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The "Rock Band" creators want to make you a wizard or something in this Kinect-enabled rhythm game for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One inspired by Disney's 1940 musical.

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Fresh off of his D.I.C.E. win for "Journey's" score, composer Austin Wintory is teaming up with indie developer Threaks for their rhythm action game, "Beatbuddy."

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Indie developer Chrysaor Studio gives an interesting concept a some wonderful sounds and an iffy title.

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Don't be distracted by the scenes above of Eminem and a fake Sarah Palin preparing to have sex, nor the appearance of Dr. Dre on "Star Trek"'s U.S.S. Enterprise. No, if you're a gamer, then what you'll probably remember most about the new Eminem video that premiered on MTV today for the song "We Made You" is that the rapper does his rapping in front of a scrolling note highway inspired by "Guitar Hero" or "Rock Band." Why? Who knows.

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Yesterday, Nintendo brought the upcoming DS game "Rhythm Heaven" to my office... and made me the laughingstock of the MTV newsroom. Witness my humiliation in the clip above, followed by an in-game version of what we did in real life. Yes, this was more embarrassing then when a woman dressed as Lara Croft made me do gymnastics in the newsroom.

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When Christian-themed "Guitar Hero" spin-off "Guitar Praise: Solid Rock" came out earlier this year, the game had its fair share of skeptics.

But the developers at Fremont, California-based Digital Praise told MTV Multiplayer this week that "sales are exceeding inventory of guitars on hand," and that the company is focusing on providing stock to Christian retailers so that customers will be able to find the game in time for Christmas.

We unboxed and tested the game ourselves and spoke with Digital Praise CEO Tom Bean about why we needed a religious guitar game in the first place.

"We were getting e-mails and letters mailed to us asking to create a guitar controller-based game using Christian music," he said. "Some of them told us that they attempted to communicate [the idea for the game] to some of the other makers but they were not getting any indication that anything was going to be done... We think that there's an opportunity that no one else has either seen it or felt compelled to try to address in the marketplace, so we have."

He also explained that the "mainstream" guitar games had things in them that their customers found offensive. Read More...

The disc-only version of Konami's "Rock Revolution" was released last week, but the drum kit-and-game bundle won't be in stores until next month.

I was told by Konami reps last month that if you can't wait until then, you can buy the game and use MTV Games' "Rock Band" drum kit, in addition to Activision's "Guitar Hero" or "Rock Band" guitars.

In my tiny apartment, I currently have both the "Rock Revolution" drum kit (borrowed courtesy of Konami) and my "Rock Band" drum set (wireless version) for the Xbox 360. So I decided to compare what happens when I played the game, tailored to a six-pad drum kit, with a four pad one. Will "Rock Revolution" scale the difficulty accordingly? Read More...

'rhythm heaven'Words will fail me as I write this diary entry. I cannot easily describe the magnificent feel of Nintendo's DS game "Rhythm Tengoku Gold" -- coming to America in the next few months as "Rhythm Heaven."

But if "Rhythm Tengoku Gold" were not a video game but instead the process of typing this diary entry, then the sentence you are now reading would have been typed letter by letter automatically by the computer, with me waiting -- waiting -- waiting -- until the moment I needed to insert the period. Then a cymbal would crash. "Crash!" And the next sentence would be automatically typed as well until the moment I could drum the next period. "Crash!" And this whole paragraph would be set to a soundtrack so that every time I typed a period and heard the crash it would be in rhythm with a catchy song. "Crash!"

If "Rhythm Tengoku Gold" were not a game but the process of driving to the movie theater, not only would a song play the entire journey, but every time you needed to turn on your blinker to signal a turn or lane change, the blinker's tick-tock would keep perfect time to the song. The road itself would have been designed to compel you to use the blinker only at those moments when the blinker best fit the music.

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