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Playstation Gets it All, While the Rest of Us Bites the Dust…

I love singing. I really love it. I also love the band Queen. You know who else love singing and Queen? Sony, because they’ve released Singstar Queen. 20 songs with one of the best bands the world’s got to offer and Playstation 2 and 3-owners are the ones who’s got dibs. Why I mention this, you ask? Because I’m a Nintendo-owner, that’s why! Darn, what I wouldn’t do to sing the songs Freddy Mercury once entertained people with and pretend for a second the whole band was in my livingroom, singing and playing along… oh well, Playstation-products are usually so expensive, I guess they could use a break or two and they sure came up with an excellent way to get a few extra buyers their way. If I ever get a chance to play the game (pun intended), I’ll definetely take it. If you can’t have it all, you can at least pray for a shot at it…

In other news, Nintendo’s finally realized the point with USB-ports and SD-cards, because they’ve altered Nintendo DS Lite with some more neccesary details. This new NDS, called Nintendo DSi, has 2 built-in cameras, an SD-slot and can now run as an MP3-player. If there’s anything we’ll miss, it’s the old GBA-cartridge slot (even though it couldn’t handle anything older than the games for Game Boy Advance), but Nintendo has promised to let Nintendo DSi-owners download their old favorites directly to their consoles the same way Nintendo Wii-owners do. The Wii has a shopping channel, where players can download games in exchange for points and the NDSi will have a similar┬ásystem. The question is how fast it will take for the cyber-pirates to get their roms working on their consoles. Will they play it illegal and download everything they know and love, or will they play it legal and cough up the cash for some extra points? If I can run ScummVM on it (lighten up, Nintendo, there are freeware games to download for ScummVM), I’m happy.

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The Perfect Way to Enjoy Music

Only a few hours ago, I got to try out 2 music-related games for the first time – Rock Band and Singstar for PlayStation 3 (a game console I’ve never played with┬ábefore either). I’ve never tried anything related to real karaeoke before, so this was definetely something I refused to miss at any cost. If there’s anything I love more than good music, it’s singing and playing good music. It’s a shame my throat isn’t very keen about singing as much as I am…

Allow me to start off with Rock Band. I got to play drums for the song “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer, which (according to those who saw me play) was pretty well done for a beginner. The gameplay for the drum did seem like a combination between Guitar Hero and the music games in Rayman Raving Rabbids 1 and 2, where you have to shake the Wii-remote and nunchuck in a certain pace and moment, so that helped a bit. It was a little tricky to play, since I’m not used to keep track at all the things I could hit with the drumsticks or the pedal, but it sure was fun to play! I hope I can get hold of this game with all the instruments, because this game rules! Play it once and you’ll keep coming back for more.

Singstar was quite interesting. Like I mentioned before, I’ve never sung karaeoke before. That’s why I was delighted to give it a shot, because I love to sing! I was surprised over how easy it was and how easy it could have been if there were less noise in the room. I’m used to sing in a choir and therefore listen to what the other sings and sing along, but it was way too noisy to hear the original singer sing. Too bad, because I noticed how well I could ace a song if I remembered how it went…

So, which game spoke to me the most? Rock Band, of course! Most of the songs on Singstar sucked bigtime and were too unknown to me to be able to sing. Rock Band, on the other hand, had plenty of good songs to try out and play with the instrument of choice and was able to be played by 4 players at the same time instead of just 2. But I did enjoy the 2-player-twist Singstar had, though, but as mentioned, that game needs better songs.