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"The Beatles-Rock Band" Released; Gamers Rejoice!

There were probably some pretty tired gamers out there Wednesday, as they were up all night playing the much anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band." People lined up for hours to be among the first to get the game when it was released at midnight on Wednesday, 9/9/09.

MTV -- which is the maker of the game -- went out to GameStop's flagship store in New York City and spoke to fans who were waiting on line:

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One fan said this goes beyond any of the other games in the "Rock Band" series. David John Hommel explained, "I enjoy 'Rock Band' and the whole music game genre, but it's the Beatles, the Fab Four. It's an iconic catalog of music, and to get it all in one spot and not water it down with other artists or covers, it's perfect."

Announced a year ago, the makers of the game got unprecedented cooperation from the surviving Beatles -- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr -- and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison. It's not known how much they were paid for the rights to use their music.

But The Beatles have long been holdouts on new musical platforms such as iTunes. This is the first time their music has been presented in video game.

"Everyone realized doing this game was a really significant event in bringing The Beatles into the 21st century," said Martin Bandier, CEO of Sony/ATV, one of the rightsholders of The Beatles music catalogue. "This is an enormous opportunity, because for a moment in time, it will be the only legitimate place where you can get the music in a digital form."

The game includes 45 songs, spanning the group's entire career. So you'll be able to play the band's early shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, to their famous shows at New York's Shea Stadium, to their legendary rooftop performance in London.

Here's what it looks like:


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