“Rock and roll may never die, but it’s certainly a wildly different animal than it once was decades ago. With the music industry in a tailspin and the traditional record label model being increasingly thrown out the window, bands are forced to adapt with the changing times if they want to survive. To stay afloat and reach new fans, artists are tapping into the electric current of the gaming world and finding success in the process. No strangers to videogames, Boston-based metal heads Bang Camaro are one example of rockers making a go of it in the digital age.”
“When the disparate worlds of LEGOs and rock stars collide, strange and wonderful things can happen. Seeing LEGO versions of an emaciated Iggy Pop, a mustache-emblazoned Freddie Mercury, a pretty boy-era David Bowie, and even the guys from Blur bash out their hits amidst a visual rock-n-roll cacophony of plastic toy bricks and rampant silliness offers far more enjoyment then we might first care to admit. Successfully combining two very distinct and well-known franchises, LEGO Rock Band goes a long way towards making the rhythm game genre more palatable to a truly all-ages audience.”
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“Our guitars were tuned. Our amps were cranked to the max. It was time to rock. However, instead of a looking out at a packed house in a seedy dive bar, our band was on the deck of a rickety pirate ship in the middle of the frothing ocean about to open a can of rock-n-roll whup-ass on a giant, ticked-off octopus. Apparently the many-tentacled brute didn’t take too kindly to our decision to pass over his kiddo who’d recently auditioned to be our new drummer. Indeed, experiencing Rock Band through the filtered lens of the LEGO world offers a healthy mixture of both the familiar and the absurd.”
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“One of Rock Band’s key selling points – and the main thing that initially set it apart from the early Guitar Hero games – was the fact it let you sit around with a few pals, pick up a bunch of plastic instruments, and bash out rock hits as a group. For the series’ portable debut on the PSP, Harmonix has taken things in a completely different direction. Rock Band Unplugged does away with the need for fake instruments, ditches the multiplayer-centric experience that made it so great in the first place, and introduces a new style of play that feels more like a juggling act than rocking out. Sound lame? Surprisingly, it’s not.”
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