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Kid plays Guitar Hero while solving two Rubik's Cubes {Joystiq}

Aug 9th 2009 3:01AM That was a boring video. It wasn't very impressive, to be honest. He only solved the cube during the long notes which he could hold, which is why he must have picked that song. All he is doing is playing with his elbow, and then solving the cube when he doesn't really need to play.

Rock Band Weekly: Green Day and Mayhem Pack {Joystiq}

Jul 2nd 2009 10:43PM Slayer is going to suck without having the double bass charted for the drums. Oh well.

Conviction producer says players shouldn't fear the new 'Mark and Execute' feature {Joystiq}

Jun 7th 2009 8:52PM I'm really excited for this game now. I've always been a fan of the Splinter Cell games (since the original), and Chaos Theory was amazing. It seems to me like this was the way that they wanted to go with the series for a while, but they had to segue to it somehow, and they did that with Double Agent. The whole game just seems like it is going to be a lot smoother, but still with the same classic Splinter Cell feeling and style.

I think the new mechanics and overall style of the game will only make it better. In the past, stealth has usually meant "slowly, quietly, waiting in the shadows for a guy to turn his back so you can put a knife in it". Conviction seems to be defining stealth as thinking on your feet, using your environment to your advantage, and being swift in your actions when necessary.

I don't think that the new Mark and Execute feature will make things too easy; rather, it will simply let you perform actions and such that you have pictured and wanted to do, but simply couldn't. This all comes back to using your head more to accomplish your mission, rather than simply remaining invisible.

Arrested Army game protester writes up her experience {Joystiq}

May 9th 2009 11:42AM Honestly, I hate any and all protesters. It's not that I don't want people to express their opinions, but protests are not the way to do it. Protests are simply a public disturbance, which often lead to property damage and injuries. In addition, they drain city resources because they end up having to call in police to keep the peace, and even riot police if it gets too out of hand. What a great way to convey a message - wasting city tax dollars and resources. I really have a deep-seated hatred for protesters and union workers who go on strike (the strikers are much worse actually, but for the love of god, don't get me started on them).

Joyswag: Halo Wars (Day Two) [update] {Joystiq}

Mar 3rd 2009 11:05PM I suppose Battlefield could make a good RTS. The battles themselves are epic enough when you get a 64 player game going, or even 32 players for that matter. Doing that on a large scale with an RTS game would be pretty excellent.

Joyswag: GTA IV 'The Lost & Damned' DLC {Joystiq}

Feb 18th 2009 9:12PM I will jump right into the new story line. I'm sure, like it always is in GTA games, that the story will be pretty enthralling, and hopefully have some nice VO.

Blondie drummer and UK Universities study effects of drumming games {Joystiq}

Feb 10th 2009 2:22AM I think there are clear benefits to playing drumming games. Once you start playing the more intense songs, it gets pretty physically demanding. I know I'm sweating after playing all of The Who songs on Rock Band consecutively!

When I first started playing Rock Band, I was terrible, and I couldn't hold a beat or work my hands and feet separately. That failure would have transferred directly over to playing a real drum set, but after playing Rock Band for a good while, I got much better. When I started playing real drums (I had always meant to start playing, there was even an old drum set in my garage, but Rock Band showed me how fun drumming really was) I was able to transfer what I had learned playing Rock Band over to the real drums.

I've seen videos on youtube of people playing real drums, but using the Rock Band note chart. Personally I haven't tried this, as I prefer to try and learn songs by ear (How else could I show off to my friends?), but it seems to be a very legitimate way to learn and play a song. You have to be able to convert those four different notes into a multitude of different drums and cymbals, and you obviously have to make the movements and such, so you are really getting a lot out of it! It takes a lot of the guess work out of trying to learn a complex song, although it also takes fun out of learning a song as well, and may result in you improvising less.

Overall, I would like to see where this study goes!

The Silent Bob approach to group management {WoW}

Jan 26th 2009 11:08AM This actually sounds like something I might try. I only ever play as a Tank or a Healer, so I have the "stress" of trying to Tank or Heal, as well as dealing with the rest of the group. Often I can't be bothered trying to argue with or instruct idiots, so this method might just work for me.

Joyswag: Gears of War 2 Limited Edition + 120GB Zune + bag + hoodie + MORE {Joystiq}

Nov 13th 2008 1:43AM Gears of War 2: Enter the Trainsaw.

Joyswag: Fallout 3 + survival guide {Joystiq}

Nov 5th 2008 12:20AM I would have to go with Raider removal. The Raider infestation is widespread and deadly, and must be dealt with by higher powers.