Baby And I Are So Ready For Rock Band 4

Between flood damage and the inconvenience of moving dust-collecting plastic instruments to a new home on short notice, every piece of Rock Band or Guitar Hero equipment I once owned has been trashed, save one. Oh yeah, Baby and I are ready for Rock Band 4. » 3/07/15 12:08pm 3/07/15 12:08pm

Rock Band 3 Is Getting Its First DLC In Almost Two Years

Huh, so this is pretty cool. After 21 months of silence, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Rock Band 3 are getting some new songs, developer Harmonix announced today. It might seem strange for a game released in 2010 to get new content so late in the game. But then again: it's not like people have stopped making music! » 1/12/15 2:10pm 1/12/15 2:10pm

​One of Dark Souls' Toughest Boss Fights, Beaten with a Drum Controller

First, one intrepid player tackled Dark Souls with a Rock Band guitar controller. Now the same guy is taking the notoriously difficult title on with a drum set from the rhythm game. AKA "It's got a good beat and you can die to it." Seriously, though: this fight looks a lot harder when you're pounding it out on a bunch… » 11/04/14 11:15am 11/04/14 11:15am

Rock Band Is Finally Dying

Long gone from the retail side of things, Harmonix's Rock Band has nevertheless lived on for the past few years thanks to the studio's maintenance of the Rock Band Network, the online community where people could buy, create and share music. Sadly, that service is now winding down. » 9/18/14 8:45pm 9/18/14 8:45pm

A Game Developer's Comeback From Brain Surgery

Sean Baptiste, like a great many people, often turns to humor as a means to cope. Learning that a sample of his cerebrospinal fluid featured traces of P. acnes (or propionibacterium acnes) was no different. He joked to his doctor, 'Oh, I'm going to have brain zits?' The doctor didn't think it was too funny. » 9/08/14 10:30am 9/08/14 10:30am

Harmonix Is Bringing Back One Of Their Best Music Games On Kickstarter

Before they made people boogie in living rooms with Dance Central or shred plastic guitars with Rock Band, the people at Harmonix made Amplitude, a fantastic, underappreciated rhythm game for the PS2. Folks have been asking for more Amplitude for a long, long time now. Those fans might be getting their wish. » 5/05/14 11:59am 5/05/14 11:59am

Rob Lowe Doesn't Need An Emmy; He's Got His Rock Band Skills

Emmy Nominations. Every year they're a minefield of snubs, bizarre choices, and outright travesties. Sometimes the only way to cope is by playing video games. » 7/23/13 2:00pm 7/23/13 2:00pm

Hey, I Just Hacked You, and That Sounds Crazy, but is…

Hackers appear to have struck and right as the games' maker, Harmonix ended a 281-week run of offering new songs to both rhythm games. While that may seem late to the party to some, to others, closing down a service might be a great time to harvest user names and passwords and try using… » 4/06/13 3:00pm 4/06/13 3:00pm

The People Who Make Rock Band Celebrate The Day The Music Died

Today marks the release of the final downloadable song for Rock Band. Harmonix has chosen Don McLean's "American Pie" for the honor, which, as I've already said, is an absolutely perfect choice. » 4/02/13 7:00pm 4/02/13 7:00pm

Rock Band's Final Downloadable Song Is Absolutely Perfect

Back when I was in high school, we had the same DJ at every school dance. His name was Ben Skirvin, and as he was a DJ at a local radio station, he went by the handle "Swervin' Ben Skirvin." » 3/22/13 2:00pm 3/22/13 2:00pm

Gwen Stefani and Her Band Settle Lawsuit Against Activision and Its …

The band No Doubt—basically, Gwen Stefani—put an end to its lawsuit against Activision for the means by which it was portrayed in 2009's Band Hero, a spinoff of the Guitar Hero franchise. » 10/04/12 6:30pm 10/04/12 6:30pm

Rock Band Blitz: The Kotaku Review

Let's say there's a spectrum. On the one end, hunched in a leather jacket and stubbing out a cigarette on its boot heel, is Music. On the other end, peering over its sunglasses at a strobe-lit LCD, sits Video Games. » 8/27/12 2:00pm 8/27/12 2:00pm

The People Who Make Rock Band Want Us To Make More Rock Band Puns

Yesterday I wrote about how Rock Band creator Harmonix is working on a totally new game with combat and stuff. I also threw in some hypothetical game names that probably won't happen, since it's a new IP and all. » 8/21/12 6:30pm 8/21/12 6:30pm