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Agetec aims to educate with a music/rhythm game

By Spencer . June 1, 2007 . 2:56pm

  You’re probably not going to learn how to dance from playing Dance Dance Revolution and you’re definitely not going to become a DJ from playing Beatmania. You might be great on the beat box with lightning fast hands from playing with all seven keys, but Beatmania is much as DJ simulator as Ouendan is. […]

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Technophiles are going to love PS3 firmware 1.80

By Spencer . May 23, 2007 . 5:37pm

SCEA e-mailed details about Playstation 3 firmware 1.80 and there are some clever features coming to Playstation 3 owners when it is released tomorrow. If you connect your Playstation 3 to your TV with a HMDI cable DVD movies, Playstation games and Playstation 2 games will be upscaled to 1080p. Also the Playstation 3 will […]

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Audition Online comes to the PSP next month

By Spencer . May 16, 2007 . 9:38am

  Last month Nexon published Audition in North America for PCs with a revised soundtrack to fit the Total Request Live demographic. Audition is a music/rhythm game where players follow a series of commands to make their customizable avatars dance. While Audition is new to North America, it was designed and released in Korea in […]

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Sony quietly closes P-Kara in June

By Spencer . May 16, 2007 . 6:10am

  Sony Computer Entertainment Japan came up with the idea of P-Kara, a portable karaoke game for the PSP and released the title back in December ’06. P-Kara came bundled with a special set of headphones that has a microphone attached to it. Instead of bundling a fixed number of songs in P-Kara, Sony set […]

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Nodame Cantabile DS: Ouendan meets Mozart

By Richard . May 4, 2007 . 11:25am

Since Ouendan proved to be mighty fun on the DS, I was extremely curious when I heard about Nodame Cantabile, another Ouendan-like rhythm game with classical music. While the game is based on the Nodame Cantabile manga series, previous knowledge of the story is not necessary to enjoy the game. You play as a journalist […]

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Taiko no Tatsujin heading to the Nintendo DS

By Spencer . April 25, 2007 . 12:48pm

Buzz around a new Taiko no Tatsujin game sprung up from a translated song list over at Game|Life. There are some interesting songs on the list like “Natsumatsuri”, which is probably a cover of the fast paced J-pop song performed by Whiteberry. Like other Taiko no Tatsujin games the DS title adds in classical music […]

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Love for Everlasting Love

By Spencer . April 13, 2007 . 3:06pm

One of the more creative games I’ve got my hands on is a homebrew Nintendo DS game called Everlasting Love. The concept is deceptively simple guide a monkey from the start of the level to the end only by jumping, no walking. Things get tricky because the monkey jumps to the beat of the song […]

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Spot the differences and win a Sims 2 Seasons Expansion Pack

By Spencer . April 11, 2007 . 1:51pm

  Up for a challenge? Like free stuff? This week we’re going to feed your Sims 2 addiction with a free copy of Sims 2 Seasons Expansion Pack for the PC and a CD single with Lily Allen’s "Smile" (not in Simlish). We have three prize packs to giveaway and there isn’t an insanely hard […]

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MTV and Electronic Arts team up to make a Guitar Hero competitor

By Spencer . April 2, 2007 . 8:05am

Veteran Guitar Hero developer, Harmonix, (now owned by MTV) and Electronic Arts are working on a new title called Rock Band for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Rock Band has a similar premise as Guitar Hero except Rock Band has more instruments. Players can use a drum, bass/lead guitar and microphone to sing with their […]

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EA’s Wii music game: Boogie

By Spencer . March 22, 2007 . 1:08pm

  Electronic Arts lifted the veil off their music / party game for the Wii, Boogie. Boogie is one part Samba de Amigo and one part Singstar mashed together with aliens. Players sing with the microphone and dance with the nunchuck combination by shaking it to commands. Besides the pink alien in the screenshots there […]

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Kingdom Hearts: Final Soundtrack

By Spencer . March 20, 2007 . 3:23pm

Toshiba EMI is about to release the Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete, a massive nine disc collection of songs from Kingdom Hearts,  Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix +. The price of the collection is on the high side, 15,000 yen ($128), but it’s about right […]

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Advent Children rip off or tribute? You decide

By Spencer . March 13, 2007 . 8:36am

IceAmp sends us a tip that Korean singer Ivy’s new song “Sonata of Temptation” clones Tifa’s fight scene from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children with actors instead of CG. On one hand Final Fantasy fans might be upset that the music video leeches of Square-Enix’s successful movie, but Ivy couldn’t leech off Advent Children if […]

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Watch: Singing songs to Miyamoto

By Spencer . March 11, 2007 . 7:06pm

Fellow game journalist and musician Jonathan Mann (aka GameJew) is living the dream. After four days of trying to sing a song to Shigeru Miyamoto he finally achieved his goal at the eleventh hour. The last big evening event at GDC 2007 was the Video Games Live concert and by pulling some strings Jonathan patiently […]

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Where the music comes from in Every Extend Extra Extreme

By Spencer . March 7, 2007 . 1:27pm

  Aaron Greenberg fielded a question about where the music in Every Extend Extra Extreme’s "Wiz Ur Muzik" comes from. He said that the music can be from CDs, the Xbox 360 hard drive, an iPod connected to the console and even from a networked PC. Granted the title is still in development, but if […]

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Bonus songs in Dance Dance Revolution Universe

By Spencer . March 1, 2007 . 8:02am

Konami’s take on microtransacitions is a clever one. Instead of only selling bundles of songs like they did for Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix, Konami is giving DDR fans a choice. You can purchase individual songs for 100 Points each ($1.20) or save 20% buy getting the “mega pack” with ten songs for 800 points ($10). […]