submit to reddit
Pin it


Late last year, Viacom decided to sell the game developer Harmonix. Rumors suggested that Electronic Arts or even Activision might buy them out. Fortunately for the consumers, neither of those rumored deals was made! We all saw how Activision handled its ownership of Guitar Hero, effectively running the franchise (and possibly the music-rhythm genre, itself) into the ground by release one or two games every year! And we all also know how Electronic Arts's EA Sports brand has handled Madden NFL over the past 6 years with all competition in the pro football gaming market being effectively stamped out.

No, fortunately for us gamers, Harmonix decided to set up a holding company in order to buy themselves and once again become an independent developer.

As stated in an interview between Joystiq and Harmonix founder and current Vice President Chris Rigopolous, Harmonix has also severed ties with Viacom-owned MTV.

Is this really good news? Or is it bad news?

Well, on the upside, being free of the control of a larger corporation, Harmonix is now free to pursue development of whatever kinds of games it wants. They are also free to pursue licensing deals with additional artists and record labels, since they don't have any potential conflicts to worry about.

The separation from MTV and Viacom also means that Harmonix will be the sole recipient of any profits made from the sale of Rock Band and Dance Central downloadable content (after artist licensing fees and royalties, of course).

But being independent also comes with some problems.

For one, Harmonix may have a hard time publishing and distributing any new games they want to make. In fact, even Viacom (as rich as it is) was not well-suited to video game publishing, and had to license Rock Band 3 to Electronic Arts for distribution purposes.

Partnerships with peripheral manufacturers may also be a challenge for an independent Harmonix. So you might want to make sure you snatch up a Fender Stratocaster and/or Fender Mustang PRO guitar controller while they are still available!

The lack of a wealthy parent company also meant that Harmonix had to lay off a percentage of its employees. This means fewer people available to develop new games, future DLC, or conversions of old DLC into PRO mode compatibility.

Harmonix has already announced that there will not be any new Rock Band 4 game being released in 2011. This may or may not be a result of the sale and limited funds for Harmonix. The decline of music-rhythm genre sales may also have played a part in that decision. That decline is also what lead Activision to shut down Guitar Hero developer Red Octane and disband the Guitar Hero development team and franchise altogether.

Dance Central (XBox360, Kinect)

Finally, the lack of resources and a direct connection to the music industry (through Viacom/MTV) may mean that licensing may become a problem for Harmonix in the future. So we could be seeing fewer songs being released as DLC for Rock Band and Dance Central in the future. It also may be unlikely that we'll see old DLC songs being converted into PRO mode, or any DLC or expansions for Beatles Rock Band or Green Day Rock Band.

So what's the future for Harmonix?

Don't panic though. Harmonix has stated that they will continue to support Rock Band 3 and Dance Central, and will continue to release new DLC for both games!

So that's a good sign.

It's hard to say what will lay in store for Harmonix. If the music-rhythm genre really does die off, then it would be bad news for the studio, since they almost exclusively deal in music-rhythm games.

But the declining demand for peripheral-based music-rhythm games may not stop Harmonix from continuing to go strong!

They could become a leader in contributing to the rise of motion-gaming through dance games such as Dance Central. Who knows, maybe they'll even release Air Rock Band for the Kinect!

Frequency (PS2)

They could also go back to making quirky, music-inspired games like their original Frequency and Amplitude games that put the name Harmonix on the map.

They could also shift their focus from full-fledged games. Instead, they could devote their time to releasing kick-ass DLC, more PRO mode compatible content, and might even try injecting life back into games like Beatles Rock Band (I hope!)

Besides, analysts never thought that the music-rhythm genre would take off to begin with. The instrument controllers were too expensive. The games too niche. They'd never be a hit. Well, Harmonix single-handedly proved those skeptics wrong with Guitar Hero, and then again with the first Rock Band.

There are plenty of options left for Harmonix, so don't count them out.

My personal wishlist for Harmonix

I can't let this discussion end without first offering up my own wishlist for what I would like to see from Harmonix in the coming months or years:

The Beatles Rock Band

  • More DLC for Beatles Rock Band: Specifically, I'd like to see the PRO Mode be brought into the game! I - for one - would gladly pay $15 or even $30 to have PRO guitar, bass, and drum tracks be added for all the songs in the game. Especially if they include the addition of keyboard support, and all the existing DLC songs are upgraded as well.

    Even if PRO mode isn't added, it would still be nice to see some other songs and/or albums be added:

    • Hey Jude (song)
    • Help! (album), or at least a few songs from the album such as Help!, The Night Before, You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, You're Gonna Lose That Girl, I've Just Seen a Face, and Yesterday (the most covered song ever written).
    • Magical Mystery Tour (album), or at least a few songs from the album such as Magical Mystery Tour, Flying, Blue Jay Way, Strawberry Fields Forever, and Penny Lane.
    • Please, Please Me (song)
    • Love Me Do (song)

    ... among others.

  • Upgrade the existing Rock Band 1 and 2 game tracks to include PRO Mode, vocal harmonies, and key support where applicable.
  • Similarly, upgrades to existing DLC to include PRO Mode, vocal harmonies, and key support where applicable. Specifically, I'd like to see the following DLC have PRO mode added:
    • The Foo Fighters' The Colour and the Shape album
    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic album
    • The Best of the Who (Rock Band edition) DLC pack
  • Bring back songs from Rock Band 1 and 2 that did not export. Harmonix has already done this with Run to the Hill, which was present as a cover version in the first Rock Band, but not exportable to Rock Band 2. It sure would be nice to have Dani California, Enter the Sandman, Paranoid, and Spoonman again. Especially if the new versions come with PRO, keys, and harmony upgrades!
  • Marty McFly plays Johnny B Goode in Back to the Future
  • New DLC for Rock Band 3 (hopefully including PRO Mode):
    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication album, or at least the songs Around the World, Californication, Otherside, and Road Trippin'
    • Some Pink Floyd! Specifically, I'd like to see The Wall album. But I know that might be hard, since it contains some less-than-family-friendly lyrics. But how about just songs like Another Brick in the Wall (part I)/The Happiest Days of Our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall (Part II), Mother, Goodbye Blue Sky, Another Brick in the Wall (Part III), Hey You, and Comfortably Numb. Songs from other albums like Money and Wish You Were Here would be nice, too.
    • More Jimi Hendrix: All Along the Watchtower, Purple Haze.
    • Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry (with PRO guitar, please!).
  • Some music tracks from other game franchises. We already got Still Alive from Portal, so why not Want You Gone from Portal 2? And why end there? How about some stuff like You're Not Here, Hell Frozen Rain, or When You're Gone from the Silent Hill soundtracks? or Snake Eater from Metal Gear Solid 3? "TREE FROG"!
  • A PRO bass guitar similar to the Fender Stratocaster PRO guitar. I don't really care what model it is (although if it happened to end up being the Hofner violin bass, I wouldn't complain), as long as it's got four strings, is midi-capable, and can be played finger-style!
  • Full Midi guitar support. Right now, the PRO guitar requires special finger-placement technology on the fingerboard. It would be nice if Harmonix could update Rock Band 3 to include pitch-detection for regular MIDI guitars, so they can be played with the game similar to MIDI keyboards and drum kits. Being able to hook up any guitar to a midi converter and sending that to the game would also be awesome. Maybe that's something to try for Rock Band 4. This would also allow the player to perform bends and other advanced guitar techniques that the game currently cannot detect.
  • Rock Band Network
  • PRO support for Rock Band Network. Allow users to create custom tracks that use PRO mode and the new keyboard. I'm not sure if this is already allowed, since I have the game on PS3 instead of XBox360, and the PS3 doesn't have the song editor. Which brings me to my next wish...
  • Rock Band Network editor for PS3 and/or Wii. Apparently, the song editor for Rock Band Network utilizes the XNA framework, and so Harmonix was not permitted to port the software onto the PS3 or Wii. It sure would be nice if Harmonix could create a similar feature that can be used by PS3 and Wii owners.

Rock Band Network screenshot

Leon Rafael
Leon Rafael
07/21/2024 04:23:47 #


My purpose out here today is to share this article to the world about how GEO COORDINATES RECOVERY HACKER helped me in getting my lost funds back. Losing your life savings to scammers it’s not a good feeling, I lost everything, even sold some properties, I didn’t even know where to start from, I invested $72,000, which i was promised to get my first 15% profit in weeks, when it’s time to get my profits, I got to know the company was bogus, they kept asking me to invest more and i ran out of patience then requested to have my money back, they refused to answer nor refund my funds. I had contacted a few crypto recovery agents but they were all unprofessional not, until a friend of mine introduced me to this hacker called GEO COORDINATES RECOVERY HACKER. It gladdens my heart to be out here to share with you my incredible experience working with the recovery hacker called GEO COORDINATES RECOVERY HACKER. I must confess that it was the best decision that I made because my stolen Bitcoin was successfully returned to me. So for those who are victims, don't let those unfortunate scammers get away with your hard-earned money. You can rely on your expertise. They have previously handled many successful cases. In order to get your stolen assets recovered Kindly contact them via

Email: (geovcoordinateshacker@protonme)
Email: (
WhatsApp ( +1 (512) 550 1646)

Contribute Comment


We'll incarnate your avatar from the services below.
PlayStation Network Steam Xbox LIVE Facebook MySpace Pinterest Twitter YouTube deviantART LiveJournal

  • Comment
  • Preview

Grid Clock Widget
12      60
11      55
10      50
09      45
08      40
07      35
06      30
05      25
04      20
03      15
02      10
01      05
Grid Clock provided by trowaSoft.

A gamer's thoughts

Welcome to Mega Bears Fan's blog, and thanks for visiting! This blog is mostly dedicated to game reviews, strategies, and analysis of my favorite games. I also talk about my other interests, like football, science and technology, movies, and so on. Feel free to read more about the blog.

Check out my YouTube content at

Follow me on Twitter at:


If you enjoy my content, please consider Supporting me on Patreon:

FTC guidelines require me to disclose that as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases made by clicking on Amazon product links on this site. All Amazon Associate links are for products relevant to the given blog post, and are usually posted because I recommend the product.

Without Gravity

And check out my colleague, David Pax's novel Without Gravity on his website!

Featured Post

The Humanity of NCAA Football's In-Season RecruitingThe Humanity of NCAA Football's In-Season Recruiting08/01/2022 If you're a fan of college football video games, then I'm sure you're excited by the news from early 2021 that EA will be reviving its college football series. They will be doing so without the NCAA license, and under the new title, EA Sports College Football. I guess Bill Walsh wasn't available for licensing either? Expectations...

Random Post

Just a pinch of salt: a new 'Civilization V' modJust a pinch of salt: a new 'Civilization V' mod05/15/2013 In anticipation of the upcoming Brave New World expansion pack for Sid Meier's Civilization V, I've been working on some mod projects. Today, I published a small resource mod called "Just a pinch of salt" that adjusts the yield of the salt luxury resource. By default, salt is a very strong resource to start near, as it provides...

Month List

Recent Comments

Comment RSS