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by Marc Allie 5
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The music genre implosion and the video game crash of 1983

Music Game Meltdown

The causes of the great video game crash of 1983 were complex, but over-saturation of the market and poor quality game releases were major factors in the outcome. In the past two years, the once thriving music game industry went through a similar downturn. At one point, the genre seemed invincible, and yet it still crashed, hard. The similarities between the great video game crash of 1983 and the demise of the music genre are impossible to ignore.

by Tally Callahan 4
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No Rock Band 4 This Year, But Lots of DLC Planned

Harmonix has confirmed that there will be no new Rock Band game this year. They have no immediate plans for a sequel, but are currently working on new concepts to advance the Rock Band franchise. The good news for all you Rock Band fans out there is that there's plenty of DLC planned for this year instead. Reportedly, tracks from Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga, and the Foo Fighters are planned to be available for download later this month. 

by Marc Allie 4
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Rock Band 3 Co-Op Review

Harmonix has long set atop the music game pecking order, and Rock Band 3 is another very strong effort. The gameplay we've enjoyed for years is as good as ever, and arguably the best it has ever been. But the inclusion of an entirely new instrument and Pro mode are Rock Band 3's true focus.

by Marc Allie 2
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Rock Band 3 Gets Unofficial Catalog App, Plus Pro Guitar Trailer

We've got a couple bits of news for you after Rock Band 3's release earlier this week.  Ever been listening to the radio, hear a cool song, and think, "Wow, that would be awesome to play in Rock Band.  I wonder if it's available?"  But, you aren't close to your console to check it out?  There's now an app for that, albeit an unofficial one.  Called the "RB Song List", the app is free.  Now you'll be able to see whether "Wipe Out" is available in Rock Band anywhere you go.

by Marc Allie 1
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DJ Hero 2 Released Today, Online Demo and First DLC Revealed

If you like your music games with a bit less metal and a bit more crossfading, you'll be glad to know that DJ Hero 2 is on store shelves starting today.  Up to two turntables and a vocalist can team up to... er, spin that record, babe.  If you're undecided about the game, you can try a browser based demo, using the mouse and keyboard to simulate the true turntable experience.  It's actually pretty fun by itself, though I can't compare it to the real controller as I've never used one.   

by Nick Puleo 13
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Dismal Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Sales Could Signal a Trend in the Music Genre

If you've been following the yearly to bi-yearly releases of music games, you know the genre is becoming increasingly competitive.  But could the over saturation of music titles be signaling a change in consumers wants?  Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz has put Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock sales numbers at 89,000 units for the first 5 days following launch.  It may not sound that bad, but lets look at some perspective.

by Marc Allie 2
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Rock Band Hits 2000 Songs, Plus Pro Mode Guitar Details

Guitar Hero may have just released a new title, but there's only one game on the minds of discerning music game fans this fall: Rock Band 3.  As the anticipation for the new Rock Band increases, the platform itself has reached a major milestone: as of next week, 2000 songs will be available to play in game, whether via game disc, export, or DLC.  The 2000th song, "Are You Experienced?" is from a real guitar hero: Jimi Hendrix.  I can't think of a better track to have such an honor.  You can download this track and the rest of the Are You Experienced? album on October 12.

by Marc Allie 0
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Co-Op Release Alert: Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock

Here it is late September, and we have our first Guitar Hero release of 2010.  Hard to believe, after the multiplicity of releases in 2009, isn't it?  Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock boasts a large playlist, a shredding Quest mode, and promises a return to the roots of the series.  If that's not enough for you, there are some impressive incentives to sweeten the deal available for early buyers.

by Marc Allie 0
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Mix It Up With A Friend in DJ Hero 2's Freestyle Modes

DJ Hero 2 is headed your way next month, but we've got a new gameplay video for you to check out right now.  It's all about the details of the revamped Freestyle mode, and details all the options players will have at their literal fingertips.  Crossfading, scratching, and sampling are all available, letting players mix their music creatively without worrying about gameplay elements at all.  This gives a more realistic DJ experience, where the player is actually using the controller as an instrument.  There's also a tidbit about two-player co-op Freestyle, where you and a friend can draw inspiration from each other to create the perfect mix.  Definitely worth checking out if you are a DJ Hero fan.

by Marc Allie 3
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Rock Band 3 Keyboard Gameplay, Plus Export Details

As Rock Band 3's late October release approaches, more and more details about the game are coming to light.  The keyboard instrument, new to the series, is perhaps the most intriguing.  A new trailer has been released, and a good bit of actual keyboard gameplay is shown off.  From the video, we see that on easy and medium difficulty, the note track looks very much like a guitar track, but on hard and expert, the track changes to look like that of the picture above.  While the lower two difficulty levels will only have a 10 note range, the tougher versions will require players to shift up and down the ivories often, more directly mimicing an actual keyboard playing experience.

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