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Rocksmith – Today’s the Day

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 22, 2016

I’ve been swamped by the day job worse than… well, pretty much ever, when I wasn’t traveling (traveling comes next week). So I’m sorry the blog has gotten a bit irregular of late. My word count that would otherwise go to the blog has been going into NaNoWriMo, and I’ve only managed to squeak out […]


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The Rocksmith Concert at Slims – Footage

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 21, 2016

There may be a better version being produced by Ubisoft (I would expect as much), but here’s footage from the Rocksmith concert last night, courtesy of The Riff Repeater: https://www.periscope.tv/TheRiffRepeater/1DXGyonLzXkxM The action gets going about 16 minutes in, with the “Bachsmith” arrangement of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy played by the Notetrackers. The main event begins […]


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Rocksmith Live at Slim’s on Thursday Night

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 18, 2016

If you live in the Bay area, this might be something cool (and FREE) to attend: Rocksmith Live at Slims – Featuring Audrey Shida, Myles Bristowe, and Tim Porter with the Ubisoft House Band ONLY grab tickets if you are sure to be there, as seating is limited. (I’m worried how many trolls might claim […]


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Rocksmith Celebrates its Birthday with a New Edition

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 4, 2016

This week, the Ubisoft Rocksmith team celebrates the anniversaries of both Rocksmith and Rocksmith 2014. It’s been five years since the release of the original game (it was originally console-only), and about three years since the 2013 release of the sequel. The original release was a genuine success for a new idea with new technology. They […]


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Rocksmith 2014 Gets an Update – And a Concert!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 5, 2016

Rocksmith 2014 Edition Remastered is coming out this fall. Besides adding six new songs to the original lineup, it addresses nearly everything I’ve had on my wishlist over the years (yes, I’m still playing… though not as often as I should. But I’m still improving!). It will be released on all six platforms (Windows, Mac, […]


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Extreme Guitar…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 20, 2016

I’ve been waiting for this song to his Rocksmith since launch. If you need me anytime in the next three months, I’ll be learning to play it… holed away in some monastery of rock up in the mountains… Rocksmith may be pretty good, but it can’t work miracles, especially when my average lately has probably […]


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Guitar Hero Live is Dying…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 4, 2016

My sympathies go out to the people laid off from Freestyle Games, makers of Guitar Hero Live. This pretty much nails the coffin shut on the Guitar Hero franchise. Things don’t sound great for Rock Band 4, either. It seems like the planned resurgence of the music rhythm game genre ain’t happening. This kinda bums […]


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Rocksmith: Bachsmith II

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 17, 2015

You’ve probably heard me raving about Rockmith 2014 before, and are probably either sick of it or maybe you already play it. Anyway – it’s cool, I’m still playing, and still improving.  Not as much as I’d like, but then, I’m not putting in more than about a half-hour a day into it, either. But […]


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The Easiest and Most Challenging Songs in Rocksmith 2014

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 25, 2015

Rocksmith 2014 has a pretty huge library of songs at this point, particularly if you include imported songs and DLC from the first game. It fortunately includes songs with a wide range of difficulty levels, although in many cases that really depends on what part you play. The “average” song is easiest on bass, harder […]


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Rocksmith: The Bands I’m Waiting For (But Not Really)

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 12, 2015

Time to get away from conventions, Frayed Knights, and even RPGs and indie games for at least one post… My at-least-a-half-hour-a-day Rocksmith 2014 habit has taken some hits recently, mainly due to preparation for the convention. At a half-hour a day, I find my skills don’t really increase much from week to week (but they […]


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Rocksmith 2014: 18 Month Report – Leveling Up

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 18, 2015

Eighteen months ago, I bought Rocksmith 2014 and committed to play it at least a few minutes every day for at least a year. They advertised it as the “fastest way to learn guitar,” and it proved to be a tremendous improvement over some similar attempts to use a video game to teach guitar. For […]


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How does it feel to get my butt kicked by an 11-year old girl?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 21, 2015

How does it feel to get my butt kicked by an 11-year-old girl? Hmmm… Not gonna lie. It doesn’t feel awesome. Although I have known for a while that she’s better than me. I assumed (correctly?) that the leaderboards were platform-specific, and also assumed (incorrectly?) that this terror of less than a dozen years was playing on […]


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Favorite Rocksmith 2014 DLC Packs

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 5, 2015

Yep, I’m still playing Rocksmith 2014. A lot – at least IMO, with around 300 hours of playtime (still an order of magnitude away from what I’d need to really get “good”, I know…). I recently hit something of a minor breakthrough – you know, the point where you finally escape the plateau you’ve been […]


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Rocksmith 2014 – A One-Year Review (or “Can I Play Like Eddie Van Halen Yet?”)

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 6, 2014

Do you ever fume about what you SHOULD have said to someone who made a stinging remark to you, long after the opportunity to make the perfect retort has long expired? I do. I come up with the perfect comeback minutes later, and then grouse about not having thought it up quickly enough to use […]


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Rocksmith 2014 – The Sixth Month Report

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 16, 2014

The nature of a game like Rocksmith 2014 is such that you can’t get a good evaluation based on just a couple of weeks of play, like most review schedules. To really learn whether or not it does what it claims, it’s after the shiny newness has worn off, and it’s become old news. The […]


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Eleven Tips to Get the Most out of Rocksmith 2014

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 26, 2014

Now that Rocksmith 2014 has been out almost six months (I’ll have a six-month report in early May), articles and reviews about it have dropped off significantly. This is unsurprising, but also unfortunate, as Rocksmith 2014 is a game / tool that is best evaluated over the long haul. Sadly, that’s not how this industry […]


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