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Zero Punctuation reviews Guitar Hero World Tour


Guitar Hero World Tour - Band Kit for Xbox 360
This week on Zero Punctuation: Will Yahtzee’s rock star fantasies be fulfilled with Guitar Hero World Tour? As always, coarse language ahead.

Lisa Miskovsky “Still Alive” music video for beautiful Mirror’s Edge theme song


Lisa Miskovsky in the Mirror's Edge music video Still AliveElectronic Arts has released the music video “Still Alive”, the Mirror’s Edge theme performed by Lisa Miskovsky. A Swedish rock/pop star who looks stunning in this absolutely drop-dead gorgeous video as she sings along a rooftop with the world shattering around her.

I personally think that this song and the accompanying music video is done so well that it could be a major hit on MTV and VH1 if it got some airplay. It’ll be interesting to see if that will happen, because if it does, then it’ll be a first for the video game industry to have a hit music video (at least, I’m pretty sure it would be the first). Which would be a major win for video games as a whole. I also love how upbeat and joyful this video is.

Recorded exclusively for Mirror’s Edge (available as part of the Mirror’s Edge Soundtrack), “Still Alive” was written and produced by Rami Yacoub and Arnthor Birgisson who are best known for their chart-topping work with artists Pink, Britney Spears and Kelis. The song was performed by Lisa Miskovsky who earned international acclaim for her #1 self-titled debut album and #1 Platinum follow-up Fallwater. She also won Sweden’s top music awards including Best New Artist, Best Female Artist and Artist of the Year.

Published on November 25th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Music of Blizzard Entertainment: Echoes of War releasing on November 22nd


Echoes of War Limited Edition Set

The Music of Blizzard: Echoes of War will be released on November 22nd and is a 2-disc album and DVD package that contains orchestral arrangements of a slew of Blizzard songs and themes from nearly one of their biggest hits.

Included on the set is music from Warcraft, World of Warcraft (including the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion), Diablo, Diablo II, Diablo III, Starcraft, Starcraft II and even the canceled StarCraft: Ghost!

Performing the music on the disc is The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, who is most well known for their renditions of popular video game and anime titles over the last five years.

The Echoes of War package will feature 15 unique arrangements from Blizzard Entertainment’s catalog and includes 90 minutes of music in all, with bonus tracks arranged by special guests including the critically-acclaimed composer Kow Otani (Shadow of the Colossus). It is available in both a normal (two-CD set) and a limited edition set.

The Legendary Edition will be available only on a limited, first-print basis. In addition to the music CD, it will also include an Echoes of War DVD, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the recording sessions – held at Sydney’s FOX Studios EQ: Trackdown Scoring Stage – as well as interviews with the composers and a comprehensive 32-page commemorative tome filled with additional photos, artwork, art cards and additional information.

For much more on the package, check out Kotaku’s in-depth article and interview with the producers.

Fable 2 Soundtrack coming out on November 25, 2008


Pre-Order the Fable II Original Soundtrack CDThe Fable 2 Original Soundtrack will be released on November 25th, 2008 by Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc. through it’s licensing partnership with Microsoft Game Studios.

You can pre-order the soundtrack by clicking the pic above, or buy heading to the official web-site of Nile Rodger’s Sumthing Else Music Works as well as buying it digitally at either (where you can download three Fable 2 tracks from Russel Shaw free) as well as on iTunes.

The Fable 2 Original Soundtrack features the rich and musically diverse Fable II score composed by Russell Shaw (Fable, Black & White) as well as the Fable Theme by GRAMMY award-winner Danny Elfman (Spider-Man, The Simpsons, Big Fish.) The Fable 2 score was recorded with 90 musicians including the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra at the Slovak Radio Concert Hall in Bratislava, as well as celtic instrumentalists with the Tiffin School Boys Choir and Pinewood Singers Adult Choir at Pinewood Film Studios in London, England.

Here is the full track list for the Fable 2 – Original Soundtrack

1. Fable Theme – Russell Shaw (Music Box Theme – Danny Elfman)
2. Old Town – Russell Shaw
3. Bowerstone Cemetery – Russell Shaw
4. Bowerlake – Russell Shaw
5. Wraithmarsh – Russell Shaw (Music Box Theme – Danny Elfman)
6. Fairfax Castle – Russell Shaw
7. Westcliff – Russell Shaw
8. Oakfield – Russell Shaw
9. Bowerstone Market – Russell Shaw
10. Shadow of Evil – Russell Shaw
11. Howling Halls – Russell Shaw
12. Marcus Memorial – Russell Shaw

Entertainment System and Bit Genocide show


Disclaimer: There is some swearing in the video (and subtitled
swearing) just a warning for you work people out there.

Each year in Baltimore Maryland the band known as Entertainment System throws an annual show called “Bit Genocide” which features some well known 8-Bit Artists, as well as musical talent. The show has been going on for 3 years now, as well as evolving as game generations, 8-bit, 16-bit, all the way up to 64-bit, which will be the name of the show in 2009. This seems to be a pretty chill and a nostalgic escape, if anyone in the Baltimore area has ever heard of or been to show let us known in the comments.

To find out more be sure to visit 8-bit Artist’s Myspace, but be warned, there is a really loud Final Fantasy VII victory song.

Published on November 11th, 2008 under , , ,

iPhone Ocarina makes me want to explore dungeons

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See Mario Bros. 2 gypsy jazz played live


Scott and I started using this awesome two-guitar version of Super Mario Bros. 2 in early Infendo Radio episodes. It is quite possibly my favorite video game remix of all time. Well here is the video of part-time musician (full-time programmer) Adrian H. recording the song. Nice.

Published on November 3rd, 2008 under , ,

See Mario Bros. 2 gypsy jazz played live


Scott and I started using this awesome two-guitar version of Super Mario Bros. 2 in early Infendo Radio episodes. It is quite possibly my favorite video game remix of all time. Well here is the video of part-time musician (full-time programmer) Adrian H. recording the song. Nice.

Published on November 3rd, 2008 under , ,

Guitar Hero 4: World Tour review video


Guitar Hero World Tour - Band Kit for Xbox 360Guitar Hero 4: World Tour delivers more ways to play than ever before. Virtual musicians can live out their rock and roll fantasies by playing either a single instrument, or any combination of instruments, in addition to the full band experience.

In addition to all of the online gameplay modes from Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero World Tour introduces Battle of the Bands mode which allows eight players to join online and challenge each other band-to-band to determine who is the best of the best. In the Band modes, up to four players can jam together, online or off, as they progress through the game, and in single-player Career Mode, players can jam on any of the instruments in branching venue progression enabling them to rock out in the order of their choice.

Neversoft returns to the stage with a solid, though somewhat disappointing, performance. Find out all about it in this Guitar Hero World Tour video review.

To quote the IGN video review: “Guitar Hero World Tour is a fun title, to be sure, but it’s also a disappointment in a lot of respects. A number of things it tries to accomplish were already done better in Rock Band, which you might figure would have provided a simple blueprint to be followed and expanded upon, but that’s not the case. The music creation tools are a great idea in theory, but the end result isn’t as robust as I would have hoped it would be, both in terms of abilities as well as the songs that come out the other end. The game does have a good bit going for it and can serve to act as a stepping-off point for next year’s game, whatever form that might take.”

Presentation — 7.0
Graphics — 7.0
Sound — 8.0
Gameplay — 8.0
Lasting Appeal — 8.0
Overall — 7.9

The Beatles music videogame similar to Rock Band announced by MTV and Apple for holiday 2009


The Beatles on Abbey RoadThe Beatles’ extraordinary music and phenomenal legacy is set to rock across the universe in the form of a completely new videogame, through an exclusive partnership between Apple, MTV Games and Harmonix. The music game (which is not a Rock Band expansion pack) is expected to be out for holiday 2009.

This partnership marks the first time that Apple Corps, along with EMI Music, Harrisongs Ltd, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has agreed to present The Beatles music in an interactive videogame format. Published by MTV Games and developed by Harmonix, the world’s premier music videogame company and creators of the best-selling Rock Band, the game will be an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles. The game was creatively conceived with input from Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, and enjoys their full blessing. In addition, Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles innovative LOVE project, will provide his expertise and serve as Music Producer for this groundbreaking Beatles project.

“The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of The Beatles and their music. I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out,” Sir Paul McCartney said.

“It gives me great pleasure to be part of The Beatles / Apple and Harmonix / Rock Band partnership,” said Ringo Starr. “The Beatles continue to evolve with the passing of time and how wonderful that The Beatles’ legacy will find its natural progression into the 21st century through the computerized world we live in. Let the games commence.”

“It’s cool. I love it and hope it will keep inspiring and encouraging the young generation for many decades,” said Yoko Ono Lennon.

“People are having so much fun playing Rock Band. Combined with The Beatles tracks, it is a great way to either listen or participate,” said Olivia Harrison. “If you like the music, it doesn’t take much persuasion to get you to play.”

“Introducing the genius of The Beatles to a whole new generation of music lovers through original and inspired ways is extremely exciting to us at Apple Corps,” stated Jeff Jones, CEO, Apple Corps. “We are truly pleased to be working with the innovative forces at MTV and Harmonix as they embody our mutual passions for music and creativity.”

“Many of us have been part of a generation that has long enjoyed an enduring love affair with The Beatles and now we’re looking to extend that love affair for future generations to enjoy,” said Van Toffler.” “Our inspiration for this project comes from a keen sense of history and a place of utmost reverence and respect for the band, their music and their heritage.”

“The impact of The Beatles is forever ingrained in the hearts, minds and souls of millions the world over,” said Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks. “The Beatles are the reason many of us are WHERE we are, and some of us are WHO we are.”

“We are honored to be part of this new way for people to discover the timeless music and art of The Beatles – the most creatively and commercially successful, critically acclaimed, and influential band in the history of popular music,” stated Paul DeGooyer, MTV’s Senior Vice President of Electronic Games & Music.

“By presenting their music and artistry through the creative filter of a groundbreaking video game, we are giving legions of fans and music lovers all over the world a profound, new way to experience The Beatles,” said Alex Rigopulos, CEO and Co-Founder, Harmonix. “This game will be a celebration of the Beatles undeniable legacy.”

Published on October 30th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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