It all started in 2005 when Harmonix and RedOctane released Guitar Hero, and the world went nuts for the game with the plastic guitar. Harmonix rode that music game tidal wave into EA's arms and the pair dreamt up Rock Band.
Bandannered Guns n' Roses screecher Axl Rose has lost his case against Guitar Hero publisher Actvision.
Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch has dismissed music games as "crap" - and wished instant death on everyone who plays them.
Rocker Jack White, who recently signed a deal for his songs to appear in the new Guitar Hero game, has complained about kids playing Guitar Hero games.
Prince has said he turned down a deal to put his songs in Guitar Hero. (That's the artist formerly known as the funny symbol thing Prince, not the one who talks to plants or the one who likes to dress up as Nazis or the one who's a massive racist.)
Investment analyst Ben Schachter of UBS has been poring over the sales figures of Guitar Hero and Rock Band in the US, and has found that the Activision Blizzard series outsold the EA games by over a million copies in November.
The picture isn't quite as clear-cut as it seems, though. Schachter - as quoted by GameSpot - found that Guitar Hero sales are in decline compared to last year, while Rock Band's are increasing sharply. Overall, the huge US market for music games created by the original Guitar Hero seems to be in decline.
Over 1.7 million Guitar Hero games of all versions and formats were sold in the US in November, of which 978,000 were copies of the latest version, Guitar Hero World Tour. This compares with 628,452 copies of Rock Band and Rock Band 2.
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger has taken a pop at Guitar Hero, saying players would be better off learning a real instrument.
Activision boss Bobby Kotick has declared Guitar Hero is winning the battle of the band-based games.
Legendary dead guitarist Jimi Hendrix is set to get his very own Guitar Hero game.
Activision Blizzard has decided to use the popularity of Guitar Hero to create a "credible alternative" to iTunes.
Famous rockers such as Guns 'N Roses and Van Halen are said to be fleshing out deals to capitalise on the popularity of Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
Guitar-playing American pop star John Mayer has had a go at Guitar Hero, arguing nothing can compare to playing a real musical instrument.
A new Guitar Hero game based entirely around Beatles songs could be on the way - at least if Sony/ATV Music has anything to do with it.
Gibson Guitar has filed a lawsuit against Activision, claiming the Guitar Hero games infringe one of the company's patents.
According to Reuters, Gibson has a 1999 patent for technology used to simulate a musical performance. It sent a letter explaining this to Activision in January.
"Based on our preliminary analysis, the Guitar Hero software (including any expansion packs) and the guitar controller provided by Activision being used as a musical instrument (packaged with the software or sold standalone) are covered by the ... patent," the letter read.
UPDATE:The venue for the Guitar Hero record attempt has now changed and will not be HMV Oxford Street as previously reported. More news soon...
Nintendo has continued its winning streak in the US, finishing comfortably ahead of opposition for hardware sales in 2007.
Activision has confirmed to Eurogamer that it is set to release a standalone version of Guitar Hero II for Xbox 360 in the UK so that people who started off with the third game in the series can go back and see what the fuss was about.
Xbox 360 owners may be rocking out with Guitar Hero III at the moment, but it's Guitar Hero II that's receiving attention on Xbox Live at the moment with the "Indie Label Pack II" for Xbox Live Marketplace.
Activision has popped a fresh pack of Guitar Hero II songs onto Xbox Live.
The battle of the gaming bands is upon us. While Guitar Hero is pounding groupies backstage, biting the the bat's head off the rhythm-action genre, a cocky young upstart has emerged, threatening to topple the veteran rocker from its perch of poodle-haired posturing.
RedOctane's offering Guitar Hero II Xbox 360 owners another slice of the original game in the form of the fourth track pack on Xbox Live Marketplace.
RedOctane has hinted that Guitar Hero II fans can expect to see more Xbox Live Marketplace content next month.
Guitar Hero developer Harmonix has donated USD 2,000 to help keep a fansite afloat.
RedOctane owner Activision has refused to comment on supposedly leaked details of the next round of Guitar Hero II downloadable content for Xbox 360.
Guitar Hero II publisher RedOctane has admitted that some users are experiencing problems with a patch released for the Xbox 360 version over the weekend.
The update, released on Saturday, was supposed to help users whose copies of the game were refusing to acknowledge input from the Xplorer controller's whammy bar.
However forum threads quickly sprang up on Xbox.com and the official Guitar Hero website complaining that the patch was followed immediately by system freezes and, in some cases, the dreaded ring of death - the only answer to which is returning the console to Microsoft.
Anybody strumming through the excellent Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II will be pleased to hear that there are three song packs available on Xbox Live Marketplace today.
Celebrities from all over our little round planet have teamed up to sign and design Guitar Hero II PS2 controllers, which will be sold on eBay to support the MusiCares charity.
The Xbox 360 Guitar Hero controller - based on the Gibson Explorer - features an as-yet unused port designer for use with an effects pedal peripheral.
Guitar Hero II for Xbox 360 is ready and set for a Good Friday release in the UK, senior retail sources told Eurogamer this morning, despite the fact that, er, most of the shops will be shut.
Guitar Hero II will boast "more online content than anyone has ever seen in a game to this date," associate producer Ted Lange has boasted, referring to the downloadable add-ons set to be offered after the game's release.
Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos says he believes Guitar Hero is in "capable hands" at Neversoft, and that "fans of the franchise will be happy with" the Tony Hawk developers attempts to follow in Harmonix' stead.
RedOctane's head of publishing says we can probably expect to see songs from the original Guitar Hero made available for Xbox 360 owners to download when Guitar Hero II launches on the Microsoft system this spring.
The sacred dial of rock is being turned even higher for the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II, as Activision announces exclusive finger-cramping tracks, power-chording them into our collective puddle of melted faces.
The Detroit Tigers (baseball, apparently) have admitted that one of their pitchers (ball-chucker) Joel Zumaya was sidelined recently not because of the aches and pains of the sport, but because he was playing too much Guitar Hero.
That wireless Guitar Hero controller sounds nice then, eh? Doesn't it? Unfortunately, it's starting to look like an Xbox 360 version of it is unlikely.
RedOctane has announced that it will release proper, official wireless Guitar Hero controllers in the US next month, and they'll cost just US$ 59.99.
MTV Networks has strengthened it position in the gaming market by acquiring Guitar Hero developer Harmonix for USD $175 million (137 million euro).
Guitar Hero II's track listing is falling gradually into place with the news that Foo Fighters and Rage Against The Machine will be on the disc too.
Yet more of Guitar Hero II's track listing has been revealed in the October issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly, following last month's excellent revelation that we'll be rocking out to Freebird and Sweet Child O' Mine.
RedOctane has announced that Guitar Hero II will feature two rather awesome headline tracks - Freebird and Sweet Child o' Mine.
Guitar Hero II will be released in Europe this November, shortly after its American release date.
Guitar Hero II will make its first public appearance in Europe on August 22nd at the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival.
Those of you waiting with bated guitars for news of Guitar Hero II's full tracklist now have a little bit more to go on thanks to an Australian promo event.
Over there, IGN reports, RedOctane revealed that Stone Temple Pilots' "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart", Anthrax's "Madhouse" and Motley Crue's "Shout at the Devil" will be in the line-up.
That's on top of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs", Butthole Surfers' "Who Was in My Room Last Night?", KISS' "Strutter", Rush's "YYZ", Reverend Horton Heat's "Psychobilly Freakout" and Van Halen's "You Really Got Me", all of which were mentioned prior to E3.
Members of the Guitar Hero team have used its MySpace page to tease some sort of new Guitar Hero-related project known as G.H.O.U.L.
RedOctane president Kai Huang says we can expect the publisher's music games on next-generation consoles to include downloadable content and online play.
Guitar Hero fans may be interested to know that a third-party controller for the game is now available over at Lik-Sang.
Calling all Guitar Heroes - Gibson (the guitar manufacturer, not the one in the hat) is offering you the chance to show off your skills at this year's Download Festival.
Good news for fans of rockin' PS2 title Guitar Hero - creative director Josh Randall will be visiting the UK this weekend to tell us all about how it came into being and show off the sequel.
Activision has acquired RedOctane, the publisher best known for bringing recently released and completely brilliant (as Kristan and Tom would agree) Guitar Hero to PS2.
RedOctane and Harmonix have announced a few of the songs that should make up the 55-strong playlist in Guitar Hero II, due out in the US this November.
RedOctane and Harmonix are looking for independent musicians interested in having their work featured in Guitar Hero II, due out in the US this November.
Guitar Hero II will be released in the US this November, publisher RedOctane has announced - confirming CEO Kelly Sumner's recent comments, which also stated we could expect genre spin-offs within the next 12-15 months.