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Interview – John Drake of Harmonix talks about Rock Band

Interview – John Drake of Harmonix talks about Rock Band

As you might have noticed from my article over the weekend, I traveled up to Chicago (DeKalb to be exact) to catch up with the Rock Band Tour. I'll say this much, it was well worth it. While I was there I spent some time with John Drake of Harmonix. He took me in the bus and let me rock out for a while and then sat down for an interview. Check it out after the jump.

Rock Band van spotted

Rock Band van spotted

You've probably noticed that our Vincent travels a lot. He gets to go out and have all of the fun while the rest of us sit in our offices and work. I had the pleasure of finding out that it's not all fun and games on the road. I left my hotel this morning at around 10am and on the plane by noon. I got back to Indianapolis around 1, I got home just in time to switch out my clothes for some new ones and make an appearance at a family gathering before hitting the road again.

Where did I head this time? I left on a four hour road trip to Chicago for the opportunity to play Rock Band before it comes out. I got to where I was going at almost 2am, however, I pulled into the wrong hotel and found a little surprise.

Live from the GM Collections Event

Live from the GM Collections Event

It's a well-kept secret that we bloggers are taking over the world. More people are turning to blogs for information on all kinds of products. I'm not just talking about consumer electronics, there are blogs about everything imaginable. The great thing about bloggers is that they are real people, they aren't going to skew the facts because they feel pressure from their publisher. Some companies are finally starting to really take notice of this trend. One such company is GM.

Halo 3 launch – Didn’t preorder a copy? Good luck

Halo 3 launch – Didn’t preorder a copy? Good luck

If you didn't know that Halo 3 was launched just a little bit ago (at least for those of us on the East Coast) you've probably been hiding under a rock. If you didn't actually head out to your favorite game store to pick up a copy, you're probably better off, especially if you hadn't already preordered a copy. These two lucky guys walked out of the store at just a hair past midnight, being two of the first people to get a copy of the game.

Pricing and the Future of the iPhone

Pricing and the Future of the iPhone

As you guessed there was of course some smart ass who asked the question about whether they were going to cut the price of the UK iPhone by a third too. Sadly it wasn’t me, I couldn’t be there, they must have read my mind though.

The question was met with some laughs, but it got answered. Steve more or less said that there aren’t any plans right now to do that, but its technology and it could happen.

New iPhone UK ads

New iPhone UK ads

That’s right, we have video. The ads are pretty much the same as in the US, only with UK cultural things in place of the US.

For example instead of the video of the iPhone surfing the NY Times, its surfing The Guardian. There is also a gentleman with a UK accent doing all the spoken parts.

Apple Event – London, September 18th Photos

Apple Event – London, September 18th Photos

Hey we have pictures! The link to the gallery is here.

So for those that are more visually stimulated, or those that can’t read all that well, we are here to accomidate. There are tons of pictures starting at before we even got in, all the way till the end and beyond.

Transcript of Apple’s ‘Mum is no longer the word’ event in London – Sept 18th 2007

Transcript of Apple’s ‘Mum is no longer the word’ event in London – Sept 18th 2007

08:43 am Ewdison Then: Hi Guys, SlashGear Live from London, 1 hour and 17 minutes to the event

09:33 am Ewdison Then: We are getting ready to go in now

09:45 am Ewdison Then: Many people reported O2 UK store is offline while Apple store UK is still up and running

09:55 am Vincent Nguyen: I'm in, it's a pretty small area. Not like other US Apple events

10:00 am Ewdison Then: We are hearing KT Tunstall music

Question and Answer at Apple Event

Question and Answer at Apple Event

We have a video of the Q and A, its in processing, we will post it as soon as possible, but for now, we have a text summary below.

First off, the one I, and likely everyone else, was most interested in, Why no 3G? Steve basically said they like their 8 hour battery life with EDGE, 3G drains that too much, so they are going to wait until they can get at least 5 or more hours of battery with a 3G chipset.