Better Than Guitar Hero: Rock Band
This is what the people who made Guitar Hero did on 06/06/06. Seriously. Photo courtesy of Harmonix, originally published here by yours truly.
You know you cried a little when you heard that the folks from Tony Hawk would be working on Guitar Hero III. Well, apparently that shift was to free up Harmonix, the Boston-based videogame company who made the Guitar Hero franchise along with Karaoke Revolution, so they could develop something insanely better: a full-on motherfuckin' rock band! Best part: if you don't have any real-world friends to make up the whole four-piece, you can play with ugly strangers online. Yep, US Today has the scoop.
In the popular game Guitar Hero, players tap color-coded fret keys and strum a guitar-shaped controller in time with scrolling on-screen notes. Rock Band "takes the core premise of Guitar Hero and expands it tenfold," says Alex Rigopulos, co-founder of Harmonix, which developed the game and the Karaoke Revolution games. "It lets you create a complete collaborative band."
MTV is supplying creative and financial support to Rock Band's development, as well as helping make deals with various music publishers.
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That means Rock Band will have performances by the original artists. In most previous music games, almost every song is done by a cover band. For Rock Band, some labels plan to supply original recordings. "This game offers a meaningful way for labels to participate in a segment of entertainment they, for the most part, have not been able to," MTV's Jeff Yapp says.
If you don't hear from SOTC for a bit, that's cause we just died and went to Hell. . . where Rock Band is already released. . . Update: Official Rock Band site here.
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