By Andrew Liszewski
If you’re a fan of music rhythm games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band there’s a good chance your living room is currently filled with a small collection of fake guitars and drum kits. But hopefully there’s still room in the corner for one more music-themed peripheral, since more details of Activision’s upcoming DJ Hero game have surfaced.
The game will come with a wireless turntable peripheral (that probably looks nothing like the Technics SL-DZ 1200 pictured) which includes a platter for scratching, three buttons used for sampling, a cross fader and even a sound effects dial which will work like the whammy bar in Guitar Hero. And keeping with the vinyl record idea, the notes you have to follow will flow down and around a virtual record on-screen, requiring you to scratch while holding the appropriate sample button. As a wannabe scratch DJ who can’t bring himself to spend the money on a pair of real 1200s, I’m definitely intrigued. And oddly enough, the game in its current form (it’s apparently been in development for almost 2 years now) only includes mashups which is probably less of a design choice, and more of an issue regarding licensing actual music. But given how many artists have signed on for games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, I’m sure DJ Hero will manage to secure at least a handful of licensed tunes before it’s released.