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5.0 out of 5 stars Gamers need not apply, October 19, 2012
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This review is from: Rocksmith Guitar And Bass (Video Game)
Rocksmith is NOT a game! It's much more. As a struggling bass player, I had learned some of the fundamentals and techniques (not all by far), but I had yet to find a practical way to put those into actual music. I own several DVDs and 3-4 books, and had went through most of them, learning the "basics" but for some reason couldn't transfer those exercises and practices into making music. Rocksmith is bridging that gap. Let me be clear. I do not believe you can use Rocksmith to go from Zero to Hero because there's much more to playing bass (in a band) than it can teach. What it CAN do is transfer techniques into music, help you learn songs, improve those techniques you have learned and give you confidence to maybe join a band. It's also a lot more fun than playing 30 seconds of music to canned backing tracks. If you're just wanting a game, I suggest Guitar Hero or Rock Band. They're easier and less expensive than buying an actual guitar or bass. If you've always wanted to make REAL music on a real instrument, THIS is what you've been looking for.
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Initial post: Oct 19, 2012 1:12:35 PM PDT
Did you notice any lag? The xbox version has a major lag problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 2:53:27 PM PDT
G. Sprinkle says:
According to the Steam forums, the lag is noticeably improved in comparison to the console version. I have not tried it yet, so I cannot say for sure.

This could be for a number of reasons:
1. Computer users generally use analog audio (the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the back) which is the recommended usage. Consoles often pipe it through the HDMI or optical S/PDIF, which introduces the lag due to the audio processing required.
2. Input lag for computer monitors is generally lower than for an HDTV, which often has post-processing for the picture (120 Hz or "smooth motion" "features," etc.)
3. High end computers are faster than X360 or PS3.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 9:23:22 AM PDT
LSA says:
I believe if you go to the instructions, they give you an alternative audio connection as it's well documented there can be lag issues using HDMI.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 9:27:15 AM PDT
LSA says:
I believe they recommend analog audio to your receiver as being the best option to minimize lag.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 2:45:26 PM PST
J. Berkopes says:
Thanks for the helpful review. I'm wanting to actually learn and make real music with a guitar, I wanted this to be a stepping off point so I can practice scales and chords like I did when I learned how to type without looking at the keyboard. I just wanted to find a fun way to do it and this looks like the way to go at least more so than buying a 250 dollar midi based fender for Rockband 3 that has had a fair amount of quality issues. Now I have a guitar that looks like I want and plays like a guitar because it is one and a software package that looks like it may be entertaining for me to learn from. Most of the low reviews have been from people who don't know how to set up their computer properly, never heard of Steam, are trying to run it on unsupported graphics cards, or simply don't know how to install the software or update drivers. Those people are the ones that need to buy it for the console and not the PC.
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