I May Finally Get to Sing “Uptown Girl!”

While the show is getting a little long in the tooth for my tastes, there was a nice little shoutout for our favorite game franchise last night on The Office. In an apparent effort to cheer Michael up, Jim and Pam invite Michael over to play Billy Joel: Rock Band… Maybe she meant to say Billie Joe, as in Green Day: Rock Band? (Yes, I connected the two… I’m just that good.)

Per Michael in the clip: “That exists?!” No… it does not. Harmonix, you’re missing out on a golden opportunity! You didn’t even feature Billy Joel  it in your recent band-centric poll!

Well, it’s probably a good thing. I guess if it did exist, it would just be a drunk driving simulator anyway… what? Too soon?

…and for you youngins that may not know the song… enjoy the awesomeness below. Best… music video… ever:

Harmonix Wants Your Feedback on Future Band-Centric Games

Over at the RockBand.com forums, @HMXHenry posted a poll asking for community feedback regarding which band-centric games, if any, you would be interested in. There are currently five bands listed:

  • The Eagles
  • Pink Floyd
  • Led Zeppelin
  • U2
  • Queen

There’s also a section where you can write in a band that you think should have it’s own game (i.e. Muse), so if you want to be heard, head on over and fill it out.

And just for the record, I selected Led Zeppelin and U2… I encourage you to do the same! ;)

[Thanks @sumboxcar182!]

PS3 RBN DLC for 5/18

  • All That Remains – Days Without
  • Amberian Dawn – He Sleeps in a Grove
  • The Hold Steady – Sequestered In Memphis
  • Apples In Stereo – Energy
  • Dear in the Headlights – Talk About

[Official announcement]

DLC for 5/18

Oh yeah, that’s right… we were supposed to have some Grateful Dead at some point! ;)

  • Grateful Dead – “Beat It on Down the Line”*
  • Grateful Dead – “Cumberland Blues”*
  • Grateful Dead – “Scarlet Begonias”*
  • Grateful Dead – “Throwing Stones”
  • Grateful Dead – “Touch of Grey”*
  • Grateful Dead – “U.S. Blues”*
  • The Smithereens – “A Girl Like You”
  • The Smithereens – “Only a Memory”*

* Denotes Family Friendly track compatible with LEGO Rock Band

The Grateful Dead pack is priced at $9.99 (800 MSP).

[Official announcement]

Soundgarden’s “Superunknown” DLC Coming?

This is one of my favorite albums from one of my favorite bands during the whole grunge era. I’m thinking we’re going to be seeing Soundgarden’s “Superunknown” as next week’s DLC. At the end of last month, there was a rumor about Soundgarden DLC probably coming our way very soon. Now, Over at DLCQuickplay.com, Dogmatic posted a link to the Mexico Xbox Live store that shows the current DLC offerings (pic above). Nestled in with this week’s Judas Priest DLC downloads is a track titled “Superunknown.” If you look at the details, the file for purchase and download is actually the track “Grinder (Live),” not “Superunknown,” meaning this is clearly some sort of mistake.

The real question is this: Are we going to be seeing a pack of Soundgarden songs that include the title track “Superunknown,” or are we receiving the entire “Superunknown” album as DLC (with the exception of “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman”). Regardless, I’m REALLY keeping my fingers crosed for “Fell on Black Days,” “My Wave,” and “The Day I Tried to Live.”

[DLCQuickplay via @Quinaquin]

MTV Games Exec VP Talks Green Day, Rock Band 3, European Markets

Roy Campbell... may not be the same person...

MTV Games recently acknowledged their historically subpar dedication and distribution to the European markets. (Sorry, Australia, no specific mention of you guys.) According to MTV Games executive VP Scott Guthrie:

“The reality is we have underperformed in Europe, certainly versus our competitor. We had decent growth with the release of The Beatles: Rock Band, but we absolutely believe there is much more to come from us for Europe. Within that space our objective is to be the number one player. It is a fairly straightforward game plan – to have more feet on the ground so that we’ve got dedicated resources that will be able to collaborate and work with our friends at EA. We believe bringing in someone with Roy’s experience and skill set will allow us to be much more nimble.”

“This is a very competitive marketplace, particularly here in the UK. I would say the UK is the toughest territory that any of us in the gaming business is operating in right now. There is a lot of price compression, there’s a lot of profit compression and it is a very savvy experience.”

Looking to shake up their market share with Activision, MTV Games has hired former THQ executive (and possibly FOXHOUND commanding officer?) Roy Campbell to spearhead the effort. Utilizing the launch of Rock Band 3, Campbell and his European team (possibly FOXHOUND?) based in London, MTV Games hopes to unseat Activision as the largest music games publisher in Europe. Guthrie acknowledge not only Guitar Hero as a competitor, but also the SingStar franchise, which has a bigger market share overseas than in the US. Guthrie went out to tease us with new features in Rock Band 3.

“Unlike the other guy, we haven’t been bringing a new game out every year. What you will find with Rock Band 3 is that first of all the music is great – and it is new music, and lots of it – but there are some new consumer features that you will find exciting.”

Guthrie also recently commented that he believes Green Day: Rock Band to be a a better fit for the franchise’s audience than The Beatles: Rock Band title.

“We were pleased with the performance of Beatles: Rock Band but we were expecting higher sales. Our core audience of 16 to 34-year-old males are much more familiar with Green Day music than The Beatles. This isn’t a band that has been around for a short period – they’ve been going 21 years. They have a great history. It is in fact a much wider audience than some people might give them credit for. Green Day probably has a much higher awareness than perhaps The Beatles did.

[MCVUK.com, MCVUK.com via @PlasticAxe]