It all started in 2005 when Harmonix and RedOctane released Guitar Hero, and the world went nuts for the game with the plastic guitar. Harmonix rode that music game tidal wave into EA's arms and the pair dreamt up Rock Band.
Dragon Age, Beatles, Guitar Hero 5, FIFA 10, PES 2010.
MTV Games boss Scott Guthrie has indicated that he expects Green Day: Rock Band to sell more than The Beatles: Rock Band.
MTV owner Viacom is going is asking Harmonix for a refund on some of the $150 million it has paid the Rock Band developer in bonuses, reports Gamasutra.
Classic 1965 album Rubber Soul will be made available as downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band this week.
In what's likely to be the last Face-Off of 2009, Digital Foundry does a little housekeeping, sifting through the teetering piles of code dotted around the office, picking out the most intriguing games we've yet to cover, and combining those with the definitive word on one of the year's biggest releases - BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins.
As is the norm, the feature is crammed with the media that matters. One of our TrueHD workstations is pretty much full to the brim with lossless digital dumps of the HDMI ports of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, giving us access to the very best 24-bit RGB comparison shots and untouchable video assets, presented to you in pristine h264 video, manually encoded on a per-game basis for ultimate quality.
Onto the all-important line-up, then. Just the five releases covered this time, but all of them with an interesting story to tell, plus some bonus PC action included too.
There are now over 1000 songs to download for Rock Band, thanks to the updates offered weekly since the series launched in late 2006.
The second full album add-on for The Beatles: Rock Band is released this week. The seminal 1967 work Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is out on Xbox Live and the Wii Shop today, and will appear on PlayStation Network as part of Thursday's update.
Owners of The Beatles: Rock Band for PS3 are complaining they're unable to play the game online since downloading extra content.
Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison, has said he is helping to produce ambitious new controllers for Rock Band.
Abbey Road, the first full album to be released as downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band, is released today on Xbox Live and at the Wii Shop. It will appear on PS3 with Thursday's PSN update.
The Beatles: Rock Band may receive more downloadable content following the planned release of Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper's and Rubber Soul, but that all depends on sales, according to Harmonix.
"Every time we do one song, it's not like Rock Band where we wait for the masters to come in and just author them... It's like, send people to Abbey Road, use the original tape, separate them out... it costs thousands of dollars," the developer's communications manager, John Drake, told BBPS (thanks Kotaku).
"We're waiting to see how things sell. We're waiting to see how the albums do. If they sell well, we'll have a lot more content."
Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch has dismissed music games as "crap" - and wished instant death on everyone who plays them.
EA, MTV and Harmonix have announced The Beatles: Rock Band - Two Microphone Pack for PS3, which bundles the game plus two SingStar microphones for £49.99.
Note: that's two wired microphones; it may be worth considering two wireless SingStar microphones instead, as they cost only £29.99 at ShopTo and are infinitely snazzier.
All this microphone talk draws attention to the unique three-part harmonies in The Beatles: Rock Band. That feature is one of the many reasons we dolloped 9/10 on the historic music game earlier this month.
Guitar Hero 5 may be topping the UK charts this week, but The Beatles: Rock Band is also doing very well thank you.
Guitar Hero 5 has become the first in the leading music series to debut at the top of the UK all-formats chart, outselling colossal rival The Beatles: Rock Band to do so.
Beatlemaniacs young and old descended on Liverpool's Cavern Club last night for GAME's Beatles: Rock Band launch event, lured by the promise of playing the same venue where the Fab Four made their name, and left with vouchers to grab a copy of the game for a just £9.99.
In honour of the launch of The Beatles: Rock Band today, Microsoft is auctioning a series of special edition Xbox 360s, customised with artwork from the game.
Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison have said that John Lennon and George Harrison would have approved of The Beatles: Rock Band - and shed some light on how they came to agree to going ahead with the game.
"As made famous by." Guitar Hero veterans will remember that phrase all too well as the euphemism employed early in the series to convey the fact that you were playing not the original version, but a cover. "As made famous by Boston"; "As made famous by Queen"; "As made famous by Ozzy Osbourne".
How times have changed. Billions of dollars and tens of millions of game sales later, master recordings are the standard rather than the aspiration, and recording artists increasingly find themselves legitimately labelled "As made famous by Guitar Hero", or "As made famous by Rock Band".
From banging on record label doors, begging and bidding for content on a tight budget, to rockers falling over themselves even in a sober state to bag a place on what have become playlists that can make a band - that's happened in just four years. But as big as Activision and MTV's music giants have become, they're not The Beatles. Nothing and no-one else is.
Lucky fans playing The Beatles: Rock Band a week early have revealed the last, secret song on the disc.
MTV Games is considering how it might make use of Project Natal in Rock Band 3, which it has confirmed is in development.
Harmonix and MTV have announced that downloadable albums for The Beatles: Rock Band will cost 1360 MSP (£11.56 / €16.32) on Xbox 360. Individual songs will be 160 MSP (£1.36 / €1.92).
It might simply be "happenstance", as Harmonix man John Drake describes it, that The Beatles: Rock Band hits day and date with the fully remastered back catalogue, but it is nevertheless an unprecedented Beatlesgasm beyond the wettest, wildest dreams of oily marketing men.
The tracklist for The Beatles: Rock Band has been revealed, and leaves only one of 45 songs unnamed.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Rubber Soul will join Abbey Road as the first three Beatles albums available to download for The Beatles: Rock Band.
Confirmation comes from an exhaustive New York Times expose (found by Kotaku) on the game, which spans nine website pages and is well worth reading.
The article goes on to reveal that studio chatter between the band members - remastered by George Martin's son Giles Martin - will play during tuning-up sections. There are some previously unannounced songs outed too, such as "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Hey Bulldog" and "I'm Looking Through You".
Well, it's that time again - more top quality titles have been announced for the Eurogamer Expo and, like some kind of cross between Gareth Barry and an BidUp TV infomercial, we're passing the facts on to you with unerring accuracy.
MTV Games and Harmonix have confirmed a further eight tracks for The Beatles: Rock Band.
The Beatles: Rock Band took centre stage at Abbey Road studios last night, during an exclusive preview event for the newly remastered Fab Four back catalogue.
Harmonix has said that Michael Jackson's death will not affect the release of The Beatles: Rock Band.
The living Beatles, and the wives of the dead ones, are full "creative partners" in the development of the new Rock Band game, according to Harmonix.
Harmonix creative director Josh Randall has revealed that downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band will not be available for other Rock Band games or vice versa.
The Liverpudlians get a cartoon look.
Microsoft has shown off The Beatles: Rock Band at its E3 conference in Los Angeles, revealing 10 of the game's songs (there are 45 on-disc) and talking about downloadable content.
EA, MTV and Harmonix have replicated the guitars used by John Lennon and George Harrison for The Beatles: Rock Band.
A price has been announced for the European version of The Beatles: Rock Band.
George Harrison's son has revealed that Rock Band: The Beatles will feature previously unheard material.
Harmonix's new Beatles-themed music game has been given a price and release date.