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The day the music died
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... read feature

Canceled Guitar Hero 7 doesn't sound too hot


Faux six-string guitar and no other instruments
Dec 06
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... read
Rock out for a great cause
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... read feature

The No Doubt vs. Activision drama finally ends


Oct 04
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... read

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


May 31
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... read

Addition of the Bastion narrator makes any videogame sexy


Oct 31
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] read

Maroon 5 frontman sues Activision over Band Hero


Aug 05
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... read

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


Jul 23
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... read

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


Jul 21
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, ... read

Activision: Guitar Hero not dead, on 'hiatus'


Apr 12
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 ... read

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 St... read feature

Guitar Hero lives on, 'modern rock' DLC released


Mar 09
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... read

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


Feb 22
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... read

Former RedOctane CEO: Activision abused Guitar Hero


Feb 18
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... read

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


Feb 15
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... read

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


Feb 12
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... read

There will be no more Guitar Hero DLC


Feb 10
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... read

Activision: Guitar Hero cost too much to be profitable


Feb 10
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... read

[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 genr... read feature

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


Feb 09
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... read

Live show: Chill Bros play Guitar Hero pro gamer Ecstacy


Feb 01
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... read

Activision halves prices on major 360 DLC this week


Jan 11
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 ... read

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


Jan 11
Activision's mapped out its Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock downloadable content for January, bringing tracks from Nine Inch Nails, The Used, and more.  read

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


Jan 10
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... read

Kiss invade Guitar Hero, Linkin Park hit DJ Hero 2


Dec 22
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... read

Megadeth's Guitar Hero tracks nominated for Grammy


Dec 10
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... read

Activision: Guitar Hero has lost some mass appeal


Dec 09
Evil publisher Activision has admitted that its Guitar Hero franchise may have lost some of the mainstream appeal that has raked in millions over the years. I don't suppose that could have had anything to do with the ten diff... read

Axl Rose sues Activision over Guitar Hero III


Nov 24
Guns N Roses frontman and professional shit Axl Rose has filed a lawsuit against Guitar Hero III publisher Activision, claiming $20 million in damages because the game contains a likeness of former guitarist Slash. Seriously.... read

Free DJ Hero, Guitar Hero DLC this week


Nov 23
Nothing screams "Thanksgiving" more than Macy's parade and some free downloadable content for Activision's latest music games. The free packs are courtesy of Coca-Cola, and include: Tiest Mix Pack Presented by Coca-Cola for D... read

Jim Sterling playing 2112 for Destructoid charity


Oct 07
This past weekend, the very kind people of Destructoid LA hosted Ronathon, a fundraising event to help Dtoid community member lv99ron raise money to pay a ludicrous medical bill. Event organizer Alex Barbatsis honored me by ... read

Activision replacing Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock discs


Oct 01
Yesterday we told you about the faulty Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock discs we'd discovered, which randomly become unreadable and make it harder to reach all the awesome Rush songs. We contacted Activision for a comment and co... read

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock disc-read-errors


Sep 30
I recently received a copy of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, and instantly canceled my afternoon's plans so that I could play 2112 twice in a row, then never pick up the plastic guitar again. Unfortunately, my progress toward... read






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