Rocksmith is an interesting game. The use-a-real-guitar music title from Ubisoft has garnered some less-than-stellar review, with a combined meta-critic score of 77 percent. but some outlets really liked the game -- check out G4's 4 out 5 Rocksmith review. So why the mixed notices? According to Ubisoft, the game's publisher, some of the game's negative review scores are because Rocksmith is innovative, and some reviewers don't want innovation.

"As much as they claim they want innovation, they don't," says Ubisoft's Laurent Detoc. "What I see when I read the reviews is a lack of enthusiasm for something that is new. … We, as human beings, tend to like what we know. But more importantly, we call ourselves gamers. Are we gamers – or players?"

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Plants Vs. Zombies composer Laura Shigihara is back in 'da hood with some friends to bring you this hilarious Magic The Gathering rap, "Tapped Out." Shigi is joined by Andy Hull, George Fan, Paul Hubans, and Tommy Refenes. Do you stand a chance against the deckmaster? Check it out below.

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Gears of War 3 Original Soundtrack Album

The adventures of Delta Squad have come to an explosive conclusion with the release of Gears of War 3. Alongside the wrapping up of the story of Marcus, Dom, Baird and the Cole Train as they fight to free Sera from the Locust and Lambent, is the final piece in the trilogy of soundtrack albums produced for the Gears series. How does it sound? We’ve got samples for you to hear so take off that COG helmet, soldier. Just watch for snipers.

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The music game genre didn't die with the last editions of Guitar Hero and Rock Band; but it has changed drastically. On one end of the spectrum are ultra casual Facebook rhythm games, and on the other is uber-serious Rocksmith. Rocksmith is the music game that teaches you how to play guitar. Real guitar. X-Play's own rocker and/or roller J.P. Shub got his hand on the game and found it groovy (as the musicians say.)

In my opinion, calling Rocksmith a game is misleading. Yes, it has achievements and awards you points, but it actually has much more in common with an exercise game than it does Guitar Hero. There are no avatars to customize, no gods of rock to conquer and no quest for greatness to complete. This is a niche product with one purpose: teach you to play guitar. If you’re looking for a quick jaunt through rock ‘n’ roll history filled with flash and fury and finger cramps on the way to the top of the leaderboards, you can stop reading now, because Rocksmith is not for you.

Check out the rest of our Rocksmith review to see how the game holds up. And if words aren't you're thing, or you'd rather see the rocking in action, check out our video review after the jump.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Tomorrow night at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California, a 70-piece orchestra will be performing iconic songs from The Legend of Zelda series. The Zelda concert will celebrate 25 years of Zelda-superiority over every single gaming series ever. Me? Bias? Duh.

Attendees will get to play demos of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword too.

Here's what to expect if you're going:

  • Thousands of passionate fans of The Legend of Zelda series celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary
  • Costumed attendees dressed as their favorite characters from The Legend of Zelda series
  • Kids and adults enjoying a unique orchestral concert experience together
  • A live 70-piece orchestra and choir mesmerizing the crowd with music from the beloved Zelda series

I'll be there, will you?

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Eric Speed is an interesting guy. He's a musician. He's French. He plays Electro Rock music on his violin, or, in his native tongue, he plays violon électrique.. He also seems to love video games, judging from his latest video of 1980s hit "Maniac."

Check it out and spot the gaming references.

Apple iPhone 4S News & Candace Bailey At The GWAR-B-Q on AOTS Tonight

Tonight on Attack of the Show, Candace Bailey and Kevin Pereira continue the Epictober fun with a trip to the GWAR-B-Q in Virginia. Candace meets the band and teaches them her glitter-on-my-camel-toe dance. Kevin Pereira discusses Apple's announcement of their iPhone 4S on The Loop...and...

We have a never-before-seen, exclusive music video of Sublime with Rome's song "Take It Or Leave It" off their new album, Yours Truly! And can you handle a new Epic Giveaway? Tune in tonight at 7PM.

Sublime With Rome

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Professional gamer Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel recently got to rock out with Rocksmith, the game that promises to teach you how to play a real guitar. Pro gamers obviously have amazing hand-eye coordination, and Fatal1ty is no different. He shows that even though he's not the best guitar player in the world, he can still makes progress over the course of three days with Rocksmith, and you will be able to as well!

Rocksmith "Pro Gamer: Fatality" Trailer »

Are you going to be trying out Rocksmith when it comes out for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 18?

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The conventional gaming wisdom about the music game genre is that it's dead genre. With the big players in the field, Guitar Hero and Rock Band, either dead or on life support, it's easy to see where this notion came from, but author Scott Steinberg has a different view, and he should know. Steinberg has written and published Music Games Rock, a full length book covering the music game industry, from its inception in pre video game days to the present. According to Steinberg, the music game is as least as old as video games themselves and will always be with us in one form or another.

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Special Edition 9mm Earbuds From Munitio

Want some Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in your ears? These MUNITIO Modern Warfare 3 Special Edition Billets are machined from aircraft-grade billet aluminum, reinforced with Kevlar, laser etched with the iconic game logo and come with a suppressor in-line mic to deliver a premium audio experience for music, communications and mobile gaming. Plus, they look like bullets. If there is one thing you want to shove in your ear while playing Modern Warfare 3, it's a bullet. 

Especially if it's one that can deliver amazing sound and is reinforced with Kevlar. MUNITIO MW3 Billets feature 9mm speaker drivers, offer 20 Hz - 20 kHz, sensitivity: 101 db +/- 3 db at 1 kHz, and have rated power: 3 mW, with max input power: 10 mW, impedance @ 1 kHz: 16 Ohms. And they look pretty darn cool. With Hollow Point noise-isolating tips and a tactical carrying case, you can pack these along to use on your phone, tablet, laptop, or mp3 player while simultaneously letting people know you're a Modern Warfare fan.

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Blizzcon Tickets Go On Sale May 21 and May 25

Rockers and/or roller take note: The Foo Fighters have been announced as the headlining band at this year's Blizzcon. The Foos will close out the con that takes place October 21-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

"Wow, I need to get tickets!" you may be saying. Well, sorry, Mr. Hypothetical Person: It's sold out. But you can still catch it at home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket to watch it on the internet or on DirecTV.

Opening up the concert will be The Artist Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain, Blizzard's in-house metal band, who are "returning to BlizzCon following a two-year interstellar tour through the Koprulu sector." They will entertain the crowd with a set of both familiar and brand-new songs drawn from the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes before turning the stage over to Foo Fighters for the main event.

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Want to be a video game composer? Games are nothing without their soundtracks, and these soundtracks often become iconic music for gamers that stay with them long after they've put the controllers down. Composer Inon Zur talks about what it takes to score a video games, and how many different things you need to know going in to that career.


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What is it with people in the video game industry having awesome names? Inon Zur is a pretty badass name, and he also worked on the Power Rangers, so how can you fault this guy? He's also worked on Fallout 3, Prince of Persia, and the Dragon Age series, so this guy definitely knows what he's talking about. Scoring video games is very different than scoring for films, he explains, and it's important that you also play games. For you budding musicphiles out there who want to play both instruments and the latest titles, this might be exactly what you're looking for.

Keep your browser tuned to G4 all week as we keep bringing you G4 University, and at the end of the week we'll have a guide for you that rounds up all of the information, and gives you the perfect places to start looking, along with some helpful tips. 

Want to learn how to get a job on the music and rhythm side of video games? Fish McGill, who not only has an awesome name, has an awesome job as associate producer on Rock Band, and he handles the webteam side of the Rock Band Network, and more. Doodling, music, graphics, and video games? Sounds like a perfect combination.


Will Work For Games: Rock Band Associate Producer Fish McGill »


Fish has a degree in fine art, and insists that the background of many people in video games are very diverse. So an engineering degree could get you into game design, or fine art could land you on a team in a different area. Plus, both of those degrees should insure that you should be able to land a job, even if the video game industry crashes. But, his message is clear: study. An education is your best tool for getting a video game job.

Keep your browser tuned to G4 all week as we keep bringing you G4 University, and at the end of the week we'll have a guide for you that rounds up all of the information, and gives you the perfect places to start looking, along with some helpful tips.

A Trip To The Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy Concert Tour

The Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concert series made its way to Los Angeles on September 9 and 10, and we were lucky enough to attend. The UCLA campus where the concert was being held was absolutely gorgeous, and before we even entered the venue, just seeing all of the Final Fantasy fans waiting outside was fantastic. Some were dressed up as their favorite characters, some were dressed up for a fancy event, and some were dressed in plain old t-shirts and shorts. I love seeing my nerdy friends all of their different attire.

Once the concert started, conductor and Grammy Award winner Arnie Roth took the stage to give a few introductions. He mentioned that we had some special guests among us, including the legendary Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the entire Final Fantasy series, as well as Nobuo Uematsu, one of the best video game composers of all time. Nobuo came on stage in a somewhat traditional Japanese outfit and his smile lit up the whole room. It was an honor to be among these great creators, to which we gave standing ovations.

When Roth was explaining the set list for the night, he said there was one song that he had to play before anything else. He got the audience very excited for it, and then lead the orchestra in playing the victory theme from the Final Fantasy series. It was funny and got the audience in a good mood right away. He then lead the group in the Prelude song that plays in most Final Fantasy games. It wasn't until the harpist started stringing the tune that I really realized how incredible this concert was going to be. These are the songs that I grew up with and have a real passion for, and still listen to on a daily basis, and to see them played in person was breathtaking.

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Square Enix has released the first gameplay footage from Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy. Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy is the upcoming Nintendo 3DS rythym game that takes place in the Final Fantasy universe. I have to say that just from this video alone it looks a lot like Osu (which isn't a bad thing). As someone who loves Final Fantasy music, I've definitely got my eye on this one.

Check out all of the Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy details for more info on this charming game. Does this type of game seem like one you'd enjoy playing on your Nintendo 3DS?

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