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Activision: Maybe Record Labels Should Pay Us

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has once again come out swinging in his public shouting match with record labels including Warner Music, suggesting that maybe the publisher behind the Guitar Hero series deserves compensation for including songs from labels in the hit rhythm-music series.

"When you look at the impact [Guitar Hero] can have on an Aerosmith, Van Halen or Metallica, it's really significant," Kotick told the Wall Street Journal as relayed by Edge. "So much so that you sort of question whether or not, in the case of those kinds of products, you should be paying any money at all and whether it should be the reverse." Read more »

"So, he doesnt want to pay Warner, but he still charges us (gamers) ? How do we interpret the ..."
- doomed    See all 23 comments

Guitar Hero: Hendrix in the Works, Says Rolling Stone Interview

Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash has let slip that there will be a Guitar Hero title centered on 1969 Woodstock headliner and Greatest Guitarist of All Time Jimi Hendrix.

Slash, speaking on tribute games Guitar Hero: Metallica and Aerosmith, said to Rolling Stone: "Those are two ones that I think gives it some credibility. And they're doing a Hendrix one, which is great." Read more »

"Rumor mill is swirling that Live at Donnington is coming out for Rock Band soon."
- Deathlove    See all 20 comments

Guitar Hero Metallica DLC Tracks Better Quality Than Universal's Retail CDs

Internet audiophiles have discovered that the Guitar Hero version of Metallica album Death Magnetic is of better quality than the retail CD recently released by label Universal--and they have science to back it up.

"The CD version ... has been heavily compressed, limited and/or clipped, and sounds massively distorted as a result," said recording industry mixing engineer Ian Shepard in a blog post relayed by Wired. Read more »

"Why would you go through the trouble of recording the recording? I'm pretty sure someones ..."
- aqtrans    See all 84 comments

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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"And yet those of us that have RB also want more, so even if they had kept up with HMX his ..."
- schnitz76    See all 11 comments

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 »

"Sweet, that's not too bad then. Not for GH though? I know I can't play GH2 tracks in GH3, etc..."
- m0rb    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 »

"No. They both agreed to the price. Activision isn't the one whining after the fact. Gamers don't ..."
- TrptJim    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 »

"I fucking would have never thrown my good money away on the Power Glove if it hadn't of been for ..."
- FalseGod    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 »

"What, your aim? (J/K) Try playing a game of Unreal Tournament first. The kills seem bazillions ..."
- tohm82    See all 17 comments

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 »

"He didn't lose it. It isn't like whoops hey, where did all my money go? That one legged bitch ..."
- rosewood    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 »

"yeah if they released all of relationship of command I would then buy rockband."
- hirosushima    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 »

"move on from franchises that sell a bajillion copies? that's not very good business"
- mikecyb    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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"the Def Leppard drummer lost an arm in an accident and played using 1 arm from then on"
- Old_Fart    See all 28 comments

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