MTV achieves cultural ubiquity with headfirst dive into video game market

    Rock Band drumsetRemember the idyllic days of earlier this year, when kids were content to simulate playing along to their favorite guitar heros simply by using a plastic guitar controller with five colored buttons that corresponded to string and fret positions? We were so young then! Well, just as it heralded a new era of beach-based soap opera television with the pseudo-reality Laguna Beach, MTV is attempting to change the way we pretend to play instruments ” its $500 million impulse buy into the video game industry will be spearheaded by a game called “Rock Band,” which allows up to four players to play along to music using not only guitar, but drums and vocals via instrument-based peripherals (drums pictured).
    [more:]”Rock Band” will allow players to download additional tracks to use in the game besides those listed below. MTV is also developing “casual games” like those found at Expect to see “Rock Band” released on November 20 for Xbox 360 and PlayStations 2 and 3; A Wii version has not yet been announced. Here’s the list of songs featured on “Rock Band”:
    Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”
    Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”
    Blue yster Cult – “(DonÔ’t Fear) The Reaper”
    Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead or Alive”
    David Bowie – “Suffragette City”
    Deep Purple – “Highway Star”
    Faith No More – “Epic”
    Foo Fighters – “Learn To Fly”
    Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
    Metallica – “Enter Sandman”
    Mountain – “Mississippi Queen”
    Nine Inch Nails – “The Hand That Feeds”
    Nirvana – “In Bloom”
    OK Go – “Here It Goes Again”
    Queens of the Stone Age – “Go with the Flow”
    Radiohead – “Creep”
    Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”
    Rush – “Tom Sawyer”
    Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
    Stone Temple Pilots – “Vasoline”
    The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
    The Hives – “Main Offender”
    The Ramones – “Rockaway Beach”
    The Strokes – “Reptilia”
    The Who – “Won”’t Get Fooled Again”
    Weezer – “Say It Ain”’t So”
    MTV Networks to invest more than $500 mln in games [Reuters]