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
TTERallye
October 24, 2013 9:35 pm

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.

TTERallye
TTERallye
October 24, 2013 10:44 pm
Reply to  Elliott

we should start a petition!

TTERallye
TTERallye
October 24, 2013 10:46 pm
Reply to  TTERallye

I don’t facebook or tweet, so feel free to suggest that idea to Paul cross and his team for me if you have there contact details 😀

James
James
October 25, 2013 9:01 am
Reply to  TTERallye

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

Jeremy
Jeremy
October 25, 2013 11:18 am
Reply to  James

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
James
October 25, 2013 12:50 pm
Reply to  Jeremy

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
Magnusm1
October 26, 2013 6:34 am
Reply to  Jeremy

You are fucking disgusting.

Jeremy
Jeremy
October 26, 2013 10:50 am
Reply to  Magnusm1

me or him? just curious 😛

James
James
October 26, 2013 5:41 pm
Reply to  Jeremy

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

IZ
IZ
January 30, 2014 8:23 pm
Reply to  James

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.

James
James
October 25, 2013 1:42 pm
Reply to  Elliott

I agree, and I apologize for putting down any DLC requests (I do not apologize for thinking Daft Punk are hacks though) because the more options that are available, the better it’s going to be for everybody. The last thing I want to do is come across to the developers as being picky or negative. I want them to put out as much and as varied DLC as possible, and shi--ing on everybody’s suggestions is a sure fire way to discourage them from doing that.

James
James
October 25, 2013 3:04 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Does not make up for “Around The World”
😆

Jeremy
Jeremy
October 25, 2013 8:25 pm
Reply to  James

so your condemming the whole bands work, on 1 track…a little narrow minded, as elliot demonstrated with a non nile rodgers track.

would you prefer a full funk guitar riff song like “get lucky” which by many guitar teaching say its the song of the summer to learn….

Its called “rock”smith, but not all the songs are rock songs….as paul cross says in a interview…calling it Music smith just didn’t have a good ring to it…
can’t beleave I needed to point that out.

would you prefer Brittany, miley,

nile Rodgers worked on 3 track for daft punk, RS song packs come out in 3’s

they want big names….and big songs of the summer…

you do the maths.

James
James
October 26, 2013 5:40 pm
Reply to  Jeremy

Jeebus, dial it back there a little pal. I don’t like Daft Punk and nothing you can ever say will change that. Obviously you do like them, and that’s cool. There are lots of bands I like that you probably wouldn’t, but I certainly wouldn’t give myself a cardiac arrest over it. Accept the fact that somebody out there has a differing opinion than yours and move on with your life.

kv
kv
December 24, 2013 5:15 am
Reply to  Jeremy

get over it, some people don’t like daft punk. Jesus! It’s just a band at the end of the day

Jay O
Jay O
October 24, 2013 2:25 pm

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

dave
dave
October 24, 2013 10:35 am

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

hammer1021
hammer1021
October 23, 2013 10:18 pm

yeah who cares about making money and making the brand stronger

Cygnus X-1
Cygnus X-1
October 23, 2013 7:02 pm

“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
Brandon
October 23, 2013 7:36 pm
Reply to  Cygnus X-1

My guess is Rage Against the Machine….

Mike
Mike
October 26, 2013 1:38 pm
Reply to  Brandon

🙁

chris
chris
October 23, 2013 4:23 pm

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

dave
dave
October 23, 2013 4:07 pm

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

John
John
October 23, 2013 2:50 pm

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
James M
October 23, 2013 2:41 pm

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
Cygnus X-1
October 23, 2013 6:59 pm
Reply to  James M

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 plastic guitars.

This one I’m not too sure about, but I do believe that Floyd just don’t want to license their songs to a video game.

James
James
October 23, 2013 7:07 pm
Reply to  Cygnus X-1

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
Andrei
October 23, 2013 9:13 pm
Reply to  James

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
IZ
December 4, 2013 1:43 pm
Reply to  James

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. Can’t they see the fans love their music and want to play it? 😡

Erik
Erik
October 23, 2013 1:53 pm

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

James
James
October 23, 2013 2:54 pm
Reply to  Erik

They absolutely should have brought you in as a consultant.

🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄

Cygnus X-1
Cygnus X-1
October 23, 2013 7:00 pm
Reply to  Erik

Are you disappointed at the lack of Miley Cyrus?

Mike
Mike
October 23, 2013 1:37 pm

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

James
James
October 23, 2013 1:54 pm
Reply to  Mike

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
October 23, 2013 3:14 pm
Reply to  James

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
Dyseman
October 23, 2013 3:39 pm
Reply to  Jack

Cyrus will be on TwerkSmith 3000.

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

Jam Bone
Jam Bone
October 23, 2013 4:40 pm
Reply to  Dyseman

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 Morisette trying to get her stomach pumped. Let’s face it, Rock, Blues, and Metal are what the game should focus on. Not something that went through the Clear Channel approval process to get pumped on MTV in between Justin Bieber’s next bad life decision and Lil’ Wayne’s explanation of his artistic creativity. Am I right or am I right?

rwilson1982
rwilson1982
October 23, 2013 6:23 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Thank heaven for small mercies.

nullPointer
nullPointer
October 24, 2013 2:24 am
Reply to  Jam Bone

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

Dyseman
Dyseman
October 24, 2013 11:30 pm
Reply to  Jam Bone

@Jam Bone

/applaud!

Brend
Brend
January 29, 2014 1:25 pm
Reply to  Jam Bone

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