News: Timbaland Breaks Down "Beaterator" Game, "It's More Than Just Pressing A Button"

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009 11:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning producer Timbaland recently broke down the concept of his upcoming Beaterator video game, which will compete against Jay-Z's DJ Hero later this year.

Timbo also explained why his game is in a class of its own.

"Guitar Hero teaches the history of certain old groups, but mine is more like what people hear on the radio -- I probably missed a few corners, but that's what going back in and fixing things will do once I hear what fans want and say I didn't do. That's why it takes almost four years to make the game. I wanted people to feel like they can also make a beat too...It's more than just pressing a button. It's like a stress reliever too. It's just one of those things where I just can't describe it. I was so excited by the finished product that I just don't know what it is. It's a drum machine, it's a ProTools set, it's some of everything you can possibly name." (Billboard)

The Grammy winning producer also revealed how the collabo with Rockstar Games came about.

"When Rockstar approached me about creating about a game with me making beats, I thought it was the most brilliant idea, ever. Beaterator, yes, it is a portable beat machine. I'm giving you authentic sounds, authentic drum machine sounds, kicks, snares, bass loops, you can make a beat, you can make an idea. You can sing to it too...It took a long time to make it easy. I've been putting this game together for three, four years. Mostly all the time when I was on tour, me and Justin [Timberlake], I made the kicks...Beaterator is going to change the game the same way I came in and changed the game." (YouTube)

The new beat program will also be available on mobile devices.

Rockstar Games hopes Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the video game charts. In a conference call, Rockstar parent Take-Two announced--in association with the proven hip-hop producer--Beaterator for PSP. The original Beaterator is no Ableton. It's more like a stripped down version of Acid or Garage Band. And it's unclear how much of a rhythm game the PSP port will end up being. Still, it's another exclusive making its way to the handheld. (Ars Technica)

The game will face-off against Jay-Z's DJ Hero when it drops in October.

Activision today (July 29) provided details of its controller and bundle for the limited-run version of DJ Hero, now called the Renegade Edition. The special version will have a black turntable with special gold-effect sliders and other trim. A special hard case doubles as a stand for the turntable itself, bringing up the controller to standing height. CDs from Eminem and Jay-Z will also come with the bundle and offer some tracks that haven't been released before. (Electronica)

Beaterator will reportedly land in stores Tuesday, September 29th.

Check out Timbaland speaking on Beaterator below:

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