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Kinda like Guitar Hero

Monday, February 16th, 2009

So you know that game where you hit some colored buttons on a plastic guitar and play along kewl songs on the Playstation or Xbox?

The thing is, you need a console for that and it costs money to buy the game and/or the guitar. Solution?

Well, the guys over at solved that problem by providing a game which only needs your browser (flashbased) and the keyboard. So thats 2 out of 2 requirements pretty much every computer meets today. Im running it within Firefox3 on Windows XP since Flash seems to have problems on my Ubuntu Laptop. And when you have the music lagging behind the keys, its no fun. Believe me!

The principle is simple: you put your fingers around the keyboard like you would around a guitar (no must, do however you like to!), and strum the string with the enter key. Notes are “falling” from the top, and as soon as they pass the field on the buttom, you have to hit them.

There are different difficulties (normal to legendary) and modes (tab and strum), as well as a ranking system, friends community, ability to submit your own songs, duellmode, showdownmode and more to come and all: FOR FREE. If you doubt its something youd like, just play without signing up.

After playing a little with the keyboard i decided i need to have one of those guitars. They are about 40Eur at Amazon. I chose the wireless version since i want to be able to move freely whilst playing a good song. In order to get the xbox controller working on your PC, you need a special receiver (tried bluetooth and WLAN, didnt work) which you can get bundled with a regular controller also at Amazon for again 40Eur. That makes 80 plus some postage, but you can of course sell the controller again.

Once you have everything beside you, you need to install the XBox Windows drivers (should come along on a CD or check Microsoft) and some software to map Joysticksignals to normal keyboard inputs.

I came across Joy2Key, of which you can find a windows-build here. The problem with Joy2Key is, that it cant map the CoolieHat as which the strumming button is recognized. At least i didnt find a way. Thats why i tried JoyCur. Its a tiny program (35kB) that can map every function of the Joystick/Gamepad/Guitar to keyboard strikes. Very good, thanks to that, im ready to map all my keys to play Jamlegend with my Guitar Hero controller. AWESOME!

If you want a standalone program like GuitarHero but cant afford it, check out Frets on Fire. But dont take the newest (1.3.something) version, its full of bugs. Rather look through the forums to find an old stable version and get some songs from there, while you are at it.

Im happy with my setup, i inspired lots of friends already, maybe you’ll have some fun as well!

Here some results, just to show you what it looks and sounds like =)

Canon Rock on

Happy Jamming!

PS: Attention! High risk of addiction! Seriously!

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