According to the Hollywood Reporter, videogame publisher Ubisoft has announced a new title called ‘Rocksmith’, which can be played using real electric guitars.
Santa Monica, California-based Activision Blizzard Inc. announced on Wednesday that it will cease publishing the “Guitar Hero” video game series this year.
It was reported this morning that former shareholders of Harmonix Music Systems, maker of the ‘Rock Band’ game franchise and original developers of ‘Guitar Hero,’ have sued its parent company Viacom Inc., alleging that the company is trying to cheat them out of hundreds of millions of dollars owed under the terms of Viacom’s 2006 acquisition of the Harmonix.
The developer of the first ‘Guitar Hero’ games and the current ‘Rock Band’ game franchise, Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., is on the block, according to the third quarter earnings release announced this week by parent-company, Viacom Inc.
Could there be more differences of opinion? Apparently not. Are the simulated music games “a gift,” as John Spinelli or Seminole Music & Sound thinks? And as Jeff Firestone of Keene, N.H. asks rhetorically: “How can this be bad?” Or, as Spike Klein of The Magic Flute so eloquently put it: “[The games] are like Dungeon & Dragons meets air guitar in Loser Land.”