New Year’s Catch-Up
So apparently it’s 2008. I don’t think I’ll make any resolutions about posting more or being more entertaining or anything like that, but hey, as of this posting my average for this year has shot up to a post every day!
After much confusion and many delays (enough that even the CBC reported on it… twice) Rock Band finally arrived about half an hour before we were heading up to Owen Sound for the holidays. Needless to say, it accompanied us there.
The 30-second review is that it’s really good. The guitar parts are generally easier than those on Guitar Hero 3 and aren’t too challenging if you’ve mastered any of the GH games, though the new guitar takes some getting used to. After using it for a while I think I prefer the new strum bar, though the new buttons are a little clacky. The drums work pretty well (though it looks like I’ve got a moderately defective red pad that needs replacing) and are a new challenge. I’ve just about beaten the solo drum career on medium and am getting reasonable competent on hard.
My major non-Rock Band-related accomplishment was building a new workbench with my dad. I found the plans online, and we did all of the shopping, cutting, assembly and had it mounted on the wall by the end of yesterday. I screwed up reading the plans for some removable cross-beams for the legs (removable so the whole bottom part can be folded up to make space) so the big hunk of wood across the bottom is temporary until I can make another trip to Home Depot. Other than that, everything went pretty smoothly and I’ve got a nice new workspace.