If you read what I write, you are no doubt familiar with the fact that I very much like the work Harmonix does.
VidRhythm is their newest release on iOS, and it’s a fun little toy. Here’s a clip I made in the car earlier today with the kids:
And another I made just now with the two older ones:
It’s two bucks on the App Store. This app needs more Automattician-made videos.
As unfair as it is, what initially gave us hesitation about Mad Catz and Squier’s Stratocaster Pro guitar controller was that, well, it’s Fender’s second-tier brand. Despite these prejudices from our youth, Harmonix pretty much sold us on it with one pretty badass trick: the ability to simultaneously play Rock Band 3 on Pro Expert and rock the same tune through an amplifier.
Watch the video to see it in action. This is a crazy step forward for music video games and could be a downright interesting way to teach people how to play guitar.
(via Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster plays both real and virtual guitar… at the same time (video) — Engadget.)
Looks like the music game business is slowly imploding. Critical mass in fake plastic instruments must have been reached. First, RedOctane is closed by Activision, and now this:
Harmonix shareholders received a payout of $150 million related to the franchise’s 2007 performance, but Viacom has said in a filing with the US Securities And Exchange Commission (via Paid Content): “We believe that we are entitled to a refund of a substantial portion of amounts previously paid, but the final amount of the earn-out has not yet been determined.”
(via Edge Online.)