May 15, 2008
Version 1.11 of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star has been released. This version addresses Vista compatibility issues. Click here for more information.
April 10, 2008
Due to stupid amounts of spam, we've slightly changed our e-mail addresses. Be sure to check the Contact, Support, or About Us pages to see the current addresses (which are somewhat spam-proofed on the web site by using "at" and "dot" instead of the @ and . characters).
January 4, 2008
All of us at Gilligames would like to wish everyone a happy new year! We're looking forward to telling you about a new game from Gilligames this year.
November 28, 2007
Christmas season is upon us, and we're celebrating by offering the boxed CD version of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star for the price of the download version until the end of 2007. The DVD box should fit nicely into most stockings, and will definitely fit under the tree. Click here to visit the store.

In conjunction with this sale, we have changed our online store provider to offer increased uptime reliability, security, additional forms of payment, and better international support.
September 11, 2007
We're happy to bring some good news today for fans of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. Version 1.10 has been released, which primarily addresses issues with user-created mods. Pure black clothing will no longer show as transparent in the mini-avatar image of your musicians, and more.

As usual, you can get the update with the built-in auto-updater, or download it manually from the Support page if your game PC isn't online.
August 9, 2007
The 1.09 update for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star has been released. This time around, we have introduced online statistics tracking! Now you can upload your bands' statistics directly from the game and view them online here. World records are automatically tracked among all bands' statistics. See how many world records you can hold!

As usual, you can get the update with the built-in auto-updater, or download it manually from the Support page if your game PC isn't online.
July 3, 2007
Review snippets and player comments have been added here. Also, links to player experience stories (AAR's) have been compiled into a single list. Check it out!
June 22, 2007
Out of Eight has posted a review of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star (7/8 score).
"A comprehensive simulation, Shady O'Grady's Rising Star is a remarkable title that will appeal to anyone interested in forming their own band without the need for musical talent."
Read the entire review here.
June 4, 2007
A bug slipped through the cracks in yesterday's 1.07 update, so the 1.08 has been released today.

As usual, you can get the update with the built-in auto-updater, or download it manually from the Support page if your game PC isn't online.
June 3, 2007
Summer is here, and with it comes an update for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. Update version 1.07 addresses a few minor issues, but the big enhancement is the ability to have three equipment configurations, eliminating a lot of the tedious equipment micromanagement. Once you set up each configuration, the appropriate equipment is automatically used for the right situation.

As usual, you can get the update with the built-in auto-updater, or download it manually from the Support page if your game PC isn't online.
May 23, 2007
As promised, we have developed an online mod library for users to organize their mods for easy lookup and downloading from a central location. If you're a modder, please add your content as soon as possible. Remember to use the Update Maker program to create sup files for the library. If you're a casual player looking to expand on the base game, keep checking back for new mods.
May 21, 2007
By popular demand, we have created an easier way for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star players to share their own content with other players. Now available is the SOGRS Update Maker, which provides modders a way to turn their own files into the standard SOGRS update format (.sup). By being able to create this file, distributing new content will be as easy as distributing one file. Click here to download now, or find it on the downloads page.

As the second part to this effort, we will soon be offering a web page for users to upload their content to a central server to make it easy for other users to find all mod content in a single place.
May 7, 2007
We have released "Hair Pack 1" for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. Hair Pack 1 includes 11 new hairstyles, including a beehive, a couple of mullets, and a bob. If you have the full version of SOGRS with automatic updates enabled, you will be able to download this free pack immediately.
April 22, 2007
Gilligames has completed its move to Traverse City, Michigan (from Birmingham, Michigan). The new location also brings a renewed focus on customer service and future game development. Our new schedule will allow us to get more done in less time. We are working on web site features that will more easily allow Shady O'Grady's Rising Star players to share custom content.
March 14, 2007
This week's PC Gamer Podcast (Episode 73) mentions Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. The entire Podcast is about 64 minutes long, but you can jump straight to the SOGRS mention by sliding up to the 54 minute mark.
Listen here!
March 11, 2007
The demo version of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star has been updated to 1.04. This fixes compatibility issues with some video cards. If you had issues running the demo with a previous version, please give it another try with the new version. The demo can be downloaded from the downloads page.

The full version of SOGRS has also been updated to version 1.04, and is now available from the auto-updater or by manually downloading it from the support page.
March 1, 2007
Shady O'Grady's Rising Star CD-ROM's are now shipping! If you pre-ordered, you should receive your CD in the mail within a few business days. International orders will take a little longer.
February 27, 2007
MTV News has published an interview with Todd Gillissie covering Shady O'Grady's Rising Star and more.
February 26, 2007
A playable demo of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star is now available on the downloads page. Your save game files from the demo version can be used in the full version when you're ready to continue your career!
February 19, 2007
Shady O'Grady's Rising Star is now available as a download for $29 at the Gilligames store. The CD-ROM version is also available for pre-order and will be shipping on March 1.
February 14, 2007
Eric Barnes published an interview with Todd Gillissie today regarding the development and upcoming release of Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. Click here to read it.

Don't forget to check out the gameplay movies in the Downloads area.
February 7, 2007
Here is a picture of the actual CD-ROM, packaging and full-color 32 page manual for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. For only $7 more than the downloadable version, you will get all of this and free shipping. Guitar not included! Click the image for a larger view.
Click here to order now.
February 1, 2007
The entire list of equipment that will ship with Shady O'Grady's Rising Star is now available for public viewing! All 801 items can be inspected here. Enjoy!
January 24, 2007
After a month of waiting, we are finally able to announce that Gilligames will be publishing Shady O'Grady's Rising Star internally. We have developed a schedule to promote the game for several weeks before the CD-ROM ship date of March 1, 2007. A downloadable version and a demo will also be made available immediately after the game has gone gold, sometime in February. Both versions will be available to buy directly from our online store. If you order the CD-ROM version before Feb. 19, you will save $5. The CD-ROM version comes in a DVD safebox and includes a 32-page full-color manual for only $7 more than the downloadable version, and free priority mail shipping!
January 12, 2007
We are happy to announce that Gilligames has partnered with American Musical Supply to provide the in-game equipment images for Shady O'Grady's Rising Star. AMS sells top-name music equipment and supplies, and is where I buy much of my personal band equipment.
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