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Rock Band, Casual Games Headline EA's E3 Offering 34

Posted by Zonk
from the finally-getting-around-to-actually-challenging-something dept.
The EA focus on family-oriented content, casual games, and expanding the gaming audience echoed the statements made at the Nintendo press conference earlier today. Next Generation has an overview of the EA press conference, which highlighted titles like Boogie and EA Playground. The company's cellphone game lineup also received some attention, and will feature properties such as Madden, Harry Potter, and Bejeweled. EA's ultimate goal is to 'lock up the 200 million casual gamers'. The presentation ended with a long Rock Band session; it was revealed that Metallica will play a heavy hand in the game's lineup. Other tracks shipping with the game at launch include: The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again," David Bowie's "Suffragette City," Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," Rush's "Tom Sawyer," Nirvana's "In Bloom," Stone Temple Pilots' "Vaseline," and Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly."
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Rock Band, Casual Games Headline EA's E3 Offering

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  • Of course! (Score:5, Funny)

    by An Ominous Coward (13324) on Wednesday July 11, 2007 @06:25PM (#19832271)
    it was revealed that Metallica will play a heavy hand in the game's lineup

    And after the whole Napster deal, we know how heavy-handed Metallica can be.
  • Ummmm.... is it time to panic yet?
    • Ummmm.... is it time to panic yet?
      Apparently they want to keep their team focused on development, but are still going to Leipzig in Germany due to prior booking.
      Interview, videos and new screenshots found here [ign.com]

      As for the release date...

      IGN: So April 1st, 2008, or beyond. Patrick Buechner: Yeah, but I wouldn't say too far beyond.
  • Any word from E3 on a ship date for Duke Nukem Forever?
  • Metallica (Score:4, Funny)

    by ucblockhead (63650) on Wednesday July 11, 2007 @08:52PM (#19833455) Homepage Journal
    They say Rock Band will ship with "Enter Sandman". Weird. I've never heard of that song. I just hope it's as good as that awesome track I got off of Napster: "3ntar s4ndmn".
  • Peripherals Galore (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 11, 2007 @10:04PM (#19834005)
    The game looks quite innovative (surpised that EA has a hand in that) and I really believe that this game will change the way people think about games. After all, Harmonix started as a research group in MIT's Media Lab where they're trying to do stuff like bridge the gap between Second Life and real life [boston.com]. However, I don't think the game will be as successful as it should be.

    My prediction is that the game will be released, but it won't be as popular as everyone hopes because of the high entry cost. Sure, I would love to be able to play my favorite music sim with people across the world, but why should I shell out $50-$80 for an electronic drum set or a microphone or a different guitar (because I doubt the SG controller from Guitar Hero will work on this) when I already paid $50 for a Guitar Hero controller that works just fine on Guitar Hero? The casual gamer doesn't want to spend needless amounts of money on peripherals every time you release a new game. Then on top of it, they expect you to pay even more money for extra songs. I don't like this business model and I hope they do something to fix it. Until then, I'll stick to GH3.
    • by DrXym (126579)
      I don't think Rock Band will change anything about the way people think about games. It's just a Guitar Hero ripoff which stretches the idea of accessories to cover other instruments. I'm sure it will find a lot of buyers, but it's not some revolutionary earthshaking paradigm or whatever. It's just another game that uses gimmick controllers to sell itself.
      • I don't think Rock Band will change anything about the way people think about games. It's just a Guitar Hero ripoff which stretches the idea of accessories to cover other instruments.

        How can it be a rip off if it's developed by the same people (Harmonix) and they still have the original code? Activision bought the "Guitar Hero Franchise" but not the source code. Neversoft had program GH III from the ground up.

        I suspect RockBand will Feel more like prior Guitar Heroes just based on that.

    • by pappy97 (784268)
      "(because I doubt the SG controller from Guitar Hero will work on this)"

      They've already said that GH guitars will work for guitar hero.
  • I wonder what effect this will have on the sales of GH3. I love GH2, and have two controllers, but would hesitate to buy the next one if only a few months later I could get a game that would allow more friends to join in and probably be twice as fun. Especially, as the cost of adding the drums and mic will not be trivial.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by trdrstv (986999)

      I wonder what effect this will have on the sales of GH3. I love GH2, and have two controllers, but would hesitate to buy the next one if only a few months later I could get a game that would allow more friends to join in and probably be twice as fun. Especially, as the cost of adding the drums and mic will not be trivial.

      There's a reason GH III is shipping before Rock Band... It HAS to. If I were Activision I would be pissed. They bought the GH franchise for something like 200 million dollars, and alrea

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