Whatever you thought of Michael Jackson later in his life, he leaves behind a legacy of iconic songs and amazing music videos. Ciamoslaw Ciamek captures Michael doing the moonwalk in “Smooth Criminal”.
Kotaku spent some time at E3 playing the upcoming LEGO Rock Band game and reports some early impressions:
The problem with this game is all in the name. LEGO Rock Band makes you wonder “why LEGO?” Maybe “Rock Band: Play Rock Band With Your Kids” would have been better.
Because if you don’t have kids, this game is largely pointless. It’s Rock Band, except with a more pedestrian songlist, and no real changes to the way the game is structured, or plays.
But that’s if you don’t have kids. If you do have kids around, and want a game to play with them, well. This looks pretty damn good.
Read the full article on Kotaku.
And in case you missed it, here’s the game’s trailer:
Although LEGO Rock Band has been rumored since January, with a major leak earlier this month, the game was nothing more than speculation. A press release today, however, confirms that LEGO Rock Band is very real.
The console versions will be co-developed by TT Games and Harmonix, while the Nintendo DS version will be developed by TT Games, Harmonix, and Backbone — all for release during the 2009 holiday season.
Naturally, players will be able to customize their little plastic rock stars, as well as support staff like roadies, managers, and the ubiquitous entourage. Interpret “entourage” how you will, but I plan on making a bunch of minifig groupies that look like they staggered off of the Rock of Love bus.
The press release states that the game will feature “brilliant chart-topping songs and classic favorites suitable for younger audiences,” and goes on to list several:
- Blur: “Song 2”
- Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting”
- Europe: “The Final Countdown”
- Good Charlotte: “Boys and Girls”
- Pink: “So What”
What, no Iron Maiden or Black Sabbath? Claims to suitability for “families, tweens and teens” makes me think we won’t see the same sort of set lists I love from Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, but I hope having TT Games involved will ensure the same level of excellence we’ve experienced in the LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Indiana Jones video games.
As alluded to in the press release, the list of parties involved in this game is mind-blowingly complex:
- TT Games
- The LEGO Group
- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- MTV Games
- Harmonix Music Systems
- Backbone Entertainment
- Foundation 9 Entertainment
Click the thumbnails below for larger versions of screen captures from the game:
You can read the full press release on Business Wire.
Via Joystiq, Kotaku, PC World, and just about every other tech/gadget site out there, with hat-tips to about five thousand of our readers. Hey, we can’t always be the ones to break major LEGO news. ;-)
Lunchtime conversation today turned to the various bats my coworkers and I have had in our houses. It didn’t occur to us that having Ozzy Osbourne around might’ve helped.
Rock on, Mr. Spielbrick.
Not only do these Scotsmen carry ingenious bagpipes, but they’re also wearing kilts (made from minifig torsos):
This design for an electric guitar rocks my world:
Rock on, Michael Jasper, rock on.
I don’t quite have Belle and Sebastian figured out, but maybe that’s why I like them so much. Perhaps I’m arriving at the B&S party a bit late, but I got started with The Life Pursuit and keep working my way backward through their catalog.