Activision Responds to Harmonix/MTV Accusations: Harmonix 'Unwilling to Discuss an Agreement'

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Activision has sharply responded to statements made earlier this week by MTV Games-owned Harmonix that the Guitar Hero III publisher blocked the release of a patch intended to allow compatibility between Harmonix's Rock Band and PlayStation 3 versions of Activision's Guitar Hero III guitar controller.

According to Activision, Harmonix and MTV were the companies blocking progress--not Activision, its subsidiary publisher Red Octane, and Guitar Hero III developer Neversoft.

"The recent announcement by MTV Games/Viacom's Harmonix division that Activision is blocking Sony from releasing a patch and their plea to enable Rock Band software to work with Guitar Hero hardware paints a very misleading picture," reads the statement, released to the press tonight.

"In fact, Harmonix and its parent company MTV Games/Viacom recently declined Activision's offer to reach an agreement that would allow the use of Guitar Hero guitar controllers with Rock Band, the statement continues. "We have been and remain open to discussions with Harmonix and MTV Games/Viacom about the use of our technology in Rock Band. Unfortunately for Rock Band users, in this case Harmonix and MTV Games/Viacom are unwilling to discuss an agreement with Activision."

The nature of Activision's proposed agreement was not stated. "Activision's top priority is to provide consumers with a seamless marriage of best-in-class hardware and software. We are focusing our efforts on innovating hardware and software that are designed to work together, work flawlessly and provide an enjoyable gaming experience," concludes the statement.

Meanwhile, platform holder Sony Computer Entertainment has declined to comment in any significant way on the matter. "At SCEA, we of course want this resolved and to ensure the best possible gaming experience," the company said in a statement. "We encourage MTV, Harmonix and Activision to discuss this among themselves so there can be an amicable resolution in the best interest of the consumer."

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    December 13, 2007 9:12 PM

    Nice little sideways jab at the end there.
    Is the rockband guitar really that crappy?

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      December 13, 2007 9:24 PM

      When it works, it's as good as the GH3, but the fact is that there have been a lot of RMAs.

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        December 13, 2007 9:35 PM

        It does work, I still hate it. I'll take the GH3 guitar any day of the week over my RMA'd Rock Band guitar. The feel just plain sucks.

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      December 13, 2007 10:15 PM

      I love everything about the Rock Band Stratocaster except the strum bar. I just put in for a new one tonight because I was sick of blowing compressed air into the slots every other song. Guess it's back to my GH3 Gibson for a couple days until I see if the new ones really are fixed...

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        December 13, 2007 10:19 PM

        That's my stance on the guitar, too.

        The ONLY thing I like better about the GH3 Gibson is its strum bar. Well, it's wireless too, but it's not as big of a deal to me.

        However, despite the SG only having a better strum bar, the Fender's was so much worse that I still preferred the SG overall to the Fender just because its strum bar sucked. :(

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        December 13, 2007 11:44 PM

        Hating the strum bar is hating 90% of the guitar IMO. Personally I hated the fret buttons but could live with them. The strum bar was a total deal breaker. I never even removed the RB guitar from the box.

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          December 14, 2007 6:41 AM

          Well, you obviously haven't had hand cramps and numb fingertips on your fret hand from playing GH2 or GH3 for more than an hour or so. The width of the neck and the spring of the buttons is a huge deal to me. The improved whammy bar and extra fret buttons are just a bonus. Now if they could just put the Gibson strum bar in there...

          Might want to at least try that guitar so you can see if it needs to be replaced. ;)

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            December 14, 2007 7:36 AM

            I sold the guitar on ebay and whipped my hands clean of the situation :)

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          December 14, 2007 3:46 PM

          How can you Hate the RB guitar so much and know its so bad if "[you] never even removed the RB guitar from the box."

          Yea...exactly...

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      December 14, 2007 2:11 AM

      I wasn't crazy about the guitar when I first tired it, but after switching off between the two, I keep moving closer and closer to wanting to use the Rock Band guitar exclusively. The strum bar, I could take or leave, but the buttons feel a lot better. They don't even feel like buttons, it just feels like I put my fingers in the right place and it magically works without effort. It makes finding where to place my fingers when moving up and down the neck a lot easier because I'm not having to watch for gaps.

      We did get a broken guitar with our launch unit, but it was replaced within a week of ordering and the new one seems fine. I really have to hand it to EA for doing a prompt and efficient replacement program, whereas Activision still hasn't acknowledged that their guitars have serious flaws.