Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Guitar Hero… too?

Well, I was planning on making this blog a review of Guitar Hero II for the Xbox. But, I have been unable to find a copy. Every store that I've been to (both of them!) have been sold out. Not hard to understand, since each store only seems to get one copy at a time.

So, as time goes on the odds of me getting GH2 soon decline. The primary reason is that as the weather starts to get nice, I tend to spend less and less time inside, and less of that time playing video games. I also refuse to be one of those guys who spends his weekend going from store to store looking for the one copy of the game in the city. This explains why I still don't have a Wii; I refuse to buy one until I can casually walk into a store and pick one off the shelf without being crushed in a throng of people. I also refuse to pay $800 for a console on eBay that retails for $250 in the store. Maybe if I were a hard-core gamer it would be different, but I'm not.

I did try the Playstation 2 version as Best Buy last week.

As someone who has been playing guitar for quite a while, I wanted to see how the game compared to the real thing. Best Buy has a two song limit on the demos. I choose "Carry on Wayward Son" by Kansas and "YYZ" by Rush on the basis that they were the two songs I was remotely familiar with (being a prog-headed music snob) and have actually played in a band scenario.

Well, big shock, but the game is nothing remotely like really playing the guitar. It's primary skill requirement is rhythm, but basically the game is Simon with a fancy control. Having said that, I did find the game to be a lot of fun. And will probably pick up a copy.

But at this rate, probably not till the fall.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Dawn of a New Day… of .NET

The Great Lakes Area .NET User Group, The Ann Arbor .NET Developer Group and the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group are all co-sponsoring the "Day of .NET" on May 5th in Ann Arbor. More information can be found at their website.

Day of .Net May 5, 2007 - I'll be there!

This is a great opportunity to come and see some cool .NET stuff, learn some new tricks and participate in the .NET community.

There will be some great speakers, and I will be presenting "Windows Vista for Developers" for anyone who missed it at the February DevCares event.

See you all there!