Posts Tagged ‘Guitar-Hero’

Look On My Works, Ye Mighty…

By Alec Meer on May 9th, 2008.

Activision are the new kings of gaming hill, they claim – in America at least. They’ve just published their results for the last financial year, and, well, they’ve made lots of money. More than any other publisher. Primarily from Guitar Hero III and Call of Duty IV, by the sounds of it. Admittedly they’re number one for console and handheld, not PC, but we can surely expect their swollen coffers to impact their future PC releases.
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God Gave Rock and Roll and Still Alive To You

By Alec Meer on December 13th, 2007.

Maybe Black Mesa. Haha, fat chance, they're a fictional science insitution that accidentally caused an alien invasion.

Frankly very tired of all the shouty nonsense rock on Guitar Hero III (really, it should have just consisted of Paint It Black 32 times over), I began to crave other musical delights for my ruined hands. I don’t know why I didn’t think of looking for this before. Frets on Fire isn’t bound by such tiresome conventions as rock songs and guitars. If it’s a song, you can play it on your little plastic guitar (or keyboard or gamepad or Strategic Commander) – regardless of whether there’s actually much guitar in it. And hence I found myself merrily playing these two fine pieces of Valve-related music…
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The Romantics Sue Activision… For Being Too Good

By John Walker on November 22nd, 2007.

Litigous people can be weird.

Guitar Hero, now officially a PC game and so allowed to be discussed in these here walls, might be in a spot of bother after rock band The Romantics filed a lawsuit, attempting to get the game removed from the shelves.

Poor widdle band

The song, What I Like About You, appears in the series’ blip, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the ’80s, but peculiarly, this isn’t a case of Activision pinching the song without permission. Obviously they’d not be so daft.

No, instead the Romantics’ attorneys told the Detroit Free Press that it’s because the game contains a cover of the song that sounds too much like the original. “It’s a very good imitation, and that’s our objection. Even the guys in the band said, ‘Wow, that’s not us, but it sure sounds like us.’” Wha?

According to USA Today, Activision sought all the rights they needed to cover the song in the game. But the band are claiming that, “by creating an imitation so much like the Romantics’ original the company has infringed the group’s right to its own image and likeness..” Double wha?

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Reunion Tour

By Alec Meer on October 5th, 2007.

I’ve killed a lot of men recently. A lot of men. And frankly, I needed a break. Running a crosshair-burned-into-the-retina eye over what was either already installed on my PC or within easy reach, my options were fairly limited. Guns, swords, magic death powers, psychic fists…Peggle? No. No more Peggle. That’s the easy way out.

What’s the opposite of violence? Art, perhaps. That’s when I realised precisely what the cure to my bloodthirsty blues was. I haven’t played Guitar Hero for quite some time. Music will sooth my serial killer’s soul. (Bear with me, this will become PC-relevant after the jump).

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