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Weekend Roundup: Rock Band

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I played Rock Band last night at a friend’s house for the first time, and everyone is still talking about my vocal rendition of Roxanne by The Police. I’m not sure whether that is a good thing or not. For those who have no interest in video games and who may not know, Rock Band is a game that allows you to form a band and compete by “covering” classic rock songs with simplified musical instruments. It’s a great game.

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Updated December 31, 2007 and originally published December 30, 2007.

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avatar 1 Anonymous

Rock band is outstanding. We received it as a gift this year and I’ve put in hours upon hours of playing time this week. I’m a guitarist, so I’ve always been a huge fan of Guitar Hero, but I was excited to get my opportunity to play drums.

I have to say that I have a newfound respect for drummers everywhere. I had no idea the amount of skill and physical dexterity that goes into that instrument. I think I blew out my knee the other day while trying to play a song.

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avatar 2 Anonymous

I’m glad you liked it. :)

Rock Band looks like a ton of fun…though I don’t know if I’d be any good.

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avatar 3 Anonymous

The drums on rock band are vicious. I could barely keep up with the easiest level the first time I tried it. It is an extremely entertaining game.

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avatar 4 Anonymous

Thanks for featuring my post here Flexo. Gee, I would have loved to hear you sing. I’m a big fan of classic rock.

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