“Rock Band” developers cuts 39 jobs

In a move to trim operating costs, makers of the popular “Rock Band” video game has cut 39 jobs.

Joystiq reported that an MTV Games representative that developer Harmonix Music Systems Inc., the company that made playing simulated guitars and drums possible has eliminated around 13 percent of its employees.

This news came shortly after the company announced that “The Beatles: Rock Band” game has sold more than 1 million copies. Ironic, isn’t it?

The rep however said that the layoffs were part of their restructuring to “better align [the] staffing to best suit [Harmonix’s] product development plans and schedules moving forward.”

Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2009/12/10/restructuring-layoffs-hit-harmonix-the-band-plays-on/

“Rock Band” soon on iPhones

Credit: Rock Band

Electronic Arts (EA) announced today that “Rock Band”, a popular music video game,  will soon make its way to Apple’s App Store.

Users have four options to choose from. They can play solo, or with at as many as three people together using Bluetooth. Games can also jump into Quickplay for casual jam sessions or they can take it on the road in Tour Mode.

Available by the end of this month, the app will debut with song’s from the awesome bands including Smashing Pumpkins, Lynyrd Skynyrd ,the Beastie Boys, Blink 183, the Pixies and Foo Fighters.

“Start out playing in grungy dives and work all the way up to stadium-rock stardom,” EA Mobile said at its website.

Want more songs? Users can also purchase additional tracks through the in-game music store.

Cool huh??

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/20091009/tc_afp/usitinternetmusicvideogamesearockbandapple

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