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The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« on: April 02, 2007, 11:41:32 AM »

Out this year, jam with your friends online

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Music games won't be solo gigs anymore

By Mike Snider, USA TODAY
Guitar Hero was just the opening act. MTV and the developers of that video game have a headliner in the works called Rock Band, which lets four music lovers gig together in person or online.

Expected in stores for the year-end holidays, the Electronic Arts game (no price set) for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 will be played with four instrument-based video game controllers: two guitars (lead and bass), a drum kit and a microphone.

In the popular game Guitar Hero, players tap color-coded fret keys and strum a guitar-shaped controller in time with scrolling on-screen notes. Rock Band "takes the core premise of Guitar Hero and expands it tenfold," says Alex Rigopulos, co-founder of Harmonix, which developed the game and the Karaoke Revolution games. "It lets you create a complete collaborative band."

MTV is supplying creative and financial support to Rock Band's development, as well as helping make deals with various music publishers.

That means Rock Band will have performances by the original artists. In most previous music games, almost every song is done by a cover band. For Rock Band, some labels plan to supply original recordings. "This game offers a meaningful way for labels to participate in a segment of entertainment they, for the most part, have not been able to," MTV's Jeff Yapp says.

The songs on the new game haven't been revealed yet. Current games include the Allman Brothers, Joan Jett, Kansas, Nirvana and Wolfmother. "We'll be covering a great breadth, from metal to classic rock to Southern rock to everything in between," Rigopulos says.

Online connectivity is a key to the game. The developers envision additional songs for online purchase beyond those in the retail version. And players need not be together to jam. "You could have one guitarist in Germany and another one in Texas, a drummer in New York and a singer from somewhere else, and they can play together online," EA's David DeMartini says.

The music game phenomenon continues its crescendo. 2005's Guitar Hero and this year's Guitar Hero II (both for the Sony PlayStation 2) are top sellers, having sold about 3 million copies total, according to The NPD Group. Research firm Interpret says about 6.8 million have played Guitar Hero II.

A version of the game for Microsoft's Xbox 360 is in stores on Tuesday ($90), and Hands-On Mobile today is expected to announce a cellphone version.

Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter expects music gaming to grow. "Socially interactive musical games will work well, especially if they have a 'party game' aspect to them," he says. Rock Band "could definitely expand the game demographics."

I think the timing of this announcement was designed to ride the GH2 hype this week, and to steal some sales from GH2 (remember, Harmonix is done with this franchise and won't even make money from post-GH2 sequels).

I almost think it may be too ambitious and could get overly complicated.  Or maybe not.  It's going to be interesting to see how this develops.



I'm hijacking the first post here to summarize some of the main points for Rock Band 1 & 2.
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Rock Band 1 Official Setlist - Release Date: 2007-Nov-20
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1960s
Rolling Stones--"Gimme Shelter"

1970s
Aerosmith--"Train Kept a Rollin'" (cover version)
The Who--"Won't Get Fooled Again"
Boston--"Foreplay/Long Time"
Mountain--"Mississippi Queen" (cover version)
The Police--"Next to You"
David Bowie--"Suffragette City"
Black Sabbath--"Paranoid" (cover version)
Blue Öyster Cult--"Don't Fear the Reaper"
The Ramones--"Blitzkrieg Bop"
Deep Purple--"Highway Star"
KISS--"Detroit Rock City"
Molly Hatchet--"Flirtin' With Disaster"
The Outlaws--"Green Grass & High Tides" (cover version)
Sweet--"Ballroom Blitz" (cover version)

1980s
Rush--"Tom Sawyer" (cover version)
Bon Jovi--"Wanted Dead or Alive"
The Clash--"Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Faith No More--"Epic"
Pixies--"Wave of Mutilation"
R.E.M.--"Orange Crush"
Iron Maiden--"Run to the Hills" (cover version)

1990s
Foo Fighters--"Learn to Fly"
Metallica--"Enter Sandman"
Nirvana--"In Bloom"
Stone Temple Pilots--"Vasoline"
Weezer--"Say It Ain't So"
Smashing Pumpkins--"Cherub Rock"
Radiohead--"Creep"
Beastie Boys--"Sabotage"
Hole--"Celebrity Skin"
Garbage--"I Think I'm Paranoid"
Soundgarden--"Black Hole Sun"

2000s
The Hives--"Main Offender"
Queens of the Stone Age--"Go With the Flow"
The Strokes--"Reptilia"
Jet--"Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
OK Go--"Here It Goes Again"
Nine Inch Nails--"The Hand That Feeds"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs--"Maps"
Red Hot Chili Peppers--"Dani California"
Coheed & Cambria--"Welcome Home"
Fallout Boy--"Dead on Arrival"
The Killers--"When You Were Young"
New Pornographers--"Electric Version"
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Rock Band 2 Official Setlist - Release Date: 2008-Sep-14
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1. AC/DC “Let There Be Rock” 1970s
2. AFI “Girl’s Gone Grey” 2000’s
3. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” 1990’s
4. Alice in Chains “Man in the Box” 1990’s
5. Allman Brothers “Ramblin’ Man” 1970’s
6. Avenged Sevenfold “Almost Easy” 2000’s
7. Bad Company “Shooting Star” 1970’s
8. Beastie Boys “So Whatcha Want” 1990’s
9. Beck “E-Pro” 2000’s
10. Bikini Kill “Rebel Girl” 1990’s
11. Billy Idol “White Wedding Pt. I” 1980’s
12. Blondie “One Way or Another” 1970’s
13. Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue” 1970’s
14. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” 1980’s
15. Cheap Trick “Hello There” 1970’s
16. Devo “Uncontrollable Urge” 1980’s
17. Dinosaur Jr. “Feel the Pain” 1990’s
18. Disturbed “Down with the Sickness” 2000’s
19. Dream Theater “Panic Attack” 2000’s
20. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” 1980’s
21. Elvis Costello “Pump It Up” 1970’s
22. Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” 1970’s
23. Foo Fighters “Everlong” 1990’s
24. Guns N’ Roses “Shackler’s Revenge” 2000’s
25. Interpol “PDA” 2000’s
26. Jane’s Addiction “Mountain Song” 1980’s
27. Jethro Tull “Aqualung” 1970’s
28. Jimmy Eat World “The Middle” 2000’s
29. Joan Jett “Bad Reputation” 1980’s
30. Journey “Anyway You Want It” 1970’s
31. Judas Priest “Painkiller” 1990’s
32. Kansas “Carry On Wayward Son” 1970’s
33. L7 “Pretend We’re Dead” 1990’s
34. Lacuna Coil “Our Truth” 2000’s
35. Linkin Park “One Step Closer” 2000’s
36. Lit “My Own Worst Enemy” 1990’s
37. Lush “De-Luxe” 1990’s
38. Mastodon “Colony of Birchmen” 2000’s
39. Megadeth “Peace Sells” 1980’s
40. Metallica “Battery” 1980’s
41. Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Where’d You Go” 1990’s
42. Modest Mouse “Float On” 2000’s
43. Motorhead “Ace of Spades” 1980’s
44. Nirvana “Drain You” 1990’s
45. Norman Greenbaum “Spirit in the Sky” 1960’s
46. Panic at the Disco “Nine in the Afternoon” 2000’s
47. Paramore “That’s What You Get” 2000’s
48. Pearl Jam “Alive” 1990’s
49. Presidents of the USA “Lump” 1990’s
50. Rage Against the Machine “Testify” 1990’s
51. Ratt “Round & Round” 1980’s
52. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give it Away” 1990’s
53. Rise Against “Give it All” 2000’s
54. Rush “The Trees” 1970’s
55. Silversun Pickups “Lazy Eye” 2000’s
56. Smashing Pumpkins “Today” 1990’s
57. Social Distortion “I Was Wrong” 1990’s
58. Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot” 1980’s
59. Soundgarden “Spoonman” 1990’s
60. Squeeze “Cool for Cats” 1970’s
61. Steely Dan “Bodhitsattva” 1970’s
62. Steve Miller Band “Rock’n Me” 1970’s
63. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” 1980’s
64. System of a Down “Chop Suey” 2000’s
65. Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” 1970’s
66. Tenacious D “Master Exploder” 2000’s
67. Testament “Souls of Black” 1990’s
68. The Donnas “New Kid in School” 2000’s
69. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” 1980’s
70. The Grateful Dead “Alabama Getaway” 1980’s
71. The Guess Who “American Woman” 1970’s
72. The Muffs “Kids in America” 1990’s
73. The Offspring “Come Out & Play (Keep ‘em Separated)” 1990’s
74. The Replacements “Alex Chilton” 1980’s
75. The Who “Pinball Wizard” 1960’s
Bonus Artist Bonus Song Title Decade
76. Abnormality “Visions” 2000’s
77. Anarchy Club “Get Clean” 2000’s
78. Bang Camaro “Night Lies” 2000’s
79. Breaking Wheel “Shoulder to the Plow” 2000’s
80. The Libyans “Neighborhood” 2000’s
81. The Main Drag “A Jagged Gorgeous Winter” 2000’s
82. Speck “Conventional Lover” 2000’s
83. The Sterns “Supreme Girl” 2000’s
84. That Handsome Devil “Rob the Prez-O-Dent” 2000’s
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Complete List of Rock Band Downloadable Content (from Wikipedia)
- all current and future DLC will work with either Rock Band 1 or Rock Band 2

New Features for Rock Band 2:
  • Local and global online modes to connect the entire Rock Band community
  • World Tour mode, now online, simplifies the best of gameplay from the original Rock Band by fusing Solo Tour and Band World Tour modes and cranks it up a notch with an all new collection of opportunity gigs, challenges, cities, venues and hirable staff
  • Tour Challenges that offer rockers a chance to play through mini-campaigns focused on the best songs by instrument, decade, genre, artist, album and more
  • Battle of the Bands mode challenges players to go head to head against other bands in constantly refreshed contests* created by Harmonix (*internet connection required)
  • Quickplay makes it easier than ever to get in and jam without hassle while allowing for new prefab characters or customized characters that can play on any instrument plus lets you make your own set lists and organize your song lists in a variety of categories (genre, era, etc.)
  • Customizable Set Lists keep the music rolling and your band rocking in Quickplay mode
  • Drum Trainer mode gives players the fundamentals of different beats and fills, translating gameplay into real drumming skills
  • Character Creator completes your look with all new choices in clothing, accessories, tattoos, hairstyles, instruments and more to keep your unique rock avatar playing the full rock part
  • Backwards compatibility with all Rock Band downloadable music content released to date
  • Disc Export Feature gives owners of the original Rock Band the ability to export most of the Rock Band disc tracks and upgrade them into Rock Band 2 gameplay--the first time ever in videogame history! More info on this.

UPDATED: 2008-AUG-20
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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007, 11:45:06 AM »

Definitely sounds like the direction GH was destined to go eventually. And yeah, I agree it sounds way too ambitious...but it sure sounds awesome! I'd love to see it pan out. If it's good, I'll get it. If it sucks, I hope Red Octane shows them how to really do a 4 player multi-instrument game.
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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007, 01:25:39 PM »

I vote for Mike to be the singer, I'll play guitar.  Mark, you're on drums.  Anyone else?
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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007, 02:09:25 PM »

I vote for Mike to be the singer, I'll play guitar.  Mark, you're on drums.  Anyone else?

We're going to need roadies and groupies too.
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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007, 02:10:37 PM »

Wow. Count me in for bass,
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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2007, 04:37:15 PM »

I'll be the DJ for any Nu Metal songs.

But seriouslty...drums?!  How are they gonna do that?  Let you hook up a pair of multi-thousand dollar midi controller drum sets?  I'm curious yet skeptical (Actually a drum-pad might be possible).  But I'm just a humble piano player.
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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2007, 04:52:37 PM »

I'm on the COW BELL!

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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2007, 04:58:11 PM »

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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2007, 06:15:35 PM »

re: drums - donkey konga-style anyone?

also, i'll be the manager that knows best for the band, but his very presence causes major rifts in the band until one of the bandies brings in a girlfriend the other band members hate (except for the semi-simian drummer/bassist who likes everyone) and the group disbands after their 3rd failed album.

whatever the case, i make money and you all get fucked. BWA-HA-HA!  :P
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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2007, 06:58:37 PM »

I claim Copyright Lawyer.  (now who's taking the money and leaving the rest fucked?) 

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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2007, 07:14:15 PM »

(now who's taking the money and leaving the rest fucked?) 

The record label exec.
It's still up for grabs - I won't take it - I'm an "artist"

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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2007, 12:13:33 PM »

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That's not a very nice thing to say about Mark.
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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2007, 04:30:25 PM »

GameStop is listing some prices

Rock Band - 59.99 USD
Rock Band Drum Set - 79.99 USD
Rock Band Guitar Controller - 59.99 USD
Rock Band Microphone - 39.99 USD
Rock Band Wireless Guitar Controller - 79.99 USD

Massive wallet damage.
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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2007, 04:34:12 PM »

GameStop is listing some prices

Rock Band - 59.99 USD
Rock Band Drum Set - 79.99 USD
Rock Band Guitar Controller - 59.99 USD
Rock Band Microphone - 39.99 USD
Rock Band Wireless Guitar Controller - 79.99 USD

Massive wallet damage.

Yeah....I think I'll be passing on this game.  That's way too expensive.  You would think they could at least throw something in.  F'n EA!!
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Re: The Official Rock Band Thread (all games, all platforms)
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2007, 05:01:46 PM »

For some reason this game just isn’t grabbing me like Guitar Hero did/does.  I think over ambition is a big part of it.  Now price is a big part.  We all know accessories equals big money but holey moley, if you wanted the whole band to play at your house you're looking at $340 with wireless guitars.  Real bands have started on less.
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