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.
Alongside next week's Rock Band Blitz, Harmonix is launching community app Rock Band World on Facebook.
Musical combat? Combat musical? Rock Band: Combat? Combat: The Beatles?
No matter how many times I ask the fine people at Harmonix to put Carly Rae Jepsen's masterpiece "Call Me Maybe" into Rock Band, they just don't listen.
Harmonix's downloadable Frequency-izing of all the Rock Band music begins on August 28 and 29, when Rock Band Blitz comes to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade for $15. You have no idea how hard I crave it.
Rock Band Blitz is Harmonix's next effort to revive rhythm games, a creation that uses a standard console controller rather than specialized music peripherals. At PAX East 2012, the team showed off video of the game in action and explained a little more of its genesis.
In attics and closets around the world, plastic drum sets are gathering dust. Battery acid leaks into the casings of countless replica Stratocasters long since pulled from under the coffee table and placed in the closet under the stairs.
You won't need plastic instruments to jam along to Harmonix's latest Rock Band game. Revealed on G4 today, Rock Band Blitz turns players into a one-man band, making them play all the instruments with a gamepad in a song in an arcade-style experience that harkens back to the dev studio's Frequency and Amplitude games.