In honor of the one year anniversary of the first post on RockBandAide.com, I decided to give away easily the best prize yet. I currently have in my possession a new MadCatz Fender Stratocaster Replica Candy Apple Red Rock Band guitar controller for the Xbox 360 (MSRP: $300). I purchased one of these for myself, and why have one when you can have two for twice the price!? (You can thank my lovely fiancée, as she was the one who suggested this prize!)
If you haven’t had a chance to see this thing up close, it is basically a real full-size Fender Stratocaster with the strings replaced with Rock Band controls. Real wood body and metal accessories! And according to MadCatz, this guitar is actually made at the Fender factory. This is probably the closest thing you are going to get to a REAL guitar while playing Rock Band!
Huge thanks to Ryan at RockBandParts.com for helping out with this giveaway! Because of his support, we’ll be able to open up this giveaway to everyone WORLDWIDE!
Here’s the rules:
- Before I get people complaining, since I wanted to give away a big prize, I had to commit to a console. I’m sorry for you PS3 and Wii Rock Band players, but I’ll be having more contests in the future that will be open to all consoles (Green Day: Rock Band for sure, and definitely something for Rock Band 3 later this year), so please… NO complaining!
- You can tweet as many times as you like, but only one entry will count per person.
- Also, Make sure your tweets are public. If your tweets are private, we can’t see them, which means you can’t win.
- You must be following to win! If I can’t DM you, you can’t win.
- The contest runs from 9 AM (Eastern) to 9 PM (Eastern), and I’ll choose a winner shortly after that, so you’ve got all day if you are at school or work to enter.
- I’ll be using TwitRand.com to choose a winner so it’s legit.
- To enter, tweet this message out:
And that’s it! Good luck to everyone, and thanks for visiting RockBandAide.com! Here’s to another awesome year!
UPDATE: OK, the contest is over. Thank you to all the people that entered, which is around 350 in total! Congratulations to @youhas! If you didn’t win, don’t worry, as there will be many more contests in the future! Thanks again, everyone!
I have to come clean about something. If you weren’t previously aware, I was accepted into the RBN open beta as a playtester and peer reviewer, and for awhile I was doing my fair duty of checking out a number of RBN tracks in queue to be evaluated. But lately, I’ve been shirking my responsibility for a number of reasons, and last night when I had some free time to log back in and check out what’s available, I noticed there is a LOT of cool stuff in the RBN pipeline that’s waiting for people to check out and give their feedback.
In fact, just last night I put the finishing touches on playtesting Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings, which nearly didn’t get enough playtesters before bombing out and having to be resubmitted!
Now, normally I try not to announce songs that are up for playtesting and peer review in the RBN, because I think it’s a nice surprise to people when they see something like “OMG, Smashing Pumpkins on the RBN!” I’m making an exception today, because right now there’s easily another 150 tracks in the RBN waiting for playtesters to evaluate, including some that jumped out at me!
- Band of Horses – No One’s Gonna Love You
- Creed – Higher
- Damone – Serial Killer
- Drive-By Truckers – Working This Job
- Evanescence – Going Under (not a SINGLE review on this yet!)
- Evile – Now Demolition
- Finger Eleven – Paralyzer
- The Gufs – Beautiful Disaster
- The Gufs – Smile (Live)
- Job for a Cowboy – Unfurling a Darkened Gospel
- Jonathan Coulton – Mandalbrot Set
- Kristin Dare – Til I’m Gone
- The New Pornographers – Crash Years
- Otep – Smash the Control Machine
- Portugal. The Man – Do You
- Reverend Horton Heat – Death Metal Guys
- Sleater-Kinney – Rollercoaster
- Steve Vai – The Crying Machine (Live)
- Superdrag – Aspartame
- Umphrey’s McGee – Miss Tinkle’s Overture
This is not an endorsement of the songs above, strictly some of the tracks I noticed that should be rocketing through RBN playtesting and peer review so we can play them! Also, I think the songs above perfectly encapsulate what the RBN is… a smörgåsbord of music. Everything from pop to rock to country to alternative to progressive to indie to metal. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you can’t find anything you like on the RBN, you’re not even trying, because there are some AMAZING tracks from artists you recognize to artists that SHOULD (and hopefully will) be household names!
I’ll be online this weekend playtesting my brains out, so we can see these and MANY more tracks in the RBN very soon… hopefully you’ll join me?
Not sure how this was obtained, but website WorthPlaying.com is reporting that next week’s DLC will feature No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom album, as well as singles from the bands Orianthi and Picture Me Broken.
If you remember, we received No Doubt’s Greatest Hits album as DLC in December of 2008, which featured five tracks from Tragic Kingdom (Just a Girl, Spiderwebs, Don’t Speak, Excuse Me Mr., and Sunday Morning), so next week’s rumored DLC release will finish up the album.
Here’s all the tracks rumored for next week…
- No Doubt – “Different People”
- No Doubt – “End It on This”
- No Doubt – “Happy Now?”
- No Doubt – “Hey You”
- No Doubt – “Sixteen”
- No Doubt – “The Climb”
- No Doubt – “Tragic Kingdom”
- No Doubt – “World Go ‘Round”
- No Doubt – “You Can Do It”
- Orianthi – “According to You”
- Picture Me Broken – “Dearest (I’m So Sorry)”
I wanted to add a new feature each week where I basically just let you guys sound off on a hot button topic within the Rock Band community.
There has been much contention about whether or not there is a “strum limit” within Rock Band. There have been some lengthy discussions on it both on the official RockBand.com forums, as well as in multiple threads over at the Scorehero.com forums. Scorehero.com poster Personman asked a question at the PAX East Rock Band panel specifically about the strum limit to Harmonix dev Dan Teasdale (video of question, answer), and followed up with an email after the fact (posted on Scorehero). While it still sounds like something of a gray issue (to be explored and/or fixed in Rock Band 3), according to Dan, all songs are “FC’able” in Rock Band 2, regardless of NTSC or PAL televisions.
So my question is this: How many of you are running into this? Do you think this may be an issue that’s preventing you from FC’ing certain songs? And what’s the reason behind Harmonix’s ambiguity behind the answers to this question?
Sound off below in the comments. I’m interested to here people’s answers!
The Rock Band Network store has not been updated for a few days, however there are being tracks added to the platform. The songs added in the past few days are included below for you to download, but until they are officially put on to the RBN store, these tracks may be replaced with updated versions for whatever reason, meaning there is a very slim chance that in that instance you would have to purchase and download again.
- All That Remains – Undone (160 MSP)
- Andy Kirk – Beautiful (160 MSP)
- Black Gold – Plans & Reveries (80 MSP)
- The Devil Wears Prada – Dogs Can Grow Bears All Over (160 MSP)
- The Fire Violets – Dead to the World (160 MSP)
- Safari So Good – Delaware Are You? I Don’t Know Alaska. (80 MSP)
- Silverstein – American Dream (160 MSP)
- Symbion Project – Exploited & Exposed (80 MSP)
- Tumbledown – Homeward Bound (80 MSP)
Assuming you’ve played a Rock Band title (why would you be reading this otherwise), you’ve seen some of the amazing contributions Casey Malone has made to the franchise. Casey has worked on just about every Rock Band title to date, including the Track Packs. Not only is he a developer, but it’s safe to say that he’s a fan, as well. If you didn’t get a chance to see him on the PAX East panel video, definitely check it out. He’s got some great input and a number of hysterical lines!
Anyway, check out my conversation with Casey below! There’s also a special cameo at the end!