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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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  • A PAX East Low-Def Photo History

    Posted on April 5th, 2012 Shawn No comments


    Gamers Gaming - Expo Floor

    Gamers Gaming - Expo Floor

    Mr. Pope - Rock Band Lounge

    Mr. Pope - Rock Band Lounge

    Rock Band Lounge

    Rock Band Lounge

    Open Chord Rhythm Game Prototype - Expo Floor

    Open Chord Rhythm Game Prototype - Expo Floor

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  • 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.

  • NetFlix NXE Feature is Feared

    Posted on November 19th, 2008 Pabel No comments

    In what is clearly a throwback to high school pettiness, it looks like Sony has blocked some of their (or their subsidiaries) moviews from streaming to the Xbox 360.

    “Sony Pictures Home Entertainment subsidiary Columbia Pictures, has flicked previously available titles like Superbad, Bad Boys, and We Own the Night over to “Not available on Xbox” status.”

    While I would categorize this as mildly annoying to movie buffs, I think this speaks volumes about what Sony thinks of the NXE.  While we’ll go into more detail with our NXE Full Review, this could be a sign that the NXE really might begin to turn the console competition into the fight to be the home entertainment center hub.  This was highly touted when this generation first began, but is only now starting to come to fruition w/ the release of NXE and Sony’s little ‘Home’ experiment.

    Personally, I’m of the opinion NetFlix streaming is the biggest piece of news/functionaly in the NXE, and I see Sony’s actions as evidence of their similarly held view.

    What do you think?

  • Too Good to Be True?

    Posted on September 3rd, 2008 Pabel No comments

    So I know this absolutely wreaks of vaporware and/or scam, but I just had to throw it out there and get people’s thoughts on the idea. Check this site out. It’s for a company “looking to change the video game landscape/industry forever.” Pretty lofty goals I know.

    What I thought was interesting was this concept piece called the Ubercron.

    Capable of playing quite literally any game ever released to any console, it is hard to see why anyone would ever choose or want another console.

    Would this be a game changer (no pun intended)? Initially, the idea of any game ever released is pretty enticing, but when I sit down and think about it, there are a couple of issues.

    1. How much would I use backwards compatibility? I have a Wii and have yet to purchase any old school Nintendo games even though I claim to want to. I have a 360 and have yet to purchase an original Xbox game over Live or even pop in and old Xbox disc. I’ve never owned a Playstation so the PS exclusives are not a huge draw for me.
    2. If it ever existed, how would it handle online play? I seriously doubt M$ or $ony would ever allow this thing to hook up to their online services as it would be money out of their pockets. That’s a killer right there.
    3. And most Importantly, how would anything like this machine support RB or Wii peripherals? Absolute deal-breaker.

    So I guess I’ve answered my own question; this is a non-starter for me. I guess the initial shock value of the concept got me excited. In actuality, I doubt anything like this could actually be pulled off.

    Hopefully, this possible piece of vaporware won’t end up in the same boat….this one I’d love to buy…

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