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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: The Beatles Rock Band

Rock and roll all night! ...what? I'm not obliged to make Beatles references. =P

(Insert obligatory Beatles reference here!)

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. My final surprise for this series is The Beatles: Rock Band, the rock band game born out of a cooperative effort between Harmonix and the Beatles’ music studio, Apple Corps.

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How The Beatles: Rock Band Changed My Life

Shine on you crazy diamonds… What? I can like more than one band.


With a title like that I’ve got some explaining to do. I’ve actually been wanting to write this post all week, but every post this week just seemed to be a huge rant that eventually morphs into a different rant, which I’d then use for tomorrow’s post. And in writing that, another different rant seems to crop up. Almost like some sort of cancerous growth filled with ranting that I’d have to regularly excise to prevent it from getting too big and killing me.

Just this morning, when I thought it was decided I’d write about The Beatles: Rock Band, I suddenly realized that the game company Valve is basically the George Lucas of the gaming industry. A once small and inspired independent artist who has since slowly become a fat greedy sell-out of a corporation, who milks people for all their worth, takes credit for other people’s genius and yet still have an entire legion of deluded Fanboys ready to rush to their defense. The only difference is they haven’t been selling out as long as Lucas. I could easily go on about that for several pages…

But fuck that. It’s almost the weekend, so I want to talk about something I actually really like for a change. Besides who wants to talk about Valve? Everyone (in my head) already knows their the George Lucas of the gaming industry. I want to talk about The Beatles: Rock Band, and a little bit about music in general, which I’m ashamed to admit, I didn’t really appreciate enough until I played this game. So even though this may sound crazy, The Beatles: Rock Band really did change my life…

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N0t Hyped: BioShock: Challenge Rooms (PS3 DLC)

This makes absolutely no sense. How can I save someone’s life without my instruments of murder?

Now for those of you who read my last post on BioShock (which according to all this fancy WordPress monitoring software is absolutely no one), you would know I felt that BioShock was a clumsy collection of various gaming elements that had been watered down to a level that made them effectively pointless and combined in a massive mediocre paste that had been carefully produced by corporate executives to contain a flavor that offended no one but had just barely enough taste that people wouldn’t mind eating it.

So for those of you who know my “N0t Hyped” banner refers to things I felt didn’t get enough attention (which, again, is no one because in addition to nobody reading this, I’ve never bothered explaining what any of my categories mean), you might be confused to how I can spend one day complaining endlessly about how overrated BioShock is and how it got way too much attention, and another day claiming there’s a part of BioShock that went unappreciated and didn’t get anywhere near enough attention.

“Am I some sort of crazy schizophrenic suffering from wild mood things?”, the person who reads all my posts who only exists my imagination might ask. Yes, that’s why I’m both on anti-psychotic meds and under constant watch. But not because of this, I actually do have a logical reason for this.

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BioShock: Why It’s Utter Crap

Like the phrase “would you kindly” is actually a secret brainwashing cue.

BioShock? That brings me back. In fact, I wanted to make my first post here about BioShock, but I got distracted by that whole Mass Effect 3 ending controversy and wrote about it instead. Not sure how I ever managed to beat so many games when I seem to suffer from a crippling attention deficit disorder… Wait, what was I talking about?

*looks up at the picture at the top of the page*

BioShock? That brings me back. In fact, I wanted to make my first post here about BioShock, but I got distracted by something… Can’t seem to remember what though. Guess I’ll just talk about BioShock. Like, a lot. Seriously this is a really long post, we might be here for a while…

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