

    I’ll cut there for now. How about you BlackBerry owners, what apps are you using every day?

  • New Blogger to the MyGGGo Team

    Posted on September 8th, 2009 Simon 1 comment

    You may have noticed a new name floating about. Check out the About page when you get a chance to learn about Simon, our latest victim contributor to the MyGGGo blog. While you are there, you can learn about myself and Pabel, who have been hanging out here for a couple years now. (Pabel, man you are way overdue).

    Simon, welcome and looking forward to more content, diversity, and obsessiveness in the world of gaming and gadgetry.

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