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Rock Band: Real drums; new peripheral in June

Anyone not happy with the drums included in the Rock Band set will find the following news highly interesting. Someone very clever managed to modify his current drum set, which can take much more of a bashing than the included ones, so that it functions perfectly with the game, meaning you can thrash out to your heart’s content. Also, Gamestop inadvertently revealed a new peripheral that will be headed to stores in June.

It’s a long and complicated process, but there’s bound to be some of you out there that will fancy having a go. You’ll need to be prepared to take apart both the Rock Band drums and your own set of drums, as well as having the competency to be able to put it all back together again. Even better, the drums will be up for a public performance on the 18th-21st January 2008 at the Orlando Science Center in Orlando, Florida. It would certainly save many a lot of time to just head to the Center and try them out, rather than modifying your own.

As for the peripheral: have you ever felt there’s something lacking from the whole Rock Band experience? Drums: check. Guitars: check. Microphone: check. Lights: che- oh wait, no lights. Smoke: che- oh wait, no smoke either. Thank goodness then that the new peripheral spotted on Gamestop will fill another two holes in Rock Band. That’s right, a Stage Kit is headed to American stores on the 23rd June apparently, the “Interactive Light and Smoke Stage Show” kit will make the whole rock experience even better. There’s no mention on the box for a PS3 or PS2 version at the moment, but chances are, sooner or later, it will come to one or both systems. For a cent under $100, it better be damn good to warrant the money, but too big and there just won’t be enough room to house all those damn peripherals. What a dilemma.

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