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Week in review

Monday and Tuesday of this week were eaten up by Orientation at the old college, which was, shall we say, interesting. It was fairly pedestrian fare, learning about class registration and not sexually harassing classmates and the like. But, of course, this was coupled with feel-good speechifying, of the sort of “You are engineering seeds, waiting to bloom!” (I kid you not) One bit perked my ears up in particular, where some College of Engineering fellow stood in front of us and said, “You all have a dream, you’re all going to graduate.” Now, the way I’ve heard it, the speech used to go, “Look to your left and right. One of the three of you will graduate.” But that’s not a very nice thing to say, now is it?

The whole affair was complicated by the parent’s orientation, which was essentially the college folks making sure the parents thought they’d made a good investment, and giving them a sense of security in sending their kid off. In any meeting where the parents and students were both present, the niceties were doubled. My very favorite was a cutesy presentation with pictures of animals accompanying trite quotes that were framed as “keys to college success.” These included such winners as “Love with all your heart”, “take naps with your friends”, and “close your eyes and smile.” Once again, I kid you not.

It wasn’t all bad, though. At least the food was good, and there were times of concentrated information that actually were very enlightening. I think I have a grasp on the process now.  But I’m awfully worried about a warning issued during one of the other speeches that stated that I “might maybe have to actually work hard.”

On another topic, the new Guitar Hero game is pretty sweet. It has far fewer songs than the previous two, with the same price tag, which leaves a nasty taste in my mouth — especially because it’s essentially the same game as GH2, with the same menus, locales, characters, and such. Accordingly, the development costs, I would imagine, were far lower than that of either of the previous two.

With the price tag out of the way, though, it’s great fun. All of the material that was borrowed from GH2 has had minor graphical alterations, making it more 80s-esque. In other words, everything gets a clashing color scheme. The song list is enjoyable, although rather short, as stated. There are plenty of catchy tunes, with guitar parts that are interesting and new to me, even though I’ve played through the previous two games.

The entire idea of the 80s edition is an interesting one, and one I wish they’d begun sooner. My ideal business model for the games would be regular releases of song-packs (i.e. the same game, just with different songs), for a relatively low price ($20). The song-pack model has been adopted by DDR, but with a rather steep price tag.

My one enduring hope, however, is the XBox 360. Not only because it will be able to play both GH3 and Rock Band (the latter of which will not be released for the PS2, which I own), but because the online store attached to the 360 already has some purchasable songs for GH2. The problem there is that it’s inordinately expensive. The songs, which are GH1 songs being re-released for GH2, come in 3-song packs, which are $6.25 each. To purchase all 47 songs from the first GH would cost $98, and still require purchase of GH2 to use them. Lower the price, increase selection, and I’ll be all over that.

My high school starts classes today. Weird.

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Categories: Gaming, Real Life
  1. Ruth
    July 25, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    These included such winners as “Love with all your heart”, “take naps with your friends”, and “close your eyes and smile.”

    Take naps with your friends?

  2. hobershort
    July 25, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    That’s what they said. What part is unclear?

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