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Canceled Guitar Hero 7 doesn't sound too hot


Faux six-string guitar and no other instruments
Dec 06
// Jordan Devore
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...

Win one of 10 early tickets to ‹mloud! this Thursday

Dec 04 // Niero Desu
[embed]239871:45981[/embed] You don't have to be in San Francisco to help this charity: You can donate over the web Funds collected benefit Child's Play, a non-profit organization founded by the guys at Penny Arcade to help bring awesome to 70 children's hospitals around the world.  If everyone reading this donated enough to buy a cup of coffee, it actually adds up to a lot. They've raised over $40,000 in the past years, and we hope to beat that number this year, so every little bit helps! We'll see you at the show!
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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...

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The No Doubt vs. Activision drama finally ends


Oct 04
// Chris Carter
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...
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Justice for a Girl: No Doubt v Activision going to trial


May 31
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Addition of the Bastion narrator makes any videogame sexy


Oct 31
// Tony Ponce
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]
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Maroon 5 frontman sues Activision over Band Hero


Aug 05
// Jim Sterling
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...
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New Destructoid Episode: F*ck it, we did it live!


Jul 23
// Tara Long
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...
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Activision using 'new studios' to 'reinvent' Guitar Hero


Jul 21
// Nick Chester
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, ...
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Activision: Guitar Hero not dead, on 'hiatus'


Apr 12
// Jim Sterling
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 ...

Rock Prodigy will teach you guitar

Mar 17 // Tara Long
At first glance, Rock Prodigy might seem like another Guitar Hero clone. That skepticism quickly fades though, when you realize it’s not really a game - it’s a learning tool. It just so happens that its selling point is that it uses a real guitar. Any guitar can be used, in fact - even acoustic - so long as you have a headset with a built-in microphone or a basic line-in guitar adapter with a headphone jack and guitar cable input to connect to your iOS device. Roger Danneberg, a Computer Science PhD at Carnegie Mellon, is partly responsible for creating the polyphonic pitch recognition software used in the app, which can detect frequencies small enough to distinguish when an incorrect note or chord is played. This technology forms the basis of the software, but the developers did incorporate some fun gameplay elements to the app similar to those in other guitar games. In the basic version of the app, users have access to only the Perform mode, which offers a simple, straight playthrough of the song. How well the player performs ultimately determines their score and subsequently, their Career.   The Premium Feature Pack, which is available as an add-on for $9.99, features a Practice mode which seems quite reasonable for the price. It allows you to fast-forward and rewind songs, turn on note and chord names to help in learning music theory, and adjust guitar backing or track volume. It also grants you access to the app's Auto Pause feature, which is arguably the most important tool for true beginners. It temporarily pauses the song when you don’t hit a note on time, and then picks the song back up when you play the next note. So, if you're anything like me and it takes you 5 seconds to find the C note, your progress won’t be stunted by the realization that you’re now 5 seconds behind. Practice mode also features an Auto Play option that lets you hear the track as though you played every note correctly. Sometimes it's just nice to pretend, isn't it? As you begin to improve in Perform mode, your score will get higher. Users have the option to save scores to their profile so they can track their improvement over time or compare themselves to other players on the global leaderboard.    Rock Prodigy offers over 40 tracks available for purchase as of now, which are priced from $1 to $3 and are typical of what you would find in any guitar peripheral game, but with a bit more variety. The artists range from Lynyrd Skynyrd to B. B. King to the Deftones to Bach. I will admit I was impressed by the inclusion of classical music, though I can't imagine how it would sound on an electric guitar. A complete list of all the songs can be found on the app's website. If none of them are your particular flavor, note that the developers are continually adding new songs to the store. Each song has four levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium, Hard, and Prodigy. Playing a song on Prodigy is equivalent to mastering it, which means not only mastering every note, but playing above and beyond the note-for-note transcription and learning various ways to incorporate multiple parts of the guitar.    I demoed the app on an iPad, which is surely the optimal way to view it. It still looks great on an iPhone or iPod, though, and would have been especially useful last summer during my fruitless attempts to learn guitar. Missed opportunities aside, Rock Prodigy seems like a fun, useful, and worthwhile method of learning the guitar for a totally reasonable price. [embed]196567:37042[/embed]
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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...

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Guitar Hero lives on, 'modern rock' DLC released


Mar 09
// Nick Chester
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...
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Co-founder finds Activision hate 'a little bit strong'


Feb 22
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Former RedOctane CEO: Activision abused Guitar Hero


Feb 18
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Analysts: Call of Duty won't be the next Guitar Hero


Feb 15
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Destructoid: LA Cave Stories, Guitar Martyr, and Halo 5?!


Feb 12
// Tara Long
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...
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There will be no more Guitar Hero DLC


Feb 10
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Activision: Guitar Hero cost too much to be profitable


Feb 10
// Jim Sterling
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...
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[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...

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


Feb 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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Live show: Chill Bros play Guitar Hero pro gamer Ecstacy


Feb 01
// Pico Mause
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...
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Activision halves prices on major 360 DLC this week


Jan 11
// Nick Chester
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 ...
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Nine Inch Nails, The Used, more coming to Guitar Hero


Jan 11
// Nick Chester
Activision's mapped out its Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock downloadable content for January, bringing tracks from Nine Inch Nails, The Used, and more.
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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, DJ Hero 2 get price drops


Jan 10
// Nick Chester
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...
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Kiss invade Guitar Hero, Linkin Park hit DJ Hero 2


Dec 22
// Nick Chester
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...
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Megadeth's Guitar Hero tracks nominated for Grammy


Dec 10
// Nick Chester
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...
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Activision: Guitar Hero has lost some mass appeal


Dec 09
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Axl Rose sues Activision over Guitar Hero III


Nov 24
// Jim Sterling
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....
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Free DJ Hero, Guitar Hero DLC this week


Nov 23
// Nick Chester
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...
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Jim Sterling playing 2112 for Destructoid charity


Oct 07
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Activision replacing Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock discs


Oct 01
// Jim Sterling
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...

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