Rock Band DLC - my wallet stands ready

· by Steve · Read in about 5 min · (894 Words)

I can easily see how Rock Band DLC went double-platinum on only 2 months and why Motley Crue said they had more sales as DLC than as regular records - it’s compulsive. It’s been scientifically proven to be impossible to have too many songs to play, especially when the quality of the note chart conversion, which is directly proportional to fun, is as consistent as we’ve found it to be. I’ve spent the equivalent of half of a full-price game just on DLC already, and I’ve only really stopped because I have all the ones that simply must have; I could easily find another half dozen I’d be happy to buy but the need is not as urgent.

It has made me realise though that no matter how well the DLC has done already, it’s still a massively untapped pool of revenue in practical terms. Recently, a lot of the DLC has been a little ‘niche’ to say the least - personally I’ve no interest in The Cars, Jimmy Buffet or Disturbed (but then I’m not a huge metal fan, Iron Maiden a-likes don’t do much for me), so I’ve been mostly buying from the back catalogue. Don’t get me wrong, Rock Band’s DLC is far and away the best DLC list of any of the music games out there, but I just know that they could extract a lot more money from me if the recent releases were a little more diverse. Perhaps I should be grateful for that!

So, tips to Harmonix - you could quite easily force me to give you the shirt from my back by releasing some or all of the following:

**Missing Bands

**

Arctic Monkeys

Franz Ferdinand

Led Zepplin

Lenny Kravitz
Manic Street Preachers

Pink Floyd

Queen

Supergrass

Snow Patrol

Santana

The Beatles (yeah, like that’s going to happen)

The Bluetones

The Smiths

The Stone Roses (and more than a weak cover version of “She Bangs The Drums”)

U2

Missing Tracks From Existing Bands

Foo Fighters - Almost anything else
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away specifically, but again most other tracks
REM - It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

REM - most tracks from Accelerate

[I can easily see how Rock Band DLC went double-platinum on only 2 months and why Motley Crue said they had more sales as DLC than as regular records - it’s compulsive. It’s been scientifically proven to be impossible to have too many songs to play, especially when the quality of the note chart conversion, which is directly proportional to fun, is as consistent as we’ve found it to be. I’ve spent the equivalent of half of a full-price game just on DLC already, and I’ve only really stopped because I have all the ones that simply must have; I could easily find another half dozen I’d be happy to buy but the need is not as urgent.

It has made me realise though that no matter how well the DLC has done already, it’s still a massively untapped pool of revenue in practical terms. Recently, a lot of the DLC has been a little ‘niche’ to say the least - personally I’ve no interest in The Cars, Jimmy Buffet or Disturbed (but then I’m not a huge metal fan, Iron Maiden a-likes don’t do much for me), so I’ve been mostly buying from the back catalogue. Don’t get me wrong, Rock Band’s DLC is far and away the best DLC list of any of the music games out there, but I just know that they could extract a lot more money from me if the recent releases were a little more diverse. Perhaps I should be grateful for that!

So, tips to Harmonix - you could quite easily force me to give you the shirt from my back by releasing some or all of the following:

**Missing Bands

**

Arctic Monkeys

Franz Ferdinand

Led Zepplin

Lenny Kravitz
Manic Street Preachers

Pink Floyd

Queen

Supergrass

Snow Patrol

Santana

The Beatles (yeah, like that’s going to happen)

The Bluetones

The Smiths

The Stone Roses (and more than a weak cover version of “She Bangs The Drums”)

U2

Missing Tracks From Existing Bands

Foo Fighters - Almost anything else
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away specifically, but again most other tracks
REM - It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

REM - most tracks from Accelerate

](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uWrzvLns4c)

For a Laugh

Adam Ant (full-on camp, but you know it makes sense)[

Bee Gees](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rKo7Tf5YBQ) (just to see people try it on vocals)

Happy Mondays (if you didn’t have an Amiga tracker remix of Step On, you weren’t around in the early 90’s)

Smash Mouth

The Darkness (for those who can already do the Bee Gees)

One wonders whether the lack of quite as many mainstream entries as we might like in the DLC is down to just plain licensing, or Activision buying the rights up, or Harmonix hoarding tracks for Rock Band 2. Who knows? But still, I have an 80-odd song list locally for now and that’s still more than I’ve had before.

I bought another guitar today (a GH3 Les Paul as advised) so we’ll have 4-player to look forward to soon. Awesome.

😀