Frets on Fire: The answer to my Guitar Hero addiction!
A while ago, I blogged about my obsession with Guitar Hero (GH). I really just can’t get enough of that game, but the lack of owning an XBOX 360 has hindered my playing to about once a month when I go over to my friend’s house.
I’ve been wanting to go out and purchase my own XBOX 360, but the fact that I’m constantly hearing horror stories about the “red ring of death” is scaring me off. What am I suppose to do at this point?!? I need something to cure my addiction while Microsoft works out the kinks (if they ever do work them out). My only alternative was to find another way to play GH without having to get an XBOX 360 for the moment.
This is when my geekiness kicked in: “Hey dumbass…. you’re probably not the only one wanting to play GH. How much you want to bet someone has created an open source clone.” God I love it when I have these moments! With that I quickly Googled “guitar hero clones” and found the answer: Frets on Fire!
If you’ve never heard of Frets on Fire (FOF), allow me to tell you about it. It’s a GH clone written in Python by some really creative people. You use you keyboard to play by holding it upside-down and mimicking a guitar. Just like GH, you pick a song to play and you strum along when the little blocks tell you to.
Some of really nice features of FOF is that you can import songs from GH directly into it (in the spirit of the internet there is a torrent available on thePirateBay for the songs). You can also hook up a GH guitar and use that if you don’t want to use your keyboard (although using the keyboard isn’t all that bad, it just looks dumb). There is also a tutorial that show you how to play the game for the first time and how to hold the keyboard correctly.
To add props to the game, I will say that it look extremely professional. I personally think that it look better then GH itself and you can tell that the developers really took their time with the interface. The songs that come with the game are really good and as I’m typing this I still have Bang Bang, Mystery Man in my head.
To say the least I was up until 3 a.m. this morning with my wife playing this thing and I’m just counting down the hours until I can get out of work. I can’t wait to get out of here so I can go purchase the GH guitar and hook it up!