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Things to Look Forward to: Oct 26th – 29th

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Things to Look Forward to: Oct 26th – 29th

It’s time for Things to Look Forward to… Essentially a list of stuff that’s coming out this week. Grab your hooverboard and not have to lace your shoes. As the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy hits Blu Ray and DVD. Maybe time traveling isn’t really your thing, but Brock Sampson is. Well you are in luck with the Venture Bros: Season 4, Vol 1 DVD. If you’re looking to rock out this week Harmonix and MTV Games has your back with the release of Rock Band 3. If you see anything missing drop a comment or just let us know what you’re looking forward to.

Full Release list after the Break.

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Rock Band 3 Details Announced

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Rock Band 3 Details Announced

Details for the upcoming Rock Band 3 have finally been announced today including track lists, new gameplay modes, new guitar controllers and the addition of the all new, keyboard peripheral. The new game includes songs from artists that have never been included in a Rock Band game before, and now you can get up to six other friends to rock out with you, for fun or in the all new Rock Band Pro mode. Rock Band 3 also features an all new guitar controller designed by Mad Catz that not only functions as a guitar controller, but is also a fully functional, full-sized, six-string electric guitar.

Details, pics and videos after the break.

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Rock Band 3 to Feature Keyboard

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Rock Band 3 to Feature Keyboard

We all love to play Rock Band, but there was always one instrument missing: keyboards. However, a recent screenshot taking during a demo of Rock Band: Green Day has revealed that Rock Band 3 will finally include keyboards. The picture shows the icons for bass, drums, guitar, microphones and at last, keyboard. Most likely MIDI keyboards will be compatible, but no details besides this picture have surfaced. Rock Band 3 is set to be released this holiday season.

We’ll be covering E3 2010 live for the unveiling of this game and much more on our live site PixelatedLIVE.com.

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Eric Cartman singing Poker Face on Rock Band 2

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Eric Cartman singing Poker Face on Rock Band 2

Two of my favorite things have just mashed up so nicely together.  Lady Gaga and Eric Cartman.  In the video below, you can see and hear what it’s like to play one of the new downloadable songs on Rock Band. I think this is one of the greatest mash-ups I’ve experienced since peanut butter and strawberry jelly Smuckers.

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Btw, tonight is the start of a new South Park season. Watch it!

Lady Gaga music coming to Rock Band! Plus Cartman's Poker Face cover!

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Lady Gaga music coming to Rock Band! Plus Cartman's Poker Face cover!

This is the greatest news I ever heard about Rock Band in a long time.  The music from one of the greatest pop artists is coming to Rock Band.  The “Lady Gaga Pack 01″ will contain 4 tracks from Lady Gaga. The 4 tracks that will be available are:

  • Bad Romance
  • Just Dance
  • Monster
  • Poker Face

Additionally, Eric Cartman’s (from South Park) “Poker Face” cover will also be available for download. The Lady Gaga Pack will be available next week and will cost $6.99 on Xbox Live and PSN.  For Wii owners, they will be available as individual downloads for $2 each.

Yes. I know. I’m excited too! Full press release after the break

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CES 2010: Vibe by Rocker

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Do we really need any more accessories for our music games?  We already have the guitar, drums, microphone and a turntable.  Rocker, creator of gamer seats with integrated speakers, answers this question with a loud and rumbling yes.  Vibe is platform that you stand on that has 2 speakers, a subwoofer and pretty blue lights.  It’s supposed to make you get that sensation that you’re really a fake rock star.

Also, if you’re a fan of DJ Hero, Vibe also comes with a headset to again, make you feel like a real fake DJ.  The headset was uncomfortable and the sound quality was just, ok.

So, just like the Vibe platform, both products were not great and not bad.  It was just ok.  I just really feel that the accessories market is heavily saturated with unneeded hardware.

Green Day Rock Band is announced. But do you care?

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Green-Day-Rock-Band-Officially-Announced-For-2010One of the “big” announcements delivered via a video recording played at the VGAs was that Green Day will be on a new Rock Band game. The game will, of course, have the likness of the band members, play most of their hit songs, and be available next year. Just like the Beatles Rock Band. But, here’s the big question. Do you even care?

With Band Hero, Lego Rock Band and so forth, doesn’t it feel like this genre of games is done with? There is no new innovations you can create with the plastic guitar, drums, and microphone. Some Green Day tracks are already available via DLC.

Let’s just keep the Guitar Hero and Rock Band game “expansions” go through DLC and be done with it. There is nothing more you can do.

What are you thoughts?

Reader Mail: Does the Rock Band Gretsch Duo Guitar work on other Rock Band games?

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Hi, I need help. I want to buy wii for Christmas this year for my kids and want to give myself a Beatles rock band game. Im looking for Gretsch duo guitar. But I would also like to take advantage of the Old Navy offer and get a LEGO Rock Band. Will this game work on that guitar? Ive read that with WII you have to have a different guitar for a different kind of games. Is that true?

Thank You,
Kveta

Read the response past the break.

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Old Navy giving away Lego Rock Band on Black Friday

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In an unusual cross-promotion, Old Navy is giving away free copies of Lego Rock Band during Black Friday. The only catch is that you must spend at least $20 on clothes. Also, Old Navy will be selling Rock Band 2 with a free extra Rock Band guitar.  Hmm… a clothing store selling video games. Interesting…. More info and deals on BlackFriday.info

Harmonix Releases Queen DLC Pack for Rock Band

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Rock Band and Downloadable Content seem to have been made for each other. Sure, both Rock Band 1 & 2 had some good song choices, but a big appeal of the series is the ability to add onto your song list with whatever songs you want from Harmonix’s ever-growing library of downloadable content for the game. However, there has been something missing from Rock Band from its inception, something that Harmonix and MTV Games have just recently corrected: the addition of Queen DLC for Rock Band and Rock Band 2.

Up until now, the Rock Band series has been devoid of any and all Queen music in its set list. But now, with the new Queen DLC pack, the iconic English rock band has finally made its way into the popular rhythm game. Courtesy of Harmonix, I was given a download code for the new Queen pack, consisting of 10 great songs, including Killer Queen and Another One Bites the Dust. I was disappointed, however, to find that songs like We Are the Champions and We Will Rock You were not included. But then again, those songs are to be included in the up and coming Lego Rock Band, so it makes sense that those songs would be left out. Bohemian Rhapsody would have been nice too, but we can’t have it all, now can we.

The song list is pretty solid and the songs fall into varying levels of difficulty. While there were definitely a few songs that were simple to get through, even on expert, don’t be fooled. There are definitely a few songs that made my fingers cramp up. However, for someone who prefers to play guitar in Rock Band, a few songs, mainly Another One Bites the Dust and Killer Queen, felt a bit lacking in terms of guitar, and I could swear that in playing Somebody To Love, I was at one point playing along to a keyboard as opposed to a guitar. Still, despite these minor flaws, this DLC pack itself is definitely worth it if you’re a Queen fan. If not, well, you won’t really be missing much. Aside from Queen, more DLC is on the way, with Wolfmother and Rob Zombie packs available this coming Tuesday.

Queen Pack 01 Track Listing:

“Another One Bites the Dust”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“Fat Bottomed Girls”
“I Want It All”
“I Want to Break Free”
“Killer Queen”
“One Vision”
“Somebody to Love”
“Tie Your Mother Down”
“Under Pressure”

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