Daily Archives: April 5, 2006

Guitar Hero Worship

GuitarOne.jpgIn the realm of music games, I enjoy Guitar Hero quite a bit. There’s something about putting the guitar strap over your head, getting into character, and banging out Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out.” I’ll be honest with you, I sing along.

I don’t posit that I could play these songs on a real guitar. It would be ignoble of me to make you suffer the strums and picks of my outrageous, albeit ambitious practice sessions. I’m going to need lessons. Lots of lessons.

But I can play Guitar Hero. And what Guitar Hero does well, is make me feel like I’m performing. If I had to pick one word, it would be, “guitaraoke.” Much like it’s vocal cousin, most of the music is taken care of for you. You don’t have to worry about backup singers or a band. The game takes care of that. Instead of words on a screen, you have simplified frets. About the only difference is that you’re playing lead guitar instead of singing lead vocals.

GuitarTwo.jpgAlso like its vocal cousin, when in a group setting, it’s not so much the technical aspects of delivery, it’s the spirit. Get a bunch of people together to play Guitar Hero, you will see people who are having a good time.

Even solo, I don’t play the game to “beat” it. I usually play the game to listen to the music, and realize how complex the piece is, even dumbed down to a mere five frets and up and down strumming.

Well, unless it’s a Ramones song. Then you realize they had to make the song more complex.

The Future!

TheFuture.jpgAfter the announcement of Boot Camp, it became nearly impossible to see a genius without a reservation made three months previous.

I took this picture a few months ago. Little did I know its true nature as a portent of today’s news.
I do have a concern regarding the drivers and the nature of their robustness.



Although, the idea of running both OSs on the same laptop is an awesome idea. I’m tempted to get a much better laptop now. Just think, apple could have won that thirteen thousand dollar bounty if they had just released this in early March.

Of course, that’s old and busted. The new hotness is getting those video cards working.

Then I’ll have the best of both worlds.

A robust, more stable and practical OS—and the OS that I have to keep around because of one application.

Update: Also, I played the Tomb Raider: Legend demo and it seems like a decent game. The end of days are truly upon us.