That Kid Plays Guitar

So, I was talked into buying Guitar Hero II last night coming home from Easter dinner. A good friend of mine had reserved two copies of the highly addictive game. I did not have my mind set on buying it, after so many below average games already in my collection. But something was different about this.

While I don’t have a full write up of the game yet in the Review section, I must say I am rather impressed with it. The game plays like some of the other Dance Dance Revolution type of gamers, which you must press a button and the strum bar in order to play a fret and multiple buttons to play a chord. Interesting concept, not difficult to learn. But challenging to master.

I thought I was bad ass after numerous rounds on the easy level. So I stepped up to the hard level and got booed off stage doing Possum Kingdom by the Toadies. Overall, a very enjoyable game. I look forward to more rocking out in my living room. Maybe this will be the preshow entertain for Urban Radio this coming Saturday.

Terror de Urban

Wow! It was one of the best weeks every for Urban Terror! Hard to compare to a real event like Quakecon, which was amazing in its own right. But this was different. The team is a much closer group of individuals in the past. That does not take away the development work of previous team members. Maybe it is the interaction and how we work together as a team, some together or nearly 5 years!

The release was something special in its own right. Coming off one of our longest development cycles we wanted to make sure everything was right. Was it? Of course not. There were issues pre-release and now post release. Even during the release we were a bit tardy with the files to the host FTPs, which in turn made the files about 30 minutes late. But hey, it’s close enough for government work.

The community support for the release was amazing! We had over 250+ gamers in each of the #urbanterror channels on Quakenet and ETG, along with some 450+ watching the pre-release party on Stickam Video and another 100+ tuned in on the radio side. We applaud the community for their turn out and I believe we have impressed the majority of the gamers with the release. But there is still that small percentage, of which I won’t rant about now.

The past week has been spent in support of the Urban Terror release. Many are still working tirelessly at updating files, talking to community gamers, playing the game and answering questions. This is just part of that “cycle” I spoke about during Urban Radio last weekend. Of course you would NEVER find this sort of support from a development team if this were a retail project bound for the shelves. It’s unfortunate, but I guess when money dictates actions and money dictates getting a good looking game released as opposed to a well playing game…

Anyway, big props to the Urban Terror community for coming through and believing in the development team. I know many had their doubts that A) this release would happen and B) it would cause this sort of noise to bring gamers back into the community.

One last note, while at Easter dinner last night, I had the pleasure of downloading, installing and starting ioUrbanTerror.exe (used in conjunction with the mod files). Folks, if you just follow the directions, you will have NO PROBLEMS! Yes, it is that simple of an install, easier than it was with the mod files, as I had to restart three times on my own machine with the mod installer.