2. The Swinger
4. Dance Central and Rock Band 3
5. Another Green World (33 1/3 Books)
LEGO Rock Band! Warner Interactive announced today that they were teaming with LEGO, game developers Harmonix and TT Games, and MTV Games to create a LEGO version of Rock Band. It’s intended to be more younger-kid-friendly than the original, with songs like “Kung Fu Fighting” and Blur’s “Song 2.” And, of course, you also get to customize your minifig avatars, as well as those of your “band and entourage, including roadie, manager, and crew.” (“Mommy, what’s a groupie?”)
The game is scheduled for release in time for the 2009 holidays. You can check out the press release for more info.
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Nice guest post in the Freakonomics blog by gaming maestro David Edery about the positive impact of music-based video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band on the music industry. He does have something of a vested interest, since he works for Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade, but he does provide some compelling bits of data: for example, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith earned the band more money than any of their individual albums. Edery’s posting focuses on major-label artists, but of course, where this really gets interesting is as a path out of obscurity for lesser-known bands (such as Freezepop, as in the video above, and Bang Camaro, both of whom have songs on Rock Band).
Read the full essay: “Can Guitar Hero Help Save the Music Industry?”
OMG kittehs!!!!1!!!1 OMG Guitar Hero!!!!1!!!! [thanks, ICHC!]
We now return you to your regularly scheduled zed equals zee programming.
Previously: Play local: Harmonix