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                             FAQ for Popstar Maker
                               Author: Dan2000
    Hey I have written this quick FAQ, because of all the E-Mails I have 
    -0. My Review
    -1. Options
    -2. New Game
      a. Territories
      b. Band Members
    -3. Game Main Menu
      a. My Diary
      b. E-mail
      c. My Popgroup
      d. Game Options
      e. Charts
      f. Contract
      g. My Money
      h. Awards
      i. Unlocking Territories
    -4. Game Shark Codes
    -5. Hints
    -6. Thanks
    -7. Disclaimer
    -8. Contact
    0.My Review
    (This is found also at www.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/review/R31918.html)
    Popstar Maker is unique in many ways, and that its the first of its kind is one of them.
    You see, Popstar Maker is a cross between Music 2000 and LMA Manager with pop music in it. 
    Eidos have come up with a manager game that lets you have full control over all most
    Firstly you must choose applicants for the band, each with different characteristics.
    When that has been taken care of a name is needed and then your on your own. 
    You have a diary and that must be filled with song releases, TV visits and live performances,
    don't forget training your band is very important. 
    To make this manager game come to life, Eidos have included a music editor where you can
    create your own songs to release and hope to top the charts. 
    It also includes songs to get off other people if your not confident to release your own yet,
    but like most things in life, it costs. Yes you have a bank balance and while creating songs,
    recording gigs you must try to keep your balance as high as you can. 
    Don't expect your songs to get straight away, Popstar Maker is very realistic,
    you need the public on your side you need them to buy your songs. IT WON'T BE EASY. 
    As well as making your songs, you get to watch your band perform your song. 
    There's really only one real problem with this game and thats after a while it will seem to
    drag on a bit, it'll get very repetative. 
    After you have your continent to your advantage the world will be drugged by your songs and
    you'll finally be a Popstar*** 
    There's mainly just menus and text but it is really colourful and the animation is done quite
    well. The stages and characters could of been better designed. 
    Well being a music game, Popstar Maker offers a variety of sounds to choose from for your
    songs, including options like drums, guitar, bass, syth plus more. 
    What's the life span of a pop carrer? well this game has a lot of replay value,
    because you can just create a new song. BUT it does get repetative quickly and may be
    boring for some. 
    If you like popmusic then this is game for you and should be at the top of your shopping list,
    but really this game won't appeal if you like Rock or Rap music. 
    A pretty good game with outstanding replay value, but gets repetative quite soon. 
    Also you must be patient it takes a couple of hours to get into it properly
    After pressing start, you'll be taken to an option where you can choose from;
    New Game- start a new game
    Load Game- load a previous saved game
    Settings- Sound = Choose stereo or Mono
              SFX = set the sound effects volume
              Music = set the music effects volume
              Screen Position = set the position of the screen to suit you.
    NOTE: Triangle- cancel
          Start- Accept changes.
    2.New Game
    After selecting a new game you will taken to a series of screens where you will have to choose 
    appropriate options.
              a. Territories
    You will have to choose which territory will be your starting place and the place in which you
    will try to conquer first. Obviously some are more harder than others so i have included a list
    to help you. 
    1. Europe
    2. Australia
    3. Asia
    4. America
    Note: 1 = easiest
          4 = hardest
             b. Band Members
    After the territory option you will have to select up to 5 members to be in your band, you don't
    have to have 5 you can have 1,2,3,4 or 5 members. I have listed the members below.
    NOTE: Each member is rated on vocals (v)(vocals is the singing ability)
                                  Dancing (d)(dancing is the dancing ability)
                                  Fitness (f)(fitness is the fitness level) 
                                  Energy (e)(energy is the tiredness level)
                                  Mood (m)(mood is the level in which they preform)
                                  Charm (c)(charm is the level in which they appeal to the fans)
                                  Happiness (h)(happiness shows how happy they are)
    the lower the level the worst that level is.
    I have rated them using numbers out of 10, these are not shown in the game, they are my
    observations and therfore may not be 100% correct. In the game they are represented by blue,
    orange and black parts. Blue parts represent what level they are currently on, orange represent
    the potential they have in that particualar section and the black part represents that the rest
    of the knowledge has to be taught to them. Obviously you can train them, see section 3a) below.
    ---|                    v = 3    e = 10 
    Doc|                    d = 8    m = 4
    ---|                    f = 7    c = 4    h = 5
    --------|               v = 5    e = 6
    Stevie G|               d = 5    m = 5
    --------|               f = 5    c = 8    h = 5
    ---|                    v = 8    e = 6 
    Naz|                    d = 5    m = 5
    ---|                    f = 5    c = 5    h = 5
    -----|                  v = 7    e = 8 
    Jamie|                  d = 8    m = 3
    -----|                  f = 7    c = 2    h = 5
    ---|                    v = 9    e = 7 
    Baz|                    d = 5    m = 5
    ---|                    f = 5    c = 5    h = 5 
    ----|                   v = 4    e = 8 
    Pete|                   d = 4    m = 4
    ----|                   f = 4    c = 4    h = 5
    -----|                  v = 2    e = 7 
    Bruno|                  d = 2    m = 7
    -----|                  f = 5    c = 7    h = 8
    ----|                   v = 6    e = 7 
    Jack|                   d = 6    m = 6
    ----|                   f = 6    c = 6    h = 6
    -----|                  v = 5    e = 6 
    Penny|                  d = 5    m = 5
    -----|                  f = 5    c = 5    h = 5
    -----|                  v = 8    e = 6 
    Jo Jo|                  d = 8    m = 4
    -----|                  f = 4    c = 4    h = 5
    -----|                  v = 3    e = 7 
    Bobby|                  d = 3    m = 7
    -----|                  f = 3    c = 8    h = 7
    -------|                v = 3    e = 7 
    Natalie|                d = 2    m = 7
    -------|                f = 5    c = 7    h = 8
    -----|                  v = 9    e = 6 
    Kelly|                  d = 4    m = 8
    -----|                  f = 4    c = 6    h = 7
    ------|                 v = 4    e = 9 
    Lizzie|                 d = 8    m = 4
    ------|                 f = 7    c = 3    h = 5
    After choosing your band, you will be asked to choose a name for them, 'Next Big Thing' is
    already in you can keep this or choose your own.
    3.Game Main Menu
    At this screen there are various options to choose and at the top right side it will tell you
    the day and date. To move day and date press start, this will continue the game.
                    a.My Diary
    As you will see days of the week are down the side and at the begining they are empty, but when
    you get the hang of things and your when your band are popular you'll be very busy.
    You will notice sundays are always free, so only six days a week are available to use. These 
    days must be filled will single releases, trips to the studio, training etc.
    NOTE: press X to choose options.
    Studio - in studio there are again more options.
           - Music Editor         = Create your own songs
           - Purchase             = this is where you buy songs that have been done by other people.
           - Record Track         = once choosing a track you must record it, it costs £1000.
           - Create Single        = once recording you can create the single by choosing the front
                                    cover and colour.
           - Create Album         = this is where you create an album, you must of had 8 singles
                                    released first.
           - Library              = this is a section that has all the songs you've released in.
    Release Single/Album - choose how much you want to market the single, the higher the amount,
                           the more popular the single will become. But when you start off you
                           haven't got that much so be careful. Even if you cheat of spend over
                           £90,000 on marketing it wont be popular because your brand new.
    Training - this section is where you can improve abilities of your popstars, the section above
               where i have included stats for band members, all of those area (v,d etc) can be 
               improved apart from happiness. This goes up and down depending on how much work there
               is for them.
    Live Preformance - this is where you do a gig for them. Start on the lowest one all the time 
                       because if its your first one not many people will come it i best to do a
                       live gig when you get to No.1. The screen should look like (below):
              Live preformance                              |            Territory
                                                            |          ..........
    Choose place: (this is the place where it is set.)      | Capacity = (how many people
    Choose Ticket Price:(this is how much tickets will cost.|             it can hold)
    Set design: (this is the deisgn look)                   | Deposit = the amount you have to
                                                            |              deposit)
    Marketing (remember not to spend too much)              | Payment = (how much the venue costs)
    Duration (how long will you be touring)                 | Marketing = (your marketing price)
                                                            | Total Price: .......
    This section is blank until you actually recieve an E-Mail. E-Mail may be contract offers,
    Interview offers, Music Shows offers. If you accept the shows eg interviews and music shows
    they will automatically be placed in My Diary and that certain day, you can deleate them. 
    Hint: If you get a music show offer and you have an interview on that day, take the music show
    offer in place of the interview as this will give you more single sales. Increase your
                      c.My Popgroup
    This section shows your popstars stats of happiness etc. Here you can also sack them and change
    there clothes, which i do advise as if you dont there happiness goes down.
                     d.Game Options
    Here you can: Save
                  View Settings
                  Views Credits
    But also change your budget options. This is for travel and accomodation which will not be needed
    until you can access another territory. But they consist of:
    -Budget = Cheap Travel and acomodation
    -Standard = Normal travel and acomodation
    -Luxury = 1st class travel and 5* acomodation (expensive)
    This shows this weeks singles and albums charts. (if your single.album is in the charts it will
    be highlighted in Yellow). The No.'s show what postition the song/album is at, the numbers in 
    the brackets show what position they were in last week. A Line shows they are new in.
    This section shows:
    Company = (the company you are contracted to)
    Territories = the territory(ies) the company lets you travel to.
    Break of Penalties = (the cost of breaking the contact)
    Royalty Rate = (the rate in which they recieve of your income)
                    g.My Money
    This section shows your outgoings and your income. It is very straightforward and is easy to
    understand (if you are stuck please contact me see section 8).
    Here your awards are displayed. The awards and how to get them are shown below.
    Best Single = Your single must be at the NO.1 postion more than any other song.
    Best Albulm = "    album                                                      "
    Best Live Group = Have about over 40 Live Preformances within a year.
    Best Looking Male = Make sure the male is fully fit, Train him.
    Best Looking Female = Make sure the female is fully fit, train her.
    Best Popgroup = have a row of succesful singles and a succesful album.
    Life Time Achievment = Have all territories unlocked and have at least 15 NO.1's in all.
                    i. Unlocking Territories
    1 Territory = You already picked this
    2 Territories = Have at least £1,000,000
    3 Territories = Have at least £2,000,000
    4 Territories = Be Succesful in all of the three Territories.
    4.Game Shark Codes
    Extra money:
    80021DB0 FFFF
    80021DB2 00FF
    These hints can also be found at Gamewinners.com
    If you are a beginner, start with Europe as the territory. It is slightly easier to get
    into the charts and earn some money.
    Have at least one day free, with nothing on. If you book everything all the time,
    your members will be unhappy and quit.
    Have at least one day of the week for training. If you do not train, they will become unfit
    etc. Sometimes money is needed for singles and albums, so have training at least once
    every two weeks.
    At the beginning of every territory, bring out singles from the section that you did not
    create, already pre-made ones. For some reason if you get in the charts it is more likely
    that these ones have more chance at the beginning.
    Try not to have more than one interview type thing a week.
    If you get the chance to go on A Music show and you have an interview on the day, delete
    the interview and have the music show. You will get more singles sold on a music show
    rather than an interview.
    Even though it is costly, try and have at least one Live Performance once every two to three
    weeks. It will boost your singles sales. However, do not have a live performance on the first
    time of every territory until you have at least got in the charts with a single -- it will
    just be a complete waste of a space for the week and money.
    As for Live Performances, start on the lowest place and work your way up.
    Do not push your luck too quickly. It takes about seven singles in the charts to
    get a decent show up.
    Do not waste money on marketing a single. You need to become known first; getting to number
    one is not the first priority.
    Change the band members clothes every month to keep their happiness from going down. 
    I would like to thank
    -Eidos    = for bringing out such a great game.
    -GameFAQS = For being uch a great database and for showing my FAQ.
    -You      = For reading this and using my FAQ
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