No More 'Xbox Music' For Free

October 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The free streaming music that you enjoyed from Microsoft for free on Windows 8 PCs and on the web will soon cost you some money - every month. Microsoft revealed that its Xbox Music streaming service will now require a monthly subscription in order to keep using it in the future. The service, which launched for Windows 8 and via the web was launched in October of 2012 and was free (and ad supported).

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Former Rockstar Audio Vets Form Solid Audioworks

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Two former members of the audio team behind Rockstar Games' ultra popular Grand Theft Auto franchise have struck out on their own. The duo have launched Solid Audioworks, an audio production company "offering a combined 30 years of ground and sound-breaking expertise."

Besides working on Grand Theft Auto series, the Solid Audioworks duo have also been responsible for creating audio content for such games as L.A. Noire, the Manhunt franchise, and Red Dead Redemption.

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PSA: Valve Launches 'Steam Music Player'

September 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has launched Steam Music Player, which lets users listen to MP3s while playing games in Steam. The Music Player allows users to create their own playlists, queue up mixes, listen to albums, and MP3s on your computer.

To go along with today's launch, Valve has some of the Half-Life and Portal soundtracks DLC available for free to those who own the related games and the documentary.

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'Rock Band Network' Shutting Down

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Harmonix announced that it will no longer add content to or provide maintenance for the Rock Band Network, the long running downloadable content portal for the Rock Band series of games. While the company says that it will no longer maintain or update the site with new content, Rock Band Network will continue to be online for the foreseeable future, at least.

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BAFTA Supports Game Music Connect 2014

August 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Game Music Connect organizers today announced that its 2014 international video game music conference, which returns to London's Southbank Centre on September 24, will be supported by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Game Music Connect is for aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the art and craft of creating video game soundtracks.

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PAX Prime 'Maestros of Video Games' Panel Speakers Announced

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you have ever wondered what goes into writing music for video games, then the PAX Prime 2014 panel, "MAESTROS OF VIDEO GAMES," is right up your alley. The special panel to take place at this year's PAX event will feature six of the industry's most accomplished composers discussing the processing of writing music for a video game.

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Harmonix's 'Amplitude' Crowd-Funding Campaign in the Home Stretch

May 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Harmonix's Kickstarter for the current generation reboot of its cult classic PS2 rhythm-action music game, Amplitude, is within striking distance of getting fully funded. Earlier in the week it looked like the project would not survive the Kickstarter funding process, but in the last several days the project has seen a surge of public support.

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Harmonix Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign for 'Amplitude' Reboot

May 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rock Band series creator Harmonix has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the reboot of its 2003 rhythm-action game, Amplitude. The goal is to update the cult classic music game for the PS2 to newer Sony systems such as the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The new Amplitude game will feature new high definition visuals, new music, and other surprises to be revealed.

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Minecraft-Like Game and YouTube Personality Appear in Latest Lady Gaga Music Video

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's something you don't see happen every day: a major video game, a prominent YouTube personality and a mega pop star all coming together to create something special. The ultra popular sand box world building game Minecraft got some mad props recently in the music video for Lady Gaga's hit song, "G.U.Y."

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Game Music Connect Set for Sept. 24

March 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Game Art Connect Ltd. announced that Game Music Connect, a one day event dedicated to all things related to music in video games, will return to Southbank Centre in London, England on September 24.

Game Music Connect is aimed at aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the process of creating video game soundtracks. The event features interviews, practical demonstrations and roundtable discussions with leading composers and audio directors working in the space.

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Punk Band Fall Out Boy Releasing a 'Flappy Bird' Tribute Game of Sorts

February 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Maybe it's a cheeky joke that became reality or perhaps they are simply seizing the moment, but punk band Fall Out Boy has decided to get in on the Flappy Bird media frenzy by creating a parody game called "Fall Out Bird." It sounds like an April Fool's Day joke come early, but the game is a real thing, according to the BBC, and it will be released very soon.

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Indie Developers Rail Against YouTube After Being Targeted with Copyright Claims

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie developers including the makers of The Witness, Thomas Was Alone, VVVVVV, and Ridiculous Fishing, are railing against YouTube and Google over their new copyright detection policies after being the target of false copyright claims on videos of their own games.

Mike Bithell, creator of puzzle platformer game Thomas Was Alone, was the target of a claim by a group called 'Indmusic' for "systematically" claiming rights to footage of his game. He lashed out at the group via Twitter:

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Critical Hit Releases Music Video for Reimagined Modern Warfare 3 Tune. 'Battle for New York'

November 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

You can watch the band's latest music video to your left.

Video game cover band Critical Hit has released a second music video on YouTube today - this time playing its own rendition of "Battle for New York" from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The band will also be performing live at BlizzCon 2013 on November 9 and taking part in a panel on sound in games. In case you don't know, Critical Hit is a game music cover band led by Blizzard’s composer Jason Hayes, as a side freelance project.

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Critical Hit: Volume One Album Shipping Oct. 31

October 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Today is the day that the world is introduced to Critical Hit, an all-star cover band led by composer Jason Hayes. Hayes is best known for his work on the World of Warcraft soundtrack, and he is joined by performers and recording artists with an amazing list of

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Video Games Live: Level 3 Album Gets Fully Funded

September 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The Video Games Live: Level 3 album has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, raking in a total of $285,081 from 5,679 at its close. While the crowd-funding campaign had a slow start 30 days ago, it managed to meet its goal, much to the delight of Video Games Live concert series frontman (and former Reviews on the Run co-host) Tommy Tallarico.

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Video Games Live: Level 3 Album Funding Near Half-Way Mark

August 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The Kickstarter campaign for the next Video Games Live album, "Video Games Live: Level 3," is inching towards the halfway point with 22 more days to meet its funding goal. As of this writing the project has raised $112,064 of its $250,000 goal from 2,076 backers.

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Kickstarter Campaign for Video Games Live Level 3 Album Goes Live

August 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Video Games Live has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund its latest album, "Video Games Live: Level 3."

Video Games Live: Level 3 will be recorded with a 72-piece orchestra, a rock band, and a 60-person choir. They are seeking $250,000 to record arrangements of tracks from over a dozen video games such as Tetris, Portal, Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, Dota 2, Journey, Beyond Good and Evil, and BioShock.

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PlayFest Returns in September

July 25, 2013 -

The second annual PlayFest, a festival dedicated to music, animation, and video games, will take place in Málaga, Spain September 5-8. Playfest brings together leading artists, composers and companies to participate in master classes, conferences, screenings and concerts.

This year’s concert will feature music from Star Trek Video Games (presented by BuySoundtrax Records) and conducted by Kevin Kiner (Star Trek: Borg).

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BostonFIG and Harmonix Present Boston Plays Indies

July 22, 2013 -

The 2013 Boston Festival of Indie Games announced that it will present a night of video game and chiptune music from some of the world's most exciting performers in Boston, Ma. The one-day event, Boston Plays Indies, is being sponsored by music game developer Harmonix and BostonFIG.

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PSA: Video Games Live Comic-Con Concert Free on Twitch

July 15, 2013 -

The fine folks at Video Games Live are teaming up with streaming service Twitch to give those who can't make it to Comic-Con in San Diego the chance to experience just how wonderful a Video Games Live concert can be. The concert will air on twitch.tv/twitch on July 20th, beginning at 8PM PT. A pre-show begins at 6PM offering interviews with various composers including Journey composer Austin Wintory and Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell.

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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to Host Video Game Week June 17 - 21

June 12, 2013 -

NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will host its fourth annual video game week June 17 -21 (12:35am ET on NBC). The weeklong event will likely feature a lot of the games being shown at E3 this week, along with Fallon's signature comedy sketches and special music guests and performances.

Musical guests to appear during the week also have ties to the video gaming world: on Monday Anamanaguchi will be taking the stage for their first live in-studio performance on American TV. The band is well-known for being at the forefront of the chiptune scene.

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Gramatik, Cherub and HeRobust to Perform at Epic Games' ECGC Party

April 3, 2013 -

Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth, but too many world-renowned DJs jamming together makes everything cooler. DJs Gramatik, Cherub and HeRobust will perform at Epic Games’ ECGC 2013 Opening Night Party, kicking off the East Coast Games Conference (ECGC) on Wednesday, April 24 at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, N.C. Epic Games is a platinum sponsor of ECGC this year. Epic will also have a presence in the ECGC exhibition space, and senior staff from Epic will lead numerous conference sessions as well.

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Axl Rose's Guitar Hero III Lawsuit Dismissed

February 11, 2013 -

Former Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose has lost his 2010 lawsuit against Guitar Hero III maker Activision, reports GameSpot (by way of the The San Marino Tribune). In his original complaint, Rose claimed that the publisher duped him in several ways in order to get the band's popular "Welcome to the Jungle" song into the game.

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Third NUBUWO Game Music Bundle Seeks Public Funding

December 17, 2012 -

With just nine days to go, the latest indie game music bundle, "THE NUBUWO WINTER BUNDLE" has managed to raise $2,900 of its $8,000 goal from 124 backers. The Kickstarter campaign urges supporters to "discover game-inspired music and fund Tokyo's FAMI-MODE 2012 DVD, featuring live chip music performances and interviews."

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Poll: Should Karaoke Video Games Use Proper Music Notation?

December 6, 2012 -

Yeah, I'm late with this week's poll.  Sorry about that.

Being a musician makes me a bit of a music snob.  I think pretty much everything on the radio is crap.  As such, when I try to play karaoke video games, I'm more often than not presented with a song I've never heard which, needless to say, puts me at a significant disadvantage.

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GTA: Vice City Temporarily Pulled from Steam

November 16, 2012 -

Rockstar Games was forced to pull Grand Theft Auto: Vice City from Steam, according to reports from The Sixth Axis and Cinema Blend.

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Ubisoft Files Lawsuit against BEP Music over Music Game

October 16, 2012 -

Publisher Ubisoft has filed a $1 million lawsuit against BEP Music LLC in Superior Court claiming that it created an iOS versions of a popular Wii game, which its client refused to acknowledge as per a licensing agreement the two companies entered into in June of 2011.

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MPAA & RIAA Want U.S. Government to 'Megaupload' The Pirate Bay

August 13, 2012 -

When the Obama Administration's Copyright Czar Victoria Espinel sent out a request for comments on future strategies related to copyright enforcement, it came as no shock when trade groups representing the interests of the movie and music industry asked that a major P2P site be taken down.

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Survey: 33 Percent of Cord Cutters Will Not Return to Traditional Cable

July 31, 2012 -

According to a recent survey conducted by TechBargains.com (as reported by CED Magazine), 33 percent of cord cutters would not return to cable, even if the cost was drastically reduced. Cord cutters are consumers who have ditched traditional cable television viewing in favor of using online video services such as Netflix and Hulu.

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Humble Music Bundle Announced

July 26, 2012 -

Taking a break from offering DRM-free pay-what-you-want indie games, the folks behind the Humble Indie Bundle are trying out a new medium - music. Today they announced the Humble Music Bundle, offering six digital albums from the likes of Cristopher Tin, They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, MC Frontalot, and Hitoshi Sakimoto (who created the music for Valkyria Chronicles).

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MechaCrashThe guy who got the knife is the one who advocated doxxing, by the way, and was getting court documents about Zoe Quinn so he could publicly post them. It doesn't make what happened to him right, but he deserves no sympathy.10/25/2014 - 12:42pm
TechnogeekNo, that's a pretty shitty thing to do and I fully support the responsible parties getting a visit from the relevant legal authorities.10/25/2014 - 12:17pm
Neo_DrKefkaSomeone anyone tell me how two wrongs somehow make a right? This is becoming exhausting and both sides are out of there minds!10/25/2014 - 11:40am
Neo_DrKefkaSo two GamerGate supporters received a knife and syringe in the mail today. The same GamerGate supporters who said how awful it was were seen in other tweets gathering lists and sending our similar threats or harassment to shut down the other side....10/25/2014 - 11:36am
NeenekoJust look at how interviews are handled. Media tends to pit someone who is at best a journalist, but usually entertainer, against an expert, and it is presented and percieved as if they are equals.10/25/2014 - 7:38am
Neeneko@MC - Focusing on perpetrator does nothing for prevention, the media and public lack the domain knowledge and event details to draw any useful conclusions. All we get are armchair risk experts.10/25/2014 - 7:36am
Neeneko@AE - no name or picture, I like it.10/25/2014 - 7:34am
PHX Corp@MW and AE The news media needs to stop promoting the Shooters. period10/25/2014 - 7:16am
Andrew EisenWhen I write about these massacres, I don't use the shooter's name or picture. I'm not saying everyone has to play it that way but that's how I prefer to do it.10/25/2014 - 12:44am
Andrew EisenYep, it's why the news media stopped spotlighting numbnuts who run out on the field during sporting events.10/25/2014 - 12:01am
Matthew Wilsonin media research its called the copycat effect. it simply says that if the news covers one mass shooting shooter, it increases the likelihood of another person going on a mass shooting.10/25/2014 - 12:00am
Andrew EisenAgreed. It bugs me that I know the names, faces and personal histories of a bunch of mass shooters but I couldn't tell you the name of or recognize a photo of a single one of their victims.10/24/2014 - 11:51pm
AvalongodAgree with Quiknkold. @Mecha...if that worked we would have figured out how to prevent these long ago.10/24/2014 - 11:32pm
MechaCrashUnfortunately, you have to focus on the perpetrator to figure out the whys so you can try to prevent it from happening again.10/24/2014 - 10:55pm
quiknkoldpoor girl. poor victims. rather focus on them then the shooter. giving too much thought to the monster takes away from the victims.10/24/2014 - 10:15pm
Andrew EisenFor what it's worth, early reports are painting the motive as "he was pissed that a particular girl wouldn't date him."10/24/2014 - 10:12pm
quiknkoldwell then I suck as a man cause I ask for help when necessary :P10/24/2014 - 10:07pm
Technogeek(That said, mostly I was making the smartass evopsych comment because your post seemed like the kind of just-so story that has come to dominate 99% of its usage.)10/24/2014 - 10:04pm
TechnogeekHell, Liam Neeson built his modern career around it. Cultural factors likely play a far greater role than you appear willing to admit.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
TechnogeekSeriously, though, the idea of "because women are protectors and that's why they never commit school shootings" is, at best, grossly overreductive. There's nothing inherently feminine about being willing to kill in order to protect one's offspring.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
 

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