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WTF Is This I Don’t Even

Words escape me…

NOTE: Just received some background about the video. It is a video created by and for airing only on Comedy Central in a “bumper” capacity… 15-second ad going in and coming out of commercials. You’ll probably be seeing the other Rock Band 3 commercial more frequently, however (and thankfully, IMHO).

[Via @RobWeychert]

DLC for 11/9

UPDATE: HMXHenry sent me a message with some VERY good information! See his message below!

This past week gave our wallets a break as we only saw the one new song, Rush’s “Subdivisions,” released as DLC. We found out late last night that the GameStop Rock Band 3 promotional DLC will be available next week as DLC, and since Bon Jovi’s “Greatest Hits” album comes out on the 9th, I’m anticipating that the confirmed Bon Jovi DLC will be joining it. Am I right? Let’s find out…

  • Deftones – My Own Summer *
  • New Order – Blue Monday *
  • Talking Heads – Burning Down the House *
  • Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine
  • Bon Jovi – Blaze of Glory
  • Bon Jovi – Have A Nice Day
  • Bon Jovi – I’ll Be There For You
  • Bon Jovi – It’s My Life
  • Bon Jovi – Lay Your Hands On Me
  • Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer (RB3 Version) *
  • Bon Jovi – Runaway *
  • Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive (RB3 Version) *
  • Bon Jovi – We Weren’t Born To Follow
  • Bon Jovi – Who Says You Can’t Go Home
  • Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name (RB3 Version) *

* Denotes track has Pro Guitar/Bass charts available for an additional $.99

NOTE: The RB3 versions of the songs listed above will exist as separate tracks in your library, similar to how the Rush “Vault Edition” versions and the As Made Famous By versions exist separately.

BIG UPDATE (from HMXHenry posted on RockBand.com):

Sorry for the confusion surrounding the DLC announcement this week. The information I posted earlier may not have been the most helpful, partially because it wasn’t entirely correct. A lot has happened in the last two hours. The long and short of it is that we’re going to have new RB3 files that add keys and harmonies as well as add-on content that enables Pro Guitar and Pro Bass. The new information is that the add-ons for Pro G/B should be available for both the new RB3 file and your existing file.

To be clearer, this means there will be three files you can download in the future for Legacy DLC songs where Pro Guitar/Pro Bass is being made available:

  • The new “RB3 Version” of a song, including traditional GBDV, keys (pro and regular) and harmony vocals
  • A “Pro Guitar/Pro Bass” upgrade for that “RB3 Version”, allowing you to have the whole experience
  • A “Pro Guitar/Pro Bass” upgrade for legacy “RB2 era DLC”. This will skip Keys and Harmonies being added (those are only in the “RB3 Version”, but allow you to purchase the Pro Guitar/Bass add-on without rebuying the core song file.

To reiterate, if you stick with your RB2 legacy track and want to upgrade to pro guitar/bass – you will not have access to Keys, Pro Keys or harmony vocals. If you want that latter content, you need to purchase the “RB3 Version” of the file.

As for the Bon Jovi tracks coming out next week, you’ll currently only be able to get the Pro Guitar / Bass upgrades for the RB3 Versions of the tracks, but moving forward you should see Pro Guitar/Bass upgrade options for legacy re-releases. We’ll update this thread when we have a timeline for those add-ons. Sorry again for the mix up, and I’ll continue to clarify in this thread as more questions pop up.

[Official announcement]

Top Ten Rock Band 3 FAQs Answered by Harmonix

Rock Band 3 has been out for just over a week, and the general consensus among critics and gamers is that it is an amazing game, however it is not without flaws. A number of issues have come to light since launch, and while I’m obviously not affiliated with Harmonix, I’ve made myself available to the community to answer any questions that people may have.

Earlier this week, I touched base with @HMXHenry to see if Harmonix could address some of the most frequently asked questions that the community has been sending my way that I cannot answer with certainty. Based on Twitter mentions, website comments, and Formspring questions, I pulled together a short list of questions that I believe the community would like to see addressed by Harmonix, and sent them over to be answered.

What follows below is the questions sent to @HMXHenry and his responses on behalf of Harmonix.

1. What was the reasoning behind removing both online and local competitive modes from RB3?

One of the challenges we face with every release is finding a way to appeal to both hardcore and casual fans without just repeating whatever we did last time. We want to make sure that features appeal to as many people as possible, and hopefully new features like Pro Mode, expert level goals, friend to friend leaderboards and setlist battles will scratch that itch for the hardcore score focused fans.

2. When will the Gamestop promotional songs be available to everyone else?

How soon would you like those songs? Next week? Okay, we’ll release them to everyone next week.

3. Is there any explanation that you can give (or is one coming) addressing the disappearance of additional RB1 songs in RB3 (Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, Die Toten Hosen)?

[John] Drake actually just responded to this question earlier today, and I added it to the official export announcement for easy access. Here’s the link:

http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?204348-Rock-Band-2-to-Rock-Band-3-Export-Info

Basically, we weren’t able to support these songs for RB2 EU disc export which affected their transfer as DLC tracks in the US.

4. People have been mentioning other missing DLC (The Guess Who, Dinosaur Jr., Tenacious D are some examples). Is this a bug/glitch, or will these be permanently missing from Rock Band 3?

We’re working on a fix for these songs. There was an unexpected audio issue with these tracks, which are all part of the Week 96 DLC releases. We should have more info soon.

5. Can you fill us in on what happened with the RockBand.com account linking to cause the delay?

RockBand.com account linking should be fully operational by the time you get this email. I’m not sure what the exact reasons were for the delay, but I do know that there’s been a ton of stuff going on in Web Towne lately. Web Team deserves a huge amount of credit for overhauling RockBand.com, launching DanceCentral.com, resolving export issues and dealing with a million other things over the last week. They’re the unsung heroes behind everything that goes on on the forums, so I hope people whisper a small thank you to them when they unlock that 6 point Achievement / Trophy.

6. Are all available export processes now working? And can you refresh us with where people should go for directions and questions about the export processes?

All the details will be revealed in my upcoming tell all book, entitled “Mo’ Export, Mo’ Problems”. But in the meantime I can tell you that Wii export should be running smoothly, PS3 export is locked down and the only export issue currently open on the Xbox360 is Lego RB, and we’re expecting a new batch of codes to resolve that shortly.

Here’s the link for the main export support page: http://www.rockband.com/support/export-rock-band

For general RB export issues people can contact EA here:

http://customersupport.ea.com/loginapp/rockband/rockband_portal.html

For LRB export people can contact WBIE here:

legorockband_support@aqinc.com

And for the specific LRB export issue on the Xbox360, people can keep posted to this thread in the new DLC Support forums:

http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?206553-Lego-Rock-Band-Export-for-Xbox360-Currently-Unavailable-%28but-will-be-soon!%29

7. Is there an update/patch coming that addresses some of the issues people have been noticing (random crashes, vocal overdrive/sensitivity issues, AIM mode requirement for Guitar/Bass/Keys/Drums combo) and/or including the most requested features (Assigning characters to static instrument slots, Stage Kit, competitive gameplay)?

We’re definitely keeping track of all the issues and requests people have posted to RockBand.com or submitted to us via emails, Twitter and Facebook. There’s quite a few issues that we’ve already been able to resolve thanks to input from the RB community, and we’re working on fixes for the others as well. We’ll continue to pass community feedback along internally, and we’ll be sure to broadcast updates as more issues are resolved.

8. Will additional disc exports be supported by Rock Band 3 on the Wii in the future?

Rock Band 2 and GD:RB were definitely the immediate priorities at launch. We’re thrilled that RB3 is able to support export on the Wii and we’ll continue to work with Nintendo to try to get Wii folks access to as much music as possible.

9. Many legacy RBN songs have incorrect Pro Drums charting, unlike the official DLC. Is there any chance these could be fixed by the author, if they so choose, and re-downloaded?

Unfortunately not. The tracks aren’t necessarily charted incorrectly, they just display cymbals by default if the author chose not to add in the extra MIDI information. The authoring standards changed well after RBN’s launch, so newer songs are more likely to have this extra data. The only way to add the Pro Drum charting would be to release a new track offer that people would have to buy, since RBN would recognize it as an entirely different song.

10. Are there any other things you want to communicate to the fans out there?

Epic amounts of thanks to the RB community for your continued patience while we sort through launch issues. RB3 is far and away our biggest title to date, and there are a lot of supplemental moving parts including multiple exports, hardware compatibility, website integration, a huge library of DLC, a huge in game store, etc. We’re kind of in uncharted waters, as we’re doing a lot of things that 95% of other games don’t have to worry about (seriously, our next title will be a pen and paper game) and we’re doing them on a pretty large scale as well. But the continued support and understanding from the community has made a world of difference in our ability to respond to issues quickly, and I just wanted to let everyone know how much we appreciate it. Best community in gaming. There, I said it.

Rock Band 3 MIDI Pro Adapter Arriving 11/28

For all you jonesing to hook up your own MIDI capable keyboards and drum sets, looks like you will finally have your chance on November 28th.

The image above was taken from Amazon.com, which lists the release date at 11/28/10 for $29.99.

Remember, you’ll also need this to go with your Squier guitar, as well (for those investing in the real thing, that is).

[Amazon via Kirksplosion… thanks!]

Kings of Leon on Playing Rock Band

One thing I’ve noticed about playing rhythm games over the years is that people who don’t play the game are AMAZED at those of us who can play proficiently on any difficulty higher than Easy. MTV has a brief clip of Kings of Leon members Jared and Caleb Followill talking about the game, and as it turns out bassist Jared has some experience with the game…

…I blew people’s minds on the drums, because, if you are a musician, you kind of know how to play ‘medium’ on every instrument, and all these people who can’t play at all are like, ‘What are you doing playing bass in a band? You are like a five-star drummer.’ “

What about brother and Kings of Leon frontman Caleb?

We played one show in Kentucky, and we had an afterparty, and we were playing with, like, a couple of really cool bands. … It was a couple years back, so it was like a club, and it was packed and all sweaty, and we were like, ‘Success!’ And then we went to the afterparty, and they had one of those ‘Rock Bands’ set up, and, like, one of the other bands went over there and was terrible. And this kid came walking up and was like [makes wild hand gestures of someone shredding on guitar], and I was like, ‘I’m not even touching that.’

Check out a quick clip of them talking about it below.

[MTV]

Third Time’s a Charm: Critics LOVING Rock Band 3!

Rock Band 3 has now been out for a week and many of you have finally gotten your hands on the game. My own personal reviews aside (I don’t think Metacritic accepted by 11 out of 10 review), the overall score for the game over at Metacritic is sitting at a whopping 94, and currently the 4th highest rated game of the year! So with that, lets take a step back and examine what the real critics thought of the game.

1UP: Editor Rating – A

RB3 still has room to expand, to become even better, but right now, this is the best rhythm game I’ve ever played.

A.V. Club (The Onion): Editor Rating – A

Pundits say the music-game genre is dying. They may even be right. (Nice work, Activision.) But there’s still room for a flagship rhythm game that shows everyone else how it should be done. As of now, that game is Rock Band 3.

Associated Press: 4 out of 4

Rock Band 3 is the kind of classy production we’ve come to expect from developer Harmonix. It’s great for people who just want to have fun at parties, and for those who seriously want to learn musical skills.

CVG: 9.5 out of 10

Harmonix has always been the master of the rhythm-action trade, and Rock Band 3 is the game they’ve been wanting to make for the entirety of their 16 year history.

Destructoid: 9.5 out of 10

With its latest game, it’s unmistakable — Harmonix has no peer in this space. With its new additions and ingenious interface tweaks, Rock Band 3 is undeniably the finest and most refined music game the market has ever seen.

Eurogamer: 10 out of 10

Breathtaking in ambition and crafted with the skill of a studio that’s been making music games for 15 years, Rock Band 3 is Harmonix’s masterpiece – a towering achievement not just for the genre, but for the medium itself.

G4: 5 out of 5

Rock Band 3 is the best music video game I’ve ever played.

GamePro: 5 out of 5

After all these years of musicians turning their noses up at music games, music gamers can say to them: “Look: We are among you. We have become you.” This is a video game that will release at least a few more real musicians into the world, and the significance of this can’t be overstated.

GameSpot: 9 out of 10

Rock Band 3 not only introduces new and exciting things to the world of rhythm games, but it does almost everything better than those that have come before it. When it comes to accessible, inventive, and immensely entertaining music video games, nobody does it better than Rock Band 3.

Game Informer: 9.25 out of 10

Harmonix was founded on the principle that everyone should have access to the joy of creating music, even if they never had the benefit of learning a real instrument. The premier music game developer fulfilled its goal in developing Guitar Hero and Rock Band, but Rock Band 3 is a whole new ball game.

GiantBomb: 5 out of 5

…Harmonix has, if you’ll pardon my French, gone completely, utterly balls-out, delivering an experience that keys directly into the ways people actually play Rock Band…

IGN: 8.5 out of 10

Rock Band 3 is the best music game option around. The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.

Joystiq: 5 out of 5

Rock Band 3 is the greatest rhythm game ever made, and quite possibly the only rhythm game you need to own.

Here’s 1UP’s video review of the game, also.

Now that you’ve had a chance to explore most of Rock Band 3’s features, what do you think of the game? Feel free to drop your own rating and brief explanation below!