Okay–so now that I can post…
The long and short of my post, before I got so rudely interrupted, was that I ended up playing a video game with friends last night.
(Those who know me, know that I “don’t” play video games, and the meat of what I was saying was the why of that. Maybe later.)
Over at my friends’ house, we all ended up playing the Xbox 360 game “Rock Band.” They had quite a get-up: at least two guitars, a voice microphone, and the game drum set. Pretty cool.
Apparently it’s an expansion of the “Guitar Hero” premise–you play simplified instruments that resemble the real thing, and hit the correct buttons (or pads in the drum set) corresponding to the note that needs played at the right time as it comes scrolling down the screen, Tetris-like. Only you don’t have to worry about flipping or twisting the “note” or anything (though that seems like an idea for another game, eh?), just hitting it at the right time.
The guitar and bass use the same implement, and the note is activated when you “strum” up or down on the little springy toggle lever where you would do the same thing on a guitar. The notes are chosen up on the neck; they are good-sized color-coded buttons that correspond with the… lozenge-like notes that scroll down the screen.
Anyway, I watched three of the guys play for a few songs, then I jumped in, and took up bass so that Eric could take the mic.
I did pretty well for never having seen the game before, or even the predecessor, Guitar Hero. In fact, on “Easy” mode, I was getting scores up in the high 80%s, and then the 90 percents. And that’s with accidentally taking Lead Guitar on the first song. It’s pretty addictive, and a lot of fun, too.
And as a band, we were kickin’ some metal booty…
Eric’s wife Cass came up, and after a while, I handed off bass to her. Previously, Chris had played bass, and Cass lead guitar. However, with the switch-up, Chris on lead, Cass on bass (Jim on drums, Eric, vocals), they were doing better than they had ever before. Even when they switched to “Medium” for a song or two to practice before going back “on tour.”
While I was playing and Cass was watching, she kept saying that she wished she was taking pix–I guess we must’ve looked all rocked-out and intense or something… 🙂
Oh, and the other thing is that you create a persona to be your player onscreen. They all had some nifty avatars; to get going quickly I just took some default guy and name, which was okay by me.
But Chris’s character was “from Stockholm,” and he kept doing a mock-Swedish rocker accent a la’ one of the guys from the cartoon “Metalocalypse.”
So, if something was really good, and rang true to the heavy metal stereotype or formula, then the saying was: “This xxxx is metals,” in the accent of his character. Hence the title of this post.
In addition, winning money enabled them to be able to buy more “metal” gear to dress their characters in, and fancier instruments, etc.
Great fun it was! Recommended.