This week's FOOG Award will not be easy to claim. To win it, I want to see a GameBoy Advance connected to a Gamecube portable running a game that supports GBA connectivity. Because this achievement stretches beyond simply answering a trivia question, I'm opening this up even to myself, should I ever decide to make a GCp. #lifegoals
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During the heyday of Guitar Hero and Rock Band games, developers were trying to blur the lines between playing games and playing actual music. Upon this bandwagon jumped a few smaller players, some of whom tried filling gaps which may or may not have needed filling.
In steps Seven45 Studios with Power Gig: Rise of the SixString. Power Gig is a rhythm game that tries to play off the success of the Guitar Hero games. What it tried doing differently is packaging a plastic guitar guitar that actually functions as a real electric guitar.
Look closely. You'll notice there are no buttons on the neck of the guitar, as is standard for other "fake guitar" games. The Power Gig guitar has every fret wired up to the controller's circuitry. So when a string is held down between the two frets over the green position, the two frets are bridged and it recognizes that as a button press.
On the body of the guitar sits a retractable rubber stopper, which mutes the strings when the stopper is raised. This is to prevent the guitar from making extra noise when playing the game, especially handy if you never bothered to tune the strings.
How does it hold up as an electric guitar? Quite horribly, actually. The body of the guitar is plastic, and even though there's a metal rod running the length of the body and neck, it doesn't feel as sturdy as a good guitar should and goes out of tune in no time. The pickup does as it should, but is about as low end as it could possibly get, so nobody should expect great tone out of it.
How does it play as a controller? Unfortunately, I tore mine apart before I ever tried syncing it up to my PS3. Instead, I melted down the plastic to use on my PS1 portable, which is a much better use of the materials, in my opinion.
FOOG Award: I will give this week's award to the next person who posts their guitar collection in the collection thread. It doesn't matter if you have only one guitar or 20. One stipulation: I want you to include a sheet of paper with your username on it in the picture so it's clear you didn't just snag a guitar pic off the internet.
Who knew that the Famicom could access the internet? This bit of information was news to me and in fact, I only discovered this a couple of weeks ago when one of my favorited ebay sellers had a Famicom Modem up for sale. I knew right away I had to use it as a featured oddity.
The Famicom Modem is a large attachment which fits on top of the Famicom, with an extension that connects through the Famicom's cartridge slot. The device itself uses special credit card-sized cartridges, similar to those used by Turbografx and Master System consoles. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find much information on these cartridges. According to Wikipedia, the modem can be used to connect to the internet to look up cheats, weather forecasts, jokes, and a small amount of DLC.
What I find most interesting about the modem is that it came packed with a special controller which contains a full number keypad. In the image above you can see an example of one of the cartridges on the right.
For a more hands-on look at the Famicom Modem, I recommend taking a look at this unboxing video:
Fun fact! Nintendo wanted to connect the NES to the internet to get American gamers online. Minnesota State Lottery latched onto this idea and wanted gamers to be able to buy scratch tickets and play the lottery from their NES. As I'm sure you're all aware, those plans never came to fruition.
FOOG Award: I really want to see someone earn this one. To get this week's award, I want proof of someone accessing the Bitfix forums from a 6th Generation or earlier system. PS2, Dreamcast, original Xbox, Gamecube, and older systems. I will also accept DS Phat, DS Lite, or older handhelds.