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Hideo Kojima’s studio has opened a film, TV and music division

“Why doesn’t Kojima just make movies?” It’s a rhetorical question fans of Hideo Kojima have asked after every game since Metal Gear Solid. For better or worse, no other creator in the gaming industry has pushed the medium closer to film than Kojima. And after hinting his studio , it’s doing precisely that. 

Per , Kojima Productions has established a division dedicated to music, TV and film that will operate out of Los Angeles. Riley Russell, a former Sony Interactive executive, will lead the unit as it attempts to expand the cultural footprint of Kojima Productions.

“The new division will be tasked with working with creative and talented professionals in television, music and film, as well as the more familiar games industry,” Russell told the outlet. “The team has as its charter, the goal of expanding the reach and awareness of the properties now under development at Kojima Productions, and to make them even more a part of our popular culture.”

It’s not surprising to see Kojima Productions expand beyond games. Kojima is known for his film-like approach to making games, and if you follow him on Twitter, you’ll know he frequently tweets about his favorite albums and movies. The question now becomes how the studio plans to handle the expansion. Since reforming in 2015, Kojima Productions has released one game. You can push that number to two if you count the recent Director’s Cut release of Death Stranding as a separate title. What would a film adaptation of Death Stranding look like? For that matter, what would an adaptation of any Kojima game look like? We may just find out soon enough.  

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Apple Music is now available on PS5

isn’t the only service PlayStation 5 owners can stream music from while they’re playing Deathloop, Returnal or other games. Starting today, you can fire up tracks from as well.

The PS5 is the first console . Subscribers can access the service’s library of more than 90 million songs, playlists, Apple Music Radio and 4K music videos on a PS5. You can control playback while playing games by hitting the PS button on the controller and going to the music tab. You’ll also see music recommendations for the game you’re playing.

The Apple Music app (which you can download ) will let you view music videos too. If you’re watching a video and leave the app to switch to a game or another screen, the music will keep playing. 

It’s the second Apple app to hit the console after last year. This summer, Sony and Apple offered PS5 owners

Spotify has been a part of the PlayStation ecosystem since it . Six years later, it’s neat to see players getting another option for streaming music. It’ll be a nice perk for who’ve managed to score a PS5.

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Apple Music lands on PlayStation 5 with an odd feature

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber who happens to own a PlayStation 5, then here’s a bit of good news: Apple Music is available on the PlayStation 5 as of today. While the app functions mostly as you’d expect a music streaming app on a console to function, it seems the Apple Music app on the PS5 has some interesting functionality to it.

As Sony explains on the PlayStation Blog, Apple Music can be used both independently and to play music in the background while you’re playing a game. That’s par for the course for music streaming apps on console. For instance, Spotify, an app that has been available on PlayStation 5 for some time already, offers that same functionality. However, where things get interesting is in Apple Music’s recommendations.

To play music in a game, either open the Apple Music app before you start playing or, if you’re in the middle of playing, hit the PS button on your controller and then navigate to the Music Function card in the Control Center. When you’re there, Sony says you’ll be able to see recommendations that match the game you’re currently playing. What that specifically means is a little ambiguous, but music recommendations based on the game that’s currently being played certainly make for an intriguing feature.

Subscribers will also have access to their own playlists, Apple’s curated playlists, and Apple Music Radio. In addition, PS5 users can use Apple Music to play music videos on their consoles and even continue playing those music videos in the background to resume playing games.

All in all, it sounds like Apple Music might be the music app to use on PlayStation 5. If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you can find the app on the PlayStation Store beginning today, though as with most apps, you’ll need to link your Apple Music account to your console by following the on-screen instructions the first time you boot up the app.

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The Olympics Opening Ceremony Featured Video Game Music

The opening ceremony for the Olympics this year welcomed its athletes with iconic video game music. During the Parade of Nations, each country walked out to songs from video games. Many recognizable songs were used from games such as Final Fantasy, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Chrono Trigger.

The 2020 Olympics kicked off today in Tokyo after being delayed due to the pandemic. The opening ceremony featured a suite of gaming music, which had users on social media on an Easter egg hunt to identify each track.

DID THEY REALLY PLAY KINGDOM HEARTS AND FINAL FANTASY MUSIC AT THE OLYMPICS?!?

YES LOOK pic.twitter.com/x8tlnRhDKD

— Maku (@TropicalMaku) July 23, 2021

The first song that played during the ceremony was Overture: Roto’s Theme, a song originally found in Dragon Quest III. Dragon Quest is one of the most popular video game series in Japan where many people will take time off of school and work to purchase and play the newest installment in the series. Dragon Quest III is considered the game that helped solidify the series into the hearts of the culture, so it is only fitting that the Olympics would use its version of the memorable opening theme for its opening ceremony.

There were 19 songs that were included for this opening event from over 15 different Japanese video games. Star Light Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog and the Main Theme from Final Fantasy might be the most recognizable songs and games that were played during the ceremony.

Tokyo Olympics now genuinely rocking the Sonic Star Light Zone theme ???? pic.twitter.com/BAxs0b8eDE

— Andy Robinson (@AndyPlaytonic) July 23, 2021

Square Enix was the most represented company in the list of songs. At least seven of its video games were included in the opening ceremony with certain games like Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy having multiple songs played. Capcom and Sega both had multiple songs played in the ceremony as well.

Interestingly, the Olympics did not include any first-party games made by Nintendo. There were no songs from Super Mario, the Legend of Zelda, or even from the Pokémon series.

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Roblox deal with Sony will create (legal) in-game music experiences

Roblox is rushing to strike official music deals in the wake of a $200 million lawsuit over alleged copyright violations. TechCrunch reports that Roblox has unveiled a team-up with Sony Music that will bring more of the label’s artists to the game platform. The two will collaborate on “innovative music experiences” beyond what you’ve seen so far, including a Lil Nas X concert in November and a Zara Larsson launch party in May.

The companies didn’t say what kind of events you might expect, or when you might see them.

This isn’t Roblox’s first such deal. The gaming giant reached a similar agreement with BMG in June. It does represent Roblox’s largest music pact to date, however, and leaves Universal and Warner as the only two heavyweight labels that haven’t signed agreements.

Roblox might not have much choice but to keep making these arrangements. The music industry sued Roblox for allegedly doing little to stop gamers from making virtual boomboxes that stream copyrighted music. That’s not including Robloxcore and other music designed for game worlds. The developer maintains that it screens uploaded music and cracks down on violators, but that clearly hasn’t been enough for labels convinced Roblox is enabling piracy. Deals could help Roblox persuade Sony, BMG and others to call off their lawsuit, or at least soften the blow.

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Riot Games releases an album of royalty-free music for Twitch streamers

Riot Games is no stranger to making music. With K/DA, the studio has one of the world’s most popular virtual bands, but it’s latest musical project is different. On Friday, Riot released Sessions: Vi, a 37-track album of instrumental beats with contributions from artists like Chromonicci and Junior State. What makes the release special is that streamers and content creators can use all the songs from Sessions: Vi for free.

Riot hopes the album and future ones like it will help ease some of the copyright headaches Twitch streamers have had to deal with for much of the past year. At the start of last June, Twitch got a “sudden influx” of DMCA takedown notices. The majority of those targeted archived broadcasts that had been up on the platform for years. The company has tried in a variety of ways to prevent more takedown notifications from coming in, but those efforts don’t seem to have addressed the problem. That’s because in May Twitch said it received another batch of approximately 1,000 individual DMCA notifications. For some streamers, those notices represent a potential ban from the service.

You can stream Sessions: Vi on Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube

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Riot Games releases album with free music for streamers and creators

If you’re a streamer or video creator who is paranoid about getting hit with a copyright strike, Riot Games has a new solution. The company has launched “Sessions: Vi,” a new album of “completely free” music for creators and streamers to use during their live streams, in their videos, and more — even if they monetize their content.

Put simply, you can’t use just any music track for your live streams and videos; they’ll result in a copyright strike, which could involve anything from losing the ability to monetize a video to jeopardizing one’s account. Paying for a music license is an option, but those who can’t afford to do this are left with using royalty-free music which often comes with an upfront cost.

Riot Games Music has released “Sessions: Vi” as a free album for anyone to use; you can, for example, play it in the background while streaming a game to add some ambiance to your video or you can add it as a soundtrack for non-live videos uploaded to platforms like YouTube and TikTok. Riot’s full guidelines for using the content can be found here.

The full album has been uploaded to YouTube, as well as major platforms like Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, and Spotify. These platforms are your best option if you want to stream music in the background during a video. Alternatively, you can head over to Riot’s Sessions web page to download the album.

Downloading the album will give you access to the 37 tracks on it, which can be added to your projects using video editing software. Riot says this won’t be the only album of free music offered to streamers and creators. Though we don’t know when the next album will drop (and if it’ll focus on a different genre), the company says it’ll provide updates on its social media accounts when it releases the next album later this year.

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‘The Sims 4’ is hosting a (partly Simlish) music festival

Starting on June 29th, EA will host a inside of the Sims 4 that will feature pop star Bebe Rexha, one part of indie band Glass Animals and singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun. Sims Sessions will allow Sims 4 players to explore a virtual festival ground, buy virtual merchandise and of course listen to some good tunes.

Virtual concerts in video games aren’t anything new. We’ve seen Epic Games put on shows featuring and in Fortnite. has also performed inside of Roblox. But what makes Sims Sessions different is that some of the performers will sing their songs in Simlish, the nonsense language Sims creator invented back in 1996.

Now before you scoff at the thought of listening to a song in Simlish, know that is a thing EA has been doing for a while. Since 2004, the company notes it’s worked with nearly 500 artists, including the likes of and , to record their songs in the fictional language. Simlish is so popular they’ll be an accompanying karaoke event on TikTok where fans will be able to show off their knowledge of the language. To take part in the festival, all you need is a copy of the Sims 4, and you’ll have until July 7th to take it in and sing along in Simlish.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will have you shooting to 80s music

There have been countless Marvel games on platforms throughout the years, spurred by the success of the MCU films, but many of those touched on more mainstream characters like Iron Man and the Avengers. Now Square Enix and Eidos Montreal are teaming up to bring one of the most unlikely heroes from the big screen to the smaller screens of consoles and PCs. With Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, you will be putting on Star-Lord’s rocket books to saving the galaxy once more and do it to the beat of 80s hits.

Until they debuted in the films, the Guardians of the Galaxy was a relatively obscure superhero team known only to a few comic book fans. Since then they have truly become a thing that is apparently now worthy of a game of its own. And, unlike the original comics, this game will naturally take after the tone and themes of the popular Marvel movies.

Despite the title, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will have you in direct control of only Peter Quill, a.k.a. the self-named Star-Lord, leading the reluctant heroes to save the galaxy again, despite their notoriety. That said, you will also be able to call on the other Guardians’ abilities, at least during combat. Going beyond just the action, some of the decisions you do make will have repercussions down the line, especially when it comes to how your teammates see you and each other because of what you make them do.

It wouldn’t be Guardians of the Galaxy, however, without some banter and personal drama and the game seems to have plenty of that prepared. Hopefully, the banter and comic relief won’t be too strained for the sake of making banter and comic relief. And then there’s the music that has become iconic of the space supes, both 80s and original tracks.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be available on the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and surprisingly, GeForce NOW streaming. Fans of the franchise and superhero games, in general, won’t have to wait long as the game debuts on October 26, 2021. In fact, pre-orders are available now for $59.99 for the Standard Edition and $69.99 for the Deluxe Edition.

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Pokemon GO update teardown reveals music and new graphics

The latest update for Pokemon GO revealed new music, confetti, and graphics for the game. Several new assets in the game’s files suggest that Niantic is preparing for the fast-approaching Pokemon GO Fest 2021, complete with rock and pop music for different maps, music notes, and a brand new intro curtain for the start of said event. Meloetta will apparently be playing a significant role in this event, as several new graphics were added for the event with Meloetta in the name – graphics that aren’t just moves or the Pokemon monster itself!

A massive teardown shared this week by PokeMiners at The Silph Road on Reddit showed a bunch of Meloetta assets, including a pulled-aside curtain graphic, graphics for a stage floor and a 3D stage, and a Meloetta Intro Curtain (with the Pokemon GO Fest 2021 seal at its center). Music notes, stars, glow, and flare graphics round out the bunch – all of this fits well with this year’s Pokemon 25 MUSIC celebration.

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If you’d like to hear the music added to the game in this latest update, take a peek at the PokeMiners Sound Cloud. They have new music for a Meloetta Encounter, Rock and Pop Map Music, and more.

Also appearing in the teardown are four music notes that’ll very likely be used as the “confetti” for Pokemon GO Fest 2021. There’s a purple note called “Cave”, another in orange with the name “Desert”, another in blue for “Jungle”, and a treble clef in green called “Jungle.”

Pokemon GO also had a new set of “Raid Leaderboard” graphics added as the game makes way for the Raid Leaderboard this upcoming season. There’s graphics for Buddy Player, Survival Duration, Mega Evolution, Remote Distance, Pokemon Height, generic imagery for Instinct, Mystic, and Valor, Final Strike, Damage Dealt, and a Customize Avatar screen. This should mean we’re close to the release of this next-level change to the game!

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