Rock  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Rock  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Remembering David Bowie - a list of video game performances https://www.gameskinny.com/0nvaa/remembering-david-bowie-a-list-of-video-game-performances https://www.gameskinny.com/0nvaa/remembering-david-bowie-a-list-of-video-game-performances Mon, 11 Jan 2016 07:42:17 -0500 BlackTideTV

January 11th, 2016 - Today the world lost another idol. After a half century of influencing the very genre of rock, David Bowie died at age 69 from an ongoing battle with cancer. Releasing 25 albums throughout his career, this loss will have rippling effects across the music industry. 

In honor of David, we've amassed a list of all of his notable works in the gaming industry. His music has themed our adventures for years even if we might not have known it.

Making his video game debut in 1999 with Omikron: The Nomad Soul, Bowie has had featured music in countless titles of all genres. If we miss any on our list, be sure to let us know in the comments section!

  • 1999 - Omikron: The Nomad Soul

Writer/Performer:  "Thursday's Child", "Something In The Air", "Survive", "Seven", "We All Go Through", "The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell, "Omikron (New Angels of Promise), "The Dreamers"

  • 2003 - Amplitude

Writer/Performer: "Everyone Says Hi" (Metro Remix).

  • 2004 - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Writer (as David Robert Jones): "Somebody Up There Likes Me"; Performer: "Somebody Up There Likes Me"

  • 2004 - Karaoke Revolution Volume 3

Writer: "Under Pressure"

  • 2005 - Guitar Hero

Writer: "Ziggy Stardust"

  • 2006 - Elite Beat Agents

Writer: "Let's Dance"

  • 2007 - Rock Band 

Writer/Performer: "Suffragette City"

  • 2007 - Rock Band Downloadable Content

Writer/Performer: "Heroes", "Moonage Daydream", "Queen Bitch"

  • 2007 - Skate

Writer/Performer: "Queen Bitch"

  • 2007 - SingStar Amped

Writer/Performer: "Changes"

  • 2008 - Grand Theft Auto IV

Writer (as D. Jones): "Fascination"; Performer: "Fascination"

  • 2009 - Guitar Hero 5

Writer/Performer: "Fame", "Under Pressure"

  • 2009 - Band Hero

Writer/Performer: "Let's Dance"

  • 2009 - Karaoke Revolution

Writer (as David Robert Jones): "Space Oddity"; Performer: "Space Oddity"

  • 2010 - Alan Wake

Writer (as David Robert Jones): "Space Oddity"; Performer: "Space Oddity"

  • 2011 - Kinect Sports: Season Two

Writer: "Ice Ice Baby", "Let's Dance", Performer: "Let's Dance"

  • 2011 - Rock Band Downloadable Content

Writer/Performer: "Blue Jean", "Fame", "Modern Love", "Young Americans", "Ziggy Stardust"

  • 2015 - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Writer: "The Man Who Sold The World"

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10 Bands Who Need to Compose a Game Soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/kfngr/10-bands-who-need-to-compose-a-game-soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/kfngr/10-bands-who-need-to-compose-a-game-soundtrack Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:34:55 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

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What do you think about my crazy ideas? Which of your favorite bands would you like to see work on a game soundtrack? Let me know in the comments below! 

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The Pogues with Shane MacGowan
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As much as I enjoy Flogging Molly, The Dropkick Murphys, and other Irish/Celtic punk bands, there is no topping The Pogues, especially with Shane MacGowan on vocals. Along with fiendishly clever lyrics laden with black humor, The Pogues also had a knack for taking traditional Irish music and reformatting the folk songs to fit their punk sound, making the old new again. Look no further for your Irish punk fix!

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Dream Game:
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An interactive, multiplayer drinking game. I know you didn't see that one coming.

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Mastodon 
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Like their namesake, Mastodon is a mammoth in the metal world. Despite only being around for 15 years, the band has racked up countless awards and success for their music. Starting out as sludge metal, the band has added progressive elements, which make for one trippy and fantastic live performance. Known for immaculate musicianship, jaw-dropping drumming skills, and killer solos, Mastodon has become a fan favorite and metal mainstay.

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Dream Game:
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Their more progressive songs would be a great fit for the Escher visuals of Monument Valley or Antichamber. For their heavier stuff, a new Painkiller or Bulletstorm with Mastodon doing music duties would be pretty damn great. 

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Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman
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Nothing quite says over-the-top like Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell album series. However, many people fail to recognize the massive influence Jim Steinman had on the two Bat out of Hell albums he composed. Meat Loaf encapsulates grandiose and overblown at its best, and the music is glorious for it. No one else could pull off performances like Meat Loaf does or the compositions Steinman effortlessly unleashed upon the world. Given the overblown nature of some games, they are practically begging for collaboration with these two.

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Dream Game:
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Racing along at breakneck speeds, causing vehicular mayhem and crashes in Burnout while Meat Loaf blares over the speakers would be a suitable match. Honestly though, is there anything Meat Loaf does not go well with?

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Weezer
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While Weezer’s newest album was a solid return to form, they have made some lackluster ones lately as well. As solid as any new albums may be, sadly, Weezer will never be as great as their peak as they were with Blue and Pinkerton. Blue was a masterwork of alternative power pop. With introspective and honest lyrics of being nerds, being rejected, and dealing with an alcoholic, Blue was a welcome departure from self-obsessed music at the time.

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For the follow up to the catchy, hook-filled Blue, Rivers Coumo went into self-imposed isolation and poured his being and soul into music. The result was Pinkerton, a startlingly, and at times, disturbingly honest release filled with anguish and loathing. Needless to say, the album was reviled upon release. Rivers went into a deep depression and subsequent Weezer releases returned more to the sound of the Blue album. In the following years, fans and critics realized the masterwork of Pinkerton and have clamored for a return to the sound.

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Dream Game:
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Titles full of teen angst such as Life is Strange and Gone Home would be a perfect fit for the Weezer of yesteryear. 

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The Big 4 and Exodus
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Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax are the bands commonly referred to as The Big Four. The Big Four are known for pioneering thrash metal and bringing it into the limelight. Although Exodus is not considered to be a part of The Big Four, they deserve to be recognized with the rest for their work in the genre. Do I really need to explain why having these bands working on a soundtrack would be amazing?

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Dream Game:
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Let them have a crack at Devil May Cry and watch the sparks fly. Very metal indeed.    \\m/

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Needtobreathe 
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I’ll be honest; Needtobreathe is on here simply because Bear Rinehart singing in a game would be bliss. Seriously, this guy is insanely talented with one of the most passionate and soulful voices around. I had the privilege to see this band perform live not long ago, and I was blown away. While Bear’s vocals are great, the entire band comes together to create a beautiful harmony which is heaven for your ears. This is a band you want to see live if you possibly can.

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Dream Game:
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Let these guys make some vocal tracks like Darren Korb and Ashley Barrett did on Transistor, and you have a match made in musical heaven. Maybe even put Darren working with these guys since Bastion had such strong country, frontier-like sounds. I’m drooling just imagining the possibilities. 

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Devin Townsend 
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Devin Townsend is one of the hardest working and talented people in music today (not to mention possessing one of the best set of vocals cords around). Devin formed the beloved Canadian extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad way back in 1994. Despite being a hugely influential metal band, Devin also did solo work on the side which was vastly different from SYL’s catalog. When SYL disbanded in 2007, Devin began working on his solo career in earnest and has released nine albums since, on top of producing, remixing, and working on countless other albums. Thankfully, he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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The most striking thing is how varied his catalog is. His work with SYL sounds completely different from his solo work. However, even his solo work is incredibly varied.

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Dream Game:
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His album Ghost would be the perfect fit for a zen-like puzzle game, whereas Deconstruction would be right at home being the soundtrack to a gonzo, over-the-top action affair like Bayonetta

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Modest Mouse 
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Modest Mouse remains one of the quirkiest and interesting bands in independent music 22 years into the game. After 22 years, vocalist Isaac Brock still possesses a remarkable energy with a delivery few others can match. Besides having a unique vocalist with Brock, Modest Mouse has also embodied quirky with their music. While they are classified as indie rock, there is no other band that does what Modest Mouse pulls off effortlessly. Couple unique rhythms and sounds with thought-provoking and usually less-than-sunny lyrics, and you have an exceptional musical cocktail.

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Dream Game:
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Pair this band with the demented geniuses at Dejobaan Games and you have a winner!

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Meshuggah
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Sweden has proved to be a most fertile land for metal. At The Gates, In Flames, and Dark Tranquility are only a few of the legendary bands Sweden has given rise to over the years. In fact, these three bands were pioneers of a new style of metal called the “The Gothenburg Sound” which was named after the city where these bands were living when they became noticed.

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Unlike their melodic counterparts, Meshuggah is about as far from melodic as it gets. Known for their odd time signatures, rapid tempo changes, and jazz fusion elements, Meshuggah has stayed true to their roots and delivered uncompromising, extreme metal on each of their releases. A gargantuan beast in the underground world, Meshuggah is not for the faint of ears.

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Dream Game:
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They could make one hell of a soundtrack for a precision platformer. Meshuggah + Super Meat Boy!

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The Sex Pistols 
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While The Sex Pistols are not the only punk band nor are the necessarily the progenitors of the "punk" sound, but The Sex Pistols were perhaps punk personified. We are talking about a band from the U.K. who wrote a song ragging on THE Queen. They also refused to attend their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not only did their music tap into a vein of anger, the band themselves embodied the rebellious, punk spirit (as self-destructive as it was). The band only recorded one album, but that one album has proven to be one of the most influential albums not only in rock and punk, but music as a whole. 

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Dream Game: 
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The punk world of Sunset Overdrive would have been a perfect match for The Sex Pistols. 

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Game music has seen a wonderful evolution along with video games themselves. From the simple polyphonic scores of the NES to the fully-orchestrated works we have today, game soundtracks have evolved as much as games. There are an innumerable amount of talented composers working to produce lovely soundtracks. While I love the music we have now and the works composers produce, I can't help but wish some of my favorite bands would score or contribute to some game soundtracks as well. Stewart Copeland has worked on the Spyro series; so why don't more bands give it a shot?

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As with all lists, it's hard to narrow down candidates (especially when you listen to as music as I do), so I tried to focus on the bands who might deliver something special and unique. Are you ready to go down the rabbit hole of dreams?

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John Cena Selected to Curate WWE 2K15 Soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/byb71/john-cena-selected-to-curate-wwe-2k15-soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/byb71/john-cena-selected-to-curate-wwe-2k15-soundtrack Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:09:28 -0400 Chris_Lemus

Following the steps of what 2K Games did with their NBA video game soundtracks, WWE 2K15 will feature a curation of music by a known celebrity.

This time, the game will stay true to wrestling and use 15-time world champion John Cena, who will be selecting from a range of genres.

"Reaching across many genres of music to some of my friends and those who have worked with WWE, I truly believe that gamers will become avid listeners of these songs," Cena said.

A collection of 12 songs were picked by the wrestler, who grew up training with rock music at Hard Nocks gym in Massachusetts and eventually created a platinum-selling rap album titled “You Can’t See Me” in 2005.

Some of the artists Cena selected for the game include Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, and Florida Georgia Line. Those artists will not be featured on the companion soundtrack, which also features music from the game by musical acts like Flo Rida, Knife Party, and Royal Blood.

In addition to the music Cena selected, he will also include two new songs he created with grammy nominated rapper Wiz Khalifa called “All Day” and “Breaks” on the companion soundtrack.

“It was very cool to work with Wiz Khalifa and combine my East Coast style of flow and his laid back West Coast vibe,” Cena wrote in an email to Billboard. “Wiz and I are both are so dedicated to our craft that we never stop hustling to give our fans more, that is what the song (‘All Day’) is about.“

WWE 2K15 will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on Oct. 28. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version will be released on Nov. 18, with the Microsoft Windows release following on No. 21. The companion soundtrack will be released Oct. 21 on iTunes.

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Pharrell Williams is Putting Together the NBA 2k15 Soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/uykv8/pharrell-williams-is-putting-together-the-nba-2k15-soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/uykv8/pharrell-williams-is-putting-together-the-nba-2k15-soundtrack Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:25:59 -0400 Chris_Lemus

The announcement of 2K Sport’s NBA 2k15 cover on Tuesday was also bundled with a surprise selection for the game’s music curation.

Seven-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams, best known for his international chart-topping hit “Happy,” will be the first non-NBA affiliated person to curate the video game.

Previous curators include rapper and former co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Cleveland Cavaliers player Lebron James.

To help Williams select the music, he turned to a unique demographic.

"There are girls that play the game and there's a lot of girls that are around it … so I thought it'd be such an interesting twist to have the girls weigh in on the song list, because they listen to it just as much," Williams explained to Billboard. "I tried to pick an alternative approach, because how do you follow up LeBron (James) and Jay (Jay-Z)? I gotta take a different route.

"When we finished looking at the list, it felt right.”

It is currently unknown what songs he will be selecting, but he is no stranger to producing popular songs. According to The Guardian, he co-produced 20 percent of the songs played on British radio in 2004. It is possible that fans of the game could hear a familiar tune or two by Williams.

He also has a wide range of music to chose from based on his experience working with a wide range of genres. While Williams has predominantly produced for hip-hop and pop artists, he has also worked with The Hives, No Doubt, and dancehall DJs Major Lazer.

The Williams has a unique connection to the NBA 2K series. Featured on the cover of his band N.E.R.D.’s 2001 “In Search Of…” album cover is fellow band member Shay Hayley playing a video game. While the television screen is not visible, Williams revealed that the game was an early NBA 2K game.

This will not be Williams’ first venture outside of music. He has helped design clothes, jewelry, furniture, and even an upcoming unisex fragrance.

NBA 2k15 will be released Oct 7 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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