Dance Central

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VideoLatest Dance Central songs trailed

Pussycat Dolls! Timbaland! Rupee!

VideoDance Central video hails new tracks

Harmonix reactivates the dancefloor.

Kinect Reviewed

The Eurogamer verdict.

Dance Central

Boogie wonderland.

Key events

4th November 2010

Kinect Reviewed

4th November 2010

Dance Central

UPDATE: Harmonix has announced Dance Central: Spotlight at E3. It's a digital-only (download only) game that's coming this September. Harmonix boss Alex Rigopulos said the game had new technology that gets music tracks into the game faster than ever before. This should mean more, newer content and more often.

Why music games aren't dead

New book predicts a healthy future.

Despite Guitar Hero's bubble bursting earlier this year, the music genre is in great shape and looks set for major growth over the next few years, according to a new book on the genre out this week.

Charge for importing Dance Central tunes

400 Points to move tracks into sequel.

It will cost you 400 Microsoft Points to import tracks from the first Dance Central disc into the forthcoming sequel, publisher Microsoft has confirmed.

New Dance Central DLC tomorrow

Taio Cruz, Afrika Bambaataa step up.

A trio of new DLC tracks shimmy their way onto Xbox 360 floor-filler Dance Central tomorrow, developer Harmonix has confirmed.

Fable: The Journey domain registered

Along with three Kinect-themed titles.

Microsoft has registered Fablethejourney.org as a domain name, along with three other phrases which seem to suggest a bunch of Kinect titles is on the way.

New Dance Central DLC announced

New Dance Central DLC announced

Justice, Tone Loc take to the floor.

A fresh set of DLC is on its way to Kinect-only rug-cutter Dance Central, developer Harmonix has announced.

Three new tracks will be up for download on Xbox Live from tomorrow, including D.A.N.C.E. From French electro duo Justice and Tone Lōc's '80s hip hop classic Wild Thing.

Atlanta rappers Dem Franchize Boyz round things out with Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It.

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Fatboy Slim DLC for Dance Central

Gwen Stefani, Paula Abdul join in too.

Fatboy Slim, Paula Abdul and Gwen Stefani are among the acts included in the latest batch of Dance Central DLC, due on Xbox Live tomorrow.

Classic tracks by Rick James and Chic are among those heading to Kinect floor-filler Dance Central tomorrow, developer Harmonix has announced.

Harmonix lays off staff

Rock Band dev cuts 12-15% of workforce.

Troubled Rock Band developer Harmonix has made between 12 and 15 per cent of its workforce redundant this week, the studio has confirmed.

Rihanna joins the Dance Central

Blur and Janet Jackson, too.

Fresh from her somewhat arousing molestation of high-pitched Chris Martin wannabe Matt Cuddles on X-Factor, Barbados-born starlet Rihanna has entered the murky world of Kinect as downloadable content for Harmonix game Dance Central.

Will EA buy Rock Band dev Harmonix?

Would be like catching "a falling knife".

As speculation intensifies over the possible buyer of Rock Band developer Harmonix, Electronic Arts has cast doubt over its suitability as owner.

UK chart: COD batters competition

UPDATE: Why Kinect Adventures is absent.

Update: Number cruncher GfK Chart-Track has explained to Eurogamer why sales of Kinect Adventures - the game the Kinect camera is bundled with - haven't been included.

Harmonix: sale won't affect RB3 support

Plus, EA responds to buy-out rumours.

Viacom's decision to sell Harmonix will have no knock-on effect on support for Rock Band 3 and Dance Central, the games' developer has insisted.

Viacom to sell Rock Band developer

UPDATE: Why Harmonix is up for sale.

UPDATE: In a question and answer session Viacom said Harmonix made a loss of around "$65 million" for the financial quarter. "That loss reflects how we've been informed by the potential buyers we've been talking to," it said. The loss would have been half that number otherwise.

Kinect Reviewed

Kinect Reviewed

The Eurogamer verdict.

It's here. Finally. We won't bore you with the palaver involved in bringing you this bumper presentation of Kinect launch coverage let's just say it's been an interesting, and exhausting, few days.

But even if you knew the story, it wouldn't explain why the eventual arrival of Microsoft's magic camera was met with such drama and excitement chez Eurogamer. Nor would the level of hype whipped up by the ringmasters at Microsoft, although that certainly helped (it's not every day we feature an Oprah clip on our website).

Maybe it's the large and lavish line-up of launch software. Maybe it's the contrast with the softly-softly approach Sony took for PlayStation Move. But the fact is, this doesn't feel like a mere peripheral. It feels more like a new hardware launch than anything we've seen in years.

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Dance Central

Dance Central

Boogie wonderland.

It's the dance mats I feel sorry for. Where do they go to die? Is there some sort of dance mat glue factory where their electronic innards are ripped out and their PVC shells turned into Wendy houses?

Or do they just get thrown out on the street? Perhaps soon we will see tramps with dance mats instead of sleeping bags draped round their shoulders, swigging Tennent's Extra from hollowed out PS2 network adapters, begging signs propped against Tony Hawk skateboards.

Who knows. What is certain is that the age of the dance mat is dead. The end began with Ubisoft's Just Dance, which introduced the notion you need nothing more than a motion-sensing remote to get your groove on. It was a surprise hit, with more than three million copies shifted in six months.

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Full Dance Central tracklist confirmed

Full Dance Central tracklist confirmed

Cut a rug to Beastie Boys, Rihanna, M.I.A.

Basement Jaxx, Beastie Boys, No Doubt and Nelly Furtado are among the headline acts populating the full tracklisting for Kinect's Dance Central, publisher MTV Games has confirmed.

"We felt it was very important to launch Dance Central with a balanced selection of the latest, greatest and all-time classic tracks," explained MTV Networks' Paul DeGooyer.

"The setlist on the disc really achieves that goal, offering everything from "jerking" to disco, from Rihanna to Young MC. Whatever your jam, we think you'll find something to get you moving in this contagiously fun soundtrack."

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Digital FoundryTech Analysis: Kinect

Digital Foundry on latency, CPU overheads and how it all works.

It's the day after the night before, and a chance to reflect on our hands-on playtest of the new Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 platform, contact our sources and attempt to put together some semblance of the technical picture behind the device formerly known as Project Natal.

Kinect out in the US on 4th November

ROW "thereafter". More than 15 launch titles.

Microsoft has announced that Kinect for Xbox 360 will launch on 4th November "starting in North America". According to the press release that accompanied the news, "Kinect will roll out to the rest of the world thereafter."

Microsoft E3 Conference

Full news breakdown inside. New Xbox 360! Forza Kinect! Reach! Kinect date! Fable III date! Loads more.

We're on our way to the conference... Not long now!

Xbox 360 Kinect

Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures, Dance Central, Your Shape, Joy Ride.

New name, new games, and a new beginning for Microsoft's motion controller: Kinect. In the immediate aftermath of the Cirque de Soleil "Project Natal Experience", we had a chance to get hands on, or hands-off as it were [we did that joke last year - Ed], with a small selection of titles set to launch with the camera.

Microsoft shows off Kinect at E3 event

Sports! Star Wars! Dance! Yoga! Tigers!

Microsoft has been showing off the Xbox 360 add-on previously known as Project Natal at a pre-E3 event in Los Angeles. No date or price was discussed at the event, although marketing materials pointed to a November launch.