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Guitar Hero: World Tour with Metallica?

July 15, 2008 Leave a comment

I would not really know how Activision would be able to compete with Red Octane’s ‘Rock Band’ but I guess they would have to go with the flow as since they are presenting their new Rock Band-esque instruments.  Included with the guitar which I believe has playback so people won’t have to buy the guitar with the whole package will be the drum set and the microphone.  From Microsoft’s E3 conference today, they announced that the drum set will be wireless which will be kick ass!  It looks a lot more realistic than the Rock Band one as there are actually cymbals on top of the drums and the tom toms.  The new guitar is different.  I believe it is a Gibson guitar, it is the same model as the Ibanez S/SA series, but the stock looks like a Rickenbacker stock which is weird because that stock is usually made with banjoes. I don’t think it is an Ibanez because Guitar Hero only carries Gibson Guitars but after the lawsuit Gibson filed, I’m not sure…maybe a PRS guitar but haven’t seen any PRS models like that.  It could be a bass guitar model that they showed at the conference though.

A really neat feature that is coming with the World Tour set is the ability to have an eight player guitar battle or co-op mode against people online.  It could get crowded on the screen, but still, it is going to be fun.  The best feature presented is now the user has the ability to create and edit their own music which I am confused about.  I’m pretty sure they can only create their own signature layout for each song, but not actually create and record an actual song.  It would be the shit though if the game allowed the user to do so.  Along with the XBox Live feature and PS3 one, I don’t know what it is called, their will be the new GHTunes distribution system that will allow the people to share their own creations.

The best announcement from the Microsoft conference at E3 was the content that Guitar Hero will have at launch.  R.E.M (of all bands) have actually signed a contract which will allow XBox users to download an R.E.M package of their hit songs and such to be played in World Tour. Not only that, but they will have three new songs included in their package from their new album, ‘Accelerate’ which will be pretty cool to listen to if you are an R.E.M fan (I am not a fan though).

The very best announcement for World Tour was that Van Halen, and the Eagles have exclusively lent their songs to be played and listened to for the game and, AND SOMETHING I NEVER WOULD HAVE IMAGINED, Metallica will have their new album, ‘Death Magnetic’ available on XBox Live for people to download and play to coinciding to its release in stores. I can not believe that Metallica are actually doing this.  They really have thought hard about the fan backlash from the Napster controversy.  I hope the new songs will be good, much better than St. Anger, and it will be THE SHIT to play on Guitar Hero. Sweet deal, I can not wait until it comes out.

Guitar Lessons

November 29, 2005 Leave a comment

After two weeks of deliberation, I finally went back and restarted my guitar lessons. Its been two weeks of pain for me to try to catch up with Chemistry. Even after taking a break from guitar, I am still lost in Chemistry. The point is, I am glad I went back to learn more guitar, because I never really knew and appreciated how important theory is to the guitar. I can not believe how much stuff you have to know. There are so many chords and styles of playing, its just unbearable…except for my guitar teacher who is like a master at this. My teacher taught me “Wake me up When September ends” by Green Day which everyone should know by now. The freakiest part was, he memorized how to play it in half an hour, just by listening to the song. He is one of those people who have trained their ears. He listened to the song and automatically knew the chords and notes you needed to play it. That was so weird. I will probably forget how to play the song, but no worry because one of his students actually has the official tab for the song. So he can just photocopy and give it to me. HA!

Well tommorow I will be celebrating my birthday by studying for a freakin' test! I hate it sooo much. The good part is, I can go get some good shit on Thursday and have a BLAST on Friday! I'm thinking about going to Waterloo on Friday, but screw that, too tired. LOL.

Man I just got 'Fort Minor' by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and let me tell you, it is superb! Even though it is rap/R&B, it's still pretty good. The songs are amazing excluding the rapping part, but I can deal with that. 'Remember the Name' is so good with the strings going at it to make the main riff. The main riff to that song is sick! You can even go to the AOL website and see a live performance of Mike, Ryu, Styles of Beyond, and the others performing Petrified, Remember the Name, and more…I dont' remember though. It is so cool in the performance, oh and the weirdest thing though in the performance…two black guys playing the violin and another black guy playing the cello. Have you ever seen that before. Mostly, only the asians play those instruments, but wow, I've never seen a black guy play classical stringed instruments. I saw some behind the scenes DVD footage and the artwork Shinoda has created is kick ass. I love those skulls he created, they way he outlines them, the different underused colours, and the messiness most importantly makes it look amazing. I can't believe he even made a whole bunch of the skulls in a pile in that way. It is so cool how he does that. Mike Shinoda is so cool. He is an artist lyrically and visually and especially a talented musician. When i grow up…I'm gonna be Like Mike (no pun intended, lol). Actually no I'm not, I'm just gonna draw and stuff and maybe do some animation or something LOL. Play some music on the side and create a video/game that incorporates all my art skills, music skills, comm tech skills, and programming skills (yeh right…my ass!).

When my birthday comes around, I will probably get 'Fort Minor' and probably a game. Maybe I will get 'Burnout 2' or 'Need for Speed: Most Wanted' or better yet maybe even 'Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat'. I want to drum on those bongos all day long lol.

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