I’ve prompted myself to do this as I realise I need a space to jot things down as I remember them. Like today, I discovered the tracklisting for SingStar Abba, which I know my friend Helen will be dying to get her hands on (and so am I – let’s be honest). I think this is an important development in the game’s development trajectory as it is a disc dedicated to a particular artist. The tracklist is at the end of this post. Interestingly on the forums, there are many people saying they don’t like the idea of songs that are not well known going on this disc, and the fact it’s a disc rather than the content being made available via the SingStore. Personally, I like the idea of disc because (as me, Elaine Ferneley and Gordon Fletcher have written about and will discuss at AOIR 9.0), it extends the gameplay experience by allowing you to easily take the disc to someone elses house (it’s a bugger trying to cart a PS3 around with all your downloaded songs on). There’s also chatter from those who enjoy Guitar Hero and Rockband. Although these games are also in the genre of ’music as gaming’ as I like to call them, they are very much, I feel, targeted at a very different market to SingStar (male teenagers me thinks). It seems these gamers want SingStar to be like those games – very rock oriented… They’ve described SingStar’s current content as camp – which some of it is, but there’s a lot that isn’t. Very strange when you think one of the tracks on the first Rockband disc is by Garbage – who have written about gender bending! (see: Androgyny) There’s something here to look at, just not quite sure what yet!
Anyway, who knows if I’ll keep this up, it’s taken me about half an hour to write this post!
The SingStar Abba Tracklist for PS3 (supposedly): Chiquitita, Ring Ring, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), SOS, Take A Chance On Me, Summer Night City, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Does Your Mother Know, Thank You For The Music, Fernando, The Day Before You Came, Happy New Year, The Name Of The Game, Head Over Heals, The Winner Takes It All, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, Under Attack, Knowing Me Knowing You, Voulez Vous, Mamma Mia, Waterloo, Money Money Money, When All Is Said And Done, One Of Us.
What more could you ask for?