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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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N0t Hyped: LocoRoco (PSP)

If you don’t like cute, you should just turn back now.


So this will be my last post while maintaining a more restrained approach to my writing while avoiding my normal cynical and angry outlook on life. So this seems like the prefect time to review LocoRoco, quite possibly the cutest, bubbliest, happiest, most saccharine game I’ve ever played. It’s so happy it’s infectious, even for bitter cynics such as myself. =)

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N0t Hyped: World of Goo (PC, Mac, iOS, Wii)

Come on, just a little more and we’ll hit the ionosphere!


Since I plan on talking about Braid all next week I guess I’ll just declare May indie month here at 0verhyped. Why the hell not? Nobody is reading this anyways. I could declare it aglet appreciation month and just repeatedly write about the North America Free Trade agreement, who the fuck would be here to notice the difference?

Anyways, World of Goo is a personal favorite game of mine. I just recently beat it again and it still managed to surprise me, partially because I was playing a new version and they added a few small things. But that aside, it is impressive how much is crammed into every little level of World of Goo.

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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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Remembering the Rhythm: Mourning the Loss of the Music Game Genre

Hopefully all the plastic guitars they buried here won’t contaminate the ground water.


In case you hadn’t heard, the rhythm music game genre has been declared mostly deadish. There are no more Guitar Heroes, and the only new stuff outta Rock Band is an iPad version of the already released iPhone version of Rock Band, some new songs you can buy for Rock Band 3, and Rock Band the board game. The only music software selling now is either dancing games or actual educational software on how to learn to play guitar.

Between me spending the last two days bitching about how Rock Band and Guitar Hero drove me and someone I know up the god damn wall with their bullshit and the fact that this place is called 0verhyped, you might think I’m happy that these easily exploited cash cows have meet a sudden and untimely demise brought on upon their own insistence on flooding the market with their mass produced brands of cheaply made corporate approved plastic crap.

But I’m not. In fact, I’m pretty bummed out about. Sorry to let you down, but I don’t actually hate everything or regularly take pleasure in other people’s failure. Unless someone I already hate is suffering, then I find their pain hilarious. But this isn’t one of those cases. Even though I got frustrated at the two big players in the rhythm game genre for a number of reasons, I didn’t want to see the whole genre fold. But I’m not bummed out just because the genre is gone, but what it means for the whole mainstream gaming industry. But I’ll get to that some other time. For now, I just want to reminisce.

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