Oh God, this game is so freakin’ funky!

I’m taking about Mevo and the Grooveriders. Open-mouthed It’s a pretty simple indie game, click the left and right mouse buttons in time with the music while your one-eyed alien dude, "Mevo", runs along the screen in a platformer-style way… but holy crap, the music is awesome! Open-mouthed It’s all original music composed by the company’s musicians, but it sounds so cool and so professional, I’d think it would be right at home in DDR or something. Open-mouthed Or Funk Hero. Tongue out If you like music games, you should at least check this game out – you can get a 45-minute trial at Reflexive. Open-mouthed

The game itself it a bit short, only 15 levels, but each level has 3 objectives to complete (earning you "Gruvs"), multiple paths, and some have the "Leap of Faith", which usually makes the song super-cool. Open-mouthed If you hit a specific string of glowing notes along the level path, you jump REALLY high, usually go through a freestyle ring (which I PWN at Open-mouthed), and then go along a different path of green notes, which don’t punish you if you miss them. The Leap of Faith sections are the funkiest parts of the game. Open-mouthed

Level 11’s Leap of Faith is REALLY hard to earn, probably the hardest in the game (YOU try pressing the mouse buttons in this order really fast (I mean REALLY fast) without making a mistake: RLLLRLRLLLRLLLRL Tongue out), but it rewards you with uber-funky vocal mixing. Open-mouthed I only just earned it today for the first time ever, and as soon as I managed to record a video of it, I HAD to put it somewhere on the Internets so that people could watch it. Open-mouthed So, here you go! The uber-funky part is about 2 minutes in, but the rest of the song is cool as well. Open-mouthed

Mevo & The Grooveriders – Level 11
(PS: Notice what appears under most of the RLLLRLRLLLRLLLRL sequence? PERFECT!! PERFECT!! PERFECT!! PERFECT!! PERFECT!! PERFECT!! PERFECT!! PERFECT!! PERFECT!! PERFECT!! Open-mouthed I was quite shocked at that when I played it back. Open-mouthed)

Stupid YouTube, took about 30 minutes to process a 3 minute vid… Sarcastic

I only missed one note in the Leap of Faith, and that’s because I was laughing. Open-mouthed (MEVO! (Funky!) Mevo!) H-H-H… H… (Mevo!) H-H-H… (MEVO!) He-Heaah! H-H-H… He… (Mevo!) Heaah! Open-mouthed
The annoying thing is, because FRAPS seems to be a bit retarded, it dips my FPS every so often. Not by much (apart from at the start of that vid, where it decided to take a snooze, nearly), but it’s enough to make me lose rhythm. After I recorded that vid, I turned FRAPS off to see if I could get a better score… and I did. 1.2 million, and I earned a 500 combo somewhere in there. Really annoying, cuz I wanted to show you that performance instead! Sad Ah well… just as long as the Leap of Faith is there. Open-mouthed

Right, I’m-a off for now, but I’ll see yous later! Open-mouthed

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I think I finished Counter Challenge!

Aye, it’s been a lickle while, but I’ve been doing… stuff. Nothing constructive, really. Tongue out I’ve been playing Parappa The Rapper 2 every so often, I started playing and ended up liking The Sims 3 (amazing since I didn’t really like the first two, probably because I found them completely pointless and too “sandboxy”, whereas The Sims 3 constantly gives you goals to complete), I found a music game called Mevo and the Grooveriders which I found really cool, I got Mass Effect through illegitimate means (it’s official, DRM doesn’t work) and thanked myself for not paying ¬£25 for it, because it was so easy and full of ridiculous bugs, and I installed Duke Nukem 3D and modded it with a high resolution graphics pack and tried to get it to work online, and sort of failed. Tongue out That’s about it. Oh, and I still need a Demonoid account so I can get some environments and new objects for DAZ Studio. Wink I haven’t played with that for a while.Other than those things, I also think I’ve completed Counter Challenge. I’ve done the two-player mode with three different calculation options, and finished off the main menu and the tutorial. I can’t and won’t do a computer controlled opponent. I basically have 7 days to make an AI for a complicated game board that no-one else has made before, and I’m just some chump with Multimedia Fusion 2 who’s getting paid ¬£1,000. Hardly much in the games industry. Confused¬†Besides, I hate AI.¬†Tongue outI’ve sent it off to the dude I’m making it for… and his computer can’t run it… because he’s using Windows ME (Oh dear) and his anti-virus program, Sophos (Again, oh dear) thinks that one tiny part of the program is a virus, when it isn’t. Sarcastic Nothing I can do about it, really, he just has to try it on someone else’s PC, or disable Sophos… but I don’t know how the hell you do that. At least he hasn’t got¬†Norton. Tongue out

I was meaning to get some more of ULSG done, and update my project page, but since I’ve been working on Counter Challenge… that’s more than enough to make me need a break from Multimedia Fusion. Tongue out I’ll get some more done eventually, I’m not forcing myself to do it, otherwise it’ll be crap. Tongue out I might get something done at Uni, but if I do end up learning a programming language relatively quickly, I may try to start on a 3D ULSG. Ultimate Lame Ship Game 2!! Open-mouthed Don’t worry, I’ll get the 2D version finished first. Open-mouthed

Annnd, I think that’s all for now. I’ll see yas later! Open-mouthed

Oh God, just no…

This is a message to the makers of Guitar Hero. Hi there, Red Octane/Neversoft/Harmonix/Beenox/whoever the hell you are this time. You see this link?

http://www.game.co.uk/Xbox360/Action/~r343149/DJ-Hero/

Explain? What the hell possessed you to think of this? Just… NO, with this idea. Too expensive, too niche, too stupid, and it’s taking music games a bit too far. Concentrate on good music, please.

They’d better not have been distracted from Guitar Hero 5 by making this, they NEED a good Guitar Hero to keep my attention. Tongue out

(Now that I’ve said all this, watch this game completely knock the opposition flat and become the new music game trend. Tongue out)

And just a quick note…

"Congratulations!
Your place at The University of Huddersfield (H60) to study Computer
Games Programming (G602) has been confirmed."

YEEEEAHHHHH!!! Open-mouthed Had to submit proof of my results to them, because I don’t think NEW College had their ass in gear (typical…), but now my offer’s UNCONDITIONAL! I’m-a going to Uni! Open-mouthed

Makes me feel speshiful, as only about 40 people in the whole world (of those that applied, of course Tongue out) got into this course this year. Life is gooood. Open-mouthed

Guitar Hero 5!

OH MAN, I want this game. Open-mouthed It looks and sounds so much better than World Tour, which, if I’m honest, was a bit of a disappointment. It was fun to play, but… I dunno… it felt like it was trying too hard to be like Rock Band, and didn’t have a great setlist compared to Guitar Hero 3. And it was easier, and less hectic… and somehow less exciting. Sad

It also felt a bit rushed and a bit lame in places, such as the way Star Power is used in multiplayer. When you’re paying attention to hitting notes and not paying attention to how many Star Power sequences you’re hitting, you don’t know whether you’ve got enough Star Power for all the players. So, I would sometimes risk it, saying "STAR POWER!", and find that there was about a PIXEL less than we needed for two shots, so it was basically wasted. Confused Also, when I get a streak, I want a cool display to tell me about it every time I hit a milestone, saying "50 NOTE STREAK!" or "300 NOTE STREAK!", letting me know and making me feel like I’m doing really well. I don’t want a little pathetic string of text saying "50 Note Streak" pop up and then fade out, which is barely noticable. I know why they dubbed it down from the big notifications in Guitar Hero 3, it’s because some idiot gamers direct all their attention onto a notification that pops out of nowhere, then break their chain. Sarcastic And the developers listened to these few squeals of annoyance, and made the game worse. Sad It was little irritating changes like that which ruined the experience, but it was mainly the semi-crap setlist. You’d play a good song, and then the encore comes…¬† and you’re expecting a really great song, and sometimes you get that, songs like "Beat It", for example.¬†Open-mouthed But most of the time… no, some random artist gets displayed, and you’re forced to play some country music, which ruins the entire stage. Sad And there isn’t just one country song, either, there are quite a few. It’s GUITAR HERO… I know it says "guitar", but Guitar Hero featured rock in GH1, more rock in GH2, and even more rock in GH3… it’s supposed to be about ROCK, not gay country music. And it’s supposed to be about rock that sounds GOOD by artists that sound GOOD, not crap like System of a Down (which sounds like NOISE, not MUSIC) or any of the other rubbish bands they dug out of nowhere.

I really want Guitar Hero 5, though. There are loads of new touches that just make me want it. Firstly, it looks great, a much wanted improvement over Guitar Hero World Tour’s half-arsed UI – everything looks just right. Also, by the look of some screenshots, people seem to have their own Star Power and Rock Meters, which is copying Rock Band a bit, but frankly, Rock Band’s system is the only one that works properly, with the exception of the "you can’t do anything about it if a player fails out three times, you’re all going to fail" rule. If I’ve got a single player who’s crap in our band, or a single player that only lost their rhythm for a few moments and failed out, I don’t want the WHOLE BAND to be punished for it by having to start all over again… Sarcastic

Besides looking like they’ve actually tried to make the game look brand new instead of copy-and-pasting objects from older games and tweaking them a bit, there are a few other features I like, the main one being that anyone can use any combination of instruments. So there can be four guitarists, or two guitarists and a drummer… or three drummers and a vocalist, or three bassists and a guitarist, anything you want!¬†Open-mouthed That’s an awesome idea, cuz I always want to be guitar, because bass doesn’t challenge me and it bores me sometimes, but I also want to be fair to the other guitarists. In the older Guitar Hero games, I’d alternate between bass and guitar if I had a friend who was a guitarist playing with me. When playing online co-op, it was extraordinarily gay when someone decided to constantly hog the guitar by selecting it immediately when it came up before anyone else could, and then refusing to play when he was eventually landed with bass, failing us all out… and there was nothing we could really do about it. Now, 5-year-old bitches like that online will be a thing of the past in Guitar Hero 5. Open-mouthed

There’s also a mode called "Party Play", where players can supposedly drop in and out of the game at any time, or change difficulty without interrupting the song. That’s a cool idea. Smile Then there are updates to the song maker, GHMix, which I don’t actually care about, because I find it impossible to use, and I don’t want to be sat on my arse all day making songs, anyway. I find it unbelievably boring. Tongue out

But before I blow ¬£70 on it for the game and the new guitar controller, I have to know the setlist, because that’s the main feature of the game. The newsletter I got from GAME doesn’t really sell me. "Artists Include: Arctic Monkeys (Crap…), Coldplay (Ehh…), Iron Maiden (Great!), Kings of Leon (Who?), Nirvana (Meh…), and many more…" I’m gonna try and find the full setlist now… and maybe there’s a demo on Xbox Live Marketplace. Open-mouthed I’m gonna go check. Smile

See yas in a bit! Smile

UPDATE!!

No game demo yet. Sad And as for the setlist… I have not heard of 90% of the songs on there. I know FIVE songs on there, one which is crap (Brianstorm, it’s like listening to a food blender), one which is country music and therefore auto-fail (Ring Of Fire), one which I swear has been on a different Guitar Hero/Rock Band game (Smells Like Teen Spirit), and two which I like, but wouldn’t class as rock (Feel Good Inc, and Saturday Night’s Alright). And the rest sounds like drudgery. Sad

Full Setlist

I dunno… I was excited when I first heard about it, but now, I’m thinking of giving this a miss. But since I’ve not HEARD of most of the songs, I think it’s ridiculously harsh to say they’re all automatically crap. Unless it’s Muse.¬†Tongue out I’ll wait for a demo, and then maybe pre-order it. If it comes and it’s rubbish, I’m gonna tell Harmonix/whatever that my guitar’s broken (when it’s not), wait until they send another guitar, and then send the game and the old guitar back. Win! Open-mouthed Hopefully, I won’t have to do that, though. Hopefully the music IS good. Smile

Anyhoo, I’m off for now. See yas later! Smile

I’m now on The Daily Click!

"The Daily wha?", I hear you ask? Well, it’s a site dedicated to user-made games created with Multimedia Fusion, The Games Factory and all the other Clickteam products. It’s pretty good, because it’s got a section where you can create a project, and when you do, you get a devlog, a mini-forum and a progress bar on your project page, too – it’s a nice place to give updates.¬†Smile I also like how it orders the projects list – it puts the most recently updated games at the top, not the most favourited or the highest progress, unlike some sites, which just care about the most popular things (YOUTUBE. Wink). The site doesn’t seem too active, in terms of USER activity (the admins update the news a lot), although it’s probably the best place for me to go and get my game noticed. Smile

Anyhoo, here ya go, here’s my project page:

http://www.create-games.com/project.asp?id=1684

So go head on over there and check it out! Open-mouthed I’ll be making all my game updates there from now on, so if you want ULSG updates, make an account and favourite me! You’ll get notified when I post a devlog entry. Open-mouthed Or you can just bookmark the page, if you can’t be arsed to make an account. Tongue out

Right, I’m off. See yas later! Smile

UPDATE!!
HOLY MOTHER EFFING SHITE, huge motivation surge! I posted ULSG on TDC… and people ACTUALLY CARE about it! Surprised I was expecting to post it and people think it was stupid and completely ignore it, but no! Open-mouthed Three really positive comments and a favourite overnight. I don’t get usually that in a week when I make something!

I like this site. Open-mouthed