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Ted Nugent: 'Guitar Hero WT' Boss

Posted September 11, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

The battle between Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour is heating up, people. The latest rock warrior on the side of Activision's Guitar Hero series: Ted Nugent!

The Nug will be joining Jimi Hendrix, Ozzy Osbourne and Sting as a boss battle in the game, where you'll match axes on The Motor City Madman's guitar-shredding classic "Stranglehold!"

Guitar Hero World Tour comes out on the PS3, Wii, 360, PC and PS2 on October 26th.

Metallica has a new album dropping on Friday in stores but it will also be available for download and play with Guitar Hero III which is obviously pretty awesome. The downloaded album, a bit pricey at 1440 Microsoft points or $17.99 on the PSN, will also be forward compatible with Guitar Hero: World Tour and all its fancy, new instrument peripherals.

And just to indicate how far Metallica has slipped from their metal roots, included in the track list on Death Magnetic are songs with the titles, "Broken, Beat, and Scared," "My Apocalypse," and "The Unforgiven III." Oh, man, this album is going to be hilarious.


Sony's PlayTV: DRM-Free In Europe

Posted September 4, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Here's some amazing news, if you're European: Sony's European PlayTV DVR add-on for the PS3 doesn't have Digital Rights Management. The thing just exports videos to your PS3's XMB menu as MPEG-4 video, allowing you to transfer your video to other devices, stream it elsewhere and otherwise do whatever you'd like with your content.

Whether this is a feature or an oversight remains to be seen. It seems more than a little strange that Sony would allow this kind of free reign with content, so there may be a patch soon. But until then, enjoy, Europeans.


Sony's Official PS3 Bluetooth Headset

Posted September 2, 2008 - By jmanalang


If you absolutely must have a uniform of Playstation branded accessories, you can go ahead and add this one to your collection. Sony has finally revealed their official bluetooth headset which will hit Japan this October 30 for 5,000 yen (around $46 US). Expect it to ship in North America and Europe shortly after its Japanese debut.

While the PS3 currently supports virtually any bluetooth headset and USB mic, Sony's latest branded bluetooth is capable of up to eight hours of talk time, USB charge, noise cancelling and an on-screen indicator showing volume levels, battery charge and more. Pretty neat.


In celebration of the launch of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, Pandemic Studios is giving away free gas at a Los Angeles petrol station until the pumps run dry. What started at 6AM this morning is still causing a huge line to snake down the street and cause traffic jams all around the pit stop at 8489 Beverly Blvd. The "Petrol to the People" event will also cover the entire gas station with Mercs 2 branding, promo flyers will be handed out, and the free gas will pumped by actors posing as the three main characters in the game.

Not only is this awesome if you live in LA, but it's fairly appropriate; the game takes place in Venezuela, a country that has been very pivotal and vocal in the global energy crisis we're all facing. In the game, a power hungry tyrant uses Venezuela’s oil supply to overthrow the government and turns the country into a war zone, which doesn't sound all that far-fetched. You play as a mercenary who gets double-crossed by this bastard, so now you get to level the entire country as your revenge. I wish that didn't sound far-fetched. Mercenaries 2 is available now, and the free gas is probably going to run dry in the next few hours, so if you're in SoCal, I suggest you hit the road. To see more pictures of the gas station in question, hit the read more link.

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Yes yes, we know you're upset about Moving Pictures by Rush being delayed this week. To try and patch things up, Harmonix is about to drop three tracks from the Brooklyn band Locksley for your listening and plastic-instrument-clicking pleasure. The soon-to-be-available tracks and prices are as follows:

  • "She Does" - Locksley (80 MS Points / $1)
  • "Dont Make Me Wait" - Locksley (80 MS Points / $1)
  • "All Over Again" - Locksley (80 MS Points / $1)

No word as to when these will drop, but expect them to be in the Rock Band music store soon.

Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the creators of the Penny Arcade webcomic and the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, mentioned in an interview with 1up that starting in 2010 they will hold a second yearly PAX event in Boston. The new PAX is still in the early planning stages at the moment, but will act as a compliment to the existing PAX in Seattle, not a replacement. This was apparently spawned by a presentation the animated duo gave at MIT a few years back, where they swore they would return to Boston...at some point in the future.

I, for one, welcome this new event. Boston is a beautiful city (at the right time of the year) and has a wonderful setting for an event such as this. May I suggest holding the event sometime in the spring or fall? Trust me, you don't want to get stuck in 3 feet of snow in January or in 110 degree heat with 98% humidity in August.


'Guitar Hero: Movie'?

Posted August 28, 2008 - By jmanalang

The director of X-Men: The Last Stand and Rush Hour 3 expressed his interested in working on a film based on Activision's popular music title. In an interview with MTV, Brett Ratner said:

“I love Guitar Hero and I think it’s a part of pop culture. I would love to do a ‘Guitar Hero’ movie, if Activision would ever let me. I’m trying to convince them, but why would you have a movie screw up such a huge franchise? Not that I would make a bad movie. So that would be cool, to do a Guitar Hero movie.”

As for the potential movie's plot, Ratner said that the story would revolve around "a kid from a small town who dreams of being a rock star and [the kid] wins the Guitar Hero competition". Also, according to Ratner, he contributed in naming Activision's latest installment to the music series. "Come up with a name [per Activision's request]. And I did, and it became Guitar Hero: World Tour.” GH: World Tour is due out this October 26 for the 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii platforms.

Next up: Guitar Praise, directed by Mel Gibson.


Red Mile Entertainment's video game adaptation of the noir film, Sin City, will be getting another set of developers to prepare its Christmas 2009 release.

Formerly in development with Transmission Games, Gamespot reports that Red Mile Entertainment changed the title's developers "quite a long time ago...to an as-yet-unannounced development house". A rep from Red Mile said to Gamespot that the former Sin City video game developers will just be focused on the flight combat simulation title, Heroes Over Europe, due out sometime next year for the Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Nintendo Wii and PC platforms.

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Activision had an ace up its sleeve at their press conference this morning in Germany: Gary Oldman. The renowned, Oscar-winning actor will voice a character in upcoming World War II game Call of Duty: World At War!

The "actor's actor" will be joined by Kiefer Sutherland, who plays main character Sgt. Roebuck in the game. World At War is an FPS set partially in the Pacific theater during WW II. It features flamethrowers, Molotov cocktails, flame tanks, and much, much more.

The game comes to the DS, PC, PS3, 360, Wii and mobile phones this fall.

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