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'Diggin' In the Carts' is your gateway into loving video game music

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It’s hard to forget a good video game soundtrack. As a medium that often asks players to stick around for hours on end, video games by necessity strive to include music that you’ll want to listen to forever—which was especially tough in the medium’s earliest days, when technology left composers few sounds to work with. But somehow, miraculously, video games were able to feature timeless, enduring work that’s still a joy to hear—either in its original, crunchy glory or in lovingly arranged, fully orchestrated updates. READ FULL STORY

MICK on the 'NBA Live 15' soundtrack and why curation is important

Spectating at a professional sporting event is about much more than the game itself—it’s the atmosphere. The hype is half the fun, whether you’re walking up to an arena or gathering with friends on the couch. That’s why every sports game comes with a custom soundtrack that starts playing as soon as you boot up: to let you know it’s time to Get Hyped.

But a more recent trend wants you to get hyped not only for the game, but for the soundtrack too. Marquee artists are being invited to curate soundtracks for sports games, with their names prominently featured on box art. One of the first, and splashiest, artists to contribute in this manner was Jay-Z, who was named an Executive Producer when he handpicked the soundtrack on 2012’s NBA 2K13. This year’s crop of basketball games continues the trend, but with a new wrinkle: while the soundtrack for the currently-available NBA 2K15 features picks from Grammy-winning artist Pharrell Williams, the upcoming competing title NBA Live 2015 is turning to DJ and entrepreneur MICK (formerly Mick Boogie) for its soundtrack.

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Play EW's MTV VMA Bingo game

Awards show drinking games are so passé. It’s just too easy to get black-out wasted, especially when it comes to downing a shot whenever Taylor Swift gesticulates wildly in a fit of seat dancing, or Nicki Minaj throws shade at insert-name-of-fellow-rapper-trying-to-steal-her-thunder. Add some variety to the awards show game arena by playing EW’s MTV Video Music Awards Bingo—because it’s guaranteed that one of the following things will occur: Kanye West gets caught in a humble brag (minus the humble); someone wears sunglasses indoors.

Plus, this is a game that the non-drinking, under-21 crowd can also get in on. Because let’s face it—they’re the ones who can understand what is really going on behind Ariana Grande’s worried face.

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How indie game 'Hohokum' lets players explore art and music

Both strange and welcoming, Hohokum is one of the most singular games to come out on a video game console this year. Released today across all Playstation devices, Hohokum doesn’t really defy classification as much as it ignores it. In Hohokum, players control a snake-like creature called the Long Mover through a strange and vibrant 2D world. The game doesn’t tell you what you’re supposed to do, because you’re already doing it by playing–exploring and watching a strange and wonderful new world react to you.

A big part of the Hohokum’s appeal, and the first thing you’ll notice after the colors fill your screen, is the game’s soundtrack. It’s marvelous, a soothing and wistful mix of ambient electronic music that ebbs and flows with the player’s movement through the game. Layers of music sweep in or fall away as you explore, giving players the unique feeling of exploring songs in the same way they explore the world.

Hohokum was developed by Ricky Haggett of indie studio Honeyslug in collaboration with artist and designer Richard Hogg. The music comes courtesy of indie music label Ghostly International, home of artists like Com Truise, Tycho, and Matthew Dear. A mix of tracks from Ghostly’s catalog and completely original work, the soundtrack complements Hogg’s art style in creating Hohokum’s colorfully ambient atmosphere—but it wasn’t until later in the game’s development that the team knew what the soundtrack would even look like.

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Demi Lovato sings National Anthem at World Series Game 5: Watch the video here

Demi Lovato can singggg.

Last night before Game 5 of the 2011 World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, the 19-year-old hit a home run with her rendition of the National Anthem.

Looking happy and healthy in a red Texas T-shirt and matching red all-American lips, the raspy-voiced popstar played to her strengths,  giving a restrained, ballad-esque performance before the big finish. Cue the fireworks: READ FULL STORY

Dr. Dre teams with 'Mafia Wars': Good news for 'Detox'?

Dr-DreImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesIs Dr. Dre‘s Detox really coming out next year? Maybe! Here’s one more sign that the long-delayed album is on its way: This morning, Dre announced that he is partnering with the online game Mafia Wars for a promotional campaign.

According to a press release, starting this weekend, Mafia Wars players can watch Dre’s new video for his single “Kush” within the game. They can also play a “Hustlin’ Wit Dre” game-within-a-game that will let them “collect Dr. Dre-inspired, limited edition virtual goods such as headphones, a vintage car, and weapons.” Players will have a chance to win signed headphones from the superproducer’s Beats by Dr. Dre line, as well as signed copies of Detox whenever it comes out…which would certainly suggest that that event is looming on the horizon, no?

What do you think of this news? Does this convince you that Detox will be on sale in the near future?

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More on the Music Mix:
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg steam up the club in “Kush” video
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Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J play new Halo game, act like children

halo-reach-reviewImage Credit: MicrosoftHalo: Reach, the latest iteration in the Halo franchise, was released yesterday, and some surprising inclusions to the legions of nerds already playing online are hip-hop artists Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J.

The two filmed a Funnyordie.com video of their game along with Wayne Newton — a.k.a. Mr. Las Vegas — and Chuck actor Zachary Levi, which provided at least one major revelation: Celebrities and seminal gangster rappers are just as infantile while playing video games as the rest of us.

Although Snoop seems to be the better player (he’s got the build of a gamer, after all), LL Cool J utters what probably should have been the tagline of the game: “Halo: Reach: You can’t ‘Reach’ me, baby.” Snoop, who plays under the handle “thedoggfather,”pays him back with an obscene in-game celebratory gesture. Way to keep it classy, Snoop.

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'Sims 3' exclusive: Travie McCoy, My Chemical Romance and more sing in Simlish

Travie-McCoyWhen you turn on a radio, stereo, or jukebox in the new Sims games arriving on Oct. 26, you might find some of your favorite musicians singing in Simlish. Electronic Arts has given the Music Mix an exclusive sneak peek at the artists who have re-recorded their tunes in the popular gaming series’ fictional language, and the list includes some pretty big names.

Selected highlights of the re-recorded Simlish songs in The Sims 3 (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii) include 3OH!3’s “Double Vision,” Flo Rida and Jovi’s “Fresh I Stay,” and School of Seven Bells’ “Dust Devil.” The Sims 3 Late Night expansion pack (for PC and Mac) will feature Simlish versions of Travie McCoy’s “Need You,” My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na,” Soulja Boy’s “Speakers Going Hammer,” Kelly Rowland’s “Rose Colored Glasses,” and many more.

Excited for any of those artists to join The Sims? Who else would you like to hear singing in Simlish?

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'DJ Hero 2': Check out the exclusive list of artists here!

DJ-Hero-2Better get your pretend-scratching skills up to snuff! DJ Hero 2 is coming this October. The sequel to last year’s DJ Hero video game will feature an even broader range of tunes for you to mix and mash on screen, drawing on artists all across the genre map — from Rihanna and Lady Gaga to Jay-Z and Drake to Daft Punk and Tiesto and beyond. It’s an impressive list, and we’re pleased to debut the full details right here on the Music Mix.

Click through to the jump for an exclusive run-down of all the artists whose music appears in DJ Hero 2. Then let us know if you’re looking forward to this game, and whose tunes you’re most psyched to play with. READ FULL STORY

'Green Day: Rock Band': We've got a preview plus the exclusive 47-song track list!

green-day-rock-bandIn 1994, Green Day’s Dookie was in heavy rotation in my elementary-school hallways. I also seem to recall video games being a big deal in my circle of acquaintance at that time. So I’m pretty sure I would have been the king of the fourth grade if I had possessed some sort of video game that involved playing “Longview” and “Basket Case.” Well, as of this summer, all I’ll need is a hot tub time machine to make that scenario come true, because MTV Games is about to drop Green Day: Rock Band, the franchise’s second band-specific game after last year’s awesome The Beatles: Rock Band. I stopped by MTV’s Times Square offices recently to check out the game, which arrives in stores June 8 and was developed by Harmonix, the same company that created the other Rock Bands.

The game boasts 47 playable songs — take a look at the full list after the jump, exclusively at the Music Mix. At its core you’ll notice three albums from Green Day’s discography. “The key to putting it together ended up being [2004’s] American Idiot,” Harmonix project director Chris Foster told me. “They’re doing a musical based on the album, which is a story that goes from start to finish. We didn’t want to pick and choose songs from that. So we made the call for the first time in one of our games to have the full album on disc. Then we were like, well, [2009’s] 21st Century Breakdown is also meant to be heard that way… So that gave us a second album. And then Alex Rigopulos, our CEO, heard about that, and he was like, ‘Why the hell aren’t you putting Dookie on there?’ To which we were like, ‘Uh, yes sir!’ It was a no-brainer.”

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