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Logitech Shows Off “Real” Guitar Hero Controller

This post is syndicated with permission from GamerFront.net

I’m sure that you’ve all seen the Premium Drum Rocker from Ion, which is a $300 kit for Rock Band. While that is a hefty price to play for an instrument to be used in a video game, you can upgrade it and convert it to a real electronic kit. Unfortunately, the same does not hold true for Logitech’s new Premiere wireless guitar.

I have to say that I’m torn on this one. While there is a part of me that is drawn to the realism of the guitar, the metal frets, rosewood fingerboard and wood neck, it really is hard to justify. I suppose if you’ve already shelled out the cash for an Ion Drum Rocker, then your plastic Stratocaster just won’t measure up next to it. If you have $250 burning a hole in your pocket, then look for this to hit stores in December, but only for the PS2/PS3.

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Guitar Hero DS Fretboard Accessory Revealed

Guitar Hero DS And Accessories (Images courtesy IGN & Yahoo)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve avoided climbing aboard the Guitar Hero bandwagon (ha! bandwagon, get it?… oh wait, that joke would probably work better with Rock Band, nevermind) mostly because I don’t want a pile of plastic guitars gathering dust in the corner in 2 months. But I’ll definitely be slapping down some pre-order cash for the Nintendo DS version of the game. Instead of a miniature guitar that would probably still take away from the portable nature of the DS, Red Octane has developed the ‘Guitar Grip’ accessory which connects to the GBA slot and includes 4 fret buttons.

The Grip also includes a strap for keeping hold of the system while playing and even houses a special guitar pick stylus which is used to strum away on the DS’ touch screen. The built-in microphone will also be used, but probably to activate the ‘Star Power’ mode without having to take your hands away from the gameplay. The aptly named Guitar Hero: On Tour will feature 20 licensed songs from bands like Nirvana, OK Go and No Doubt and Activision is hoping to ship the game sometime this Summer.

[ Exclusive Reveal: Guitar Hero DS ] VIA [ Joystiq ]

Activision Doesn’t Want Their Controllers To Play Nice With Rock Band

Rock Band - PS3

By Luke Anderson

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few weeks playing Rock Band. Fortunately I’ve been lucky enough to have a set of instruments that play perfectly (if only the same could be said about the person playing them). I’m also fortunate enough to be an Xbox 360 owner, as my Guitar Hero II and III controllers both work with the game. The same cannot be said for PS3 owners.

There was supposed to be a patch last week that would allow PS3 owners to play Rock Band with their Les Paul from Guitar Hero III. The announcement was made by Harmonix that it would be available last Tuesday, but the patch never came. Naturally, people everywhere were outraged that they would be lied to in such a way. It wasn’t until over a week later that we learned why the patch mysteriously disappeared from the radar. Apparently Activision (Guitar Hero III’s publisher) has been putting legal pressure on Sony to not release the patch into the wild.

I’m not affected by this particular issue, but frankly I’m appalled at Activision for taking this stance. The only reason for them to object to the patch is that they’re afraid that Rock Band may end up becoming a more popular game. They don’t seem to care that the only people upset are loyal Guitar Hero III customers that just want to be able to use their controllers. Hopefully Activision wises up and figures out that the only people they are hurting are their customers, and themselves.

VIA [ GamerFront ]

Kids can get their Shred On with the Shredmaster JR

Shredmaster JR Micro Plug N Play Guitar (Image via dreamGear)
By Shane McGlaun

Parents with kids or really small adults that really want to get some shred time in on Guitar Hero, but don’t want to buy a game console and an actual copy of Guitar Hero to do it are in luck. DreamGear has a plug and play guitar called the Shredmaster JR Micro Plug N Play guitar that connects to any TV with AV inputs.

Once connected the guitar has a presumably Guitar Hero like game that features ten fully licensed songs that you have actually heard of. The list of tunes your little ones can jam to includes Smoke on the Water, I Love Rock and Roll, Iron Man, You Give Love a Bad Name, Billion Dollar Babies, Hotel California, Paradise City, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Paranoid, and Master of Puppets. The software also allows the creation of custom songs. The Shredmaster JR is available now and sells for $49.99, tight spandex pants and big hair not included.

VIA [ dreamGear ]