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Comic for: January 29th, 2009
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Gaming News: "5000 Songs"
Posted: Thursday January 29th, 2009 by

Yesterday the interwebnettubes were all ablaze with the news that Alex Rigopulus, CEO of Harmonix, had said the Rock Band library would be at 5000 songs before the end of 2009.[more info] Upon seeing the number I figured it was just a typo and some gungho journalist had nearly peed himself thinking the number was correct and reported it as such. It then spread, as these stories do, from site to site never receiving the benefit of basic journalistic fact checking.

MTV Games/Harmonix quickly countered with Rigopulus' actual statement to Ars Technica which didn't say anything about 5000 songs by the end of 2009. He said "as the catalog expands from 500 songs to 5,000 songs or whatever in the coming years...". No part of that comment looks to me like a promise of 5000 songs by the end of the year. It doesn't even look like a promise of 5000 songs, just a general comment about the potential size of Rock Bands library at some time in the game's future.
Source: Destructoid [ more info ]

So yeah, I've been pretty critical of gaming news lately. And, I think, rightfully so. It seems like sites are just regurgitating information without bother to do the most cursory of checks. One of my dreams for GU was to open a news site that approached all stories with the same attitude as the comics. But, honestly, I'm not interested in becoming just another one of those kind of sites. I'd rather watch the dream wither on the vine.

Alrighty, enough of my whining. And when Rock Band DOES hit 5000 songs, I'll probably be there.

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