Rock Band Turns 4 Years Old! Post Your RB Memories

edited March 2012 in Rock Band
Hey gang,

The 4th anniversary of the release of Rock Band is fast approaching and we've got a bunch of rad stuff lined up to celebrate the birthday. There's all sorts of cool content focusing on the hardware, the art, interviews with HMX seniors and a bunch of crazy stories and pictures we've never shared before.

One of the things we wanted to add to the stream of content is all of YOUR stories. There's already a few RB BDay threads floating around, but I wanted to toss this one up so everyone has a place to look back at the initial launch of RB and just how much things have changed since then.

When did you first play RB? When did you know you were hooked? Have any crazy RB party stories / photos / videos / mug shots? Meet any friends through RB? Discover any new bands through RB? We want to hear all about it, from your first exposure to what keeps you playing to this day.

I'll post some of my favorite / craziest RB stories in this thread as well, but I'll let you guys kick things off. Happy birthday Rock Band!

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  • HeyRilesHeyRiles Besse's Girl
    edited November 2011
    I first played RB Christmas 07 at my cousins' house. Had already played a ton of guitar in GH3 but I was immediately hooked with singing. My brothers and I waited for the release on the Wii but it kept getting delayed, so we ended up saving money and purchased an Xbox 360 and Rock Band in February

    The first DLC I purchased was the Wolfmother single and two Queens of the Stone Age songs, and now I guess I'm here 1,300+ later!

    Obviously with this many songs in my library there are a ton of new bands and songs that I hadn't listened to previously that I am now in love with. Probably the biggest one is Motley Crue, of which I love listening to nowadays

    I met a ton of friends via Rock Band, even a girlfriend at one point, so that was cool. I've got a couple friends now that I hope I never lose and all hope to meet one day

    But my most favorite/satisfying thing I've done is make the weekly DLC videos for over a year now. So much fun, and worth every penny

    Happy birthday Rock Band!
  • PikminGuts92PikminGuts92 Unsigned
    edited November 2011
    My favorite memory of RB was playing the Endless Setlist in Rock Band 2. I played it without pausing or failing a song, therefore I earned the "Bladder of Steel" award. That was cool. :)
  • grantyOgrantyO Unsigned
    edited November 2011
    My favorite memory is Hysteria. 'nuff said.
  • HeyRilesHeyRiles Besse's Girl
    edited November 2011
    Oh man, Bladder of Steel was crazy. Allow me to nostaligize

    I was on vocals, little brother was on guitar, littlest brother on guitar. We didn't want it to be a cake walk, so we did it on hard. Midway through littlest brother had to take a break because he was so tired and had to use the bathroom, so my little brother switched to drums and I covered voxtaring. That was an interesting two songs

    It got intense when Visions came up. We were all yelling at each other letting us know when we were using overdrive and that we had it and oh god that close to failing out literally seconds away but we made it! I would've cried if we failed out

    Most intense seven hours ever, you guys
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited November 2011
    hmxhenry;4548670 said:
    When did you first play RB?
    First time I played the game was at my friend Jack's house. I don't know why I went over, but he and his roommate had Rock Band 2 up and running. I tried guitar, feeling a bit intimidated at first. Jack made sure to pick a song that was easy as hell. Of course I still remember the first song I ever played - "In Bloom" by Nirvana, on Easy Guitar. Right away, I kind of wondered why I wasn't using the blue or orange buttons. It only took about an hour before I started playing on Medium.

    I tried drums as well and haaaaaaaaaated it. Too hard for me. I also sang, very, very, very, very badly. But I had a lot of fun doing it. That much is still true :D
    hmxhenry;4548670 said:
    When did you know you were hooked?
    Part of me wants to say "immediately," and that's true to an extent, but the real point of no return, so to speak, was when Jack got The Beatles: Rock Band. I went over and again sang absolutely dreadfully - I got like 56% on "Drive My Car" on Easy Vocals. Thank heavens for No-Fail. It wasn't long after that that I found myself buying a PS3 of my own. I bought an RB2 bundle with it, even though all I have left from that bundle is the microphone (traded in the game disc, sold Jack the drums, the guitar broke almost immediately after I bought it). Wasn't until a few months later that I got The Beatles: Rock Band for myself.
    hmxhenry;4548670 said:
    Have any crazy RB party stories / photos / videos / mug shots?
    I did have some friends over to play once, but I was way more into it than they were. Even Jack just seemed to be going through the motions.
    hmxhenry;4548670 said:
    Meet any friends through RB?
    Online friends? Tons. Nobody IRL. But I've got such a wide array of "bandmates" online that I hardly ever log into my PS3 and don't see at least one person playing RB3. A big shout-out to Troy, our de facto bandleader. Cool guy who organizes all of our full-band sessions. Sometimes I'm not quick enough to join, but Troy's usually keen to include me, and I'm thankful for that. I imagine Troy's friends list is a microcosm of the playerbase for the game itself - I've seen lots of other guitarists when jamming with him. I'm better than about 70% of them, equal to about 25% of them, and not as good as maybe 5% of them (happens sometimes that we'll be jamming and a dude just up and FC's some bat**** insane Amberian Dawn song). I think that's probably pretty much where I stand overall.
    hmxhenry;4548670 said:
    Discover any new bands through RB?
    The main one so far is Drugstore Fanatics. I picked up "Hangman" on a whim because I had $1 left in my PSN account at the time. That song, and this band, absolutely kick ass. Then I came to find out that the $1 I spent for "Hangman" is more than they charge for their whole album (it's free on their website -- seriously, go download it). Definitely a big fan now. Also Neonfly. "Ship With No Sails" was the standard $2, but it's seriously one of my favorite songs right now. No free album from these boys, but I've listened to their songs on YouTube and proceeded to get my socks blown off. Lights Resolve is another. "Dreaming of Love" is another awesome tune, easily the best free song. Their guitarist sent me a message on YouTube after I commented on one of their videos. Little touches like that are what win you fans. And it did :)
    hmxhenry;4548670 said:
    Happy birthday Rock Band!
    And maaaa-nnnnny more!!!!!
  • nascarfan19nascarfan19 Headliner
    edited November 2011
    I played Rock Band for the first time in early 2008. I was a Guitar Hero fan at the time (Rock Band being just starting up and not paying attention to who made the games) but the drums were a huge turn on to getting here. After rebuying a PS2, getting a 360 and spending several hundreds on peripherals and DLC, I'm glad I picked the better game ;)

    The game especially influenced some of my favorite bands. The Beatles were familiar to me before the game's release but HMX made them my favorite band (and addiction). Even the smaller bands, Hautewerk and Big Dipper in particular, became some personal favs. RBN took it even a step further where I discovered Creed and other small bands. Rock Band definitely opened my musical tastes. :)
  • folkeyefolkeye Headliner
    edited November 2011
    Rock Band 2, the Bandmates (custom figures), and adopting my avatars for some of the most fun fan art I've done in a while. Because of those two things, made a new friend! Doesn't get much better than that. Only gets better considering the art is still going on and forever evolving into something better each time, and I get to meet said friend in person soon.

    The Ongoing Art Thread.... over two years old, good for us: http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143337


    The Bandmates (they are truly missed since they were so awesome):
    http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188957
  • ClaptonsWigClaptonsWig I Can't Dance
    edited November 2011
    The red forums, holy cow were they red. As for the game, I remember when 55 disc songs wasn't that big of a deal to consistently play.
  • RockBandAtlantaRockBandAtlanta Opening Act
    edited November 2011
    Too many to name just one favorite but I guess it was the first time I fired it up with a full band over at a friends house and I sang The Police's ROXANNE and from the first word in the song I belted it out like I was singing in the shower all by myself without anyone watching.

    By the time the song was done, I was the only one still playing as the rest of the band members were all literally on the floor laughing breathless with tears in their eyes.
  • BoomsnakeBoomsnake Unsigned
    edited November 2011
    Tried out Rock Band during Christmas of 2007 at a buddy's house. No one wanted to drum, so I gave it a shot. Fell in love with the instrument and the game, regardless of how many times I had to play through Weezer, Radiohead and the initial setlists anytime a new band was formed.

    Fast-forward to now. I've owned a setup myself for both Wii and PS3, and I still play regularly. Haven't become an expert on the drums, but I hope one day to be able to breeze through 'Panic Attack' and 'Beast and the Harlot'... eventually.
  • nascarfan19nascarfan19 Headliner
    edited November 2011
    ClaptonsWig;4548689 said:
    The red forums, holy cow were they red. As for the game, I remember when 55 disc songs wasn't that big of a deal to consistently play.

    Nostalgia, oh the days...
  • mayhemsince1977mayhemsince1977 Unsigned
    edited November 2011
    My favorite memory so far was when The Beatles first came out. I had just bought a new console and the special edition Beatles..so, very excited.

    But, the icing on the cake was when my 3 year old sang along with most of the songs. She actually did well enough to garner a score and we even achieved a double fab!

    No fail rules.

    Yea, I know it is not RB but close enough.
  • DarkPenfoldDarkPenfold Opening Act
    edited November 2011
    My favourite RB moment: getting eight friends playing The Beatles Rock Band at once (doubling up on harmonies in some cases).
    Worst RB moment? Losing a drunken challenge with a housemate ("if you drop your drumsticks one more time, you have to drink a shot of straight Pimms"). Worst hangover EVER.

    RB is also directly responsible for me picking up a real guitar in the first place. Cheers Harmonix - here's to another 4 great years!
  • ManLovesRobotManLovesRobot Opening Act
    edited November 2011
    The Beatles are what brought me to Rock Band. All of the 09/09/09 hype about the remasters and TB:RB made try out the game, but before dropping $150.00 on the preorder I bought a RB2 set at Target on sale for $79.00. I got it home and set it up and was hooked in seconds. The first time the crowd did a sing-a-long I got goose bumps.

    I have no musical ability or understanding but this made me feel like I was a rock star. From that first weekend I have hooked about 10 friends on the game as well. I buy pretty much every piece of DLC each week and sold my cd collection to buy more DLC . This has become one of the best ways to enjoy music.

    I play every instrument on medium (I am over 30) and have a blast everytime I play. It's been 2 years and I have spent over $1,000 on instruments alone (Drum GAS mainly).

    Every year we have a New Years Rock Band party and get new people to try it out.

    Happy 4th RB and here is to many more!!!!!!!!
  • karaokefreakkaraokefreak Road Warrior
    edited November 2011
    The very first time I played Rock Band was at Games Convention 2007 in Leipzig. I remember that the game looked kinda different back then and it wasn't a complete version. There were only a hand full of songs available and I remember that I sang a Nirvana song . I guess it was "in bloom" ... wait, I should still have a video snippet of it somewhere...

    [30 minutes later, after editing and uploading the old video]

    I found it!! It's not much, barely 20 seconds with very bad sound. However, I even caught a few seconds of screen footage with the OLD design that never made it into the final game.

    See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrHXFEhU5i8


    Actually I didn't trust HMX too much back then, because on the same day I had played a preview version of Guitar Hero 3 and did not realize that the developer had changed. A music game by Electronic Arts (because that was where I was sent to) ? That can never work....

    However, it was fun singing while my workmates played Guitar and drums, so I kept it in mind. And soon after I found out that this game came from the original makers of Guitar Hero. Early on in the next year I got a Beta disc of the final version (I review games , just fyi) although the game had already been released in the US. It took almost a year until RB1 came out in Germany and the rest of europe. But I had A LOT of Fun with that Beta Disc and had a hard time giving the whole instrument pack back when EA germany asked us to... Waiting for the retail version was haaaaard!!
  • LiveHomeVideoLiveHomeVideo Trying too hard
    edited November 2011
    I remember when I thought that Alive on Medium was insane. Those were the days...

    I also remember playing the RB2 kiosk at Wal-Mart. That was a good kiosk. Why didn't they do that with RB3?
  • waldo15waldo15 Opening Act
    edited November 2011
    I remember getting the first RB game along with all the instruments (guitar, Drums, mic) almost on release day. I remember stashing the huge box in my wife's trunk; you should have seen the faces of my in-laws when they say the box and found out it was a videogame.

    I promptly came home from work, unpacked everything and went to work on what was familiar for we all at the time: guitar. I quickly finished the Single Player tour on Hard/Expert, but it left me yearning for more. So I did the Bass, and the results were the same.

    I had the drums laying around there and I thought to give them a spin. I mean, how hard could it be to hit pads instead of fake-strumming? I tried one song (Say it Ain't so by Weezer) and of course I miserably failed. The sticks fell weird, pumping that foot pedal was a nightmare and I lost my balance more than once. But something struck a chord inside me after that try out.

    I went online. Kotaku had interviewed one of the RB developers who happened to be a drummer and gave suggestions on how to handle the foot (heel down, heel up, etc). I watched a couple of Youtube videos to get familiar with the concept of drums and drumming. I then went back to the Tour mode, Easy mode. Every song took me a while but I was able to finish the tour. I then went to medium, which I struggled but not as bad. Time went by, and about 8 months after release I was ready to move to Hard. That took less effort, but my foot was definitely giving up on me (i was playing flat foot at the time) so I had to re-train myself to use heel-up instead. That took another good six months as everything in my body got re-wired.

    Then I started looking into drumming outside of the game. I even ventured into a music store for the first time to get a new pair of sticks. That made a difference in my play style. Then you guys had the gull to release the advanced Ion Drums, which I of course promptly pre-ordered. Good thing given that my first RB set was showing its age, and the yellow pad got cracked internally so it was hard to play. Not to mention how I had to replace the foot board already since the plastic pedal had cracked.

    It was around that time that I found out the RB modding community and how to make your own RB compliant pedal out of a real drum pedal. I gotta say that I had as much fun making my own pedal as I had playing the game.

    Finally the last challenge was ahead of me: Expert. I played it for the longest time but it was the last tier that was out of reach to me. Always the Who, always with Won't Get Fooled Again. I could not complete it no matter what I tried. At the time RB2 came out and decided to get the game and continue playing drums in it.

    But 2 years after RB1 was released and 6 months into RB2, I decided it was the right time to try again the last tier, and complete drums on Expert. I had modded my Ion set to the point the only "stock" pieces were the supporting bars and the three "tom" pads: yellow, blue, green. I had replaced the red with a real e-drum snare, added my own Pintech cymbals and mounting everything in the most exotic ways.

    So, one Saturday evening, I gathered all my inner strength, hooked up my 360 to my drums and put RB1 back in. Went to the last tier, selected "Won't Get Fooled Again" this time meaning it, and went to work. Things started easy as the song is pretty tame at the beginning, but as things progressed that dreaded drum solo was approaching. I had been practicing this fake-drumming for 2.5 years already and this song was not going to kick my ass again. I focused. And something inside of me clicked in such a way that I felt... good. As the notes came in my limbs would move almost on their own, knowing where to strike next. My foot was keeping up with the bass notes. I made it through the solo, and through the rest of the song! I completed the Tour finally! I had done it!

    And that is when I realized that RB had let me experience something I had always wanted to do since I was a kid. I became an RB Drummer and even though I am by no means the best of the best, I feel that I can hold my own.

    New challenges came, RB3 got announced and I got my next goal in sight: play RB2/RB1 songs the way they were meant to be played, hitting cymbals and toms when it was appropriate. This of course prepped me for RB3.

    I don't play as much as before, after all I became a father in the interim and is not my son who takes interest in banging the drums at his 2 years of age. But nothing, nothing in my long videogaming experience will replace this great feeling I had that day, when I completed RB1 Expert Tour.
  • WillDrum4FoodWillDrum4Food Opening Act
    edited November 2011
    Wow, four years...

    Don't necessarily have any "crazy" stories. More like "stories that show how that game has made me crazy". ;)

    Been following the HMX crew since the release of Guitar Hero and never looked back.
    How loyal have I been? Well, didn't even blink at paying full price for "Rocks The 80s" when it came out. See?! Crazy! ;)

    So, then 'Rock Band' comes out. Was excited about the 'whole band' idea and was completely hyped to pick it up.... and then had to wait 'aboot' an extra month to get it here in Canada.

    Once I got it in my mitts, though...

    Wow. No other game has made me its beeyotch like this one.

    How crazy has it made me in four years?

    Well...

    - Got it for both the 360 and PS3. I'm talking '1', '2' and '3', Lego, AC/DC and Green Day (all exported plus a buttload of DLC amongst the two systems).

    - The Beatles: RB package (not the downgraded 'SE' version) went on clearance and I burned a lot of gas scouring town to try and find one for the PS3. (Almost got a Rickenbacker, too, but it was gone the following week when I got paid.)

    - The day '3' came out, I didn't trust that I'd be able to get a keyboard here in Canada so I crossed the border to ensure I wouldn't be left out. (More gas. TOTALLY worth it.)

    - Got the Squier and 2 Midi adapters. (Already had a Roland e-kit and a Yamaha digtal piano so I'm set for 'PRO' mode).

    - And it wasn't 'til about 2 weeks before '3' came out that I decided to take a serious stab at gettnig out of my 'comfortable rut' of being a solid Medium player. Wow, did the game ever open up once I finally got the hang of that fifth fret. :D

    -Oh, yeah.... and it's worth mentioning that when people were going ballistic about being 'forced' to buy the Ozzy pack to get the most popular songs, I said I was so happy about its very existence that I was going to make sure I bought it for both systems. And hmxhenry PM'd me a 360 code. Thanks, dude. Really appreciated it. :D

    I should also say that I'm grateful to the HMX crew for really coming up with some diverse setlists for their on-disc offerings and exposing me to bands I'd never heard before and connecting with through RB. The Mother Hips' 'Time We Had' is probably the best example of this. Loooooove that song.

    Been a musician for most of my life and I'd like to thank the HMX crew for releasing and continuing to define a gaming genre that continues to keep me hooked (and inspired) each passing week.

    Good job, guys. :D
  • TehBanStickTehBanStick Unsigned
    edited November 2011
    Obligatory Bladder of Steel post:

    I actually took the day off of school and decided then would be the best time for BoS.
    I grabbed a couple water bottles and a pack of saltines then went at it on Expert Guitar. The rest is history.
  • TheStuddzTheStuddz Lil Rascal
    edited November 2011
    The first time I played was at my best friend's 14th birthday party, June 2008. The party was a sleepover that was held the night before his birthday. His parents gave him this present early, so that he and friends could play. I had no idea what it was. A new Guitar Hero game? No, there was drums. And a microphone? What the heck? So his dad set up the instruments. We all played. Well, except me. The other four kids in attendance were kind of hogging the instruments. But I was amazed by the game: the drums and the microphone peripherals, of course, but also by how much fun this game was with friends, compared to the one-player Guitar Hero. Did I get to play Rock Band that night? No. Okay, maybe one or two songs. But it was still something I will never forget.

    When I went home that night, I told my parents about this super-cool game. Within a month, they had suprised me with my very own Rock Band band kit for PS2. We played it a lot -- for the first two weeks or so. Then the instruments kind of sat around for a bit, only played every month or so. When Rock Band 2 came out, I bought it as soon as I could. But it got even less play than the first game. So, no, I did not get hooked right away. When I got The Beatles: Rock Band for the Wii in December '09: that's when my obsession began.

    As a kid who had just started listening to The Beatles -- I mean really listen, like, to all the CD's, every song, over and over again, non-stop; my dad had some of their albums beforehand, and the 1 CD was played a lot in the car, so The Beatles were always a part of my life -- this new game was heaven. Being able to play their songs was incredible. It re-ignited the magic that I had found that one night in my friend's basement.

    When Rock Band 3 was released less than a year later, I had already reserved the sole copy at my local gaming store (not really a game store, mind you; they sell movies, TV's, other electronics, and, oddly enough, clothes as well), and was there to pick it up on release day. I ran home and bought a lot of DLC with the five or six Wii Points Cards I had bought in preparation. I had the ability to buy DLC with The Beatles: Rock Band, but with Rock Band 3... the fact that I had so many artists, so many songs available to me. I think it finally pushed me over the edge. I played Rock Band 3 all night, and every night for a few weeks.

    Fast forward to this day, and I've spent about $2,000 on Rock Band. I will soon be spending near another $1,000 when I switch over to Xbox, which I am doing solely to enrich my Rock Band experience. Who knows how much money I will be spending in the future, with all of the great DLC Harmonix is releasing weekly. I have no plans to share those numbers with my parents any time soon.


    And that is my Rock Band story. If you've read this far, congratulations! Wasn't worth it, was it? :p
  • dog037dog037 This Many Days Since Last Ban:
    edited November 2011
    I bought Rock Band 1 in March 2008 and enjoyed it.
  • edited November 2011
    I have 3 great Rock Band memories

    Christmas 2007 me and my 2 brothers got Rock Band and an Xbox to play it on. I remember setting it all up that morning and every one was playing and switching instruments. That was great fun.

    A week after RB2 came out I had a few friends come over to play and I, being an idiot, decided to tilt my Xbox to get to the USB port in the back. My disc got crazy scratched but I still had the receipt so we quickly drove back to GameStop and they gave me no hassle giving me a new copy.

    When i went to do the Endless setlist to get Steel Bladder in RB2. I managed to get through the whole thing without needing to go to the bathroom but my dog peed on the floor. He did not get the achievement lol.
  • TheStuddzTheStuddz Lil Rascal
    edited November 2011
    dog037;4548763 said:
    I bought Rock Band 1 in March 2008 and enjoyed it.

    What a nice memory, dog! Warms my heart. :)
  • dmbdawdmbdaw Road Warrior
    edited November 2011
    I remember the first time I passed a song on expert guitar, bought my first dlc song, and singing "Say it Ain't So" a hundred times when RB first came out.
  • kitlerckitlerc Road Warrior
    edited November 2011
    I was hooked on Rock Band before it came out. The idea of having Guitar Hero expanded into a full band experience was an amazing idea. There was just one problem, I refused to buy it until I had an Xbox 360 since I knew that my PS2 would not be able to get any DLC, that and because I saw how different the releases of GH3 were between the PS2 and Xbox 360 were. If I was going to Rock Band it up, I would need the right equipment to do it.

    So I try to save up so I can afford both the Xbox and big box o' Rock Band, however car repairs held me back, I didn't think I'd ever be able to afford it. Santa thought otherwise. Xmas at my dad's that year was without a doubt, the best that has ever happened, or ever will. I go absolutely crazy when I realize that I finally had it. I hook it up at that instant, look up the cheat for all the songs, and blast "Don't Fear the Reaper."

    Of course, I take my spoils with me to college, I've already made a few friends thanks to a couple of local GH3 tournaments, but setting up Rock Band at a few locations would net me more. I can honestly say that I probably wouldn't have had as many friends as I did if not for Rock Band.

    Skip to the release of RB2, I've already preordered, but it will take extra time for it to arrive via Amazon since I had no way to get off of campus. One of my friends was able to get it on release day and brings it over, we get everyone that we can, set it up, and rock for hours. Probably the happiest I had been since, well, the first one came out. By now, I've made it a habit of setting up everything down in the common room, having friends over, and letting anyone that walked by play. My DLC collection was astounding, having a little something for everyone. At one point, the school organized a little Rock Band contest. That was fun.

    In subsequent years, I was able to go to E3 and try out Lego Rock Band, Beatles, and RB3. Harmonix was always my favorite booth to go to as they had friendly people, great games, great setups, just awesome all around. I briefly met HMXHenry and played a song with him on the Pepsi stage, I met Kyle Mercury (who did all the stage setup at the time I believe) who was just awesome to talk to (and confirmed 'Roundabout' from the DS RB3 would be on the main platform), and I met "Windhammer" (aka Ron, aka Beard Guy)

    Probably one of the craziest things I did for Rock Band was getting up at like, 1am on Black Friday, went out into the freezing wind outside of Old Navy so I could grab a copy of Lego Rock Band for free (with $20 purchase).

    You guys all rock. You've made great games, established a great community, and brought tons of people together for the music. Rock on.
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited November 2011
    LiveHomeVideo;4548725 said:
    I remember when I thought that Alive on Medium was insane.

    Oh, actually, me too! Alive, Dani California, and Conventional Lover used to be my favorite songs to play on Medium :p
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited November 2011
    TehBanStick;4548744 said:
    Obligatory Bladder of Steel post:

    I actually took the day off of school and decided then would be the best time for BoS.
    I grabbed a couple water bottles and a pack of saltines then went at it on Expert Guitar. The rest is history.

    Anyone who did Bladder of Steel above Medium has my utmost respect. I could have passed 83 of the 84 songs on Hard, and probably 80 or so on Expert, but all I ever had to show for myself was the stupid Vinyl Artist icon. I wanted the gold one badly :(
  • edited November 2011
    Another good memory was right after RB1 came out (before I had it) I remember going to Best Buy and seeing that they had it set up so I played Say It Ain't So and Tom Sawyer on hard guitar. And after I finished I realized that a small crowd gathered around.
  • GNFfhqwhgadsGNFfhqwhgads 99% Washed Up
    edited November 2011
    hmxhenry;4548670 said:
    When did you first play RB?
    When I bought it. Caught a glimpse of it in like, Game Informer or something, split it with my sister for Christmas. I had never touched Guitar Hero before(sorry), and my sister made me play drums so she could do her Medium guitar. I was on drums before guitar because of that, but as time wore my drums down, I went to guitar, and that's my main instrument now simply because it's the only one I'm any good at(piss poor at vocals) that has working instruments(recently got an RB2 kit on the cheap and the red pad is broken ALREADY).
    When did you know you were hooked?
    Honestly, when I started playing. I played on my own far more than her, and eventually she fell out of playing entirely, because once the novelty wore off for her, it just became a lot of music she wasn't a huge fan of. She'll still pick out a few songs she likes, or throw out a request, when she visits and I happen to be playing, but I've only seen her play once or so in the last few years.

    I, on the other hand, am the type of person you guys were aiming for with these games. Enjoy the music, enjoy games, lefty so a guitar is lolexpensive(seriously, at least double right off the bat simply for it to be built lefty). I can just keep buying DLC(when I have money), and if I ever get bored, I can switch instruments.
    Meet any friends through RB?
    People here, yeah. People in my area, not so much. There's certainly people I've associated with around it, but they were already acquaintances at the least.
    Discover any new bands through RB?
    So many. I never explored music on my own before then, so outside of a few 'Oh THAT!' moments with stuff I'd heard my parents play(quite a few of which were found on the Rock Band 2 setlist, so thanks for that), I was pretty much diving in with no floaties. Turns out that the inexperience probably saved me from falling into a radio rock mentality, so most of what you put out is, at the very least, intriguing to me.


    As a sidenote, my most enjoyable memory is probably finally getting the Time We Had guitar FC(that green to red hammer-on is brutal) after working my way through all four guitar difficulties. Well, starting Expert. The first time I ever beat Green Grass and High Tides on Expert guitar was THE NIGHT before Rock Band 2 came out, and Lord of the Strings is probably one of my favorite Achievements. Thanks to skill-building and the magics of Breakneck Speed, it only took me a week to pass Visions on Rock Band 2, and NOW I can play Visions and five-star it every time. I'm not the best guitarist(don't path at all since guitar builds don't agree with lefties), but I'm definitely the best locally, and Rock Band 3 sets me at top 2%(which is score, not proficiency, so damn pathing bites me in the ass).
  • WillDrum4FoodWillDrum4Food Opening Act
    edited November 2011
    dog037;4548763 said:
    I bought Rock Band 1 in March 2008 and enjoyed it.

    You describe it so vividly, I feel like I was there with you. :p
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