Guitar Hero II News

Prince turned down Guitar Hero deal

Wants kids to learn to play the real thing.

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.)

Guitar Hero outsells Rock Band in US

Guitar Hero outsells Rock Band in US

But gap narrows as music games decline.

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.

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Nickelback singer slams Guitar Hero

Tells "kids" to pick up a real instrument.

Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger has taken a pop at Guitar Hero, saying players would be better off learning a real instrument.

Rock star slags off Guitar Hero

Nothing like the real thing, says Mayer.

Guitar-playing American pop star John Mayer has had a go at Guitar Hero, arguing nothing can compare to playing a real musical instrument.

Gibson launches Guitar Hero lawsuit

Gibson launches Guitar Hero lawsuit

Claims patents have been infringed.

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.

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Be a Guitar Hero record breaker

Guinness needs your help.

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...

Guitar Hero II solus for Xbox 360

Buy it without guitar this month.

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.

Indie DLC for Guitar Hero II

Yes, two. On 360.

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.

GC: Quiz RedOctane's Kai Huang

You call the tune.

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.

Three more songs for GHII 360

More from the PS2 original.

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 admits to Guitar Hero II patch problem

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 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.

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Guitar Hero II song packs

Up on Marketplace now.

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.

Celebrity Guitar Hero controllers

Selling for charity now on eBay.

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.

Effects pedal for Guitar Hero?

Port found on 360 controller.

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.

UK date for Guitar Hero on X360

Following US announcement.

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 360 to have 'most DLC ever'

Producer makes big claim.

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.

Guitar Hero in 'capable hands' - Harmonix CEO

New devs "really talented".

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.

Guitar Hero 360 DLC hints

Songs from Guitar Hero 1.

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.

Guitar Hero II bonus songs

Exclusive 360 content.

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.

Baseball man hurts arm with Guitar Hero

Had to miss games and all.

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.

Foos and Rage in Guitar Hero II

More big bands onboard.

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.

Fuller Guitar Hero II songlist

23 on it now, inc. Spinal Tap.

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.

Huge songs for Guitar Hero II

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.

Try Guitar Hero II at EIEF

Tickets available free.

Guitar Hero II will make its first public appearance in Europe on August 22nd at the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival.

More GHII tracks confirmed

More GHII tracks confirmed

Guitar Heroes listen up.

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.

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Guitar Hero to go online?

RedOctane talks next-gen.

RedOctane president Kai Huang says we can expect the publisher's music games on next-generation consoles to include downloadable content and online play.

New Guitar Hero controller

Released by third party.

Guitar Hero fans may be interested to know that a third-party controller for the game is now available over at Lik-Sang.

Gibson seeks Guitar Heroes

To play on stage at Donington.

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.

Guitar Hero man to visit UK

And show off the sequel.

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 snaps up RedOctane

Guitar Hero to go next-gen?

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.

Partial Guitar Hero II tracklist

Plus talk of E3 concerts.

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.

Indies sought for Guitar Hero II

Get your music in it.

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 this November

New songs, co-op, more.

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.