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Beatles: Rock Band
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10 August 2009
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1 September 2009
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I heard there are plans to offer Abbey Road (and maybe Pepper too) as a download - an addition to the core 45 songs. It would be great if they enabled the entire catalogue to play along with, but I guess not enough people would want to pay for it. It'd take a lot of effort too.

I've pretty much bankrupted myself by buying the two remasters boxes, so Rock Band will have to wait until Christmas. I've already started dropping hints to my wife though!

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11 September 2009
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As far as downloading content goes, they'll release a couple of albums worth, but I don't think they'll get anywhere near the full catalogue. I'd imagine it's costly to produce the computerised versions, and they wouldn't bother with the likes of Chains, Misery or Little Child - there's not much call for them.

I can't see solo games for each of The Beatles, but they could do a Beatles: the Solo Years edition and group the best songs all together in one bundle. That would be good. Anyone care to venture a tracklisting?

John: Cold Turkey, Stand By Me, Gimme Some Truth, It's So Hard, Oh My Love

Paul: Band On The Run, Jet, Let Me Roll It, Maybe I'm Amazed, Live And Let Die

George: My Sweet Lord, Wah-Wah, What Is Life

Ringo: I'm The Greatest (love that song)

Apart from John's, I don't have masses of the solo albums. I have the Wingspan best-of, Band On The Run and Ram, All Things Must Pass, and earlier today I was listening to Ringo's best-of on Spotify.

One thing that comes to mind is that much of the solo stuff wasn't guitar-based - or, at least, the best-known songs weren't. Am I right in thinking keyboard-based songs typically don't get included in these games?

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12 September 2009
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I disagree. With a bit of reflection, I can't see them bringing out the least-known bits of the catalogue, but I think we'll see all the major albums. They already have the digital character models, costumes, sets, backgrounds etc. The main thing they'll have to create are the track notes and match the singer's mouths to the songs.

Just for comparison, these are the songs brought out for Rock Band/2 in the last 3 years:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2.....and_series

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2.....and_series

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2.....and_series

There's a LOT of money in DLC - Microsoft/Sony takes their cut, Harmonix will take theirs, Apple Corps get their licence fees for doing nothing but allowing it to happen. Albums go for a comparable price to real albums, and there's no retail chain to deal with. They dpn't have any worries about shelf space etc - the stuff just sits on a virtual shelf in perpetuity - check out the games catalogue on Steam or all the downloadable junk on XBL/PSN.

The Rock Band guys do DLC much better than the Guitar Hero guys - but they still came up with this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.....le_content

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L..... (GH5 has only been out for a week)

In short, if the DLC sells well, and the game selling out all over the place on release day is a pretty good indicator - they will keep pumping out the tracks as long as people keep buying them. Beatles Fandom is considered a little like Star Wars fandom in the sense of the people who are really into the stuff will keep buying it.
I didn't mean solo games for each Beatle - but albums, or even 3-8 song "track packs". (I can't see the full All Things Must Pass being released for example.)
Since there's no keyboard available, songs will sometimes have the keyboard parts transposed onto a guitar's chord set to retain playability, or they will be in the background (like brass is).  
Out of interest, what console format are you on?
30 November 2009
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I think it's crazy fun.  I got so excited today because I finally got a memory unit that will hold the downloads of the two new albums (Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper) and I can't wait to get them. I heard they're going to release an album a month, not sure how far they'll get though.

The replica instruments make it so much fun too. I have the replica Hofner, and I'm freaking spoiled on that thing. :)

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23 April 2010
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Hmm. It's a good idea. I've got a Wii, and it'd be great to all log in as one. A sort of 'Our World' for the 21st century. However, time differences might make it tricky - I'm in the UK, and most people here are, I suspect, from North America.

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Joe said:

Hmm. It's a good idea. I've got a Wii, and it'd be great to all log in as one. A sort of 'Our World' for the 21st century. However, time differences might make it tricky – I'm in the UK, and most people here are, I suspect, from North America.


 

I'm in Michigan – USA, I'm sure we could figure something out. Wanna swap console numbers? Side note – I'm currently unemployed, so I'm available anytime to play it! a-hard-days-night-john-6

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