Have you ever played Singstar on the Playstation 2? It is a Karaoke like game that is great fun if you play it with some friends. Ultrastar looks clearly like it was inspired by Singstar. The big advantage? It is completely free and provides you with a lot of song texts for free as well for use in the program.
You need to download the Ultrastar main program from Sourceforge to get started. It is only 500k which means it should be a fast download even for slow connections.
Install Ultrastar and try it out, you will need at least one microphone to use the software. The downloaded version comes along with one demo song which you can try and get a hang for the tool. It is possible to play the game with up to four players which is tremendous fun, if you are kinda shy you might want to try it alone first. Works great and fast. One song is of course not really going to last that long. It is rather easy to get new songs and I'm going to explain two methods to do so.
You download text files that contain all the information Ultrastar needs to add songs to its library of songs. You do need the mp3 files as well which is normally not included when you download the text file. A good tutorial that explains this process in detail is located at ultrastarstuff.com.
You basically need to download the text file, take a look at the name the mp3 should have and name the mp3 file accordingly. It would be best to download text files with song information from mp3 files that you already have on your computer.
The second method may be illegal in most countries but I'd like to at least mention it as it is legal in some. Fire up Emule and Search for Ultrastar. You should find many packages that contain the music and the text files, some even include videos of the song which makes it even more fun. A site with links to some of the emule downloads is the Spanish Ultrastar website.
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