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  • RUMOR: Harmonix to Outsource some Future Rock Band DLC?

    Posted on March 15th, 2011 Shawn 1 comment

    This past weekend at PAX East in Boston, MA, we had the opportunity to connect with several of our industry friends from Harmonix, independent Rock Band Network (RBN) authors, popular blogs authors, and the likes.  From discussions we had over the weekend, we pieced together an interesting picture of the future of the Rock Band DLC franchise.  In the wake of recent layoffs at Harmonix and the Activision announcement to shelve Guitar Hero, our source tells us, “The times, they are a changing.”

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  • Pearl Jam: Rock Band Canceled? Vocal Harmonies Tell Tale

    Posted on January 21st, 2011 Shawn 2 comments

    While doing a regular search of the Rock Band downloadable content page on Wikipedia, I noticed a new column titled “Add’l Rock Band 3 Features”. Upon sorting, I stumbled on a shocking bit of news. Most of the Pearl Jam DLC released between March and September 2009 has “Backing vocals”.

    As a test, I fired up Rock Band 3 on Xbox 360 and confirmed, most Pearl Jam songs have 2-part harmonies. This is interesting news. Long before the release of Rock Band 3, Green Day: Rock Band, and The Beatles: Rock Band; the content authors at Harmonix were charting vocal harmonies for Pearl Jam’s Ten album (followed up by Backspacer).

    This is a nice surprise for Rock Band vocalists, but what does it mean for conspiracy theorists? Since the charting was done relatively early in the Rock Band 2 life-cycle, which never had vocal harmony capabilities, there had to be a purpose for these harmonies.

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  • Xbox 360 Rock Band 3 MIDI Adapters Shipping January 20

    Posted on January 17th, 2011 Shawn 3 comments

    The latest news in the saga of Rock Band 3 hardware availability is now here.

    Mad Catz, the company producing the official peripherals, has announced GameShark is now accepting pre-orders for the XBOX 360 MIDI PRO adapter, which is scheduled to ship January 20.

    Xbox 360 MIDI PRO-Adapter Pre-Orders now OPEN – GameShark Store US

    Exciting news! The US GameShark Store is now taking pre-orders on the Rock Band 3 MIDI Adapter for the Xbox 360:

    http://store.gameshark.com/viewItem.asp?idProduct=4832&idCategory=323
    Adapter orders will begin shipping out next Thursday, 1/20 from the US GameShark Store. Demand is expected to be high, so don’t miss out on your chance to order the MIDI Pro-Adapter.

    For those who pre-ordered from other retail outlets, those locations are also expected to receive limited supply and hopefully begin shipments simultaneously. Needless to say, there still looks to be higher demand than availability. The eBay pricing of $100 for these $30-$40 adapters is a tell tale sign. Do not expect the supply to be available on store shelves for several more weeks, or longer.

    UPDATE 1/24/2011: Mad Catz has updated their Rock Band forum post, stating all Amazon pre-orders will be filled this week.

  • Xbox 360 Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO Adapters in January

    Posted on January 11th, 2011 Shawn 1 comment

    Rock Band 3 players expecting to use their non-Rock Band keyboards and electronic drums in the game, are currently steaming at the fact the game has been out for more than two and a half months, and the adapter to allow this functionality still is not available. Fortunately, PlayStation 3 and Wii players were able to get their hands on them earlier this week at Best Buy and a couple online/brick-n-mortar retailers. Though, Xbox 360 players are still without (except for a handful of fortunate souls).

    Mad Catz, the company producing the official peripherals has made a press announcement regarding the Xbox 360 version of this adapter, and it looks like positive news. I hope what they state is accurate, since Mad Catz had a very difficult time “under promising and over delivering” the hardware for Rock Band 3′s launch.

    If what Mad Catz is now stating is accurate, Xbox 360 players should start seeing retail availability by the end of January. I sure hope 4,000 adapters is enough to meet immediate demand. I plan on getting two myself.

    Read on for the Mad Catz press release. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Rock Band 3, under $40 All Platforms

    Posted on November 25th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Happy Thanksgiving from Harmonix and Amazon!  Go now and grab Rock Band 3 for $20 off regular retail price.
    Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 $39.95, Wii $34.95

  • Another Day, Another Date..Rock Band 3 MIDI Adapter

    Posted on November 24th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    It looks like we have yet another potential release date for the Rock Band 3 MIDI adapter, by Mad Catz. (See my multiple earlier posts about other dates.) As I was trolling around Amazon.com today, I stumbled on the upcoming release page, which had the adapter listed.

    This time, we get December 20 as the listed date.  To continue the confusion, if you click into any of the links to pre-order, the detail pages still say December 26.

    One thing is for certain, there was some major disconnect with the distribution and communication with retail. Multiple dates have been listed, come & gone, online pre-orders failing upon checkout, and other oddities.

  • Rock Band MIDI, Delayed Until Post-Christmas

    Posted on November 20th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    I figured, I’d check on the release date status of the Rock Band 3 MIDI Adapter (by Mad Catz), which has been pushed back a couple times since the launch of the game. What I just learned, has me more than concerned.

    The MIDI adapter allows real keyboards (you know electronic piano), real electronic drums, and potentially MIDI guitars to connect to your game console (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii) for use within Rock Band 3.

    The game came out on October 26, with many (me included) expecting the MIDI adapter to be available upon launch. We quickly learned that the release date had been changed, supposedly due to all adapters being recalled to the manufacturer because of recurring sync issues. Amazon had the new release date as November 26, but Sears/Kmart had the date of November 9. As of November 9, Sears/Kmart web sites stated it was available for purchase, but when I attempted to check out, I’d got an error stating that it was not available. Also, no physical Sears/Kmart’s in the area had them in stock or knew of its existence. The Mad Catz web site has November 26 as the release date for the Xbox version, but the PS3 and Wii versions are still not dated.

    A quick check today over at Amazon, left me a bit sad. Their release date has been changed to December 26. I have faith in Amazon’s dates, which is really unfortunate if it comes true. For me, I spent time/money getting my Roland drum set with all the correct pieces in place for the “Pro Drums” experience of Rock Band 3, but have not been able to take advantage of it due to the lack of this adapter.

    I guess my New Years Eve party will rock out with my new Pro Drums setup. Until then, I will keep working on my Pro Keys skills.

  • Rock Band 3, 15th Place in October Sales

    Posted on November 17th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    The October NPDs (listing of retails sales) for video games have been released. The news for Rock Band 3, is dismal. It came in 15th place, which is of major concern. Some will immediately jump to the conclusion that the game was released with only day days remaining in the month (October 26) and didn’t have enough time to make the big sales. Though, Fable III came out the same day and ended up at 4th place.

    With Harmonix up for sale, thanks to Viacom stating they are getting out of the music gaming business, and their flagship game failing to jump off to great sales numbers…this Rock Band fanboy is filled with lots of concern for the future of the franchise.

    Remember, Rock Band 2 also didn’t jump off to a great start. At the time, Guitar Hero World Tour was outselling Rock Band 2, 2-to-1. Neither of those games dominated NPD’s. Going back a bit further, to Rock Band 1, a quote from Viacom CFO Tom Dooley “Rock Band was the number-one game title for 2008 by revenue across all game genres, with more than 10 million units shipped worldwide since its launch”.

    Rock Band has gone from the best selling game of 2008, to the 2nd best selling rhythm game of 2009, now to 15th place on NPDs. I’m hoping the infusing of weekly DLC continues to make the franchise strive.

    Reposted from Joystiq:

    Top 10 bestselling games for October 2010:

    1. NBA 2K11 – 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS – Take 2 Interactive
    2. Fallout: New Vegas – 360, PS3, PC – Bethesda Softworks
    3. Medal of Honor – 360, PS3, PC – Electronic Arts
    4. Fable III – 360 – Microsoft
    5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II – 360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS – LucasArts
    6. Halo: Reach – 360 – Microsoft
    7. Just Dance 2 – Wii – Ubisoft
    8. FIFA Soccer 11 – PS3, 360, Wii, PS2, PSP, NDS, PC
    9. Madden NFL 11 – 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP
    10. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 – PS3, 360, PS2, Wii, PSP

  • Rock Band 3 MIDI Adapter, November 9 Release?

    Posted on November 8th, 2010 Shawn 5 comments

    A quick look over at Sears.com states, the Rock Band 3 (Mad Catz) MIDI adapter is to be released on November 9, versus Amazon’s listing of November 28. I stopped a by a local GameStop yesterday, and they didn’t know what it was, didn’t have them in stock, couldn’t find them in their inventory system.

    Does anyone have insight when this will actually be released?
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    In the meantime, I plan to visit my closest Sears at lunch tomorrow and report back.

    UPDATE (11/9): This morning the image on Sears.com and Kmart.com stated that it is now available.  I stopped by both a Kmart and Sears, though neither had it in stock. I also stopped by a GameStop to no avail. In another attempt, I tried buying from Sears.com. Once I got to the checkout screen, I received a notification that is was out of stock and no longer available for shipping. Looks like this date was incorrect.

  • MyGGGo Episode 1 – Rock Band 3 Unboxing

    Posted on November 8th, 2010 Shawn 1 comment

    I shot this footage nearly two weeks ago, though took me a while to figure out how to edit and post this to YouTube. This high-tech stuff is tricky!

    Anyway, here’s the first MyGGGo vidcast. The unboxing of Rock Band 3 with the Keys. Enjoy!

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