Boy bands and indie games—oh my! But that’s what’s happening in New Zealand: Viva La Dirt League, a boy-band parody group, has released an excellent music video extolling the virtues of buying indie games. It’s funny, awesome, and ultimately too cool for the Internet.
Also, fursuits. Enough said. Enjoy.
Music is undoubtedly one of the most important things about a videogame. Total silence isn’t good nor is blasting music in the player’s face. This is where Remember Me is getting to be quite an interesting piece of work.
In a captivating interview with MTV Multiplayer, composer Olivier Derivere talked about how music plays an integral role in the upcoming brawler. “Every music cue is a part of Nilin (the game’s protagonist),” he said. “Actually, the whole score is a reconstruction around Nilin’s memory and it’s only during the last fight of the game that you can hear the full main theme.”
The biggest challenge they faced was developing a sound based on the game’s concept, which was “the digitization of an organic form which is electronically manipulated.” He noted that the music system is linked to the player’s actions within the game, so it will change based on how players fight. In a sense, the music will support the player’s moves, with Derivere adding that it “adds a sense of support and reward.”
Remember Me is in development for release on June 4 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
What’s with all the crazy trailers recently? Upcoming downloadable title Ilomilo now has a cute little trailer out that shows off a bit of the game.
More interesting is the fact that developer Southend Interactive is giving away tracks from the game’s soundtrack on its website. Grab them while they are hot.
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The last five years has seen a ton of Idolmaster games unleashed on the masses, but it looks like the franchise has finally built up the courage to head to second base – Idolmaster 2 is making its way to Xbox 360 next year.
This time around, players will be charged with the task of turning three idols into national hits. Characters from past games will make their appearances. Not much else is known at the moment, but if you can digest bubblegum J-pop, then by all means head on over to the game’s official website for the first trailer.
What would you have on your MP3 player as the world around you burns down? Surely, R.E.M.? Well, that’s what Crackdown 2 will be packing as its soundtrack, which also includes music from Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Blue Oyster Cult. They won’t be the original songs, though, but remixed versions that may very well be techno music.
The game is due out July 6 on Xbox 360.
Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that Toby Keith will make his Rock Band debut through six tracks on the online music store this week. Keith is one of the major players in the music industry and has sold more than 25 million albums this century.
The six-pack features a compilation of his most popular songs spanning his entire career including his first number-one hit “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”. The other songs are “How Do You Like Me Now”, “Beer For My Horses”, “Who’s Your Daddy”, “I Love This Bar” and “She’s a Hottie”.
Each track will cost $1.99 (160 points), with the six pack going for $9.99 (800 points).
MTV Games and EA today announced that the Rock Band franchise has officially surpassed $1 billion in North American retail sales in 15 months, citing figures by the NPD Group. In addition, over 40 million paid individual songs have been sold via download through the online platform; there are a total of 600 songs available in the catalog.
Rock Band was launched back in November 20, 2007 and has sold millions of units. Its sequel was released earlier last year and built upon the original. The franchise is the first to start full album downloads on PS3 and Xbox 360, which quite a few bands have taken advantage of, including Judas Priest, Foo Fighters, Megadeth and Rush.
Following Guitar Hero III and Guitar Hero Aerosmith, Neversoft’s multi-instrument music game Guitar Hero World Tour will be released on PC and Mac this summer, courtesy of Aspyr.
The computer editions will feature the same content found in the console versions, including all the on-disc songs, music studio mode and support for full band gameplay. However, the studio made no mention of downloadable content.
More details are expected soon.
Harmonix seems to be a big fan of classics, as they have announced that Journey’s jukebox classic “Don’t Stop Believin’” is coming to Rock Band.
The song is coming most probably in next week’s batch of DLC, which hits March 31. It is expected to carry the traditional pricing of 160 Microsoft points ($2).
To honor the re-release of Pearl Jam’s debut album “Ten”, Rock Band, MTV, MTV2, VH1 and VH1 Classic are teaming up to roll out a two-week long lineup of content that celebrates the band, its success and its debut in Rock Band as downloadable content.
Putting aside MTV and VH1’s tributes, gamers will get the “Ten” album – which has sold 12 million copies – as downloadable content in Rock Band and Rock Band 2 on March 24. In addition, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron will sit down for a Game With Fame session on Friday, March 27 at 7pm ET. Those with a Xbox Live Gold account can go up against him by sending a friend request to “Pearl Jam GWF” and be online half an hour before at 6.30pm ET.
The “Ten” album was released back on August 27, 1991. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 12 million copies.