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Guitar Geekery: 1, Rational Decision-Making: 0

That picture's bound to haunt me, but what the heck.

My plan to hold off on buying Guitar Hero III didn't pan out so well.

The nearby Wal-Mart stayed open after midnight to launch the game, and they just happened to have the cheapest price in town, which was the priority for me. When I got there at about 12:10, there was a line from the customer service desk to pretty near the doors. Took maybe 10-15 minutes, all the while at the back of the line, and I was on my merry way with my new guitar-less PS2 version. I believe this was my first midnight launch, though I did briefly wait in line for GTA: San Andreas when EB Games decided to release it the evening before its release date.

Now, some grievances about the game:

The load times aren't great. There's even a load screen to start the game. It'll sometimes crawl into the main career menu, where your character is rendered and posing for no particular reason. And you have to re-load the level to restart the song. This is one of the things that really turned me off of Burnout Revenge for the PS2, though it's not nearly as bad in this case. It was an instantaneous return to the start of the song in GH2, so this is a clear step backwards.

Along the same lines, it takes about 10 seconds each time to Autosave.

I still have to manually set the thing to Progressive Scan every time I start the game. If you're worried about it loading in 480p on an SDTV, tell people to remove their memory card, rather than having me go through the same process ad nauseum.

The game's already frozen on me once.

The Top Rockers, or high scores section of the options is something I've wanted. But it doesn't take scores from Career Mode. What the heck?

Some parts of the game look good, but certain parts seem like they're ripped from some of the better-looking PS1 games. Close-ups on members of the crowd are especially bad. It's not as though the first two games were technical marvels, but they didn't distract me with pixelated textures, jaggies, and really stiff animation.

The pace of the tutorial seemed really slow. I don't know if this was because of loading, or by design.

Finally, the product placement. So far, I've seen the Pontiac Garage as a venue, and a freaking Axe Body Spray guitar. I'm not usually one to harp about "selling out." But between this stuff, the over-priced downloadable songs, the My Chemical Romance theme pack, the wired Xplorer being packed with GH2 360, claiming they couldn't make it wireless, only to conveniently resolve the issue for GH3... It's annoying to be losing the more indie charm of the first two games, in lieu of making the franchise just another money-making machine. I hate to complain about giving the customer choice, but having the game on every console known to man kind of contributes to this feeling as well.

And yet... it's still Guitar Hero. I'm gonna play it to death, and I'm gonna have fun. For the time being, that's all that really matters.

Neversoft Loves 'Em Some 3-Note Chords

This much becomes clear after watching a handful of Guitar Hero III clips.

Queens of the Stone Age - 3's & 7's

AFI - Miss Murder

The Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock

Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby

Kudos to YouTube user pdtecrj. Plenty more vids on the profile page.

I've been waiting for 3's & 7's, and it seems to keep the tradition of fun, yet aggravating Queens of the Stone Age songs alive, which No One Knows started in the original.

Seeing that song alone re-invigorated the ol' GH passion that's been substantially quelled, thanks to my PlayStation 2's recent residence at my sister's place. (Something tells me she'll be returning it soon. ) I've made a vow to myself that I won't buy the PS2 version, since I'm planning to get an Xbox 360 come Boxing Day, and I don't have the money to be buying games twice.

However, if I can't find a rental copy, my bank account is doomed.

Adrianne Curry NVIDIA GeForce Tech Demo Video


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I was fiddling with some NVIDIA GeForce 8600/8800 tech demos today, particularly the Adrianne one. Just because she's more interesting to look at than a frog, and there's more settings to goof around with. I found playing around with the lighting sources especially cool.

The model is Adrianne Curry, winner of the first season of America's Next Top Model. Click for a short interview with her, regarding gaming, and the motion capture process.

Specs (all at factory speeds):
Athlon 64 3000+
BFG GeForce 8600GT OC 256MB
1GB DDR400

Running at:
8x Multisample AA

I am so pissed off right now.

I'm pissed that I can't even fully trust that this is true, since WWE is so thoroughly tasteless with its product, so often. Vince McMahon is currently "dead" for all intents and purposes.

I'm pissed that another one of my heroes is gone, possibly because the wrestling business I love is so completely ****ed up.

And I'm pissed that, probably because of the above, CNN would rather play a story regarding a lawsuit about dry cleaned pants than even mention this.

I can't even bring myself to cry, and I cry during ****ing reality shows.

God damn it.

You Know You're A Pasty White Boy When...

...You get sunburned sitting in the shade.

Had a good Father's Day today. My dad, brother and I went to my aunt, uncle and cousin's place (I probably hadn't seen them in 8-10 years) to visit them and my grandpa. While I'm never a big fan of spending a lot of time outside (sun, heat, allergies, bugs, etc.), it was still a fun, relaxing afternoon. My cousin's turned out to be a pretty cool guy, complete with shin and shoulder tattoos, which grandpa took to poking fun at. (His shoulder just happened to be sunburned as well, from a trip to the beach. His explanation? "She was cute!")

If it pleases the court, the defence would like to call into question the preceding statements brought forth by the shifty, sweaty, beady-eyed witness.

Wait, that's not right...

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Not only did I get a spiffy new DS game in Phoenix Wright, there was a bonus of some Nintendo Power-esque envelope art. ¬°Viva la Lae! (As an addendum: Sweet Jebus @ the cleavage on Mia Fey. )

I also picked up Metroid Prime Pinball on sale this past week, in addition to Brain Age arriving. Astro Boy: Omega Factor and Drill Dozer should be delivered in the coming days. I may nab Puzzle Quest if I find a good price. Between Halo, the DS, and all the DS/GBA games, June has been, by far, my biggest month of game accumulation since the turn of the century. And it's only half done.

Local Man Ceases Indolence, Is Rewarded

Got my first pay cheque in several years yesterday. Also picked up my first DS game in Mario Kart DS. Brain Age should arrive from an eBayer next week, and Lae was generous enough to send me a copy of one of the Phoenix Wright games (I'm guessing the original).

The concept of having money is so foreign to me, I'm not really sure what to do with it. I don't have enough to do anything terribly substantial yet, but I'm considering the possibilities.

I don't really want a Wii, PS3, or Xbox 360 at this point in time. I'm still waiting on Microsoft to fix their hardware so I'm not extorted into buying a warranty, and the other two need some games. I was thinking I'd save up, and wait for another $1,000 CRT HDTV to go on sale. But since I started working, I'm hardly watching any TV, which is almost as mind-boggling as my having a job in the first place.

This is all fairly banal stuff, I know, but it's somewhat new and fresh to me, and I'm excited about it.