History VideoGame / RockBand

2nd May '16 4:52:48 AM aye_amber
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* [[InkSuitActor Polygon Suit Actor]]: DavidBowie and {{Queen}} appear as playable performers in ''Lego RockBand'', flaunting their trademark mannerisms (Brian May of Queen explicitly demanded that his hairstyle be recreated as accurately as possible for his Lego avatar). Iggy Pop also appears as a host for the tutorial segments... [[WalkingShirtlessScene shirtless, natch]].

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* [[InkSuitActor Polygon Suit Actor]]: DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie and {{Queen}} Music/{{Queen}} appear as playable performers in ''Lego RockBand'', flaunting their trademark mannerisms (Brian May of Queen explicitly demanded that his hairstyle be recreated as accurately as possible for his Lego avatar). Iggy Pop also appears as a host for the tutorial segments... [[WalkingShirtlessScene shirtless, natch]].



** Classic rock has taken up a sizable amount of post-[=RB3=]-launch content, with Music/TheDoors, Music/BonJovi, Music/TheBeeGees, B.B. King, Music/ProcolHarum, Music/JohnLennon, Music/LynyrdSkynyrd, Music/{{Queen}}, Music/BillyJoel, Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/JohnnyCash taking up the first few months of DLC, most of which offer keys support (this later includes Music/DavidBowie, Music/PatBenatar, Music/TheClash's ''London Calling'', Music/BobMarley and a pack based around Woodstock). CrowningMusicOfAwesome for some, way too oldies-oriented for others.

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** Classic rock has taken up a sizable amount of post-[=RB3=]-launch content, with Music/TheDoors, Music/BonJovi, Music/TheBeeGees, B.B. King, Music/ProcolHarum, Music/JohnLennon, Music/LynyrdSkynyrd, Music/{{Queen}}, Music/BillyJoel, Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/JohnnyCash taking up the first few months of DLC, most of which offer keys support (this later includes Music/DavidBowie, Music/PatBenatar, Music/TheClash's ''London Calling'', Music/BobMarley and a pack based around Woodstock). CrowningMusicOfAwesome SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic for some, way too oldies-oriented for others.
25th Apr '16 4:28:21 AM aye_amber
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** One specific song in 3, [[{{Primus}} Jerry Was a Racecar Driver]], is considered by many to be the hardest song on pro bass in the game due to extremely awkward hand movements required in the verse. However, there is absolutely no need to strum any notes in the verse; the entire verse can be tapped. This is not hinted at in-game at all.

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** One specific song in 3, [[{{Primus}} [[Music/{{Primus}} Jerry Was a Racecar Driver]], is considered by many to be the hardest song on pro bass in the game due to extremely awkward hand movements required in the verse. However, there is absolutely no need to strum any notes in the verse; the entire verse can be tapped. This is not hinted at in-game at all.
25th Apr '16 4:25:01 AM aye_amber
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* FakeDifficulty: The drummers are usually the ones directly affected, but vocalists also have it bad sometimes. In Rock Band 1 and 2, when a song includes a harmony, with two vocal tracks sung at different pitches, Harmonix charts one of them for the vocals and penalizes you if you sing the other one, since you are technically singing the wrong pitch. This is fine in most cases, but sometimes they chart the quieter, less audible pitch as the pitch at which you need to sing, rather than the one everyone knows and will try to sing. "[[SystemOfADown B.Y.O.B.]]", "[[NoDoubt New]]", and "[[Music/JudasPriest Painkiller]]" are particularly egregious examples of this. But really, drummers do have it worse...

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* FakeDifficulty: The drummers are usually the ones directly affected, but vocalists also have it bad sometimes. In Rock Band 1 and 2, when a song includes a harmony, with two vocal tracks sung at different pitches, Harmonix charts one of them for the vocals and penalizes you if you sing the other one, since you are technically singing the wrong pitch. This is fine in most cases, but sometimes they chart the quieter, less audible pitch as the pitch at which you need to sing, rather than the one everyone knows and will try to sing. "[[SystemOfADown "[[Music/SystemOfADown B.Y.O.B.]]", "[[NoDoubt New]]", and "[[Music/JudasPriest Painkiller]]" are particularly egregious examples of this. But really, drummers do have it worse...
23rd Apr '16 11:52:25 PM aye_amber
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** "[[TheSmiths Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before]]".

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2nd Feb '16 6:56:36 AM case
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** In ''Rock Band 4'', if your part isn't playing anything for at least a few seconds, a countdown timer will appear to let you know exactly how long you have until you start playing again, so you'll know how long you can step away for, or go without paying attention to your track.
24th Jan '16 9:43:51 AM AzureSeas
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Remember ''VideoGame/GuitarHero''? The hours you spent wailing away on [[YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive your little plastic guitar]], [[RhythmGame pretending to be a musician]]? Well '''''Rock Band''''' takes that feeling and cranks it UpToEleven with the introduction of [[Trivia/RockBand vocals, drums, keyboards, and pro modes]], and it allows you to do it with up to six of your friends.

Let's clear up some confusion first: Creator/{{Harmonix}} made ''Guitar Hero'', ''Guitar Hero 2'', ''Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s'' ([[TheyJustDidntCare the last one under contract]]), and then went on to release ''Rock Band'' in 2007 under EA and MTV Games, the latter of which, in turn, is under Viacom. (''Lego Rock Band'' was handled by Creator/TravellersTales with the ''Rock Band 2'' engine, although Harmonix took care of the note charting). ''Guitar Hero 3'', ''Music/{{Aerosmith}}'', and all ''Hero'' games after that were made by Neversoft under Activision Blizzard (Except for ''Smash Hits'', which was handled by Beenox, and ''Music/VanHalen'', which was handled by Underground). At the end of 2010, Harmonix and Viacom announced that they are parting ways, with Harmonix sold to its holding company, effectively making it independent again.

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Remember ''VideoGame/GuitarHero''? The hours you spent wailing away on [[YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive your little plastic guitar]], [[RhythmGame pretending to be a musician]]? Well '''''Rock Band''''' ''Rock Band'' takes that feeling and cranks it UpToEleven with the introduction of [[Trivia/RockBand vocals, drums, keyboards, and pro modes]], and it allows you to do it with up to six of your friends.

Let's clear up some confusion first: Creator/{{Harmonix}} made ''Guitar Hero'', ''Guitar Hero 2'', ''Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s'' ([[TheyJustDidntCare the last one under contract]]), 80s'', which completed their contract, and then went on to release ''Rock Band'' in 2007 under EA and MTV Games, the latter of which, in turn, is under Viacom. (''Lego Rock Band'' was handled by Creator/TravellersTales with the ''Rock Band 2'' engine, although Harmonix took care of the note charting). ''Guitar Hero 3'', ''Music/{{Aerosmith}}'', and all ''Hero'' games after that were made by Neversoft under Activision Blizzard (Except for ''Smash Hits'', which was handled by Beenox, and ''Music/VanHalen'', which was handled by Underground). At the end of 2010, Harmonix and Viacom announced that they are parting ways, with Harmonix sold to its holding company, effectively making it independent again.



* HarderThanHard: Pro Mode, on any instrument, especially on Expert. Pro Mode requires drummers to differentiate between cymbals and toms, keyboardists have to use the entire two-octave range on the keyboard, and guitarists and bassists have to essentially play a real-live guitar to the tune of the song. Just playing anything in the first place more or less demands players to practice well in advance, and even on Warmup tier songs keyboardists are running the risk of getting instant carpal tunnel syndrome. Being able to actually pull it off, though, is [[MomentOfAwesome beyond satisfying]], and the muscle memory carries over to real-life instruments, so if you can play these songs on Pro Expert, you can pretty much play them for real.

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Pro Mode, on any instrument, especially on Expert. Pro Mode requires drummers to differentiate between cymbals and toms, keyboardists have to use the entire two-octave range on the keyboard, and guitarists and bassists have to essentially play a real-live guitar to the tune of the song. Just playing anything in the first place more or less demands players to practice well in advance, and even on Warmup tier songs keyboardists are running the risk of getting instant carpal tunnel syndrome. Being able to actually pull it off, though, is [[MomentOfAwesome beyond satisfying]], and the muscle memory carries over to real-life instruments, so if you can play these songs on Pro Expert, you can pretty much play them for real.



** In ''Rock Band 4'', Brutal mode, which uses the expert charts, but makes the notes disappear partway in, so you have to play by memory, makes the miss penalties more harsh, and disables no-fail mode, so you're always in danger.



* PromotedFanboy: The game influenced three sisters from Mexico to learn guitar, drums, and bass. Together they formed The Warning, and their song 'Free Falling' is featured on the setlist for ''Rock Band 4''.
20th Jan '16 6:58:34 PM EzioAudacity
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* PromotedFanboy: The game influenced three sisters from Mexico to learn guitar, drums, and bass. Together they formed The Warning, and their song 'Free Falling' is featured on the setlist for ''Rock Band 4''.
10th Jan '16 11:18:38 AM nombretomado
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** And as of March 31st 2009, three songs by SpongeBobSquarePants, with three more on November 10th (to tie in with the [[MilestoneCelebration 10th anniversary episode]] "Truth or Square").

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** And as of March 31st 2009, three songs by SpongeBobSquarePants, WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants, with three more on November 10th (to tie in with the [[MilestoneCelebration 10th anniversary episode]] "Truth or Square").
9th Jan '16 6:49:42 AM Morgenthaler
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** Classic rock has taken up a sizable amount of post-[=RB3=]-launch content, with Music/TheDoors, Music/BonJovi, Music/TheBeeGees, B.B. King, ProcolHarum, Music/JohnLennon, Music/LynyrdSkynyrd, Music/{{Queen}}, Music/BillyJoel, PaulMcCartney and Music/JohnnyCash taking up the first few months of DLC, most of which offer keys support (this later includes Music/DavidBowie, PatBenatar, Music/TheClash's ''London Calling'', Music/BobMarley and a pack based around Woodstock). CrowningMusicOfAwesome for some, way too oldies-oriented for others.

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** Classic rock has taken up a sizable amount of post-[=RB3=]-launch content, with Music/TheDoors, Music/BonJovi, Music/TheBeeGees, B.B. King, ProcolHarum, Music/ProcolHarum, Music/JohnLennon, Music/LynyrdSkynyrd, Music/{{Queen}}, Music/BillyJoel, PaulMcCartney Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/JohnnyCash taking up the first few months of DLC, most of which offer keys support (this later includes Music/DavidBowie, PatBenatar, Music/PatBenatar, Music/TheClash's ''London Calling'', Music/BobMarley and a pack based around Woodstock). CrowningMusicOfAwesome for some, way too oldies-oriented for others.
8th Jan '16 8:35:28 PM TheCuza
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* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: In a meta example, the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAtJpk92ryk Story of Rock Band]] video, which features Harmonix staff playing "American Pie" in the background, first mentions ''The Beatles: Rock Band'' just as "helter skelter" comes up in the lyrics ("Helter Skelter" being the name of a Beatles song).
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