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Home Entertainment, Game On Guitar Hero and Rock Band give new meaning to "rock and roll excess"

Guitar Hero and Rock Band give new meaning to "rock and roll excess"

I am absolutely dreading the arrival of Guitar Hero: World Tour. Can't even enjoy the summer. It might sound like insanity, given that the fourth installment in the Guitar Hero franchise could end up being the most successful game of…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Pounding Headache

Pounding Headache

You'll know in the first few minutes exactly what Patapon has going for it. There's the goofy premise, which casts you as the tribal god Patapon, lord of a band of creatures called, imaginatively enough, Patapons — little savages that…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Almost Famous

Almost Famous

At a Guitar Hero tournament a few months back, one kid complained to me that Expert Mode is too easy. Then he demonstrated the game's secret Hyper Speed mode. My pupils nearly ruptured at the sight of him as he…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Hesher battles, Anti-Feminism, and Village People singalongs: gifts that keep on giving

Hesher battles, Anti-Feminism, and Village People singalongs: gifts that keep on giving

There's a big calendar on the front window of the downtown Old Navy store. I know its sole purpose is to pressure procrastinators like myself into getting our holiday shopping done faster, to thoughtlessly stuff mittens and pleated vests and…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Guitar Hero III Easily the Best Entry in the Franchise

Guitar Hero III Easily the Best Entry in the Franchise

You wanted the best — you got the best: Guitar Hero III. Show of hands: Has anyone not heard of Guitar Hero at this point? You sir, in the back row clutching the Ratt cassette — you're the only one?…
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