I had a weird dream which involved this Chinese family taking an old car from right in front of the church. They lived near signs which proclaimed COLLINGWOOD and PACIFIC CENTRE EXIT, and somehow I was picked to crawl on the sidewalk to the house (which had a LOT of flowers in vases in the front) and demand answers. I got in through the side door leading to the garage / carport, and had good timing as the mother had just pulled the car in - it was a very small black-and-white car, and two kids with a doll barely fit in the backseat. The car had been made to look like a taxi, complete with sign up top. I called everyone at church to say that I'd managed to impound our car, and took the mother for questioning. Her kids were worried, but I told them that they'd get new dark blue clothes (jeans, hats, "Beatrix" on the clothes) from the nice people that I knew. That seemed to calm them down a bit, and we reassured them over an Arby's meal that we wouldn't hurt their mom. I returned the car to its previous location, dropping it right in its spot.
Back at church, Jon and Jeremy were doing cartwheels that landed them right in front of a bus stop across the street from the church. A bus pulled up right when they stopped, and the lady driver wasn't too impressed that they didn't want to board the bus. She told us to go down a few blocks if we wanted to impress people with our shenanigans. In addition, she guided us just where to go: down Nanaimo to East 20th! Yeah, we didn't think so! When she left in a huff, we hopped / skipped / jumped right back to our original location. Then I was trying to make a point to Jeremy (who was wearing a white T-shirt), and touched his arm. He immediately screamed: "DON'T TOUCH ME! THERE GOES MY BUDDHISM!" We had NO idea what he was talking about, so we all surrounded him and gave him a group hug. The dream ended when a bunch of uncles and aunties (including Andrea's mom) came out of the church and congratulated me on getting the car back since it was priceless.
I have no idea why I had that dream. Random: The Canucks have lost a few games recently, I'm going to the townhouse to eat curry and try on [Italian] shoes (Grandma's back), and I'm also talking to Corey about GUITAR HERO 3. Seems to be an interesting and more fun game with some actual storyline, battles with bosses who join you onstage to play songs, etc.
(02:04:18 PM) Corey: well, I just beat Tom Morello in a guitar battle, and then he joined me on stage to play Bulls on Parade
(he's the guitar player for Rage Against the Machine :P)
(02:07:42 PM) Flami: haha, I know who that is :P Guitar Hero 3
(02:11:58 PM) Corey: of course :D it's pretty damn awesome so far. the gameplay is just a little different, but it looks like nothing I was worried about is missing or broken.... the notes are a little smaller, and I've missed stuff because I just didn't even see it... so it'll take some getting used to, but the songs are pretty much all master tracks, and there's lots of good stuff in here.
(02:12:33 PM) Corey: it even has a story mode thing that kinda goes on in career mode... the other Guitar Hero games
just gave you new venues every 5 songs... so does this, but it has little videos showing a storyline...
(02:13:30 PM) Corey: like venue 1 is somone's backyard, and then you get offered a gig at some bar, where someone notices you and hires you to shoot a video.... and the end seems to be becoming "God of Rock" :P but video shoot is as far as I've gotten so far :P
(02:14:15 PM) Corey: as far as I know, the end is a heavy metal version of The Devil Went Down to Georgia
where you battle the Devil in a guitar battle :P
(02:15:29 PM) Corey: guitar battles are a 2-player mode that's new for this game, but you "fight" bosses after a certain amount of songs too... instead of getting star power, you get battle power, and when you get a battle power thingy, you use it on the other guy and it screws them up somehow.. or they use one to screw you up... gives you more notes, messes up your guitar, makes it so you can't see the notes, etc...
(02:19:29 PM) Corey: I'm playing through on Hard the first time... my arm is tired :P
(02:20:17 PM) Flami: sounds like an interesting game... story mode definitely makes it better for me, if I were to play it
(02:21:52 PM) Flami: the battle power sounds neat, haha - I can just imagine my friends using it on each other to screw everyone up :P
(02:23:46 PM) Corey: that's the point :P
(02:24:06 PM) Flami: oh, I know... they'd be really evil with it, haha
(02:24:12 PM) Corey: if you have one of the other versions on the newer systems you can go online and play random people in battle modes and stuff
(02:24:22 PM) Corey: the PS2 version doesn't have online stuff..
(02:25:41 PM) Corey: this torrent got up to over 2000 people though, and surely more are downloading it today, so there's apparently still some demand for PS2 games :P this is just on one torrent site, which is private and doesn't even allow new members right now and won't for the forseeable future, so it's not even a lot of people and it still set a record for people on a torrent there :P
(02:26:07 PM) Corey: last one was apparently over 1000 people getting God of War 2
(also on PS2)... Guitar Hero 3
hit over 2000 :P
(02:27:49 PM) Corey: so this isn't the best version, but at least I can play it :P I thought I'd have to buy a new game system to play the newer Guitar Hero
games... not much besides Guitar Hero
interests me a whole lot on the new systems, really... I'm sure I'll have one eventually, but I don't really want one terribly badly :P I haven't even had my PS2 for a year yet :P
(02:33:48 PM) Flami: well, at least you can play something that interests you
(02:38:42 PM) Corey: this game also has the Kramer Focus Fatboy VT211S as an unlockable guitar.... which happens to be the first guitar I bought :P didn't expect to see THAT one in here :P makes sense though I guess, since it's just a direct copy of a Fender Stratocaster, and this game is sponsored by Gibson, so a Fender guitar in the game would be out for sure :P
(02:38:52 PM) Corey: Fender stuff is in Rock Band
, which comes out next month :P
(02:39:28 PM) Flami: haha, wow... that definitely would be out
(02:39:40 PM) Flami: let me guess.. you're going to play Rock Band
(02:42:03 PM) Corey: well, if I can :P I don't think the PS2 version comes out right away
(02:42:12 PM) Corey: the songs in GHIII
look better so far
(02:43:01 PM) Corey: but Rock Band
is made by the people that made the first two (three if you count 80's edition) Guitar Hero
games, and also includes drums, bass, and vocals... it costs like $200 which sucks.. but that's because it comes with a guitar, a mic, and drums :P
(02:43:28 PM) Corey: so it's basically another Guitar Hero
, plus extra instruments
(02:44:20 PM) Corey: now I get to play Anarchy in the U.K.
:P re-recorded specifically for GHIII
by the Sex Pistols.... I was thinking this big secret would be a Led Zeppelin song, but this is cool too :P
(02:44:37 PM) Corey: they said they had a huge band reform just to do something for Guitar Hero III
(02:45:29 PM) Corey: Zeppelin is sort of back together, so I thought it might be them :P haven't seen all the songs yet, and haven't read it online, so they still may be in here, but I doubt it... it's one of the most requested bands, so they surely tried at least
(02:45:57 PM) Flami: I know Led Zep are reforming - with Jason Bonham - but that's for just one show, or so I heard
(02:46:27 PM) Flami: unless I'm mixing my big shows up, it's something to do with Ahmet Ertegun's widow and a benefit for her?
(02:49:30 PM) Corey: no idea what it's for :P
(02:50:33 PM) Corey: hopefully it turns into more than one show.... only about .001% of the people that want to pay them lots of money to see them live are going to get to :P they'd make people happy and make tons of money at the same time by doing a tour
(02:51:37 PM) Corey: I haven't gotten to it yet, but Living Colour re-recorded Cult of Personality
for this game too... they couldn't find the master track for the song, so they just rerecorded it themselves and sent that in :P didn't charge the game company for it or anything
(02:52:32 PM) Corey: on the first two games, they had trouble getting bands for the games... now they have more trouble keeping bands away from the games :P even the Rolling Stones insisted they use a master track of Paint It Black
in this (rather than record a cover version, like most of the first two games did)
(02:56:48 PM) Flami: yeah... the lottery system sucks from that perspective
(02:57:09 PM) Flami: hey, that's really cool of In Living Colour... and way to go for the Stones
(03:04:44 PM) Flami: whoa... my Firefox has been upgraded!
(03:19:16 PM) Corey: wow!
(03:20:50 PM) Flami: yeah... I wasted another Text Twist game, but it's okay.. at least my entry draft is still there :P
(03:24:43 PM) Corey: well I just 5-starred Rock You Like a Hurricane
(03:25:11 PM) Flami: on hard mode? wow
(03:25:34 PM) Corey: now it's an Aerosmith song :P
(03:25:48 PM) Flami: which one?
(03:29:49 PM) Corey: Same Old Song and Dance
, which I only 3-starred, because it has all these screwy parts that don't go the same way my hand is capable of going :P at least not when I don't know that stuff is coming... I'll retry it later :P I've been getting 5 stars on a lot of stuff, but definitely not everything
(03:30:23 PM) Corey: I can 5-star everything but the hardest songs on the other Guitar Hero games on Hard... not so many on Expert, but some :P
(03:35:32 PM) Corey: here comes Slash! :P from what I've seen on videos, this guitar battle is nothing but solos, which I suck at... so this may not go well :P
(03:40:17 PM) Corey: yay, I won! but it was a lot harder than Tom Morello :P battle mode is kinda dumb.. it doesn't matter that you can't even play it well as long as you can hit the little parts that let you attack Slash (or whoever) as soon as they start a part so they fuck up a bunch and lose
(03:40:50 PM) Corey: oh well, you don't miss out on songs or anything... after you beat a boss, you still play a song with them... so it's time for Welcome to the Jungle
(03:41:44 PM) Flami: haha, that sounds really sweet, haha
(03:45:46 PM) Corey: 5 stars :P
(03:46:36 PM) Corey: solos are a lot easier in this one, which makes some of these songs way more fun :P still screw up on plenty of spots, but in general it seems to be more fun to play most things in this one, aside from all the new and awesome songs
(03:49:05 PM) Flami: the fun factor is always a huge one in games
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