- Rock Band
I love Rock Band.
You know, that really doesn’t do it justice. I’m not even sure I can put into words just how much I love playing Rock Band. I must qualify this statement a little further though. I love Rock Band on the XBox 360. The Wii version blows chunks.
Now that we’ve got that little fact out of the way, you may be asking yourself, why does Jessica love Rock Band so much?
‘Cuz I get to sing, loudly, at the top of my lungs, and it’s actually with a purpose: to ROCK!
Andrew and I first got Rock Band for the XBox 360 in November, 2007. We had played Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II for a long time before that. Once Guitar Hero III came out, we realized how much it was different than the first two, because it wasn’t made by the same company. Instead of making GH3, Harmonix branched out into Rock Band.
Rock Band. What a concept! Guitar, bass, an awesome drum kit, and… what’s this? A microphone? A karaoke machine for my living room? Uhoh!
I even got to create my very on stage persona – a rocker chick with a black and blue streaked Asymetrical Bob named Verdana. Andrew and I created a band called Lucky Briefcase, and went off on tour together.
Until Rock Band, I had only sang into a microphone one time in my life. It was at my Aunt Colleen’s Marti Gras party. I sang Material Girl by Madonna and I SUCKED ASS. Glad it was only family listening, cuz boy oh boy I was horrible.
I nervously picked up the mic and started to sing to Nirvana’s In Bloom on Easy. I think that first song I scored something like 95% overall. Then I moved on to Garbage and I Think I’m Paranoid. 100% on Easy, woohoo!
I was instantly hooked. The computer liked my voice! For some reason, I found that I did pretty well on the microphone. I kept playing vocals, and we made our way through the Rock Band game. We never did attempt the Endless Set List in Rock Band, because our XBox 360 kept freezing up and we kept having to restart it.
- Rock Band 2
After they announced Rock Band 2, I went out and bought a new XBox 360. I was sick and tired of ours locking up every time it spun up the disk. The new 360 had the ability to download the game directly onto the hard drive, so it didn’t have to spin up the game disk to continue. We eagerly made our way through Rock Band 2, and even completed the Endless Set List on Hard in November 2008! That’s right – 84 songs in a row!
So, I play the game a lot. I play with Andrew, I play on my own… I even bought the Wii version so I can play in the living room by myself, but that version sucks. First of all it’s not in HD, and the graphics engine is snail slow. The wifi lags so much that I can’t play online because the lyrics “paint” across the screen, so it thinks I am not singing when I am. Very frustrating.
We have invested more into Rock Band and Rock Band 2 than any other video game franchise in history. If you know Andrew and me even a little bit, you’ll know that we have an addiction to video games and video game systems… So that is saying a LOT.
Just how much have we spent on Rock Band?
- Verdana – My Character
Rock Band Special Edition for XBox 360 – $189.99
Rock Band 2 for XBox 360 – $59.99
Rock Band 2 for Wii – $49.99
Guitar Repair – $0.00 (Microsoft warranty)
Drum Kit Repair – $0.00 (Microsoft warranty)
Wireless Guitar – $39.99
Replacement Drum Kit – $79.99
Replacement Microphone – $29.99
Rock Band Drum Silencers – $19.99
Second set of Rock Band Drum Silencers – $19.99
Microphone Stand – $39.99
Drum Seat – $29.99
Metal Drum Petal Cover – $9.99
New Drum Sticks – $9.99
Personalized Figurine from Harmonix – $69.99
Subtotal: $649.21 plus tax
and last but not least…
25 free downloaded song tracks at $0 each: $0.00
121 paid downloaded song tracks at ~$2 each: $242.00
Grand Total: $891.21 plus tax
Oh yeah, and I can’t forget the cost of the new XBox 360 which was purchased specifically to play Rock Band 2. So, we can add an additional $399.99 to that grand total above…
I don’t often sing praise about myself (pun intended) but I am damn good at expert vocals. For most songs, I am in the top 5% in the world on the leaderboards. For many of them, I am in the top 10 or 20 in the world. Granted, not as many people are singing vocals than are playing guitar or drums, but still… it’s quite an accomplishment for me. For career leaderboard, I am within the top 1,000 players worldwide on solo vocals.
Here are some of the songs on which I have personally reached above #100 in the world for vocals (at the time the scores were uploaded):
- Verdana #1 – We Got The Beat
Sex Type Thing – Stone Temple Pilots – #99
Timmy & The Lords of the Underworld – #98
29 Fingers – The Konks – #97
I’m So Sick – Flyleaf – #88
Day Late, Dollar Short – The Acro-Brats – #84
Nightmare – Crooked X – #83
Say It Ain’t So – Weezer – #75
Synchronicity II – Police – #72
Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones – #63
Down With The Sickness – Disturbed – #53
Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters – #53
Brainpower – Freezepop – #52
Can’t Let Go – Death of the Cool – #29
Spoonman – Soundgarden – #27
Seven – Vagiant – #24
Bang A Gong – T. Rex – #23
Juke Box Hero – Foreigner – #21
My Lovely Man – Red Hot Chili Peppers – #7
If You Have to Ask – Red Hot Chili Peppers – #6
Nine In The Afternoon – Panic at the Disco – #6
So Watcha Want – Beastie Boys – #4
That’s What You Get – Paramore – #4
Apache Rose Peacock – Red Hot Chili Peppers – #3
Funky Monks – Red Hot Chili Peppers – #3
Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers – #3
Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers – #2
We Got The Beat – The Go Go’s – #1
Needless to say, I know every single fluctuation in the pitch and tone for every song Anthony Kiedas sings on the Red Hot Chili Pepper album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. As for We Got The Beat, I can’t even explain it. I hate that song! I guess nobody else likes it either.
I can’t WAIT for Pearl Jam’s Ten album to be released on March 24th! That entire album was my teenage anthem. Get ready to add another $20.00 to the total!
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