The Old Man Band (Players Over 30)

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  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    zarlor;1968983 said:
    Well, you young whipper-snapper, I been gamin' since the early days with things like Pong and the Atari and Intellivision. I even had a little computer called the Sinclair 2000 that had all of 2K of memory in it that I had to program my own games onto to play anything on it! Did I mention the walking 2 miles to school in the snow, and that it was uphill both ways? (The worst part of it, is that's also true, the last leg of my walk to and from high school were uphill and I lived in Littleton, Colorado at the time which is certainly a lot hillier than here in New Orleans.)
    I gamed for almost the same ammount of time. I didn't have pong but did have the 2600 when it first came out. That was like the Wii today, adults were buying it for themselves not for kids. I've played coleco but never owned one, had a intellivision, NES, SNES, played Sega at a friends house enough that it was like I owned it. Playstation, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, Now the Wii. I can't imagine how much I've spent on this hobby. It has to be in the 50k range. Now I just have the Wii, I'm still waiting for them to release on VC the greatest football game of all time Tecmo Superbowl for the NES.

    What was your favorite games? Rock band is probably the game I've enjoyed the most out of all the systems and games. That's tough to say remembering the sleep overs trying to beat the Legend of Zelda.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Like everyone else, I've been playing games forever.
    Had the original Atari system.
    But I was more into the PC games post-school... actually played one called "Tribes" competitively. And odd little info tidbit - there was this semi e-famous thing involving World of Warcraft, with a video featuring a dude called Leeroy Jenkins. I was in the clan that made that video, Pals 4 Life.

    But console wise, post-childhood the Wii has been it for me... and for me, Rock Band is the absolute peak of video game concept and execution. It's just about as perfect as it gets.

    Yeah, some accommodations for in-game comms for Wii-users would have been nice... but maybe for RB3. Or for Wii2... which I shall call: WiiII
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Yep, my story is similar to the rest of you. Started on an Odyssey? basically a poor man's Atari. Got an NES & then a Genesis but I think we're leaving out that back then we also spent a lot of time in arcades. Most new games didn't come out on consoles until they were in the arcade for a few years and there was always HUGE drop off between the arcade & home version. Moved to PC gaming in '92 and hadn't even considered a console since until the Wii. I suspect a lot of the venom directed at the wii from Xbox & PS3 users is just a redirection of the heckling they've been taking from PC users for years (underpowered toy with various limitations). Never cared for that battle either but I know it exists.

    Played most of what's come along but nothing's been as good as RB. NOTHING.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    That Leeroy Jenkins vid was hilarious! I've primarily been a PC gamer as well. I hadn't really bothered with a console until I'd tried my sister's Wii, but unfortunately the titles have been a bit thin. To be honest if RB2 had been available for the PC I would have gone that way in a heartbeat over playing it on the Wii.

    As for the AIM thing, yeah we talked about that a bit. I don't really like using AIM, and besides I use the same screen for my PC and Wii (and all home theater stuff, really). So I'd have to keep flipping my projector over to check in, which doesn't take long, and I do it now to check email (if folks on this thread want it to communicate that way, just PM me). I could hook in a monitor, but I'd prefer not to. The easiest way for me would be to use something like TeamTalk, I even have my system set up as a server for that since I've used it occasionally with friends when playing on MMORPGS and such. That way we could just flat talk to each other if you really wanted. Folks who wanted to do that would just have to get a client at http://www.bearware.dk and I could provide details on connection and stuff through PMs. So if anyone wants to try that just let me know and I'll be happy to set my system up for it for you. (I don't have to be logged in myself for other folks to use it, so it's not a problem if folks want to use it when I'm not on, but they also have a public server in Denmark... so a slight bit of lag, but it's really not that bad and certainly accessible 24/7.)

    Oh, on favorite games. I spent a hell of a lot of time on Pirates!, Sim City, Civilization and Dune II when those came out. But Red Baron 2 is one of my all time favorites, there just hasn't been a good WWI flight-sim/game like that ever since. Rock Band is also one of new all-time favorites. Lots of RPGs have been fun, particularly single-player versions, but probably one of the most enjoyable online MMORPGs I've played was really (and this will be dating me quite a bit) Dune MUSH. All text-based (and there are still several MUDs and MUSHes and such around, almost all free) but in some ways there was a depth to a lot of those that none of the big-name MMORPGs have never been able to match.
  • jepjr13jepjr13 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    I am the Coleco handheld football champ!!!!lol
    Same as Mega,I usually send out invites to let people know I'm available.I don't mind picking songs unless there's a singer involved then I feel he or she should pick them.Being a med. level guitarist,I'll jam with anyone who'll put up with me.I can do most of the low tiered songs on hard but I'd hate to fail out in a session just tryin to be better than I am.Plus a song sounds like crap if your less than 90%
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Pre-internet gaming = wasting hours on a game like Zelda just setting bombs at every location on every screen trying to find hidden items/entrances. How long did you get stuck on some of these games trying figure out the trigger to the next level or how to beat some chump like King Hippo?
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    megatron;1969609 said:
    Pre-internet gaming = wasting hours on a game like Zelda just setting bombs at every location on every screen trying to find hidden items/entrances. How long did you get stuck on some of these games trying figure out the trigger to the next level or how to beat some chump like King Hippo?
    Oh I spent a crap load of hours on Zelda, never did beat it. I remember getting a bunch of nintendo games, then going back to the orignal Super Mario Bros after awhile and realizing it was an awesome game. I figured since it came with the console it must be crap. That is what's amazing about Nintendo, they some how did the same thing with Wii sports, after bored playing some of the games I go back to bowling, golf or boxing, and have fun when new friends try the Wii.

    I never owned punch out but my friend had it, and he could never beat Tyson. Some how I could. But I could never beat Super macho man, so he'd play that level and I'd play the rest. I recently got Punch out for the console and I beat Super macho Man but then I played Mr Dream, I'm not sure if he's just a white tyson, but he kicked my ass. One punch and you're down.
  • Candy442Candy442 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    Ah..the good ol Intellivision days,Coleco vision, Nintendo....the countless Gameboys , Sega ...and yes, my sons watched enviously when their mom could beat both games of Zelda with the original Link she started the game with! grin... Did anyone learn on the early IBM PC? I remember pong and playing Othello on my dad's 8088.

    My boys think I am the coolest mom around being a parent that shares their love for video games. They had a hard time getting to play them with me around hogging it all the time. In fact "Hansel" is my son who lives in North Carolina with his wife "Kat"... they are official Friends of the Family band members now that they have RB2 for their Wii (They also play GHWT on the Wii). My other son "Xero" or sometimes he goes by "Vincent" (from FF days) plays an expert guitar and has entered Guitar Hero tournaments. He doesn't have a Wii, though. I think he is going to invest in a PS3

    I have to say I am happy with the Wii for the interaction you get that the other systems don't have. Its fun and people of all ages, even my grandmother can play.

    I am with you Z, I love PC gaming more than anything. I love RPGS. And darn if you didn't dash my imagination saying you lived in Colorado. I have this image of a smooth talking southern Louisiana bayou drawl when I "hear" you singing...oh well...sigh.

    BTW, we are having internet issues again. Currently, Brett is shopping for his new character from the money I earned her drumming some of the world tour songs..wish I could just donate some of my earnings to those noobs...but....oh well.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I won't dissappoint you too much, I was boarn and raised here in New Orleans, but my partens divorced when I was 8 and my Dad moved to Colorado. So I did a lot of going back and forth. So I really am Southern born and bred in that sense, but to be honest I don't have much of an accent (although linguists would say I have more of an homogonized accent). I do have a little bit of a New Orleans accent on certain words, though. Besides you can't really think of a southern drawl when you think of New Orleans (the city is pronounced kind of like you might pronounce N'awlins, although not really that badly and there are a few variants, or sometimes New Ohr-leah-uns but definitely not New Or-LEEns). This city was so heavily populated by Irish (well many nationalities, really, we were second largest immigration point in the United States behind New York, after all) longshormen. So that makes the New Orleans accents sound a lot more like a somewhat drawled New York (Brooklyn, I suppose) accent far more than the typical southern one. Of course there are pockets in the rest of South Louisiana where you get that Cajun accent, but it's not particularly common to hear that around here. The more typical southern accents don't start until you hit Mississippi or moving a bit further north in Louisiana, a bit of it in Baton Rouge (although the accents there tend not to be very strong) but the more north you go the more it becomes more typically southern. What can I say, Louisiana is an extremely (and, more often than not, oddly) diversified state.
  • jepjr13jepjr13 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    I don't think there's anything more cool than seeing my wife,5 year old son,6 year old daughter and me ripping through "Eye Of The Tiger" on a Sunday morning.definitely the best game I've played.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    So with the Nirvana pack coming out tomorrow... I dug up the original thread with the charts: http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93062

    I dunno... as a drummer... not a lot there.
    I like Nirvana... but these tracks are definitely the dimmer lights of the Nevermind album (imo).
    Might get "Breed".... everything else is a "meh".
    edit - on second look... maybe getting "Stay Away" as well.

    What do you folks think?
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Well, let's see, we have...

    Nirvana - Breed
    Nirvana - Lounge Act
    Nirvana - On a Plain
    Nirvana - Polly
    Nirvana - Something in the Way
    Nirvana - Stay Away
    Nirvana - Territorial Pissings

    I'm a bit of a Nirvana junkie (it seems like I'm jsut a junkie for DLC these days) so I may have to get more than a few of those. I was going back over and singing Simple Man again today, too, and that really is such a great song. Just some nice little riffs on just every instrument and vocally it's just fantastic to get into, although I have to be careful about that. I tend to never get 100% on it because I get a little carried away and forget those little things that RB2 insists you hit, so I always seem to miss 1 phrase by the tiniest sliver (and it never seems to be the same phrase, either, go figure.) Well of to bed for me. I probably won't be on tomorrow, we're getting closer to Mardi Gras so plenty of folks and town and things to do and parades to show them and such.

    Happy Carnival Season everyone!
  • ryanco64ryanco64 Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Anyone of you guys online to play? ;)
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Pubknight;1971702 said:
    So with the Nirvana pack coming out tomorrow... I dug up the original thread with the charts: http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93062

    I dunno... as a drummer... not a lot there.
    I like Nirvana... but these tracks are definitely the dimmer lights of the Nevermind album (imo).
    Might get "Breed".... everything else is a "meh".
    edit - on second look... maybe getting "Stay Away" as well.

    What do you folks think?

    I'd have to say, I think a lot of these songs suck, where's Smells like teen Spirit, and Come as you are? I'm getting a little tired of HMX, touting they have awesome bands but then give the lamest songs by the bands, Activision is guilty of this as well. The Guitar Hero Aerosmith Track pack game only has about 3 good Aerosmith songs.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    I ended up picking up 3 (blame boredom... if I'm off work due to the hip much longer, I'm going to lose my mind)

    Picked up Breed, On a Plain, and Stay Away... as the others don't offer much drum wise.
    As a positive, at least on Hard, Stay Away is an absolute gift as a devil horn drum song (it's really not that tough).

    Nevermind was an important album for me growing up, and I do have to admit that playing the songs is pretty cool. Not as cool as playing the Boston songs.... but up there.

    My only problem with judging dlc is I'm so limited... I can't 'rate' anything besides the drums (just not good enough). But those three songs, drums-wise are fun enough... and auto-pilot easy 5 stars on hard drums.
  • jepjr13jepjr13 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    picked up Breed and Territorial Pissings(love that tune)..."grunge"is just fine with me . Alice in Chains "Dirt" ,and Pearl Jam's entire catalog would make me happy
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Nirvana never did much for me (even though they were front & center during my formative HS & early college years). Like a few songs, Dive in particular but I'll probably use this week as an excuse to get some of the Track Pack 1 stuff I've been holding off on. I'll give 'em all spin & if a few catch my ear who knows. I don't buy into the Cobain "troubled artist" hype (sorry, you don't become a rock star by accident & most of what I've read into Nirvana history is that he was very clear to what he wanted them to be & controlled almost every aspect of their image, much more so than most bands do), and Love (by extension) is a waste.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I got all of it. My "formative" years were a bit lean on the music I really liked (although I do like a rather eclectic mix) but the big stuff then was Madonna and Michael Jackson and everything was all Pop and New Wave and then a lot more R&B (Whitney Houston and such) and Hip Hip were making the scene, not really my thing. I was grooving on Ozzy's new stuff at the time and discovering a lot of Sabbath from the '70s. The big hits on the metal and rock side seemed more often to involve the "hair" bands, like Ratt, Poison, Bon Jovi and such, all OK but not what I really wanted (although my secret shame there had to be Twisted Sister for some reason, I love the crap out of "Come Out and Play" I think it was called, starting with a line from that '80s gang movie "The Warriors". Don't ask me why I like it, I just do.)

    Of course in the background the punk scene was merging more rock and metal sounds in and overall rock was picking up an edgier sound until the emergence of groups like Nirvana start shoving "Adult Alternative" into the mainstream and there my musical niche started to really burst out. Even some of the obscure songs off of "Nevermind" I think are just awesome. Hell, Polly has to be one of my favorite songs on that album, so visual, visceral, sardonic and just great stuff, IMHO. The lyrics and music just fit so sarcastically together, so very Gen X, just so cynical in a way. I just love it.

    These days I'll take ANYTHING by System of a Down (who have to be one of my all time favorite bands, although there's really only one song on Serj's solo album that I really like at all, and it's not the one they gave us for DLC, go figure.) Disturbed is awesome as is Drowning Pool. Give me "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" already!

    Overall I do agree that it would be nicer to see some of the great songs from many of the bands they've put into their DLC, like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on this album. Ah well, I'm sure licensing rights play into it all somewhere as well probably limiting what songs HMX can and can't put into DLC.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Anyone have Motely's Crews Saints of L.A., Move Along, All the Small Things by Blink? I picked those up last night, wouldn't mind playing with someone else that has them.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Kev2380;1977860 said:
    Anyone have Motely's Crews Saints of L.A., Move Along, All the Small Things by Blink? I picked those up last night, wouldn't mind playing with someone else that has them.
    I have:
    Move Along and
    All The Small Things.
    no Saints of LA though, sorry.

    I've got 50 dlc total, which includes... like... 14-15 of the 20 free (deleted a few of them). I'm not sure how much dlc we have to choose from in total now, but I think this week is the first week I haven't grabbed at least the majority (got 3/7).

    Though the rumour is next week... at least next week's back catalogue stuff... is going to be another full album, this time from the Cars.
    (There is some guy in the Rock Band forums that claims he can hack the servers and sees what is uploaded before it goes live. He's successfully predicted both Boston and Nirvana).
    So if it is The Cars, I won't be getting that next week. (Something about Rick Ocasek's voice just reallly irritates me)
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I like the Cars, I'll get You might think I'm crazy, I thought the whole back log was supposed to be up by the end of this month.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    I had read the new releases would start syncing up across all consoles "in February"... but always went on the assumption the back catalog is going to take a while.

    Mind you, the way its going, I'm not going to hold my breath on the new releases.
    All I want is for the new releases to sync up in time for the Pearl Jam "Ten" release.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I also0 have Move Along and All The Small Things, but not Saints of LA. I currently have 55 DLC, which includes around 15 of the 20 free DLC. SO I'm pretty well loaded for bear on a lot of the DLC content so far. I like the Cars, too, so count me in for a good bit of that. I'd definitely be up for some Pearl Jam, too, and would lik eto see some kind of "catch up" at that point. Even if it isn't that all of the backlog is done so much as tossing some bones of the new stuff in with the backlog they are working on.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Kev2380;1978621 said:
    I like the Cars, I'll get You might think I'm crazy, I thought the whole back log was supposed to be up by the end of this month.
    haha, just realized You might think isn't even included in the Cars pack. I guess I'll have to settle for let the good times roll, and my best friends girl.
  • Rsunset327Rsunset327 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    I'll play. I'm 31 with 4 kids and a money hungry leech, I mean wife :D
  • Candy442Candy442 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    Hey Kev,

    we were having connection problems AGAIN with our internet, just now able to get back on to let you know that is why we were exchanging invites last night.

    Hope to be able to get a solid internet soon so we won't be losing the connection. I was on long enough to do a good score in the Winter Drums, but just shy of Pandora's Boxers. Who's band is that?
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Welcome, RSunset. I'll likely be on tonight so I'll add you then.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    zarlor;1982888 said:
    Welcome, RSunset. I'll likely be on tonight so I'll add you then.
    Sorry about last night, I royally stunk it up. I've beaten snow on hard before. I couldn't get into a good rythm last night. I was having a hard time with songs I've five stared before. I can't believe I lost a million fans by not getting 4stars on blink. I was so mad when I failed on snow.:mad::mad::mad: I got cocky because before I went online with you I beat some songs I never had before on hard. Finally finished all the songs on the tour. I cheated though, for battery and pain killer, I didn your noise vocal thing you talked about to get threw the songs. Still only got 3 stars on pain killer. lol I guess I'm just a medium guy all around. I can live with that. :D
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Rsunset327;1982425 said:
    I'll play. I'm 31 with 4 kids and a money hungry leech, I mean wife :D
    I'll add you also, what time do you play? I've got 3 kids that keep me on the shelf until 10 est or so. Unfortunately for me, that's a little later than the rest of the crew around here. Also, what is your weapon of choice?
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Kev2380;1982903 said:
    Sorry about last night, I royally stunk it up. I've beaten snow on hard before. I couldn't get into a good rythm last night. I was having a hard time with songs I've five stared before. I can't believe I lost a million fans by not getting 4stars on blink. I was so mad when I failed on snow.:mad::mad::mad: I got cocky because before I went online with you I beat some songs I never had before on hard. Finally finished all the songs on the tour. I cheated though, for battery and pain killer, I didn your noise vocal thing you talked about to get threw the songs. Still only got 3 stars on pain killer. lol I guess I'm just a medium guy all around. I can live with that. :D
    No issues. It happens. I was more worried about all the pickup members that they may get frustrated and quit. No wories foer me, though.

    BTW, what did you mean by "I didn your noise vocal thing you talked about to get threw the songs"? If you mean where I was talking about gold-starring songs on vocals, that was strictly, and I do mean strictly, for "talkie" songs, like Testify, Visions and that Beastie Boys song (I try to purge everything Beastie Boys from my memory, so sorry about not remembering the name there.) In those songs it doesn't require you to sing anything. I'm REALLY surprised you were able to even get 3 stars out of something like Painkiller that way, even on Medium or Easy. Even the "talkie" sections of something like Painkiller requires you to try to mimic, to some extent, what the singer is doing there and so sometimes they can be more easily missed than you'd expect. But pure, all-"talk" songs, yeah, you can just make whatever noises you want and as long as you kick in OD in pretty much the right spots you should be able to Gold Star those puppies. Battery or Painkiller, though... definitely not the songs I was talking about. ;)
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