I had to walk for 3 hours just for a cheese burger today

I've wanted to buy a cheese burger for a long time now since it had been over 10 years since I last had one. So I decided to walk the epic journey to the nearest McDonalds as I reasoned it would also give me an opportunity to listen to this weeks giantbombcast. But by the time I brought it home, ready to dive into this wonderous food  it was cold and there was nothing I could do about it :( 
Fucking conservation of thermodynamics...
 
The good news is that I used this outing to buy a 'mountain dew'.  I do not live in America Land I have never had a mountain dew before but have heard so much about it on the podcast and in the forums. So in my mind I had hyped up this drink as some kind of legendary refreshment, unparalled by any other beverage. To my dispointment however it just turned out to be a a 7up with a little extra flavouring and caffine. 
 
So that was my day. 3 hours of walking for a cold burger and a crappy soft drink. The former I blame myself for but the latter is entirely Giantbomb's and the community's fault for hyping it up so much. So take responsibility for it!

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If I didn't like Dragon Quest VIII..would I like Dragon Quest IX?

I am a fan of jrpgs (Tales of, Final Fantasy, Persona, Ar Tonelico, Golden Sun) and wrppgs (bioware stuff, fable) however I did not like Dragon Quest VIII. It was too 'traditional' for me. I'm done with random battles and turn based combat unless they change things up and offer something new ala persona and ar tonelico. 
Also the game was too hard and too slow paced for my liking. It had wonderful graphics, sound and voice acting but it just wasn't for me.
 
So it may sound silly to ask this question, but would I like Dragon Quest IX?
 
At first I thought 'of course I won't!' but I've been hearing good vibes from people who are new to DQ or new to jrpgs in general. Also people who liked DQ VIII generally (so I've heard) did not like DQ IX. So that made me think 'If I did not like DQ VIII - would I like IX?'. Make sense?

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Is it too late to get into Rock Band?


So far this generation, I've let the whole 'band' genre of rythm games pass over me completely, mainly due to the insane UK prices at the time and the fact we never got the superiour Rock Band 2 instruments. However on a number of good sites now  The Beatles: Rock Band    is available for a very good price (around £90) and it is my intention to buy it along with Rock Band and Rock Band 2, but it got me thinking: is it too late? 
 
To understand where I am coming from hear this: I played and loved the original Guitar Hero. I was never that good at it, but I managed to complete it on medium and do about half of hard mode. Then I bought Guitar Hero 2 and you know what? I got bored with it half-way through. The appeal and novelty wore off and I was back to playing immersive rpgs, frantic fps' and good solid adventure games.  I know for a fact that a guitar only rythm game of that style no longer appeals to me so I will be buying the Rock Band games primarily for the drums - but would it be the same again? What is so different about the Rock Band experiance from the Guitar Hero experiance? Because if it is a similar experience with nothing noteworthy enough to make it feel different then I think I would rather save myself a bunch of money.  
 
I mean at the time back in old Gamespot days I remember Jeff, Ryan and Alex Navarro being pretty excited about Rock Band and that E3 (05 or 06 I think it was) where they had the whole crew playing at the end of the coverage was awesome. I know for a fact those guys played a hell of a lot of Guitar Hero before so for Rock Band to excite them there had to be something special about it but was it just hype?  
 
So I ask again: Is Rock Band still relevent? If you are a fan please convince me and if not then please try otherwise! 
I'm appealing to the community as (most) of GiantBomb is populated with level-headed dudes and well-informed opinion. Apologies in advance for this terrible, rambling mess of a first blog post! 
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