All You Need Is 'Rock Band'

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Aerosmith did it. And Metallica. And the Red Hot Chili Peppers. And Spinal Tap. They’ve all seen their music take the plunge into the world of Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and video games.
But the Beatles? Not until now.
Out from the mists of time, the Fab Four are making the leap. "The Beatles: Rock Band" hits the shelves tomorrow. The marketing din is deafening. Soon, you too can grab a plastic guitar and rock out like the Beatles at Shea Stadium.
Is this a revolution? Evolution? Or just fun and games?
This hour, On Point: music, video games, and Beatlemania all over again.
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Joining us in our studio is Alex Rigopulos, cofounder and CEO of Harmonix Music Systems, developers of "The Beatles: Rock Band." Harmonix developed the first Guitar Hero game in 2005, and in 2006 the company was acquired by MTV Games for $175 million. Harmonix now makes the Rock Band games, the first of which came out in 2007.

Joining us from New York is Heather Chaplin, video game critic and journalist who's written for Salon, Fortune, and The New York Times. She's co-author of "Smartbomb: The Quest for Art, Entertainment, and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution."

Also from New York, we're joined by Lisa Robinson, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where she covers music and the music industry. She has interviewed all four of the Beatles.

This program aired on September 8, 2009.


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