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Kinect Sports: Season Two Track List

Seeing as quite a few of you have asked, and we did a similar rundown for the original game, here’s the full track listing of music featured in Kinect Sports: Season Two. It can also be found in the game credits, overlaid by Peter Dickson’s bonus thoughts of the day. Consider this your decluttered at-a-glance reference guide. Even more decluttered as we’ve split it into licensed tracks (celebratory musical stings) and original compositions (mainly featured on menus and in Quick Play). Boom!


* Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan
* Alright – Supergrass
* A-Punk – Vampire Weekend
* Barbra Streisand – Duck Sauce
* Best Of My Love – The Emotions
* Bonkers – Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden
* Born This Way – Lady Gaga
* Check It Out – featuring Nicki Minaj
* Estudaintina Waltz-Wurlitzer – The Wurlitzer 157 Band Organ
* Faith – George Michael
* Fancy Footwork – Chromeo
* Fascination – Alphabeat
* Get Down On It – Kool & The Gang
* Get The Party Started – P!nk
* Gold – Spandau Ballet
* Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives
* Heaven’s Artillery – The Wurlitzer 157 Band Organ
* Hey Ya! – Outkast
* Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler
* I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
* I’m Still Standing – Elton John
* Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
* Jimmy – M.I.A.
* Jump Around – House Of Pain
* Le Freak – Chic
* Let’s Dance – David Bowie
* Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
* Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna
* Over And Over – Hot Chip
* Parklife – Blur
* Riverside (Let’s Go!) – Sidney Samson featuring Wizard Sleeve
* Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
* Skeleton Boy – Friendly Fires
* Stop It! – The Wurlitzer 157 Band Organ
* Superstar – Jamelia
* Take On Me – a-ha
* The Final Countdown – Europe
* Theme from “A Summer Place” – by Max Steiner and Mack Discant
* The One And Only – Chesney Hawkes
* The Twist – Chubby Checker
* Trouble – Shampoo
* Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
* Walk Like A Man – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
* You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Dead or Alive

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Engineering for Life

You may have noticed that we introduced a host of new Rare software vacancies to the Careers section this week. We’re itching to fill these roles with some perilously talented people, so we’ve invited Bjorn, our Studio Software Manager, to provide some background to the new positions, our engineering environment and Rare in general. Take it away, fella.

Fresh from shipping Awesome Pack #1, the technical wizards of Rare are looking to expand their ranks in readiness for the future. Obviously we can’t tell you what they’ll be working on, but it would be fair to say that the words ‘exciting’, ‘challenging’, ‘far-reaching’ and ‘visionary’ describe their future adequately.

The five jobs announced this week cover most of the engineering palette: servers, tools, workflow, rendering and user interfaces. I know we have some of the best engineers in the industry, but I also know there are deep technical experts in other companies who are looking to execute on a grand scale. This week’s announcement is the first step in opening a conversation with some of the fantastic talent elsewhere.

Working at Rare is not like working at most studios. We have a tight connection with the wider organisation of Microsoft and we influence and shape the direction of ecosystems, hardware and platforms. Engineering at Rare is the tip of the spear; working with our first-party partners and the teams of the Xbox organisation, we often create the beach head for others to land on. What we’re really looking for are deep technical experts. Engineers who have shipped great titles, with lots of wisdom about what works and what doesn’t.

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Challenge Pack #1 Reaction Rundown

The mightily free Challenge Pack #1 for Kinect Sports: Season Two has been out for over a week, so we thought it’d be a good time to round up a bit of feedback. Some game site coverage below, followed by a scattering of thoughts from comments threads and our own social media channels…

Kinect Sports: Season Two Challenge Pack priced at free (Destructoid)

Kinect Sports: Season Two Challenge Pack Out Now (Xbox360Achievements)

Kinect Sports: Season Two Challenge Pack 1 Released (Xbox Kinect Forums)

Free Kinect Sports Season Two DLC Out Now (Kinectaku)

Kinect Sports: Season 2 gets free monthly updates, starting now (Shacknews)

Seven Kinect Sports: Season Two Challenge Pack 1 shots (360 Gamer)

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October Twitbook Operations

Well, phew. We got the game out on time. It’s all over. Not really, because we’re up to our eyeballs in DLC development (like the scripts I should be working on, which is why I’m writing this at lunchtime, don’t tell anyone), but Kinect Sports: Season Two is out there on the shelves and selling. These are some of the related social media shenanigans during the build-up and launch.

Yes, the launch: first North America, then Asia/Down Under, then Europe. There was a demo, there were at least a couple of TV ads, a ‘vidoc’, launch trailer and the Kinect Sports Network, amongst many other things. The Ice Bar in London hosted a launch party (our own wasn’t half bad either), the ‘Your Kinect’ Experience toured the UK, the game showed up in Sky 1’s Spy alongside its sponsorship of A League of Their Own, and professional alpine athletes Chemmy Alcott and Jenny Jones threw themselves into the mad rush. Meanwhile there was a brief sighting of the game’s Baseball-themed Japanese cover as we dished out tips on using the Kinect Tuner and a reminder of the game’s accompanying free month of Gold. Is that everything? Ye Gods.

It didn’t feel as if there was any time for other things to happen, but Perfect Dark XBLA was Deal of the Week somewhere along the way and we also bid Twisted Pixel welcome to the MS first-party funhouse. Outside, the world rumbled on as before: the Killer Instinct reminiscence came from Games Radar, we saw GamePro get caught up in Viva Piñata, and Rareware Archives positively erupted with lists based on identity crises, long-lasting characters and Halloween.

The weather might have been rubbish, but there was cake; Neal’s contract may have ended, but he never let up on those inspirational Facebook Kinect Sports Stars (one, two, three); our bright ideas may have been debatable, but Twitter continued to teach us new expressions. Oh, and there were demands. For everything. And then a bit more.

No doubt there’ll be more of that malarkey even as the Season Two machine rolls on towards Thanksgiving and Xmas. We’ll keep you posted. If you furiously resent the gap between these round-ups, just skip along and follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook (in Rare Ltd. or Kinect Sports varieties). Quick! Someone’s coming! Get Excel back up!


Kinect Sports: Season Two Launch Coverage

It’s no longer Kinect Sports: Season Two launch week, so here’s a round-up of some of the best review comments so far. And to spice it up, we’ve thrown in a few photos from the Rare on-site launch party/comedy awards ceremony last Friday, with Voice of The X Factor/Kinect Sports and all-round top bloke Peter Dickson hosting. There he is, look! Second picture! We’re not lying! He came to our late-night bash in Birmingham too, but you’re not seeing any pictures from that.

“As much as we loved the original, there was a feeling that it would take another year before we really got the Kinect Sports game we all hoped for. Thankfully, that gut instinct has proven to be entirely correct; Kinect Sports: Season Two is bigger, bolder and even more enjoyable than its illustrious forerunner, making it arguably the title of choice for Kinect players this holiday season.” Kinectaku

“We’d go as far to say Kinect Sports: Season Two is the defining party sports game for the Xbox 360. Said it. It’s out there. Can’t take it back.” DIY

“Let your guard down long enough and you’ll soon find you’ve lost hours flailing away to the game’s genuine charms.” Tech Digest

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