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Why Guitar Hero is dead to me
I bought the new Guitar Hero 5 because I needed a new fake plastic guitar and Activision’s guitars are the best that are not outrageously expensive . The Rock Band guitars I just can’t stand. So as I was going to buy a guitar from them, I thought I might...
Posted: Sep 15 2009, 12:14 AM by Bertrand Le Roy | with 3 comment(s)
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Five gems of XBLA
The Maw is a charming and seriously fun game that is going to make you smile from start to finish. Puzzle Quest is one of those “just one more” time sinks. The improbable mix of puzzle gaming and RPG is just awesome. The sequel, Galactrix , is pretty...
Posted: May 03 2009, 12:20 AM by Bertrand Le Roy | with 3 comment(s)
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The PlayStation’s Flower power
Yesterday, I bought Flower for the PS3 and played it through in one sitting (the game is really short but still, couldn’t get my hands off the controller once I started). This game is one of the best things I’ve seen in gaming this year. It’s beautiful...
Posted: Feb 16 2009, 03:34 PM by Bertrand Le Roy | with no comments
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VirtualAlbion using Deep Zoom and SeaDragon Ajax
Seadragon.embed("500px", "500px", "http://photozoom.mslivelabs.com/DZ/100/0/Image/Col/zece309bc8c7f465fbca8087784612173/ffbbd46b-305f-4b8e-a745-522d1aa49b2f.xml", 4000, 4000, 256, 1, "jpg"); Lionhead recently published a high resolution map of Albion...
We need Rock Band / Guitar Hero song compatibility
In this post , the Penny Arcade guys make the point that beyond instrument capability, what we really need is song compatibility between the two. Beyond the licensing nightmare that would probably represent for both games publishers, this resonated really...
Posted: Oct 24 2008, 11:11 PM by Bertrand Le Roy | with 2 comment(s)
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I don't like Braid. What's wrong with me?
I really, really like a good puzzle game . So when I saw Braid announced and read the raving critics , I was quite sure this was a game for me. I really wanted to like it. Then I downloaded the trial version... and pretty much hated it. So here are some...
Posted: Aug 10 2008, 11:24 PM by Bertrand Le Roy | with 7 comment(s)
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You're not being reasonable
Ever since it came out, it seems like Wii Play has been somewhere on top of sales charts and even managed to be the #2 top-seller of 2007 in the US . Let's be clear about this: even if it looks like a good deal, being only $10 above the price of a standalone...
Posted: Feb 15 2008, 05:07 PM by Bertrand Le Roy | with 7 comment(s)
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How to build the best fake music instrument set for Guitar Hero and Rock Band
Here's how to build an instrument set with two guitars/basses, a drum set and a mike that will work for Guitar Hero and Rock Band . The first thing you need to know is that the Rock Band Fender Stratocaster guitar sucks . Here's why: The fret buttons...
Posted: Nov 29 2007, 04:44 PM by Bertrand Le Roy | with 6 comment(s)
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Arbitrary Criteria Game Review: Portal is as delicious as cake
What a great time to be a gamer. It seems like there is no end in sight to that steady stream of excellent games. We already got Bioshock , Halo 3 , the Orange Box , Guitar Hero III , and we're waiting for Rock Band , Mass Effect , all before Christmas...
Posted: Nov 07 2007, 03:56 PM by Bertrand Le Roy | with 3 comment(s)
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Plastic X-plorer paint job
The guitar Harmonix chose for the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II is not exactly my favorite guitar . The Gibson X-plorer just reminds me too much of german hard - rockers from the eighties ... and mullets . Harmonix' plastic rendition of the guitar...
Posted: Sep 09 2007, 10:30 PM by Bertrand Le Roy | with 8 comment(s)
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