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Each thread beginning with Rock Band (version) for Wii - Custom Songs are about my GitLab repo. To find the repo and it's wiki, see my first blog post. For the GBAtemp tutorial on Rock Band 3 Custom Songs, see my second blog post.
Get the Facts Straight - Why People Shouldn't Worry About COVID-19Mar 20, 2020
All right so I've been doing some reading up on the Coronavirus, since I've apparently got some details wrong. Most of what I read about it comes from Wikipedia, and it's well worth the read for anyone concerned for their safety.
What is COVID-19?
Basically, it's a fancy way of saying Coronavirus. It's a virus that targets the lungs and throat. Some sources claim it is natural in origin, being transmitted from animals in the area. Conspiracy sites suggest bioengineering was involved, but no proof of that exists at this time.
Where does it come from?
The earliest known case of COVID-19 comes from Wuhan, China, in November 2019, although some places report that it has existed since the beginning of the 21st century.
How does it get spread?
Like most respiratory viruses, it is spread by coughing/sneezing it into the air and exposing it to mucus membranes.
What does it do?
It causes a number of flu-like symptoms, including fever, coughing, and fatigue. Uncommon, but still possible, symptoms include aches and pains, coughing up mucus, and diarrhea. The most serious cases attack the immune system, decreasing the amount of white blood cells and causing kidney failure.
How widespread is it?
It is a global disease. Countries with the largest amounts of COVID-19 include China, Italy, South Korea, and the United States.
How severe is it?
Most people have the mildest symptoms of it, and recover from it within two weeks' time. More severe cases may take 3 weeks to a couple of months to recover. A very small margin of the world actually die with the disease, something less than 5% of the entire world. Those under the age of 60 have a good chance of recovery, while those older are at risk and should be treated as soon as symptoms occur. Those with compromised immune symptoms are also at risk, with those having heart or lung problems at the greatest risk. Graphs shown indicate the impact on China.
What should I do to prevent getting COVID-19?
A lot of people are hoarding consumables in the event of a zombie invasion uncurable pandemic. However, this really isn't the appropriate action. Basically, you treat it like any other virus.
- Stay away from people who you suspect have it. Wear a mask if you have to be around such people.
- Wash your hands. Constantly. You're trying to prevent spreading the disease, arnt'cha?
- Make sure you wash and/or properly cook food to kill any bacteria that could weaken your immune system.
- If you touch something in public, avoid touching your face until you can wash your hands.
- Keep sanitizers and antibacterial wipes on your person, especially the kind known to kill some viruses on contact. Use them if you can't get to a restroom to wash off.
What should I do if I have COVID-19?
Don't panic! It's quite possible that you'll recover from it. Just try to take the appropriate actions.
- Treat it like the flu. Take medicines for symptoms, and rest often.
- Eat healthy. Take in broths and plenty of other fluids.
- Wear a mask if you are out in public, to prevent spreading the disease. Trash the mask once you recover from the virus. Do NOT share masks with others!
- Be careful of what you touch, and try to keep your hands clean. Since you're infected, you may want to wear gloves (I recommend disposable nitrile gloves) so you don't spread it to others. Don't touch your body while wearing them.
If everything seems hopeless, get down on your knees and pray! Probably my best suggestion yet, but that's just my opinion.
My Review of the Nintendo Switch LiteJan 24, 2020
So, as I've mentioned before, Santa really must hate me. After everything I said against the Nintendo Switch, I'm thinking either the jolly old guy is either brain-dead, or hasn't been reading anything I've been posting on the internet for all the world to see.
I got a Nintendo Switch Lite for Christmas.
I go downstairs to the tree, and find my stocking. I was shocked, stunned, and confused when I saw an oblong box with a picture of a turquoise Switch Lite on the box. Surely, it had to be a gag. I lifted the box. No, it was the real deal. At first, I was afraid to open it, but over the course of the day, curiosity got the better of me, and I pulled it out of the box and set it up for the first time.
It's been nearly a month since then, and I've been trying out things here and there on it. You know what? I like it. I hate to admit it, but I actually like it.
Now, this does not mean that what I've said about Nintendo Switch Online and some of the other things I've said in times past are completely null and void. Therefore, I would like to present my updated viewpoint on the Switch, specifically the Switch Lite. Near the end, I'll also reveal a little-known secret about the Lite that Nintendo doesn't want you to know about - and no, it doesn't belong in a tabloid; I just worded it that way as an attention grabber.
General Producer of Nintendo games, Yoshiaki Koizumi, explains the feature differences between the original Nintendo Switch and the newly-introduced Switch Lite.
The Nintendo Switch Lite, for those who don't know, is basically the Nintendo Switch with the Joy-cons fused to the case, meaning the familiar clicking noise that is a Nintendo Switch trademark is only possible with a separate pair of Joy-cons and a Joy-con Grip or similar accessory for the Joy-cons to slide into. According to Nintendo, it can not connect to a TV in any way, and can only play in Handheld Mode (more on that later). Switch Lite initially released in three colors: gray, turquoise, and yellow. A Pokemon-themed Switch Lite was later added in November 2019.
For the left side, the directional buttons have been replaced with a Control Pad (the + symbol), which is pretty much another trademark of Nintendo consoles. The console overall is more compact, yet it is a fully-functional Switch system. It's main purposes are to be more affordable and more portable.
My New Viewpoint on the Switch
Previously, I stated:
I had said:
Since they're not repackaging the Switch in more inexpensive combinations (yet), the Nintendo Switch Lite makes buying a Switch system a little more reasonable. I had predicted that it would be $100 less than the original, and I was right. I actually didn't expect it, however; I only assumed that it would be. Still, $199.99 is a better value, even though I think it could still go lower. Regardless, Switch Lite's price is easier to reach in lower-class areas than the original Switch's.
I'm Unique Like Everybody Else!
Nintendo Switch is a quandary, being a lot like other devices and then again not really. Here are some of the features it has that are similar to other gaming devices and services (I probably missed a few, but this is an example only):
- An online subscription service. Specifically, Nintendo Switch Online. Similar to Google Play, Xbox Live, Playstation Now.
- Tablet-like and smartphone-like interface, with controllers. Similar to Google Stadia, Steam Link through a smartphone.
- Transforms into a VR headset. Similar to Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, Google Cardboard.
- High-quality VR gaming. Similar to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Playstation VR, Valve Index.
- Cloud-based game saves. Similar to Xbox Cloud, Steam Cloud, Playstation Plus Online Storage.
- TV/Handheld hybrid. Herm, that I'm still working on...
Psst! Do You Want to Know a Secret?
I had to save the best for last, because not everyone who owns a Switch Lite realizes this fact. I've questioned it before, but now owning one, I'm absolutely sure.
First off, let me explain the three modes for the original Switch, if you didn't know it.
Nintendo Switch's three modes.
The Switch's big feature, when docked and the controllers detached, is its TV Mode. This is when your Switch displays to a TV instead of on its own screen, and allows you to play with the Joy-cons separately or in a grip, or use another controller like the Switch Pro controller. In Tabletop Mode, the Switch is undocked and resting on its built-in stand, but the Joy-cons are still detached. In Handheld Mode, the Joy-cons are attached to the sides of the undocked Switch console.
According to Nintendo, the Switch Lite can only play Handheld mode. However, they also contradict themselves. They say that "players can wirelessly connect compatible controllers (sold separately) to Nintendo Switch Lite." So, unofficially, and with extra controllers, it supports Tabletop mode! Now all you need is a stand to prop it up in!
Thus, Switch Lite can natively play games that support Handheld mode and Tabletop mode, although by itself you only have the ability to play Handheld mode games. Nintendo should clarify this! Thus:
- Handheld Mode is supported - no additional controllers or other accessories needed.
- Tabletop Mode is supported with extra controllers and a stand.
- TV mode is not supported. Get the original Nintendo Switch to experience that mode.
Remember, if any of you get extra Joy-cons for your Switch Lite, make sure you have something to charge them in. Also remember to get the right Joy-con grip if you rely on it for charging.
For those who read some of my previous blog posts, forgive me for any misunderstandings I may have caused. However, I still am against Breath of the Wild, Nintendo Switch Online, and lack of Wii U/3DS support. Regardless, the Nintendo Switch is better than I thought, and maybe because of Furukawa. Who knows? One thing's for sure: I'm glad I didn't get it while Kimishima was still CEO!
For Those Who Want An Easy Way To Find My Front-page Article...Nov 27, 2019
Gold Points Towards a Nintendo Switch Online Membership... Is It Really Possible?Oct 16, 2019
It's been a little while since I posted here. Since I'm not unavailable yet, I thought I'd ask about this:
Look closely at the bottom portion: "...Up to $6 towards games or Nintendo Switch Online membership..." I've never heard of this until I got this via email. Can somebody please confirm if this is possible?
Nintendo Switch Backwards Compatibility Article - A Cruel JokeSep 28, 2019
Oh, if only this were true! https://www.sm128c.com/april2018/play-wii-u-games-on-nintendo-switch-usb-addon
Pictures from the article:
Unfortunately, there would need to be more hardware involved than just a disc drive, however it's still possible. To create a dock where it could function just like the PowerPC hardware in the Wii U, and then to add a disc drive or have it built in to the dock... the possibilities are endless! That will be the day...
Windows 7 Support End-of-Life (Also, Why I'd Prefer Upgrading to 8.1 Over 10)Sep 25, 2019This is what people will see when going to Microsoft's website up until the deadline shown. It is expected by most Windows users that Microsoft would no longer support Windows versions that become 10 years old and older, but it's damaging to Microsoft when they kill support for a platform that was still going strong and expect people to upgrade. Even worse when there aren't better alternatives.
Windows XP End of Life
The message that was sent to users shortly before the end of support.
Go back to 2014. After 12 years of support due to there being so many people who loved using Windows XP, and perhaps arguably Microsoft's best version of Windows to date, Microsoft announced that support for all editions of Windows XP would end. They also used imagery of an old computer system running Windows XP versus a new system running the latest Windows at the time, Windows 8.1. Ridiculous, to say the least, as there were newer systems which could efficiently run Windows XP 64-bit. Yet, despite the security risks of a dead system, according to StatCounter a surprising 1.54% of people still use Windows XP. It may not sound like much, but considering that there are approximately 7 billion people on the planet, roughly 100 million still use Windows XP. Now, this estimate can very much be inaccurate, since not everyone owns a computer, but it could still be a fairly high amount considering that this is a statistic basing on how many computers have Windows XP, not exactly how many people use it, since more than one person can use a desktop or laptop. I wouldn't be surprised if I were to discover that 50 million still use XP.
Windows 7 End of Life
January of next year, all Windows 7 versions will no longer be supported (save those that are protected by volume licensing, in which it is extended until January 10th, 2023). What will this mean for Windows 7 users? Of all the currently supported Windows version, Windows 7 is the best, beating Windows 8.1 in the market share by over 25% globally according to StatCounter. Microsoft is now pushing messages on systems still running Windows 7, prompting users to upgrade to Windows 10.
Why I Do Not Recommend Windows 10
Windows 10 integrates several new features, including Cortana, which collects user data automatically.
There are those who are gonna scoff, but it's actually been proven over and over. Microsoft is collecting your data. Even as recently as August of this year, because of the GDPR Microsoft is consistently being investigated about their data collection. The best way that they are doing it nowadays is with Windows 10, which has various diagnostic and info-collecting services on by default. Even after turning these features off, some personal information can still be collected by Microsoft. There is a way to remove built-in software manually, but it becomes reset after every major update.
Is Windows 8.1 Safer Than Windows 10?
Due to there being many gripes about lack of desktop integration in Windows 8, Microsoft released Windows 8.1, which can be either seen as a mere upgrade or a separate version altogether.
Let's be honest here - unless Microsoft has stopped using it altogether, there really isn't such a thing as a "safe" version of Windows. However, many of these things which can be potential privacy breaches are built into Windows 10 by default. Windows 8.1 lacks several features (like Cortana) which collects and stores information remotely that has to be manually deleted or retrieved, so unless you add them to Windows 8.1 (via Windows Update or their own website), then yes it is somewhat better, in regards to privacy and security from the very developers of it. One thing's for sure: it's a heck of a lot better than Windows 8!
StackOverflow0x is now on Rock Band Customs Discord!Sep 14, 2019
Also known as Koetsu over at Rock Band ScoreHero and various places, user StackOverflow0x created a guide a while back over on ScoreHero about how to make customs work on Rock Band 3. He has since moved over to Custom Creators, where he has a new guide and plenty of custom song tools, including MiloMod and RockBiink. I've been in contact with him in private message over there, and he helped me perfect my RB3 custom song collection.
Then, I sent him (and several others) an invite to Discord. He decided to join! He's now on my Discord server, ready to help anyone with custom songs on Rock Band 3!
Keep in mind, his methods are a little different. Because he's on C3, most of his work has to do with original customs on C3, which is usually in CON format. If you've read his guide on C3, then you know that he mainly explains how to use the C3 CON Tools to make customs work on the Wii. Also, he uses the Wii, not vWii, so that puts us in different categories right there, since some software made for Wii won't work on vWii.
As always, you can invite yourself via this link: https://discord.gg/7eevMHm
Rock Band Customs Discord Server Updated - PS and Xbox AddedSep 11, 2019
My repository and all my work on Rock Band custom songs will be dedicated mostly to Wii and vWii, and maybe Dolphin sometime in the future. However, seeing as people are having issues on custom songs on Playstation 2, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360, I decided to expand my Discord server for people to discuss those platforms. While there currently is no administrator or higher-role member to turn to for more professional help, members are allowed to discuss with each other in order to make customs work and perfect them on those platforms.
Will Rock Band Customs for PS/Xbox be on GitLab?
With so many resources already available on C3 and Rock Band ScoreHero on Playstation and Xbox, and due to the fact that I don't own those consoles nor plan on getting them, the GitLab repo Rock Band Customs -- Wii and vWii will not be expanded to include software for those kinds of customs. However, there is a possibility that new Rock Band Custom repos may be made in order to serve just the right software and wiki material that will make it easy to add custom songs, however since I can't test such software, I would have to have someone help me on this; it would have to be someone who has done this kind of thing before (hint, hint). Just keep in mind, I don't use GitHub anymore - the acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft led many developers (including myself) to move projects to, or even start anew on, other repository-hosting sites, including GitLab, mainly because Microsoft is not as opensource-friendly as they claim to be.
Where can I go for guides and forum help for PS/Xbox custom songs?
C3 is always the best place to look, as well as here on GBAtemp and Rock Band ScoreHero. C3 has several "How to" guides; StackOverflow0x's guide on Wii customs is there, but it's mostly on using CON files hosted on C3... yet that's beside the point. BravoGangUS's Xbox 360 guide is quite useful, as well as TDCMark's Playstation 3 guide, both pinned in the forum section Custom Song Troubleshooting & Support. User thesentence has a guide on Rock Band ScoreHero on Customs for Playstation 2, though it may be a bit outdated. These are just a few examples of guides, plus Rock Band hacking has been talked about a lot here if you do a search.
Who can help me?
Well, see, that's the thing... I don't know exactly. It wouldn't hurt to ask anyway. If you don't get an appropriate answer, look at it this way: You're no worse off than you were when you started! ...I think. Anyway, you should be able to get a little help if you just ask around. In my previous blog post, I made an announcement that Harmonix was working with ScoreHero, so you could ask in their Software subforum, so long as it's not about downloading official DLC for free! C3 is good, especially their Troubleshooting subforum, though they don't allow talk about official DLC or using Wii disc files, nor can I help you out much there since I don't want to conflict with the other members' already well-made guides and assistance. However, StackOverflow and Alternity have helped me out a great deal on there, so I still recommend it. Lastly (but not least), you can always ask here on GBAtemp - just pick a subforum and start a thread!
Do the pirating rules mentioned in your Wii/vWii repo, wiki, etc. still apply on PS/Xbox?
Let me get one thing clear - I didn't really make the rules; businesses (especially Harmonix) and governments did. I'm only warning of the potential legal problems you could have in pirating content. Copyright law is still law, and the RIAA takes it very seriously. While some recording artists don't see eye-to-eye with these laws (think Heart, for instance), they still apply, and they do in most countries where Rock Band is or has been sold. Most forum sites will ban known pirates, so beware! Rock Band Customs on Discord is supposed to be pirate-free, so you will be kicked if you discuss piracy there. If you come back and continue to discuss such, you will be banned. Sharing illegally will also require an instant ban. Just don't do it. Please!
Will you (HarvHouHacker) be able to help me (the person doing customs on PS/Xbox)?
Because I can't test customs on Rock Band for Playstation or Xbox because I do not own either, direct help (i.e. "Do this in order to prevent that problem") will not be available from myself. I plan on recruiting other members who can and are willing to help you all, but for now, the best I can do is redirect to other sources where this has been done. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Keep on hacking!
ScoreHero and Harmonix - Close RelationshipSep 9, 2019
Upon reading older posts, I realized that from the beginning of Rock Band, ScoreHero, which has all kinds of charts and has threads on custom songs for Guitar Hero and Rock Band, partnered up with Harmonix! This makes it even more important that Rock Band ScoreHero is supported, since they have connections with this great game!
Some threads on ScoreHero's partnership with Harmonix:
- ScoreHero Invades Harmonix (Rock Band Impressions) (October 19th, 2007) - OP JCirri describes his day with Harmonix and some of the instrument/game details. Also, the other members describe their visit in concurrent posts following.
- ScoreHero and Harmonix present: Battle of the Bands! (October 19th, 2007) - Harmonix approaches ScoreHero for a press event.
- Rock Band Network and Rhythm Authors LLC! (July 17th, 2009) - JCirri details the Rock Band Network and the site in which the community can have their songs reviewed and published onto the new service.
I'm not sure about C3's relationship. I do know that several people in the custom song scene who were on Rock Band ScoreHero moved over to Customs Creators and are more active there than on ScoreHero. This does not mean that customs talk on Rock Band ScoreHero is not longer allowed; my thread is still available there and will be for a while longer.
Anyway, just thought I'd share that info, if anyone forgot or never knew in the first place.
Rock Band Question of the... Well, Whatever Time Period You Like!Sep 6, 2019
I asked a question in GBAtemp Ask! Choose your favorite song on any Rock Band title by leaving answers here: https://gbatemp.net/questions/what-...featured-in-any-of-the-rock-band-titles.4598/
You can also leave answers in the comments below, if you want, but not everyone reads my blog!
Rock Band 3 for Wii - Custom Songs (SD Card Issues)Aug 21, 2019
Several who have been using my guides have reported some kind of issue with the SD card. Therefore, I'm in the process of creating a separate GitLab snippet for such. Please be aware that this may take some time. Also, the Known Issues snippet will be updated when the new snippet is created.
GBAtemp Android AppAug 10, 2019
As I'm doing this on my smartphone, I'm having a little trouble with the BB code editor. It seems to me that GBAtemp should be more smartphone friendly.
How about somebody make an app for GBAtemp, or is there one and I missed it?
Thinking of Not Going to ScoreHero (Update: Fixed! Yessss!)Jul 28, 2019
I wanted to go to Rock Band ScoreHero, but the moderation there seems very poor. I made an account as "HarvHouHacker" and accidentally created it with an invalid email. I was sidetracked, and put too many characters in the domain part. That's possibly the worst part of an email that you can screw up, because if the domain doesn't exist and you have to verify that that is your email, then you're out of luck. So, just so I could get help on the matter, I created another account named "HarvHouHacker1" with the right email and tried to notify the mods. I posted all kinds of messages, including a thread (which I even reported to try to get attention), a PM to a bot, a PM to the admin, and even an email! Nothing seems to be working. No responses, whatsoever. While there's quite a bit of info on ScoreHero that's hard to find elsewhere, I'm thinking of abandoning both accounts if I don't get a response by the end of July.
Do you have a ScoreHero account? If so, what is your experience like? Please tell!
I'm Number One! ...Literally.
It looks like I'm stuck with "HarvHouHacker1". I finally got in touch with a moderator, and he told me that once a username has been made, it can not be changed. I'm now trying to find out if I can get the administrator involved. Unfortunately, I have had no success in doing so by myself, but perhaps if this guy knows how to get in touch with him, I might see results.
I've been so frustrated lately that I made this thread against their way of handling moderation. ScoreHero may have been popular and well maintained at one time, but it isn't anymore. It's like they all went on vacation!
The administrator finally got in touch with me. He said he fixed the original account and to let him know if I wanted to delete " HarvHouHacker1". I replied "Please do!", but the action is still pending. Once I've set up my profile, I may link to it wherever I have Rock Band Customs (GBAtemp, GitLab, Discord, etc.)..MicmasH_Wii likes this.
Rock Band Customs... Now on Discord!Jul 25, 2019
Due to the increased interest of my contribution to the Rock Band hacking scene, I am proud to announce that Rock Band Customs now has its own Discord server! It's still young, so changes will be made over time (including additional channels), but as of right now, it's ready enough to announce!
You can invite yourself via this link. You need to have a Discord account for at least five minutes if you're going to join.
I could be leaving soon... Please read! (Update: False Alarm)Jul 22, 2019
Update: I just conversed with shaunj66, who as you all know is one of the managers of this site. He told me that GBAtemp is not going away anytime soon. Therefore, I am embarrassed to say that I fell for it hook, line and sinker. From now on, I won't believe anything from the Edge of the Forum unless the admins say it's true OUTSIDE of the EoF. I apologize for making some think that I could be leaving, and for newcomers that GBAtemp was going.
Still, if GBAtemp had to close for some reason, this is what I would've said anyway, so read for your enjoyment. I don't care if you make fun of me, even.
Word is going around GBAtemp that GBAtemp will be gone in October, with rumors that it may possibly be replaced by 3DStemp. While it started as a rumor, the admins have confirmed that this is true, and until an official announcement is made, I'll be staying on. However, new posts will be even more limited.
What does this mean? Will work on Rock Band Customs cease?
Good grief, no! I will still keep my repo up on GitLab, and I'm already thinking of moving some work over to Rock Band ScoreHero. However, I will still not be on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc., so if you need to contact me, that's not where you'll find me.
Where can I reach you?
In order for you to find me easily, I will keep the name HarvHouHacker and continue to use the unofficial LineageOS April Fool's mascot as my avatar. On non-gaming sites, however, I go by CyanogenLover with a modified version of the CyanogenMod logo, but it's still me.
I'll have an account on ScoreHero where Koetsu (now StackOverflow0x) has his old guide; hopefully that site won't be going anywhere, as long as Harmonix continues to make Rock Band titles. I made a mistake though - I registered with an invalid email! Once I can get that resolved, I'll repost some of the things from here on there, if they'll let me.
I'm also on Customs Creators, but not to offer help, since StackO already does so much work there, and I don't want to conflict with what good he's doing there. I'm also not allowed to talk about what's on Wii discs or using the files from such (unlike here, God bless GBAtemp), so my questions will be about customs.
If GBAtemp moves their stuff over to 3DStemp or something similar, with the same kind of rules that are allowed here, I may reopen this kind of discussion in a new thread there. That way, it will be easier for everyone to reach me.
I am on Discord; I'm thinking on starting a Discord server dedicated to Rock Band Customs. More details on that later.
When are you leaving?
After the official announcement is made, no more posts on Rock Band will be made here. More details of where you can find my work on Rock Band Customs will be made available in another blog post, so tell all your Rock Band savvy friends to follow me! Even if you're mainly a Guitar Hero player, you can follow me too, because there might be something for GH customs later on. Although I don't play Guitar Hero, I know of some sources which may help.
It's been nice coming here; I hope a lot of the stuff is already archived on the Wayback Machine. If there's a thread or some other GBAtemp page you want to save that might not already be saved:
- Go to the Wayback Machine. Put in the URL you want to save.
- If it's never been saved, it should ask you to save the URL. Click the link to do so. If it has been saved, you may want to save a more recent version.
Thank you to all followers! Thanks to @the_randomizer for being such a good pen pal. Thank you @alexander1970 and @NoNAND for so many likes. Thanks to @Chary for the really interesting news articles. Thanks to everyone for their help on Rock Band customs! God bless you all!