Well, one of the videos he put up, he got a response from a family member. To protect his privacy, I'm going to call him by something other than his name or online handle. I'll call him "Smart Ass". Smart Ass was asking why Mornblade's game character is a woman. Mornblade explained it was my creation and is based on a character from my comic books. Smart Ass start hassling him for the female character. Mornblade pointed out that the drummer, me, also has a female character, it's my game, so there. Didn't matter, Smart Ass was still giving him shit, saying that having an avatar that is female while the player is male isn't exactly manly.
And what does he think of a guy who draws a comic about a little girl who is friends with a mermaid? I asked.
"He doesn't care about that, he's just looking for an excuse to give me shit."
Well, I guess we know what you have to do.
"Yeah. Make an avatar that looks like me for the game."
No. Make an avatar that looks like him, dork him up, and use him on songs you're likely to butcher.
* long beat * "You know, I hadn't thought of that."
I thought I taught you better than that. Do I have to think of everything?
And so, a plan was formed. As well as a new avatar. Mornblade created a character that reflected him, and then another character loosely based on Smart Ass, naming him after his nickname. We searched through the options -- while we could give him nerd glasses (which he actually wears IRL, minus the tape on the bridge), there was nothing to give him a derpy look, so we just did the best we could.
Tonight, Mornblade brings the camera and the tripod. We do a quick test of Smart Ass' avatar, playing the song "Cups And Cakes" by Spinal Tap. It was actually pretty funny, watching the avatar act all tough and rocker with the audience when that song was over. (By the way, I had created another avatar, this one based on Melody from Sound Waves. Blonde hair in a ponytail, pink halter, green pants, as close as I could get without giving her fins and a tail. The first time I used her was the song "Down With The Sickness". So there was the singer, the bassist, and the guitarist dressed with spikes and studs and black and all emo/goth, and there's Melody at the drum kit, sticking out like a sore thumb. Just seeing her mixed in with a band like that is just hilarious to me.) Problems with the camera prevented more from getting caught, but I can't wait to hear how Smart Ass reacts to video of him singing "Cups And Cakes" by Spinal Tap.
With that out of the way, it was back to our regular sock hop. We had lots of fun. He did do "Ace Of Spades" as I requested, and he did really good. I had spent the last couple of weeks playing the game with Mornblade's character, and building up some cash so he could select clothes and accessories that were more "him". I got him up to about $15,000, and he went shopping.
I let Mornblade pick the songs tonight. My timing was clearly off, as I blew some really easy stuff, so I just stuck with medium difficulty. I also did Tenacious D's Master Exploder. Don't let the fact that they are a comedy troop fool you, Jack Black has some lungs.
While I'm on the subject (this is especially for my teacher, as I know she reads my blog and just about anything else that I write)...Mornblade and I discussed drumming. I've long maintained that I don't consider myself a real drummer. I decided to illustrate my point. I showed Mornblade a video of a drum duel between Buddy Rich and Ed Shaughnessy. Watch for the actual back and forth to start at about the 1:56 mark. Watch Buddy Rich's hands as he starts crossing them over, under, and so on without missing a beat. And then tell me if you can't understand why I refuse to think I'm anything other than some putz just screwing around.