October 2011

Rocksmith Game Actually Teaches You Guitar

"By putting a score on a practice session, Rocksmith aims to make the beginning stages of instrument learning more fun."

Guitar Hero became a huge deal just after I started college. People would play it in the dorms all the time, slapping at a tiny plastic guitar and screaming at the TV in frustration or victory. As someone who played a real life guitar, I never could really get into the simulation of the act. It wasn't like a flight or military simulator, where the appeal lies in the fact that you get to pretend to do something you'll never get to actually do in real life. I'll never be a fighter pilot, but I am a guitarist, and I'd much rather jam out on my own guitar than press a few buttons in time to Deep Purple. Maybe soldiers feel the same way about Call of Duty; I don't know. 

For non-musicians (and even some musicians), Guitar Hero and its subsequent clones provided plenty of fun. But no matter how much star power you accumulated, you would never get any closer to performing on an actual stage just by playing the game. Now, though, Ubisoft is looking to change that. They're re-infusing the rock sim genre with a game that aims to teach you how to play guitar for real. 

Battlefield 3 Releases. People Die.

Battlefield 3 released on Tuesday night and I'm fairly sure the community hasn't slept since.

Battlefield 3 released on Tuesday to massive audiences compared to their release of Battlefield Bad Company 2 in 2010. In fact, once I finally got around to playing it in the early evening, the servers were already creaking from the sheer numbers of gamers crashing them. The DICE team made known on Twitter that they were correcting the problem, and within an hour and a half it was much better. While waiting I got a fairly good taste of the single-player campaign, which I’ll talk about later, but nothing compares to Battlefield’s multiplayer.

Dark Souls Speed-Run In Under An Hour-and-a-Half

SexyShoiko proves that not even massive public disgust at "the hardest game out there" can stop someone with enough grit.

In an act of complete self-deprecation, I'm posting today about a speed-run clearly underscoring the fact that I suck at video games. In a recent blog article on Joystiq, there are series of seven YouTube videos that step-by-step reveal someone making Dark Souls their undeniable bitch. If you recall, I posted last week about the insane difficulty of a new masterful RPG released called Dark Souls, a sequel to an equally difficult Demon Souls. I accused fans of Dark Souls of having lot's of time on their hands (perhaps even being unemployed) in order to pour into the game the necessary number of starts, restarts, give-ups, and take-ups that it would require to beat the game. In fact, I even estimated that the point in the game in at which I quit, I was actually roughly 3-hours of gameplay into it. If that were true, and if I were the gamer SexyShoiko, I would have beaten the entire game... twice.

Great Scary Halloween Video Games

If you’re looking for some fun Halloween video games, here are a few must-trys this year:

Silent Hill. Sure, it’s been around since forever; I remember my cousin being obsessed with it when I was a kid. The noises and fog in the game make it scary enough, let alone all of the creepy people in the game. In the game, you go through schools and hospitals where scary mannequin creatures reside, making lots of players cringe. Some people think it’s one of the scariest games ever, and I tend to agree with that from what I’ve seen.

Dark Souls: Only for the Most Tenacious (see: unemployed) RPG Gamer

The game prides itself on being hard, and the fans pride themselves on having LOTS of time on their hands.

Dark Souls, sequel to Demon Souls, is hard. I'll put it this way: in 12 hours of total gameplay I died 38 times and progressed through only about 3 hours of actual gameplay. No, I didn't beat it. I didn't come close. This game is friggin' hard, and there's absolutely no way that I was going to continue to burn precious hours of my day slogging away at the same God-forsaken, infuriating poison rat, or trudging through an expansive level that I've actually hacked and slashed my way through dozens of times, only to get to the same three-story high boss that stomped me to meat pudding like he did in the last 24 fights. Do I sound a touch bitter? One might ask at this point, then why keep grinding away at this game if you were so enraged by it? That, in a nutshell, is exactly the appeal of the game.

New Kinect Patent Could Determine Users' Age

In case you weren't already troubled by the fact that your gaming console watches you play/move/sleep, Microsoft is now working on a patent for a mechanism that would allow the Kinect to detect users' age and regulate content accordingly. The device would mathematically determine whether the people in front of it are adults or children based on their proportions. In order to unlock adult content, i.e. play an M-rated game or watch an R-rated movie, you'd need to have adult proportions. The software for this kind of distinction could potentially make parental controls on entertainment far more effective. 

Battlefield 3 Beta Released

With the beta release, DICE says most of the bugs have already been fixed.

The Beta release of EA's highly anticipated Battlefield 3, was not without a few hiccups. (It is called "beta testing" for a reason). Released on Tuesday for gamers that pre-ordered BF3 for the PC (sorry consolers, evidently our preorders didn't count), everyone was given access on Thursday. The server immediately became the bouncer outside the trendy new downtown club, no admittance without persistence. There were bugs to be sure, primarily with squads and the lobby, though many got the infamous "black screen" when they finally did enter a game. However, once in the gameplay was nearly seamless, and though there was only on Rush map available, it was more than enough to keep fans (new and old) happy for hours of blissful carnage.