Posted on January 26th, 2012 No comments
Months have gone by, many months. No Rock Band news or rants. No updates on my gadget obsessions. No shameless plugs for online deals to support our sponsors. Nuthin! So what gives?
Our first four years were very active (2007-2010), with multiple writers and sometimes many articles per day. (Remember, we run this site pro bono, make gilch, for free). Well not entirely true. It cost us money to keep it running. We do on a very rare occasion make a coin or two if you check out our sponsor links or buy from one of our Amazon links.
2011 had a turn (not for the worse, no one died or anything), just a turn. Shawn started a side-project in the smartphone security space (of course MyGGGo was already a side-project). He also started another side-project developing technical training courses. And finally started another side-project playing drums in a couple bands. Oops…I think that’s 3 too many side-projects.
Where are all the other writers from MyGGGo? They have faded into their lives, and we haven’t worked at replacing them. Our bad.
MyGGGo has suffered. I can’t say 2012 will return us to previous levels, but here’s a first ditch effort. Coming this week, will be our new feature, known as App-A-Day.
Since we have literally hundreds of apps (from business to games to time wasters) for many platforms, We are bringing (sexy) back all three G’s to MyGGGo (Gadget, Game, and Gizmo Obsession) with this new feature. We will have a standard format for App-A-Day and will walk through the details of an app, the good, the bad, the malicious, the free, the ridiculously expensive.
Get ready for stuff from the Android Market, iOS App Store, Mac App Store, Chrome Apps, Xbox 360 games, Xbox 360 Dashboard apps, BlackBerry apps, Wii games. We will go all over the map. Why the whole map, well we actually use them all.
Join us later this week for the first real blast-o-news for 2012 with App-A-Day. If you have any preference of platform, type of app, or a specific app you’d like us to highlight on App-A-Day, drop us a line below.
Posted on April 8th, 2011 No comments
Get ready for some Johnny Cash, Linkin Park, and Stone Sour added to the Rock Band station. With this update, all available (Rock Band proper) DLC through January 25, 2011 is on the station. Enjoy!
INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 1/25/2011.
Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash 01 pack
Linkin Park – Linkin Park 01 pack
Stone Sour – Stone Sour 01 pack
Posted on April 4th, 2011 No comments
I will keep this simple. After four months, I got off my butt and added a bunch of Rock Band 3 DLC songs to the Slacker Radio Rock Band station. More than 40 songs were added in this update. With this update, all available (Rock Band proper) DLC through January 1, 2011 is on the station. Enjoy!
INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 12/28/2010.
John Lennon – Imagine album
38 Special – “Hold On Loosely“
Bad Company – “Can’t Get Enough“
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Lynyrd Skynyrd 01 pack
Queen – Queen Extravaganza Pack 01
Billy Joel – Billy Joel: The Hits: Rock Band Edition pack
John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono Band – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
Anaïs Croze – “Peut-Être une Angine”
BB Brunes – “Dis-Moi”
BAP – “Verdamp Lang Her”
Wir sind Helden – “Nur ein Wort”
Linea 77 – “Fantasma”
Litfiba – “Proibito”
Skizoo – “Dame Aire”
Caesars – “Jerk It Out“
Paul McCartney – Celebrating Band on the Run pack
Inhabited – “Open My Eyes”
Siouxsie and The Banshees – “Cities in Dust“
Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
Posted on January 21st, 2011 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.
Posted on January 17th, 2011 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:
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.
Posted on January 11th, 2011 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 »
Posted on December 28th, 2010 No comments
In this episode of THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND we talk about what’s going on with the Rock Band 3 Pro accessories, Harmonix sold from Viacom, and the end of year DLC. So, here goes THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!
MadCatz Addresses Lack of Pro MIDI Adapter
John Drake reposted a message from MadCatz on the RockBand.com forums Christmas Eve addressing the availability of hardware for Rock Band 3. Keys, drums, mics, and guitars were all mentioned. What was left out of the announcement was anything regarding the Pro MIDI Adapter which was initially slated for an October 26 release and still is MIA. Community backlash ensued online, of course.
Fortunately, within hours, MadCatz Global PR Manager (Alex) got on the forums and addressed the missing adapter. The important piece of Alex’s message is here:
It’s probably the number one question I get asked at the moment. The Adapter IS now hitting stores on PS3 and Wii across every major territory. It’s proven a real technical challenge to get 100% right and we wanted to take our time with this and make sure we got it right. We believe we have and I personally believe this is one awesome product. More stock is arriving continually both in stores and online. Keep checking your retailer of choice (They will have more up to date info than I). Also keep checking the gamesharkstore for more stock. Again, we ARE trying to make sure we get as much stock out as quickly as possible and I am so sorry to any of you who didn’t manage to get one in time for Christmas. A very small amount of 360 stock has shipped to Best Buy. The 360 stock will be ramping up soon and should be freely available within the next couple of weeks, plenty of time for the Fender Stat. For various reasons, large amounts of the 360 stock is running a little behind the Wii and PS3 versions but rest assured, they ARE coming.
The community is now split (more backlash for late communication / appreciation for any communication), but at least there is something regarding its availability. I can say, that I have made several specific stops at local GameStop, Best Buy, Sears, and K-Mart stores since October 26, hoping to find the Pro MIDI Adapter randomly in store. My reason for this, is all of those retailers stated that it initially would be available October 26, and each has changed (or removed) their release dates. None are consistent.
Posted on December 15th, 2010 No commentsWell, 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 GameShark.com.
Buy 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!
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”
· “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.
Posted on December 7th, 2010 No comments
Having just listened to the bi-weekly Official Rock Band Podcast, I learned that for every song in Rock Band 3 with Pro Guitar/Bass parts, there are 12 different charts. This is different from previous Rock Band (and other rhythm games) which typically have only 4 charts (Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert).
With Rock Band 3, you get the traditional 5-button charts for Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert. These are these four charts we’ve grown to love over the years. As we learned with Rock Band 3, the new Pro mode brings in a new set of charts for real (stringed and/or midi guitars). What we didn’t know until today’s podcast is laid out below…
The Fender Mustang controller, is a button-based MIDI controller, which is made up of 17 frets and 102 buttons. The upcoming Fender Squier Stratocaster stringed controller, is made up of 22 frets and 6-strings.
The difference comes in the additional 5 frets found on the Squier. Songs that are played in the higher fret space will take advantage of the additional 5 frets on the Squier, whereas those same songs played on the Mustang will be modified for a 17 fret version.
In essence, there are two entirely different Pro modes for Rock Band 3. One for 17 fret guitars and another for 22 fret guitars. With four difficulty modes across each, there actually are eight sets of Pro mode charts for guitar (and another eight for bass).
This may not be the case for every song, as some songs don’t utilize the frets above #17. In that case, the two Pro modes will be identical.
To tally it up, Rock Band 3 has 12 charts for every song on guitar and 12 charts for every song on bass. That is an insane amount of work by Harmonix (and soon Rock Band Network creators) to deliver a single Pro song, and well worth the 99 cents for the upgrade.
To hear the podcast, go to: http://rockband.com/content-assets/2010/12/sousaphone.mp3
Posted on November 26th, 2010 No comments
It’s pretty simple, if you don’t already own the Creedence Clearwater Revival 12 song pack for Rock Band, you are crazy not to pick it up right now. For today only (as far as I know), the entire 1600 point pack is on sale for only 400 points (which is the cost of two singles).
So, if you are low on Xbox Live Points, swing by Amazon for a 1600 point card…
…and then head over to www.xbox.com and get in on this amazing deal. Here’s the direct link to the deal [Thanks to RockBandAide]
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