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get quad (917331) writes "I continually have to remind our end-users to be vigilant about the usual safeguards such as clicking links in the occasional spam email which passes through filters, visiting suspicious websites, why some websites aren't entirely safe or appropriate for the work environment (facebook apps, myspace, remote access apps, proxies, etc), amongst the myriad of other things an end user can do to get into trouble.
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In my particular case, the guitar strum bar and fret buttons stopped responding reliably. After a little research on the Rock Band support forums, users demonstrated how poorly-designed microswitches are quickly working loose inside the guitar's body. Further reading in Rock Band's support forum quickly introduced the problems I'd experience over the next few days. Almost immediately after filing a warranty claim on the faulty guitar, the kick drum pedal (which had already developed a crack) broke completely in half. Two days later, the microphone went South, producing the most wicked of vocal distortions even at a whisper.
Purchased December 8th, meanwhile submitting three advance warranty claims ($125 credit card hold per claim) inside the first 10 days of use, I've gotten a scratched-up refurbished guitar which seems to be developing identical problems as the first, an identical kick drum pedal made of the same flimsy plastic, and to boot, the support rep I spoke with about the microphone stated "just keep the old one after you get the new one". According to further highly-venomous reports on the support forum, the next issue in line is apparently the dreaded 'dead drum pad'.
Obviously rushed to market without sufficient QA in order to meet the holiday shopping season, retailing at $169, and coming with a mere 60-day warranty from date of purchase (likely including time spent under the tree), Harmonix's impressive and highly-addictive Rock Band game bundled with such fragile peripherals should prove to be quite the ordeal going into the new year.
Worthy of note: as of this submission the entire rock band site has been down the entire day in lieu of "a whole new community experience"."