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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:19 pm    Post subject: Guitar Zero Game
Subject description: A simplified Guitar Hero game that works with your real guitar.
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Hi, I have written a simple little game that works kind of like the popular Guitar Hero console game, but it works with a real guitar. I'm posting to get your reaction to the game and see if you have any suggestions about where to take it next.

Basically the image below shows the fretboard spelled out, and when a particular fingering lights up on the fretboard you have 10 seconds to play that note. The configuration is you have your guitar plugged into your amp, and then the program listens to it on the computer's microphone. That way you don't need any special hardware like a guitar interface and the program is freeware too, so there are no cost obstacles.

The only main limitation is that the Mac version is graphical, while the Linux/PC version is text only.

Anyway, I have a new guitar and I was getting bored of practicing chords and trying to use the fretboard, but now practicing is kind of fun - not super joyful, but certainly it is kind of fun now.

So I'd like to know first if you like it and second if you have any suggestions on where to take the game. I'm planning to add chords and actual songs but that will take some time because you can imagine how difficult it is to recognize guitar signals all mixed together in a chord using noisy microphone input. The user interface has windows, LEDs, buttons with text on them, and movable sliders. There is some limited ability to animate the objects within the windows.

Well, I won't ramble on forever. It's my latest creation so I'm naturally excited about it and I look forward to your positive comments and suggestions for Guitar Zero!


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