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  • TWIRB: Mad Catz Deals, Fender Squier Exclusive, The Piano Man, & a Patch

    Posted on December 15th, 2010 Shawn No comments
    Well, once again the 9-to-5 has kept me away from my regular news updates on the Rock Band front. So, how about I revive (once again) THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    Mad Catz Holiday Deal

    Are you looking to pick up some new Rock Band 3 gear? (MIDI adapter excluded, of course) Take a look these Mad Catz deals running at

    Rock Band 3 Pro GuitarBuy a Rock Band 3 Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar, get a FREE Precision Bass!
    Buy a Rock Band 3 Fender Wooden Stratocaster, get a FREE Precision Bass!
    Buy a Rock Band 3 Keyboard, get a FREE keyboard stand!…idCategory=246

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    Fender Squier Exclusive to Best Buy

    Our friends at Joystiq announced that the upcoming Fender Squier (real 6-string) guitar for Rock Band 3 will be a Best Buy exclusive….can’t get it anywhere else. So, kids, now you know what to ask Santa for Christmas….Best Buy gift cards please!

    Link to the Joystiq Announcement.

    Billy Joel is the DLC of the Week

    Already released on Tuesday is the weeks DLC. For the first time in rhythm game history (I’m sure someone will tell me I made a mistake) Billy Joel makes an appearance…and in a big way.  12 (count ’em), 12 songs make their way to the Rock Band 3 library this week all with pro keys of course. Yes, you get pro drums and vocal harmonies too (plus pro guitar/bass for an extra buck a song).  Now’s the time for you fledgling pianists to show off your skills.  Pony up that $20+ and pick up this pack now.

    Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 system (Dec. 14):
    · “Big Shot” *
    · “Captain Jack”
    · “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me”
    · “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” *
    · “Only the Good Die Young” *
    · “Piano Man”
    · “Pressure”
    · “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”
    · “The Entertainer”
    · “The Stranger”
    · “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
    · “You May Be Right” 

    (All tracks are original master recordings)
    (These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 system Dec. 15)

    These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks, as well as “Billy Joel The Hits: Rock Band Edition” on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii. Tracks marked with “*” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.

    $1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points) per song
    $2.00 USD (200 Wii Points™) per song
    $0.99 USD (100 Wii Points/80 Microsoft Points), £0.59 UK, €0.79 EU per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade
    $19.99, £9.99 UK, €14.99 EU (1,600 Microsoft Points, 2,000 Wii Points) for Billy Joel The Hits: Rock Band Edition

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    Rock Band 3 Patch , Unmentionables

    You may know that a patch for Rock Band 3 (on Xbox 360 and PS3) came out about two weeks ago. Some of the touted fixes in this patch (er, “title update”) are listed here (thanks to

    • Arena 12 Freeze (aka The Roadie Amp Loading Screen of Death) – If the amp loading vignette occurred immediately prior to an especially resource heavy venue it had the potential to cause a freeze. Your band should now be able to load their gear uninterrupted.
    • Save Data Affected By Especially Long Band Names – Custom / Random Setlists specific to artists with especially long names (most notably Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Honest Bob and the Factory to Dealer Incentives, The Presidents of the United States of America, etc) that were not completed before playing through to the next auto save could result in corrupted save data.
    • Iron Man Eyebrow Freeze in Character Creator – The Character Creator would sometimes seize up when reselecting the default eyebrow for the Iron Man pre set face. All eyebrows are now safe.
    • Pause Scoring Exploit – To prevent abuse of repeated pausing mid-song to pad a score, we now disable score reporting on any song in which a player repeatedly pauses. Your crowd meter should go grey and you will not be able to complete any goals or achievements tied to score during that play through.

    Now, I want to talk about what I have seen that wasn’t in the press release.

    • Loose Time Window – Since the release of Rock Band 3, I have been challenged to successfully pass songs on expert drums that I would have 5 starred on the earlier titles. In fact, I had failed several songs which led me to believe my calibration was FUBAR. I noticed with the recent patch, either calibration was fixed, or more likely the timing window has been extended (similar to Guitar Hero WT and 5).  This is making the drumming experience much more palatable and a welcome update.

    With that, what’s NWIRB?  NEXT WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    • Rock Band 3 MIDI Adapter, should finally arrive.

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