So maybe I shouldn't be so shocked to see a juggalo pop up in the trailer for the new Grand Theft Auto V game. (more…)
Skyrim was meant to have Amon Amarth in it. It's basically the world I've always imagined for their music in video game form, and now we can all finally add them to it. (more…)
If you asked me two years ago what iOS game I couldn't put down, the answer would obviously be Angry Birds. Since then, I've moved on to more difficult pastures, specifically, my current addiction… Temple Run 2, but that doesn't make this news any less cool.
Slash has teamed up with Rovio's game, Angry Birds to create a "Slash" bird. (more…)
Yeah, that's the logo for an upcoming indie Xbox 360 shooter-style game titled Death Goat. Shockingly, it features some sweet jams. (more…)
Without question, if it wasn't for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, I would have never gotten into skateboarding as a sport. The game, with it's super-great soundtrack exposed an entire new world to skating, and made Tony Hawk a Michael Jordan-esque superstar.
After a bunch of iterations, the game was never the same. So, what does a company do? Go for the nostalgia factor. Activision is releasing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD "Revert" expansion pack on December 4 via XBox Live download, and there is a familiar face or two in the game. (more…)
Who says smartphones aren't grim and necro? A new side-scroller is now available for iPhone and Android devices. It's called "Black Metal Man" and as the trailer above shows, you play as a black metal man who flees the light and makes his journey through the various levels until reaching his destination, hell. The game has six levels and black metal playing throughout. It's only 99¢ and is available in the Apple App Store or the Google Play market. Oh, and maybe you should also grab the free Metal Injection app for iOS while you're at it?
My roommate just got a Nintendo Wii and we've both been addicted to crushing New Super Mario Bros. We've gotten through virtually the entire game. We just have the secret 9th world to beat and then we are done. Mario Fever is high with this one, so when I saw the band Powerglove post this amazing Mario guitar on their Facebook page, I fell in love immediately. Sadly, it looks like this is a one-off custom, as I couldn't find any more info on this piece. I did manage to find a Koopa guitar though, take a look… (more…)
Knut Erik Overjord runs a one-man independent game company in Norway, and he just released what he calls "the first black metal video game" for the iPhone (and other iOS devices). The game is called "BlackMetal Man", available now for 99 cents in the App Store, and it's pretty entertaining. (more…)
Trent Reznor is living the nerd dream. Sure, he's one of the coolest motherfuckers on the planet, but the dude is ultimately a nerd at heart. He likes playing with gadgets and video games, keeps up with rising computing technologies and yet manages to maintain his cool, marrying a smoking hot wife, having one of the best rock/industrial bands ever and now working completely on his own terms.
His next project is now known. Reznor has scored the new Call Of Duty: Black Ops II game. This won't be Reznor's first foray into gaming music, as he worked on music for Quake and Doom 3 and he's created an "aggressively sounding" track for the new video game. Here is a quote he gave to USA Today about working with the COD people: (more…)
Metallica love licensing their name to crap, whether it be a Monopoly game or an upcoming 3D movie. Back in 2003, right before their epic fail St. Anger came out, their label arranged a licensing deal for a video game that would a "post-apocalyptic racing game," basically be a Twisted Metal ripoff. The game was never released, but they were so serious about it that some versions of St. Anger even came with a teaser trailer for the game. Today, some concept drawings were also released. Check out the teaser and some of the concepts after the jump: (more…)
Move over Rock Band and Guitar Hero. This is some next level shit. Meet Maayan Migdal. Migdal had a vision – record air drums. Looks like he achieved his goal. Migdal used an Audrino board, an open source electronic board, installed some sensors into psuedo-drum sticks and flip flops and BOOM! MIDI controlled air drums. Check out the video where he gives an explanation of how he did it. Kudos to you, fine nerd.
What a difference a few years makes. Four years ago, there was no bigger fad in music than the Guitar Hero fascination. Everybody either owned the game themselves, or would constantly hang out with friends who had it. Bars had Guitar Hero nights. Musical instrument sales surged from a renewed interest from the younger generations. Dragonforce got a whole career in the United States strictly off their track being the hardest song to beat, and just like that it's all done.
Yesterday, Activision, the makers of the game, announced that the franchise would be discontinued saying “due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing’s Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011.”
No more Guitar Hero games! Good riddance. Let's be honest here, how much more game could they suck out of the Guitar Hero teet? Where was there left to go? I've been writing for over a year about how over it I am, and most of you agreed with me. The fad is over. I still think the game is a great way for people who have never picked up a musical instrument before to ease into playing, but there is no need for new yearly iterations. There is no need to be sad though, everybody involved made their money and cashed out.
The future doesn't look too bright for Rock Band either, as the development company Harmonix was recently sold by MTV Games (the distributor of the game) for $20 million, with Harmonix also recently dealing with some heavy layoffs. Ouch!
I'm pretty much over the Guitar Hero type videogames, but I still appreciate a good hack. Gizmodo explains:
The twisted brainchild of Chris Marion, interfaces a Guitar Hero guitar with a microcontroller, which in turn powers relays that activate solenoid valves on five fire poofers. That's when AC/DC and Motley Crue get combustible.
So basically, it's a dude with a ton of free time on his hands. Watch a second video (of Motley Crue) after the jump and check out Chris' detailed instructions on how you can pull this off yourself right here. (more…)
Over the summer, we posted initial details on Rock Band 3, which excited even the most jaded of music-based video game fans (read: Me). The game would introduce a "Pro" mode, with new peripherals, that are designed like real guitars/drums/keyboards, that can help you actually learn how to play guitar. Now, a new extended trailer has now surfaced giving further detail into how the pro-mode of the game will work. Between this and the instrument review I just read on Gizmodo, I may actually be into buying this game. It seems to have surprised me. If you find yourself thinking the same thing, but fear for what your friends might say, just point them to this comic.
While we may feel indifferent about current iterations of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, I have to say this clip gets me excited again. Just to be clear, this does not yet exist. It was simply some wishful thinking. But, oh how sweet it would be. We just need to perfect 3D already!