What Gives? Holiday Music DLC Offers Slim Pickings

’Tis the season, so you might be planning or attending a holiday party sometime soon.

In fact, I’m trying to plan my own holiday party right now. And with several drum kits and guitars in my living room, there’s no doubt my friends will want to bust them out.

But I wanted the party to fit the theme of the season. And while “Rock Band” now boasts over 500 tunes in its library, I didn’t find any that are holiday-related. “Guitar Hero: World Tour” doesn’t seem to have any either. There was a rock version of “We Three Kings” by Steve Ouimette that was released for free last December for “Guitar Hero III” but I don’t have that, nor do I want it for just one instrument.

While the band games currently offer nothing, the karaoke ones do. Sony announced last week that “SingStar” would get a holiday DLC pack. For $6.99, you can get classic Christmas tunes sung by contemporary artists such as Toni Braxton, Babyface, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion and Shakin’ Stevens.

Not to be outdone, Microsoft’s new “Lips” singing game gave us holiday DLC in the form of “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams and “The Dreidel Song” by Sister Hazel.

So karaoke-wise, there are a few offerings but I have a feeling party-goers will gravitate towards the band games. As Patrick mentioned recently, why would you just sing and not involve other people in the room?

Does not releasing rockin’, band-friendly renditions of holiday tunes seem like a missed opportunity for these titles?

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