New Rock Band Content in March

And the rock don’t stop…

It seems we write about this every week, but important news is important news!

Once again, a bunch of new tunes, to be released in March, were unveiled today for Rock Band via Official Xbox Magazine, and once again, metal is taking center stage, for better or for worse…

Thrash Pack – 3/4/08
Evile “Thrashes”
At the Gates “Blinded By Fear”
The Haunted “Shadow World”

Sounds…great? Weves. OK next!

Classic Rock Pack – 3/11/08
The Police “Message in a Bottle”
Bad Company “Shooting Star”
Lynyrd Skynyrd “Simple Man”

At least “Message in the Bottle” should be fun…

Nine Inch Nails Pack – 3/18/08
“March of the Pigs”
“The Perfect Drug”
“The Collector”

Fair enough…

Metal Pack – 3/25/08
Metallica “Fuel” (Really? This is the best they could do? Christ!)
Black Sabbath “Supernaut”
Iron Maiden “Wrathchild”

Except for fucking “Fuel”, this sounds decent to us…

Guitar Hero DS This Summer?

‘Tis no secret that Activision seeks to slather the entire land in creamy Guitar Hero goodness and, according to last year’s financial statements, the company seems to have done a fairly good job to the tune of billions.

However, one little money-making corner of gaming it has yet to conquer has been the handheld market, or more specifically, the Nintendo DS market, which would no doubt rake in countless more dollars in which to bathe with hookers.

While the rumors of a DS Guitar Hero have been swirling for some time, since founder Charles Huang made a comment that they were “exploring” the possibility of a portable Guitar Hero last summer, it seems that a recent trademark all but confirms such a thing is in the works and would come packaged with some sort of peripheral to get your portable rock on.

On January 19, 2008, a trademark was filed by Activision for something called Guitar Hero: On Tour with a French website, claiming knowledge that it would indeed for the DS and would release in June of this year.

Tiny, awkward, dual-screen rocking, here we come!

PlayStation Comes Home This Spring
The much bally-hooed, oft-delayed PlayStation Home, a Second Life-esque application for the PlayStation 3, has been undergoing some changes to due to responses from its Beta tests and is currently set as a free download for PlayStation 3 owners sometime in the spring, which could be anytime between now and June.

First unveiled in late 2006, Home allows gamers to create an avatar in a virtual world and customize their own “apartment” with all manner of gaming and non-gamming related hoo-ha, in addition to being able to see movies, trailers, play demos, bowl, and otherwise loaf around.

The new changes appear to be on the superficial side–the movie theater was moved from an upstairs area to a downstairs area, more styles of apartment will be available (they will also be larger), more scenic vistas will be available for viewing, the bowling alley will be much more identifiable, etc etc.

Nothing more groundbreaking than the application itself but in case you were keeping track, there ya go.