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4:15 PM on 04.21.2015

Game News Haikus: Guitar Hero Live, Star Wars Battlefront, emotional reviews, and more

The biggest story last week was Mortal Kombat X's handling of downloadable content. Warner Bros. should relinquish itself of its greed and earthly possessions. That is the first step on the path to Enlightenment. In this ser...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 PM on 04.21.2015

Get a better look at how Guitar Hero Live will work

Activision has just released a behind-the-scenes video for Guitar Hero Live, and it attempts to explain the confusing "live" aspect of the game. "Attempt" being the operative word here. FreeStyleGames seems excited for ...

Chris Carter

7:30 AM on 04.21.2015

Activision exec promises Guitar Hero isn't getting annualized again

Hey, remember when Activision released a Guitar Hero game every year, and in some cases, multiple times annually? Until Warriors of Rock killed off the franchise, of course. Well now the series is back later this year with Gu...

Chris Carter

7:30 AM on 04.20.2015

Does Activision still have selling power for Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk?

It's no secret that I'm a Tony Hawk guy. I'd enjoyed nearly every entry in the series outside of the boring Proving Ground and the iffy Ride subseries, and that rumor of a new fully-fledged game has me all hot ...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 04.17.2015

Guitar Hero Live wants to give players stage fright

Just a few days after the trailer reveal, this video showed up going further into what makes Guitar Hero Live new. It's a long one, so if you're not able to sit through 34 minutes of video, Destructoid has you covered. The p...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 AM on 04.17.2015

The Destructoid UK Podcast 2: Super Sentai tried to kill me

The UK, it exists and Destructoid now has writers there. Great British Pounds. Eastenders. Steptoe and Son. The Destructoid UK Podcast (DestrUKtoid). Destructoid UK Editor Laura Dale is joined this week by Joe Parlock an...

Laura Kate Dale

5:00 AM on 04.17.2015

Harmonix says 'don't throw away your old Guitar Hero controllers'

Where are all your old Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band guitars now, eh? Stuffed under the couch? Collecting dusting the basement?  If you haven't thrown them away -- and I really, really hope you haven't thrown them away --...

Vikki Blake

2:30 PM on 04.14.2015

Skrillex is on the list of Guitar Hero Live artists

Following this morning's official reveal of the long-leaked Guitar Hero Live, Activision's talking a bit about the core of any music game: the music. Of the 13 announced artists, one sticks out like a sore thumb: Skrillex. Th...

Brett Makedonski

9:10 AM on 04.14.2015

Guitar Hero Live confirmed, will debut this fall

[Update: A trailer is up, and it looks like a live-action take on Guitar Hero. FMV games are back! The game seems to retail for $99 and will debut on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and even Wii U. More info can be found here....

Laura Kate Dale

10:00 AM on 04.13.2015

Activision likely teasing a new Guitar Hero with this video

Activision has been all about the teasers lately. First we found out about Black Ops III by way of a Snapchat promotion, and now we have this completely obvious teaser this morning that seems to be hinting at a new Guitar He...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 03.29.2015

MusicGlove helps stroke victims recover by playing a Guitar Hero-style game

Some smart people over at a company called Flint Rehabilitation Devices recognized the potential of videogames and developed the MusicGlove, which helps stroke victims recover the use of their hands by moving their fingers i...

Ben Davis

1:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Reunion tour: New Guitar Hero reportedly in development

Don't adjust your (hot tub) time machine. You haven't traveled back to 2010; it just feels like it. According to a report from Kotaku UK, Activision has a new Guitar Hero title in the works. It's said to be announced at ...

Brett Makedonski

9:00 AM on 03.19.2014

Band, DJ, and Guitar Hero DLC sales coming to an end on March 31st

If you still play Guitar, DJ, or Band Hero, you better stock up on all of the tracks you've always wanted, because the DLC store is going offline on March 31st. The online servers in general will apparently stay up, and any D...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 07.17.2013

Viacom loses $300-million lawsuit against Harmonix

Ending years of litigation, the Delaware Supreme Court has ordered Viacom to pay Harmonix Music's former owners $300 million in owed bonuses, money from when Viacom still owned the studio. You may remember that Harmonix was b...

Abel Girmay

4:00 PM on 04.02.2013

Rock Band had a ridiculously profound effect on my life

It's a sad week. Granted, it's an inevitability that's more than five years in the making, but nonetheless, it's sad. This is the week that Harmonix releases its final regularly scheduled Rock Band DLC -- a str...

Brett Makedonski

10:00 PM on 12.06.2012

Canceled Guitar Hero 7 doesn't sound too hot

Guitar Hero -- now there's a franchise I haven't given any thought in a good long while. At one point, it seemed like there would be no end to the madness. According to an account of Guitar Hero 7 shared with Kotaku, things c...

Jordan Devore

7:45 PM on 12.04.2012

Win one of 10 early tickets to Ümloud! this Thursday

In the Bay Area this Thursday? Come melt your face at San Francisco's DNA lounge for Ümloud!, the annual California fundraiser that benefits Child's Play. Did I mention Tim Schafer, creator of Psychonauts, Grim...

Papa Niero

12:30 PM on 10.04.2012

The No Doubt vs. Activision drama finally ends

Remember that one time when No Doubt accused Activision, and by proxy Band Hero, of misusing their likeness? It feels like that sort of thing happens every year, but now Activision has one less thing to worry about, as No Dou...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 05.31.2012

Justice for a Girl: No Doubt v Activision going to trial

It's been nearly three years since No Doubt first filed against Activision for improper use of their likeness in 2009 Guitar Hero spin-off, Band Hero. Since then the evil publisher has counter-sued the band, claiming they wer...

Kyle MacGregor

6:30 PM on 10.31.2011

Addition of the Bastion narrator makes any videogame sexy

What if the silken-voiced but incessant narrator from Bastion scored a few gigs working with other, bigger games? Would the simple gameplay exercise of running from one edge of the screen to the other become a grand journey into consciousness? Or would you just try to f*ck with the guy? Dorkly Bits: Bastion Narrator Invades Other Games [Dorkly]

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 08.05.2011

Maroon 5 frontman sues Activision over Band Hero

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is suing Activision over his appearance in Band Hero, claiming he did not agree to be portrayed the way he is in the game. Adam, sorry to break it to you, but you actually do sound like that! His...

Jim Sterling

12:03 AM on 07.23.2011

New Destructoid Episode: F*ck it, we did it live!

Phew, sorry I had to break out the overused meme, guys. I'm just exhausted after a long day of live streaming the Destructoid show. It truly was a festival of horrors!  In case you missed it, we discussed how G...

Tara Long

8:30 PM on 07.21.2011

Activision using 'new studios' to 'reinvent' Guitar Hero

Considering the franchise's sliding sales, it wasn't shocking to learn that Activision had disbanded its Guitar Hero business unit and decided to not release a new title this year. The fate of the series hung in the balance, ...

Nick Chester

8:20 AM on 04.12.2011

Activision: Guitar Hero not dead, on 'hiatus'

Activision has made a statement concerning the Guitar Hero franchise, seeming to backtrack on the idea that the series had been killed off for good. I guess the publisher realized there's money to be made from a big comeback ...

Jim Sterling



Rock Prodigy will teach you guitar photo
Rock Prodigy will teach you guitar
by Tara Long
On the heels of this week's Rocksmith announcement, I feel I should introduce another player to the line-up of games that promises to teach you real life skills.

Rock Prodigy is an iOS app that has been available on the App Store for weeks now, though it may have flown under your radar unless you were specifically looking for it. I got a chance to demo the app last week and came away nothing short of impressed.
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1:00 PM on 03.09.2011

Guitar Hero lives on, 'modern rock' DLC released

The death of Guitar Hero has been highly exaggerated, apparently. Or there's just a bunch of downloadable content that's been authored and is still sitting in Activision's pipeline…In any event, that means more music f...

Nick Chester

4:20 PM on 02.22.2011

Co-founder finds Activision hate 'a little bit strong'

Activision co-founder Alan Miller believes that the resentment some gamers feel toward the evil publisher is a bit "strong" and has suggested we tone it down a bit. "As a publisher, you’re taking the risk," he said. "An...

Jim Sterling

9:40 AM on 02.18.2011

Former RedOctane CEO: Activision abused Guitar Hero

Kelly Summer, former CEO of RedOctane, has lashed out at Activision for the cancellation of the Guitar Hero series, stating that it could easily have continued, but the publisher abused the property. I think we all got that i...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 02.15.2011

Analysts: Call of Duty won't be the next Guitar Hero

A number of analysts have discussed Activision's recent killing of the Guitar Hero franchise, where they declared the whole series to be a "fad" and added that Call of Duty won't go the same way, in spite of Activision's pote...

Jim Sterling

2:00 PM on 02.12.2011

Destructoid: LA Cave Stories, Guitar Martyr, and Halo 5?!

Good afternoon, denizens of Destructoid! 'Tis afternoon o'clock on a lovely Saturday afternoon, and that can mean only one thing - last night's episode of your favorite internet online video game show had technical difficult...

Tara Long





9:00 AM on 02.10.2011

There will be no more Guitar Hero DLC

When Activision said that Guitar Hero was getting killed, it meant the whole damn deal. A few people wondered if we'd at least get new downloadable content, but the publisher has stated that after February, the well officiall...

Jim Sterling

8:20 AM on 02.10.2011

Activision: Guitar Hero cost too much to be profitable

Yesterday we learned the rather stunning news that Activision was ending the Guitar Hero franchise, along with True Crime: Hong Kong. Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg explained the reasoning behind the cull, which CVG has transc...

Jim Sterling



Guitar Hero/DJ Hero dead, True Crime: Hong Kong canceled photo
Guitar Hero/DJ Hero dead, True Crime: Hong Kong canceled
by Maurice Tan

[Update: During the conference, Activision just confirmed the death of DJ Hero as part of the Guitar Hero franchise. True Crime: Hong Kong was canceled because it was "just not good enough" to compete in the open world genre. Most of all, they didn't expect it to generate enough profit and stopped development.]

Activision Blizzard is set to announce its Q4 results any minute, but that didn't stop them from announcing that Guitar Hero is dead. No longer shall we have to deal with Rock Band vs. Guitar Hero arguments, as the Guitar Hero business unit has been disbanded and all work on the 2011 Guitar Hero game has been discontinued. Maybe there is a God after all!

Development on True Crime: Hong Kong has also been stopped. Which might be one of the reasons you probably didn't hear anything about it for a while now.

Activision Blizzard will instead focus on Call of Duty titles, the development of a "best-in-class digital community surrounding the Call of Duty franchise" -- good luck with that -- a new Bungie IP and some new and "innovative universe with broad appeal" that will be revealed at Toy Fair later this week.

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1:00 AM on 02.09.2011

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock's February Mega Pack DLC

Activision has released a new trailer highlighting the songs currently available in the February Mega Pack DLC for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The pack includes tracks from Marilyn Manson, Children of Bodom, Black Label S...

Conrad Zimmerman

6:00 PM on 02.01.2011

Live show: Chill Bros play Guitar Hero pro gamer Ecstacy

Want to see how a Guinness World record holder plays Guitar Hero?  Tune in! Put your Guitar Hero thrashing skills to the test against one of the world champions, Annie "Ecstacy" Leung. She joins us today on Jus...

Pico Mause

4:20 PM on 01.11.2011

Activision halves prices on major 360 DLC this week

Activision is having major 50% off sale on a lot of its digital Xbox 360 content this week, and because of that, I've learned a few things. One, I had no idea that Activision published Carcassonne or Golf: Tee It Up!; that's ...

Nick Chester

10:20 AM on 01.11.2011

Nine Inch Nails, The Used, more coming to Guitar Hero

Activision's mapped out its Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock downloadable content for January, bringing tracks from Nine Inch Nails, The Used, and more.

Nick Chester

5:20 PM on 01.10.2011

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, DJ Hero 2 get price drops

Good things to come to those who wait, and by "good things" I mean saving a few bucks on Activision's Hero titles. Only a few months after their launch, both Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and DJ Hero 2 are getting price drops...

Nick Chester

10:30 AM on 12.22.2010

Kiss invade Guitar Hero, Linkin Park hit DJ Hero 2

Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas" is so depressing. Wouldn't you rather be listening to KISS and Linkin Park? Great! Activision is releasing KISS and Linkin Park track packs for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and DJ Hero 2 resp...

Nick Chester

7:00 PM on 12.10.2010

Megadeth's Guitar Hero tracks nominated for Grammy

Baba what now? Civilization IV isn't the only game with a link to Grammy nominations -- Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock has now made it into the mix. Megadeth's track "Sudden Death" has been nominated for "Best Metal Performanc...

Nick Chester