'Rock Band 4' not planned for PC, because piracy

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It should come as no shock that Rock Band 4 isn't initially planned for a release on the PC platform - the series has never appeared on the platform before - but Harmonix takes some time to explain the particulars to Eurogamer in this report.

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June is 'Entertainment Ratings Awareness Month'

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchants Association has declared June as "Entertainment Ratings Awareness Month," as it does every year.  As part of "Entertainment Ratings Awareness Month, the trade group encourages all retailers of entertainment and video games to promote the ratings systems in place intended to help parents and guardians make informed decisions about purchasing and consuming age-appropriate content for their children.

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Spotify not interested in gaming

May 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Spotify is diversifying its offerings beyond streamed music, but one area where it won't be making a foray into is games or game streaming, according to MCV.

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Kanye West Working on Video Game

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Kanye West is apparently working on a video game about his mother - based on his hit song, "Only One" (see the video to your left). Speaking on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club radio show recently, West mentioned in passing that he has been working on a video games for the past six months, though he did not say who is developing the game, nor did he indicate when it would be released or what platforms it might appear on.

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GWAR - The Video Game: What Could Have Been

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Justin Leeper has an interesting connection with the heavy metal band GWAR and with the video games industry, so this article about the band's love of video games over the years is extra fascinating.

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Sony Teams With Spotify For 'PlayStation Music'

January 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced this morning that it is teaming up with Spotify to create a new music destination for PlayStation platforms called PlayStation Music. Spotify will help bring its digital music service to PlayStation Network this spring in 41 markets around the world.

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Unity Inks Deal With APM Music

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Game engine maker Unity has inked a deal with music production and licensing company APM Music, according to this Gamasutra report.

Under the terms of the deal, Unity will offer developers access to APM's vast music catalog via a special section of the Unity Asset Store. From the store developers can license a number of APM's music tracks for use in their games.

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T-Mobile Adds More Music Services to 'Music Freedom' Program

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

U.S.-based mobile phone provider T-Mobile US announced that it has exempted 14 streaming music services from its data caps. Those services that are now getting an exemption include such notables as Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, RadioTunes, Digitally Imported, Fit Radio, Fresca Radio, JazzRadio, Live365, Mad Genius Radio, radioPup, radio.com, RockRadio, and Saavn. T-Mobile does not charge these services to avoid being part of its data caps unlike other mobile providers like AT&T.

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GANDER.TV Teams With Sony for Nov. 6 Stream of Major Concert

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GANDER.tv will continue its agreement with Sony Entertainment and Turnstyle Music Group L.L.C. to stream the November 6th concert at DROM, a leading performance venue in the New York City’s East Village. Headlining the record release show is three-time Grammy-winner and current saxophonist in the Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin, and his group The Mu’Tet. The concert will be available to Sony’s PlayStation family of devices and on GANDER.tv’s broadcast network. The broadcast will be accessible for a small subscription fee of $3.00 on both systems.

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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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Mattsworknameof players, over and over for the last seveal years. Among non RPG games, which make up the vast majority of current games, I think that you still see a large scale disparity between male and female in the AAA industry.07/01/2015 - 1:36am
Mattsworknamewilson. Out of RPG players yes, thats true, and in pc ciricles im not suprised, but RPGS make a small fraction of Console games these days and while pc gaming is seeing a resurgance, MMOs are actually retracting in size , as shown by WOW losing millions07/01/2015 - 1:33am
Matthew Wilsonhere is the study to prove it. http://www.pcgamer.com/researchers-find-that-female-pc-gamers-outnumber-males/07/01/2015 - 1:17am
Matthew Wilson@matt wrong over half of rpg players, both singleplayer and mmos, are female.07/01/2015 - 1:15am
MechaCrashRight, women don't usually play AAA games because none are aimed at them because they don't play them because none are aimed at them because okay you see where I'm going with this.07/01/2015 - 1:11am
MattsworknameI think the better path is this, more games built to give you the Choice of playing as male or female, and give the females good voice actors07/01/2015 - 1:08am
Mattsworknameup more then a fraction of the AAA games industry, but they make up a much larger part of the moble market.07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Mattsworknameandrew is right, to a point, as you are seeing a slow increase of women in games, but the sales shows that the lions share of gaming money comes from a male demo, and while andrew is right that it is changing, it's gonna be a LONG time before women make07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Andrew EisenI think more professional gamblers should get into games publishing. They'll play the odds but they'll also take risks to maximize profits.06/30/2015 - 11:57pm
Andrew EisenAt the end of the day, the ball is rolling and it's rolling in the right direction. Maybe not as fast as we'd like, but it is moving. All we can do is play the games that interest us and make our thoughts known.06/30/2015 - 11:55pm
Matthew Wilsonits unfortunate that the dataset is so tiny for female leads, and is a mixed bag, so money people get the wrong idea.06/30/2015 - 11:54pm
Andrew Eisen"Duke Nukem Forever sold poorly. See? Games staring white guys don't sell!" Pretty silly thing to say.06/30/2015 - 11:50pm
Andrew EisenOr, at the very least, that gamers aren't turned off by female leads.06/30/2015 - 11:49pm
Matthew Wilsonyou would think games like metriod, portal and tomb raider would show that it work, but hopefuly those knew ones will.06/30/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenBut, luckily strides are being made and the money peoples are slowly learning that diversity -> larger targeted audience -> more potential dollars.06/30/2015 - 11:43pm
Andrew EisenSure does. That's why there should be more than just one or two attempts. (7 games at E3 with female leads and 35 with a gender option. I think it's safe to say that not all of these will fail!)06/30/2015 - 11:42pm
Matthew Wilsonthat puts alot of presure on the early stuff to do well. lets hope games like recode and harizon are good, and sell well.06/30/2015 - 11:38pm
Andrew EisenLuckily, money people also like to follow trends. So, it's a "simple" matter of making proper representation a trend. And wouldn't you know it, we're seeing the beginnings of exactly that!06/30/2015 - 11:34pm
Andrew EisenBut yeah, money people are risk averse. That's why we see so many sequels, reboots, and adaptations. To a lot of money people, "there's no evidence this works because it's rarely ever been tried" is the same as "this doesn't work."06/30/2015 - 11:33pm
Andrew EisenThat's why I think it's worth convincing the money peoples that proper representation (in any of its forms) isn't a financial risk, it's the path to expanding your audience and making even MORE money!06/30/2015 - 11:32pm
 

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