My calf is aching, my throat is sore and my thumb is screaming.
Such is the result of the evil that is Rock Band.
I can’t wait to torture my body again!
I was really excited about Rock Band when news of its impending release came. We camped our regular gaming store and waited miserably for it to arrive in Singapore.
It took forever. By the time it did, all the excitement had died. I got busy with other stuff and lost all interest in the game.
So when the Goonfather bought the game unannouced on Tuesday night, I was, like, “Dude! That’s $389!!”
(I don’t actually call him Dude in real life. It just seemed right to type that.)
The game box is really huge. It filled up the entire car boot.
We took it home.
The Goonfather took photos of the unwrapping, so I have to publish them because this is like the first time he voluntarily took photos for me.
(Every time I ask him to take a photo of me, he makes a face and grumpily takes a hasty, blur shot. Which is why I had to master the art of self-camwhoring.)
Okay, back to the box!
A scary looking bright pink warning slip!
It looks scary but when you read it, you’ll go, “Duh.”
Ooh. The software and drumsticks!
Strangely, that makes me feel hungry. I’m thinking of chicken now.
Ahh, the microphone! It looks rather small and retarded if you ask me. Very not glam. Hmm… in the first place, do rock stars use this kind of microphones? I thought they use headset mics. I can’t remember cos I don’t watch MTVs or concerts all that much.
This looks more fit for karaoke. Hahaha.
Everything out of the box!
There’s a drum set, a wireless guitar and a microphone to form a three-man rock band.
Rock Band allows up to four players for a jamming session (drums, vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar) but the box only comes with one guitar, which is so inconvenient!!
The company doesn’t sell individual guitars. If you want an extra guitar to form a full band, you need to buy another Rock Band set.
Of course we’re not going to do that. You think we print money is it?
Anyway, since we have two people at home only, the Goonfather decided to get a mic stand so one person can play the guitar while singing and the other person can play the drums.
It was too late to rush out to buy a mic stand, so the Goonfather made his own. (How much does a mic stand cost, anyway?)
He has a bunch of toilet pipes lying around at home from a previous, abandoned project, so he dragged them out and drilled some holes and played lego with the toilet pipes to form this:
It’s so terribly unglam lah!!!!!!!!
I think we should call our rock band Toilet Pipes.
The drilling was to make a lobang for the wire to stick out of:
I don’t know why they can’t give us a wireless microphone if they can give us a wireless guitar. It’s so stupid.
Last night, we invited Morte over to jam with us.
They are both still in their work clothes!!! Hahahahaha! I could just die laughing.
Here’s a back view picture of me on the drums.
There’s no front view because Morte didn’t photograph any.
We were too busy to take photos, anyway. Most of the night, we took turns swapping instruments and trying them all out. It was so addictive that Morte stayed till 10:30 pm, even though he had to be at SIM at 10:30 pm to pick his wife up from school. Hahahahaha. (It’s about a 30-minute drive from my place to SIM.)
I wonder if Wang Wang (Morte’s wife) gave him hell for it. I would if I were her. Hahahahaha!
As you can tell, I am highly amused by the entire incident.
Okay, that was a preliminary jamming session and like everyone was in their work clothes, so I didn’t take too many photos.
I’ll take better photos when we organise a proper session on a weekend with all my friends!
It is damn fun!! And damn funny!!! Especially when your friends are crap at a particular instrument and you can scold them for making you die. Hahahahaha.
Okay, of course dying is not funny. But you know what I mean.
I love playing the drums. Playing guitar is more glamorous but I’m kind of sick of it because it’s like Guitar Hero.
The drums is cool! But its hell on your right calf because you’re using your calf muscles to step on the foot pedal. I found out last night that I have really weak calf muscles. It’s a muscle I didn’t even know existed until last night! *lol* It started feeling irritated and trembly when I played too many songs requiring a lot of fast, nifty footwork. (Or maybe our chair was too low.)
The vocals part is fun only if you know the song. They do give you lyrics to sing to and a pitch indicator to tell you whether you’re singing the right note or not, but it’s better if you already know the song.
And it is DAMN COOL playing the guitar and singing at the same time… like a real rock star! Hehehehe!
But I’m not going to videotape myself doing that cos I sound horrible singing rock songs, like a frog croaking. Luckily, the game doesn’t judge you on voice quality. It only judges pitch. You don’t even have to sing the right words. You can la la la through the whole song and still score top marks if you hit all the right notes. Hahaha.
We made a band last night to play in career mode and called it Buns N’ Hoses. (Morte’s idea.) Hahahahahaha!!!!
I better stop blogging now before I kill myself laughing.
More pictures next time!!