Brilliant time-lapse video shows development of Dropchord
Double Fine is freaking awesome when it comes to making good games, and Dropchord is looking to be a great addition to its roster. If you’ve ever wondered how the studio makes its games, then this video is for you.
Senior gameplay programmer Patrick Hackett has put up a time-lapse video of the development of Dropchord. “I regularly captured short videos showing new features or interesting developments,” he writes. “I sped these up and cut them together with one of the tracks from the game.”
And the result is phenomenal. The video shows the evolution of the game’s design, how its appearance changed, and its debut at PAX East this March.
Dropchord is due out on Windows, Mac, and iOS in July.
Kotomon hits iOS, from the lead programmer of Child of Eden
Coming from the lead programmer of Child of Eden is a cute dancing-shooting hybrid game called Kotomon on iOS. It uses touch controls to catch friendly monsters and shoot them at not-so-friendly monsters. They come with their own unique powers, and their moves add various beats to the background music.
Its listing notes abilities like bouncing around, breathing fire, explosion, and more. The soundtrack can be influenced by selecting the various creatures, which you can use to create combos for high scores.
The game is available for iOS devices for just $2.99.
Patapon 3 demo coming this Tuesday
You’ll be moving with the rhythm this coming Tuesday as the demo for Patapon 3 will hit PlayStation Network. And to make things even better, PlayStation Blog notes that it will be a multiplayer demo – a sampling of Internet multiplayer will be included.
Thankfully, you won’t need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber to download this. Clear some space on your memory stick for this piece of gold.
Toby Keith Six-pack in Rock Band
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).
Rock Band Earns $1B in America
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.
Guitar Hero World Tour Coming to PC
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.
Pearl Jam to be Celebrated in Rock Band
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.
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Ghostbusters Tune in Rock Band
Speaking to Eurogamer, Ray Parker Jr. revealed that he is currently working on getting the original Ghostbusters theme into Rock Band’s library of playable music.
“We were just talking about that, we’re working on it now,” he said. “I think they should have Ghostbusters in Rock Band.”
It would be awesome to play the Ghostbusters tune with a bunch of friends over.
Rock Band Gets Funky
Seeing as how it’s the end of the week, Harmonix, staying true to their tradition, has revealed the next batch of downloadable content for its multi-instrument music games Rock Band and Rock Band 2.
Due out on March 17 and 19 on Xbox 360 and PS3, respectively, is the “Get the Funk Out” track pack that offers three pieces of funk music: Average White Band – "Pick Up the Pieces", Earth Wind & Fire – "Shining Star" and James Brown – "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine – Pt 1".
They will also release the following songs individually: Against Me! – "Thrash Unreal", The New Pornographers – "All the Things That Go to Make Heaven and Earth" and “Use It”, Papa Roach – "Last Resort" and “Lifeline”.
The track pack will cost 440 Microsoft points ($5.50) and individual tracks 160 points ($2).