Monday, January 25, 2010

On the subject of music…



Our household is a Rock Band household. Between the two RB guitars hanging on hooks on our side wall to the $300 drum kit, it’s pretty easy to see we are fans of the ‘plastic instrument’ genre. On one of our first dates Matt lovingly coerced me into picking up a microphone and I have been a singer ever since (yes, even Painkiller). My Final Countdown (Lego RB) will knock your freakin’ socks off. When they announced a band exclusive RB last year, it made sense that it would be the Beatles. I mean, there is no better way to pay homage to a classic band than to give the fans an interactive musical experience. I am not the biggest of Beatles fans (well, I wasn’t then…see? It was a great thing!), but even I can recognize them as legendary-and the game is achingly beautiful. The intro animation alone is worth watching, even if you don’t care about playing the game. Ultimately, this game was worth every penny the developers spent creating it. And isn’t the in-game video for I Am the Walrus the creepiest thing you have ever seen? It’s like a Donnie Darko nightmare.

So, Harmonix…Green Day Rock Band? Really? I mean, I had a copy of Dookie randomly floating around my 16 year old self’s CD collection, but who didn’t in 1994 (Columbia House-10 CDs for 14¢!)? Can we do Pink Floyd Rock Band instead? I can envision the masterpiece that would be (and I would love to sing Momentary Lapse of Reason). I am sure there are those out there right now who are sitting on their hands they are so excited about GDRB, but just how relevant is Green Day? The beauty of the Beatles is that they cross genre lines-you can find a small Beatles fan in almost everyone, which I don’t envision with Green Day. This sounds like something Activision/Guitar Hero would handle. Disappointingly. I am willing to hold final judgment until I experience it, though…I guess…

I am progressing through Darksiders and it is still super fun. Sometimes I miss my double jumps/glides a million times in a row and start cussing excessively, but overall I am about ¾ of the way through and still enjoying the gameplay and storyline. I have taken to playing it with my own music library streaming in the background instead of the actual game score. I do this a lot. I find the game experience more intimate if I can choose the background music. Last year I played this adorable little XBOX Arcade game called The Maw while listening to nothing but Air’s Talkie Walkie and now whenever my iPod shuffles through one of the songs I hear a little voice in my head calling “Ma-aw…Maw?!”. Strangely, I will probably associate Darksiders with Freezepop. I am pretty sure the developers didn’t have synthpop in mind when they composed the score, considering the content, but that is what makes the experience totally mine (and the blend of swordplay and keytar is actually pretty seamless…).

Accomplishments this weekend: 200/200 G for Jewel Quest. Finally. And I never intend to play it again.

1 comment:

Stefanie said...

I agree with you about the Green Day rock band. While they have put in their time in the music industry and deserve some form of aknowledgment...Rock Band? Really? You are far more open minded than I!