Open Workstation: Rhythm Game

This is one of four games you can play on the Open Workstation in the Open Computer Lab.

Rhythm Game

First paragraph:

You take a few minutes to search through the installed programs. Hmmmm, looks like somebody left a rhythm game installed on here.

Possible second paragraphs:

Condition Message Result
With low Reflexes and no music. Or if you have any hardening You play a couple rounds, tapping along with songs you've never heard of. It's not the best workout, but it gets your mind and body coordinated. 3 XP Reflexes
With high Reflexes and no music. Or if you have any hardening You play a couple rounds, tapping along with songs you've never heard of. You easily rack up a string of high scores, but it gets old quickly. 2 XP Reflexes
2 XP Will
With a biofeedback vest equipped* You cheerfully hook up your biofeedback link and get ready to go. This is actually pretty good exercise, but you could do without the electrical jolts.

(Or, if you go down to 0 HP:)
You cheerfully hook up your biofeedback link and get ready to go. The electrical shocks serve to motivate you for a bit, but eventually you just crash out on the floor twitching. (No Strength XP)
Take 5 damage
2 XP Strength
Generic music message
Cavern Chimes
Classic Carols
Dance Music
Emerald Search
Ocean Voice
Silver Towers Serenade
Subterranean Delights
You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. It doesn't do a great job assigning beats, but you manage to get in a few decent scores. 3 XP Reflexes
571 You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The game does a pretty good job assigning beats to 571, but you feel a little //weak tapping your finger to it rather than breaking Midgard faces. 3 XP Reflexes
Bitter Song You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You tap along to a song about the cruel twists of fate life brings us all. You're sure there's some irony there, but you're just not quite seeing it. 3 XP Reflexes
Blitz Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. There is no way you can keep it with this track, it's just not possible. 4 XP Reflexes
Brain Staples You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You're sure dancing to the Brain Staples would be a great workout, but tapping along just feels a bit weird. 3 XP Reflexes
Classical Recital You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. Unfortunately, the game can't seem to keep up with the complicated rhythms in the student's recital. You'd think it'd be easy to keep up with music that hasn't changed in hundreds of years, but apparently nobody bothered. It's a little sad. 1 XP Perception
3 XP Reflexes
Emerald Gift
Hunt for the Gift
Second Hand Gift
You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The game does a disturbingly good job, even pulling up visuals of a city of lofty glass spires beneath a sky of green fire. For a moment, you feel like you're going to lose yourself in that glorious city. 3 XP Reflexes
3 XP Will
Emerald Gift Live Same as if you had no music playing
Extreme Bass XIII Player
Extreme Bass Player
It synchs up with your bass player, playing a variety of themes from the game and displaying a litany of copyright information around the bottom of the screen. You're pretty pumped after the Extreme Bass victory theme. It never fails to get you. 3 XP Reflexes
3 XP Will
Extreme Bass XIII Player w/Virtual Pet Bass
Extreme Bass Player w/Virtual Pet Bass
It synchs up with your bass player, playing a variety of themes from the game and displaying a litany of copyright information around the bottom of the screen. Even your virtual bass dances along, jiggling and doing little flips to the music. 3 XP Reflexes
3 XP Will
Focused Harmony You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You tap your way through a few rounds, honing your mind with the music. 3 XP Perception
3 XP Will
Gaming Music You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The game has a custom stage set up, inspired by the classic game that you're listening to. Unfortunately, it seems to have taken a hint from that game's difficulty and just wrecks your fingers. 4 XP Reflexes
Garage Metal You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The stage that the game generates is every bit as predictable as the music you're listening to. 2 XP Reflexes
Halloween Lament You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You tap along to the Halloween Lament, falling deeper and deeper into depression as you go. It sinks into the pit of your stomach like a terrible chill. ** energy of Spectral Curse
2 XP Reflexes
4 XP Will
Hidden Harmony You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You carefully tap your way through a few rounds, drawing on your knowledge of the hidden melodies. 2 XP Perception
4 XP Reflexes
Hurried Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You tap along with the strange synthesized track, hiting all the high notes. The difficulty says INSANE, but you somehow always know just where to put your fingers. 5 XP Reflexes
Idol Metal You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The game seems less confused than you by the idol metal, but keeping the poppy vocals and metal instrumentals both in mind and under control makes the game fairly difficult.

As you're about to finish the stage, your music stops with a beep and a message appears onscreen in several languages. The only one you can read says "Unauthorized replay has been interdicted at the request of Zaibatsu Eurasian Legal Division."
2 XP Reflexes

ALL energy of Idol Metal gone!
Imported Metal You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. Trying to follow along with a simplified version of the song you're listening to, you gain a newfound respect for the musicians playing in it. Even dumbed down for the game, it's hard to keep up with the instrumentalists' blistering pace. 4 XP Reflexes
Metered Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You tap along, easily matching the rhythm. It's not hard, but it's calming and the game says all sorts of nice things about your performance. 2 XP Reflexes
4 XP Will
Ocean Harmony You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You tap along with the sound of artificial waves. You can see the great serpent rising out of the water, staring down at you.

It's not angry, but you feel it's somehow passing judgement on you. You've passed.
3 XP Reflexes
4 XP Will
OmniCarols You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You tap along to the carols. It doesn't explode into a holiday-themed stage or anything, but you can fill that in with your imagination easily enough.

Who needs fancy graphics?
** energy of Holiday Cheer
1 XP Perception
3 XP Reflexes
1 XP in Will
Ponderous Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You tap along, slowly building speed and strange combos. It occupies this unpleasant space between hard and boring, leading you to leave halfway through. 2 XP Reflexes
Shotgun Saint You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The game does a terrible job associating beats to Shotgun Saints. For a bit you think it just doesn't recognize it, but it almost seems like they're screwing it up on purpose.

In any case, trying to block out the music and focus on the assigned beats is a mental workout.
3 XP Reflexes
1 XP in Will
Shrieking Harmony/Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The students at computers near you glare at you viciously as you tap along to shrieking music. 3 XP Reflexes
Shrug Off Your Chains You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The game already has some rhythm and a custom stage programmed in for Shrug Off Your Chains, which is pretty exciting. These guys have thought of everything!

You tap along to break up some chains with your rhythm.
3 XP Reflexes
1 XP Will
Sniper Harmony/Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You follow along with the nice slow piece, carefully choosing when and where to tap. It's fun, but definitely no test of speed. 3 XP Reflexes
3 XP Will
Spooky Music You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The game does a miserable job assigning beats to the discordant mess, but it does ramp up the difficulty. 4 XP Reflexes
Stainless Skulls You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The Stainless Skulls must have some sort of deal with the game manufacturers because there's a whole custom stage, complete with skull-faced background dancers and virtual pyrotechnics. You're probably a little too enthusiastic, because the keyboard stops working about halfway through. 4 XP Reflexes, 1 XP Strength
Stalking Harmony/Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. Tapping along isn't too challenging, but it definitely reminds you of the footfalls of a great hunter. 4 XP Reflexes
Static Harmony/Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. It's impossible to keep up the the stacatto of computer-generated static. You do your best, but it just isn't happening. 3 XP Reflexes
Suspenseful Harmony/Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The periodic spasms of motion throughout the piece and incredibly challenging, escecially when matched with long periods of rest. 5 XP Reflexes
Suspicious Harmony/Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You manage to escape the sound for a while, which makes you feel better, just thinking about the building blocks. 3 XP Reflexes
2 XP Will
Synthesized Recital You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The game does a pretty good job setting a beat to the student's recital. You follow along and actually have a pretty good time at it. 3 XP Reflexes
1 XP Will
Twisted Harmony You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You tap along, getting lost in intricate patterns of melody. 3 XP Reflexes
3 XP Will
Uneven Seed You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You quickly find tapping along is more an exercise in knowing when than reaction time. 2 XP Perception
3 XP Reflexes
Unpretentious Harmony You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You tap your way through a few rounds. There's something to be said for nice, solid music.

The whole experience is pretty relaxing.
3 XP Reflexes
2 XP Will
Whispered Harmony You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. You try to tap along, but you can almost hear the voices… and the urge to burn things. It just gets overwhelming after a few rounds. 3 XP Reflexes
Viral Carols You play a couple rounds while the game synchs with your comm, trying to put rhythm to the music you're listening to. The first round goes well, then computer after computer starts playing "Blessed is the Omnimall" all throughout the lab. You back away slowly before anyone notices. none

* The Biofeedback vest overrides any active music effect.
** Amount of energy directly proportional to the number of turns of music you have playing

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