On Tuesday, August 19, David and two friends he had never met in person before began the odyssey known as The Endless Setlist.
First, you should know the players. David is our son. That’s the easy one. Ian is a friend David met playing games online and, it just so happens, also lives in the Portland area. He hitched a ride with his mom and was ready to roll. Lucas is another friend David met playing games online. Lucas, however, took a longer ride. He arranged for a bus ticket and a hotel so he could visit from Calgary, Alberta. Even better, he showed up on our doorstep after walking the 4.5 miles from the hotel. That’s a dedicated gamer!
David, Lucas, and Ian pound through The Endless Setlist
The game in question is “Rock Band”. The point of the game is to use guitar, microphone, and drum kit controllers to play familiar songs. The guitar controller is simpler than the real thing, but that doesn’t make it simple at all. It’s quite hard to keep up. The drum kit is very similar to the real thing. While there is a microphone, nobody wanted that part, so they just played three pieces: David on drums, Ian on Bass, and Lucas on Guitar.
Now, the normal style of this game is to play setlists. Some are one song in length, others are three or four or five. There are a few setlists with ten or more. However, when you have done well enough, you have a chance to play The Endless Setlist. This is 58 songs long and uses every song sold with the game. While you can pause the game, you cannot save your place to come back later. It’s meant to be played in marathon fashion.
With a few breaks between the tougher songs, these guys finished it in a little over five hours. Wow.
Congratulations, dudes! That was impressive!
There are a few more pictures here.