Guitar Hero

PS2 / Puzzle / Release: Nov 1, 2005 / ESRB: T

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Guitar Hero DLC Subscription Being Evaluated by Activision, Plans to Make Lots of Money

Activision is considering a subscription service to deliver new songs monthly for its music-rhythm series Guitar Hero, according to Activision Publishing CEO Mike Griffith during Activision Blizzard's Analyst Day event yesterday. As Griffith explained:

Looking even further out, we're exploring new models, like an annual pass subscription where players can subscribe and get a certain number of songs downloadable each month.
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"Why would anyone want to subscribe and get a bunch of music they might not even like? That's a ..."
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Activision: Guitar Hero Boosts Music Sales 200-300%

Inclusion in the Guitar Hero series boosts real-world sales of a song by an average of 200 to 300%, according to Zach Horowitz, President and COO of the Universal Music Group during Activision Blizzard's Analyst Day event.

Universal has come down on Activision Blizzard's side in its public argument with record label Warner Music, which claimed it deserved more money for inclusion of its tracks in rhythm music games including Guitar Hero. Universal is the world's biggest record label with sales more than doubling those of Warner. Read more »

"The GH3 version of Death Magnetic is better than the CD version. Funny that."
- Razerious    See all 11 comments


Activision Tripling Guitar Hero Releases by 2010

Activision Blizzard will triple the amount of Guitar Hero titles and content it offers by 2010, Activision Publishing CEO Mike Griffith revealed today at the company's Analyst Day.

That expansion extends to both retail titles and downloadable content for the popular multi-instrument music game series, and follows Activision's plans to double the amount of Guitar Hero releases in 2009.

The growth will be accomplished by bringing in more developers and more hardware suppliers, Griffith explained. Read more »

"I already tune out whenever I see the name Guitar Hero (and to some extent Rock Band). ..."
- pandastrong    See all 24 comments


Analyst: Activision Doesn't Need Warner Music for Guitar Hero

In recent history, Activision--publisher of the Guitar Hero series--and Warner Music--a massive record label with songs included in the music-rhythm games--have publicly played out a drama resembling an abusive relationship.

Famed gaming analyst Michael Pachter at Wedbush Morgan has now chimed in on the troubled couple, bluntly telling Gamasutra that "Activision doesn't 'need' Warner Music at all." Read more »

"I WANT MOAR PIKSHURS IN THE ARTIKALS. TOO MANY WURDS. NOT ENUF PRETTY FOTOES."
- mrwolf710    See all 14 comments


Rush Hour Director Dreams of Guitar Hero Movie

Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner hopes that, one day, he can make a film based on Guitar Hero.

"I would love to do a Guitar Hero movie, if [owner] Activision would ever let me," the director told MTV. I'm trying to convince them, but why would you have a movie screw up such a huge franchise?" Read more »

"this will be the gayest movie ever.. we'll rock and roll high school is gayer but this is pretty ..."
- techx4    See all 43 comments


More Call of Duty and Guitar Hero Sequels in 2009

Activision today revealed that it is planning to release future iterations in the Guitar Hero and Call of Duty franchises during 2009.

According to Activision Publishing CEO Mike Griffith, the publisher's 2009 lineup will include "multiple new Guitar Hero SKUs [and] an all new Call of Duty [due to our] leapfrog studio strategy," along with the next Tony Hawk game. Read more »

""Series creator Infinity Ward has helmed Call of Duty 1, 2 and 3, while Treyarch has produced ..."
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Activision Blizzard Planning iTunes-like Music Store Built on Guitar Hero Brand

The freshly conglomerated publisher Activision Blizzard is considering development of an online music platform similar to Apple's iTunes software utilizing the Guitar Hero brand, according to the Financial Times.

"I don't think there have been a lot of credible alternatives to iTunes but Guitar Hero certainly has that potential," said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. Read more »

"When they get done with this, they'll all be wearing gold diapers. "
- hillemania    See all 17 comments


Rock Band, Guitar Hero Publishers Vying for Beatles Licensing Agreement

Related Topics – Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Top Spin 3

Publishers Activision and MTV Games are courting representatives of the Beatles to license the wildly popular band's catalog for use in their respective rhythm franchises Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the Financial Times reports.

According to the report, both publishers have held discussions with representatives of the band concerning a "Beatles-themed video game." Read more »

"Excellent. Now Paul can replace the money he lost in the divorce. "
- Fyunch Click    See all 26 comments


Guitar Hero: Metallica Confirmed

Details in an Activision SEC filing uncovered by GameSpot has confirmed the existence of a new Guitar Hero title focused on the long-running heavy metal act Metallica in Guitar Hero: Metallica, scheduled for release in early 2009.

"In fiscal 2009, we plan to publish Guitar Hero: On Tour for the NDS; Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Guitar Hero: Metallica, and Guitar Hero IV across multiple platforms," the company said in the filing. Read more »

"The thought of playing all the songs from ...And Justice For All makes my hands hurt."
- DiscW    See all 59 comments


At the Drive-In Shreds into Guitar Hero

Related Topics – Guitar Hero, PlayStation 2

Fearless Records has announced that progressive rock band At the Drive-In will be contributing a song to an upcoming Guitar Hero title, most likely Neversoft's Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

A press release issued by the record label stated that "One Armed Scissor" from the band's third album "Relationship of Command" will make an appearance in Guitar Hero IV alongside Aerosmith and Def Leppard. The label noted that the game is aimed for a release this June on "all major platforms including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PC, Mac, and Nintendo DS." Read more »

"i would kill to be able to play arcarsenal. that was my favorite song on that album."
- mckimmons    See all 20 comments


Guitar Hero 4 to Feature More Instruments, Vocals

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said that the fourth installment of Neversoft's Guitar Hero franchise will incorporate additional instruments similar to competitor Harmonix's Rock Band (PS2, PS3, Wii, X360).

"[Guitar Hero IV's] not just about guitars," Kotick told IGN. "We'll include a lot of other instruments, vocals. It will help us expand internationally. It's the first game we've had in which we can use local content and local bands." Read more »

"Rock Band made my Guitar Hero III purchase feel like a hairy eastern European man accosted me ..."
- Rice-Rocketeer    See all 84 comments


Def Leppard Talks Guitar Hero 4 Songs

It appears that British metal group Def Leppard may have up to three songs in the upcoming music-rhythm title Guitar Hero IV.

"We're going to have, like, three songs, I think, on Guitar Hero IV," guitarist Phil Collen said on Rockline Radio. "I think Photograph, Animal, and Rock of Ages."

While Guitar Hero IV has yet to be officially announced, franchise owner Activision previously confirmed it is a prepping a new Guitar Hero title for this fall, with Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (PS2, PS3, X360, Wii) and Guitar Hero: On Tour (NDS) due this summer.

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"holy crap i'm 30 something. i feel old and stupid when i play GH or rockband but i still do. ..."
- panbient    See all 28 comments


Partial Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Tracklist Unveiled; Includes Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, The Kinks, More

A partial listing of the 40-plus tracks contained within Neversoft's upcoming music title Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (PS2, PS3, X360, Wii) has been revealed, detailing a number of songs from Aerosmith as well as other groups that are, in one form or another, close to Steven Tyler and crew.

In addition to expected Aerosmith hits such as "Sweet Emotion" and "Make It," the game will also feature Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes," Cheap Trick's "Dream Police," "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and a cover of The Kinks' "All Day and All Night." Read more »

"this will not be a full priced game yeah? surely a $50 starting point.....?"
- VuduChild    See all 21 comments


Gibson Sues EA, MTV, Harmonix over Rock Band; Update: Harmonix Responds, Denies Allegations

Update: Rock Band developer Harmonix has issued a response to the lawsuit, labeling guitar maker Gibson's claims of patent infringement "completely without merit."

"It is unfortunate that Gibson unfairly desires to share in the tremendous success enjoyed by the developers of Rock Band and Guitar Hero," a Harmonix spokesperson told Shacknews. "This lawsuit is completely without merit and we intend to defend it vigorously. Read more »

"I hope all the youngin's who get interested in playing guitar or drums or whatever because of GH ..."
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Gibson Sues Six Retailers for Selling Guitar Hero; GameStop, Amazon, Wal-Mart and Others Named

Related Topics – Guitar Hero, Activision, lawsuit

Update: In its legal filings, Gibson named the six retailers it is targeting for their sales of Guitar Hero: GameStop, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, Target, Toys "R" Us and Kmart.

Original Story: Guitar manufacturer Gibson has announced that it is pursuing legal action against unspecified retailers for selling publisher Activision's popular Guitar Hero line of music video games, an action that Gibson claims infringes on one of its patents. Read more »

"Hell. Rock Band made me really consider learning how to play a real guitar. I was thinking of ..."
- Ghillie    See all 83 comments





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