Guitar Hero 3

I picked up a used Guitar Hero 3 from GameStop on Thursday. I find myelf wondering again why GH doesn’t give you an (obvious) option to listen to tracks (that ‘obvious’ is to cover my bases incase there is such an option). I generally find that I average about 90-94% on tracks I don’t know and 95-99% on tracks I do. I was wondering if, even though the songs are actually covers and not the original tracks, they have a legal or licensing issue: would they have to pay extra royalties to play you their version of the song but manipulating the controller counts as an individual performance? Could you get around RIAA licenses by having a playback device that requires you to “play” the songs you download? :)

Niggle: Some of the it seems a bit random as to when they allow a hammer-on/hammer-off. There are a couple of songs (e.g Barracuda) where there is a considerable gap between two notes but the icon indicates you can hammer it. Then there are other songs where clearly the guitarist is using a hammer and the notes are virtually riding each other, but it wasn’t tagged that way so you have to strum them. While I suppose it could be a mistake, I suspect it’s deliberate in songs that are otherwise a little lacking in challenge.

Finally a Clapton track. I think I much prefer the set in 3 over that in GH2.

Mac taunt

No hour glass? I was trying to type up a post for the Production Notes forum in Text Edit and suddenly my text stopped appearing as I typed. 5 seconds later, a spinner icon appeared… In Text Edit. PFFFT.

And what the heck, why doesn’t “Text Edit” have an option to save a text file as … text? OMG. It is Word Pad by Apple – EEEEW!

Seriously tho … I’ve started downloading free apps from Apple – like ImageWell and I see what Mac users have been saying about consistency – in the philosophy between applications, the presentation, terminology, and the look & feel. So many mundane operations just seem slicker, smoother and faster on the Mac – you seem to spend far less time waiting for things to load.