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Jimi Hendrix: Rock Band Coming This Year?

We'll have details on Rock Band 3 soon and the first news on Guitar Hero 6 broke earlier this week. Music games used to be massive sellers, but it's not the case anymore. UltraViolence74 summarized the response from many about the prospect of new music games:

"I'm pretty much done with music games for a while."

What do music games need to do to bring you back?











Harmonix Says You'll Be

It's been two years since Harmonix updated Rock Band. The studio released The Beatles: Rock Band last fall, instead of delivering a yearly update, ala Guitar Hero. Rock Band 3 is later this year, however, and Harmonix is telling gamers they'll be "surprised" at how big the game is.

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Green Day: Rock Band Detailed And Dated

In preparation for the release of Green Day: Rock Band, Harmonix is taking an informal poll of users of its website about which bands they'd like to have their own Rock Band.

Although the company has taken great pains to indicate this poll is not an "indication, implication, hint, suggestion, guarantee or promise that Harmonix is going make games based on any or all of the bands listed in this poll," it's still an interesting what-if exercise.

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Ronnie James Dio

Rock and roll and heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio died this weekend of stomach cancer. The one-time lead singer of Black Sabbath and Dio was 67 years old.

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Guitar Hero 5

According to the current issue of Official Xbox Magazine, the next Guitar Hero game will take the series back to basics, and will drop the playable celebrities that caused so much legal hassles for Activision recently. Other changes include a focus on rock and roll over pop music, and the addition of character powers.

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The Music of Tron, Derezzed

Tron was one of those epochal moments in geek culture. Released in 1982, it was a perfect confluence of an action movie, about video games, which spawned toys and featured an incredible soundtrack. Even those not old enough to have seen in it in theaters and then fork countless quarters into its arcade game counterpart have been pulled in by the movie’s premise and mythology of a living world inside computers.

Now what happens if a pair of leading musicians from today’s Chiptunes scene took Wendy Carlos’ orchestra-meets-synthesizer soundtrack from Tron and derezzed it into something which would have sounded completely at home in the early 80’s? Grab your Lightcycle handlebar and come inside for a listen and a source for you to download your own copy for free!

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Rock Band 2

Good news for hippies and fans of retro pop/rock: Next week will see the release of a third Grateful Dead pack on the Rock Band Network, as well as the release of a couple tracks from 1980s power-trio The Smithereens. It's almost a study in opposites: On the one hand, you have the noodly guitar and free-flow vibe of the Dead, and on the other, the tightly controlled, disciplined pop of Smithereens.

Click the cut for the track list.

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Links Of TheFeed: Tim, Eric & Ke$ha

Imagine this whole post is written in Andy Rooney's whiney voice... I've never cared for pop music. Whether it's Color Me Badd, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Lady GaGa or the Bieber, it's all horrible ear-splitting dreck. And it's gotten even worse, as the one bit of talent that used to be required (a decent singing voice) is now rendered moot as producers can manipulate anything to sound... well... not good, but at least harmonious or wretchedly autotuned.

Which brings me to the subject of one of today's links: Ke$ha. Her first single is the misspelled version of the sound your clock makes and her second single is called Blah, Blah, Blah. Fitting for someone with a $ in their name. She's also the number #1 artist in something like 10 countries, but I guess bad taste is universal. Thankfully, the good people at CollegeHumor did a little community service and made a video that essentially rakes her over the coals. So check out the links below, and enjoy.

  • FilmDrunk doubles down on Paul Rudd, with details on the script he wrote that Judd Apatow is producing, and the awesome Tim & Eric video that goes inside Paul Rudd's computer.
  • What do Spider-man, The Matrix, Star Wars and Indiana Jones have in common? They made UnrealityMag's list of the 10 most disappointing movies of the last decade.
  • Check out a gallery of bizarre hats over at Supertremendous. I don't think any belong to Lady GaGa.
  • Adult Swim is offering a chance to create your own custom DVD for free, so load up on The Venture Bros. and Robot Chicken, then thank us later!



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Green Day: Rock Band Detailed And Dated

Writer Harold Goldberg got to sit down with one of America, nay, the world's biggest musical acts, who just so happen to have a themed edition of Rock Band coming out in June. Billy Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool of Green Day are big video game guys, and are making sure that their version of Rock Band really represents the band:

"Green Day: Rock Band, the band says, is both a musical and cultural microcosm of the group’s lives. Explains Cool, “It goes through the history of the band in three different stages. It skips a lot. But we still feel we personalized it and put our stamp on it. We wanted it to represent us well and to rock.”

So what did Harmonix skip? “Thankfully, they left out our fat year, fat Green Day,” jokes Cool. “Maybe that year can be downloaded some time.”

For the full story, including Harold's impressions of the game, read on.




The Beatles Rock Band

The Beatles may be the most celebrated music group in human history, but that doesn't mean they're the right choice for a video game. According to MTV Games' Scott Guthrie, Green Day is better suited to gaming than The Beatles.

“We were pleased with the performance of Beatles: Rock Band but we were expecting higher sales,” he said. "Our core audience of 16 to 34-year-old males are much more familiar with Green Day music than The Beatles."

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Uncharted 2's Music Maestro - An Interview with Greg Edmonson

Greg Edmonson is the composer behind the award-winning soundtrack to G4tv.com's 2009 Game of the Year Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, as well as the original Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. He is also the man who brought the music to life on the beloved “Firefly” TV series.  Mr. Edmonson was kind enough to take time to answer some questions from the Feed and from some of its readers. Come inside and find out what went into creating the score to Uncharted 2, the difference between composing for games, TV and films and what certain thread connects Uncharted’s Nathan Drake with Malcolm Reynolds.

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Judas Priest

The best song ever will be available on Rock Band next. No, I'm not talking about Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone." I'm talking Judas effin' Priest's "Breaking the Law." Breakin' the law! Breakin the law! This is good news for everyone on earth but my neighbors. I advise the Mendlebaums to invest in some ear-plugs. Breakin' the law! Breakin the law!

In fact, all of Priest's seminal 1980 album British Steel will be available for Rock Band and Rock Band 2 next week on the 11th. Not the original versions, sadly, but instead, recent live tracks.

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Activision Looking At Project Natal, Sony Motion For Guitar Hero

Activision is being much more conservative with its music game releases in 2010. On its first quarter 2010 conference call this afternoon, the company confirmed Guitar Hero 6 and "the next DJ Hero" (Activision didn't call it DJ Hero 2) are on track for a release sometime this fall.

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I've been annoying everyone at G4 all morning by singing and playing the Rainbow Road song, and now I'm going to pass it on to you.

Rainbow Road is contagious like Ebola.

"It's called the road, it's called the rainbow road!"

Tonight marks the 125th season opener for the world famous Boston Pops orchestra (I know. I know. You get the newsletter too.). But what makes this year’s season especially noteworthy, particularly for fans of the video games, is that Apple, MTV Games and Harmonix have partnered with the Boston Pops to use The Beatles: Rock Band for sing-alongs that will occur at the end of every Pops performance this season.

“We are honored to be a part of the Boston Pops historic 125th season,” said Harmonix co-founder and CTO Eran Egozy in a press release. “This effort is bridging the past with the present by setting the iconic music of The Beatles, orchestrated by the Pops, to The Beatles: Rock Band visuals in one of the most celebrated halls in the world.”

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