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  • New Green Day Rock Band Ad Goes Live

    Posted on April 12th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Green Day Rock Band

    At precisely midnight (last night) the Rock Band Facebook page dropped the 2nd trailer for Green Day Rock Band.

    Here’s the initial post I found from the Rock Band forums:

    Rock Band Facebook Exclusive! The WORLD PREMIERE of the new trailer from Green Day: Rock Band will debut on the Rock Band Facebook page tonight at midnight!

    It features 21st Century Breakdown, Holiday, and She.  We also get images of Green Day in their earlier years.

    And now, here’s the trailer

  • Green Day Rock Band 47 Songs Announced

    Posted on April 12th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Our friends over at RockBandAide (via Entertainment Weekly), shared with us on Friday the entire Green Day Rock Band set list. For me, this is great news.  I will cut to the chase and let you know, all of Dookie and American Idiot are on the disc, plus all the remaining tracks from 21st Century Breakdown.  Why is this exciting to me?  I own (and love) only 4 Green Day CD’s.  The 3 previously mentioned, plus Insomniac.  For me, this Green Day set list really could not have gotten any better.  Also, there are a few scattered tracks from the other albums, though nothing form Kerplunk.  To be honest, anything pre-Dookie never did much for me anyway.

    Chris Foster, Green Day Project Lead, on the game (from Entertainment Weekly):

    The key to putting it together ended up being [2004’s] American Idiot.  They’re doing a musical based on the album, which is a story that goes from start to finish. We didn’t want to pick and choose songs from that. So we made the call for the first time in one of our games to have the full album on disc. Then we were like, well, [2009’s] 21st Century Breakdown is also meant to be heard that way… So that gave us a second album. And then Alex Rigopulos, our CEO, heard about that, and he was like, ‘Why the hell aren’t you putting Dookie on there?’ To which we were like, ‘Uh, yes sir!’ It was a no-brainer.

    Also, EW notes that the game uses three distinct virtual venues to represent different eras of Green Day’s career. American Idiot is set at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England, where the band’s live DVD Bullet in a Bible was recorded. 21st Century Breakdown gets the Fox Theater in the band’s home territory of Oakland, California, where they played a memorable gig last spring. At the band’s suggestion, Harmonix created a fictional hole in the wall called The Warehouse for Dookie, as a composite of the “house parties and squats” where they regularly jammed before making it big. OK, enough teasing… Check out the full track list for Green Day: Rock Band below.

    The Warehouse

    • Dookie (1994)
      • “Burnout”
      • “Having a Blast”
      • “Chump”
      • “Longview”
      • “Welcome to Paradise”
      • “Pulling Teeth”
      • “Basket Case”
      • “She”
      • “Sassafrass Roots”
      • “When I Come Around”
      • “Coming Clean”
      • “Emenius Sleepus”
      • “In the End”
      • “F.O.D.”

    Milton Keynes

    • American Idiot (2004)
      • “American Idiot”
      • “Jesus of Suburbia”
      • “Holiday”
      • “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
      • “Are We the Waiting”
      • “St. Jimmy”
      • “Give Me Novacaine”
      • “She’s a Rebel”
      • “Extraordinary Girl”
      • “Letterbomb”
      • “Wake Me Up When September Ends”
      • “Homecoming”
      • “Whatsername”
    • Warning (2000)
      • “Minority”
      • “Warning”
    • Nimrod (1997)
      • “Hitchin’ a Ride”
      • “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”
      • “Nice Guys Finish Last”
    • Insomniac (1995)
      • “Brain Stew”
      • “Jaded”
      • “Geek Stink Breath”

    Fox Theater, Oakland

    • 21st Century Breakdown(2009)
      • “Song of the Century”
      • “21st Century Breakdown”
      • “Before the Lobotomy”
      • “Last Night on Earth”
      • “Peacemaker”
      • “Murder City”
      • “¿Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)”
      • “Restless Heart Syndrome”
      • “Horseshoes and Handgrenades”
      • “The Static Age”
      • “American Eulogy”
      • “See the Light”
    • Downloadable Content (not included)
      • “21 Guns” (160 MSP)*
      • “Know Your Enemy” (160 MSP)*
      • “East Jesus Nowhere” (160 MSP)*
      • “Last of the American Girls” (160 MSP)**
      • “¡Viva La Gloria!” (160 MSP)**
      • “Christian’s Inferno” (160 MSP)**

    * Also available as part of Green Day Track Pack 001 (440 MSP)

    ** Also available as part of Green Day Track Pack 002 (440 MSP)

  • Rock Band Network at PAX East

    Posted on April 9th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Here’s another video from the Harmonix Lounge at PAX East.  So, what’s different about this one?  First, I did not record it.  Second, it features the first RBN track in Spanish (Arigato by Gandhi).  Third, I’m on the drums.

    Yep, Just a few minutes after arriving in the Harmonix Lounge on day 1 of PAX East, I hopped in line to play a song.  I met up with a few folks that I’ve chatted online with, and other cool cats in the lounge.  We got up to the stage to play, and then Eric Pope changed the freeplay up and featured only RBN songs for a while.  So, the video here is the first time I’ve heard this song in its entirety, and the first time playing it.
    (source: Samanthics on YouTube)

  • iPhone OS 4.ugghh

    Posted on April 8th, 2010 Pabel No comments

    So I need to preface this entire post with the fact that I’m really excited about some of the new features that the new iPhone OS will bring to the iPhone/iPad even though I may not use all of them.  None, I repeat, none of them are earthshattering, but I think they bode well for the directions the iPhone and iPad are going in terms of use.  The iPhone now becomes even more useful/handy.  For someone who owns an iPhone and has loved the experience, this is pretty incredible.  Extra utility out of a device I already love using is a big win.  In terms of the iPad, it’s now elevated from an intriguing little device to a purchase option.  I’d like to get a laptop for general use around the house.  Nothing major, I just want the flexibility I don’t have now with my desktop.  Well that and I need to catch up with my wife who has a laptop.  With the new functionality 4 brings to the iPad, it’s now directly in my line of sight as an option.

    My frustrations:

    – 4 is not fully compatible with the iPhone 3G.  Are you kidding me?  Phones have had multi-tasking and enterprise support for years now but Apple doesn’t think 2 year old 3G hardware can handle it?  How elegant and ‘best in class’ can your design be if the 3G can’t handle multi-tasking.  This is a pure money grab plain and simple.  Jobs even said as much when he referred to the new features being an incentive to upgrade as “terrific.”  Sorry, but there’s no way I can justify buying a phone simply to get Multi-tasking, advanced mail, enteprise support, iBooks, GameCenter, etc. all in one shot.  I’m sure some of those will port to the 3G but that it all won’t is absoutely crazy.  I’ve lived with my iPhone for 2 years now and loved it, so clearly I don’t ‘need’ any of these features.  I don’t see Apple getting money from me for a new model phone just on principle.  The iPhone 3G is a large portion of Apples install base that’s now been alienated.  Not the best move in my view.

    – Enough with the marketing nonsense Apple.  The whole ‘we’re not first with multi-tasking, but we’re the best’ is the same garbage lines all companies use when they’re late to market with something.  Quit trying to make this out to be more than it is.  A lot of these features should have been in from the beginning, so don’t treat us like we’re dumb now w/ clever slides and marketing lingo.  Call it like it is.  These features are great and put you on par in these areas with your competition.  You clearly shine in areas like UI, usability, App Store, etc. and those put you at the top of the hill.  There’s no need to disparage to cover up the fact that you’re late to the game with this.  You have a great phone/device.  In these feature sets, you’ve now caught up and added a little more.  Implemented well, these features put you at the top.  But lets not get crazy and forget that phones have had multitasking, folders, advanced mail, enterprise support, etc. for a long time before todays preview.  You’ve copied/caught up in some areas, and lead and been frontrunners in others.  Call a spade a spade.

    Overall, I’m excited about the features that will be coming to the iPhone/iPad.  GameCenter (think Xbox Live on smartphones) appears to be the one ‘new’ thing, but the other features that are now coming to the table look good.  The iPhone just got better, and the iPad just became even more of an option for many users.  I am, however, slightly worried about the direction this is all going.  Apple has always done their ‘walled garden’ thing but it seems to be going even more in that direction if possible.  With iAds, App Store inconsistencies, lack of true file storage access, etc., we’re increasingly only able to do the things Apple wants (or gets a cut from) on our devices.  If this path continues, there’s only so many restrictions I’ll stomach for access to great UI and hardware.  So far, I’m good and intrigued by Apple products, but I worry/wonder what my feelings will be in the future.

  • HMXer Eric Pope on Queen at PAX East

    Posted on April 8th, 2010 Shawn 2 comments

    EXCLUSIVE!  As I continue to empty out the SD card on the good old Kodak Zi8 from PAX East 2010, I continue to stumble on some gems from that weekend.  Of course, many of those gems come from the Harmonix Lounge.  This one features a brief 26 seconds of Hamonix’ own Eric Pope (@MrPope) on vocals, doing justice to the Queen classic, Somebody to Love. Eric was also the MC for the entire weekend, who I recall mentioning “if someone comes up and plays Blackened by Metallica one more time, I will punch them in the dick.”  His words, not mine.

    Side note: Eric, another group came up and played that song again, and there were zero dick punches.  I’m just sayin’.

    Sorry I didn’t get the whole thing…battery was getting low.

  • EXCLUSIVE! Brain Stew / Jaded performed by Harmonix at PAX East

    Posted on April 7th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Take a look  at some of our favorite HMXers as they give is an exclusive demonstration on how NOT to fail Brain Stew / Jaded from the upcoming Green Day: Rock Band.  This comes direct from the Harmonix Lounge at PAX East 2010.

    In this 6 minute and 30 second video, you get to witness an intro by John Drake (@johntdrake), plus the vocal styling of Kyle Mercury (@dropslash) and Chris Foster of Harmonix.  Chris got to hang out with Green Day the previous day in New York. (side note: We all need to thank Chris for his contributions on the Rock Band franchise.)  You also get a peek at the MC of the event, none other than Eric Pope (@MrPope) at the end.

    Drake gives us some background on the Harmonix team failing out on the song at GDC, which found it’s way on to YouTube.  Also, the background to the song is set to the “American Idiot tour”, says Drake.  Listen to the crowd chanting, it sounds as if this song for Rock Band may be a take from the Bullet In A Bible soundtrack, or a recreation.

  • EXCLUSIVE! Green Day: Rock Band at PAX East

    Posted on April 7th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Here you go. 5 days before the official details of Green Day: Rock Band come out, I give you live footage of Hitchin’ A Ride (a whopping 1 minute and 8 seconds of jittery hand held camera goodness.)  This was shot live from the Harmonix Lounge during an exclusive demonstration at PAX East 2010.

    Watch, listen, laugh, cry.  Tell your friends.

  • New Eminem & Jay-Z Mixes for DJ Hero

    Posted on April 1st, 2010 Shawn No comments

    So, full disclosure…I still haven’t picked up DJ Hero.  Why? I love rhythm games (GH, RB, DDR). I generally buy them on day 1 too.  But in 2009, now in 2010 I have over spent and just don’t have enough time to play all my games.  I’m currently playing Rock Band 2 DLC, Lego Rock Band, High School Musical 3 Dance (yes, you can laugh), and Shadow Complex.  Fallout, Castle Crashers, and New Super Mario Bros are waiting for me on the shelf too.

    Back to DJ Hero.  What I know of this game, and the in-store demos I have played, I love it.  Now, there is a release of two great (and two of my favorite) hip-hop artists with another set of mashups for the wheel of steel game.  Check out the announcement.

    Welcome to the latest DJ HeroTM VIP Newsletter. March is community appreciation month! We’ve scanned our fan sites and forums for the most common fan requests and are answering back with the release of brand new exclusive mixes and the standalone turntable controller.

    Three new JAY-Z and EMINEM mixes will be available for download on Xbox Live beginning March 18th and then on March 25th for Playstation Network and Nintendo. See below for more info.

    We agree that taking turns is no fun – two turntables are definitely better than one! Here’s your chance to discover why. The standalone turntable controller is now in stores, so get ready to battle your friends in 2 player DJ vs. DJ mode. If you haven’t picked up the game yet, check the details below for a killer offer!

    As always, you can learn more at on or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter to get the latest news and enter to win weekly giveaways. We’re giving away hundreds of turntables through Easter, so keep checking the community sites!

    -DJ Hero Team

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