The Song Of My People: Typing Karaoke

By Nathan Grayson on October 30th, 2012 at 8:00 am.

BUT I'M A CREEEEEEEEP.

These are sad times we live in. The typing game is a dying form, as evidenced by the fact that Typing of the Dead never got a million sequels or infected other zombie-centric franchises with its admirable linguistic prowess. But there is hope for the clumsy fingered among you. Musical hope. Typing Karaoke is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: well-known hits from the decades of yore play, and you type furiously to just barely keep up. It ends up being an oddly arrhythmic experience, but it’s still a fun (and technically educational!) timewaster.

I found the disconnect between typing individual letters of words and knowing the rhythm and flow of songs to be pretty jarring, but there’s a bouncy charm to the whole thing that evokes memories of the wild backdrops from DDR and Guitar Hero. Songs include everything from Stray Cats’ “Rock This Town” (DON’T DO IT. IT WILL KILL YOU) to Radiohead’s “Creep” (DON’T DO IT. YOU WILL HATE YOURSELF).

It’s a pretty simple setup, but mastering the more lyrically intense songs is a challenge achievable only by the nimblest of digits. So give it a go. And remember: even if you’re not the fastest type-singer, you can still do it with feeling.

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21 Comments »

  1. jussipe says:

    I want my MTV!

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    Big Murray says:

    That it stops you when it perceives you to have a made a mistake (even if its just down to lag) is a bit of a failing. Nice idea though.

  3. Lhowon says:

    Youre so many special, Nathan

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    G-Lord says:

    I always hoped that schools would replace their boring typewriter learning programs with Typing of the Dead.

  5. FreudianTrip says:

    If anyone can do LMAO – Sexy and I know it. You’re beyond talented. I couldn’t even get the line ‘Girl look at that body’ out in time.

    • McDan says:

      I just aim for one word for every line. Can do some of the others quite well though, got nearly all of Creep. So proud of myself.

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    luis.s says:

    Thanks for that, was surprisingly fun

    And I thought Creep was one of the better ones. I tried all the songs I knew, and Creep was the only one I could get every line. The others I had no hope.

  7. MichaelPalin says:

    why does the English language have so many ‘y’s!?

    • The Random One says:

      Because people kept asking Y!

      I humbly accept the title of Grand Punmaster you are sure to offer me after this post. I promise to use my amazing comedic prowess only for the good of all.

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    Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    I find this oddly appealing in a way that WarCryOfDutyFieldCraft isn’t.

  9. Bhazor says:

    Just looked at the playlist. Ha ha, fuck no. Bruno Mars and Usher on the sound track would make the greatest game unplayable.

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    Vandelay says:

    I’m very sorry everyone. I just tried Call Me Maybe.

    • Mr Labbes says:

      Me too, it’s the only one I knew the lyrics of. Which might be a little bit sad.

  11. zbmott says:

    The Typing of the Dead is one of the finest games ever made. If I were better at piracy, I’d host my version publicly for y’all somewhere.

    • zerosan says:

      I’m playing the dreamcast version on the nulldc emulator, somehow it feels better to me than the pc version.

  12. Dave Mongoose says:

    Anyone else find themselves automatically trying to add apostrophes and capitalize correctly for things like “couldn’t” and “I’m”?

    Out of the ones I tried, Creep was the only one I could 100%. Sexy and I Know It was impossible.

  13. rawrty says:

    Wish there was a high score list.

  14. zeekthegeek says:

    Neat game, wish it were more complete and had a better Lyrics API (some of them are just blatantly wrong)

  15. The Random One says:

    Stenographer’s karaoke.

  16. Drunsul says:

    Did anyone else click on the words “Typing Karaoke” with a sudden hunger without reading the article at all and exclaim out loud: “I want this!”. Because that’s exactly what I did. And I enjoyed every second there after until I got bored.