Forbes writer defends Rock Band “shameless knockoff” accusation

Friday, 23rd January 2009 07:15 GMT By Patrick Garratt


After calling Rock Band a “shameless knockoff” in an article profiling Guitar Hero boss Bobby Kotick, Forbes writer Peter Beller has defended the accusation, saying his assessment was appropriate.

“If you define knockoff as ‘a copy or imitation of someone or something popular’ the way Merriam-Webster does, then I think Rock Band fits the bill nicely,” Beller told GameDaily.

The similarities between Rock Band and Guitar Hero are “obvious,” Beller said.

“My terming Rock Band a ‘shameless knockoff’ of Guitar Hero was based on the fact that it came out after Guitar Hero and sported very obvious similarities with Guitar Hero, including color-coded prompts moving onscreen along a fret board,” he said.

“It even accepted the same Guitar Hero guitar controller, I believe.”

Beller’s initial comments caused something of an internet firestorm.

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  1. Tf53

    Is he still oblivious to the fact that Harmonix made Guitar Hero? Or that Guitar Hero was in and of itself a knockoff?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. patlike

    He does say in the full comment that he’s aware the two were designed by the same company.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. dQuarters

    Beller should just admit that he was kissing Activision’s ass for the story’s purposes. He obviously didn’t know the facts before he wrote it. Though I admire his further “stick-it-to-ya” attitude, as I’d expect more vigorous back-peddling in his response.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Tonka

    He is both right and wrong at the same time.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Blerk

    That’s the worst back-pedal I ever did see!

    #5 6 years ago
  6. gorman

    Wow… colour coded prompts moving on screen. Never seen those before Guitar Hero. No sir. Never.

    Go figure…

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Whizzo

    Can you actually knock off yourself?

    As it were.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Hero of Canton

    Presumably by that token, Guitar Hero World Tour is a ‘shameless knock-off’ of Rock Band. Which kind of takes things full circle.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Retroid


    #9 6 years ago

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