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  • Gamerscore at 10k, Blame Rock Band?

    Posted on January 18th, 2013 Shawn No comments

    Today, less than five years after creating my Xbox Live account, I surpassed the 10000 gamerscore mark. What game was I playing at the time? Well, I will have you know it was Rock Band Blitz. How fitting for a guy (and his blog) that had a major transition 4+ years ago when getting deeply addicted to Rock Band. (The blog had the major transition, not the guy).

    In today’s post, I look at rhythm games in general, Rock Band and Harmonix specifically, and my gamerscore. Let’s find out if Rock Band had a major contribution to my gamerscore 10k mark, or if something else got me here.

    Gamerscore as of January 18, 2013: 10010

    The first game I played with my gamertag, AppleTrak, was Rock Band on April 21, 2008.

    Rock Band – Gamerscore: 455
    Rock Band

    The game was released on November 20, 2007. Friends mentioned to me a game that players can play drums with and it got me interested. As a long-time drummer, and a former obsessive gamer, I decided to jump back into gaming. After five months of hearing about this game and playing it at Best Buy occasionally, I picked up an Xbox 360 and the Rock Band bundle.

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  • Every Music Game You Could Ever Want

    Posted on August 19th, 2009 Shawn 2 comments

    Here’s a single location to pick up every music game that’s available (and at some of the cheapest prices). I’ve got Rock Band (old, new, track packs, you name it), Guitar Hero (5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!), singing games, dancing games, brutal killing games. It’s all here and easily linked over to our Amazon store.

    The link will take you to all the available platforms (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PS2, PSP, and DS). If you are in the market, buy from our links and support the blog. If you are not in the market, look in awe at how many music related games are available. It’s staggering. Let me know if I missed something.

    Band Games (Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Rock Revolution)

    Dance Games

    Karaoke Games

    Handheld Games

    Brutal Legend πŸ™‚

    DJ Games

  • Lips: Number One Hits gets California Love

    Posted on July 29th, 2009 Shawn No comments
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    Well, the deal has been sealed. I will purchase another game this year. So far, it’s been Cars (for my kids), Lips, and Prototype. I’m already 99% confirmed to be getting The Beatles: Rock Band and Lego Rock Band. DJ Hero is also looking very tempting.

    That said, here comes “Lips: Number One Hits”, which is basically the sequel to the original installment. I only got Lips 1 for the wireless mics (hoping they’d eventually be compatible with Rock Band 2). Then my family found that Lips is fun to play. It’s no Rock Band, but doesn’t involve any button mashing or drumming skills. It’s easy and fun.
    Lips 2 (or Lips: Number One Hits) has been announced for a few months. What’s new then? More songs have been announced. The one that’s going to make this game a must have is, California Love by Dr. Dre and 2Pac. It’s possibly my favorite hip-hop track of all time, and a past club favorite.

    Here’s the announced list:
    * “California Love” by 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
    * “Barbie Girl” by Aqua
    * “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis
    * “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
    * “The Fear” by Lily Allen
    * “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” by Black Eyed Peas
    * “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” by Scissor Sisters
    * “Heartless” by Kanye West
    * “Touch My Body” by Mariah Carey
    * “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s
    * “Always On My Mind” by Pet Shop Boys
    * “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
    * “Push the Button” by Sugababes

    So, there’s stuff in there for the grown’d ups and the kiddies. Add that to the ability to import all the Lips 1 songs, and I see this as a hit release. If they add a little more game functionality (like “real” online play and better external song import features, like lyric downloads), it will be another great party/time killer game.

  • New Lips Release Coming in October

    Posted on May 28th, 2009 Shawn 1 comment

    I learned today (thanks Joystiq) that a new retail release of Lips is coming out in October. What is sounds like, is similar to Rock Band selling “Track Packs” at retail. Stuff that would normally be DLC, can be bought on the store shelf. Better, Microsoft has announced that this new game “Lips: Number One Hits” will be compatible with Lips 1.

    The known set list (so far):

    • “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
    • “Disturbia” by Rihanna
    • “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
    • “More Than Words” by Extreme
    • “Apologize” by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic
    • “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club
    • “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye
    • “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison
    • “Ready, Set, Go!” by Tokio Hotel

    What I’m guessing is it will use the same game engine as Lips 1, and all the music will be importable from Lips” Number One Hits into Lips 1, so no disc swapping needed.

    For me and my family we like Lips 1, though we have been shy to buy any DLC for the game. At $2 a song, we generally just buy DLC for Rock Band 2. Now, I will likely buy this new Lips release at retail, since the 40+ songs that came with Lips 1 has quickly gotten old.

    For me, this is good news and looking forward to the new Lips addition. You?

  • Lips…Even Cheaper Now!

    Posted on April 6th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Wow! Lips keeps dropping its pants price. I just picked it up last week at Amazon for $52.99, and now it’s up there for $39.97. I also learned today that there is no longer a 30-day price protection guarantee…DOH!

    So, here’s a quick review from the four days I’ve had the game:
    * The two microphones that come with it are worth the money. Decent build quality (though I did expect them to feel a bit more solid).
    * Motion controlled makes it real fun for kids. During songs, a picture will tell you how to move the microphone (forcing you to dance a little), which the kids love.
    * The graphics in the game is nice, good eye candy. Menus are nice. Having the actual artist videos in game is very cool.
    * The main part of the game, singing, is what I’d expect. A lot like all other karaoke games (i.e. Rock Band, Guitar Hero World Tour, SingStar, etc). The words are displayed on screen with a bar letting you know what pitch to sing. Works well.
    * Dual singers is very cool. You can let hte game play as a jukebox, and join in any time by shaking a microphone. The box say up-to 6 people can play at once.
    * The Xbox controller has a purpose too. If you don’t feel like singing, pick up an Xbox controller and press buttons. It will make percussion sounds in the game, just for fun.
    * The set list, to me, is pretty weak. Only 40 songs on disc, and I would say 50% of them are throw away. The set list quality is just my opinion though, though 40 songs to me is not enough for a full title.
    * There is plenty of DLC coming out weekly. It’s the standard 160 MS points (or $2) per song. That adds up quickly, especially when I spend everything I earn on Rock Band DLC.
    * You can import songs from any media souce, including an iPod, Zune, or BlackBerry, via USB to your Xbox 360. Lips will allow you to play your songs and sing along. you won’t see lyrics or original music videos, but you will be judged on pitch and get points in the game. That’s pretty cool, but would be awesome for Xbox Live to connect to the internet and get lyrics support.
    * The HUGE selling point for me is something that is “coming soon”. That’s the compatibility of the game with Rock Band 2 (and Guitar Hero: Metallica). I’d like my Rock Band game to be completely wireless, and these microphones will make that happen for me. I can’t wait for that patch.

    I couldn’t justify the game at the list price of $70, but I did pull the trigger at $53. At less than $40, it’s a great party game and entertaining for families. Once the ability to use the microphones with Rock Band 2 comes in, that will make it worth every penny.

  • Lips…Lowest Price Ever!

    Posted on March 31st, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Lips (with two wireless mics) for only $52.99 at Amazon. I just just stumbled on this a minute ago. Lips (for Xbox 360) retails for $69.99. The biggest feature of the game is the two wireless mics that work with Rock Band 2. The game itself has mixed reviews. (Leave comments below on your thoughts of the game).

    If you don’t know much about Lips, think of it as the ultimate karaoke game for the Xbox 360. Comes with a great set list, has lot’s of (for purchase) downloadable content, and you can use songs from your own media library too.

    At 24% off retail price, you really can’t go wrong. Shipping if free through amazon too. It’s a buy for me. you?

    Get Lips here.

  • Rhythm Games: Favorite Song to Play?

    Posted on March 30th, 2009 Shawn 4 comments

    So, you play some music games right? Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero, Lips, etc. As of right now, what’s your “can’t get enough of” song for each game? If you could only pick one from each of the following categories, what would you pick?

    Rock Band
    Rock Band 2
    Rock Band DLC
    Guitar Hero World Tour
    Guitar Hero World Tour DLC
    Lips DLC

    Here’s my list.

    • Rock Band: Foreplay/Longtime..can’t get enough of the drums on that.
    • Rock Band 2: Panic Attack…I know it brutal, but the challenge keeps me coming back.
    • Rock Band DLC: I Don’t Care…I’ve recently become a fan of these guys, thanks to the game.
    • Guitar Hero World Tour: Beautiful Disaster…I’ve only played about 30 songs in the game, and this is still my favorite.
    • Guitar Hero World Tour DLC: Don’t have any yet.
    • Lips: Haven’t played it yet.
    • Lips DLC: See above

    So, what about you. You can jump over to the Forums to discuss, or just comment below.

  • Lips gets into the Holiday Spirit

    Posted on December 5th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Do you own Lips for Xbox 360 (or considering it)? We get some holiday DLC for lips this week, which is really making me consider getting a copy of it. Although, I’m not sure about buying a game that is karaoke only, when Rock Band and Guitar Hero offers the full band experience at basically the same price.

    Here’s what available for Lips DLC this week and next:

    Friday, Dec. 5

    * Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
    * The Dreidel Song – Sister Hazel
    * It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
    Friday, Dec.12

    * Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
    * Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
    * A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
    * The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) – Nat King Cole
    * Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
    * White Christmas – Bing Crosby
    * Hanukkah Blessings – Barenaked Ladies

  • Lips microphone not cross-compatible

    Posted on November 17th, 2008 Shawn No comments

    Hey everyone.Β  I just heard word (a total bummer too) that the wireless mics included with the game Lips (released tomorrow for Xbox 360) will NOT be compatible with any other game at launch.

    I’m holding out hope that there will be some update to use them on Rock Band soon.Β  But, wanted to pass the word on to you as soon as I heard it.

    Here’s a quote from an MTV article (thanks RockGamer):

    During a hotel demo of β€œLips,” creator Keiichi Yano of Inis told MTV Multiplayer his wireless, accelerometer-enhanced microphone will only work with β€œLips” at launch.

  • Lips coming in November, with FREE DLC

    Posted on October 23rd, 2008 Shawn No comments

    UPDATE: Lips just got a heck of a lot better. If you pre-order Lips from our NEW store, you will receive one free downloadable track per week for two months. See the details when you add Lips to your shopping cart. Well, what are you waiting for? Game, 2 wireless mics (which work with RB2 and GHWT), 40 on-disc tracks, ability to play any song from your Zune or streaming music library, two months of FREE DLC….all for $69.99. Sweet!

    Microsoft’s move into the Rhythm Game genre will appear on November 14 for Xbox 360. The singing, shaking, dancing game that looks quite *fruity*, has some really big potential. 1) The 40 song track list looks decent. 2) Comes with two USB mics, for use with all singing games. 3) It’s priced at $69.99.

    If singing ain’t your thing, you can use a standard game controller and press buttons to play some music. Of course, the first thing I think about is using Rock Band drums instead. You can have a total of four controllers making noise, and two mics. 6 in total, cool.

    So, for $70 you get the game, 40 songs, and 2 mics. It’s actually a good deal. Oh, as previously mentioned, they are wireless mics. So, we are talking comparatively $220 worth of gear for $70, since wireless mics for Xbox 360 are pre-ordering for about $80 right now.

    We have been promised regular release of DLC for this too, plus you can plug in your Zune and rock to the music on your player.

    I’m seriously considering this game for the mics, and the song list looks pretty cool.

    If you are feeling this Lips thing, you can pre-order your copy NOW in our store:

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