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Guitar Hero: World Tour – Battle Of The Bands

Last night I was lucky enough to get a chance to play the new Guitar Hero: World Tour live on stage as part of the London Games Festival.

So the night before, I was quite happy just sitting on my PC checking up on gaming news, when a friend IM’d on MSN telling me about this Guitar Hero World Tour tournament taking place in London. The prize was a copy of the game and guitar plus tickets to the launch event on Nov 6th which had a free bar! After much discussion we managed to form a band and we attended the event!

Me sporting the ‘Slash’ hair!

We arrived at The Rigg, London South Bank University Student Union, signed up, and chose to play The Middle by Jimmy Eat World. We got a chance to have a practice run, but we weren’t allowed to play the song we had chosen to use in the competition. So we chose Beat It by Michael Jackson.

I was on guitar and chose to do it on expert. I used the brand new World Tour guitar, which at first, was very strange to use. It was obviously new because the buttons were very stiff and I had to press down on them with a lot of force, and I found the strum bar very difficult to get used to. The new guitar’s strum bar has a ‘bobble’ on the end which makes sure your fingers don’t slide off. Problem is, I always slide my fingers off the strum bar, I find it helps me keep rhythm easier. The strum bar also seems to have some sort of silencer and you don’t really feel the bar clicking when you strum, but I got over all this half way into the song. Unfortunately I didn’t use the new touch sensitive slider because I wasn’t familiar with it, although looking back I really should have given it a try in the practice run. All together though the guitar feels very nice, it’s quite heavy and is a lot fun to use, and the new star power button near the strum bar is very accessible and great to use.

The Barrel Rolls!

So our time came to perform, unfortunately we got chosen to go up first which may have affected our performance slightly. We discovered that the competition was being judged on the percentage of notes hit, so we decided to go one difficulty below our normal level, so that we felt comfortable. So I was on Hard Guitar, Chelsey was on Hard Bass, Dave was on Medium Vocals, and Richard was on Medium Drums! Together we formed the first toy band of the night.. THE BARREL ROLLS

You can see how we performed in this video:

Up on stage, playing with plastic guitars, in front of an audience, was the most surreal experience ever. I’m used to playing GH at home, on my own, or occasionally at a party, but this took things to the extreme. It was awesome!

We came off stage and it went over the the three judges, who scored us 7, 7, and 6 out of 10. These were definately not the worst scores of the night, but we deserved a lot better. As the night went on, one of the judges pulled us aside and apologized for the scores, he explained that because we were first of the night he didn’t know what to expect and therefore gave us the mediocre scores.

After the judging we were then approached by a member of the press and he asked us to to a video interview. We obviously agreed, wrapped our arms around each other and started answering his question. Which ranged from ‘Do you play real instruments’ and ‘Can you see this kind of event taking off in the future’.

The night went on and we watched as people played the game on stage and then get grilled by the judges. We had a few drinks and really enjoyed the night. Until a band called ‘Imperial 9000’ took to the stage and blew everyone away. They were showboating and didn’t miss a note on expert difficulty! It was then revealed that they were representing the UK in some sort of tournament. They completely demolished our chances of winning. They obviously already had the game, they were hitting notes without looking at the screens and the guitarist was using the touch slider like it was no big deal and it had been there all his life!

It was no surprise that at the end of the night Imperial 9000 won, but we did all get a Guitar Hero t-shirt each which made up for it!

It was a fantastic night and a once-in-a-life-time experience. The most fun i’ve had in a long time!

You can find more videos HERE

And photos HERE and HERE

MSXBW Live Event: GTA 4 [August ’08]

Another gaming night has been announced, almost straight after the recent Halo 3 event.

If you don’t already know, our friends over at MSXBOX-World host gaming nights every month to bring the community together for a few games. The game chosen varies each month and prizes are given to participants who do well!

It costs nothing to join in and is well worth while, they’re allot of fun and who knows, you might get some prizes out of it!

Details on how to enter can be found at the bottom of this post! Hope to see everyone there!

Waynimus of MSXBOX-World has this to say:

Game: GTA IV
Date/Time: August 9th – from 7p.m.

Hot off the heels of our recent Hao 3 Event, we are hosting another MSXBOX-WORLD Community Gaming Night, and for the second time we’ll be revisiting Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV. For those of you that are ready to tear it up online, post your interest below and we’ll see you in Liberty City come August 9th where prizes will once again be available.

For greater convenience you can simply click HERE to add MSXBOX WORLD to your Xbox LIVE Friends List (be signed into Xbox.com with your gamertag). Please note that you may receive a game invite from any of the staff here, and this may not be from the MSXBOX WORLD gamertag. The new gamertag’s purpose is for storing Gamer Night participants tags on their, so we can easily access the list and send a game invite when due. Any news and/or update messages regarding these events will be sent from this gamertag to all gamers that have posted their interest in taking part.

HOW TO ENTER

Registering for the event could not be easier! All you need to do is make a post in THIS THREAD.

If you haven’t registered to use the forums yet (all of you should have done by now!) you can register by clicking HERE. Once registered you can then post in the thread!

I’ll see you there!

MSXBW Live Event: Halo 3 [July ’08] Results

It was a shame that not all clan members could make it, only myself and LCDking were able to play. The night was a good laugh.

Only 3 prizes were on offer for the event, and because great talents such as Lithane and Vicktacular made an appearance the competition was extremely tough!

There was no suprise when the final results were announced

1st place: Lithane

2nd place: Vicktacular

3rd place: Rikoshay

Congratulations to Lithane and Vicktacular, they really did show outstanding skill and performed to a very high standard. We all have the up-most respect for you guys!

You can discuss this event by clicking HERE

MSXBW Live Event: Halo 3 [July ’08]

Horray another gaming night, and on Halo 3 again!

If you don’t already know, our friends over at MSXBOX-World host gaming nights every month to bring the community together for a few games. The game chosen varies each month and prizes are given to participants who do well!

It costs nothing to join in and is well worth while, they’re allot of fun and who knows, you might get some prizes out of it!

Details on how to enter can be found at the bottom of this post! Hope to see everyone there!

Wayne of MSXBOX-World had this to say:

-The Game-
Halo 3
-The Date/Time-
July 19th – from 7p.m.

What’s this? A gaming night? Yes, get a post in!! We’re getting back into the Halo mood here at msxbox-world thanks to the recent Bungie Day and them giving all of us another reason to jump online and shoot at each other by them releasing the new free map, Cold Storage. What more could you want than to tea-bag the msxbox staff? Well, we just so happen to have some Xbox 360 games to giveaway too, we’ve not worked out yet how we’re going to be giving these away. As always we’ll come up with something to make sure that everyone taking part has a good time and stands a chance at bagging a prize.

We’ll be using our MSXBOX WORLD gamertag yet again, so make sure that you add this to your friend’s list as well as posting here. The purpose for the gamertag is so none of us have to sort through a load of friends (potentially removing people) to invite participants, so it makes it much easier just to have everyone taking part to be a friend on the MSXBOX WORLD gamertag.

You can simply click here to add MSXBOX WORLD to your Xbox LIVE Friends List (be signed into Xbox.com with your gamertag). Please note that you may receive a game invite from any of the staff here, and this may not be from the MSXBOX WORLD gamertag. The new gamertag’s purpose is for storing Gamer Night participants tags, so we can easily access the list and send a game invite when due. Any news and/or update messages regarding the event will be sent from this gamertag to all gamers that have posted their interest in taking part.

Note: This event is open only to UK gamers. Please make sure you have downloaded all the available FREE multiplayer map packs for Halo 3 before the event is due to take place, this includes the new Cold Storage map as well as the Heroic Map Pack.

HOW TO ENTER

Registering for the event could not be easier! All you need to do is make a post in THIS THREAD.

If you haven’t registered to use the forums yet (all of you should have done by now!) you can register by clicking HERE. Once registered you can then post in the thread!

Hope to see everyone there.. Especially team members!!

MSXBW Live Event: GTA4 – Results

The tenth MSXBW Live Event kicked off at 7pm on Saturday 17th March ’08. This time we gathered to play the blockbuster game Grand Theft Auto 4, an obvious choice really. There wasn’t allot of interest shown in the event because initially no prizes were announced, the players able to attended were:

Rikoshay
ShadowMask
Waynimus
LCDking
CrimsonSlam
Silesky
TheMehWarrior
BannedWorm
Ads1074
Teh Jocko
and one other guy.. something lee? I’ve forgoten the name!

The night kicked off with some confusion from ShadowMask (Rob Cram), he couldn’t quite figure out how to set up games the way we wanted due to the shoddy multiplayer ‘menu’. Once everything was sorted we had some great games, Mafiya Work and Car Jack City were allot of fun and the Cannonball Run was entertaining. Most of the night was dominated by races which did get a bit tedious, the boat and helicopter races were long and boring however the ice cream truck and fire engine race was allot of fun!
We then ventured into some free roam where allot of people ducked out without saying goodbye!
With just Rikoshay, Waynimus, LCDking and CrimsonSlam left we proceeded to hold up a Burger Shot with a 4* wanted level, Jump off buildings into helicopter blades to see how far they’d sling us! and try to get scooters up 20 flights of stairs (just so we cound ride them off the building!) In my opinion the most fun was had in the free roam, very relaxed and a good laugh!

The following day Waynimus announced a secret prize (very sneaky) which was awarded to Silesky for being the most concistent player. Silesky claims one free Xbox Live Arcade Game.

So in future guys, when no prizes are announced there still could be something they’re hiding so always check for the monthly live events over at MSXBOX World!

Overall a very entertaining night, beats hunting pidgeons any day!

MSXBW Live Event: GTA4

The Game: GTA IV
The Date/Time: May 17th – from 7p.m. (UK TIME)

The lovely chaps over at MSXBOX-World are holding another gaming night, this time on the recently released Grand Theft Auto 4!

From MSXBOX-World:

We are hosting another MSXBOX-WORLD Community Gaming Night, and obviously the only possible game to play this time around has to be the recently released Grand Theft Auto IV. For those of you that are ready to tear it up online, post your interest below and send a friend request to MSXBOX WORLD, and we’ll see you in Liberty City on May 17th.

For greater convenience you can simply click HERE to add MSXBOX WORLD to your Xbox LIVE Friends List (be signed into Xbox.com with your gamertag). Please note that you may receive a game invite from any of the staff here, and this may not be from the MSXBOX WORLD gamertag. The new gamertag’s purpose is for storing Gamer Night participants tags on their, so we can easily access the list and send a game invite when due. Any news and/or update messages regarding these events will be sent from this gamertag to all gamers that have posted their interest in taking part.

Registering for the event couldn’t be easier! All you need to do is make a post in THIS THREAD.

If you haven’t registered to use the forums yet (all of you should have done by now!) you can register by clicking HERE. Once registered you can then post in the thread!

Hope to see you all there!

Expect results to be posted here after the game is played.

More news coming soon!

MSXBW Live Event: Halo 3 – Results

The night could have gone allot better, definately very dissapointing, 16 people registered and only 7 players showed up and stuck it out.

Participating members (alongside staff XSPLINT3RX and Waynimus):

Rikoshay
LCDking
mark96
MiniMcKinky
ruari1
erdal6
TheMehWarrior2

There was supposed to be 16 players!

No results were taken down due to the small turn-out, but one prize was on offer and was awarded to someone at random. Mark96 won a promotional code for the Legendary Map Pack, enabling him to download the maps free of charge, saving him 800mp.

No real serious games were played, we mainly played Forge varaints and other custom games, including a few games of Rocket Race, when we have the numbers. The night ended at around 10pm

All in all it was a fairly entertaining night, we had some laughs, just a shame that people didn’t show up. I think the main reason for this was due to the lack of prizes on offer, it’s a shame people don’t want to play for fun anymore!

Congratulations to Mark, and let’s hope the next gaming night goes allot better.


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