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  • Natal-controlled Guitar Hero? "Likely," says Red Octane

    Guitar Hero may have a hardware-less future, if comments made by Red Octane president and co-founder Kai Huang to DigitalSpy are to be believed. “We’ve definitely been evaluating Microsoft’s Natal technology along with a lot of other different technologies that could enhance the Guitar Hero playing experience,” Huang said. “Natal is very interesting because there’s […]

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  • Guitar Hero boss: Music hasn't peaked, 80% of console owners still don't have a rhythm game

    Guitar Hero CEO Dan Rosensweig is a silver lining kineaguy. Sales in the music games sector may be down nearly 50 percent this year, but all he sees is the fact that four fifths of games consoles don’t have a music title attached to them. “We’re focused on providing value to the consumer, so I […]

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  • Pink Floyd would "consider" a music game based on the band

    Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has told the BBC that the band would possibly consider a music game centered around the band, especially seeing as how the Beatles did it. “I think we’d consider it,” he said. “Everyone’s looking at new ways of selling the music because the business of selling records has almost disappeared.” […]

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  • Console-less Guitar Hero on the way, says Kotick

    Activision boss Bobby Kotick is his own man. He doesn’t need consoles to shovel his guitar-based brand of music game to the masses. No sir. “You should expect to see many of our products to be playable on the television independent of a console,” he said this week, speaking at the Deutsche Bank Securities Technology […]

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  • Rolling Stone and Pink Floyd's Mason warn off music games

    Rock Band’s bad. Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason say it stops people learning how to actually play musical instruments. “It encourages kids not to learn, that’s the trouble,” Wyman told the BBC. “It makes less and less people dedicated to really get down and learn an instrument. I think is a […]

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  • No Guitar Hero: Van Halen for Europe until 2010

    Activision has confirmed that Guitar Hero: Van Halen will not be released in Europe until 2010. Granted, it comes out in the US on December 22, so “TBD 2010″ could mean January 1. Ya never know. We know you are bummed over this. Thanks, Eurogamer.

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  • Activision gives Guitar Hero: Van Halen a release date

    Activision was quick to talk about its line-up of music-centic games coming this year during its call to investors, and there are loads of ‘em as you would expect. Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero, and DJ Hero are all expected before the end of the year and now you can add the elusive Guitar Hero: […]

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  • Guitar Hero and Rock Band sales down 49% YoY

    The videogame market’s not only suffering from price fatigue, but music game fatigue as well, according to a report from Gamasutra. Michael Pachter has issued a report which shows combined revenue from both Rock Band and Guitar Hero during February – June 2009 and it shows a 49 percent decrease in sales year on year, […]

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  • Lego Rock Band compatible with Guitar Hero controllers

    Lego Rock Band will work with “current” Guitar Hero controllers, Traveller’s Tales boss Jonathan Smith has confirmed. “We’re certainly compatible with all the forthcoming new Rock Band instruments – and in the future you’ll continue to be able to use any instruments which are Rock Band-compatible, as are the current Guitar Hero controllers,” the boss […]

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  • Activision: DJ Hero is "more mainstream" than Guitar Hero

    According to Activision CEO Mike Griffith, the company expects DJ Hero to appeal to a broader base of gamers than Guitar Hero due not only to the different music styles offered, but because the content has wider mainstream appeal. “It’s certainly hitting a more mainstream and expanded audience from Guitar Hero,” he told GI.biz. “I […]

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  • White Stripes: Music games are "depressing," "sad"

    White Stripes’ Jack White has told NME that bands being forced to use music games to get in front of “kids” is all a bit crushing. “It’s depressing to have a label come and tell you that ['Guitar Hero'] is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music,” said the musician. He added that […]

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  • Neversoft thinks turntable integration for Guitar Hero would be swell

    Neversoft has told Eurogamer that it would like to see turntable integration with Guitar Hero in the future. Apparently, the DJ Hero turntable becoming compatible with the game is not too far-fetched, nor is bringing drums to DJ Hero now that you can use little plastic guitars with DJ Hero. “When we started putting guitar […]

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  • Guitar Hero Smash Hits demo now on Xbox Live for all

    The Guitar Hero Smash Hits demo is now available to all Xbox Live users, not just those with Gold accounts. “Rock and Roll All Night” by KISS, “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand and “Woman” by Wolfmother” are the tracks you can try out using bass, drums, guitar and vocals. Full game is out for […]

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  • Guitar Hero, Halo 3, Madden NFL, Solitaire, and Dance Dance Revolution are most popular games in US

    A huge, in-depth survey into teenager’s gaming habits and the relationship to civic engagement has shown that the five most popular games played in the US are Guitar Hero, Halo 3, Madden NFL, Solitaire, and Dance Dance Revolution. The wide spread of genres on display is not uncommon, says the survey: 80% of teens play […]

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  • Activision at E3: Guitar Hero has sold for more than a $1 billion

    Activision CEO Mike Griffith has revealed that Guitar Hero has sold for more than $1 billion in the company’s pre-E3 conference yesterday. He goes on to say the install base is now over 15 million and the company is looking to increase those numbers. Guitar Hero 5 will have more than 20 top 10 hits, […]

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  • Full list of Guitar Hero 5 artists revealed

    What appears to be the full list of artists for Guitar Hero 5 have surfaced on the official website. Some you already know about, some you may not. Either way the list is rather extensive. We have A-B listed listed here, and the rest after the break. It’s out September 1. Thanks, GoNintendo. 3 Doors […]

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  • Guitar Hero Metallica Solo Guitar bundle is a European exclusive

    Activision has announced that it’s releasing a Guitar Hero Metallica bundle exclusively for Europe. The Guitar Hero Metallica Solo Guitar bundle will include a copy of the game, a wireless guitar controller and an exclusive faceplate with the Metallica skull design. Game’s out in Australia and Europe May 22, and the UK on May 29 […]

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  • Guitar Hero hits $2 billion in sales

    Bobby Kotick said in the Activision Blizzard Q1 earnings call last night that Guitar Hero sales have no passed $2 billion. The franchise is only the third to do so, the other two being Madden and Mario. The company also said that 34 million tracks have now been downloaded for Guitar Hero products. Get all […]

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  • Acti Blizz - We own 55% of all music games in US and Europe

    Activision boss Mike Griffith said in the Acti Blizz Q1 earnings call last night that Guitar Hero is now responsible for more than half of all rhythm action sales in the US and Europe. “This quarter, we further extended our advantage for the Guitar Hero franchise,” he said. “We ended the quarter with a 55% […]

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  • Reuters: "Hero", WoW and Call of Duty movies in discussion

    Reuters, citing “people familiar with the discussions,” is reporting that Acti Blizz is working on movie deals for its rhythm action “Hero” games, World and Warcraft and Call of Duty. “They are being talked about for the big screen,” said one source. In an interview before yesterday’s quarterly earnings conference call, company boss Bobby Kotick […]

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  • Cast your vote to reveal next song for Guitar Hero: Smash Hits

    Guitar Hero fans are being asked to cast their votes onlineto determine the order songs will be revealed for Guitar Hero: Smash Hits. It’s no longer titled Greatest Hits, in case you didn’t notice. Previously announced tracks can be found here. Read on for the press release.

  • Former Yahoo COO takes on Guitar Hero for Activision

    According to this All Things D story, former Yahoo COO Dan Rosensweig has now been placed as CEO and president of the entire Guitar Hero franchise. Rosensweig previously worked at CNET and Ziff-Davis before Yahoo. There’s no confirmation of this at the moment, but there’s plenty of background through the link.

  • GoGamer “Madness” sale annihilates price of LittleBigPlanet, others

    The American dollar’s apparently so devoid of value these days that GoGamer really just doesn’t care anymore. The site’s currently kicking its inventory out and telling it to get a real job with a certifiably insane 48-hour madness sale. Seriously, look at these deals: Little Big Planet (PS3) (I) – $21.90 NCAA March Madness 08 […]

  • Guitar Hero: Metallica co-op video surfaces on YouTube

    A video showing off Guitar Hero: Metallica’s co-op mode has shown up on YouTube, and features two guys trying their best to keep up with Master of Puppets. It’s posted after the break. The first minute-and-a-half of the video’s extremely slow going as the players get ready to “rock”, but if you are patient enough, […]

  • Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits revisits franchise favorites

    Activision will be releasing Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits in June for all formats that run Guitar Hero: World Tour — the track list should look very familiar to you. So far, out of 48 total, these eight tracks have been confirmed and each is from a previous version of the franchise: Alice in Chains – […]

  • US court throws out Gibson Guitar Hero case

    An American court has dismissed a patent infringement case bought against Activision by guitar-maker Gibson. Gibson alleged Guitar Hero’s mock guitars – modeled on Gibson guitars under license – infringed on a patent it registered in 1999 for “technology for simulating a musical performance.” “No reasonable person of ordinary skill in the relevant arts would […]

  • Acti Blizz annual report shows which side made more money

    Ever wondered how much money the two sides of Activision Blizzard rake in? Wonder no more. The company’s annual report from the 2008 calender year saw Activision as the clear winner with $2.8 billion, Blizzard coming second with $1.3 billion — 97 percent of that figure is from WoW subscriptions. Calender year 2007, before the […]

  • EA: Music games are “robust”, more in store for the future

    Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference yesterday, EA COO John Pleasants said that music games are set to become a huge segment of the industry, and one that both EA and Activision are actively pushing to innovate in. “There are lots of other things you can do with music, and we’re working […]

  • Pre-order Guitar Hero: Metallica, get some swag

    What do you get when you reserve your copy of Guitar Hero: Metallica? You get this: GameStop – An exclusive second kick pedal GameCrazy – Guitar Hero: Metallica-themed drumsticks Best Buy – Some free tattoo sleeves to help freak out the establishment The 49 songs on the game disc were revealed in their entirety this […]

  • Rock Thunder Guitar for Wii works with Rock Band and Guitar Hero

    Talismoon has announced a new guitar controller, shaped like the Gibson Flying V, called the “Rock Thunder Guitar.” What’s cool about it is its compatibility with all versions of Guitar Hero and Rock Band for Wii. And it’s wireless, has a five position switch for choosing guitar effects, and a tactile feedback strum bar. The […]

  • Acti Blizz Q4: Music games are huge, new Guitar Hero for DS and consoles in 2009

  • Harmonix founders to take GDC Pioneer Award

    Harmonix founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy are to be given GDC’s Pioneer Award next month. That’s what dreaming up Guitar Hero and Rock Band does for you. According to GDC organizer Think Services, the Pioneer Award “celebrates those individuals responsible for developing a breakthrough technology, game concept, or gameplay design at a crucial juncture […]

  • UK Guitar Hero World Tour/Rock Band ratio closer to 4:1, says Red Octane

    Off the back of the earlier news that Guitar Hero World Tour has outsold Rock Band by a ratio of 2:1, Red Octane’s UK senior brand manager, Ian McClellan, told VG247 today that this figure is more like 4:1 in the UK. “From a UK perspective, we think the growth in music gaming in 2008 […]

  • Guitar Hero World Tour outsells Rock Band 2:1

    Guitar Hero World Tour is outselling Rock Band 2 at a ratio of 2:1, writes Gamespot. The article cites recent NPD figures that show 3.4 million copies of GH:WT were sold in North America compared with Rock Band 2 which stood at 1.7 million- The Xbox 360 version of Rock Band 2 hit US shops […]

  • Forbes writer defends Rock Band “shameless knockoff” accusation

    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 […]

  • EA shrugs off Forbes Rock Band plagiarism accusation

    EA’s refused to get involved in a Forbes accusation that Rock Band is a Guitar Hero rip-off. “Unfortunately we can’t comment on this,” a senior spokesperson told us yesterday. Forbes claimed that Rock Band was a “shameless knockoff” of Guitar Hero in its latest issue, which featured Activision boss Bobby Kotick on the cover. The […]

  • Forbes: Rock Band is “shameless knockoff” of Guitar Hero

    Say what you mean, Forbes. Don’t hold back. In a spotlight piece on Activision supremo Bobby Kotick, the US mag’s accused EA of ripping off Guitar Hero with Rock Band. “EA… teamed with MTV to sell Rock Band, a shameless knockoff of Guitar Hero that added drums, bass and a microphone to the world of […]

  • Guitar Hero first game ever beyond $1 billion in sales

    Speaking at last week’s CES 09, Activision CEO Mike Griffith said that Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock became the first single game ever to make more than $1 billion in sales. That’s an awful lot of money. Citing data from research group Nielsen, Griffith went on to say that “download sales for artists appearing […]

  • Musicians making more profit from rhythm action games than their albums

    According to this AP piece, royalties musicians accrue from games such as Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero often exceed revenue from album sales. Apparently, Aerosmith made more moolah from Guitar Hero: Aerosmith than they did from their last two albums, while Nirvana and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers have seen a sharp increase in […]

  • Guitar Hero outsells Rock Band in the US

    UBS analyst Ben Schachter’s that Guitar Hero outsold Rock Band by more than 1 million units in America last month, Gamespot reports. Over 1.7 million Guitar Hero games of all versions and formats were sold in the US in November, of which 978,000 were copies of the latest version, Guitar Hero World Tour. This compares […]

  • Acti-Blizz Q3 financials – Guitar Hero is biggest selling franchise in US this year

    On the back of third quarter financials, released yesterday, Activision just confirmed that, according to NPD, Guitar Hero is the biggest selling fanchise in the US so far this year. The firm also said that, for the September quarter, Guitar Hero: On Tour was the best-selling title overall in North America for DS. There’s more […]

  • Acti-Blizz Q3 financials – People want Guitar Hero instrument upgrades, say execs

    Speaking in an earnings call following the release of third quarter financials yesterday, Activision publishing boss Mike Griffith said that the firm’s seeing strong interest from people wishing to upgrade their instruments for Guitar Hero games. “We’re seeing households, not only in new penetration areas, but the existing, still continuing to show a very strong […]

  • Beatles announcement for tomorrow points to Rock Band

    This Kotaku story reports that MTV and Apple Corps are to make an announcement tomorrow about an “unprecedented global music project”. Apparently one of the guys listed on the email is one of the PR chaps for Rock Band 2. And it’s MTV, so go figure. The confirmation will come at 2.00pm GMT. Press release […]

  • Music games are now market’s number 2, research shows

    A report from market research firm Odyssey has shown that music titles such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band have propelled the genre to second place in the industry, overtaking sports titles in the process. 58 percent of those surveyed said they played Singstar et al. compared with only 50 percent who like their Madden […]

  • Kotick: Guitar Hero “outselling Rock Band 6:1″

    Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia XVII Conference this week, Activision boss Bobby Kotick claimed to be dominating the rhythm action category with Guitar Hero, outselling EA’s Rock Band by 600 percent. “We’re outselling [Rock Band] 6:1,” he said. “When you think about the access we have to 30 percent of the world’s music at […]

  • Guitar Hero: Hendrix in the works

    It’ll never end. Slash has let slip that Acti-Bliz is working on a Jimi Hendrix version of Guitar Hero, speaking in an interview with Rolling Stone. “Well, having the Aerosmith guys do it was very cool ’cause Aerosmith’s one of the bands I was heavily influenced by,” he said. “And Metallica’s doing it, that’s great. […]

  • Guitar Hero subscription DLC being evaluated by Activision

    According to this Shacknews story, Activision’s currently assessing whether or not to charge a sub for Guitar Hero DLC. “We’re exploring new models, like an annual pass subscription where players can subscribe and get a certain number of songs downloadable each month,” said CEO Mike Griffith. Must have missed this in the rush earlier this […]

  • Acti-Blizz Analyst Day – Everything in one place

    Activision Blizzard had something of an information eruption in Santa Monica yesterday, revealing news on the next Call of Duty, the future for Guitar Hero and tons more. It’s all in the list below. Wouldn’t want you to miss anything. Acti-Blizz Day – Infinity Ward developing CoD6, confusion over release date Acti-Blizz Day – Guitar […]

  • Acti-Blizz Day – Guitar Hero titles to triple by 2010

    Speaking during Activision Blizzard’s Analyst Day last night, company CEO Mike Griffith said that the firm intends to increase the amount of Guitar Hero games on the market by 300 percent by 2010. That’s right: three times as many Guitar Hero games on sale in the next two years. The number will be doubled by […]

  • Acti-Blizz Day – Guitar Hero boosts track sales by 200-300%

    Speaking during Activision Blizzard’s Analyst Day last night, Universal Music Group president Zach Horowitz claimed that inclusion in Guitar Hero would boost a track’s sales by as much as 300 percent. Horowitz added for emphasis that “My Name is Jonas,” a Weezer track included in Guitar Hero III, saw a real-world sales increase of 1,000% […]