By Dan Zuccarelli . February 11, 2007 . 8:37pm
I’m what you’d call a shy person. Just the thought of getting up in front of a bunch of people and singing a song scares the crap of me. So let’s just say I was a bit hesitant to bring "Karaoke Revolution presents American Idol" into the house. My girlfriend, on the other hand, was downright giddy. And since I’m always looking to find ways to get her into gaming, I bit the bullet.
When she started singing it was obvious she was having fun, but in the meantime I was sitting on the couch working out the feasibility of not playing the game while still writing a review about it. 30 minutes later she started bugging me to play, and what little journalistic integrity I had told me I need to play the game if I’m gonna write anything meaningful about it. And before you could say "Ryan Seacrest is a no-talent hack", I was holding the microphone and singing "More than Words" by Extreme. Seriously.
I cleared my throat and tried not to be nervous (I know it’s just me and my girlfriend but still I was NOT looking forward to this). When the song started, my stage-fright disappeared and my desire to be good at any video game I come into contact with took over, and I was belting out the song like nobody’s business. 3 and a half minutes later I got a 100% score and fell in love with the idea of singing into my PS2.
An hour later we were still at it, but the guy who lives upstairs was obviously getting sick of it (square) so we decided to shut it down for the night. Of course, as fun as it was there was something missing. Actually two somethings, friends and booze. That would make the game even better!
As luck would have it I’m heading for a cabin in the woods with about 10 friends and a horde of alcohol. Needless to say I’m bringing the PS2, the game, 2 microphones, and a camera. I’ll have a detailed play-test up when I get back, where we’ll once and for all find out how the game is when you’re half-drunk and being egged on by your friends to sing "What a Girl Wants." Hilarity will ensue.