Just in time for your weekend St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (you’re not really going to party on a Monday are you?) comes a trio of Dropkick Murphys songs for Guitar Hero III, available right now on Xbox Live and (we’re assuming) a little later in the day on PSN.
The pack includes “Famous for Nothing”, “Flannigan’s Ball” and “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya”, all master tracks and all from their album The Meanest of Times. Now, before you go complaining that they’re not the DKM songs you would have chosen, you should know that the pack is free, free, totally free. Not bad for a holiday usually only good for “you’re not wearing green” pinches from the 55-year-old woman in accounting.
Eidos confirmed today that development has already started on PS2, DS and PC versions of the BBC science fiction show Doctor Who.
Eidos confirmed today that the previously rumored Doctor Who game, based on the long-running BBC science fiction TV show, is already under development for PC, PS2 and the Nintendo DS, and will be available soon.
“That is correct,” said an Eidos rep in an interview with videogaming247. “We haven’t announced a release date at the moment. It’s not too far away. We should be showing it to the press quite soon.”
Doctor Who joins Ecko Entertainment’s rendition of Dexter, Showtime’s original series about a serial killer bloodsplatter specialist, as the second TV licensed game to get the video game treatment in as many days.
Next up? Golden Girls. Don’t worry, the GamePro kids, really.
MILWAUKEE – Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva. He was 69.
He had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm, said his wife, Gail Gygax.
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Disney creates Ultimate Band
Mickey Mouse makers announce new rhythm-based rockin’ game for the Nintendo Wii and DS.
These days it seems everyone wants to be a rock star, and the success of Rock Band as well as franchises such as Guitar Hero and SingStar would seem to prove it.
Now Disney Interactive Studios has also thrown its hat into the rhythm-based game ring by announcing Ultimate Band this holiday season for the Nintendo Wii and DS.
Disney believes that the big selling point of Ultimate Band will be that it won’t require any extra peripherals to play. The game will instead rely solely on the Wii Remote and DS stylus.
No specific bands or songs have been announced for the game, but Disney promises enigmatically that there will be hits from “some of the biggest names in rock, alternative, popular, emo, and indie rock music” from the 1960s to the charts today.
Ultimate Band is being developed by Fall Line Studio, which Disney set up in November 2006 to focus on Nintendo platforms. Ultimate Band is the Salt Lake City-based shop’s first project.
The DS and Wii versions of Ultimate Band will have a different focus. In the Wii version, gamers will customize a rock star (lead singer, bass guitarist, lead guitarist, or drummer) and then play through his or her career, starting from gigs in a garage to international stadiums. On the DS, the game will feature a recording-studio section built into the game, which will let players create their own tunes.
Ultimate Band is due out in the US this holiday season, and is anticipated to be rated E10+ by the ESRB.
Epic Collaboration Creates First Music-Based Game to Feature One Band
Free Download of “Dream On” Offered to Commemorate Alliance
Santa Monica, CA February 15, 2008 Fire up the fret board, crank the amp to 11 and get ready to rock this way with Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero : Aerosmith , the first game built around the legendary music of America’s Greatest Rock N Roll Band: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer. Slated for release this June, this latest installment from the franchise with the #1 best-selling video game in 2007, puts players in the shoes of Perry (guitar), Whitford (guitar) and Hamilton (bass), as they rock out alongside frontman Tyler and drummer Kramer. Gamers will experience Aerosmith’s GRAMMY winning career, from their first gig to becoming rock royalty, in a way that no other entertainment vehicle offers.
To celebrate this historic, ground-breaking collaboration, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock fans will have the opportunity to download and jam to Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” The song will be available for free from February 16-18 on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION Store for the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system. For more information, please visit www.guitarhero.com.
“Having a game built around Aerosmith has been a huge honor and really a great experience for us,” says Joe Perry. “We’ve put a lot of ideas into the game so that fans can have fun interacting with our music, getting inside our body of work and learning about the band’s history.”
Steven Tyler says, “Any band that can go from Don’t Want to Miss A Thing’ (Aerosmith’s #1 smash hit) to the ass-kicking Sweet Emotion’ to the cheekiness of Love in an Elevator,’ to the classic ballad Dream On’ shows why Activision chose us to headline this game based on the diversity of the Aerosmith catalog. Not only is songwriting a bitch, but then it goes and has puppies.”
Perry adds, “On a larger scale, it’s cool for us to be pioneers helping to rebuild the music industry through a format like video games. It’s great for rock since the record companies are struggling to make sense of how things are changing. Fans want to get and experience music in new formats–and there are going to be some of them who will play the game, then pick up the guitar for real and start bands. It’s what’s happening now, and it’s only going to build more momentum in the future. It’s a massive change for the music business.”
“We are extremely excited that Aerosmith chose to team up with Guitar Hero, bringing one of the world’s all-time best-selling artists together with one of the biggest video game brands, to deliver a new and unique interactive way for our customers to connect with artists and their music,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane. “This partnership will give Aerosmith, a band that has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, a powerful and innovative platform to reach their fans and new audiences.”
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith’s greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band’s illustrious career offer the experience of “sweet emotion” and further capture the essence of the band’s rise to fame.
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is being developed by Neversoft Entertainment for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system. The Wii version is being developed by Vicarious Visions. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system version is being developed by Budcat. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB.
Everybody chill — online multiplayer will be available to XBOX 360 owners AND PS3 owners when Grand Theft Auto IV launches in April.
Microsoft’s senior VP of Interactive Entertainment, Don Mattrick, caused quite a stir this week when he told Major Nelson that the XBox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto IV would exclusively have online multiplayer.
“It’s an amazing piece of software, and I’m really excited with its downloadable content and online multiplayer support – again, that’s something that’s unique to 360,” he said.
The revelation would have been a brutal blow to the PS3 version, which already lacks the Xbox 360′s exclusive episodic downloadable content, but it turns out the statement was inaccurate at best.
In response to Mattrick’s comment, GTA IV developer Rockstar Games confirmed that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions of the game will feature multiplayer content.
“It’s always something we’ve been open about, both versions will support online multiplayer capabilities,” a Rockstar spokesperson told GamesIndustry.biz, although exact details on those capabilities have not been announced.
Grand Theft Auto IV is scheduled for release on both consoles on April 29.
From Game News International:
Following the news we reported earlier today about upcoming Electronic Arts video games in the works that will be based on Hasbro properties, we got to thinking when or would we see EA do video games based on two of Hasbro’s biggest action figure lines G.I.Joe and Transformers. So we went and asked, and according to Electronic Arts representatives’, the Transformers license still sits with Activision, who brought us games based on the hit Transformers Movie last year. The license for G.I.Joe video games however has gone to EA. No actual video game has yet to be announced; however with a sure to be summer block-buster movie coming in 2009, we are sure it’s only a matter of time till the game announcement comes.
Cool, I guess, but I never thought of these guys as “classic rock”. I guess I’m getting old.
Boston, Foreigner and Journey Hits Now Available in Guitar Hero III Classic Rock Track Pack On Xbox Live
Master recordings from legendary rock bands Boston, Foreigner, and Journey are now available for download in Activision, Inc.’s Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Classic Rock Track Pack. The downloadable track pack is currently offered on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and will be available soon on PLAYSTATION Store for the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system.
The Classic Rock Track Pack includes master recordings of Boston’s “Piece of Mind,” Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero” and Journey’s “Any Way You Want It.” After downloading the new tracks, Guitar Hero fans can visit http://www.guitarhero.com for more information.
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Video games playing the role of savior for the music industry.
The Rock Hero Effect: People buy either Rock Band or Guitar Hero. They get hooked on the addictive and lasting gameplay. They start buying expansion songs in droves at $2 bucks a pop. Then then flood online music stores to purchase the featured game tracks. In short, video games are the new CD.
According to Nielsen SoundScan data, individual Metallica songs saw an online sales spike between 31-48 percent, a month after they were featured in Rock Band. Though the overall impact is still unclear, music execs are thrilled, says Reuters.
While impressive, in-game downloads sell even more music. MTV last week said more than 2.5 million songs have been downloaded in Rock Band, while Activision accounts for more than 5 million Guitar Hero 3 downloads since downloading began last November.
“We live in a rough time around music where our audience struggles to pay $20 for a CD but don’t hesitate to pay $50 for a game,” said Van Toffler, MTV’s music division president. “The notion to pay 99 cents or $1.99 to have a song and repeatedly play with it apparently isn’t a big hurdle.”
Swords and Lightsabers will be drawn as NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and LucasArts today announced that iconic Star Wars characters will appear in Soulcalibur IV for the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. As part of this monumental collaboration, the Sith Lord Darth Vader will appear as a guest character in the PLAYSTATION3 system version of the title, and Jedi Master Yoda will be available for the Xbox 360. Delivering a robust offering of new gameplay modes and enhanced features, Soulcalibur IV will raise the bar of excellence for all next-generation fighting games when it is released in Summer 2008.
“It is quite rare that two publishers of this caliber are able to collaborate on this level to create a top notch entertainment experience for next-generation platforms.” said Makoto Iwai, executive vice president and COO at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “In the entertainment industry, LucasArts possesses some of the most recognizable characters and franchises in the world. We’re thrilled to integrate their historic characters into one of our most treasured brands”.
To read the full article and look at some screen shots, click gamenewsi.com/index.php?itemid=15779&catid=1 HERE
Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed the new trailer for the Wachowski brothers’ big screen Speed Racer adaptation, hitting theaters on May 9. The family action-adventure stars Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Kick Gurry, Paulie Litt, Roger Allam, Ji Hoon Jung, Melvil Poupaud, Richard Roundtree and Christian Oliver.
You can watch the trailer www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=17308 RIGHT HERE .
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