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Rock Band to Go Console-Less in the Future?

Guitar Fever!!!1!

Possibly, according to Harmonix Creative Director Josh Randall.  He sees that the evolution of rhythm based music games may move beyond the console, and instead be embedded inside an actual music instrument. As more and more stakeholders become involved, the next step in development evolution would be to remove the console altogether.

What do you think? Instrument controllers without the console… possibility or inevitability?

[via Videogamer.com]

More Pepsi Rock Band DLC!

Pepsi Rock Band

Hooray! Not all DLC was available if (and usually when) you win a free song via the Pepsi Rock Band promotion. While the bank of songs still does not feature ALL of the DLC, there was a small increase recently featuring some more recent DLC tracks. I’ve included what appears to be the additional DLC songs eligible for winning below.

Also, @AltStrum on Twitter was awesome enough to put together a list of all songs available as DLC  as part of the Pepsi promotion over at DLCQuickplay.com under an account labeled “Pepsi,” so you can compare all of your songs versus all of those available via the promotion to see what you still need. Very cool, check it out here.

  • All that Remains – Chiron
  • All that Remains – This Calling
  • All that Remains – Two Weeks
  • Bad Religion – 21st Century (Digital Boy)
  • Ben Harper – Shimmer & Shine
  • Boston – Something About You
  • Chiodos – I Didn’t Say I Was Powerful, I said I Was a Wizard
  • The Cranberries – Linger
  • Coheed and Cambria – The Running Free
  • Evanescense – Bring Me To Life
  • Evanescense – Call Me When You’re Sober
  • In This Moment – Forever
  • Iron Maiden – 2 Minutes to Midnight
  • Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills (Original Version)
  • Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (Original Version)
  • Iron Maiden – The Trooper
  • Lacuna Coil – Closer
  • Lacuna Coil – Swamped
  • Maroon 5 – A Little of You Time
  • Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder
  • Maroon 5 – Wake Up Call
  • Ministry – LiesLiesLies
  • Phish – Wilson (Live)
  • Presidents of the United States – Feather Pluck’n
  • Shooter Jennings – Steady at the Wheel
  • Sixx AM – Life is Beautiful
  • Taking Back Sunday – Liar (It Takes One to Know One)
  • Taking Back Sunday – MakeDamnSure
  • The Mother Hips – Red Tandy
  • The Mother Hips – Time Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear
  • The Offspring – Hammerhead
  • TV On the Radio – Wolf Like Me
  • Underoath – Reinventing Your Exit
  • Zombies – She’s Not There

[Scorehero via @AltStrum]

Guitar Hero 5’s Drumset Looks Familiar

image via Engadget

image via Engadget

With the release of NeverSoft and Activision’s third iteration (not counting Aerosmith & Metallica) of their version of Guitar Hero (remember, Harmonix made Guitar Hero 1 and 2), it looks like the drum set will have a significant overhaul, according to a blurred image sent in to the folks over at Engadget. Apparently, there is now a cross bar between the set’s legs, the controller panel has been moved to the front, and in general, it looks a lot like another franchise’s drum set…

[via Engadget]

The Beatles: Rock Band Pre-Order Club Update

I Feel Fine

The Pre-Order site for The Beatles: Rock Band has been updated today with a hi-res screenshot of the Fab 4 performing “I Feel Fine” at Shea Stadium. There are also some awesome looking hi-res wallpapers for the game inside, as well.

To get the code to see these goodies, you need to have to have pre-ordered game.  Haven’t pre-ordered yet?  Shame on you!  I recommend taking advantage of the Gamestop deal that also gives you 3 free DLC tracks here.

DLC for Week of 7/7


Not counting the Green Day 3-pack that was leaked by Billie Joe Armstrong announced a few weeks ago, this week is all about heavy metal (and I couldn’t be happier). Harmonix is giving us an 8-pack of tracks from the Mayhem Festival.  Here’s the official announcement, and check out the full listing below:

  • Green Day – “21 Guns”
  • Green Day – “East Jesus Nowhere”
  • Green Day – “Know Your Enemy”
  • Behemoth – “Conquer All”
  • Black Dahlia Murder – “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse”
  • Cannibal Corpse – “Hammer Smashed Face”
  • God Forbid – “Empire of the Gun”
  • Job for a Cowboy – “Embedded”
  • Marilyn Manson – “Disposable Teens”
  • Slayer – “Black Magic”
  • Whitechapel – “This Is Exile”

DLC for Week of 6/30

The Rock Band Community Zine was issued earlier this afternoon, with tomorrow’s DLC announcement coming a little early.  Looks like for next week we’ve got some old, a Foreigner 3 pack, and some new, Vans Warped Tour 3 pack and a track from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Check it out:

  • Foreigner – Blue Morning Blue Day
  • Foreigner – Feels Like the First Time
  • Foreigner – Headknocker
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Weapon of Choice
  • Dear and the Headlights – Sweet Talk
  • The Devil Wears Prada – Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?
  • Thrice – Image of the Invisible

For those not yet on the Community Zine (for shame, sign up here), check it out below (via @S1ckH4nds since mine hasn’t arrived yet… check that just got it now).

It also notes that you may be able to actually play Rock Band with some of the Vans Warped Tour artists! I really want to play with Bad Religion!!!