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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

10:00 PM on 07.02.2013

Indie Fund backs recently-Greenlit FRACT OSC

Having previously supported titles like Monaco, The Swapper, and Antichamber, the Indie Fund has proven itself as a suitable curator of high-quality, interesting independent titles. While we were already keeping an eye on sel...

Jordan Devore

10:45 AM on 06.06.2013

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F to be released in the west

Miku fans are used to importing things. Music. Games. Strange fetish doujinshi. But they won't have to import PS3/Vita music game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F, as Sega confirms that it will be coming to both North Americ...

Dale North



Harmonix's next project is Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved photo
Harmonix's next project is Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
by Abel Girmay

Fantasia is easily one of the most revered films in the Disney library. It may not have the same layman recognition as Snow White or The Lion King, but that's exactly where so much of its brilliance comes from. It dared to venture away from the company safe zone of princesses and fairy tales, and forgoing the typical dialogue delivered stories in order to splice music and visuals to create a sensory wonderland.

It's this sense of Disney magic that Harmonix is trying to capture with Fantasia: Music Evolved, by giving players a greater sense of agency not just in the music, but in the game's world as well. This is definitely Harmonix's most high concept game, and a complete trip of an experience. Describing something that aims to be as visually and auditory a successor to the Fantasia films is a challenge when only armed with the written word, so here goes nothing. 

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Dubstep comes to Sound Shapes photo
Dubstep comes to Sound Shapes
by Jordan Devore

As Queasy Games' musical platformer Sound Shapes continues to grow, it was only a matter of time before dubstep found its way in. The wubs are coming by way of a $0.99 Sound Pack that's out right now as DLC. Get out of that refrigerator right now!

And if dubstep isn't the sort of addition to bring you back into the game, there's also a separate '80s Sound Pack available. Later this month, Sound Shapes will get a player-centric update to complement these new sounds for content creators. Milkcrate albums that compile hand-picked community levels will be out for free on May 28.

Sound Shapes: Spring Has Sprung New DLC [PlayStation Blog]

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11:30 AM on 05.08.2013

Cello Fortress uses a cello as a controller

Check out Cello Fortress, a weird and wonderful game from designer Joost van Dongen. In the video above you'll see how a live cellist plays notes on a cello and attacks others in the game at the same time. The game...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 04.29.2013

Monday Mind Teasers: Rhythm Doctor

For this week's mind teaser we're not just using our brains, we're using our ears. Rhythm Doctor on Newgrounds challenges players to participate in the tunes at specific moments to progress, with an interesting (bizarre) spin...

Tom Fronczak

8:30 PM on 04.22.2013

Idolm@ster Shiny Festa finally hits iOS ... for $54.99

In bringing port of their PSP game Idolm@ster Shiny Festa over to the West, Namco Bandai Games has shown us what a $54.99 iPhone/iPad title looks like. The hit Japanese rhythm series appeared on the Apple App Store today...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 04.17.2013

Have a teaser trailer for 'music exploration' game Fract

Here's a snazzy-looking trailer for the indie game Fract, described by its creators as "musical exploration" game which is currently on Steam's Greenlight service. It's got some of my favorite things in it: abstrac...

Alasdair Duncan





1:15 PM on 04.11.2013

Korg M01D synth/sequencer coming to 3DS eShop

Hey, music nerds! You'll be interested to hear that Detune's reworking of the classic Korg M1 synth will be coming to the 3DS eShop this summer. The upcoming Korg M01D Music Workstation is essentially a mini music studio sui...

Dale North

5:00 AM on 04.03.2013

Bow down to the Taiko Drum GOD!

I love the Taiko no Tatsujin series, known in the West as Taiko Drum Master. Outside of a single PS2 entry, however, none of the other installments have been localized. You might find a Japanese arcade cabinet every once in ...

Tony Ponce

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



Electronic Super Joy is hardcore, will make you rage photo
Electronic Super Joy is hardcore, will make you rage
by Kyle MacGregor

Prepare to die. A lot. Electronic Super Joy drew me in with its pulsing beats and proceeded to bring the pain. With electronic dance music blaring, I stepped up to the controller with a crowd on onlookers at my back.

I'd watched several challengers before me come and go. And despite their persistence, eventually all walked away in defeat. Confident in my platforming abilities, I was sure I would be the one to finally surmount the obstacles this exacting platformer placed before me. Boy, was I wrong.

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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

4:00 PM on 03.21.2013

Audiosurf Air gameplay trailer takes flight

It's been just about a year since we last talked about Audiosurf Air, the followup to 2008's wildly popular "ride your own music" game Audiosurf. Courtesy of Rock, Paper, Shotgun, we have a bit of gameplay footage, and it ap...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 PM on 03.17.2013

Trio of Hyperdimension Neptunia games headed for PS Vita

Compile Heart has not one, not two, but three Hyperdimension Neptunia games in the works for PlayStation Vita. Announced at a Dengeki PlayStation event earlier today, the publisher unveiled a pair of new titles in addition to...

Kyle MacGregor