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post #511 of 6042
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Originally Posted by Abaddon View Post

Me too. Although I am definitely not missing my morning browse through the complaints about the PS3 patch situation, the complaints about the DLC, the complaints about the PS2 version... there's great info on the boards but man it can be a challenge to wade through.

..and broken instruments....

Do you think the site will now take our unique Rock Band website codes to link our PSN account progress with our website registration, a la GH III?

Imagine if they open the new site with an announcement of "The Patch"...

Unfortunately, they're probabably just doing server maintenance.
post #512 of 6042
Well, I can officially add myself to the list of those with broken instruments. My bass drum is no longer working as of last night. The pedal quit working mid song and the wife and I figured out that is tied to where the bass pedal plugs into the main drum kit. The connection was sketchy - got it to work periodically by moving it around and then it finally just quit working all together. I went through the RMA process last night but it's looking grim for having a working drum kit for company during the holidays. With the kids coming into town, that's very disappointing to say the least...

I love the game - and I do mean LOVE it - but looks like I've fallen victim to the hardware glitches that are so prevelantly talked about on the RB site. Hopefully they get those worked out soon - as the overall product is solid...
post #513 of 6042
Got this e-mail from Harmonix....unfortunately site is not open yet - but they must be expecting it soon.

* Link your RockBand.com account to your Xbox Live gamertag or Playstation Network id to share your characters, bands, and high scores with your friends.

* Compare your high scores with the Rock Band community on the brand new Leaderboards!

* Make friends, write a blog, and post your pictures on your own personal RockBand.com page!

* Last but not least, the community forums that you've come to know and love return in all of their glory, with all of your posts intact!
post #514 of 6042
Well, something is different... not exactly working yet though.
post #515 of 6042
Can someone please let me know how I can tell if I get a bundle with the older, prone to failure, guitar? (i.e. born on date, sku, specific design of guitar).

I am close to purchasing the bundle from Amazon but was not sure if the older "bad" batch are still being sold. Maybe there is no way of knowing but I thought I'd ask.
post #516 of 6042
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Originally Posted by mpkelley20 View Post

Can someone please let me know how I can tell if I get a bundle with the older, prone to failure, guitar? (i.e. born on date, sku, specific design of guitar).

I am close to purchasing the bundle from Amazon but was not sure if the older "bad" batch are still being sold. Maybe there is no way of knowing but I thought I'd ask.

amazon sold out of the early bondles before the game even launched you'll be fine.
post #517 of 6042
The new site is now up and running, albeit slow. Note, if you are having problems logging in, check your email because when they migrated the site they issued you a new password.
post #518 of 6042
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Originally Posted by logicalnoise View Post

amazon sold out of the early bondles before the game even launched you'll be fine.

Awesome!!! Thanks!
post #519 of 6042
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Originally Posted by Abaddon View Post

The new site is now up and running, albeit slow. Note, if you are having problems logging in, check your email because when they migrated the site they issued you a new password.

Forget slow, I can't log in. So I can view some posts and see that other people have logged in but not do much else . Has anyone been able to log in to the new site yet?
post #520 of 6042
^^ Yeah, I'm logging in, and posting. It seems a little on the slow side, but it's working for me.

The new site is ok. Nothing really wows me, as was promised, but very little wows me, maybe! (Then again, Warhawk did yesterday. Well, at least I had a lot of fun with it.) The site has some extra sections to it, that's basically all. Band profiles, that most people won't use. There's also a video section where you can watch the default cartoon band rock out to Tom Sawyer. Yay.

All I'm interested in is the forum, where I can check up on the status of the GH3 guitar patch. As for that: Zzzzzzzzzzz.
post #521 of 6042
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Originally Posted by Abaddon View Post

Forget slow, I can't log in. So I can view some posts and see that other people have logged in but not do much else . Has anyone been able to log in to the new site yet?

yeah they didn't send me a new password and their forgot password function is broken. Plus they reformatted their subdomains and now the boards are bloxked at my work. Oh well the initial feedback is teh site is for the better and will be more enjoyable once the bugs are worked out.
post #522 of 6042
Every time I try to log in I get a 504 Gateway Timeout error in my browser (after about 15 seconds of thinking). Bleaugh.
post #523 of 6042
Am I crazy or do the notes that I'm required to play change? I just started playing (drums on easy) and I swear that notes that I play are different sometimes. Usually, I have to play harder combos (like blue and bass at the same time where I didn't have to hit blue when I played the song before).
post #524 of 6042
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Originally Posted by BucksWin View Post

Am I crazy or do the notes that I'm required to play change? I just started playing (drums on easy) and I swear that notes that I play are different sometimes. Usually, I have to play harder combos (like blue and bass at the same time where I didn't have to hit blue when I played the song before).

You're crazy
post #525 of 6042
From the rockband website:

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There will be DLC next week. An announcement will go out today or Monday.

Sony's offices are closed next week and the DLC will be postponed for a week until they come back (but they'll be back on schedule the following week when they get a double-dose of DLC awesomeness). It will go up in the Xbox Marketplace as regularly scheduled.

Too bad about that one-week delay, but I am looking forward to what comes next, and I haven't even had a chance to download any of this week's update yet...
post #526 of 6042
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Originally Posted by Abaddon View Post

From the rockband website:



Too bad about that one-week delay, but I am looking forward to what comes next, and I haven't even had a chance to download any of this week's update yet...

Buddy holly: fun but overall easy.

the pretenders track(brass balls?): still low on the difficulty meter but still solid

My iron lung: if you like creep you'll love this.
post #527 of 6042
**posted this is the wrong thread by mistake. I'll repost it here for everyone's displeasure! (It's a bit loooong.)

Oh, by the way, everyone, Rock Band for the PS3 and 360 just came out in Canada today. Yes, after all! The demand is VERY HIGH so it's likely you've missed your opportunity.

However, I found myself in a very interesting situation about 2 hours ago. Forgive the amount of words it'll likely take me, when it would take 2 sentences from a normal person. Just to make clear again, I'm in Canada. There's supposed to be a release for Rock Band some time before Christmas. Today, maybe. And there I am shopping at the Best Buy for something for my wife. Not Rock Band. However, on the intercom, this is what I hear: "Attention customers", the voice says, "Rock Band for the PS3 and Xbox 360 have just arrived, and are being unloaded now..." I didn't really listen to hear the rest. I think to myself, "Damn, I wish I had known, I would have stood in line!" The one guitar thing has been making me feel so very much on the unhappy side, that I'd almost be willing to buy a whole new game for it. Almost! Anyway, I'm talking to one of the sales people about it, and because no one had any solid release dates or times, the phone lines have been ringing off the hook for this game. I imagine the mob fighting for their copy as I casually take a look at the two-way radio phones.

Fifteen minutes goes by, and I continue to browse around, another 15 minutes goes by...then I think about Rock Band again. Oh, "if only I had jumped when I had the chance," I think to myself. I kind of shrug and feel a little sad about a missed oppurtunity...for surely the game had sold out by now. I had asked someone after the announcement, and apparently they had 6 for each system coming in. That wouldn't last fast. I take the gift I picked out for my wife, and start walking toward the check out, and pause at a discount rack of DVDs. I pick up something with John Wayne on it. Rawhide? But he wasn't in Rawhide. Was he? I'm not really looking.

I glance at the line for the cashiers, notice about 50 people....and wonder how many have Rock Band. I also wonder to myself where the line up must have been for it. Maybe it was just at the front chashiers. I don't see anything left anywhere else to indicate that they ever had any for sale. Oh, well just as a well. No need to see that, to deflate myself even more.

It's then that I see two guys with dollies heading down the isle. Someone bought a TV, I guess. Two TVs! Hm, I think, I'm probably going to be in the way. I have a big shopping cart with my 3 year-old in it, and I'm basically right in the middle of the isle. I'm kinda oblivious to such things sometimes, unfortunately. I move into an open section beside customer service and watch them as they keeping roll their way down the isle, toward me still. Rolling rolling....Rawhide! Hm, they're still coming right toward me. It takes about a millisecond once I see the familiar black, and blue and white boxes, with cartoon musicians on the side, that I realize that they have their order of Rock Band on the dollies! And they're still heading directly to where I'm standing!

"Holy crap," I think, "this is not going to be good for me." (I immediately sense an internal dilemma and panic about to happen with myself any second.) They stop right beside me....oh wow, surely I'm not the start of the line...um...this can't be happening....Sure enough, they plunk their carts down about 2 inch away from my left boot. I suddenly find myself literally shoulder to shoulder with the guy who starts stacking up the display. I stutter and ask him if there's a line, and who has tickets and...and he says, "You're the line. Want one, buddy?" he says excitedly.

At this point all reason escapes me. "Oh, yeah," I say, "I'll take one of those for sure!" What else could I have said! I have never been the line for anything in all my life! This was monumental! This was God touching my shoulder and saying, "Hey, eat this apple my dear child!" This was also not exactly a good thing. My wife. "Crap, my wife!" I think. Suddenly it feels like everything is moving in slow motion. Britteny Spears is playing on a portable stereo system in the CD section and I'm counting 16th notes, I can see everyone talking and it all sounds like a fog horn. I become the fog horn. "Thaaaaaaaaanks," I try to say" and carefully accept the box that's being handed to me.

Then I snap back into life. I immediately turn to prepare myself to cut through the mob. But there is no mob. No one in the city knew when or where the shipments of this game were going. The guy says it was a big surprise to all the staff. "It's like you won the lottery," he says. "The calls for this have been driving me crazy all day!" Oh, great, I think, this isn't helping.

Now keep in mind one thing. I was one of maybe 25 other Canadians in the whole country to make a special trip to the States to get Rock Band when it first came out in November. I sat in line for 9 1/2 hours outside a Best Buy in Fargo North Dakota until midnight to get one of only 4 copies in the store! Those were long, grueling hours....every last one of them. Especially the ones from 1-9. I got a little sick from the cold, even. And did I mention we crossed a border and drove THREE hours just to get the game when it first came out!! With two little kids, my wife, and my mother-in-law!!! And there I was now, completely oblivious to anything, not a care in the world, just casually strolling around, Christmas shopping. And the games lands almost literally right at my feet! The irony is shocking.

And once I had it, I couldn't possibly let it go. So now I have two complete box sets of Rock Band. The new one has French on the Box. I plan to consider how deep my wife will jab the knife into my chest later on tonight. For now I just want to try and let sink in what has happened. I don't want to make money on this. There are no Ebay plans. If it doesn't work out, I'll try selling it to my uncle (who just got a PS3) at cost, or under....if he'll let me use the guitar over Christmas with the family. Worse case, I'll return it to the store on Saturday. Plenty of time before Christmas.
post #528 of 6042
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Originally Posted by BucksWin View Post

Am I crazy or do the notes that I'm required to play change? I just started playing (drums on easy) and I swear that notes that I play are different sometimes. Usually, I have to play harder combos (like blue and bass at the same time where I didn't have to hit blue when I played the song before).

Well I haven't seen notes change i.e. different notes for the same section, but depending on how well you're doing, the game will throw the drum-fill section in so you can go into overdrive. If you weren't doing well, you would have had to play the drum track.
post #529 of 6042
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Originally Posted by Kess View Post

[i]Forgive the amount of words it'll likely take me

When I first saw your post I didn't even bother to start reading it, because it looked so long. But I'm browsing the forum on a quiet Saturday morning, so I thought I'd give it read.

GREAT story! I especially loved the slow-motion part. I think everyone who's a serious member of the AVS forum has had moments like this, where we know it's probably not the right thing to do, but we can't help ourselves because [fill in the blank]. And then it's like we're outside of our bodies watching ourselves make a purchase we know can't truly be justified, but we do it anyway.

I do have to say that Murphy's Law came to mind. I previously read your post about the trip to the States to buy the game, so I can really appreciate the irony of your "good fortune" of being at the right place at the right time to get this second copy. You know darn well that if you had waited for it to come out in Canada, there's no way this would have happened. It would be February and you still wouldn't have a copy!

Thanks for the good read.

Dan
post #530 of 6042
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Kess View Post

However, I found myself in a very interesting situation about 2 hours ago.....

LOL. Great post. Great story.
post #531 of 6042
Thread Starter 
We just broke our second kick pedal. This time, near the bottom of the pedal at the hinge. Requested a replacement on the 20th. Still hasn't shipped.

An interesting tidbit though....We have a digital drum set that I got for the boys last Christmas. They hardly played the damn thing so it sits alone in my youngest's room doubling as a clothes hanger. See: DUST.

Well my oldest son was wandering the interwebs and noticed alot of people using digital drum kick pedals for rockband. The standard jack for a digital drum is 1/8" (kick, toms, snare, hithat, etc) with Rockband's jack being 1/4". We noticed that the hi hat controller looked VERY similar to the rock band pedal. Except our hi hat was a hell of a lot sturdier (aluminum). Could an adapter fix our problem? No way its that easy.

We travel to Radioshack and pick up a mono 1/8 - 1/4 adapter for 2.99 and try the hi-hat pedal. It works PERFECT! For some reason, the actually kick drum from the other set doesn't work. Below are some pics of the pedal we are now using. Notice we removed one of the crossbars for optimal placement. If we break this, we're in trouble.

You'll also notice a small metal tab that goes up and down. That thing hits a microswitch inside. Seems pretty solid.



More dust. UGH. I'm too lazy to clean and retake.



A pic of the jack adapter....We used a mono version.



What we really want to use (still trying to get it to work)....

post #532 of 6042
I am starting to go through Rock Band withdrawls; I am currently home for the holidays and have no access to a RockBand and/or a PS3. Seeing these pics of the drum set coupled with the new DLC (Weezer, Radiohead, etc.) are driving me crazy.

Anywho, I haven't had any issues w/ my pedal but I may look into purchasing an aluminum one from a digital kit as a little insurance. Thanks for the great post Cysquatch.
post #533 of 6042
Wonder what the upcoming dlc is. Heard rumors on RB's site that its the Black Album, but that was via wikipedia, so doesn't really mean much. If we do get a Metallica album i hope its anything before the Black Album.
post #534 of 6042
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Originally Posted by Abaddon View Post

Controllers purchased with the PS2 or PS3 versions are identical and work in both PS2 and PS3 versions Rock Band.

After we found this out I bought the PS3 Bundle and the PS2 game seperately and got a 4 port USB hub as well. We're in business on the PS2 with the PS3 bundle now!
post #535 of 6042
new dlc announced:
"Attack" - 30 Seconds To Mars (from 2005's A Beautiful Lie)
"The Kill" - 30 Seconds To Mars (from 2005's A Beautiful Lie)
"Dirty Little Secret" - All-American Rejects (from 2005's Move Along)
"Move Along" - All-American Rejects (from 2005's Move Along)
"Song With A Mission" - The Sounds (from 2006's Dying To Say This To
You)

each track will be 99 cents. However since the PSN team is on vacation this week these songs won't be on PSN till next week along with whatever DLC gets annouced for then.
post #536 of 6042
Awesome new DLC; I always thought the drum intro to Move Along would be a good candidate for RB.
post #537 of 6042
Regarding ONLINE PLAY, is there any way to specify ahead of time the skill level you want to play at? I prefer expert, and when I'm the leader, it really sucks when it's clear the opponent isn't at that level yet. Sometimes they try their hardest and sometimes they just quit out.

Also, I'd prefer NOT to be the leader, and wish there was a way to defer it.
post #538 of 6042
My bass pedal just broke. Been playing it like mad since release and it broke on my friend, who tends to play a little hard but it still shouldn't have broken.
post #539 of 6042
I think my guitar is slowly dying. A long day of playing yesterday with a friend, and at times it seems unresponsive and unable to hold notes. Probably better fill out the replacement form.
post #540 of 6042
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Originally Posted by c_d_j View Post

I think my guitar is slowly dying. A long day of playing yesterday with a friend, and at times it seems unresponsive and unable to hold notes. Probably better fill out the replacement form.

Have you tried changing the batteries? The ones that come with the guitar are pretty low budge.
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