|09:10 am - Needed: New Video Game|
Ever since I, my brother, and my friends became addicted to Guitar Hero, I've been trying to get my Dad to just give it a try once. Heck, we've even gotten my Mom to play a song or two, and my nephew is rocking the house on Medium at this point. But Dad simply walks by us whenever we're playing, chuckles, and shakes his head.
The other night, we put off Guitar Hero in favor of trying out SingStar, a sort of karaoke game where you try to sing along with the songs on the screen. I wandered off to see if we could talk Dad into giving this one a try. After all, he once sang in the church choir and often sings little songs he makes up for tributes to faculty retiring at the university. (As it turns out, he's famous for this. I met a professor from another department the other day, and when I mentioned Dad's name, he said, "Oh! He's the poem guy!" But I digress.)
"Hey, we've got a new game going on out there," I told Dad. "It's like Guitar Hero only with singing instead of playing guitar."
He looked at me soberly. "Yes," he said. "I was wondering whether or not I should call 911 because of the wails of pain I was hearing from out there."
I laughed. "Oh come on, it's not that bad!" And oddly enough, it wasn't. I was actually surprised by how well everyone was doing on it. "You want to come give it a try? We've got a spare microphone just waiting for you."
He thought about it for a moment, then shook his head. "No, that's okay," he replied, "I think I'll pass."
He paused, and went on, "But if they ever come out with Quadratic Equation Hero, I'll be right there."
"What about Graph The Function Hero?" I asked him with a grin.
"Oh yeah," he said, "that's definitely my game."
Someone tell Sony. There's a whole untapped market out there that they're not taking advantage of.
And you read it here first.
Interesting. So on Guitar Hero II, where they tell you how many notes there are in a song, you could actually make a formula to tell you what score you need to get five stars.
I wonder if the guy just figured that out, or if the actual formula is published somewhere?