My wrists are cramping. The keyboard was not designed to be used like this, but I’m having a blast! Damn you Frets on Fire!
I’ve been looking forward to getting Guitar Hero III for the Wii since before Christmas. But, as anyone not living under a rock will know, GH3 has been sold out everywhere since its release.
Perhaps, Activision (the publisher) is holding up shipments until they get through fixing the mono output bug.
Until that time, I’ll have to make do with Frets on Fire, an Open Source and freely downloadable Guitar Hero clone for Windows, Linux and Mac.
I tried it last night, and must admit, it’s a blast! A fairly simple game, you hold your keyboard similar to a guitar, with the fingers of your left hand curling around the keyboard (from the back to the front) to hit your ‘frets’ (F1 — F5 keys). The Enter key is your ‘pick’.
The rest is all in the timing.
There’s a pretty entertaining tutorial, and three songs included, as is a song editor. Music packs are also available online, from the usual bittorrent sources. And you can also import tracks from any of your Guitar Hero DVDs. Very cool.
Frets on Fire will also let you use your USB Guitar, should you already have one. Alas, I don’t, so I’ll have to get used to holding that damn keyboard…