Category: 365 Adventures
One day after playing guitar for the first time in months, Michelle tells me about a new Xbox 360 game called Rocksmith that utilizes real guitars as controllers. It’s not like Guitar Hero or Rock Band where players just pound on big colored buttons. This game actually requires a real guitar to play – and it’s FUN. It’s exactly what I have said should exist since Guitar Hero first became popular. As a guitar player, I find Guitar Hero to be horribly dull, reducing a real musical instrument to a child’s play toy. But within minutes, Rocksmith had me really playing along with familiar songs as well as songs I had never even heard before with no practice needed.
The game says it varies skill level on the fly, adjusting itself down for those who don’t know how to play guitar and up for those who do. I’ve only tried playing to the best of my ability and it keeps challenging me. But I imagine it would be an incredible way to learn to play guitar too. After all, that’s exactly how I learned years ago – just by repeatedly trying to play along with CDs. Rocksmith facilitates that interaction with fun visuals, including a “guitarcade” that turns guitar playing into an arcade game, like shooting at ducks.
It’s pretty amazing and I look forward to playing guitar more often as a result of buying it. It’s not a cheap game ($80 on Amazon) but it’s worth every penny if it gets me to pick up my instrument more.Tweet
I very rarely play guitar anymore. I used to play almost every day, but somehow that habit has faded as I other things consume my time. But I managed to find a few moments to pick up my Jagstang, which currently sits off to the side of a room cluttered with wrapping paper and Christmas gifts for Michelle. We call it the “music room” but music rarely plays inside. It generally just sits there unused until it’s time for gift wrapping around Christmas. I need to change that.Tweet
We hit Black Friday and it didn’t hit us back. 9pm at Toys R Us, midnight at Best Buy, followed by Game Stop, Colosseum of Comics, and Target. And we bought at least one thing at each store, some we had set out to get and others spur-of-the-moment purchases, but all at good prices. A highlight is the game “Rise of Nightmares” ($20 off!) which allows me to bludgeon undead creatures by flailing my arms wildly using the Xbox 360 Kinect system. It’s Thankskilling after all!Tweet
When Michelle and I were near Walt Disney World earlier today, I suddenly got a craving for a Dole Whip. Less than 15 minutes later, I was enjoying a self-served Dole Whip from Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort, which I happily ate near the pool, with a view of the Seven Seas Lagoon stretching all the way to the Magic Kingdom’s train station. Though it’s late November, it’s still in the high-70s / low-80s here in Florida – rather beautiful weather actually. So plenty of kids were splashing in the pool while I enjoyed my cold treat. Michelle also got a ginormous plate of pork nachos (BBQ pulled pork, crispy potato chips and wonton-like fried goodies, spicy sauce, and pineapple salsa) which I gladly helped her finish off.
Then we wandered through the hotel’s arcade where I got a free round of Tron: Legacy pinball, as someone had left it ready to play. Score. Afterward we went to Downtown Disney for some shopping and then back home. We hadn’t set out to visit Disney, but somehow we always end up there. Not complaining.Tweet