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A Eulogy To The Future That Kinect Promised But Never Delivered

Kinect version 1.0 arrived hot off the heels of the motion control craze sparked by the Nintendo Wii with the marketing tagline “You Are The Controller”. Promising players a mixture of easy to understand motion based controls using their own bodies and a dash of science fiction, with almost Minority Report-like gesture control – it seemed like Microsoft had stumbled upon an easily understandable control scheme for those with the mobility to enjoy it. As Kinect is thrown into the technology wastebasket of products past their prime, where...

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Rock band 4 to come to PC via Fig

When I say Rock Band, it evokes in most people memories of playing the game in a crowded college common room, or home living room full of friends. So its a bit of a suprise to hear that Harmonix developer of the series has decided to port the game to PC. PC which is pretty much a 100% solo (at least in person) experience. I am even more confused because Harmonix has specifically said Rock Band 4 wasn’t coming...

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Amplitude |Review

15 years ago, long before the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises really took off and brought the music game genre to the gaming mainstream, when everyone thought of music games, people brought up games like Dance Dance Revolution and its ilk, such as Bust a Groove, one of my personal favorites, back then, and Parappa the Rapper. Harmonix’s Frequency gave us the same kind of game presented in a different way: you had a catalogue of American artists from across many genres, you were presented...

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Guitar Hero Live is a strong showing from a new studio

The first thing we need to get out of the way is that this is not a Harmonix game.  New developers Free Style Games have stepped up to the plate, and delivered the newest installment. So this is still guitar hero, but it’s not a Harmonix guitar hero. That being said, it’s still a great rhythm game, it  has plenty of new touches and only a few negative points that I might expect out of the first...

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Rock Band 4 Review – “Once More With Feeling”

There was a time when the Rock Band franchise was on top of the world and being played by millions of console owners worldwide. Like most celebrity stories an eventual decline in fame is to be expected after a string of successive hits. After nearly five years out of the limelight Harmonix returns with a brand new game for a new generation of consoles. For returning players – like myself – is it time to get the...

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Rock Band 4’s Opening Act

The lights dim down on the crowd as the neon lights come up on the stage and a lingering anxiousness hangs in the air as I begin to pluck at my guitar for the first time in seven years. Surely this is what my in-game avatar would have felt while playing her first set-list in over six years. She wasn’t playing with her old crew, in fact this show was probably just a guest spot, and she’s...

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Rock Band 4 Makes Its Debut Tomorrow

Harmonix’s first attempt at a current generation Rock Band is about to make its debut at retail tomorrow morning with the release of Rock Band 4 and I thought it might be a good idea to review some of the game’s key features and set-list for those of you who are still on the fence about whether or not they want to get the VIP pass for this latest gig! Not only is Rock Band 4 the...

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Rock Band 3 DLC For September 25th

Another week, another slew of incoming songs for the faithful fans of Rock Band 3. This week sees a release of some of the songs off theGreen Day: Rock Band game. All of them except “Oh Love”. “Green Day Pack 03” – 680 MSP “Brain Stew/Jaded” “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” “Warning” “Minority” “Oh Love” O Individual tracks will cost 160 MSP “O” will have the Key/Pro Key charts included. Look for these songs when they hit the marketplace...

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Rock Band DLC For September 18th, 2012

I wonder how much longer EA/Harmonix plans on releasing new tracks for this game? Not that I have a problem with it, I think it’s great that they continue to deliver on their promise of releasing new content. So here are next weeks tracks, releasing on September 18th, 2012. • The Offspring – “Days Go By” O X • Smash Mouth – “Why Can’t We Be Friends” O • Smash Mouth – “Can’t Get Enough of You...

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Next Weeks Rock Band Tracks Are “Howlin’ For You”

The Rock Band weekly dlc continues its’ onslaught as this week The Black Keysbring home some of their hits to the marketplace. This will be the second dlc pack available from the Grammy winning band out of Akron, Ohio. This weeks songs are as follows: The Black Keys Pack 02 Sold as a pack: 440 MSP Individual Songs: 160 MSP Pro Guitar/Bass Upgrade: 80 MSP per track The Black Keys – “Tighten Up” O The Black Keys –“Howlin’ for You” O...

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Rock Band Blitz Full Track List Released

I’ve seen lots of posts comparing Rock Band Blitz to the classic Amplitude, and if that turns out to be an accurate representation of the game I’m very much okay with that! Being released on August 28th on PSN and the next day for XBLA it looks like a fun addition to the series for $14.99 and 1200MSP respectively. Not only do you get the full set list shown below if you read more, but the included...

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Rock Band Blitz Release Date Announced

Harmonix has announced the release dates for Rock Band Blitz (or as we like to call it, because it uses a controller rather than instrument peripherals, Frequency 3/Amplitude 2). It arrives on the PlayStation Network on the 28th of August and will retail for $14.99. Blitz will roll onto Xbox Live Arcade on the next day and retail for 1200 Microsoft Points. Rock Band Blitz is apparently compatible with thousands of songs in the Rock Band Music...

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B-52s, Staind and Young Giant Headline Rock Band Releases

Rockband’s catalog of downloadable song gets a little more indie with Young The Giant’s “My Body”, revives an 80s classic with the B52’s “Love Shack” and goes a little nu-metal with “Not Again” from Staind’s 2011 self-titled album. All three of these tracks will be available on July 17th and are priced at $1.99 (160MSP) individually and $0.99 (80MSP) for the optional pro-guitar upgrade.

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