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Tue, May. 8th, 2007 10:36 am
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Fender, Roland, and BOSS sign on as sponsors for the upcoming Rock Band game. That means the game peripherals will be Fender "guitars," Roland "synths," and BOSS "pedals." Although there is good news in that you'll be able to use your Guitar Hero controllers with Rock Band.

There's not a lot of information out there about Rock Band yet. Other than it's probably not going to be available on PS2, which means that if I want to play it I'm going to need a new console. But whatever-- the game will be playable online, where you can actually form "bands" and "play" the songs together. Now we've got confirmation there will at least be guitars (with effects!) and synths/keyboards, and it's been hinted there will be drums. No word on how drums will be implemented, though.

Reading this little news bit this morning made me wonder how complicated the game will be or how important it will be to have multiple players at the same time (and whether I would even want to bother playing it-- which, honestly, I probably will), and I was thinking of writing and expanding on that, but maybe later. Any other Guitar Hero players have any thoughts on Rock Band?

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polsvoice
polsvoice
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Tue, May. 8th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)

Just the idea of forming a band with friends online and jamming with them sounds completely awesome, regardless of anything else. It would make sense if Roland provided the drums (as well as synths, maybe), since they're one of the main players in the electronic drums market. Probably just a simple series of pads. But all this just sounds TOO ambitious. If there's accessory overload, no one's going to want a full practice set-up in their home for this game. Right? (OK, I might)


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morehustle
morehustle
I have a secret.
Wed, May. 9th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)

The idea of it is pretty cool, but when you start to think about the logistics it gets kind of overwhelming. How many peripherals are you going to have to buy? How can you get your band together and online at the same time? I'm too tired to even contemplate all the other questions it raises.

But yeah, this from the guy who spent $200 on Samba de Amigo for Dreamcast and 2 sets of Maracas controllers. And who's still thinking of picking up Beatmania despite the horrible, horrible reviews.


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burryman
Spookydoll's Beau
Tue, May. 8th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)

I swear I can play righteous air guitar . . . do you figure there's room on Rock Band for such talent?


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morehustle
morehustle
I have a secret.
Wed, May. 9th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)

Guitar Hero is basically an air guitar training program. Rock Band looks set to teach us air everything.


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cthulhie
cthulhie
John Larson
Wed, May. 9th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)

I really admire the company, and like that they're reaching for increasingly ambitious, well-produced projects while maintaining a genuine, apparent love of their product and of music in general. But damn. Rock band smells like their Icarus project. (It also, incidentally, sounds like a good opportunity to sell hundreds of dollars of components to each consumer.) I have my doubts about the game.

On the other hand, I thought similar things about Karaoke Revolution and GH, and was shocked to find how much I enjoyed them both. (The latter was a little more palatable for everyone to get into. KR required vast quantities of alcohol to get my friends playing.)

Man. I still kind of miss Amplitude. And Frequency. I should go back and play those....


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morehustle
morehustle
I have a secret.
Wed, May. 9th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)

Amplitude was so good. I still played it as recently as a year ago, busted it out after playing lots and lots of Guitar Hero to see how it held up. Surprisingly well, although some of the song choices leave something to be desired.

Until they reveal more about the actual mechanics of Rock Band, I will officially withhold judgement. Unofficially, it seems a mite too ambitious-- an idea that might be better employed in about five years or so. Maybe I'm wrong, though, and it really is the future-time we have been promised. The future-time where everybody can play fake instruments over the inter-net with other people playing fake instruments and we can all get together and play Fall Out Boy songs.

*cough*

I owned Karaoke Revolution for about 40 minutes before I remembered I can't sing at all. I returned it the next day and exchanged it for Manhunt, which was much more suited to my talents.


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