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Blizzard has just launched their music store where you can download full albums or individual songs from Diablo, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft. Each album is only $9.99 and you can listen to 30-second snippets from every song to make sure it's the one you want to buy. Blizzard puts extreme care in to the music for their games to make the gamer's experience as epic as possible. My personal favorites are The Shattering from World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Terran One from the original StarCraft. Ah, memories.

Will you be picking up one of these Blizzard soundtracks now that their music store is out? What are some of your favorite Blizzard songs?

Nobuo Uematsu: Interview With A Legendary Video Game Composer

Nobuo Uematsu is one of the most legendary video game composers of all time, creating some of the most memorable video game music from the last 20 years. We had the chance to briefly chat with Nobuo, and get his insight on the past and present of the video game industry, as well as how he feels his music has influenced others. Nobuo will be conducting at the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert this weekend in Los Angeles, and we'll be attending. Check back next week for a feature on the concert itself, which I couldn't be more thrilled to attend.

G4: What are some of your influences and who did you listen to that inspired you to start this career?

Nobuo Uematsu: Tape recorders, radios, equipment and synthesizers were my influences to start this career. A musician that inspired me is Elton John.

G4: I know it will be difficult to choose, but out of the hundreds of themes you’ve created, which ones do you feel the most passionate about?


NU: It’s hard for me to listen to my compositions equally without reminiscing on all the memories, but I do think “To Zanarkand” is not too bad. “To Zanarkand” seems to get lots of requests by fans for it to be played in the orchestra concert. How happy to be loved by both birth parent (me, the composer) and the foster parents (the fans.)

 

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Call Of Duty XP 2011 Details Revealed -- Modern Warfare 3 $1 Million Dollar Tournament

Yesterday's news of Kanye West closing out Call of Duty XP next week with a performance is kind of a big deal, but that's not the only musical showcase fans can expect from the gathering. Activision confirmed in a press release this morning that Dropkick Murphys will start the weekend off with a Friday performance at 8pm.

This is shaping up to be quite an event. Early access to Modern Warfare 3, paintball, ziplines, a gun museum, Yeezy and now, Dropkick Murphys. Get more information about the event at the Call of Duty XP website.

Call Of Duty XP 2011 Tickets Onsale July 19

Activision just announced the musical headliner for Call of Duty XP, the company's CoD themed fan-fest. It's going to be, get this, Kanye West! The controversial Mr. West hasn't publicly performed since the release of Watch the Throne, his most recent album.  He goes on during the final night of XP on Saturday.

All XP ticket-holders are guaranteed a spot at this blockbuster closing night performance, and I don't think anyone will want to miss it. No matter how you feel about him or his music, Kanye is an interesting, charismatic performer.

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Mad Catz Ships MIDI-Pro Adapter For Rock Band 3

According to Harmonix, poor-selling music franchise Rock Band is not dead. That, of course, doesn't mean we should look forward to Rock Band 4 this holiday season, but it does mean DLC will continue to be supported.

“We’re supporting our community, we’re not going away: Rock Band’s not dead,” said Harmonix's John Drake. “We’re not making another retail release this year, but we’re probably the most aggressive company, I’d say, in videogames about supporting our community with digital content."

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Alison Rocks Out With Bowling for Soup, Bugs & More on AOTS Tonight

Tonight on Attack of the Show, Alison Haislip hangs out with Bowling for Soup in their recording studio as they lay down new tracks for an upcoming single while Candace Bailey faces her deepest fear: BUGS! Action Reptiles will be live on set as they show off their collection of hissing cockroaches, spiders and scorpions. Morgan Webb shares her review on El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron and more, tonight at 7PM.

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Rock Band 3

Back in June, Mad Catz announced that it was getting into the game publishing business. Today, the peripheral-maker has announced that it is publishing Rock Band 3.

"Wait, hasn't that already been published?" you may be asking. Yes. It has, but it's coming out again, this holiday, bundled with the Mad Catz guitar controller, keyboard controller, and pro-guitar controller.

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The Dear Hunter Perform on AOTS Tonight!

Tonight on Attack of the Show, we welcome progressive rock band The Dear Hunter to the studio for a special live performance and interview with Casey Crescenzo. We also catch up with the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 with some bad magic tricks and review the Dell Inspiron Zino on Gadget Pr0n.

Plus, what will Sara Underwood cosplay as today for The Feed? Check out our photo gallery of her Catwoman costume from yesterday! Tune in tonight at 7PM for more.

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Xbox 360's Zune Marketplace Passed My

Xbox Music, a service we reported on earlier this morning (July 12) courtesy of a story on Business Insider, does not actually exist. Don't worry though, it's not some vast conspiracy by Microsoft. In fact, Big M itself told site VG247 that the reports were "inaccurate," and that future plans for the Xbox 360 console most certainly include the Zune service.

The mix-up apparently came from discussion of new Kinect voice controls, which will open the Zune music front of the revamped Dashboard by saying, "Xbox. Music."

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Frozen Synapse Logo

TheFeed would like to introduce you to nervous_testpilot, an up-and-coming player in the indie game scene. Not only is he the composer of the music for the newly released Frozen Synapse, but he’s also co-owner of its developer, Mode 7 Games. On top of that, this game audio pro has an established background in the electronic music scene and a newly launched chiptune alter-ego. Come inside and meet nervous_testpilot and hear some sounds from Frozen Synapse!

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Mass Effect's Sam Hulick

Sam Hulick is a name from the game audio world you may not know well yet, unless you are among the game music connoisseurs who purchase game soundtrack albums. The Feed got to speak with Sam Hulick about his inspirations and the music he has composed for games including the Mass Effect series. Hit the jump to find out what Sam’s inspirations were for the music he created as part of the Mass Effect team, what Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings music means to him and how Soviet Russia’s Red Army influenced his compositions for an upcoming World War II shooter.

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Forget everything you know about Rebecca Black's "hit single" known as "Friday". Because as it turns out, the song is actually an adventure game by Adam Atomic (Cave Story Wii) and Danny Baranowsky (of Super Meat Boy soundtrack fame). Now, the hardest decision you will have to make after you hit play (because you know you're going to) is when a wild convertible appears do you choose the Front Seat or the Back Seat? Choose wisely.

Hide your wife, hide your kids, etc. "Bed Intruder," the novelty song based on an unlikely mash-up of autotune and attempted rape, is available now on the Rock Band Network, extending the tune's fame to 16 minutes. It even has "Pro" parts. Score!

I'm sure you want to take a look at the YouTube video.

More "traditional" Rock Band releases, including The Vapors and System of a Down, are under the cut.

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm About A Year Away

Of course most games require your full attention in order for you to get the best experience, but for some you only need to half be there, so what else are you listening to in the meantime? I find that whenever I play a PC game, especially StarCraft, I always have music on in the background. Usually some sort of trance music that isn't too distracting but still gets me fired up. What about you? When you play games do you listen to music? Watch TV or a movie in the background? Or do you find that you generally always listen to the game soundtrack? Let me know below, and maybe I'll try out some of your favorite tracks during my next gaming session.

Weird Al Yankovic Brings The Alpocalypse To AOTS Tonight!

Tonight, Attack of the Show welcomes "Weird Al" Yankovic to the studio where he'll tell us all about his new album, Alpocalypse and the controversy over his "Perform This Way" parody with Lady Gaga. Alison Haislip takes us behind the scenes for her reality singing competition show, The Voice and Chris Gore brings an all-new DVDuesday with Sucker Punch. See you at 7PM!

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