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3:00 PM on 03.10.2015

Final GDC DLC launches with massive bugs, Mountain Dew shotgunning

Destructoid has launched its fifth and final GDC Daily Lunch Chronicles and interim cameraman Mike Cosimano again screwed up the sound. Instead of letting him get cute with ragtime music and title cards like last time, we're...

Steven Hansen

6:30 PM on 03.09.2015

Kinect interference won't be an issue in Rock Band 4

Harmonix wants the Rock Band 4 experience to be a social one -- a group of people together in a room using music as the driving force toward enjoyment. However, Microsoft has a once "integral" peripheral for the Xbox One...

Brett Makedonski

11:30 PM on 03.06.2015

Tell Harmonix to put the entirety of '...Like Clockwork' in Rock Band 4

Looking forward to Rock Band 4 just as much as I am? You're probably wondering how the upcoming roster is going to look. Me too. In fact, I'm pretty concerned. I dropped a pretty penny on hundreds of songs, with 70% of them i...

Brittany Vincent



Rock Band 4 is coming, and it's bringing the party back photo
Rock Band 4 is coming, and it's bringing the party back
by Brett Makedonski

Five years after the latest installment in the seminal music/rhythm franchise, Harmonix is going on a proverbial reunion tour. Rock Band 4 is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it's currently scheduled for a 2015 release. But, Harmonix doesn't want to put out Rock Band 3.5; the Boston-area developer acknowledges that it can absolutely improve upon past iterations.

In a conversation at GDC in San Francisco, project manager Daniel Sussman told Destructoid that Harmonix revisited Rock Band 1, 2, and 3 while brain-storming for the direction of the next game. Sussman readily admitted that Rock Band 3 was too much of a sprawl -- a bit unfocused to the point that it clouded the game's identity. In hindsight, it was somewhat off-putting to fans that couldn't get a definite feel for how seriously it took itself.

That's what Harmonix wants to change with Rock Band 4. The focus is purely on creating an accessible, social experience. There's a certain harmony that comes from playing and listening to your bandmates, a bonding sense that shines simply because of the format. Harmonix just wants to get back to that and make another title that people enjoy playing in the company of others.

Granted, we have to take Harmonix at its word for now. There's no playable build of Rock Band 4, and the team isn't even ready to talk about a lot of the features. That's all coming later, likely sometime around E3. But, it's worth noting that the word "evolution" kept coming up to describe the next steps in the series, a sign that Harmonix plans for Rock Band 4 to be a platform with a long-term vision, not just a precursor to sequel after sequel.

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3:00 PM on 02.16.2015

Harmonix releasing more Rock Band DLC, a couple of 'we're back' songs

In mid-January, Harmonix surprised everyone by breaking its radio silence on Rock Band with the first set of downloadable songs in almost two years. While it's not quite the return to weekly DLC, Harmonix looks to be ba...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 01.16.2015

Harmonix survey asks what you would want from a new Rock Band experience

The Rock Band franchise has shown promising signs of revitalization lately. Earlier this week, there was the surprise announcement of a trio of fresh downloadable tracks. Now, Harmonix has posted a survey throwing all so...

Brett Makedonski

11:45 AM on 01.12.2015

Harmonix surprises everyone with an imminent trio of Rock Band DLC songs

Remember the days of yesteryear when a bevy of plastic instruments was a de facto part of your interior design? Well, if you so wish, that look could make a comeback, as Harmonix is adding to the Rock Band library f...

Brett Makedonski

3:00 PM on 09.21.2014

Harmonix terminates support for Rock Band Network

Harmonix is discontinuing support for the Rock Band Network, the online service that allowed users to upload and sell downloadable tracks for the Rock Band series. The network has produced more than 2,000 songs since opening ...

Kyle MacGregor

9:30 AM on 07.21.2014

Harmonix survey suggests a possible Rock Band reunion

It's been a few number of years since Harmonix last implored us to flood our living rooms with plastic instruments in the spirit of faux-rock stardom, but the music games developer is gauging interest in a return to form. Har...

Brett Makedonski

4:30 PM on 07.17.2013

Viacom loses $300-million lawsuit against Harmonix

Ending years of litigation, the Delaware Supreme Court has ordered Viacom to pay Harmonix Music's former owners $300 million in owed bonuses, money from when Viacom still owned the studio. You may remember that Harmonix was b...

Abel Girmay

11:00 PM on 04.08.2013

Metallica Pack 01 removed from Rock Band Music Store

If you hopped on to the Rock Band Music Store today, planning to buy "Ride the Lightning," you may have already missed your chance. That song, and the other three tracks making up "Metallica Track Pack 01" have been removed f...

Conrad Zimmerman







Rock Band had a ridiculously profound effect on my life photo
Rock Band had a ridiculously profound effect on my life
by Brett Makedonski

It's a sad week. Granted, it's an inevitability that's more than five years in the making, but nonetheless, it's sad. This is the week that Harmonix releases its final regularly scheduled Rock Band DLC -- a streak that's stretched across 281 weeks.

Harmonix should be applauded for its loyalty to the consumer. Alongside the 2007 release of Rock Band, the company pledged that it'd support its game with new downloadable tracks every week. Harmonix upheld this promise for far longer than anyone expected it to, and possibly longer than was financially beneficial. Now that the weekly DLC's being discontinued, it's tough to not feel as if everyone has more or less thrown in the towel on the music genre. I wish this weren't true.

You see, Harmonix and the music genre of videogames mean more to me than they do to most other people. I'll probably never forget the exact moment that these games entered my life. It was the winter break of my freshman year of college, and my friends and I were bored and all sitting around at someone's house. In an effort to kill some time, the person whose house we were at fired up a PlayStation 2 and pulled a plastic guitar out of the closet.

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1:00 PM on 03.29.2013

American Pie concludes regular updates to Rock Band 3

As I have been lamenting, the regular DLC updates for Rock Band 3 are coming to an end next week, but it's going out with a bang. Don Mclean's classic 1971 ballad chronicling the disappointments of counter-culture m...

Conrad Zimmerman

6:30 PM on 03.22.2013

Triple hit of Chevelle en route to Rock Band 3

Next week's update to the Rock Band Music Store will deliver three hit songs from Chevelle, "Send the Pain Below," "The Red" and "Face to Floor."  This is a band which I never connected with their music. Prior to today,...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:45 AM on 03.15.2013

Next week's Rock Band DLC features 'Jungle Boogie'

Three more songs are being added to the Rock Band Music Store next week and they're all special in their own way. "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang is the most important contribution to music of the bunch, but "Shout" b...

Conrad Zimmerman



We need to stop letting hate define us photo
We need to stop letting hate define us
by Brett Makedonski

I was recently inspired by a blog entry from a member of Fall Out Boy. If you're already rolling your eyes and making snarky remarks in your head, then this article is targeted at you.

Patrick Stump, Fall Out Boy's lead singer, wrote about the environment of hate within pop culture. It's an interesting analysis of the way that we come together to belittle certain artists or people, almost as an entirely new form of entertainment for ourselves. Think about the common reaction anytime a band like Nickelback or Limp Bizkit is mentioned. It's never a simple "I don't care for them"; it's always a verbal barrage of all-encompassing hate.

While Stump's words were aimed at the music scene, they ring true for our little corner of the world -- the videogame industry. Yes, we're just as guilty of buying into the sociocentric phenomenon as everyone else. This trend needs to change.

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