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Shady O' Grady's Rising Star

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Role-Playing
Publisher: Shrapnel Games
Developer: Gilligames

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'Shady O' Grady's Rising Star' Contest Voting Begins

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 9:53 a.m. PDT

Shady O' Grady's Rising Star is an RPG game, but unlike the familiar dungeon crawlers, this game is set in the real world of music. Players create their dream band and attempt to coast their way to the top of the music world before the next young hot act comes along.

Due to an overwhelmingly awesome pool of talent the final voting will actually only encompass the blues and pop genres. Every genre was represented impressively, with such great showings that we couldn't say no to the songs! And so for all those who entered in the other genres, welcome to the game! In the upcoming weeks Shrapnel Games will be featuring a rotating list of these songs for your listening pleasure, so be sure to keep checking the site to hear these great acts.

The blues and pop genres, also with a great showcase of talent, were a tough call, as we can only fit so much greatness into the game at once. And so we give to you, the public, the ability to make the call for us. Go to http://shrapnelgames.com/Features.htm, expose yourself to some excellent music that you won't find anywhere else, and then make your vote count! Those songs with the most votes, along with the submissions from the other genres, will then be featured in Shady O' Grady's Rising Star from Shrapnel Games.

Slated for a November release, Shady O' Grady's Rising Star is a single-player RPG for Windows, developed by Gilligames (Space HoRSE, also for Windows and available through Shrapnel Games). In Shady O' Grady's Rising Star players take on the role of a struggling band in one of ten musical genres, climbing their way to the top of the charts one underpaid gig at a time. From creating songs to buying equipment to checking out the competition, the virtual musician's life includes everything you'd expect in real life, minus the smell of cheap beer and stale cigarette smoke.

The game doesn't have to end when the lights come up, either. Since Shady O' Grady's Rising Star is all about choices, the game is infinitely replayable depending on your decisions. Further replayability is boosted by the extensive modding options available, such as creating new maps and modifying the equipment list. You may not be able to create a Norwegian landscape and burn churches, but if you want to do a black metal band touring your neck of the woods, you can do it.

Priced at $39.95, more information on Shady O' Grady's Rising Star can be found at www.shrapnelgames.com/gilligames/SOGRS/1.htm.

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