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Tycho / on Wed, Sep 17 2008 at 12:00 am

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When we are discussing fair food, it might be useful to note that we are talking about the Puyallup Fair.  My father used to work said fair when I was a young man, so my memories of the event are optimal.  He’d somehow gotten plugged into some vast carnie fraternity, so that everywhere I went there was a nod and a handful of tickets, slyly conferred.  I wasn’t able to attend this fair, which makes the Tycho present in the strip a simulation of a simulation.  Barring the days spent in the alternate dimension of PAX - or speaking to your aggregated consciousness, here - every moment has been dumped into writing the next Precipice.

If you would like to know why writing in games suffers, or is bad, or is not valued, know this:  it is because in order to secure writing, one must deal with writers, something no-one in their right fucking mind should ever even contemplate.

At the end of the day yesterday, we finally started transforming our Rock Band rock band Cair Paravel into a global brand.  While this has been going on, unbeknownst to Rock Band, I have been checking out Guitar Hero setlists and other bizarre news with a growing fascination.  There must be a support group for people like me:  those with a firm and declared allegiance, for whom the lure of the other has taken on a terrible and beautiful fascination.

The setlist has a lot of very “obvious” tracks on it that Rock Band doesn’t yet have, although this gap could close with the promise of twenty free songs to be delivered shortly.  I should be clear - when I say “obvious,” I don’t mean that they lack verve.  I’m saying there’s just some straight-up, ship-of-the-line tracks on the Activision offering that belong in a Goddamned rhythm game -  Hotel California, Up Around The Bend and Santeria, just to start.  The included Tool tracks are, universally, missed opportunities.  But I’ve been waiting to sing Interpol’s Obstacle 1 literally from day one.  I understand that pricing on DLC is ever controversial and I don’t want to give motherfuckers any ideas.  Here, though, is truth: Obstacle 1 is a case where I would spend sixty dollars for a single song.

(CW)TB out.  

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