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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


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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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3:45 PM on 03.08.2013

Oingo Boingo and Toto in next week's Rock Band DLC

Next week, the Rock Band Music Store will be adding a couple of classic 80's songs to the list of downloadable content. "Rosanna" from Toto will be available for purchase, along with Oingo Boingo's "Weird Science." It surpri...

Conrad Zimmerman

3:15 PM on 03.01.2013

More Blitz tracks coming to Rock Band 3 DLC

As we trundle toward the end of Rock Band 3 DLC as we know it, Harmonix is still working through adding the tracks produced for Rock Band Blitz to the storefront. Next week, you'll be able to snag "Always" from Blin...

Conrad Zimmerman





5:15 PM on 02.22.2013

The Flys, Staind and Queensr˙che en route to Rock Band

The end may be in sight for Rock Band's epic run of DLC, but it's not over quite yet and there are still a few more weeks of updates to look forward to. Next week will see the arrival of “Got You (Where I Want You...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:30 PM on 02.18.2013

After 275 weeks, weekly Rock Band DLC ceases in April

After more than 4,000 songs released over the course of 275 consecutive weeks, weekly Rock Band downloadable content will cease on April 2, Harmonix announced today. Harmonix said the studio currently has "several" new titles...

Keith Swiader

9:00 PM on 01.26.2013

Aerosmith Greatest Dimension Pack hits Rock Band Tuesday

Boston's hometown heroes Aerosmith have a six-pack of tracks hitting Rock Band this coming Tuesday, January 29th. This is the first time the hard-rocking, blues-influenced band has graced the RB platform, and the first time t...

Ian Bonds

4:30 PM on 01.21.2013

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 played on Rock Band drums

If you haven't been watching Dtoid TV lately, you've been missing out on some truly bizarre stuff. Take, as an example, this clip from yesterday's Super Fantastic Videogame Rad Show: Get There! in which the masked broad...

Conrad Zimmerman



Win one of 10 early tickets to Ümloud! this Thursday photo
Win one of 10 early tickets to Ümloud! this Thursday
by Niero Gonzalez

In the Bay Area this Thursday? Come melt your face at San Francisco's DNA lounge for Ümloud!, the annual California fundraiser that benefits Child's Play. Did I mention Tim Schafer, creator of Psychonauts, Grim Fandango, and Brutal Legend will be there hosting the show? Check out the list of bands performing -- old time Dtoid readers will recognize a few familiar faces. There will also be a silent auction, a raffle, free prizes, and all kinds of other stuff going on. You don't want to miss this event. Actually, let me help you arrive in style!

Destructoid is giving away 10 early-access tickets to the VIP party that kicks off one hour before the show. That's right, you'll get to rub elbows with the elite at 6pm and check out the festivities before doors are open to the general public. Important: you must be 18+ to win.

To enter the contest just tweet this story with the hashtags #Umloud #Dtoid.  

Winners will be notified over Twitter PM within 24 hours with a redemption code to print their tickets at home. Good luck! If you don't win a ticket you can purchase one from DNA's website.

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