Rocksmith 2014 Q&A Stream Tidbits

 

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Rocksmith 2014 is out for North America!

Last week a few of the community members on YouTube, Facebook, and yours truly had the opportunity to not only receive the game a bit early, but also to participate in a Q&A Twitch.TV stream, live with the developers behind Rocksmith 2014!

Here are a few of the fun tidbits that I jotted down during the stream:

  • DLC for Guitarcade has been talked about, but they will need to observe if there is demand for it and all the tracked inputs have been covered with the games on disc so far.
  • Radiohead: High and Dry was the song Paul Cross was most “emotionally attached” to on the Rocksmith 2011 Setlist.
  • Paranoid Android (Radiohead) has the vocal melody charted to guitar
  • The Trooper was the first song to clear licensing.
  • It took 18 months to clear licensing for the entire Rocksmith 2014 setlist
  • Some bands want to be paid in perpetuity each time a copy is sold, some bands have been cleared by licensing but can’t be used due to stipulations of this nature.
  • Weekly DLC – confirmed (3-6 songs a week)
  • In depth statistic tracking for Rocksmith 2014 will be available through UPlay
  • Paul was excited for “Say it Ain’t So,” but it was turned down by the label for Rocksmith 2011
  • Paul REALLY loves Oasis
  • Nick (Bonardi) loves Smashing Pumpkins
  • Everlong was difficult to clear for licensing despite Dave Grohl being a fan of Rocksmith
  • Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Metallica’s issues on being in the game are NOT money related
  • Paul Cross wants stuff like Miley Cyrus. Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears as DLC.
  • Nao Higo wanted [REDACTED SONG] but they wanted way too much money, they were even one of the first songs on the build of Rocksmith 2011.
  • Sweep Picking didn’t make it into lessons although it was discussed in early stages of the game.
  • Pinch harmonics doesn’t have a hands-on lesson because detection wise it’s too tricky given that it varies where you play it on the guitar.

Nothing too crazy, but some fun things to think about. Stay tuned for DLC videos from this week, and of course our forthcoming full review of Rocksmith 2014

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TTERallye
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TTERallye

DLC….what we need is some DAFT PUNK….especially the more recent stuff where Nile Rogers was involved.

This would also allow for new techniques / lessons / even minigames to be developed

To teach funk and scratching and directional picking.

James
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James

Daft Punk? And people on here were rallying against Brittney Spears and Miley Cyrus…

Jeremy
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Jeremy

think you better do some research on Nile Rodgers before making comments like that.

he is the grandmaster of Funk guitar.

you may feel like apologizing after a bit of research, or eyou may even feel like thanking me for enlightening you.

James
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James

Nile Rodgers contributing to THREE TRACKS does not all of a sudden make Daft Punk a rock band. The game’s called Rocksmith, not MidiSmith. If you want some Nile Rodgers then petition for Nile Rodgers, not that dance club garbage currently being spewed out across the airwaves.

An apology and a thank-you are two things you will not be hearing from me.

Magnusm1
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Magnusm1

You are fucking disgusting.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

me or him? just curious 😛

James
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James

Hopefully me. Nothing warms the cockles of my heart more than fits of blinding internet rage directed at me.

IZ
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IZ

Like the blind internet rage you’re spewing on others? “I don’t like this particular band so I need to trash everyone who does.” Real mature… close-minded people like you are what holds music back. You wouldn’t have the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, and what you would now call rock n roll if people didn’t push the limits of what music used to be.

Jay O
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Jay O

Got my shipping details from amazon uk today, cant wait 🙂 hopefully it arrives on monday..

dave
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dave

Miley,taylor Xtina and britney 🙄 I thought he was a music fan, obviously it’s a more of a visual attraction thing then 😈

hammer1021
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hammer1021

yeah who cares about making money and making the brand stronger

Cygnus X-1
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Cygnus X-1

“Nao Higo wanted [REDACTED SONG] but they wanted way too much money, they were even one of the first songs on the build of Rocksmith 2011.”

Oh that’s a tease. Anyone have an idea of what song or band this is?

Brandon
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Brandon

My guess is Rage Against the Machine….

Mike
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Mike

🙁

chris
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chris

is that woman on the left the mom? She said tell them to fix the tuner

dave
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dave

Did they talk at all about the RS1 songs that didn’t make it into RS2014 and why?

John
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John

Cross’ argument is that those artists are today’s big selling pop artists, just like the Beatles, Kinks, Stones, Animals and the Who were back in the day.

James M
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James M

So Metallica, Zep, and Floyd are not money related. Is it that they’re not interested? I could see that from Zep and Floyd but I’m surprised about Metallica. Unless it’s the GH Metallica that’s getting in the way.

Cygnus X-1
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Cygnus X-1

Metallica still has about a year left in their contract exclusivity to guitar hero assuming they have it for the same length as Aerosmith did. Jimi Paige and Robert Plant hated the idea of Rock Band to the point of being hostile. I forget which one of the two said it, but basically saying that integrating their music with video games would cause a dependance on them and not encourage proper guitar playing. While the comment was directed at rock band BEFORE pro guitar was introduced, the statement was more towards music video games as a whole and not just… Read more »

James
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James

One of them -- can’t remember if it was Floyd or Zep, and honestly it’s not important enough to me to look it up at the moment -- also refused to allow access to the master recordings as well.

Andrei
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Andrei

Jimmy Page is famously protective about the master tapes for Zeppelin recordings, he would never give them to videogame developers. However, Rocksmith does not need master tapes (at least in RS2011, I’m traveling and still haven’t had the chance to install and play RS2014, much to my chagrin).

IZ
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IZ

I believe it’s Zep that doesn’t want to release master tapes. They’ve also been pretty vocal about not wanting their music used in “games” but I don’t think they’re aware that Rocksmith isn’t exactly a game. As far as I’ve heard, Floyd is a little finnicky with their music, going so far as calling it an “experience.” I think their egos are a little bit inflated. They claim the music is meant to be heard as an album altogether instead of as single tracks. I don’t see why that’s any of their concern but man that really grinds my gears.… Read more »

Erik
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Erik

Well I guess I now know who to blame for a setlist that fails to reach my liking.

James
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James

They absolutely should have brought you in as a consultant.

🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄

Cygnus X-1
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Cygnus X-1

Are you disappointed at the lack of Miley Cyrus?

Mike
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Mike

Really Paul, you wanted Miley Cyrus, Brittney Spears, Taylor Swift, and Christina Aguilera? I hope you’re being sarcastic.

James
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James

I don’t know, it could be helpful for introducing guitar to an entirely new demographic. I have nieces who would never play a Mastadon song, but would probably play a Miley Cyrus or Tayler Swift song until their fingers bled.

Jack
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And maybe try something else because why not and find out they like that too.

It happened to me with RS 1, Music it’s a wonderful thing

Also, bring the Taylor swift songs, I don’t mind those as much. Cyrus I will never buy 😆

Dyseman
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Dyseman

Cyrus will be on TwerkSmith 3000.

As for Spears, isn’t her stuff basically all MIDI sampling? Or is there a Band?

Jam Bone
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Jam Bone

It all is. In fact, based on Instrumentation it’s not even music, but a series of beeps, clicks, and whistles organized in a monotonous pattern that is designed to incapacitate it’s listener by facilitating docility, lowered expectations, and general mind-numbing complacency. It seems to me that a game focused on learning a Guitar or Bass should stay away from “Hell-evator” music that is produced for the sole purpose of influencing young girls to grow up and be sluts that can’t manage money. What comes after this train-wreck would be Rapsmith and we all know that would suck harder than Alanis… Read more »

nullPointer
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nullPointer

You are the winner of the internet my good sir. Well said.

Dyseman
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Dyseman

@Jam Bone

/applaud!

Brend
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Brend

So basically the only genres that are “artistic” are metal, rock and blues? Electronic and rap aren’t artistic? God, you’re an idiot.