This Piano Projector Makes Playing Keyboards as Easy as Rock Band

Learning to play a new instrument is an exciting endeavour until you get caught up in the hours of mind-numbing practice required to get proficient. But if learning the piano is up next on your bucket list, you'll be desperate to get your hands on this clever projection system that makes learning the ivories… » 10/07/13 9:40am 10/07/13 9:40am

1,000 Song Rock Band Marathon Live-Streaming for Charity Now

Bless the RSI-ridden hands of the Clan of the Gray Wolf, who are live-streaming their second annual Rock Band marathon, where they play 1,000 songs straight. 17 hours in (at time of writing) and they've played 205 songs. » 11/05/10 7:00am 11/05/10 7:00am

This Is How You're Going to Learn the Guitar

Rock Band 3 is going to make tens, if not hundreds of thousands of gamers into actual guitarists. How? It cleverly shoehorns guitar lessons into a game that kids and adults both love. And this is how it looks. » 10/19/10 3:01pm 10/19/10 3:01pm

Rock Band Circa 2030

With each successive version, Rock Band becomes less about pretending to play music and more about actually playing music. Hopefully this is what Rock Band 9 will be like in 20 years when we all have augmented reality contact lenses. » 8/26/10 8:40pm 8/26/10 8:40pm

How Harmonix Is Tricking Lazy Gamers Into Learning Real Instruments

For years, musicians have mocked those of us holding plastic guitars. Fair enough—but we had fun! But with Rock Band 3, we learn what Harmonix was up to all along: Actually teaching us how to play real instruments. » 6/16/10 6:20pm 6/16/10 6:20pm

Hands On With Rock Band 3's Pro Guitar and Keyboard (Keytar!)

Mad Catz is the official hardware partner for Rock Band 3, and their two new realistic instruments—pro guitar with 102 buttons, and the keyboard peripheral—are the closest you get to real instruments yet. » 6/16/10 5:29pm 6/16/10 5:29pm

Rock Band 3 Will Try to Teach You How to Actually Play Instruments

Rock Band 3 is going to come with a real-deal MIDI keyboard. Yes, this new music game will attempt to teach you to actually play music. » 6/10/10 10:52am 6/10/10 10:52am

Rock Band 3's Keyboard Is Actually a Keytar?

The keyboard accessory we were looking forward to in Rock Band 3 is supposedly actually a KEYTAR. Good, I suppose, for mobility and rockitude, but not for learning how to actually play the keybo...oh god I've become an old man. [Ars Technica] » 5/26/10 4:19pm 5/26/10 4:19pm

Rock Band 3 Brings Pianos Into the Equation

Attention, toy instrument connoisseurs! Make room in your pretend studio for a new addition: the piano. Yes, Rock Band 3 is bringing the ivories to the video game world. » 5/25/10 4:57pm 5/25/10 4:57pm

Make Poker More Challenging By Playing With A Rock Band Drum Kit

Ever spiced up Internet poker by busting out a webcam and turning it into a strip game? Yeah? Well, have you ever done it while using a Rock Band drum kit to control the game? Here's how. » 3/04/10 11:20pm 3/04/10 11:20pm

Wall Clips Organize Controllers In Wiimote Locations

Controllers can be a hassle to keep track of, and often clutter up valuable home entertainment space. But here comes the Wall Clip, what Mary Poppins would surely have used if the Banks children had been gamers. » 2/10/10 2:20pm 2/10/10 2:20pm

Rhythm Video Games Quickly Entering Twilight of Their One-Hit Wonder…

Fake musicians the world over are increasingly casting aside their fake instruments, reports video game stats go-to firm the NPD Group. Apparently, the short era of plastic rhythm game instruments and accessories is leveling off. » 12/20/09 4:00pm 12/20/09 4:00pm

This Week's Gaming Stories You Cannot Miss

Look, it's the box art from Star Trek Online (along with new screens and impressions)! Also read on for the latest infotainment regarding Diablo III, a Diablo clone, the Avatar game and, of course, Modern Warfare 2. » 11/13/09 7:40pm 11/13/09 7:40pm

Rock Band Voice Engine Tricked By Something Called a "Musical…

On one hand, what's happening here is very simple: Rock Band's singing feature just senses pitch, not words, so it's perfectly reasonable that a flute—or indeed almost any instrument—could do the trick. On the other? This is art. » 11/09/09 10:21am 11/09/09 10:21am

Cold, Lifeless Robot Shreds Blondie In iPhone Rock Band

This little homemade robot takes all of those impressive no-look Dragonforce-on-expert Rock Band/Guitar Hero YouTube videos and destroys them with a cold, clockwork efficiency. Updated. » 11/01/09 3:00pm 11/01/09 3:00pm

Polk HitMaster "Monitor" Means Inexplicable Faux Instrument Arms Race…

The disdain I harbored for that ridiculous Altec Lansing Guitar Hero "stage monitor" was fading this morning, but news from Polk that they, too, would be entering the world of fake music accessories revived those feelings anew. » 10/25/09 2:00pm 10/25/09 2:00pm

Altec Lansing Stage Gig Is a "Guitar Amp" For Guitar Hero "Guitarists"

And with this, a $100, 40-watt speaker that looks exactly like a stage monitor but nonetheless isn't quite a stage monitor, the bizarre, alternate universe of rhythm gaming is complete. » 10/20/09 8:55am 10/20/09 8:55am

Rock Band For iPhone Hands On: Alleviate Boredom, Suffer Hand Cramps

The $10 Rock Band iPhone app that's on the App Store now is basically the console experience brought to your phone, complete with a music store to get new songs for $1. The only thing lacking is the control scheme. » 10/19/09 2:25pm 10/19/09 2:25pm

Now Available: Rock Band for iPhone and iPod touch

I've been psyched for this ever since EA confirmed the multi-player mode supports four players over Bluetooth. The $10 app lets you invite Facebook friends, and choose guitar, bass, drums or vocals. 20 tracks are included, too…here's the full listing: » 10/19/09 7:29am 10/19/09 7:29am

Rock Band for iPhone Looks Just Like the Real Thing, Minus the Plastic…

Watch your back, Tap Tap Revenge: Rock Band is coming for the iPhone, and it looks slick as hell. And as a bonus, this is one version of Rock Band that won't clutter your living room up with toy guitars. » 10/08/09 8:00pm 10/08/09 8:00pm