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Daily Recap: April 8, 2009

April 8, 2009

It’s been rumored for a while, and the evidence is all but convincing enough: There will be a Lego Rock Band. But, uh…how?

Lego Rock Band

After reading Aaron’s review of The Path, I decided to plunk down $10 and download a copy. After a couple hours, I feel thoroughly unsettled and more than a little intrigued. It’s hard to tell if the game is leading up to a major revelation or an embarrassing anticlimax. But the suffocating atmosphere and haunting use of color and sound is impressive and oddly comforting, in a Silent Hill kind of way.

Oh, and I guess some other stuff happened.

rock-band-unplugged

Rock Band Unplugged is headed to the PSP on June 9th, and like all the latest and greatest music games, it’s coming with an expensive bundle. Harmonix announced today that there’ll be a special edition piano black PSP bundle with the game, a 4GB Memory Stick Duo, and a download voucher for a copy of School of Rock from the PlayStation Store. All this can be yours for $199, which is a pretty impressive value. But the biggest surprise of this announcement is that Sony is shipping a PSP with a movie that isn’t on UMD. Maybe that rumored disc-less PSP isn’t so far off…

Will Wright is leaving the now EA-controlled Maxis to focus on Stupid Fun Club, a creative studio focused on developing new IPs for the new media age. While it might sound dramatic for the legendary designer to leave for greener pastures, it’s worth noting that EA and Wright have an equal stake in Stupid Fun Club, and EA is given first right of refusal on any of their upcoming projects.

Amazon.com launched its Xbox LIVE storefront, which sells download codes to enter on Xbox.com or on an Xbox 360 to download Xbox LIVE Arcade games. Interestingly, the top sellers at the time of this post’s publication were 1600 ($20) and 4000 ($50) Microsoft Points cards. Why point purchases with no discount are selling better than any game may not be obvious, but my hunch is that people are eager to buy points in useful quantities — i.e., not paying for $6.25 or $12.50 worth of points, which doesn’t easily divide evenly with almost any LIVE purchases. This is great news for gamers, and probably a smart move on Amazon’s part.

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