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PAX EAST 2014 | “Cosmic DJ” Gets The Beat Down Right

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Posted on April 11, 2014 AT 11:09am

Sometimes a video game needs a hot party to get the right kind of fun happening. Cosmic DJ, a new game from the folks over at GL33k, is one such title that not only has its heart in the right place, but so are its grooves.

At the Devolver Digital booth Cosmic DJ was blaring with its sweet sounds and bright colors. In the game you take on the role of a DJ, whose previous “spin master” was blaring music so terrible it forced all the Jamtennas in the universe to be destroyed. In order to fix them, you must create the hottest beats for the world to dance to.

During the demo I was given the chance to play two of the levels. The first level had you spinning a song that surrounded around love and marriage, with horses wearing 3D specs and other euphemisms revolving around the heart’s desires. After playing through that level I found myself trying to fix a friendship between two puppets, featuring a climax in a roller disco with the prettiest of lasers filling the hall. (The monotoned narrator tells each of the tales in an ironically cool sort of humorous way.)

The object of Cosmic DJ is to create music the way you want to, in the hopes that whoever listens to it will enjoy it as much as you do. Your beats will include bass, drums, vocals, synthesizers, bells, and other instruments that, if timed right, can be meshed together to create one beautiful melody that anyone can dance to. You can either make these beats via a four-buttoned control scheme or — if you want to go more complex — a multi-tracked grid system that’s similar to what you may find when customizing sounds in GarageBand.

The real cool thing about Cosmic DJ happens after you complete a level. Once done you will be able to upload the song you created online for people to listen to, with the option of downloading the song for your own personal listening pleasure. I asked Katherine Wenske, the Sound Designer over at GL33k, if there will be a rating system/contest setup where people can vote on the best music creations, and she mentioned that while it’s currently not in the cards they may add something later on in the game’s lifespan to make such a thing happen.

Cosmic DJ is due to be fully released on Steam and mobile devices sometime in the next couple months, with a possibility of a PS4 port somewhere down the line if popular enough. If what I played of the game is any indication, there will be many a dance rave that’ll be jamming to the sounds of GL33k’s massively fun creation. You might as well start getting the party platters prepared, because once you start playing the dancers are bound to start showing up unannounced.

Evan Bourgault is an accomplished music, anime, and video game critic. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Evan joined the ElectricSistaHood team in 2008, where he is a contributing editor and host of one of the network's weekly podcasts. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck


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