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ROCK BAND: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Downstrum Fix in OP)

UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
edited November 2007 in Games and Technology
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Xbox 360 Box Art

What Guitars Can I Use?

Rock Band owners are free to use the Guitar Hero II X-plorer, the Guitar Hero III Gibson Les Paul, or the Rock Band Fender Stratocaster.

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The Game

(Excerpts From Wikipedia)

Rock Band is an upcoming music video game under development by Harmonix Music Systems, published by MTV Games, and to be distributed by Electronic Arts Partners. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are scheduled for a North American release on November 20, 2007 at a price point of $169.99, while the PlayStation 2 version will be released in North America on December 10, 2007 at a price point of $159.99. The game will be released in Europe in early 2008.

Rock Band will allow players to perform in virtual "bands" by providing up to four players with the ability to play three different instrument-based peripherals (a guitar peripheral for guitar and bass guitar sequences, a drum peripheral, and a microphone). These instruments will be used to simulate the playing of rock music by hitting scrolling notes on-screen. Players can interact through both online and offline multiplayer capabilities. The game is Harmonix's first project since development duties of the Guitar Hero series were transferred over to Neversoft.

(In Casual Speak)

The culmination of what Guitar Hero I and II had hinted at. How psyched am I for this? Super-psyched. There's a very good chance (we're talking 75% here) that this could be become my favorite series of all time.

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The user interface. Left is guitar, middle is drums, right is bass, vocals run along the top. It was confirmed that the positions of these can be switched.

The Instruments

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This sexy replica of the Fender Stratocaster is (from a style perspective) a vast improvement over the GHII model, looking much more like an actual instrument rather than a toy. Each fret button is still color-coded, however it's much more incognito this time, as the colors are only visible on a side-view, perfectly placed for the player. Other features include a five-way switch for different sound effects, and an extra set of the five existing fret buttons for all your soloing needs.

Downstrum not working on your Strat anymore? Not afraid to fix it yourself? THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?t=40188

THE GUITAR THAT COMES WITH THE 360 BUNDLE IS WIRED. THE GUITAR THAT COMES WITH THE PS3 BUNDLE IS WIRELESS. If you happen to own both systems and really want a wireless guitar (and GH3's controller end up not working on Rock Band), this is going to be a large part of your decision. To accommodate all the instruments, the 360 bundle will come with a USB hub.

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Four pads (snare drum, tom-tom, hi-hat, and symbals), one kick pedal. Real drum sticks. I imagine you know what those look like, and they're easily replaceable if lost. According to reports, it's easy to assemble in less than five minutes, and you can even set it up on a flat tabletop if you don't like the stand. Easily the newest part of the game I'm looking forward to the most.

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It's a microphone. One tends to sing into these devices. It picks up individual vowels and consonants, and if your bastard friend happens to be playing the solo on "Highway Star" or you really want to imitate Will Ferrell, it can be used as a tambourine or cowbell by simply tapping on it. Don't want to tap? Hand full of axe? Just make random noises, like "pow pow pow." All the real rockers do this when people aren't looking.

The Music

These are the songs confirmed to be on the disc at release so far, in alpha order by song title. The master tracks are in bold.

"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" - Jet
"Ballroom Blitz" - Sweet
"Black Hole Sun" - Soundgarden
"Blitzkrieg Bop" - The Ramones
"Celebrity Skin" - Hole
"Cherub Rock" - Smashing Pumpkins
"Creep" - Radiohead
"Dani California" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Dead On Arrival" - Fall Out Boy
"Detroit Rock City" - KISS
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" - Blue Oyster Cult
"Electric Version" - The New Pornographers
"Enter Sandman" - Metallica
"Epic" - Faith No More
"Flirtin' With Disaster" - Molly Hatchet
"Foreplay/Long Time" - Boston
"Gimme Shelter" - The Rolling Stones
"Go with the Flow" - Queens of the Stone Age

"Green Grass and High Tides" - The Outlaws
"The Hand That Feeds" - Nine Inch Nails
"Here It Goes Again" - OK Go
"Highway Star" - Deep Purple
"I Think I'm Paranoid" - Garbage
"In Bloom" - Nirvana
"Learn to Fly" - Foo Fighters
"Main Offender" - The Hives
"Maps" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Mississippi Queen" - Mountain
"Next to You" - The Police
"Orange Crush" - REM

"Paranoid" - Black Sabbath
"Reptilia" - The Strokes
"Run to the Hills" - Iron Maiden
"Sabotage" - Beastie Boys
"Say It Ain't So" - Weezer
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" - The Clash
"Suffragette City" - David Bowie

"Tom Sawyer" - Rush
"Train Kept A-Rollin'" - Aerosmith
"Vasoline" - Stone Temple Pilots
"Wanted Dead or Alive" - Bon Jovi
"Wave of Mutilation" - The Pixies
"Welcome Home" - Coheed and Cambria
"When You Were Young" - The Killers
"Won't Get Fooled Again" - The Who


BONUS TRACKS:



"29 Fingers" - The Konks
"Blood Doll" - Anarchy Club
"Brainpower" - Freezepop
"Can't Let Go" - Death of the Cool
"Day Late, Dollar Short" - The Acro-Brats
"I Get By" - Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives
"I'm So Sick" - Flyleaf
"Nightmare" - Crooked X
"Outside" - Tribe
"Pleasure (Pleasure)" - Bang Camaro
"Seven" - Vagiant
"Time We Had" - The Mother Hips
"Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld" - Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld


A METRIC FUCKTON OF DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT. Available in albums, packs, or individual purchase. $1.99 is standard price for most songs. Rare occasions may see $0.99 or $2.99. Track Packs come at a discounted price of three songs for $5.49.

Albums

The Who - "Who's Next"

Track Packs
Bold denotes a master track.

Metallica Pack - Week of November 20, 2007
"Ride the Lightning"
"Blackened"
"...And Justice For All"


The Police Pack - Week of November 20, 2007
"Roxanne"
"Synchronicity II"
"Can't Stand Losing You"


Queens of the Stone Age Pack - Week of November 20, 2007
"Sick Sick Sick"
"3s and 7s"
"Little Sister"


Lord David Bowie Pack - Week of November 27, 2007
"Moonage Daydream"

"Heroes"
"Queen Bitch"

Black Sabbath Pack - Week of December 4, 2007
"N.I.B."
"Sweet Leaf"
"War Pigs"

Punk Pack - Week of December 11, 2007
"Ever Fallen in Love" - Buzzcocks
"I Fought the Law" - The Clash
"Rockaway Beach" - The Ramones


Singles (not associated with packs)
Bold denotes a master track

"Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival (The Dude abides) - Week of November 20, 2007
"Juke Box Hero" - Foreigner - Week of November 20, 2007
"My Sharona" - The Knack - Week of November 20, 2007
"Cherry Bomb" - The Runaways - Week of November 20, 2007
"Bang a Gong (Get It On)" - T. Rex (FUCK YES) - Week of November 20, 2007
"Joker and the Thief" - Wolfmother - Week of November 20, 2007
"Brass in Pocket" - The Pretenders - Week of December 18, 2007
"My Iron Lung" - Radiohead - Week of December 18, 2007
"Buddy Holly" - Weezer - Week of December 18, 2007



Rumors abound that it will be followed by Nirvana's Nevermind. Tracks can be purchased individually or as a whole package. Other downloadable content by Metallica and the Grateful Dead has been confirmed as well.

GAMESTOP/EB DEAL

Trade in any games toward the purchase of Rock Band, and you'll get an additional 30% trade-in value. Plus another 10% if you happen to be a card-carrier for EB/GameStop. Pretty sweet deal all around.

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    the Togfatherthe Togfather Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Woo! I heart Rock Band!

    Oh, and reposting here. I'm famous. column A, towards the bottom.

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    iusehappymodiusehappymod Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I wanted more Tenacious D. :(

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    PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    that guy that programeed or whatever for it didn't make the thread. sad face.

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    One Thousand CablesOne Thousand Cables An absence of thought Registered User regular
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    the Togfatherthe Togfather Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    that guy that programeed or whatever for it didn't make the thread. sad face.

    The beard creates all things...in mysterious ways.

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    LepwaveLepwave Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    So I preordered ROCK BAND, does that make me a cool guy?

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    ChewyWafflesChewyWaffles Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Lepwave wrote: »
    So I preordered ROCK BAND, does that make me a cool guy?

    Absolutely. As cool as me.

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    NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I've been playing Forza 2 on my 360 for the last two days, but it just feels like it hasn't achieved its true purpose yet.

    I mean, I bought the thing pretty much for ROCK BAND

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    UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    9-song Rock Band montage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv7P24sWWfc&NR=1

    This gives a good idea of how good the character design and animation is compared to GH3 during gameplay.

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    HelfMyselpHelfMyselp Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Assuming those DLC packs are live on day one, I have decided how to break my Rock Band virginity.

    Blackened + Expert Drums + Head-to-Head = FUCK YES

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    UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    HelfMyselp wrote: »
    Assuming those DLC packs are live on day one, I have decided how to break my Rock Band virginity.

    Blackened + Expert Drums + Head-to-Head = FUCK YES

    I'm assuming you're a real drummer?

    I was having trouble with Medium on the demo. D:

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    DemerdarDemerdar Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    So a traveling "tour" for rock band showed up at my university and has been here for the last 2 days. Pretty neat, I guess. Too bad the only time i saw it was when i was walking to and from class.

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    LepwaveLepwave Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I can only imagine playing drums on expert in my dreams :?

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    HelfMyselpHelfMyselp Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    HelfMyselp wrote: »
    Assuming those DLC packs are live on day one, I have decided how to break my Rock Band virginity.

    Blackened + Expert Drums + Head-to-Head = FUCK YES

    I'm assuming you're a real drummer?

    I was having trouble with Medium on the demo. D:
    Hahahaha, no. I've never drummed in my life.

    It is going to be insane looking at the chart and then flailing about like a complete idiot. :lol:

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    Alucard6986Alucard6986 xbox: Ubeltanzer swtor: UbelRegistered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I played Tom Sawyer on expert at best buy without failing once, it wasn't so bad. Unless the bass pedal changes everything.

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    LockeColeLockeCole Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Lepwave wrote: »
    I can only imagine playing drums on expert in my dreams :?

    Hrmm, one of my cousins has been playing the drums for awhile is actually pretty good... I should set he on drums on Rock Band and see how she does.

    Man, there will be SUCH nerdrage if amazon doesn't ship my copy on time.

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    Nimble CatNimble Cat Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Lepwave wrote: »
    So I preordered ROCK BAND, does that make me a cool guy?

    I didn't. It's all good though, I'll still snag a copy.

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    The Sneak!The Sneak! Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    The fiancee and I played Rock Band for a little bit today at Wal-Mart. Both the guitar and drums were broken; guitar could only up-strum, and even when it did, it was likely to double or triple strum, and the drum's red wasn't working at all. We still managed to complete Weezer, though I had to bail her out twice.

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    PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    So four of these, on stands, good idea? Bad Idea? They're black and white D: 5" tvs.

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    Descendant XDescendant X Skyrim is my god now. Outpost 31Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Is there any chance at all that this might come out on the Wii?

    ...

    Anybody?

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    OmeksOmeks Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I'm going to post in this topic so I can find it easier.

    ...Rock Band's gonna be the balls!

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    YodaTunaYodaTuna Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Is there any chance at all that this might come out on the Wii?

    ...

    Anybody?

    There was talk of it coming out early next year.

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    NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    HelfMyselp wrote: »
    HelfMyselp wrote: »
    Assuming those DLC packs are live on day one, I have decided how to break my Rock Band virginity.

    Blackened + Expert Drums + Head-to-Head = FUCK YES

    I'm assuming you're a real drummer?

    I was having trouble with Medium on the demo. D:
    Hahahaha, no. I've never drummed in my life.

    It is going to be insane looking at the chart and then flailing about like a complete idiot. :lol:

    Not to mention the bass pedal.

    I met a drummer in Best Buy today, and we went back and forth trying to get better scores on expert on the demo songs, he was better, but admitted that the pedal was going to really trip him up.

    He's a snare drummer for a marching band, and a GH2 wizard, so it came pretty naturally, but I can see that part really tripping people up for a while.

    I was so proud when I finally cleared Dani California and some of the other ones up there.

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    GeeeeeoffGeeeeeoff Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Whoa the animations and graphics look awesome in motion compared to Guitar Hero 3. Especially the crowd...and the light show/pyro.

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    NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Oh, yeah, the background is light years ahead of GH3. They had a demo set up of GH3 right next to it, and it looked, well, antiquated by ROCK BAND right next to it.

    And yeah, I'm a loser so I started working on a ROCK BAND paint for my car in Forza 2.

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I know it's been asked a zillion times but I couldnt find it in the OP.

    You can use the RB strat to play GH2 on the 360 right?

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    LepwaveLepwave Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Nimble Cat wrote: »
    Lepwave wrote: »
    So I preordered ROCK BAND, does that make me a cool guy?

    I didn't. It's all good though, I'll still snag a copy.

    I was lucky though, I manage to snag the last pre-order at my gamestop. Apparently nine were shipped there.

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    Homestar GunnerHomestar Gunner Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I played Tom Sawyer on expert at best buy without failing once, it wasn't so bad. Unless the bass pedal changes everything.

    Yes, if you're not a drummer, it will. Try tapping your foot while playing the drum pads. You'll likely find that your foot won't match up with the bass drum, but instead will tap in time with what your hands are doing.

    I'd like to become a semi-competent drummer (my prior musical experience being in guitar and tuba with a little piano on the side), so I've learned this over the past few months.

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    phirewindphirewind Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Without the bass pedal, I was able to breeze through the demo songs on Expert with decent performance. It's been a long time since I played a full drum set, though, so I'm betting the pedal will mess with my brain for a while.

    Anybody got a hands-on opinion of the guitar? Not just that it "looks sexy", which it does (I have two real strats, so I'm extra-biased), but how well it is (or isn't) made. The demo unit in the local Best Buy is already unusable. It twists along the seams in the neck, the buttons pop and click, and the strum mechanism gave out so that you always have to strum upwards. The GH3 demo right beside it still played beautifully, better than my GH2 controller ever did, but I have no idea how long each unit had been in use.

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    Spanky The DolphinSpanky The Dolphin Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Geeeeeoff wrote: »
    Whoa the animations and graphics look awesome in motion compared to Guitar Hero 3. Especially the crowd...and the light show/pyro.

    I've been personally somewhat shocked how long the Guitar Hero series has gotten away with looking so ugly.

    Honestly, their character models are very unappealing.

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    JoahWJoahW Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Here's a fun little independence test.

    Start tapping a paradiddle (RLRRLRLLRLRRLRLL etc) with your hands on your thighs.

    Now start tapping your right foot along with your right hand.

    Easy, right?

    Now start tapping your left foot on quarter notes.

    Yeah, you're going to be practicing the drums a lot.

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    0blique0blique Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I played Tom Sawyer on expert at best buy without failing once, it wasn't so bad. Unless the bass pedal changes everything.

    Yes, if you're not a drummer, it will. Try tapping your foot while playing the drum pads. You'll likely find that your foot won't match up with the bass drum, but instead will tap in time with what your hands are doing.

    I'd like to become a semi-competent drummer (my prior musical experience being in guitar and tuba with a little piano on the side), so I've learned this over the past few months.

    As someone who's played drums for a while, I can tell you that this is quite true. I've seen a lot of people try to play drums for the first time- they're usually quite alright with the snare and hi-hats, but once they try to throw in the bass drum, things start to get, well, messy. It usually takes a little bit of practice to get the hang of it. That being said, anyone who's worried about the bass pedal should be glad that there's only 1 pedal, so you don't have to mess around with the hi-hat, or dare I mention it, the double pedal.

    I definitely want to give this a shot though. Too bad I don't have a console to play it on (yet).

    Edit: just noticed the tuba link.:lol:

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    Homestar GunnerHomestar Gunner Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    OH HOW I WISH I COULD EDIT THE OP

    Some SA goon got the game early and is doing streaming video of him playing it.
    [URL="mms://stream.vg/joshieTV"]
    mms://stream.vg/joshieTV[/URL]

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    DemerdarDemerdar Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    It would be pretty neat to have the double peddle for some serious rocking out.

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    LegacyLegacy Stuck Somewhere In Cyberspace The Grid(Seattle)Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2007
    OH HOW I WISH I COULD EDIT THE OP

    Some SA goon got the game early and is doing streaming video of him playing it.
    [URL="mms://stream.vg/joshieTV"]
    mms://stream.vg/joshieTV[/URL]

    He's not playing it with the Strat.

    Fail.

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    HelfMyselpHelfMyselp Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    OH HOW I WISH I COULD EDIT THE OP

    Some SA goon got the game early and is doing streaming video of him playing it.
    [URL="mms://stream.vg/joshieTV"]
    mms://stream.vg/joshieTV[/URL]
    Yeah, this has been going on a few days, hence where I was getting my info. :) I just wasn't sure if it was kosher to post it here. There's also a second stream up now and then with a singer, too.

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    Homestar GunnerHomestar Gunner Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    HelfMyselp wrote: »
    OH HOW I WISH I COULD EDIT THE OP

    Some SA goon got the game early and is doing streaming video of him playing it.
    [URL="mms://stream.vg/joshieTV"]
    mms://stream.vg/joshieTV[/URL]
    Yeah, this has been going on a few days, hence where I was getting my info. :) I just wasn't sure if it was kosher to post it here. There's also a second stream up now and then with a singer, too.

    Eh, I found it on Score Hero.

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    BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Bluster Kerfuffle Master of Windy ImportRegistered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Demerdar wrote: »
    It would be pretty neat to have the double peddle for some serious rocking out.

    For the next Rock Band, Harmonix and EA should go all out and offer either the Neil Peart or Mike Portnoy drumkit. It'd be fun to see the shear size of box needed for a 40+ piece imitation drum set, complete with gong, chimes, temple blocks, cowbell, three bass pedals/drums and triangle.

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    JoahWJoahW Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Demerdar wrote: »
    It would be pretty neat to have the double peddle for some serious rocking out.

    For the next Rock Band, Harmonix and EA should go all out and offer either the Neil Peart or Mike Portnoy drumkit. It'd be fun to see the shear size of box needed for a 40+ piece imitation drum set, complete with gong, chimes, temple blocks, cowbell, three bass pedals/drums and triangle.

    "Fuck Steel Battalion, our game costs $30,000!"tm

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    HelfMyselpHelfMyselp Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    HelfMyselp wrote: »
    OH HOW I WISH I COULD EDIT THE OP

    Some SA goon got the game early and is doing streaming video of him playing it.
    [URL="mms://stream.vg/joshieTV"]
    mms://stream.vg/joshieTV[/URL]
    Yeah, this has been going on a few days, hence where I was getting my info. :) I just wasn't sure if it was kosher to post it here. There's also a second stream up now and then with a singer, too.

    Eh, I found it on Score Hero.
    Well, yeah, it's everywhere now. I was watching when it was still cool. :P

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