Monthly Archives: April 2007


Well, the God of War 2 site ended up being developer commentary alongside movies of God of War 2.  Glad I didn’t stay up for that, although it is interesting to watch.


Kinda Tempted

By two things, actually.

First is the God of War 2 teaser site.

Yes, I know it’s already out and I’ve beaten it already, but now I’m curious about what this is going to announce. God of War 2 is one of those few games that compelled me to play it all the way through, so I have some impetus to stay up for another five hours.

Second is the Guitar Hero downloadable content on the Xbox Live Marketplace. I love the song “Killer Queen.” I really enjoyed playing it on the first Guitar Hero. However the price is a little steep. I think the whole microtransactions thing is not my cup of tea. And it’s not micro if it’s $6.25 for three songs.  I understand that yes, a song by the original artist costs one dollar on a music store of your choice.  I understand that the song I would be purchasing is in fact, done by a cover band.  Yes, I know that they’ve done some work synchronizing that cover to guitar controller input and the new gametypes in Guitar Hero II.

Yes, I do realize that someone has to make money from this, but it would be a fine, fine thing if they could just cut the people a break that have already purchased this game.  Maybe one large download with a price break or the ability to buy songs individually.  I’m just the idea guy, I don’t know if this would make sense or not.

I’m not asking for free, but in order to get the rest of the songs into Guitar Hero II for the 360, that would be about $100 at the current rate. Which is about $550 too much, considering I’ve already purchased the game itself (well, technically, I’m still trying to purchase the game with a non broken guitar), the 360, and I’m a Live subscriber.

And drop the price of the 120GB hard drive for the 360 already.

And I want a pony.


Guitar Hero II

So if you’re thinking about Guitar Hero II for the 360, you might want to wait until they get the bad guitars out of their manufacturing run. Here’s part of my exchange with RedOctane customer support:

We have isolated the issue to a small group of controllers that came from a particular manufacture, we have since corrected the issue, Please take the bundle back to the retailer for an exchange. If possible we do ask that you send us the model number from your controller, it is located on the sticker and should be one of the following # 95055 or # 95065.
Thank You

In short, avoid those model numbers. I think you can see them on the SKU, so you don’t necessarily have to open up the box and look at the back of the controller.  Going back to Best Buy, I couldn’t find another copy of Guitar Hero II to exchange it with, so I had to return it. I think I’ll wait a little longer for them to “work out the kinks” in manufacturing, then get back to thrashing like that forty year old dude at the demo kiosk.

He was totally getting into it.



You know I did have a sound bite to place here.  It was of a street performer playing Leia’s theme on a trumpet as I got off the Dupont Circle metro stop.

However, due to the poor user interface in my phone, I ended up deleting it when I wanted to play it back to check it.

So you’ll have to take my word for it when I say it was geeky chic.

To be entirely honest. . .

Guitar Hero II for the 360 looks awesome.

It would not be out of the realm of possibility that I am swayed by the downloadable content, USB controller, future effects pedal and headset, and crisp, clean graphics.

On the other hand, I already own three guitars for the PS2. Two wired and one wireless.

Quite a predicament.