Rock Band

Viacom is No Longer a Rock Band Company

Viacom is No Longer a Rock Band Company

I should have title this post "Viacom hates to have fun, and also music" - but no, they did play a big part in the rock and roll video game wars of the past few years. I give them a hearty handshake for that. The entertainment company (Viacom Inc) is getting ready now to unload the entire Rock Band line of games via its Harmonix videogame division. This is due, of course, to recent falling profits, that being 59 percent during the last quarter in which is due in a large part to $250 million in write-downs relating to the Harmonix branch of their videogame division. Bummer!

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SlashGear You Rock Guitar Giveaway!

SlashGear You Rock Guitar Giveaway!

Even if you haven't got an iPad, we've still got a great giveaway for you. Inspired Instruments has given us one of their You Rock Guitars to give away, billed as "the most versatile rock guitar on the planet". Not only goes the You Rock Guitar work with Rockband and Guitar Hero, it also works as a full MIDI controller instrument for proper recording, and as a standard digital guitar for use with an amp!

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The Daily Slash: July 19th 2010

The Daily Slash: July 19th 2010

Is it Monday already? Wait, that can't be how that saying goes. Anyway, welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash, we're glad to have you. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got Samsung pulling the Android 1.6 update from the Behold II, Netflix is heading North, and Sharp wants you to love the Sidekick. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we've got a release date for Rock Band 3. So, sit tight, and get to reading, because there's no time like the present.

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Rock Band 3 gets detailed: controllers, challenges and more

Rock Band 3 gets detailed: controllers, challenges and more

Having been spotted flaunting its keyboard controller on video yesterday, Rock Band 3 has come clean in a hands-on preview over at Joystiq.  All of the new controller hardware has been revealed, including the $150 Fender Mustang Pro and Squier Stratocaster (the latter of which can be used as a fully-functional, regular electric guitar), the three new cymbals and the MIDI-capable keytar.

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Polk Audio unveils HitMaster speaker for Rock Band and Guitar Hero

Polk Audio unveils HitMaster speaker for Rock Band and Guitar Hero

I am a fan of music games like Guitar Hero and especially Rock Band. I have spent many a night making fun of my friends off key singing while playing Rock Band. I even have my share of aftermarket guitar controllers for the game. However, I draw the line at some of the stranger accessories like smoke kits and my own stage monitor speaker like the new HitMaster from Polk Audio.

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Rock Band coming to a bar near you

Rock Band coming to a bar near you

In my area, there is a Mexican restaurant on every corner and almost all of them have karaoke. You can’t go inside to eat on a weekend without someone singing very loudly and off tune to one song or another. I would never sing in front of a bunch of people, but I would play some Rock Band.

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Microsoft unveils Xbox 360 wireless microphone

Microsoft unveils Xbox 360 wireless microphone

Microsoft revealed a brand new wireless microphone today meant for use with the Xbox 360. Designed to be used with music games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero and Lips, this mic sports specific features that make gameplay just a tad easier.

You won't need any wires or adapters, since this mic takes full advantage of the wireless console and it even has motion sensors built in for add functionality. Additionally, there's lights on the base.

Available in black, this Xbox 360 wireless microphone will be available for purchase sometime in the fall. At that time, you can expect a price tag around $50.

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