Rock Band Beatles Sales Top Expectations, But Not Guitar Hero

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Sales of The Beatles: Rock Band are exceeding company expectations, but early indicators show Guitar Hero 5 beating the game in overall retail competition.

"Sales have exceeded our internal projections and we've sold 25 per cent of our inventory in the first week," said Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman at New York's Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, according to Gamasutra. Meanwhile, Guitar Hero division head Dan Rosensweig claims that Activision's Guitar Hero 5 is currently outselling The Beatles four-to-one in US retail stores. The UK weekly sales chart shows that Guitar Hero 5 captured first place in its debut, with The Beatles only reaching the fourth slot on the chart.

"[The Beatles: Rock Band] did not affect our sales," said Rosensweig to the Financial Times.

From The Chatty

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    September 17, 2009 8:09 PM

    I don't know anyone who is still buying GH games. I know four or five people with RB, but I only know one person with GH4 and I don't know anyone who is planning on buying GH5. Are any of you buying GH5?

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      September 17, 2009 8:12 PM

      I've got to assume it's all younger kids who don't know anything about good games/good music. I don't know anyone who had any interest in any of the recent GH games, but I don't keep company with many 14 year olds, either.

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        September 17, 2009 8:19 PM

        Could be nothing to do with it being younger kids. Variety is always nice, and some people may not enjoy the Beatles in their entirety? (I happen to have Beatles RB for 360, so don't flame me)

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      September 17, 2009 8:15 PM

      I bought it because I wanted a GH controller for the Beatles, and figured I may as well get the game with it.

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      September 17, 2009 8:34 PM

      My cousin and I went half/half for the GH:VH deal so it's a 2-for-1 deal makes sense. He's a fan of RB but buys the GH games as well.

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      September 17, 2009 8:45 PM

      GH games are mass-marketed a lot better. I mean, dancing pants-less supermodels? The Beatles are awesome, but even their amazing Abbey Road-inspired TV ad can't compete with pants-less supermodels.

      Also, partially because of the advertising, I bet GH is bought as a gift for other people way more often than TB:RB would be.

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      September 17, 2009 9:10 PM

      I still buy GH games, since my RB disc is scratched up from overuse and its near impossible to find a new copy anywhere in this country and RB2 doesn't exist as far as this hemisphere is concerned.

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      September 17, 2009 9:22 PM

      I am definatly not buying Gaytar hero #169 (sarcasm) so they can milk more money out of us. And I dont know anyone who even cares about the Beatles either.

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      September 17, 2009 10:17 PM

      I only have GH games *shrug*, will get GH5 when it gets cheaper too.
      They haven't raped my pet goat or killed my family... yet. On the other hand they haven't saved my eternal soul either, so there is that.

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      September 17, 2009 11:01 PM

      Fuck Rock Band. It may be a better game but they'll never get my money after their PAL release bullshit.

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      September 18, 2009 2:03 AM

      I rented it, and I think it's far inferior in just about every technical aspect...but it's got a broader appeal to the "gamer" crowd, in that most of us are probably around the age that these bands are bands we either grew up with, or love now. The Beatles, while popular still, aren't a band most of us would have grown up with unless our parents were huge fans.

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      September 18, 2009 6:21 AM

      After Rock Band 2 and GH: Metallica, I'm pretty much good.

      I did buy a copy of Beatles RB though since my wife was freaking for it.

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      September 18, 2009 11:22 AM

      I had Rock Band when it first came out in the UK.. I remember paying £180 (around about $295) and after the initial excitement of hitting some plastic drums, I suddenly remembered how much it had cost me and was not impressed so much after all. Not bothered with another Rock Band game, especially The Beatles. It doesn't appeal to me in the slightest, I have GH:Metallica though. Which is great fun